Dempsey Hats Cuba; USA in Gold Cup Semis
The USA's hot streak is alive, well, and hell-bent on melting metal.
The same can be said for target man Clint Dempsey.
The Americans obliterated Cuba, 6-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals with the Big Fuzz netting a powerful hat trick.
Given the teams the USA has beaten recently, Cuba was just a stroll in the park for them, which was quite a change from 1961, which gave the world's one of President John F Kennedy's most poignant quotes:
|Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.|
Jürgen Klinsmann was going to have none of that.
Dempsey, as usual, got his head into the game quickly. As in the fourth minute:
A big dude jumping that high is a defender's worst nightmare.
The Americans' second came 11 minutes later and was all about mind games:
Everyone thought that the ball was meant for the head, but no. And Gyasi Zardes didn't mind.
Safe to say that America owns the passing game in this one.
And the hits just kept on coming, like this classic sweeping grass banker:
There's just no stopping Joe Corona. Especially if you're an earthworm.
Dempsey then got serious about posting a hat trick. It never hurts to get your number called for the spot:
Fish in a barrel.
And then for the coup de grace:
That’s one kind of goal we don’t get to see every day, because center backs don't get that disoriented every day.
Next up: Jamaica.