New Hamburger SV signing Bobby Wood opened his account at the Copa America Centenario, netting in the USA's 4-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group A on Tuesday.
USA 4-0 Costa Rica
Goals: 1-0 Dempsey (pen. 9'), 2-0 Jones (37'), 3-0 Wood (42'), 4-0 Zusi (87')
Following defeat to Colombia in the tournament's opening match, USA began determined to make amends in Chicago, pressing their opponents relentlessly and getting forward at every opportunity. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann selected Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson, Hertha Berlin's John Brooks and new HSV striker Wood in the starting line-up, and it was the latter who had the greatest impact on the game.
The Hawaiian-born attacker won the penalty from which Clint Dempsey opened the scoring, and former FC Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jenas doubled the USA's lead with an excellent low drive. Wood's effort just before the break was the pick of the lot, however: picking the ball up on the edge of the box with his back to goal, the 23-year-old turned his marker and drilled an effort into the bottom corner. Substitute Graham Zusi capped off an excellent team display with a fourth late on to keep the hosts' hopes of progressing well and truly alive.
USA: Guzan – Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson – Bradley, Jones, Bedoya (Beckermann 83') – Wood (Zusi 70'), Dempsey (Wondolowski 78'), Zardes
Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann
Costa Rica: Pemberton – Matarrita, Acosta, Duarte, Calvo, Gamboa (Salvatierra 46') – Bolanos, Borges, Ruiz, Campbell (Azofeifa 46') – Urena (Saborio 18')
Coach: Oscar Ramirez