Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
1 vs 6
USA
USA
Played
July 9, 2013 11:00 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ H. Rodríguez‎
Attendance:‬ 18724‎
 
40′ Ian Gaynair
 
 
 
 
M. Orozco 72′
 
Landon Donovan 76′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Chris Wondolowski
Chris Wondolowski
USA
Chris Wondolowski
Chris Wondolowski
USA
Flop of the Match
Tyrone Pandy
Tyrone Pandy
Belize
Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan
USA

Belize 1-6 USA: Landon Donovan joins the 50-50 club

Chris Wondolowski hit a first-half hat trick in a romp over Gold Cup first-timer Belize to begin the 2013 edition of the tournament.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Chris Wondolowski, Joe Corona, USA, United States, Gold Cup
Jonathan Ferrey
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Landon Donovan passed the half-century mark for assists in a 6-1 romp over Belize to kick off the 2013 Gold Cup for the United States. The American all-time leader in goals and assists now has 51 assists and 52 goals for the USA.

Chris Wondolowski (with his name misspelled as Wondowlowski on his jersey) led the charge with a hat trick in the first half. After going his first nine international games without a goal, Wondolowski scored his fourth in the last two U.S. matches.

Additionally, Stuart Holden scored for the first time in four years for the Americans. The Bolton midfielder is working his way back from nearly two years out due to knee surgeries.

It started in the 12th minute. Jose Torres burned Evan Mariano down the left and teed up a cross. Joe Corona met it with a loose header in the box, and the ball bounced through to Wondolowski. The reigning MLS Golden Boot winner finished easily from close range.

Another cross led to the next goal. Kyle Beckerman curled the ball into the box in the 37th minute. Lunging forward, Wondolowski headed in his second of the game.

With five minutes left in the half, Belize pulled one back. From a Landon Donovan foul, Elroy Smith dumped a free kick into the U.S. box. Ian Gaynair popped up unmarked and guided a header into the bottom corner.

But just as Belizean belief grew, the Americans crushed it. Two minutes after the consolation, Michael Parkhurst of all people took on his marker and swung a cross toward the area. Wondolowski nodded down a header for his hat trick.

All four goals in the first half originated from crosses.

At halftime Stuart Holden entered the match for Beckerman. In just over a dozen minutes on the field, he put the ball in the back of the net. Donovan nodded down a Corona cross, and Holden swept past Shane Orio.

The last time Holden scored for the U.S. national team was in the 2009 Gold Cup group stage, against Haiti.

The assist marked Donovan's 50th with the United States, a record.

Donovan wasn't done. In the 72nd minute, he whipped a free kick into the box from near the end line. Michael Orozco Fiscal cushioned a header into the open net.

With a quarter hour remaining, an Alejandro Bedoya chip hit a Belize defender on the arm. Referee Hector Rodriguez pointed to the spot. Donovan squatted, crossed himself and tucked his penalty into the bottom corner.

Follow ZAC LEE RIGG on or shoot him an email


Belize

-
Shane Orio
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
Ian Gaynair
Defender
40′
3.00
-
Elroy Smith
Defender
40′
2.00
-
Ashley Torres
Defender
 - 
-
Everal Trapp
Defender
2.00
-
Tyrone Pandy
Defender
1.50
-
Trevor Lennon
Midfielder
46′ 64′
 - 
-
Evan Mariano
Striker
71′
3.00
-
Deon McCaulay
Midfielder
2.50
-
Harrison Roches
Midfielder
46′
2.50
-
Dani Jiménez
Striker
3.00

USA

2.50
18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
M. Orozco
Defender
72′
2.50
20
2.50
4
3.00
44
C. Goodson
Defender
2.50
15
J. Corona
Midfielder
66′
3.00
-
M. Diskerud
Midfielder
3.50
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
37′ 46′
2.50
-
J. Torres
Midfielder
61′
4.00
10
4.00
8

Substitutes

-
Woodrow West
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Frank Lopez
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
2.50
-
Dalton Eiley
Midfielder
 - 
-
David Trapp
Defender
46′
 - 
-
Devon Makin
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
E. Castillo
Defender
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
2
3.50
8
Stuart Holden
Midfielder
46′ 58′
2.50
-
2.50
-
Brek Shea
Midfielder
61′
 - 
-
H. Gómez
Striker
 - 
12
Will Bruin
Striker

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matches
Times In EDT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Gabriel Torres Gabriel Torres
Striker
Colorado
5 3
Landon Donovan Landon Donovan
Striker
LA Galaxy
5 2
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
5 0
R. Zelaya R. Zelaya
Striker
Alania
4 1
M. Fabián M. Fabián
Striker
Cruz Azul
3 1