By Grant Wahl
July 10, 2013
Chris Wondolowski scored a first half hat-trick in the U.S.'s 6-1 win over Belize on Tuesday.
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• The U.S. wasn't perfect. You can only play the teams they put in front of you, but the U.S. had some issues against an overmatched Belize team that was full of amateurs who have other day jobs. The U.S.'s defense was atrocious on the first-half goal by an unmarked Ian Gaynair that briefly narrowed the score to 2-1. (Clarence Goodson was AWOL on the play.) And for all the U.S.'s possession in the first half, there weren't nearly as many scoring chances as there should have been. It's clear that coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to bring Holden along slowly as he gets back to full fitness, but two straight impressive 45-minute performances coming off the bench suggest that Holden might be ready for a starting role in future Gold Cup games.

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