USA Scores Big 4-0 World Cup Qualifying Win Against Guatemala in Columbus

Dempsey, Cameron, Zusi and Altidore Score for USA, Guzan Records Shutout USA Resumes World Cup Qualifying Sept. 2 Away to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Plays Last Semifinal Round Qualifier Sept. 6 vs. Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 29, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team notched an emphatic 4-0 victory against Guatemala in front of 20,624 Tuesday night at MAPFRE Stadium. With the win, the U.S. moves into second place in CONCACAF Semifinal Round World Cup Qualifying Group C, with seven points from four matches.

Dominant from start to finish, Clint Dempsey opened the scoring and tallied his 14th World Cup Qualifying goal for the MNT in the 12th minute. Geoff Cameron added a second off a Michael Bradley free kick in the 35th minute. Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore recorded second half goals while Brad Guzan made two saves to earn a clean sheet in a comfortable 4-0 win.

The USA resumes World Cup Qualifying, Sept. 2 away at St. Vincent and the Grenadines before returning home to Jacksonville, Florida to face Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 6 in its last Semifinal Round qualifier.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes), 12th minute:
After winning possession at midfield, Geoff Cameron sent a measured ball over the top which deflected off of Gyasi Zardes and fell perfectly for Dempsey. The veteran MNT forward one-timed his effort, catching Paulo Motta wrong-footed to open the scoring. With the goal, Dempsey moves into sole possession of the MNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifying goals record with 14. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Geoff Cameron (Michael Bradley), 35th minute: After Bobby Wood won a free kick about 25 yards from goal, MNT captain Michael Bradley served up a beautiful free kick just outside the six-yard box. Geoff Cameron broke loose from his mark to head home inside the left post to double the lead. USA 2, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Graham Zusi (Gyasi Zardes), 46th minute: The MNT wasted no time looking for more goals after the break. DeAndre Yedlin threaded Gyasi Zardes into the box on the right, and the LA Galaxy man slipped the ball across to Graham Zusi, where the Sporting KC attacker collected and tucked his effort inside the left post. USA 3, GUA 0

USA – Jozy Altidore (Clint Dempsey), 90th minute: Altidore did well to track back and dispossess a Guatemala defender of the ball in his own half. Dempsey collected the loose ball and surged forward into the Guatemala area where he put a move on a trailing defender and los Chapines goalkeeper Paulo Botta before teeing up Altidore, who was making a late run, to lace a hard-hit strike into the upper left corner of the goal. USA 4, GUA 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GUA – Brad Guzan, 79th minute: Marco Pappa collected the ball at midfield and tried to thread a through pass for Carlos Ruiz that was broken up by the U.S. backline. The ball fell for Jean Marquez, who saw his low blast well held by Guzan.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT begins its final preparations for this summer’s historic Copa America Centenario when it hosts Ecuador at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. CT.
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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match:U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: March 29, 2016
Competition: 2018 World Cup Qualifying - Semifinal Round
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 20,624
Weather: 45 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4
GUA                             0          0          0

USA – Clint Dempsey (Gyasi Zardes)                 12th minute
USA – Geoff Cameron (Michael Bradley)            35
USA – Graham Zusi (Gyasi Zardes)                    46
USA – Jozy Altidore (Clint Dempsey)                 89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 21-Steve Birnbaum, 20-Geoff Cameron, 23-Edgar Castillo; 19-Graham Zusi (11-Christian Pulisic, 81), 15-Kyle Beckerman, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 7-Bobby Wood (17-Jozy Altidore, 66), 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Gyasi Zardes (13-Ethan Finlay, 71)
Subs Not Used: 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Ventura Alvarado, 6-Lee Nguyen, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Tim Howard, 14-Michael Orozco, 16-Darlington Nagbe, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 22-David Bingham
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta; 3-Cristian Jimenez, 5-Moises Hernandez, 8-Jean Marquez, 9-Gerson Tinoco (7-Luis Fernando Martinez, 74); 11-Mafre Icute (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46), 13-Carlos Castrillo, 14-Rafael Morales, 10-Jose Contreras; 18-Stefano Cincotta (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Rodrigo Saravia
Subs Not Used: 1-Ricardo Jerez, 2-Jonathan Winibacker Lopez, 4-Hamilton Lopez, 6-Marco Rivas, 15-Luis Cardona, 17-Gerardo Arias, 19-Kevin Arriola, 21-Jose Carlos Garcia, 23-Edi Guerra
Head coach: Walter Claveri

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 6 / 4
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 1 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 14
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
GUA – Cristian Jimenez
(caution)                  34th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)                  71

Officials:
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lloyd Edwards (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Keble Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Karl Tyrell (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Geoff Cameron