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Dempsey’s hat trick powers US past Cuba, 6-0

Clint Dempsey

There is winning in impressive fashion and then there is that.

The US men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 6-0 rout of Cuba on Saturday in Baltimore, MD. Clint Dempsey led the way with his first international hat trick. It took only four minutes for Dempsey to score his first goal. He also converted a penalty kick early in the second half and again in the 78th minute to secure the dominant victory.

Cuba just had no response to the offensive onslaught of the Americans. They only had a single shot on goal the entire game and USA out-possessed the Cubans 62-percent to 38-percent.

At halftime, the US led 4-0.

After Dempsey scored in the fourth minute, Gyasi Zardes continued his assent as a top striker for the country. That has really been needed since Jozy Altidore was dropped from the team heading into the knockout stage. Altidore has been really hampered by a hamstring injury that never allowed him to get into the flow of games. Long-time veteran DeMarcus Beasley, who has previously retired from the national team, was brought back as a defender in his place.

But Zardes is the future of the team. He is the first true athlete to come from America. That guy would be an elite athlete in football, basketball, or any other sport he choose to play. His quickness and speed is very valuable to the USA and he is getting the heavy minutes he needs to grow as a striker.

Another young striker, Aron Johannsson, has also continued to show major improvement up top. He scored in the 32nd minute. Omar Gonzalez used his height to his advantage on a set play in the 45th minute to make it a 4-0 game at the break.

Also displaying great athleticism out on the field was Alejandro Bedoya. When he got on the field for USA against Panama, it was very clear what kind of different he makes as an athletic grinder in the midfielder. He did not even take a shot but he is more than willing to do all of the little things that go unnoticed but are so key to winning a game.

USA will take on the winner of Jamaica and Haiti in the semifinals of the Gold Cup in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 22.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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