Landon Donovan scores 50th and 51st career goals as U.S. MNT storms past Guatemala 6-0 in only tune-up before 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

U.S. Opens Group C of Gold Cup Against Belize on July 9; Game Kicks off at 8 p.m. PT at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, with Live Broadcast on FOX Soccer

SAN DIEGO (July 5, 2013) – In his first international match in more than 10 months, Landon Donovan made the most of his return by scoring his 50th and 51st career international goals as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Guatemala 6-0 in an international friendly at Qualcomm Stadium. The game served as the team’s final tune-up before kicking off the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

In addition to Donovan’s penalty kick tally in the 55th minute and his 72nd-minute volley finish, Chris Wondolowski and Alejandro Bedoya each notched their first international goals. Herculez Gomez, who scored the first goal of the match, and Clarence Goodson also contributed scores during the rout, which featured five goals in the second half.

It was the USA’s most lopsided win since an 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, 2008. The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against Guatemala to 20 games (14-0-6) and is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala.

The U.S. begins Group C play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Belize on Tuesday, July 9, at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. PT, with a live broadcast on FOX Soccer. Fans can also follow the action on ussoccer.com‘s MatchTracker and through Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. has won five straight matches for the first time since 2011-12, when the Americans capped off 2011 with a 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, and then won the first four matches of 2012. The last time the U.S. won five straight in a calendar year was a six-game winning streak in 2008, with every match taking place in 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

Gomez gave the U.S. a well-deserved 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute as the USA capitalized on a major advantage in ball possession throughout the half. Jose Torres lofted the ball into the box towards Joe Corona, but his lunge just missed the cross, allowing the ball to skip to Gomez at the far post. He was all alone and hit a first-time blast from close range past Guatemala goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez Jr. It was the sixth career goal for Gomez and the first career assist for Torres.

The goals came in bunches for the U.S. in the second half with Donovan leading the surge. He drew a penalty kick about 10 minutes after the break after he was shoved to the ground by Guatemala’s Carlos Castrillo. Donovan took the penalty and drove it straight up the middle as Jerez dove to his right.

Wondolowski pushed the U.S. lead to 3-0 in the 71st minute with his first goal in 12 career appearances. Donovan set up the sequence with a dashing run that unbalanced Guatemala’s defense, and even though a Guatemalan defender got a touch to his slipped pass into the penalty area, Wondolowski found himself at the right place at the right time off the deflection, burying his right-footed shot into the right corner.

One minute later, Donovan notched his second tally and 51st of his career off of a perfect cross from Stuart Holden who had popped free down the right wing. Donovan got behind four Guatemalan defenders and smashed his volley into the left corner of the net.

Goodson gave the U.S. a 5-0 lead with his fourth international goal in the 84th minute. His initial shot after a deft collection under pressure inside the penalty area was blocked both by Jerez and Enrique Miranda near the goal line, but Goodson was first to the rebound near the right post and roofed his second opportunity from close range, albeit a tough angle, for the unassisted tally.

Bedoya capped off the scoring in the 88th minute after substitute Brek Shea had burst free down the left flank off a fantastic first-time pass from Stuart Holden. Shea hit a cross on the ground that evaded several Guatemala defenders and U.S. attackers and rolled to a trailing and unmarked Bedoya, who drove his shot just inside the right post past the charging Jerez.

U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report:

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala

Date: July 5, 2013

Competition: International Friendly

Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

Kickoff: 8:23 p.m. PT

Attendance: 25,080

Weather: 67 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA                         1 5 6

GUA                         0 0 0

USA – Herculez Gomez (Jose Torres)     42nd minute

USA – Landon Donovan (penalty)            55

USA – Chris Wondolowski                      71

USA – Landon Donovan (Stuart Holden)   72

USA – Clarence Goodson                       84

USA – Alejandro Bedoya                        88

Lineups:

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 46), 16-Jose Torres (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Will Bruin, 73), 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 2-Edgar Castillo (23-Brek Shea, 59); 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 59)

Substitutions Not Used: 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 18-Jack McInerney

Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Carlos Castrillo, 3-Enoc Vasquez, 13-Victor Hernandez (14-Luis Cardona, 59), 5-Carlos Gallardo (6-Milton Leal, 78); 24-Jonathan Lopez (17-Enrique Miranda, 76), 8-Sergio Trujillo (9-Wilber Perez, 59), 16-Jonathan Marquez, 22-Edward Santeliz; 18-Minor Lopez Campollo (19-Angelo Padilla 85), 10-Jose Contreras (capt.) (7-Marlon Sequen, 86)

Substitutions Not Used: 11-Kevin Arriola, 12-Victor Ayala

Head coach: Victor Monzón

Stats Summary: USA / GUA

Shots: 12 / 5

Shots on Goal: 11 / 0

Saves: 0 / 5

Corner Kicks: 6 / 1

Fouls: 12 / 13

Offside: 0 / 7

Misconduct Summary:

None

Officials:

Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)

Assistant Referee 1: Kedlee Powell (JAM)

Assistant Referee 2: Richard Washington (JAM)

Fourth Official: Paul Ward (CAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

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