U.S. makes short word of tiny St. Vincent & the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier

Written By Marc Lancaster
Bobby Wood
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The United States was missing a number of its longtime starters for Friday's World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent & the Grenadines, but the outcome was never in question.

Thanks to three goals in a 15-minute span late in the first half, the Americans won 6-0 in Kingstown, capital of the tiny Caribbean nation. The U.S. is on the verge of clinching a spot in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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A Trinidad and Tobago win over Guatemala later Friday would put the U.S. through to the final six-team CONCACAF qualifying round. If that doesn't happen, the U.S. could clinch its spot with a win over Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday in Jacksonville, Fla.

That match figures to be more challenging than Friday's affair. Despite playing without the likes of Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Gyasi Zardes, the U.S. had little trouble with its overwhelmed opponents.

Bobby Wood opened the scoring in the 28th minute, with Matt Besler following four minutes later.

Captain Jozy Altidore, back from a hamstring injury that kept him from the Copa America, extended the lead with a 43rd-minute penalty kick after Wood was brought down in the box, giving the U.S. a 3-0 edge at the half.

Jurgen Klinsmann brought on the veteran Sacha Kljestan and youngster Christian Pulisic for the final third of the game, and they accounted for the remaining U.S. goals. Pulisic struck in the 71st after a nice feed from Kljestan. Kljestan scored in the 78th for his first national team goal in six years. Pulisic closed out the scoring two minutes into stoppage time.

St. Vincent twice had apparent goals called back because of offsides calls in the second half, leaving Brad Guzan with a shutout.

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