Clint Dempsey and USA teammates DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Timothy Chandler were all in high spirits on Friday night after beating Guatemala 4-0 in their final friendly warm-up before the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
After Jozy Altidore missed the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot in the 17th-minute, it was Yedlin who helped create the USA’s first goal three minutes later, swinging a quick cross into the box that Guatemala defender Carlos Castrillo headed past his own goalkeeper.
The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who was starting on the right wing on the night, also provided the assist for Chandler to score a specular long-range effort to make it 2-0 just before the hour, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s men looked much-improved after the break.
Dempsey then added a third with a chipped spot-kick after newly-appointed captain Michael Bradley was brought down in the area in 71st-minute, before veteran striker Chris Wondolowski completed the scoring four minute from the end thanks to a superb run and delivery from fellow substitute Gyasi Zardes.
The scoreline was certainly impressive but head coach Klinsmann was still left somewhat concerned by overall the performance of his team ahead of Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.
While the likes of Dempsey and Yedlin were celebrating in the locker room, he told US Soccer: “Result? Nice. Obviously 4-0 sounds really nice. Performance? Not so nice. I’m not happy with that performance.
“I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency … things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed.
“We were lucky to not get a tie, certainly at the beginning of the second half. If it’s 1-1, it’s a whole different ball game. It looks really nice at 4-0, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Nevertheless, having secured back-to-back comeback victories over the Netherlands and world champions Germany in Europe last month, the US still look like an excellent bet to both defend their 2013 title and seal a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in the process.