An eighth minute goal from Jozy Altidore was all the United States needed on Tuesday evening at they defeated Guadeloupe in rather dominating fashion. The final score could and likely should have been much in the Americans favored by there were many missed opportunities on shots on goal that went wide, high, and everywhere in between.
For the match, the United States has a staggering 19 shots, with 10 being on goal, but only found the back of the net just the one time. Meanwhile, Guadeloupe had four shots, none being on goal. Clint Dempsey took eight shots for the U.S., including three on goal but couldn't find the goal.
On a positive side, the United States came out right away and took advantage of an inferior side, but moving forward the Americans will need to capitalize on more opportunities if they want to go far in the Gold Cup. Defender Steve Cherundolo looked great for the United States and could easily be looked at as having the best overall match for the U.S. side.
With the victory, the United Stats finishes second to Panama in Group C and will advance to a Sunday tilt in Washington D.C. against Jamaica, the first place team from Group B. The American soccer rivals, Mexico, won Group A by scoring 14 goals as they went 3-0 in group stage.
For the second time in a week, many eyes from across the country will be fixed upon Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City on Tuesday evening where the USMNT will be hosting Guadeloupe in the third match of 2011 CONCACAF Group C Action.
The Stars and Stripes should be hungry in front of the fans in Kansas City as the Americans fell 2-1 to Panama on Saturday evening in Tampa. With the loss, United States manager Bob Bradley has again been placed on the hot seat, as the Americans suffered their first ever loss in the opening round of Gold Cup play.
What really seems to be hurting the team at the moment are the late starts which has recently become the standard for the USMNT. More often than not it seems like the Americans don't settle down and get comfortable until after they have fallen behind in a match. That was a trait during last summer's World Cup, and it still continues to be a burden.
If the United States comes out focused, there is no reason they shouldn't take three points in Kansas City, but as we saw against Panama, anything can happen. Bradley will be mixing up his lineup tonight, as Chris Wondolowski, who has been impressive in this tournament, will be starting for the United States for the first time.
Of interest to the local fans of Sporting Kansas City, the Guadeloupe team features Sporting midfielder Stephane Auvray.