USA vs Belize 6-1 Gold Cup Highlights and Analysis

USA vs Belize 6-1 Gold Cup Highlights and Analysis

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The USA vs Belize Gold Cup match ended in a 6-1 victory for the home team, a win that everyone had expected the USMNT to accomplish without much trouble. The US was simply dominant, and crushed a weak Belize squad making its first ever appearance in the Gold Cup. The semi-professional roster of the Central American nation was simply overwhelmed, although they did manage to score a historic goal in the 6-1 loss.

Wondolowski had a fantastic match, scoring the first three goals for the US in the 12th, 37th, and 41st minutes.The San Jose striker entered the match with the intention of letting Klinsmann know he could be a viable option for the US roster in its upcoming Hexagonal matches. Although scoring a hat-trick is always an achievement, Wondolowski’s performance will need to be measured against the stiffer opposition that Costa Rica and Cuba are sure to provide.

Belize’s loan goal came in the 40th minute via Ian Gaynair, who scored off a cross from a free kick. Nonetheless, the rest of the match would be dominated by the USMNT, with goals from Holden (58′), Orozo (72′) and Donovan (76′), completing the 6-1 rout.

Not much more can be asked from the USA (ok, they probably shouldn’t have allowed that easy goal), they won by an ample margin against a weak opponent, created plenty of scoring opportunities, and never slowed down the attack.

The USA will play Cuba on July 13, another match they should be able to easily win. Belize will face Costa Rica on the same date, and will need a draw to remain alive in the Gold Cup (or at least not get blown out).

The USA is the main candidate to win the Gold Cup, and the match against Belize proved that the USMNT does not suffer from the woes that afflicts its closest rival, Mexico.

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