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USA vs El Salvador.
« on: June 12, 2007, 06:09:56 PM »
United States rout El Salvador to finish on-top.
By: Howard Ulman (AP Sports Writer).
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Landon Donovan got plenty of help from DaMarcus Beasley -- and from a controversial call that led to a key goal -- as the United States breezed into the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Americans beat El Salvador 4-0 on Tuesday night, getting their first goal from Beasley and a big lift when Donovan converted a penalty kick in first-half injury time.
"It makes a big difference to go into half with a two-goal lead," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said, "but I think we felt like they were starting to get tired and that they put an awful lot into the first 20 minutes."
El Salvador coach Carlos De Los Cobos was ejected at halftime when he argued that Mexican referee Benito Archundia shouldn't have awarded a penalty kick when the ball hit the hand of Alfredo Pacheco just inside the penalty area. De Los Cobos said the contact was unintentional.
"It changed the whole way that the game went on, so it wasn't fair. It was a quick call," De Los Cobos said. "That took the whole team down. They were very disappointed. It affected the way they played in the second half."
Beasley had his first two-goal game in nearly two years, scoring in the 34th and 89th minutes, and Taylor Twellman scored in the 73rd for the defending champions, who play their quarterfinal on Saturday at Foxborough.
With 31 goals, Donovan moved past Brian McBride into sole possession of second place on the American career scoring list, three behind Eric Wynalda.
The United States dominated the second half, allowing Bradley to use several substitutes.
"Ideally, you'd have one lineup that can play the whole time," Donovan said.
Beasley, who scored his first goal following Donovan's corner kick, agreed that the penalty kick was the turning point.
"That pretty much put them on their heels," Beasley said.
Beasley has 15 goals for the national team. His previous two-goal game was against Jamaica during the Gold Cup in July 2005.
It was the third straight shutout in the Gold Cup for the Americans (3-0), who finished atop Group B with nine points, followed by Guatemala (1-1-1), which tied Trinidad and Tobago 1-1. El Salvador (1-2) has little chance of advancing.
The United States beat Guatemala 1-0 and Trinidad and Tobago 2-0, clinching advancement after two games, and is the only team in the 12-nation tournament that hasn't allowed a goal.
The United States is 4-0 against El Salvador in the Gold Cup, outscoring the Central Americans 12-0, and is 21-0-1 in group-play games of the tournament, the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region. The Americans are 7-0-1 since Bob Bradley replaced Bruce Arena as coach.
The teams played fairly aggressively in the first 20 minutes before the Americans gained control.
The second-half goals, Bradley said, were "a nice reward for the hard work early in the match and playing through the stretch where I thought El Salvador was compact and organized."
Beasley was the Golden Boot winner of the 2005 Gold Cup after getting three goals and four assists. He put the Americans ahead 1-0 when Donovan's corner kick bounced out off a crowd to him, and he beat goalkeeper Miguel Montes from just inside the 18-yard line.
Beasley popped a clear shot from 15 yards out high over the crossbar in the 42nd minute, then was stopped when Montes tipped his shot over the crossbar in the 43rd.
Donovan's first attempt on the penalty kick was stopped by Montes, with Donovan poking in the rebound, but Archundia ruled that Montes had stepped off the goal line early. Donovan sent his next kick down the middle as Montes anticipated another shot to his left and went in that direction.
After the goal by Twellman, who plays for MLS's New England Revolution of MLS on the same field, Beasley scored from 8 yards off a pass from Dempsey, a former New England star.

Notes - U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard handled a few tough shots in his second appearance of the tournament. ... The United States played without MLS scoring leader Eddie Johnson, who has a sprained right knee.


DaMarcus Beasley (R) of the USA celebrates his second goal against El Salvador with teammates Clint Dempsey [C, number 8] and Brian Ching (L) during a first round game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007, 12 June 2007, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. USA won 4-0. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images).


United States' DeMarcus Beasley (7) takes the ball past El Salvador's Ramon Sanchez (14) during first half action of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, June 12, 2007. The United States defeated El Salvador 4-0 with Beasley scoring two goals. ...(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).


Benny Feilhaber (L) of the USA controls ball against Ramiro Carballo (R) of El Salvador during a first round game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007, 12 June 2007, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images).


Alfredo Pacheco (L), goaltender Miguel Montes (C), and Dennis Alas (R) of El Salvador protest a call during a penaly shot by the USA during a first round game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007, 12 June 2007, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. Landon Donovan of the USA received a second penalty shot chance and scored. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images).


Alexander Escobar (C) of El Salvador slides to kick the ball from Michael Bradley (L) of the USA as Dennis Alas (R) of El Salvador follows the play during a first round game at the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007, 12 June 2007, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images).


Landon Donovan (L) of the USA fights for the ball with Alexander Escobar (R) of El Salvador during a first round game at the COCACAF Gold Cup 2007, 12 June 2007, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images).
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Re: USA2 VS el salvador 0- Half Time
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2007, 06:59:46 PM »
USA 4 vs ES Nada
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Re: USA2 VS el salvador 0- Half Time
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2007, 07:04:57 PM »
Means we will actually finish 2nd in the group if we win by 2 clear goals....

Will be extremely difficult but nothing is impossible

GO T&T