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Final: USA 4, Grenada 0, before crowd of 15,387

Grenada is an island nation of about 90,000 and the smallest country ever to qualify for the Gold Cup. The USA -- even with this B roster -- was expected to handle them easily, and they did: 4-0 before a crowd of 15,387 at Qwest Field.

It was the USA's first soccer victory on the Fourth of July. And it got them off to a sold start toward defending its CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

"(It was) important to start the Gold Cup the right way," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "It was a really good team effort. Four different guys scored tonight."

Those four guys were Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies. Rogers also assisted the first two goals and was selected man of the match.

The USA outshot Grenada 25-3, and USA keeper Troy Perkins was called upon to make only one save.

Among the happiest guys in red, white and blue was Brad Evans, the Seattle Sounder who made his national team debut in the 62nd minute.

"It's special when you put on the national team jersey," he said. "Overall, it's a great feeling for sure: good to get on the field and connect some passes and kind of get into the rhythm of the game. … It was just a special day. My fiancée was in the crowd, some buddies in the crowd as well. For sure, a day to remember."

Evans' national team career got off to an awkward start as he actually got a yellow card before his first national cap because he ran onto the pitch before being officially waved in by the referee.

"He told me to wait a little bit going onto the field, but I couldn't hear him – that's how loud it was," Evans said. "I was excited."

The United States continues Gold Cup group play Wednesday against Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Honduras beat Haiti, 1-0, in the first game.

The U.S. and Honduras will meet Wednesday as group play continues in Washington, D.C.

Final: The result has gone final at 4-0. Attendance was announced at 15,387. I'll be back with a couple of Brad Evans quotes and then it's off for fireworks.

68th minute: Davies crosses to Pearce, who looked two steps offsides, but finished without a whistle. USA, 4-0.

62nd minute: Sounder Brad Evans gets his first cap ... and his first yellow card and he ran onto the field before being invited on by the referee.

60th minute: Robbie Rogers breaks into space and then finishes for the 3-0 lead.

Halftime: US solidly in control. I'm guessing a crowd of around 15,000. I'll pass along the official total when we get it.

31st minute: Another assist from Rogers, this time a long cross from near the corner onto the head of Stuart Holden as the Grenada defense watched intently.

Seventh minute: Freddy Adu goal following a wonderful run and pass by Robbie Rogers.

US dominating in flow of game.

Game 1: Honduras scored on a second-half set piece to take a 1-0 win over Haiti in the first game of today's double-header.

USA-Grenada up next.

5:40: Seattle Sounder Brad Evans is pulling on the men's national team jersey for the first time today. He's listed as a sub, among the 18 players dressing for today's game.

The starters today -- not in positional order -- are Troy Perkins, Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson, Chad marshall, Kyle Beckerman, Steve Cherundolo, Robbie Rogers, Logan Pause, Charlie Davies, Stuard Holden and Freddy Adu.

3:30 p.m. I've arrived a Qwest. As have probably a couple of thousand fans. I still haven't heard anything official on ticket sales or projections. But many of the concession stands that are usually open for Sounders games aren't open today. I heard someone project around 15,000. I think I'd set the over/under at 12,000.

In any case, Honduras and Haiti are warming up on the pitch. And warming up shouldn't be a problem ... as you know if you're been out already for your barbecue or Tacoma's waterfront Freedom Fest, or anything outside that you might be doing to mark the day.

I'm presuming only the most modest interest in this first game. But I'll pop back in with any news that happens, and a halftime and postgame result. Then I'll pick up the pace a little bit from the USA game. Reminder: It's on Fox Soccer Channel at 6 p.m.

Morning: Happy Fourth of July ... and only the second Fourth when the USA men's national soccer team is scheduled to play.

The first was the 1-0 loss to Brazil in the 1994 World Cup in Palo Alto, Calif. The second is the Gold Cup opener at 6 p.m. today against Granada at Qwest Field.

Here's my preview from today's paper, which deals with the five players on the national team who have played under Sounders coach Sigi Schmid: Brad Evans, Jimmy Conrad, Chad Marshall, Robbie Rogers and Jon Busch.

I deal mostly with Evans -- the current Sounder and national team newcomer -- and Conrad -- the national team veteran who played for Schmid at UCLA.

And given Conrad's longtime knowledge of Schmid, I thought this take was particularly interesting: ""They say he's mellowed out quite a bit – which is a good thing. I think he's become very comfortable in his abilities and his strengths. Obviously, every human being has some insecurities and they can come out if there are some stressful situations. But I think he's been much better at like being even keeled. It seems very un-Sigilike to be that way; but I think since he's been like that and seems to have found that inner peace he's become a really solid coach and his teams are great."

Meanwhile, most anything you'd want to know about today's game and the competition is available at the CONCACAF Gold Cup site.