Bobby Wood scored and set up a penalty before halftime to steer the U.S. to an emphatic 6-0 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Friday’s World Cup Qualifier at Arnos Vale Stadium in St. Vincent.
Wood hit paydirt on a brilliant 28th minute shot from the edge of the box and used his speed to elude a pair of home defenders before he was hauled down inside the area in the 42nd minute, setting up Jozy Altidore’s 43rd minute penalty strike. Matt Besler scored his first international goal in the 32nd minute following a Graham Zusi free kick.
Substitute Christian Pulisic converted a Sacha Kljestan pass inside the box to author the fourth goal of the match in the 71st minute while adding the sixth in the 90 + 2 minute. Kljestan found the back of the net himself to secure the Americans’ fifth goal of the afternoon.
The hosts made pair of bids for goal in the 50th and 57th minutes but the offside flag went up on both to negate each occasion the ball found the back of Brad Guzan’s net.
The U.S. returns to action on Tuesday against Trinidad & Tobago at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Kickoff is 8pm.
Brian O'Connell (@BrianOConnell21) serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNFC, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He's contributed to The Associated Press, The Canadian Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. E-mail: BOConnell21@aol.com