Rimando, Beckerman strong as U.S. defeats Belize 6-1

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Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando were at the core of a strong 6-1 USA win over Belize to kick off the States' campaign in the 2013 Gold Cup.

Beckerman, though, played only the first half, perhaps as Jurgen Klinsmann looked to re-introduce Stuart Holden to a lower-energy, low-risk match. In the first half, Beckerman completed 49 of 53 passes, with one of those a sumptuous cross that assisted a headed Chris Wondolowski goal.

While the need for a defensive midfielder may have abated after Wondolowski scored a first-half hat trick for the U.S., there were dangerous moments in the second half that required Rimando's full attention. Despite the sporadic action in the United States' defensive half, Rimando's awareness prevented at least two goals from Belize.

Highlights

Beckerman's assist for Wondolowski

For good measure, here's Stuart Holden's fine finish. Check the rest of the goals out at US Soccer on YouTube.

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