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USA subdues feisty Barbados
by Ridge Mahoney, June 23rd, 2008 7AM
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[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING] With not much at stake other than for a few players to get their first taste of World Cup qualifying, albeit a Caribbean stadium basking in a crowd of picnic proportions and mellow mood, the USA beat Barbados, 1-0, in Bridgetown to complete a 9-0 aggregate win in the two-match series.

The USA advances to the semifinal round of 2010 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in which it will meet Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guatemala in a double round-robin that begins Aug. 20. The top two teams meet four other semifinal-round qualifiers to contest the six-team Hexagonal competition in 2009.

Captain Eddie Lewis ran onto a deflected through ball by Freddy Adu to slot his shot between the legs of Barbados goalkeeper Alvin Rouse in the 21st minute of a first half dominated by the Americans, who moved the ball more sharply and more efficiently than their spirited but disjointed opponents. Once it had gone ahead the USA maintained possession and looked for openings but seldom committed major numbers forward.

Paced by its rampaging forward Mark McCammon, Barbardos offered stiffer resistance late in the first half and during a fairly even second half. Right back Drew Moor snuffed a close-range attempt by Jonathan Nurse four minutes before halftime, Emerson Boyce slammed a shot off the crossbar in the 57th minute on a ball McCammon had chested into his path, and in the final minutes McCammon jarred the ball loose from goalie Brad Guzan during an aerial challenge and John Parris put it the net, but McCammon was rightly ruled offside.

The approach work of Adu and Sacha Kljestan and some enterprising touches by left back Heath Pearce provided the USA with some opportunities, but DaMarcus Beasley labored much of the time at forward and seldom clicked with Adu and Kljestan.

Central mid Danny Szetela came into the attack a few times but couldn't get a good shot and partner Michael Bradley held the middle effectively without looking for goal himself. Pearce raced diagonally through the middle to reach a feed from Adu but pulled his shot just wide of the post.

Guzan, Pearce, Beasley and Bradley were the only returnees from the starting XI that battered Barbados, 8-0, in the first leg at Home Depot Center June 15.

Jay DeMerit, Kljestan, Moor and Szetela earned their first starts in a qualifier, and coach Bob Bradley used all three of his subs on Chicago Fire players - Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington and Chad Barrett - for their baptisms as well.

DeMerit took a gash to his scalp early in the match but managed to last the entire 90 minutes, during which he took another knock to the head going for a high ball.

The keepers were fairly busy collecting crosses and smothering through balls, but neither recorded a save. Lewis had the only shot on goal and in it went.

Concacaf World Cup qualifying
Second round series, second leg

June 22 in Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados 0 USA 1. (USA wins, 9-0, on aggregate)
Goal: Lewis (Adu) 21.
Barbados -- Rouse, Neblett, Straker, Ifill, McCammon, Nurse (Marshall, 81), Williams (Vaughan, 68), Miller, Boyce, Skeete, Parris.
USA -- Guzan, Moor, DeMerit, Califf, Pearce, Kljestan, Bradley, Szetela (Rolfe, 66), Lewis, Adu (Barrett, 86), Beasley (Thorrington, 79).

Stats Barbados-USA
Shots 3-9
Shots on goal 0-1
Saves 0-0
Corner Kicks 3-2
Fouls 7-11
Offside 4-5

Cards: none

Referee: Roberto Williams (PAN)

Attendance: na



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