QUARTER-FINALS – SUNDAY 21ST JULY
Jurgen Klinsmann United States smashed El Salvador to set-up a semi-final clash with Honduras who were 1-0 victors over Costa Rica. All the action from last night’s final two last eight matches is described by Will Burns.
USA 5-1 EL SALVADOR
The Americans scored another five goals in the tournament in which they cannot stop scoring, Klinsmann’s men have now notched 16 goals in four matches and are now odds-on favourites to win the trophy.
In control from the kick off, the U.S. took the lead in the 21st minute through Clarence Goodson, the defender tapping home from a short corner. Eight minutes later, Joe Corona finished from the edge of the box, Rodolfo Zelaya’s penalty in the 38rd minute gave the Salvadorians a lifeline.
On the hour mark as the rain poured down, substitute Eddie Johnson, who had been on the pitch for just 15 seconds, headed home a Landon Donovan corner, restoring the U.S.’s two-goal advantage. Johnson returned the favour on 78 minutes, flicking Donovan behind the defense for the game’s fifth goal, while Mikkel Diskerud’s closer gave the U.S. their final margin or victory.
The hosts showed the type of dominance you would expect from a team that’s arguably the best in the region.
HONDURAS 1-0 COSTA RICA
Honduras squeezed past Costa Rica 1-0 on Sunday night to earn a semi-final slot courtesy of Andy Najar with a goal in the 49th minute.
After Najar scored on a header off a fantastic whipping cross from Alexander Lopez, Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober made the advantage stand up.
Honduras and the United States will vie for a berth in the final on Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas.
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