COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 13, 2004) - U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored on either side of halftime and defender Greg Vanney added a late goal as the U.S. won the first of a two-game aggregate series vs. Grenada to open qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup at Columbus Crew Stadium.
The U.S. will train on Long Island, N.Y., before traveling to Grenada to complete the series with a June 20 match. That match will be shown live on ESPN2 and Telemundo at 4 p.m. ET and fans can follow online with ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
Statistically, the U.S. dominated the match with a 34-6 edge on shots and a 18-1 edge in corner kicks. Kasey Keller made just one save in goal for the U.S. as he passed Tony Meola on the all-time win list for U.S. goalkeepers with 38 wins in 69 appearances. Kellers clean sheet was the 34th of his career. The U.S. has a 381 minute shutout streak with four different goalkeepers earning shutouts in the last four matches.
The first U.S. goal came in stoppage time during the first half, with Landon Donovan laying a ball back to Claudio Reyna, after an attack down the right flank, which the U.S. captain calmly hit to the back post, where DaMarcus Beasley headed his first World Cup qualifying goal past Grenada goalkeeper Kellon Baptiste.
Prior to the U.S. breakthrough, the U.S. had dominated the half to the tune of a 17-3 shot advantage, which included three goal line clearances for the Grenada defense. The first came in the 39th minute when Carlos Bocanegra headed a corner kick on target that Brian Phillip got a foot on to save. The second and third clearances came in a flurry in the 42nd minute that saw both Brian McBride and Reyna have direct shots on goal that Grenadas Ricky Charles was able to save by twice sprawling his body in front of the empty goal.
The U.S. got off nine shots in the first 25 minutes of the second half before Beasley would score his second of the game. The ball is played out of the back to Donovan on the right half of midfield. As he makes a run toward goal, Jovan Kirovski makes a run to the near post drawing his defender with him. Donovan then used the space to find Beasley 15 yards from goal after a 60 yard run to the far post. As Kellon Baptiste came off his line, Beasley drove a low, left-footed shot around the keeper and inside the right post as the clock ticked up to the 70 minute mark.
The U.S. would add a third goal in second-half stoppage time to take a 3-0 lead in the two-game, aggregate goal series. Eddie Lewis, who came on in the 73rd minute for Chris Armas, sharpley shouldered the ball to Vanney. Vanney dribbled into the top left of the area before unleashing a left-footed rocket that tipped of K. Baptiste's fingertips before finding the side netting inside the right post for his first international goal.
Forward Conor Casey came out of the game in the 21st minute for Jovan Kirovski, after seeing his right knee buckle as he landed challenging for a ball. U.S. trainers reported a strained knee, and his status for the next match is not yet known.
After the final U.S. goal, Earnie Stewart came on the field to replace Brian McBride to earn his 99th cap.
Following the MNT World Cup qualifiers against Grenada, the U.S. will meet Poland in a domestic friendly on July 11. Should the U.S. advance through their preliminary qualifying round, their six-game, four-team semifinal round competition will begin in August.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Grenada
Date: June 13, 2004
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Second Round, First Leg
Venue: Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
Grenada 0 0 0
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (Claudio Reyna) 46th+ minute.
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (Landon Donovan) 71.
USA – Greg Vanney (Eddie Lewis) 92+.
USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 6- Steve Cherundolo, 23-Eddie Pope, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 3-Greg Vanney; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (7-Eddie Lewis, 73), 21-Landon Donovan, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Brian McBride (8-Earnie Stewart, 92+), 9-Conor Casey (11-Jovan Kirovski, 21).
Subs not used: 24-Jonny Walker, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Cory Gibbs, 15-Bobby Convey.
GRN: 1-Kellon Baptiste; 11-Anthony Modeste (capt.), 5-Franklin Baptiste, 14-Brian Benjamin (2-Eric George, 67), 15-Kennedy Phillip (16-Byron Bubb, 75), 10-Ricky Charles; 9-Shalrie Joseph, 20-Anthony Bedeau, 12-Patrick Modeste; 30-Jason Roberts, 13-Everett Watts (8-Nigel Bishop, 52).
Subs not used: 31-Desmond Noel, 19-Ricky Morris, 21-Kitson Bain, 23-Arkenson Neckles.
Stats Summary: USA GRN
Shots 34 6
Saves 1 11
Corner Kicks 17 1
Fouls 20 12
Offside 1 4
USA – Eddie Pope (caution) 25th minute.
GRN – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 28.
USA – Eddie Lewis (caution) 82.
Referee: Mauricio NAVARRO (CAN)
1st Assistant: Hector VERGARA (CAN)
2nd Assistant: Simon FEARN (CAN)
Fourth Official: Hu LIU (CAN)
Chevrolet Man of the Match: DaMarcus Beasley