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SA REPORT CARD: High marks for dominating Yanks
March 31st, 2005 12:57PM
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By Mike Woitalla

Executive Editor, Soccer America Magazine

in Birmingham, Ala.

The United States downed Guatemala, 2-0, on Wednesday in convincing fashion.

In the Americans' 4-4-2 formation, Brian Ching paired up with Eddie Johnson on the frontline. Johnson put the Americans ahead in the 11th minute after running on to a back-heeled pass from Landon Donovan inside the penalty area. Johnson controlled the ball with his right foot and shot low from 12 yards with his left foot off the right post. Donovan had received the through pass from Pablo Mastroeni, his central midfield partner.

Mastroeni hit superb balls to both forwards and wide midfielders Eddie Lewis and Steve Ralston throughout the game.

Mastroeni also intercepted balls and won tackles in the midfield, leaving the Guatemalans to hit long, hopeful balls to forwards Dwight Pezzarossi and Carlos Ruiz, who were stifled by central defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Cory Gibbs.

Although Ching helped the United States keep possession deep in Guatemala territory, he missed three first-half chances to extend the U.S. lead.

Lewis and Ralston threatened constantly down the flanks. They also squandered scoring chances, but Ralston provided the second goal when he controlled Johnson's headed pass, after a cross from Lewis, and poked the ball home from five yards in the 68th minute.

Neither wingback, Carlos Bocanegra or Steve Cherundolo, allowed wing attacks from the Guatemalans. Cherundolo, of the two, was more effective in the attack.

REPORT CARD

(1=low; 10=high)

STARTERS:

6 Kasey Keller

7 Steve Cherundolo

6 Oguchi Onyewu

6 Cory Gibbs

6 Carlos Bocanegra

7 Steve Ralston

8 Pablo Mastroeni

7 Landon Donovan

7 Eddie Lewis

7 Eddie Johnson

5 Brian Ching

SUBS:

nr Pat Noonan

nr Josh Wolff

nr Clint Dempsey

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