United States vs. El Salvador: Gold Cup Live Score, Highlights and Recap
Gold Cup Quarterfinal—United States vs. El Salvador
United States 5-1 El Salvador
United States: Rimando; Parkhurst, Besler (Orozco 75'), Goodson, Beasley; Beckerman, Diskerud; Torres (Shea 66'), Donovan, Corona; Wondolowski (Johnson 60')
Subs: Hamid, Johnson, Castillo, Gonzalez, Orozco, Beltran, Holden, Bedoya, Shea, Gordon, Bruin, Johnson
El Salvador: Portillo; Moises, Posadas, Henriquez, Turcios; Menjivar, Ceren, Romero (Santamaria 46'), Mejia; Zelaya (Mayen 73'), Blanco (Burgos 46')
Subs: Villalobos, Carrillo, Purdy, Granadino, Santamaria, Larin, Mayen, Flores, Renderos, Burgos, Coreas, Bonilla
LIVE BLOG END
That's it from me, but I hope you enjoyed the United States' demolition of El Salvador through this live blog.
I, along with my colleagues at Bleacher Report, will have the best post-match analysis available on the Internet. Do stick around for that.
With that, enjoy the remaining hours of your weekend, and look forward to the U.S.'s semifinal match in just a few days' time.
The United States dominates El Salvador to the tune of 5-1 to progress to the semifinals of the Gold Cup in the most confidence-building fashion possible.
An explosive three-goal second half decided the game, and leaves no doubt that the U.S., who have outscored opponents 16-3 in this competition, are the team to beat going into the semis.
90+2' Just another minute now, as both sides are content to play this match to its only possible outcome.
90' Ooh, Johnson took too much time during a one-on-one with Portillo, stepping over the ball several times before finally driving the ball right into the goalkeeper's gut.
The U.S. is still on the attack, as two minutes of stoppage time are added.
88' A confrontation between Landon Donovan, a Salvadoran player and the referee ensues after some classless Salvadoran fans decide to toss various objects at the American star upon his trip to the corner flag.
Ultimately, the issue is resolved, and the U.S. resumes play as usual.
Mix Diskerud makes it 5-1 after a precise cross from the right side of the box finds the midfielder's head right inside the six-yard box. There was only one spot a professional footballer could have put that ball, and that's where it ended up.
Landon Donovan seals the victory for the United States, rounding the goalkeeper and perfectly slotting the ball right into the back of the net.
The U.S. can now relax a bit amidst the heavy rain that has begun to fall in Baltimore.
75' U.S. substitution
Michael Orozco comes on for Matt Besler.
74' El Salvador substitution
Gerson Mayen relieves Rodolfo Zelaya, who has been El Salvador's best player today.
71' Ooh, Eddie Johnson is presented with a wonderful opportunity to sweep the ball into the back of the net with power from the edge of the box, but he mis-kicks and wastes the chance.
Then Donovan whips a low cross across the box, but it is just outside the range of an unmarked Brek Shea.
67' U.S. substitution
Brek Shea replaces Jose Torres.
66' There is a bit more swagger to the United States and a more palpable sense of desperation from the Salvadorans.
The latter are taking very few touches before blasting shots at Nick Rimando's goal, and are failing to break up the U.S.'s excellent possession play in midfield.
Eddie Johnson smashes in a header from a corner kick before I had time to update the change!
It was Johnson's very first touch, and and it gives the U.S. what is surely an impregnable lead to take into the final half-hour of play.
60' This game is really opening up. In just a few touches, the U.S. takes the ball from deep within their own half to near El Salvador's penalty box, earning a corner in the process.
This is the most exciting type of football that is played.
55' Excellent save from Portillo to deny Kyle Beckerman from outside the penalty box. Wondolowski then has the opportunity to fizz a ball in from the right side but cannot manage to find anyone to put the ball in the net.
The match then settles down a bit, but the tempo has nevertheless been increased once again, as both sides come close at the attacking end.
52' Yet another mazy, stop-start run from Zelaya results in a whipping curler that very nearly bends around Rimando's far post.
The momentum has definitely shifted toward the Salvadorans, and the United States needs to get its defense in order very quickly. They must also figure out a way to keep Zelaya under control.
49' Zelaya is clearly El Salvador's best player. He takes Goodson for a ride down the left flank and whips in a superb cross that very nearly led to an equalizer. Definitely one for the U.S. to watch out for.
Meanwhile, Santamaria blasts a shot over the bar from a very dangerous position on the left side of the penalty area.
46' The U.S. get the second half underway, and El Salvador make two halftime changes, which I will update you on in just a moment.
The second half is slated to begin in just a couple minutes.
An electric first half ends with the United States holding a very slim 2-1 advantage over El Salvador.
The Yanks will be kicking themselves for not taking their plethora of chances and giving away a ridiculous penalty when firmly in control of the match.
This match is primed for a thrilling second half, so you'll just have to stick around to experience it.
45+1' One minute will be added on to the first half.
A cool Panenka penalty from Zelaya, who won the penalty, cuts the U.S.'s lead in half. Game on.
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