With 24 goals the striker has overtaken Juan Arango as the Vinotinto’s most prolific marksman, as they continued their Copa America preparations
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is now the highest scorer in Venezuelan history after he shocked the United States with two early goals on Sunday.
Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium played host to the weekend’s CONCACAF/CONMEBOL showdown as both the US and Venezuela look to sharpen up ahead of their commitments over the summer.
And if Sunday’s game is any indication, the Vinotinto and Rondon look to be raring to go.
The forward – who impressed during a loan spell at Newcastle last season – needed just 16 minutes to break the deadlock, finishing after a wayward pass from US goalkeeper Zack Steffen had placed his defence under pressure.
Jefferson Savarino, of MLS‘ Real Salt Lake, doubled the scoreline on the half hour before Rondon ensured that the visitors would go into half time with a commanding lead when he made it 3-0 after just 36 minutes.
And in doing so, the 29-year-old sharpshooter has clinched an all-time landmark for his country.
24 – @salorondon23 se convirtió en el goleador histórico de la @SeleVinotinto con su doblete ante Estados Unidos; llegó a 24 goles y superó los 23 de @Arango_18 . Histórico. pic.twitter.com/CdLGQTTNMH
— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) 9 de junio de 2019
With 24 goals Rondon is now the highest goalscorer in Vinotinto history, a mark he has reached in 73 games.
He overtakes former Venezuela legend Juan Arango, who scored 23 in 129 games before retiring in 2015; striker Giancarlo Maldonado completes the podium with 22 goals, scored between 1996 and 2007.
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Should Venezuela hold on to their lead in Cincinnati, victory would be a much-needed boost for a team that has lacked confidence and form recently.
March’s impressive 3-1 defeat of Argentina, with Lionel Messi in tow, has been overshadowed by a host of underwhelming results with their last three outings yielding draws with Catalunya and Ecuador and defeat to Mexico.