- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. | Freddy Adu scored his first goal as a member of the U.S. national team and Jozy Altidore assisted on Kenny Cooper’s sliding shot, leading the Americans to a 2-0 win over Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier on a cool Wednesday night.

The Americans improved to 27-1-7 in home qualifiers since May 1985. The win also prevents Guatemala (1-3-2) from advancing out of Group 1.

With a spot in next year’s regional finals already assured, the U.S. national team (5-1) went with a largely inexperienced lineup, leaving Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra out.

The youth certainly didn’t disappoint as Adu and Altidore stepped up, especially in the second half, when the Americans scored both goals.

Adu, a former D.C. United midfielder, curled a shot into the left corner on a free kick just outside the penalty box in the 69th minute. A diving Ricardo Jerez didn’t have a chance on Adu’s well-placed shot.

The play was set up after Altidore was grabbed by Yony Flores as he flew past the Guatemalan defender. Flores was given a yellow card for the hold.

Earlier in the second half, Altidore collected a pass and lined the ball into the box, where a sliding Cooper knocked it by Jerez.

It was Cooper’s second career goal for the U.S.

Altidore was taken out of the game in the 76th minute, and Adu departed seven minutes later.

Both were given a hearty round of applause from a sparse but enthusiastic crowd that endured 41-degree temperatures.

Brad Guzan wasn’t tested often, facing just three shots on goal, but had a diving stop late in the game.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 3, CUBA 0: A pair of goals by Kenwyne Jones and Dwight Yorke in a two-minute span in the second half helped Trinidad and Tobago to a home win over Cuba in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and a place in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Keon Daniel added a late goal for Trinidad, which needed only one point to advance.

ARGENTINA 1, SCOTLAND 0: Diego Maradona made his debut as Argentina’s coach, his team beating Scotland in an exhibition game in the Glasgow stadium where he scored the first goal of his extraordinary international career.

Maxi Rodriguez scored in the eighth minute at Hampden Park for an Argentine team that showed only flashes of the skill that brought Maradona such fame.

ENGLAND 2, GERMANY 1: Captain John Terry scored on a header in the 84th minute, giving England a victory over Germany in Berlin in an exhibition game in which both teams were missing key players.

Terry made up for an earlier mistake by rising over defender Heiko Westerman to meet a cross at the far post and head the ball into the net. England remained undefeated in Berlin in eight games.

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