The After Bar: USMNT 6 – Belize 1 (Gold Cup)
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
Photo Credit: Scott Olmos (USA Today)
Wonderful Wondo(w)lowski. The United States men's national team forward got his first goal for his country against Guatemala last Friday and decided he just wanted more. Three more in a 6-1 rout of Belize in front of 18,000+ at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.
Patience was the practice for last night as Belize bunkered down and the U.S took their time to break down their defense. Wondo opened the evening's scoring in the 11th minute, bagged his second 25 minutes later, and had a hat trick before halftime. Stu Holden continued on the comeback trail, Michael Orozco Fiscal showed he could score somewhere else other than Azteca, and Landon Donovan finished the goal party with a late penalty kick. Donovan's assist on the Holden goal earned him the first spot in the USMNT “50 goal- 50 assist” club.
The Nats face Cuba on Saturday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 1:30pm MT on Fox Soccer and Univision.
American Outlaws/ AO: Portland / Timbers Army Tifo:
Chris Wondo(w)lowski (First Goal):
Chris Wondo(w)lowski (Third Goal):
Michael Orozco Fiscal:
Landon Donovan PK:
Analysis from American soccer's best writers:
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Three thoughts on a dominent U.S. win vs. Belize”
Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) – “Takeaways from the United States’ win over Belize”
Will Parchman (Top Drawer Soccer) – “The USMNT gets the Gold Cup started with a 6-1 flyer”
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from US rout of Belize”
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