The After Bar: USMNT 4 – Cuba 1
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
Despite an early scare from the visitors, the United States men's national team rebounded to defeat Cuba soundily, 4-1, in their second group match of the 2013 Gold Cup in Sandy, Utah. Red hot Chris Wondo(w)lowski powered the Nats with a brace, while Joe Coruna produced a stunning strike from outside the box, and Landon Donovan started the route with a late first half penalty kick.
The hosts were stunned by a 36th minute goal by Jose Ciprian Alfonso, but a stoppage time PK by Donovan (after Edgar Castillo was hauled down in the box) would level things before half. Coruna opened his national team scoring account in style with a curling shot from 20 yards out in the 57th minute before Wondo(w)lowski came in for clean up duty with a pair of goals in the 66th and 85th minutes.
Wondo(w)lowski now has five goals in two Cup matches (and six counting in the last three) becoming the first U.S. player to score five in this tournament. The win against Cuba was the USMNT's seventh straight win and equaled their longest streak ever (2007).
With a quarterfinal place assured in Baltimore the Nats face Costa Rica for Group C bragging rights on Tuesday at 8pm ET on Fox Soccer.
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned about adjustments, Brek & Wondow”
Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated) – “Three thoughts on USA's more challenging Gold Cup win over Cuba”
Joe Prince-Wright (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “Three things we learned from USA’s victory over Cuba”
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