Thursday, September 11, 2008

ATH: U.S. has nine points

USA 3 - Trinidad & Tobago 0

The United States National Team now have nine points from three games in the semifinal stage of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, beating Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 on Wednesday night in Bridgeview, IL.

Michael Bradley opened the scoring in the 9th minute from a Landon Donovan freekick. Clint Dempsey made it 2-0 in the 18th, and Brian Ching finished off the scoring in the 57th.

"We did well to get on top of them early on and I think that set the tone for the whole game," Bradley said. "The early goal helped and didn’t sit back after that, we kept going. I think we were a bit unlucky not to have a 3-0 at halftime, but we kept pushing and got that third goal. It was a good night for us."

Unlike their two recent away Qualifiers, the US were able to push possession and the run of play from the beginning. That gave them multiple opportunities and the confidence to create quality scoring chances.

“We were excellent tonight, Donovan said. "The first half was one of the most dominating performances I’ve ever been a part of. We were good all over the field. We put pressure on them. They had a little spell at the beginning of the second half and we came out a little flat, but after that, getting the third goal kind of kills the game.”

Next on the schedule for the United States is Cuba on October 11th at RFK Stadium.

"You win games in different ways and we’ve tried to establish within our group a mentality that on certain days, it needs to be a 1-0 victory and we’ll make it a 1-0 victory," US coach Bob Bradley said. "The best teams around the world, they win a lot of 1-0 games. Having said that, when you are playing with a 1-0 lead, the ability to open up the defense, to take certain advantages and press them forward, those are areas where we have to continue to improve. Tonight it was nice to win with the 3-0 score.”

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