The USMNT and El Salvador met in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field. Considering the stakes, the game developed as expected. The USMNT needed goalkeeper Tim Howard to come up big early on, stopping an El Salvador breakaway after a defensive slip. Both teams had chances, but it was the USMNT capitalizing. Omar Gonzalez headed in a Michael Bradley free kick to start the scoring in the 41st minute. Eric Lichaj doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time with Clint Dempsey assisting. Howard picked up the shutout.
El Salvador started the second-half with sustained pressure resulting in several close chances. The USMNT pushed for a third goal, also seeing opportunities.
An own-goal was the difference in the other quarterfinal with Costa Rica advancing 1-0 over Panama. The game's only goal came in the 77th minute with Costa Rica goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton making three saves for the clean sheet. Costa Rica vs USMNT is set for Saturday at 10pm ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. FS1 will have the coverage.
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: July 19, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Quarterfinals
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees; partly cloudy
USA - Omar Gonzalez (Michael Bradley) 41st minute
USA - Eric Lichaj (Clint Dempsey) 45+2
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 15-Eric Lichaj, 21-Matt Hedges, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 16-Justin Morrow; 25-Darlington Nagbe (7-Chris Pontius, 87), 26-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Paul Arriola (8-Jordan Morris, 66), 9-Gyasi Zardes (23-Kelly Acosta, 71); 28-Clint Dempsey, 27-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 18-Juan Agudelo, 5-Matt Besler, 10-Joe Corona, 29-Jesse Gonzalez, 12-Bill Hamid, 13-Dax McCarty, 4-Matt Miazga, 2-Jorge Villafaña, 19-Graham Zusi
Head coach: Bruce Arena
SLV: 18-Derby Carrillo; 4-Henry Romero, 5-Iván Mancia, 21-Bryan Tamacas; 7-Darwin Cerén (capt)., 8-Denis Pineda (19-Edwin Sánchez, 78), 10-Gerson Mayen (16-Óscar Cerén, 57), 12-Narciso Orellana, 13-Alexander Larín; 9-Nelson Bonilla (20-Harold Alas, 83), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya
Subs not used: 1-Oscar Arroyo, 22-Benji Villalobos; 23-Ruben Marroquín, 2-Milton Molina, 15-Efraín Burgos, 3-Roberto Domínguez, 14-Andrés Flores, 17-Victor García, 6-Richard Menjivar
Head Coach: Eduardo Lara
Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 14 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 19 / 26
Offside: 1 / 2
SLV - Iván Mancia (caution)
USA - Darlington Nagbe (caution) 21
SLV - Alexander Larín (caution) 59
SLV - Henry Romero (caution) 81
Referee: Drew Fischer (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)