Tuesday night the United States advanced to the knockout stage of the Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Guadeloupe. The scoring was supplied by 21-year-old US forward Jozy Altidore, who blasted a 25-yard cannonball into the upper-left corner of the net in the 9th minute of the match.
The US then managed to hold on for a fairly easy win and will now face Jamaica in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
What a gorgeous goal by Altidore, who was much maligned after a disappointing World Cup last summer. That was a world-class strike, and it’s easy to see why people have been talking him up for so long. He already has two goals in the Gold Cup thus far, and his cross set up Clint Dempsey’s tally against Canada.
Here’s hoping he’s found his footing and this is the kind of play we can expect from the youngster.