Four Players Make the Scoresheet in Comfortable US Win
US started with a line up of Troy Perkins, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson, Chad Marshall, Steve Cherundolo, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, Logan Pause, Stuart Holden, Charlie Davies, and Fredy Adu. Logan Pause and Stuart Holden were the debut boys.
Davies, Holden, Adu and Rogers scored a goal a piece as the USA won their opening match of the tournament convincingly.
The Grenadians selected Desmond Noel, Cassim Langainge, Jason James, Marc Marshall, Byron Bubb, Ricky Charles, Kithson Bain, Anthony Modeste, Marcus Julien, Patrick Modeste, Shane Rennie.
It took just seven minutes for the USA to open the scoring, Fredy Adu opening their account in the 7th minute after Robbie Rogers skinned Cassim Langainge at the Grenadian right back position and passed all along the deck inside the box for Adu to slot home. Grenada will be disappointed that the ball was allowed to travel so far inside uninterrupted, leaving Desmond Noel unprotected.
Two minutes later Adu drove a long distance shot over. Stuart Holden tried from long range soon after but his effort went wide. It wasn’t all one way traffic however. Ricky Charles however gave Grenada some confidence when a 20 yard drive after a quarter of an hour was surprisingly close to Troy Perkins right hand post. Beckerman was next with a pile driver that Noel palmed upwards seconds before Rogers headed just wide from close in. Davies was the next to test Noel and the Grenada keeper was up to it.
It delayed the second for a little though as a Stuart Holden header downwards and upwards doubled the lead. Holden was the 45th US player to score in his first game. Noel made a superb save at point blank range from an Adu header ten minutes before half time, as Grenada sought to keep the score respectable.
Adu caused yet more havoc from a right hand free kick and Noel dived back towards his own goal, parried and then pushed it a third time out for a second corner. From that corner, Clarence Goodson headed over.
What should have been the last chance of the first half came when Langainge mistimed his jump and the ball fell to Charlie Davies who fired waywardly. Davies again managed to flick a point blank opportunity at Noel 40 seconds later. It was the end of the first period action and 2-0 was a fair reflection of the USA’s dominance.
The second half began more quietly than the first had ended. After an error, Davies fed Adu who cut in, but his shot was deflected. Robbie Rogers added a third seconds before the hour. He beat the offside trap to receive an excellent through ball from Logan Pause. It was Rogers’ first US goal.
A huge cheer went up when local hero Brad Evans was brought on for Cherundolo. Referee Walter Gomez promptly booked him for entering the field of play without permission and sent him back to the touchline to reenter. He slotted in at right back.
Pearce set up Charlie Davies for the fourth with a flick from the outside of his boot, and Davies finished convincingly in the 69th as Grenada began to fall apart. It was Pearce’s fourth assist in 24 games for the Nats. Adu chipped in an ambitious effort which hit the cross bar amid a flurry of substitutions which began to disrupt too much flow and continuity.
Adu was rightly booked for needlessly controlling it with his hand after Holden fed him a through ball. Arnaud tried his luck from 28 yards as the game ran down. Noel produced a wonderful save to deny Arnaud his debut USA goal. The ball rebounded to Robbie Rogers who slammed the ball over.
And that was enough for Independence Day soccer in Seattle.
Bob Bradley got to blood a few debutants, the score was more than acceptable, Seattle just about showed its support for the national effort and everybody went home happy. The USA piled up 25 shots in what became a training exercise.
For Tommy Taylor, he said afterwards:
“My players are big fish in a little pond at home. Here they are tadpoles. If Grenada are to prosper, we need to get as many of them as possible off the island into bigger leagues.”
USA: Troy Perkins, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson (Michael Parkhurst 71′), Chad Marshall, Steve Cherundolo (Brad Evans 62′), Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, Logan Pause, Stuart Holden, Charlie Davies (Davy Arnaud 69′), and Fredy Adu.
Grenada: Desmond Noel, Cassim Langainge, Jason James, Marc Marshall, Byron Bubb, Ricky Charles, Kithson Bain (Delroy Facey 55′), Anthony Modeste, Marcus Julien (Jake Slade 55′), Patrick Modeste, Shane Rennie.