Chris Wondolowski keeps up scoring touch in United States’ 4-1 win over Cuba
The San Jose Earthquakes forward scored his fourth and fifth goals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as the U.S. clinched a berth in the tournament quarterfinals.
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SANDY, Utah — Chris Wondolowski is making a case that he should be included in the United States roster when World Cup qualifying resumes in September.
Wondolowski — with his jersey name spelled correctly this time — scored two more goals to raise his total to five in two matches, and the Americans overcame a slow start to beat Cuba 4-1 Saturday and clinch a berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.
Landon Donovan tied the score late in the first half when he converted his second penalty kick of the tournament for his 53rd international goal. Joe Corona got his first international goal early in the second, and Stuart Holden made his first start in nearly three years for the U.S., which has reached the quarterfinals of all 12 Gold Cups.
While Wondolowski has led or tied Major League Soccer in goals for three straight seasons, he hadn’t scored for the national team in 11 appearances before getting his first in an exhibition win over Guatemala on July 5.
“I’m very confident in my play,” Wondolowski said. “Just even getting the goals is so huge.”
Wondolowski scored a first-half hat trick in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Belize, when his jersey was misspelled “Wondowlowski.” He started this match on the bench, then replaced Herculez Gomez in the 58th and scored the final two goals in the 66th and 85th minutes. Superstitious, he had an extra “W” stitched on the inside of his jersey.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the 30-year-old San Jose forward was a bit disappointed he wasn’t in the starting 11.
“He’s hungry, and he’s working a lot,” Klinsmann said. “It’s not only that he has the instincts to know where the ball will be in the box. It’s also the runs he makes to open things up.”
Wondolowski, Donovan and Holden all are making a case to be included in the player pool for World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica on Sept. 6 and at home against Mexico four days later.
Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups, hadn’t played for the national team in 11 months before the Guatemala match because of injuries and a four-month sabbatical from soccer that ended in late March.
Holden made his first start for the U.S. since an exhibition against Colombia on Oct. 12, 2010. A knee injury the following March sustained from a tackle by Manchester United’s Jonny Evans limited Holden, a Bolton midfielder, to one club match in the next 22 months.
Costa Rica 1, Belize 0
Costa Rica advanced to the Gold Cup quarterfinals thanks to an own goal by Belize’s Dalton Eiley in the 49th minute. The win in Sandy, Utah, assured the Ticos of playing their quarterfinal in Baltimore on July 21.
Costa Rica (2-0) plays the United States (2-0) on Tuesday at East Hartford, Conn., in a match that will determine the Group C winner.
At Timbers 2, Galaxy 1
Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored in stoppage time to give Portland a late winner.
Jean-Baptiste’s header got past Los Angeles goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini with under two minutes remaining after Ryan Johnson had evened the score at 1-1 in the 27th minute. Portland moved into second place in the Western Conference behind Real Salt Lake.
At Red Bulls 4, Impact 0
Thierry Henry had a goal and two assists to help New York rout visiting Montreal.
Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula also scored for the Red Bulls.
Dynamo 2, at Revolution 1
Adam Moffatt scored two second-half goals to lead Houston over host New England.
At Sporting KC 3, Toronto FC 0
Soony Saad scored twice, his first goals in almost two years, and Kansas City moved into first place in the Eastern Conference. Claudio Bieler also scored for Sporting, which ran its unbeaten streak to five in front of a Sporting Park-record crowd of 21,126.
Real Salt Lake 3, at FC Dallas 0
Javier Morales scored a goal and set up two more as Salt Lake stayed unbeaten through eight games as Dallas lost at home for the first time this year.
U-20 World Cup
France won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time, beating Uruguay 4-1 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the final in Istanbul. France is the sixth European champion In the 36-year history of the event.