After the summer that the USA had had, Jurgen Klinsmann must have bee hoping for an easy victory with no surprises but the American fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis were stunned into silence when Oalex Anderson put the Caribbean minnows ahead in the fifth minute. Anderson seized upon a long ball over the top of the American defense. He cut and fired it past USA keeper Brad Guzan
But normal service was resumed six minutes later when Bobby Wood headed home after good run by DeAndre Yedlin and the Americans cruised from there, with two goals from Jozy Altidore to go with goals from Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron and Gyasi Zardes.
Johnson extended the lead in the 29th when his free kick deflected off the wall and into McDowall’s net. Just two minutes later Altidore made it 3-1. Alone at the far post he headed into an open net after Jermaine Jones had nodded on a corner kick.
With USA playing aggressively and dominating possession, Cameron headed in a corner in the 51st. Zardes made it 5-1 in the 58th and Altidore wrapped up the scoring with his second in the 74th, firing a left-footed blast from inside the area that shot off a defender and into the net.
It was just the start to qualifying that the Americans needed, and they will try to maintain the momentum when they visit Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.
There was not a lot that Klinsmann can take from this game as St. Vincent and the Grenadines were totally overmatched. But seeing Altidore back on the scoresheet might be the most pleasing aspect of the win. If the US if to ease through these qualifying games they need the Jozy Altidore from 2013, not the one in 2015.