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Wondolowski picks up first-half hat trick in opening round of Gold Cup

  • Belize's Elroy Smith, right, and United States' Chris Wondolowski chase down the ball during the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game in Portland, Oregon Tuesday, July 9, 2013.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Maybe next time they'll spell Chris Wondolowski's name right.

The striker scored a first-half hat trick in a 6-1 victory for the U.S. men's national team over Belize in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night.

Landon Donovan added a goal and two assists, becoming the first player with at least 50 career goals and 50 assists for the national team.

Wondolowski, who plays for Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes, sported an extra "W" on the back of his red and white jersey for the first international meeting between the two teams.

Costa Rica defeated Cuba 3-0 in an earlier match Tuesday at Jeld-Wen Field.

Michael Barrantes scored a pair of second-half goals for Costa Rica.

Barrantes broke open a scoreless match with a left-footed goal from the top of the box that got past diving Cuban goalkeeper Odelin Molina in the 51st minute.

The 12-team Gold Cup, which includes national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, is played every two years.


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