SAN DIEGO (AP) — Landon Donovan scored two goals in his return to the United States national team, and the Americans defeated Guatemala 6-0 Friday night in a friendly match preceding the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Donovan scored his 50th international goal, extending his American record, on a penalty kick in the 55th minute to put the Americans up 2-0.
His 51st came in the 74th minute on an assist from Stuart Holden.Comment on this story
Donovan had several dynamic moments in his first U.S. match since Aug. 15, 2012, which he played on the right wing and as an attacking midfielder. He took nearly five months off from soccer, and the American face of the sport wasn't included on the U.S. roster for June's World Cup qualifiers.
U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann added him for the Gold Cup, soccer's regional championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean that is played every two years.
The United States controlled possession throughout. Herculez Gomez opened the scoring with his sixth national-team goal in the 42nd minute, but the American attack took off in the latter period.
Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson and Alejandro Bedoya also scored in the second half.