United States vs. Cuba: As It Happened
The U.S. defeated Cuba 4-1 on Saturday afternoon to keep themselves undefeated in Gold Cup play.
Here is how it happened.
USMNT v. Cuba - Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Score: U.S. 4 - 1 Cuba (Final)
Goals: Ciprian 37' (Cuba), Donovan 45' (U.S.), Corona 57' (U.S.), Wondolowski 67' (U.S.), Wondolowski 85' (U.S.)
Here are the starting lineups:
Rimando; Castillo, Orozco, Gooch, Beltran; Corona, Beckerman, Shea (Torres), Holden (Diskerud); Donovan, Gomez (Wondolowski)
Molina; Colome, Clavelo, Malblanche, Urgelles,; Valencia (Sanchez), Molina, Corrales, Gomez (Perez), Martinez; Ciprian
And there's the final whistle. Final USA 4-1 Cuba.
Costa Rica awaits the U.S.
90+3' - In the final seconds, the U.S. is just pelting the Cuban goal, but not finding the fifth goal.
90+3' - Credit to Salt Lake City fans. Despite a paltry attendance at kickoff, the stadium has filled in quite a bit. Rain was probably slowing fans' arrival.
90+2' - Corona with a great effort to steal the ball. He dribbles in and tries to catch the keeper on his near post, but it is saved.
88' - Donovan puts in an enticing ball for Torres, but Torres can't get on the end of it.
85' - Goal USA! Chris Wondolowski finds a loose ball in the box and puts it home.
84' - Torres' cross goes well past all his targets.
81' - Beltran is beaten by a ball over the top and Rimando has to come off his line and bail the U.S. out of trouble.
79' - Corona with a great ball into the area, but neither Wondo nor Donovan can get on the end of it.
Seconds later, Beckerman puts in Donovan who finds Wondo wide open, but the shot is put right at the Cuban keeper.
77' - Donovan still very hungry, contributing on both ends of the field.
76' - nice pass by Beckerman to put Beltran in, but Beltran's pass doesn't make it into the area.
74' - Donovan finds a wide-open Beckerman on the back post on the ensuing free kick, but Beckerman puts his header right at the Cuban keeper.
73' - Diskerud takes a hard challenge, late and slightly from behind.
71' - Diskerud with a great half-volleyed chance just wide of the goal.
70' - nice run by Castillo who almost finds the final pass in the box to get the U.S. another goal. Castillo has been much, much better since Shea came off.
67' Goal USA! Chris Wondolowski with the cute finish off a pass by Kyle Beckerman to put the U.S. up, 3-1.
64' - Castillo and Torres get connected again, but Torres' touch carries the ball out of bounds.
62' - Mix Diskerud was the sub for Holden and Chris Wondolowski came in for Gomez.
57' - Out of nowhere, Joe Corona fires a loose ball at the top of the 18 home for a goal.
USA 2-1 Cuba
56' - Sounds like Wondo and Mix are about to come in.
56' - Cuban goalkeeper off his line well.
53' - And Donovan draws a foul outside the box. The U.S. needs to take advantage of one of these chances.
52' - Donovan puts in a perfect service and somehow NO ONE is there for the U.S.
52' - Torres and Castillo connect well there and Castillo draws a foul.
50' - Gooch with some great defense there to prevent a Cuban counterattack.
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