Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson, and Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortumund) all got onto the scoresheet during the United States’ 6-0 dismantling St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown.
Wood and Johnson combined on the first goal of the game. Versatile Mönchengladbacher Johnson, with his back to the St. Vincent goal, turned a ball from Jozy Altidore directly back to HSV newcomer Wood at the edge of the penalty area. Wood showed the goal-scorer’s finish that helped him deliver 17 goals for 1. FC Union Berlin of the 2. Bundesliga last season and earning him a transfer to Germany’s first division.
The threat of Wood also figured in the 3-0 as the Hawaii-native, while steaming toward the Vincy Heat goal, skillfully headed a ball down to his feet, drawing a violent challenge from Roy Richards. Richards was shown just a yellow following the play that put Altidore at the spot for a successful conversion.
Pulisic entered the match in the 67th minute for Johnson and had barely run enough to get warm before getting the chance to show the skills that have made him a top prospect at Borussia Dortmund. Just four minutes after the substitution, Sascha Kljestan—who had entered the match just a minute before Pulisic did—delivered a terrific ball into the area for the young talent, which Pulisic immediately pulled into his full control and quickly finished for the 4-0.
With the goal, Pulisic became the youngest player ever to score for the US in World Cup qualification.
The Kljestan-Pulisic duo combined again in the 78th minute, with Pulisic this time getting deep into the left side of the penalty area before sharply sending the ball across the front of the Vincy Heat goal where Kljestan redirected the 5-0 into an empty net.
Pulisic secured another bit of US Soccer history in added time, receiving another offering from Kljestan inside the penalty car and picking his spot on the left side of the goal, leaving goalkeeper Lemus Christopher flat-footed as the 6-0 found its mark.
The trio of USMNT Bundesligists have one more crucial match before returning to Germany for match day two. The United States hosts Trinida & Tobago Tuesday night in Jacksonville needing a win to leapfrog their guests into first place and secure their spot in the next round of World Cup qualification.
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