Altidore fires U.S. to 4-0 rout of Trinidad & Tobago
(Reuters) - Jozy Altidore scored a second half brace as the United States routed Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 at home on Tuesday to win Group C in World Cup qualifying.
With the Americans nursing a 1-0 lead in an initially tight contest, Altidore put the match away with a flurry, striking home in the 59th minute and adding a second just four minutes later in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 26-year-old striker reached 16 career goals in World Cup
qualifying, moving two past Clint Dempsey to own the U.S. record.
The U.S., who blasted St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 on Friday, will bring confidence into the next round of qualifying which begins with a match against Mexico in November.
"First in the group. Our goal achieved," coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters. "We’re now looking forward to an exciting November game. It’s a huge opportunity to start the hexagonal and send a message."
Guatemala also thrashed St. Vincent 9-3 on Tuesday but finished third in Group C, a point behind Trinidad & Tobago.
Sacha Kljestan put the Americans on the scoreboard in the 44th minute while Paul Arriola added a late goal to cap the demolition.
The U.S. enjoyed timely performance from veterans and young players alike. Continued...