LOUIS, Missouri (Nov. 13, 2015) – Jozy Altidore tallied a brace as the U.S. Men’s National Team kicked off 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying with a 6-1 victory against St. Vincent and the Grenadines in front of a crowd of 43,433 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines struck first, with a goal from Oalex Anderson in the fifth minute. The U.S. equalized through Bobby Wood six minutes later before Fabian Johnson put the team in the lead in the 29th minute. Jozy Altidore tallied two, while Geoff Cameron and Gyasi Zardes completed the scoring in the 6-1 rout.
Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga made their senior U.S. MNT debuts, coming in for Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron, respectively, in the 64th minute.
The U.S. MNT travels to Trinidad & Tobago to face the Soca Warriors at Hasely Crawford in Port of Spain on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. ET on beIN Sports and NBC Universo. Trinidad & Tobago opened semifinal round qualifying with a 2-1 victory against Guatemala in Guatemala City on Friday night.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
VIN – Oalex Anderson, 5th minute: St. Vincent and the Grenadines opened the scoring early in the game, pushing forward up the left flank. U.S. defender Geoff Cameron intercepted a pass up the sideline but the ball fell to Oalex Anderson who collected and headed toward the center. Anderson took a few touches before sending his shot to the right side of the goal. USA 0, VIN 1
USA – Bobby Wood (DeAndre Yedlin), 11th minute: The U.S. responded six minutes later with Gyasi Zardes played a ball from the right to Michael Bradley just outside the U.S. penalty area. The MNT captain slipped DeAndre Yedlin to the end line where he cut back a cross to find Bobby Wood at the six-yard box where the Union Berlin striker nodded his header past Winslow McDowall. USA 1, VIN 1
USA – Fabian Johnson, 29th minute: Jozy Altidore earned a dangerous free kick opportunity when he was fouled just outside of the penalty area. Fabian Johnson stepped up and saw his right footed effort deflect off of St. Vincent forward Reginal Richardson and into the back of the net. USA 2, VIN 1
USA – Jozy Altidore, 31st minute: Fabian Johnson looked to play his corner from the right to Jermaine Jones at the near post, but St. Vincent’s Seinard Bowens attempted clearance looped up in the air and fell to an unmarked Jozy Altidore at the back post. The U.S. striker easily headed home his 30th career international goal. USA 3, VIN 1
USA – Geoff Cameron (Bobby Wood), 51st minute: Fabian Johnson tried a similar set piece play to Altidore’s goal, sending his corner from the right to Bobby Wood at the six yard box. Wood flicked on a header towards the Geoff Cameron who placed his follow-up header inside the right post. USA 4, VIN 1
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Jozy Altidore) 58th minute: With the U.S. controlling possession throughout the match, Geoff Cameron played the ball out of the back for Jozy Altidore. Altidore turned and played Gyasi Zardes into the box before the winger put his effort through the legs of Winslow McDowall. USA 5, VIN 1
USA – Jozy Altidore (Jermaine Jones) 74th minute: Following a good combination at the top of the box between Jermaine Jones and Gyasi Zardes, Jones played a ball into the area for Jozy Altidore. Altidore held up before turning his defender and firing a shot which deflected off of St Vincent’s Kevin Francis. USA 6, VIN 1, FINAL
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues the Road To Russia against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
- The attendance of 43,433 is a record for a U.S. National Team game, men or women, in the state of Missouri.
- Jozy Altidore scored his 11th and 12th goals in FIFA World Cup qualifying, tying him with Eddie Johnson for third place on the all-time U.S. World Cup qualifying list. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are tied for first with 13 each.
- Altidore also moved past Brian McBride into fourth on the MNT’s all-time goals list with 31. He now sits behind only Landon Donovan (57), Clint Dempsey (48) and Eric Wynalda (34).
- Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga made their U.S. Men’s National debut, coming on for Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson, respectively, in the 64th
- Miazga, Nagbe, Tim Ream, Bobby Wood, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris all made their first World Cup Qualifying appearances.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Semifinal Round
Venue: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Weather: 50 degrees; Clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6
VIN 1 0 1
VIN – Oalex Anderson 5th minute
USA – Bobby Wood (DeAndre Yedlin) 11
USA – Fabian Johnson 29
USA – Jozy Altidore 31
USA – Geoff Cameron (Bobby Wood) 51
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Jozy Altidore) 58
USA – Jozy Altidore (Jermaine Jones) 74
USA: 1-Brad Guzan, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron (14-Matt Miazga, 64), 5-Matt Besler, 3-Tim Ream, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 23-Fabian Johnson (6-Darlington Nagbe, 64), 18-Bobby Wood (8-Jordan Morris, 68), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 7-Miguel Ibarra, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Brek Shea, 12-Tim Howard, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Michael Orozco, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 21- Alan Gordon, 22-Bill Hamid
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
VIN: 22-Winslow McDowall; 3-Roy Richards, 7-Nazir McBernette (11-Azinho Solomon, 60), 8-Dorren Hamlet, 10-Oalex Anderson, 12-Tevin Slater, 13-Gavin James (19-Vasbert Ledger, 59), 15-Kevin Francis, 16-Million Prescott, 17-Seinard Bowens (2-Danroy Edwards, 75), 18-Reginal Richardson
Subs Not Used: 1-Kenyan Lynch, 4-Akeem Williams, 5-Glenford Ashton, 9-Shandel Samuel
Head coach: Cornelius Huggins
Stats Summary: USA / VIN
Shots: 19 / 2
Shots on Goal: 10 / 2
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 2 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD