U.S. Men's National Team Advances to Semifinals with 5-1 Win against El Salvador

BALTIMORE, Md. (July 21, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team advanced to the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 5-1 victory against El Salvador as defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud and forwards Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored for the Americans in front of a huge crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.

With the win, the USA moves on to the final four of the tournament where it will face the winner of the Honduras-Costa Rica match, which is the second quarterfinal of the day. The USA’s semifinal will be held at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday, July 24 with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox Soccer. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. Men’s National Team also extended its record winning streak to nine games, a mark initially broken after the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 on July 16 for its eighth win in a row. The five goals also upped the USA’s total for the tournament to 16, the most scored in a CONCACAF Gold Cup by a U.S. team, beating its previous high of 13 scored in 2003 (accomplished in five games) and in 2007 (six games).

The USA had the vast majority of possession throughout the match, and if not for a fantastic first-half performance from El Salvador goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo, the game would have been decided well before the break.

Donovan started his fifth consecutive match since returning to the U.S. National Team and once again he proved to be a difference-maker.

The USA capitalized on its territorial advantage in the 21st minute, scoring its first goal off a perfectly executed set play from a short corner kick. Midfielder Jose Torres played the corner short to Donovan, who passed back to Michael Parkhurst above the right corner of the penalty area. Donovan then made a sneaky run behind the Salvadoran defenders and was rewarded with a perfect chip from Parkhurst. Donovan took the ball down on his chest near the end line and cut a cross back into the middle, through the legs of defender Jose Henriquez and right to Goodson, who smashed his first-time shot into the open net from six yards out.

U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to the nets after giving way to Sean Johnson during the USA’s final group game and came up with a fantastic double save in the 26th minute to keep the USA ahead. Rodolfo Zelaya got free down the left to cross on the ground to Mark Blanco, but Rimando made a point blank kick save on the wide-open attempt and then was up on his feet in an instant to scramble across the goal and make a diving save at the left post, pushing the second shot – a strike from 18 yards out – just outside the post for a corner kick, which he promptly grabbed in traffic.

Donovan was the catalyst for the second goal as well, taking a pass on the left side and turning toward goal at speed. A nifty feint to the inside created some space, and he made a short square pass along the top of the top of the penalty area to Chris Wondolowski, who in turn squared the ball to Corona. The U.S. midfielder put his defender on the ground with a sharp fake and then slid his shot into the lower left corner of the net from 16 yards out for his second goal of the tournament and second international goal.

El Salvador pulled a goal back in the 39th minute after Zelaya’s dynamic run eluded three U.S. defenders with a lateral dribble across the penalty area. It ended when U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley stepped in front of the fast-moving Zelaya, who bundled into him, resulting in a penalty kick. Zelaya stepped up to take the kick himself, sending a soft chip up the middle as Rimando dove to his left.

El Salvador came out of the break with extra energy and initially put some dangerous pressure on the U.S. back line, but a 60th minute substitute of Johnson for Wondolowski immediately paid off. Johnson entered the game at 59 minutes and 30 seconds as the USA was setting up for a corner kick and headed the ball home just 15 seconds later. Donovan took the corner short to Torres, who stopped the ball, allowing Donovan to bend a service into the middle. Johnson, who had jogged from the sideline into the pack of players in the penalty area, sliced through to crush his header into the upper left corner.

As a hard rain began to fall in Baltimore, Donovan added the fourth goal in the 78th minute, and it originated off a long kick from Rimando. Johnson flicked the ball on with his head into the path of the streaking Donovan, and the USA’s all-time leading scorer did the rest, rounding Portillo to the right on the breakaway and slipping his shot into the open net.

On a night when the USA could have scored more than a few more goals, Mix Diskerud added the last score in the 84th minute with a well-placed six-yard header off a short chipped cross that came from Donovan in the right side of the penalty area.

Additional Notes:

-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: July 21, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Md.
Kickoff: 4:06 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 87 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            2 3 5
SLV                             1 0 1

USA – Clarence Goodson (Landon Donovan)        21st minute
USA – Joe Corona (Chris Wondolowski)               29
SLV – Rodolfo Zelaya (penalty kick)                     39
USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan)             60
USA – Landon Donovan (Eddie Johnson)             78
USA – Mix Diskerud (Landon Donovan)                84

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler (4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 75), 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud; 6-Joe Corona, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 66), 10-Landon Donovan; 19-Chris Wondolowski (26-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 11-Stuart Holden, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 20-Alejandro Bedoya,22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

SLV: 1-Dagoberto Portillo; 2-Moises Garcia, 3-Victor Turcios, 23-Jose Henriquez, 16-Marcelo Posadas; 12-Andres Flores, 6-Richard Menjivar, 7-Darwin Ceren, 8-William Romero (9-Rafael Burgos, 46); 17-Mark Blanco (10-Kevin Santamaria, 46), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (19-Gerson Mayen, 73)
Subs not used: 4-Steven Purdy, 5-Jose Granadino, 13-Alexander Larin, 14-Dustin Corea, 15-Darwin Bonilla, 18-Benji Villalobos, 20-Josue Flores, 21-Nestor Renderos, 22-Derby Carrillo
Head Coach: Alberto Agustin Castillo

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 20 / 12
Shots on Goal: 10 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Clarence Goodson (caution)           15th minute
SLV – Darwin Ceren (caution)                  68

Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan