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USMNT 4-0 Trinidad and Tobago: U.S. grabs Group C behind Pulisic, Altidore

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If it sounds like a repeat from Friday’s win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, forgive us, but Jozy Altidore, Christian Pulisic, and Sacha Kljestan helped the United States to the Group C title with a 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

Kljestan opened the scoring, Altidore added a pair, and Paul Arriola nabbed a goal as well.

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Altidore set a U.S. World Cup qualifying record with his first goal, No. 15 in his career. He is now 20 goals back of Landon Donovan for the all-time U.S. record.

Star man kid Christian Pulisic broke Altidore’s record for the youngest player to start a match for the United States men’s national team, and Tim Howard set a new standard for World Cup qualifiers played by a U.S. goalkeeper with his 32nd appearance.

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Be giddy, U.S. fan.

The unfamiliar lineup had its early struggles, including a 7th minute opportunity when Omar Gonzalez gave Joevin Jones plenty of room to test a wise Tim Howard.

At the other end, Pulisic ripped a deflected shot that earned the Yanks a corner. Michael Bradley’s offering was cleared away.

The crowd lifted nearly every time Pulisic touched the ball, and deservedly so. The 17-year-old hit both posts after Bobby Wood just failed to latch onto Jozy Altidore’s cross off a hard-working run.

Both posts, I said!

But Kljestan put the Yanks ahead on a ping-pong goal just before halftime, when he lunged to poke a loose ball beyond the reach of T&T goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.

The 44th minute goal sent us into the break with the Americans leading 1-0.

Phillip came up big on the first strong U.S. chance of the second half, as Pulisic dribbled across the 18 before finding Altidore. The big striker turned at fired, but Phillip parried the shot.

Howard found himself under second half duress after a first half in which a nap could’ve been possible for the American backstop.

That’s when Altidore struck. Fabian Johnson took the ball on the left, and played it square for Altidore. Phillip had to bet that the striker would lay it off to Bedoya, and was caught in the midst of that wager when Altidore opted to last a low shot near post.

Altidore was at the back door minutes later to slide a goal home when Pulisic cut in from the left and sent a delightful ball through the six.

Arriola made it 4-0 in the 71st minute, as Pulisic sprung another break — seriously, he was that %^#&$%^ dynamic — and the Yanks passed it around and then through the 18. Altidore found Pulisic, who was stopped by Phillip. Arriola passed it in for his second goal as a USMNT player.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.