Philadelphia, PA (July 19, 2017)- The USMNT weren’t entirely convincing in their defeat of El Salvador, but they still got the job done, and advance to the Semi Finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
USMNT Defeats El Salvador, Advance to Semi-Finals with Costa Rica
Coming into the match, the main question was how well would the USMNT Perform with the additions thrown into the mix. The consensus was that it would be pretty straightforward, but it was anything but.
If El Salvador had any sense of finishing about them on the night, it could easily have been 2-2 and headed to extra time. Alas, Tim Howard came up big a few times, and Eric Lichaj made up for his near defensive gaffe in the opening minutes by making a last ditch tackle.
The USMNT opened things up in the 41st minute, as the USMNT had earned a free kick out on the right hand side. Michael Bradley lofted it up towards the back part of the six yard box, and a great flick on from Omar Gonzalez went right between the hands of Derby Carrillo. Giving the US a 1-0 lead.
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Roughly five minutes later, in first half stoppage time, Clint Dempsey made a fantastic turn, and slipped in Eric Lichaj, who drilled the ball in between Carrillo’s legs to make it 2-0.
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There were a couple close calls in the second half, but not too much to write home about. Clint Dempsey would’ve tied Landon Donovan’s goal-scoring record if it weren’t for a fantastic, sprawling save from Carrillo.
One of the big things in this matchup, was the physicality, and the lengths to which El Salvador defender Henry Romero went to get under Jozy Altidore’s skin, literally. Replay showed not only did Romero give Altidore a “purple nurple,” but he gave him a little bite on the neck. If CONCACAF want to have any credibility, Romero should be suspended for a hefty amount of time, but then again this is CONCACAF we’re talking about.
Stay tuned as we’ll have more to come on this match, and the USMNT’s run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Finals. They will take on Costa Rica after Los Ticos advanced on Anibal Godoy’s own goal in the second half.
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