USA thrashes Cuba in Gold Cup meeting

USA thrashes Cuba in Gold Cup meeting

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USA thrashes Cuba in Gold Cup meeting

United States continue to cruise in the Gold Cup with 10 goals in two games. AFP photo

Chris Wondolowski scored twice as the United States men’s national team routed Cuba 4-1 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup contest on July 13.

Wondolowski has five goals in two Gold Cup games after scoring a first half hat-trick in a 6-1 hammering of Belize on July 9.

Landon Donovan and Joe Corona Crespin also scored at Rio Tinto Stadium for the Americans, who advanced to the Gold Cup quarter-finals.

Cuba scored the first goal in the 36th minute when Jose Nieto Martinez smashed a half-volley past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Donovan tied the contest by scoring on a penalty kick before the close of the first half after American Edgar Castillo was brought down in the box.

The Americans then dominated the second half as Corona Crespin notched his first career international goal in the 57th minute to give the USA a 2-1 lead.

Wondolowski then scored in the 66th and 84th minutes.

The San Jose Earthquakes ace made it three for the US by redirecting Kyle Beckerman’s cross to the near post just over the head of Cuba goalkeeper Odelin Molina in the 66th minute.

He capped the scoring five minutes from time by capitalizing on a failed clearance to smash home a late goal.