Away trips in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying can be unusually tough. Travel to the smaller nations in the Caribbean is atypical for athletes used to large jets or custom buses. The fields, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines case a cricket field without adequate lights for night play, have odd patches, or turf, or other quirks. Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States could not take VincyHeat lightly, and they did not. Only two players in the US starting XI did not have MLS experience. Without Clint Dempsey and Micheal Bradley they still dominated to the tune of six-nil.
Bobby Wood started the scoring. Matt Besler scored on the day his daughter was born. Jozy Altidore tied Clint Dempsey for the most World Cup Qualifying goals for an American. Christian Pulisic became the youngest scorer in US qualifying history.
Pulisic assisted on the fifth goal, scored by Sacha Kljestan. For good measure, and to launch the hype-train directly into space he scored the sixth goal too. The BVB Dortmund youngster only needed 33 minutes to get two goals and an assist. He is only 17. Kljestan assisted on both of Pulisic’s goals.
Seattle Sounders Oalex Anderson and Myron Samuel tried to help St. Vincent, but their best attempts were waived offside - twice.
Jordan Morris played the final 18+ minutes and was 10 for 12 passing with a total of 14 touches.
Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin will not be able to play against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday September 6th (5 PM, FS1/UniMas) due to yellow card accumulation.
With the win the United States has 10 points in five matches played. They qualify for the Hex if T&T beat Guatemala Friday night (4 PM NBC Universo).