Tuesday, October 14, 2008
US Beats Cuba 6-1
US beat Cuba 6-1. An easy game for the Americans who now move into the final round of World Cup qualifying. Beasley scored the first two goals, Donovan and Brian Ching padded the lead early in the second. Jozy Altidore and Oguchi Onyewu added goals in garbage time.
Down 2-0 Cuba's Yoel Colome was ejected in the 42nd minute for cutting down Donovan, a foul that got him his second yellow card.
Even Cuba's bench was depleted. The Cubans (0-4) dressed only five substitutes after Pedro Faife and forward Reynier Alcantara went missing Friday, a sign that they may be defecting.
Bright spot for Cuba is that they scored a goal 2 minutes after Beasley 2nd goal, when Jenzy Munoz hit a bullet that caught goalkeeper Tim Howard slightly off his line and from outside the area put the ball just under the crossbar.
Jose Francisco Torres made his U.S. national team debut when he entered in the 68th minute along with Altidore. Torres, a 20-year-old midfielder with Pachuca, was born in Texas to an American mother and a Mexican father. By appearing for the United States, he no longer is eligible to play for Mexico's national team.
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