NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (AP) â€” Clint Dempsey converted a penalty in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, helping the United States beat Guatemala 4-0 on Friday in a pre-Gold Cup friendly.
Just after goalkeeper Paulo Motta saved Jozy Altidore's penalty, the Americans went ahead in the 19th minute when Carlos Castrillo headed a cross into his own goal.
Timmy Chandler doubled the lead with his first international goal in the 58th minute.
p>Dempsey, replaced as captain by Michael Bradley, converted the penalty in the 72nd minute after Castrillo fouled Bradley. Chris Wondolowski had a tap-in in the 86th minute.
The U.S. opens the defense of its Gold Cup title on Tuesday.
Source: “Associated Press”