GOLD CUP PREVIEW: How the USA will beat El Salvador in quarterfinals

GOLD CUP PREVIEW: How the USA will beat El Salvador in quarterfinals”

Wednesday's meeting at Lincoln Financial Field will mark the 23 meeting between the nations and come nearly four years to the day of the last, a 5-1 US win at the same stage of this tournament in 2013. And Bradley, playing in a similar capacity to his role with Toronto FC, would sit in front of the two center defenders providing an extra layer of protection. Just two more goals were needed to avoid the gauntlet.

Having squeezed into the knockout rounds on goal difference, the Americans have taken full advantage of tournament rules that allow teams to make up to six squad changes after the group stage.

There was some chippy second half play, but neither team was able to capitalize on any created opportunities, and the game ended with the USMNT advancing to the quarterfinals.

Despite a productive career in England, where he just was named Nottingham Forest's player of the season, the Chicagoland native entered 2017 with only 11 senior caps on his resume and just one since 2013. Gonzalez, a 6-foot-5 aerial expert from the University of Maryland, gained inside position on Darwin Ceren and drove a seven-yard header over goalkeeper Derby Carrillo for his third global goal.

Then, another penalty. This time a hand ball.

But then, in first half stoppage time, Dempsey received a pass at the top of the box. A short backpass by Lichaj was collected by Rodolfo Zelaya, who raced towards the USA box.

The U.S. improved to 6-0 against El Salvador in the Gold Cup, also winning quarterfinals 4-0 in 2002 and 5-1 in 2013.

Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez, midfielders Michael Bradley and Darlington Nagbe and forwards Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey join the roster.

Clint Dempsey struggled against El Salvador, something the US must fix before the semifinal. The 13-0-2 against El Salvador in the U.S. While the Americans had stinging criticism for the behavior, USA coach Bruce Arena said he couldn't fault Canadian referee Drew Fischer, a Major League Soccer regular, for not noticing the incidents away from the ball ahead of restarts. Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, who both made their tournament debuts, each chipped in with an assist.

US STRIKER Jozy Altidore was caught up in an unsavoury incident during the recent Gold Cup clash with El Salvador.

The European-based players who usually play for the national team have been given time off from their national team duties until World Cup qualifying resumes September 1 against Costa Rica. The match will be shown on Fox Sports 1 and available for stream via Fox Sports Go.

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