[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING]
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
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
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 Bradle
y 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
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.
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.
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.
Guzan, Moor, DeMerit, Califf, Pearce, Kljestan, Bradley, Szetela (Rolfe, 66), Lewis, Adu (Barrett, 86), Beasley (Thorrington, 79).
Shots on goal 0-1
Corner Kicks 3-2
Referee: Roberto Williams (PAN)