Clint Dempsey spent the entire first half completely invisible. Will Johnson marked him out of the match and the United States' best player was rendered useless. That's not completely rare for Dempsey though, who has been known to go invisible before popping up with a great play. Well, he's popped up and in a big way with a 62nd minute goal that has stretched the U.S. lead over Canada to 2-0 in this Gold Cup Group C match.
It will be Dempsey's name that goes up on the scoresheet, but it was a good team goal for the U.S. Jozy Altidore found space on the right side near the endline after a good build up. He had Juan Agudelo making a good run down the middle and Dempsey down the left. Altidore played a good, hard, low cross across the front and Agudelo got the slightest of touches to it, but it didn't affect the ball at all. It just kept going straight to Dempsey, who blasted it home from right in front.
The pro-U.S. crowd at Ford Field in Detroit, MI was only too happy to see the Americans go 2-0 up. Dempsey let out a roar and pointed at the name on the back of his shirt, but no matter who the goal scorer is, the U.S. will just be happy to have an insurance goal.