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USA Begins World Cup Qualifying With Rout


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.

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  • Raymond L. February 18, 2015, 5:07 am

    It’s definitely worth paying to see how the Stars and Stripes do against a powerhouse team like Mexico’s. Nevertheless, I’m hoping that both sides won’t treat this like any other friendly.

  • Raymond L. February 10, 2015, 2:22 am

    While the Stars and Stripes are notorious for letting their guards down in the second half after going all out in the first, this match against Panama didn’t follow that same trend. And because the squad maintained their focus throughout the 90 minutes, they came away with the win—certainly a breathe of fresh air after that disappointing loss to Chile a week ago.

    • David February 10, 2015, 8:31 am

      Totally agree although I put part of the Chile defeat down to the fact that the players had not played since November and are not fully fit yet.

  • Rishab February 10, 2015, 1:20 am

    Congrats USA !!

  • Jose L Rodriguez August 10, 2011, 9:50 am

    I have 2 tickets ofr tonight game at the Lincoln financial field between Mexico and USA for sale.
    Section 128, row # 2 seat # 1 and # 2. Asking $ 70.00 each. I can send them by email

    You acn cal me at 609-802-7126 if interested

    Let me knoe if you are interested

  • K. Everett June 3, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I have two tickets to the USA v. Spain game for Saturday June 4th. The tickets are for the Club section, section 34, row19, seats 19 and20. The tickets values are 495.00 each and a five dollar handling fee. This is face value for the tickets. Club seating gives you great seats, waitstaff, extra wide leather seating, all indoors, on a hot day nothing like a cold beer in controlled air! Tickets available until game time! Game time is four thirty.

  • Jake garrison April 19, 2011, 9:51 pm

    It would be awesome to see US take on Spain in Massachusetts

  • Milly Concha April 5, 2011, 10:01 am

    Please let me know when tickets go for sale.Thank you very much!

    • David Wilson April 6, 2011, 9:17 am

      Expect them to go on sale sometime in April, but waiting to get the official date from US Soccer

  • Richard Marnoch December 6, 2009, 11:42 am

    Can anyone tell me the schedule and venues for the Mexico national teams warm up games in the US in 2010.

    • David Wilson December 6, 2009, 8:09 pm

      Mexico’ s schedule has not yet been released. When it is released we will let you know

  • mario February 13, 2009, 8:35 pm

    Hi congrats to the US team they play great against Mexico i hope the US keeps on the supremacy against Mexico for years to came, but I’m from Honduras and i hope that we do a lot more than Mexico to take a least one point home, but if not i would just like to see national team for the first time here in Chicago.

  • Dave February 12, 2009, 8:42 am

    When will the venue for USA vs Honduras be decided and announced and when will tickets go on sale? What a win vs Mexico! It was great to see so many foreign based players! Our defense looked a bit suspect however. Hopefully that will improve with time, otherwise things will be same-ole-same-ole come cup time!

    • David Wilson February 12, 2009, 9:43 am

      Hi Dave. The U.S. will play Honduras on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. I would expect tickets to go on sale in early May.

      • Debby March 13, 2013, 9:23 am

        Just announced – The US will play Honduras June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

  • andy January 22, 2009, 1:45 pm

    can someone please tell me when are they going to post the venue for the games between usa and trinidad april 1st,and when the tickets go on sale.

    • David Wilson January 22, 2009, 3:53 pm

      Andy, I would expect that announcement sometime late next month

  • don January 16, 2009, 1:01 pm


    i have tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Wilson January 16, 2009, 2:13 pm

      Congrats on getting the tickets Don. Hopefully it will be a good game

  • lonnie January 10, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I also need to know when the US vs MEXICO tickets will be on sale. I need 15 tickets. Please can someone let me know as soon as they find out. I have gone under every aval. site.

    • David Wilson January 11, 2009, 4:47 am

      Unless you are a Crew ticket holder or belong to something like Sam’s army Lonnie, it looks like a ticket reseller like StubHub is your only choice for tickets to the game

  • Alejandra Gutierrez January 1, 2009, 2:07 am


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