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CONCACAF Recap: USA Barely Edges Out Guadeloupe

The final matches of the Gold Cup group stage were played yesterday at the Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City with the hometown team– the U.S. Men’s national team– facing perennial CONCACAF punching bag Guadeloupe. The USMT was in a must-win situation, and win they did. They won by one goal, but a win’s a win, right?

Jozy Altidore put up his team 1-nill in the eighth minute of the match with a long bomb that both put the US in the quarterfinals and made us drop our jaw. The Guadeloupe goalkeeper barely had enough time to turn around and watch the ball against the back of the net. Altidore is playing like a man with something to prove in this tournament.

Of course, just because the score was 1-0 doesn’t mean that the USMNT didn’t have plenty of opportunities to keep scoring. Quite the contrary. Out of the 10 shots taken by the red, white & blue, nine of them were on goal, including this one by our main man Clint Dempsey in the 75th minute of play:

Deuce, we love you, but damn, dude. Just tap it in. A little tap tap tap. There’s no need to try to run the ball into the back of the net.

In other Group C action, Canada and Panama tied it up at 1-1.

The quarterfinals start this Saturday at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey (not New York!) with Costa Rica facing off against Honduras and Mexico likely crushing Guatemala.

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