There won't be many frowns when the reports cards are delivered for the US national team's serviceable 4-0 blanking of guests Guatemala in Friday's last tune-up for Gold Cup.
The hosts needed some help putting ball in net for about 58 minutes, in part thanks to an early Jozy Altidore penalty miss. Powered by flank play, the US kept at it until they busted loose with a trio of late goals to post a rout.
The thing to bear in mind is that it's always ugly in CONCACAF. You think the first hour of what we just saw in Nashville against Guatemala was a mess? Just wait until Honduras, Haiti and Panama are lined up across from us with actually meaningful points on the line.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Immediately after Friday's 4-0 win against Guatemala in the final tune-up before Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Honduras, US national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan was announced as Man of the Match.
And why not? He kept a clean sheet and made several impressive, scrambling saves behind a defense that played loose and at times seemed lost.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 4-0 win over a fellow CONCACAF team just days before the start of the continental championship is the kind of thing that should please a coach. And US national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased with the result.
But the performance against Guatemala in front of 44,835 in Nashville?
It may not have offered the inspiring moments that resulted in wins over world powers Germany and the Netherlands just a month ago, but the US national team’s 4-0 win Friday night over Guatemala in their final tune-up for next week’s Gold Cup left them no worse for the wear.