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July 5, 2013
• 11:00 PM
• Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Referee: V. Ledgister
• Attendance: 25080
H. Gómez 42'
L. Donovan 55', 72'
C. Wondolowski 71'
C. Goodson 85'
A. Bedoya 88'
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That's it, folks. The United States wins 6-0 in a warmup friendly for the Gold Cup. This Guatemala was abysmal, but the USA will take the ego boost ahead of Thursday's game against Belize.
Assist Brek Shea
Goal Alejandro Bedoya
Well now it's just mean. The United States is laying down quite a beating here. A Shea cross trickled to the top of the box. Making a late run, Bedoya blasted it into the twine for the USA's sixth.
Marlon Renato Sequen Suruy
Goal C. Goodson
GOAL. Clarence Goodson of all people scores the fifth. Onyewu headed straight down from a corner. Goodson juggled the ball up and smashed a volley on target. Jerez pulled off a save on the line. As Guatemala attempted to clear, it only made it as far as Goodson, who blasted a shot into the top corner.
The game has lost most of its edge since the USA went four goals ahead, but that was a tidy chance. A Bruin cross deflected off a defender to Shea at the top of the box. However, the Stoke City man couldn't hit his shot past the diving Guatemalan defender.
Bruin was alone on goal, but it looked like a defender poked the ball as he dribbled past and the chance bundled away.
The announced attendance is 25,080.
There he goes. Landon Donovan comes off with nearly 20 minutes remaining after scoring a tidy double to take his international total to 51. Will Bruin replaces him for the last U.S. sub.
Assist Stuart Holden
Goal Landon Donovan
This is a rout now. Stuart Holden played a one-two at the top of the box and cut a cross back toward goal. Donovan separated from the flat-footed defenders and swept the ball past Jerez for the USA's fourth.
Goal Chris Wondolowski
GOAL. The United States takes a commanding three-goal lead. Donovan leads the charge and tries to slip a ball through to Holden. A defender intercepted it, but only deflected the ball into the path of Wondolowski, who finished for his first ever international goal.
Guatemala shows some signs of life with a quick counter. Santeliz schooled Parkhurst in the corner and passed to Trujillo, whose shot was blocked.
Now it's Holden's chance to try his luck. After a corner the former Houston midfielder shot from outside the box, with it again blocked.
The USA is purring quite nicely with the new engine of Holden and Diskerud. The latter finds himself on the end of a cut-back by Shea, and slams his shot into Cardona.
Contreras tried a swerving shot from distance that ebbs wide. The Guatemala playmaker looks like he's limping a bit.
Whoa. Another open chance as Bedoya crossed and Donovan clipped the ball at the near post. Neither Wondolowski or Shea could touch it in before it went out.
Klinsmann makes a rarely-seen triple substitution. Brek Shea, Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski in for the Tijuana trio of Gomez, Corona and Castillo.
GOAL. Donovan steps up himself and, with a cheeky little dink straight down the middle, scores his 50th international goal.
Penalty Goal Landon Donovan
PENALTY. Castrillo shoved Donovan in the back in the box under a Gomez cross, and the LA Galaxy DP goes down.
Donovan tried a cross that deflected off the hand of Vasquez and went out. Referee inexplicably gave a goal kick.
Thus far the subs are straight swaps. Diskerud and Holden came into the center of midfield, with the attacking four remaining the same. Donovan has continued his central forward role next to Gomez.
With his first meaningful touch, Holden controlled and drilled a low shot from 30 yards that zipped narrowly wide.
Each team can use six substitutions, so expect to see a couple more from Klinsmann before the night ends. Thus far the pace and precision of the match has been below par, for both teams.
Two subs for the USA: Stuart Holden and Mix Diskerud in for Beckerman and Torres. Humorously, the stadium PA introduced him as "Stacy Holden" before correcting itself.
Halftime conversations in the press box: Jose Torres' last name is actually Mezzell, and Corona did not play well through the center. The team improved once Donovan moved there. But will it hurt Donovan if his best spot in this formation is where captain Clint Dempsey plays?
The groundsmen are out spraying down the field with hoses. Expect another slick half.
That's halftime. The United States leads by a goal.
Buoyed by his goal, Gomez stepped up to take another free kick. This one he blasts into the stands. He hasn't looked sharp from dead balls tonight, but has a goal to show for his efforts.
Assist J. Torres
Goal H. Gómez
GOAL. There's the opener. Castillo made a run and laid the ball back. Torres chipped it into the box, adding enough swerve to compensate for his central angle. Corona lunged for it in the box, but couldn't connect, so the ball fell to the far post, where Gomez smashed it in from close range.
Near miss. Beasley whipped a cross into the box and Donovan nipped ahead of the defenders at the near post. His light flick didn't find enough purchase and the ball trickled wide.
The pace of the match has dipped. Neither team is threatening. At some point, one of these teams will probably score, but until then it's a reminder that this is a fairly inconsequential friendly.
Looks like Donovan and Corona have switched spots. Corona started out as a right midfielder, so should help out with the USA struggling to find any traction down that wing.
Nick Rimando nearly cost the Yanks a goal there. He rushed out to meet the ball, but slipped as he decided what to do with it. Guatemala's attackers pounced with Rimando scrambling to recover. The referee let the host side off the hook by giving a free kick.
A long throw rattled the U.S. defense, with Goodson scrounging to head clear for a corner.
Whoa there. That was the best chance of the game. Goodson put a strong header on a Torres corner that Jerez had to dive to save, impressively. Then Jerez jumped up to smother Beckerman from a yard or two out on the rebound.
This time goalkeeper Jerez shows strong hands, punching clear a Castillo cross under pressure from Gomez.
Onyewu hasn't played much this year and the rust is showing. He tried to turn in the box and ended up turning the ball over. Luckily for him, Parkhurst was there to sweep away the danger.
Castillo doesn't anticipate a Beasley feed, but manages to win a corner out of it. Donovan arced it into a good area, and the goalkeeper let it slip out of his hands, but there was no one at the far post to clean up the loose ball.
Quick feet feet by Torres wins a free kick a few yards outside the box. Gomez drilled it into the wall, wasting the chance.
A late sliding tackle took out Trujillo and Guatemala won a free kick in its own half. The crowd wasn't pleased with the call.
For the Yanks' first chance, Beasley drilled the ball into the area, but it went behind the run of Gomez and the opportunity fizzled out.
A poor backpass from Torres grants Guatemala an opening. Eventually the ball came thorugh to Campollo, who shot wide.
Barely five minutes into the match and already the game looks sluggish. Maybe most players are ready for bed. After all, this game kicked off after 11pm ET.
Onyewu ducked out of a header, and Guatemala captain Contreras latched onto the long ball. However, the No. 10 was offside.
Looks like the USA is lined up in a 4-4-1-1. Donovan wide right, Castillo in the midfield, and Corona playing just off Gomez.
And we're off. Guatemala kicks off first.
The teams are standing in the center circle in silence to remember the 19 Arizona firefighters killed last Sunday.
The referee crew is from Jamaica.
Minor boos for the Guatemala lineup as it's read, but nothing heavy. Loudest cheers reserved for Donovan.
On TV, the lower bowl of Qualcomm looks full, but that's because the near side is empty. Locals are expecting 20,000 - 25,000 in attendance. The crowd is clearly pro-USA, with the American Outlaws heavily featured behind the goal.
Guatemala features a largely domestic-based roster. Goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez plays in Colombia with Alianza Petrolera, forward Minor Lopez Campollo suits up for Deportes La Serena in Chile, and Angelo Padilla, on the bench, plays in Costa Rica.
Landon Donovan makes his first appearance in nearly a year. He came off at half of the 1-0 friendly win against Mexico in Azteca last August. The 31-year-old leads the United States in goals and assists.
Here's the U.S. lineup: Rimando; Parkhurst, Onyewu, Goodson, Beasley; Beckerman, Torres, Corona; Donovan, Gomez, Castillo.
Hello there. I'm Zac Lee Rigg, here at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium ahead of this international friendly. The teams are out on the field warming up currently.
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