Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 Guatemala: First-half barrage powers Soca Warriors in Gold Cup opener

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It may have taken five games, but the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup has seen its first rout of the tournament, as Trinidad and Tobago rode three first-half goals to a 3-1 victory over Guatemala in both nations’ Group C opener at Soldier Field Thursday night.

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Sheldon Bateau and a pair of MLSers, Cordell Cato and Joevin Jones, bagged T & T’s three goals inside the first 25 minutes to give the Soca Warriors all the cushion they would need to surge into the top spot in Group C ahead of Mexico’s curtain raiser against Cuba later on Thursday.

Bateau, who plays his club ball for Belgian side KV Mechelen, got on the end of Khaleem Hyland’s corner kick and made the simple, wide-open redirect past goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez to give T&T a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute

Cato, who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes, doubled the lead just four minutes later, when he pounced on a sloppy bit of defending and a failed clearance by Guatemala. The 22-year-old picked up the ball just outside Guatemala’s penalty area, raced into the box, rounded Jerez and slotted the ball into an open net.

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Jones, who is in his first season with the Chicago Fire, gave T & T a three-goal advantage just 10 minutes later, when he hammered a loose ball into the back of the net from just left of the penalty spot. It was Jones’ through ball that put Cato in on goal before Jerez swept up the initial chance, but the 23-year-old continued his run into the box and finished yet another open-netter.

Guatemala pulled a goal back through Carlos Ruiz’s upper-90 finish from 12 yards out in the 62nd minute, but a comeback wasn’t in the cards for Los Chapines, who now find themselves with an extremely uphill path out of Group C.

With the three points in hand and Cuba up next, T&T find themselves in great position to secure advancement to the quarterfinals with a game to spare. A couple of points dropped by Mexico in either of their two games before meeting T & T in the Group C finale, and a draw against El Tri might just win the group for T & T.

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 6

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Week 6 of the 2015 MLS season is, somehow, already in the books — didn’t the season just start yesterday? — and it’s been a fun ride thus far, despite the severe uptick in 0-0 draws this season.

This past week provided the most shocking result of the young season, and for their hard work, the Colorado Rapids land a pair of players in my MLS Team of the Week for Week 6, a feat no other team can claim this week.

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Kei Kamara finally saw some of his extremely bad luck from Weeks 1-5 turn good in Week 6, as the Columbus Crew SC striker bagged a pair of goals in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Darren Mattocks reminded everyone in the same game — as he periodically likes to before disappearing for another three months — why he was the No. 2 overall SuperDraft pick in 2011 and long thought to be the league’s best young striker.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 6

Goalkeeper: Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy)


Defenders: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)


Midfielders: Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids), Marcelo Sarvas (Colorado Rapids), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City)



Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)


2014 US Open Cup rolls on with MLS teams snaring wins

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There’s another cup tournament going on during the World Cup, and Major League Soccer teams seized their first two opportunities of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Cordell Cato’s 73rd minute goal boosted San Jose to a 2-1 win over USL Pro’s Sacramento Republic FC, while Alex Lopez’s goal sent the 10-man Houston Dynamo past the 10-man Laredo Heat of the PDL in a 1-0 win.

Other fourth round matches to be played:

June 14
Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Real Salt Lake
Carolina Railhawks vs. Chivas USA
New York Cosmos vs. New York Red Bulls

June 17
Philadelphia Union vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
Rochester Rhinos vs. DC United
Columbus Crew vs. Indy Eleven
Colorado Rapids vs. Orlando City
FC Dallas vs. San Antonio Scorpions
Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City U-23

June 18
Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United
Seattle Sounders vs. PSA Elite
Arizona United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Chicago Fire vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Richmond Kickers vs. New England Revolution