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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sunday, June 13, 2004) — U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored on either side of halftime and defender Greg Vanney added a stoppage time goal as the U.S. won the first of a two-game aggregate series versus Grenada 3-0 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, to open qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. will train on Long Island, N.Y., this week before traveling to Grenada to complete the series with a June 20 match in St. George’s, Grenada. That match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 4 p.m. ET and fans can follow online with ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Statistically, the U.S. dominated the match with a 34-6 edge on shots and an 18-1 edge in corner kicks. Kasey Keller made just one save in goal for the U.S. as he passed Tony Meola on the all-time win list for U.S. goalkeepers with 38 wins in 69 appearances. Keller’s clean sheet was the 34th of his career, extending his U.S. record. The U.S. has a 381-minute shutout streak, with four different goalkeepers earning shutouts in their last four matches.
“I think the third goal was important, especially with aggregate scoring, so give our guys credit,” said U.S. MNT Manager Bruce Arena, who improved to 4-1-2 in 2004. “If we’re critical of anything, it was certainly our finishing.
“Their defensive effort, their commitment and the good play of their goalkeeper kept the game close throughout. We expected them to come out and play defensively, and rightfully so. When they have that many players behind the ball, it’s not easy to break down and we need to be a little bit sharper. At the end of the day we are certainly pleased with a three-goal margin.”The first U.S. goal came in stoppage time during the first half, with Landon Donovan attacking down the right flank and laying a ball back to Claudio Reyna. The U.S. captain calmly lofted a ball to to the back post, where an unmarked DaMarcus Beasley headed his first World Cup qualifying goal past Grenada goalkeeper Kellon Baptiste.
Prior to the U.S. breakthrough, the U.S. had dominated the half to the tune of a 17-3 shot advantage, which included three goal line clearances for the Grenada defense. The first came in the 39th minute when Carlos Bocanegra headed a corner kick on target that Brian Phillip saved by lunging with his left foot. The second and third clearances came in a flurry in the 42nd minute that saw both Brian McBride and Reyna have direct shots on goal that Grenada’s Ricky Charles was able to save by twice sprawling his body in front of the empty goal.
The U.S. got off nine shots in the first 25 minutes of the second half before Beasley would score his second of the game. On the goal, the ball was played out of the back to Donovan on the right half of midfield. As he made a run toward goal, Jovan Kirovski drew his defender away from the center of the field with a run toward the near post. Donovan then used the space to find Beasley 15 yards from goal after a 60-yard run to the space in the left side of the area. As Kellon Baptiste came off his line, Beasley drove a low, left-footed shot around the goalkeeper and inside the right post as the clock ticked up to the 70-minute mark.
The U.S. added a third goal in second-half stoppage time to take a 3-0 lead into the second game in Grenada. Eddie Lewis, who came on in the 73rd minute for Chris Armas, chested the ball sharply down to Vanney on the left corner of the penalty box, where he beat his defender and dribbled in before unleashing a left-footed rocket that tipped off Baptiste’s fingertips before finding the side netting inside the right post for his first international goal.
Starting forward Conor Casey came out of the game in the 21st minute for Jovan Kirovski, after spraining his right knee as it buckled under him while challenging for a ball on offense. Casey is to be out for six weeks.
After the final U.S. goal, Earnie Stewart came on the field to replace Brian McBride to earn his 99th international cap and increase his World Cup Qualifying cap total to 28.
Following the MNT World Cup qualifiers against Grenada, the U.S. will meet Poland in a domestic friendly on July 11. Should the U.S. advance through this preliminary qualifying round, their six-game, four-team semifinal round competition will begin on August 18 in either Jamaica or Haiti (who drew 1-1 in the opening match of their two-game series).
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Grenada
Date: June 13, 2004
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Second Round, First Leg
Venue: Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
Grenada 0 0 0
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (Claudio Reyna) 46th+ minute.
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (Landon Donovan) 71.
USA – Greg Vanney (Eddie Lewis) 92+.
USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 6- Steve Cherundolo, 23-Eddie Pope, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 3-Greg Vanney; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (7-Eddie Lewis, 73), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Brian McBride (8-Earnie Stewart, 92+), 9-Conor Casey (11-Jovan Kirovski, 21).
Subs not used: 24-Jonny Walker, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Cory Gibbs, 15-Bobby Convey.
GRN: 1-Kellon Baptiste; 11-Anthony Modeste (capt.), 5-Franklin Baptiste, 14-Brian Benjamin (2-Eric George, 67), 15-Kennedy Phillip (16-Byron Bubb, 75), 10-Ricky Charles; 9-Shalrie Joseph, 20-Anthony Bedeau, 12-Patrick Modeste; 30-Jason Roberts, 13-Everett Watts (8-Nigel Bishop, 52).
Subs not used: 31-Desmond Noel, 19-Ricky Morris, 21-Kitson Bain, 23-Arkenson Neckles.
Stats Summary: USA GRN
Shots 34 6
Saves 1 11
Corner Kicks 17 1
Fouls 20 12
Offside 1 4
USA – Eddie Pope (caution) 25th minute.
GRN – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 28.
USA – Eddie Lewis (caution) 82.
Referee: Mauricio NAVARRO (CAN)
1st Assistant: Hector VERGARA (CAN)
2nd Assistant: Simon FEARN (CAN)
Fourth Official: Hu LIU (CAN)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: DaMarcus Beasley