The United States were dominant once again after an early scare and Costa Rica as excepted delivered a defeat to Belize but not as big as you would think. Will Burns is on hand once again with a review of last night’s games.
USA 4-1 CUBA
The United States recovered from an early first-half deficit to coast to a 4-1 victory over Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake in their second group match. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side were looking to build off of their dominant opening match win against Belize and they did just that against Cuba, but not without a hiccup. The Cuban squad came out strong and took the early lead with their first goal against the United States in eight years thanks to a volley from Cuban striker José Ciprian Alfonso.
Unfortunately for the Cuba, that would be their only moment as the Americans turned up the gas, which resulted in a successful spot kick by the record breaking Landon Donovan on the stroke of half-time.
With the score tied, both squads were looking to find the back of the net short after the interval. For the U.S., they were able to build off of the momentum from the late Donovan goal to get goal number two just minutes after the interval. Joe Corona hit the ball from just outside of the area and placed it perfectly in the right corner of the goal in the 57th minute.
On 66 minutes, Klinsmann’s men continued to create the chances and score the goals. It was that man again, Chris Wondolowski, after scoring a hat-trick in the first game, he grabbed a brace. He had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when he put one past the Cuban keeper after an assist from the dreadlocked Kyle Beckerman.
The Americans continued to control the action and they were finally able to add on one final goal thanks to Wondolowski once again five minutes from time.
COSTA RICA 1-0 BELIZE
It took a second-half Dalton Eiley own goal to help Costa Rica advanced to the last eight of the tournament, beating Belize 1-0 on Saturday night.
Costa Rica have not conceded a goal for a total of 704 minutes with the win, which assured the Ticos of playing their quarter-final match in Baltimore on July 21st.
The Costa Ricans plays the U.S.A. on Tuesday at East Hartford, in a match that will determine the winner of Group C. The Ticos have one loss in their last 17 matches, a 1-0 defeat to the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier played during a Colorado snowstorm in March.
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