U.S. win 6-0, close in on final stage qualification

Fri Sep 2, 2016 9:56pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago qualified for the final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round on Friday after a 2-2 draw with Guatemala, and the United States will almost certainly join them after demolishing St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0.

Teenage substitute Christian Pulisic scored a second-half double in the U.S. rout that took them to 10 points in Group 3 with one game left.

Trinidad and Tobago top the group with 11 points and Guatemala have seven. The United States' goal difference is 12 better than Guatemala's meaning they are virtually certain of advancing.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines are bottom of the group with no points.

Three first-half goals put the United States in charge against a plucky team from the small Caribbean island nation of barely 100,000 people.

Bobby Wood opened the scoring in the 28th minute when he curled a shot into the far corner from just outside the box at the Arnos Vale cricket ground in Kingstown. Matt Besler's strike and a Jozy Altidore penalty extended the lead before halftime.

St. Vincent had the ball in the net twice early in the second half, but the goals were ruled offside.

Seventeen-year-old Pulisic then showed his class after coming off the bench.

The Borussia Dortmund striker scored his first goal after collecting a pass with a deft touch inside the box and completed the win in stoppage time when he was given too much time just outside the box and placed the ball clinically inside the post.   Continued...

May 28, 2016; Kansas City, KS, USA;  US Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic (17) Celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half at Children's Mercy Park Gary Rohman/MLS/USA TODAY Sports