How do you spell hat-trick? For the United States national team on Tuesday night, the answer was W-O-N-D-O-L-O-W-S-K-I.
One small problem: Somebody apparently forgot to tell the equipment manager.
American striker Chris Wondolowski scored a first-half hat-trick as the U.S. waltzed to a 6-1 victory over Belize in both teams' CONCACAF Gold Cup opener Tuesday in Portland, Ore. But for all the glory Wondo gathered for his performance, the name on the back of his shirt suggested someone else was doing all the work.
Take a look for yourself. On this night, the name on the back of Wondo's shirt was "W-O-N-D-O-W-L-O-W-S-K-I." The extra (incorrect) W? One for every goal, of course.
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Wondolowski opened the scoring in the 12th minute, slamming home his shot from close range after Belize failed to clear. Jose Torres started the move with a cross from the left, and Joe Corona kept the play going with a header.
It was Wondo's second goal in as many games, but he was far from finished.
The San Jose Earthquakes striker doubled the lead in the 39th minute with a diving header from Kyle Beckerman's cross. Then, after Belize pulled a goal back, Wondo completed his hat-trick with another header, this time from Michael Parkhurst's cross.
And don't think it matters that it was Belize, Wondo was getting himself into perfect positions for a target player.— Nutmeg Radio (@NutmegRadio) July 10, 2013
The first-half outburst gave Wondolowski four goals in his past two international appearances and four for his international career in 11 matches. The 30-year-old led Major League Soccer last season with 27 goals, a league record that earned him 2012 MVP honors.
The U.S. took a 3-1 lead into halftime and easily outpaced Belize in the second half. Landon Donovan scored once and added two assists, while Stuart Holden and Michael Orozco Fiscal scored once each.
Up next for the Americans is a match against Cuba in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday.