By Dylan Butler

SEATTLE - Stuart Holden struck for one of two first-half goals to help lead the United States to a 4-0 win against Grenada on Saturday in both team's CONCACAF Group B opener in front of 15,387 fans at Qwest Field Saturday.

Freddy Adu, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies also scored for the Americans, who moved ahead of Honduras on goal difference after the opening day of group play. Los Catrachos edged a feisty Haitian side 1-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.

"Today it's important to start Gold Cup the right way," U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley said. "A lot of good things, a good team effort, four different guys scoring goals. All things I think are important as we start this tournament."

It took just seven minutes for the U.S. to go ahead as Adu scored his second career international goal. Rogers won the ball on the left side of midfield, dispossessing Ricky Charles and made a darting run into the box.

The Columbus Crew midfielder cut inside of his defender and laid the ball back to Adu, who beat Grenada goalkeeper Desmond Noel to his left from 12 yards.

"It was just great all-around play starting from (Rogers)," Adu said. "The goal was just there and all I had to do was finish it."

Charles attempted the equalizer, firing from distance, but his shot from 35 yards was just wide of the far post in the 15th minute.

Two minutes later, Rogers headed wide of the six-yard box and then took a pass from Adu and put a ball off the side netting. In the 22nd minute, Rogers again found some space down the left and served a perfect ball to Davies, who forced Noel into a difficult save.

Rogers again was the provider in the 31st, serving a perfectly weighted ball across the face of goal. Holden slipped past Grenada captain Anthony Modeste to beat Noel with a downward header inside the six-yard box to double the Americans' advantage.

"I was kind of overwhelmed when I scored," Holden said. "To score on my first cap, the whole experience and to get the victory first off was most important for us. If I can contribute to that, which I did, makes me feel happy."

Just prior to the goal, Holden attempted to set up Davies, but his cross went awry. Rogers collected the ball and served it back across where the young Houston Dynamo midfielder struck.

Rogers continued to terrorize the Spice Boyz, playing a perfect cross to Adu five minutes later, but Noel parried the header over the crossbar for a corner kick.

Rogers then switched roles and scored his first goal for the U.S. on the hour mark. Logan Pause slipped the ball through and Rogers pushed the ball past a helpless Noel to give the United States a 3-0 lead.

"Last time I played here, I think it was 30,000 people, all Sounders fans unfortunately," said Rogers, who was named man of the match. "To come out here and see all the American fans, it was a great experience."

Davies completed the scoring in the 68th with his third international goal. Marshall found Heath Pierce down the left and the 24-year-old fullback sent a one-time cross to Davies, who took a touch and beat Noel inside the far post.

"I just said to them in (the locker room), you're a big fish on your island, but you're a tadpole over here," Grenada coach Tommy Taylor said. "That's what they have to learn from…Welcome to the real world."

The group moves to Washington, where the United States and Honduras, the two favorites to move out of Group B, will clash after Haiti and Grenada meet in the opener of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

"We said at halftime there's a professional way to finish that game," Bradley said. "That involves having discipline, knowing how to respect the opponent, but at the same time making sure that in a good, smart, mature way you know how to finish the game."

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