San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - After spending the past 11 months away from
the national team, Landon Donovan returned in style on Friday as he scored
twice to lead the United States to a 6-0 friendly win over Guatemala.
Donovan scored from the penalty spot in the 55th minute to give him 50 goals
in his national team career, and he added another for good measure in the 72nd
just before being substituted.
Herculez Gomez opened the scoring in the 42nd after a sluggish first 40
minutes for the U.S., while Chris Wondolowski netted his first international
goal in his 12th appearance in the 71st minute before Clarence Goodson and
Alejandro Bedoya scored late.
Jose Torres set up the opening tally with a clever chip into the area that
Gomez finished off at the back post from inside the six-yard box.
Donovan then drew a foul inside the penalty area, and there was no question as
to the man who would take the kick as Donovan sent a slow shot down the middle
of the net past a diving goalkeeper.
Wondolowski's goal was set up in large part by Donovan as his deflected pass
fell to the San Jose striker, who easily dispatched the ball inside the right
Donovan volleyed home Stuart Holden's chipped ball one minute later, while
Goodson and Bedoya each scored in the final 10 minutes.
The Americans will open their Gold Cup campaign against Belize on Tuesday.
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