USA have kicked off their 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Canada on Tuesday.
The tournament co-favourites were served well by promising striker Jozy Altidore who scored the opening goal and set up the second for star midfielder Clint Dempsey at Ford Field in Detroit in front of a crowd of around 28,000.
Altidore received a pass from Landon Donovan before turning Canada skipper Kevin McKenna on the right side of the penalty area before hammering home a right-footed shot for his 11th international goal in the 15th minute.
Just after the hour-mark, Altidore turned provider when he sent a cross from the right flank to the back post where Dempsey found space to volley home for the second.
Canada had a few solid chances late in the piece but US keeper Tim Howard was able to make two top-shelf pointblank saves to deny Stephen Hart’s men a chance of getting back into the contest.
Bob Bradley’s US team next take on Panama on Saturday, after they defeated Guadeloupe 3-2 also on Tuesday, whilst Canada meet Guadeloupe with both games being held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.