United States 3, Grenada 2
The United States advanced in World Cup qualifying Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Grenada on a soggy field.
Landon Donovan, Josh Wolff and DaMarcus Beasley scored for the United States, which moved into the CONCACAF qualifying semifinals that begin in August. The U.S. team, ranked ninth in the world, won the opener of the home-and-home series, 3-0, in Columbus, Ohio, last week.
"I think the field conditions made it difficult for both teams," U.S. Coach Bruce Arena said. "These games tend to be games of mistakes, because there's going to be a lot of technical errors on the field and the sloppy surface. I think both teams did well in that regard."
Jamaica, El Salvador and Panama joined the United States in the qualifier semifinals. The United States will open the next round on Aug. 18 in Jamaica.
The top two teams will advance to a final six-team group. Three teams will qualify for the 2006 tournament in Germany, while a fourth team will face an Asian team for another berth in the 32-team World Cup field.
Playing on a waterlogged field on this tiny Caribbean island, the United States scored in the seventh minute when Wolff intercepted and fed a pass to Claudio Reyna. He sped down the wing and crossed to Donovan, who sent a shot into the lower right side.
Grenada, ranked 138th, tied it on a penalty kick six minutes later. Jason Roberts beat Kasey Keller.
"We were hoping to attack and still hold out in our defense. As it proved, they got an early goal and that sort of settled that. Nevertheless, I think we played as well as we could," Grenada Coach Allister Debellotte said.