Through 45 minutes, the United States men’s national team looks like a real, bonafide soccer team again, and the guys who are supposed to get it done are doing just that.
Clint Dempsey scored early off a play keyed by Geoff Cameron and Gyasi Zardes, and Cameron turned scorer off a Michael Bradley free kick as the USMNT built a 2-0 lead in a must-have CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala.
The Yanks needed an early goal to feel good, and the former captain took care of that after 11 minutes.
Geoff Cameron played a long ball into the 18 and two Guatemalan defenders were sucked into covering a streaking Gyasi Zardes. The ball hit Zardes’ shoulder and dropped into the path of Dempsey, who buried his shot past Paulo Motta. 1-0.
It was Dempsey’s 14th goal of World Cup qualifying, moving him past Landon Donovan for the most in USMNT history.
— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) March 29, 2016
Guatemala got its first shot on goal, not a troubling one, in the 34th minute. It wasn’t a sign of things to come, as Bradley sent a gorgeous free kick into the 18 where Cameron nodded the ball past Motta.
Geoff Cameron gets his fourth #USMNT goal, all scored with his head.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 30, 2016
It’s a good thing the score was 2-0 when Bobby Wood missed an absolute sitter just before halftime. The Hawaii-born striker burst past the Guatemala line to bring a chance down, beat the keeper but missed his shot in comical fashion (Not comical for Wood, mind you).