The United States Men’s National Soccer team kicked off the Nashville Independence Day weekend celebrations in dominating fashion, shutting out Guatemala 4-0 in an international friendly at Nissan Stadium. The match served as the final tune-up for the USMNT before play for the Gold Cup begins next week. The match was the largest the state of Tennessee has ever seen, with 44,835 in attendance.
The only scoring in the first half came off a Guatemala miscue, when defender Carlos Castrillo attempted to clear the ball but instead headed it just past the reach of his goalie for on own goal. The second half was all the Americans as Timmy Chandler rocketed in his first international goal in the 58th minute. Clint Dempsey followed with a penalty kick goal, before Gyasi Zardes and Chris Wondolowski paired up for the match’s final goal.