Spain handles U.S. in friendly

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Foxborough, MA There was a true gap in class at Gillette Stadium on Saturday as world champions Spain handed the United States a 4-0 defeat in a friendly.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley decided to rest a number of regulars at the start of the match ahead of Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Canada, with Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra each watching from the bench while Landon Donovan didn't dress because of an illness.

And Spain made the U.S. pay in a one-sided first half that saw Santi Cazorla tally two goals and Alvaro Negredo chip in another in a dominant performance.

The Americans had no answer for Spain's David Silva, who nearly set up the opening goal in the 13th minute when his pass allowed Negredo to chip a ball off the crossbar.

Silva then set up Cazorla's first goal after 28 minutes when he pulled the ball back for a first-time strike at the penalty spot that beat goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Negredo doubled the lead four minutes later when he dashed through the middle of the U.S. defense and took down a long ball before beating Howard with a left-footed effort.

Cazorla and Silva teamed up again shortly before halftime to increase the lead on a similar play to the first goal, with Silva getting to the end line and pulling the ball back for an unmarked Cazorla to fire home.

Both sides made a number of changes at halftime, and while the Americans performed better in the second half, Spain still managed to score again as Borja Valero's through ball allowed Fernando Torres to find the net.


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