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The first match on Sunday is between the United States and El Salvador. The U.S. are seemingly the favorites to win this tournament, while El Salvador has been inconsistent, to say the least.
With Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud and Chris Wondolowski leading the attack, this team will be difficult to stop from scoring goals.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann also brought Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler back in to the squad to work on their chemistry in central defense, while Eddie Johnson and the big surprise, Alan Gordon, were brought on to add some more attacking options.
Notable players who were sent home were Herculez Gomez and Jack McInerney (why didn't he get any minutes?!). El Salvador will either sit back and put 11 behind the ball, ready to hit on the counter, or utilize high pressure to capitalize on quick mistakes and get fast-break situations.
Whatever they do, it'll be organized and purposeful, so the United States needs to be patient, as these Central American sides are so tough to break down.
Also, if Rodolfo Zelaya plays like he did in the group stage, he could easily get a goal and cause problems for the suspect U.S. center backs. With all that in mind, USA wins 2-0.