WORLD CUP 2006 QUALIFYING: U.S. advances with 3-2 win in Grenada

The United States beat Grenada, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon before 15,267 fans at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George's, Grenada, to move into the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup qualifying with a 6-2 victory on aggregate.

The United States will face Jamaica, El Salvador and Panama, which all qualified Sunday for the semifinal round, which begins in August.

Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff and DaMarcus Beasley scored for the United States.

In the sixth minute, Donovan scored from the center of the penalty area on a pass from Claudio Reyna, who dropped the ball back to the forward from the end line after being played into the area from Josh Wolff.

Just six minutes after Donovan's opening tally, Grenada snapped the USA's shutout streak at 393 minutes with a penalty kick by Wigan Athletic striker Jason Roberts. Defender Pablo Mastroeni was whistled for a foul on a ball sent into the area from midfield.

The U.S. regained the lead for good in the 19th minute when Donovan set up Wolff, who scored from close range

In the 77th minute, Beasley scored on an assist from Earnie Stewart. and the scoring was completed a minute later when former NCAA Division II star Ricky Charles scored from close range.

The Spice Boyz played the last 35 minutes with 10 men after Brian Benjamin, another product of the NCAA Division II ranks, was sent off for receiving his second yellow card.

For Stewart, who came into the match in the 63rd minute, the appearance marked his 100th international appearance for the U.S., making him the eighth player in U.S. men's history to reach that plateau.

GAME REPORT

June 20 in St. George's

Grenada 2 USA 3. Goals: Roberts pen. 12, Charles 78; Donovan 6, Wolff 19, Beasley 77.

USA -- Keller, Hejduk, Mastroeni, Gibbs, Convey (Vanney, 88), Reyna (Zavagnin, 80), Armas, Donovan, Beasley, McBride, Wolff (Stewart, 63).

Grenada -- K.Baptiste, A.Modeste, F.Baptiste, Benjamin, Phillip (Bain, 59), Charles, B.Bubb (Morris, 89), Joseph (Neckles, 65), Bedeau, P.Modeste, Roberts.

Yellow cards: USA -- Reyna 11 Gibbs 90; Grenada -- Benjamin 18, Benjamin 55, B.Bubb 68, Charles 68, P.Modeste 89.

Red card: Grenada -- Benjamin 55.

Referee: Neil Brizan (Trin. & Tobago).

Att.: 15,267.

STATS

Shots: Grenada 6, USA 22.

Saves: Grenada 7, USA 1.

Corner Kicks: Grenada 4, USA 10.

Fouls: Grenada 18, USA 13.

Offside: Grenada 2, USA 4.

QUOTABLE

''It was a good game. I thought the field conditions made it difficult for both teams. These games tend to be games of mistakes. You need to be alert for 90 minutes. I give the team from Grenada a lot of credit. They fought hard and did a terrific job. At the same time, I congratulate our team for winning both games. It was a good experience for our young players. WeÆre pleased. It's the type of game that helped us get ready for the next round.''

-- U.S. coach Bruce Arena

''The first goal is always important. You don't want to give them a chance and scoring early makes them open up a lot. On my goal, Claudio [Reyna] got it wide and Brian [McBride] crashed the net, so Claudio is smart enough to see that and dropped it back to me and it was basically an open net.''

-- Landon Donovan.

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