U.S. Men Reach Gold Cup Soccer Semis as Win Streak Hits 9 Games

The U.S. routed El Salvador 5-1 for its record-extending ninth straight win to advance to an 11th Gold Cup soccer semifinal in 12 appearances at the tournament.

Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored first-half goals for the U.S. in Baltimore yesterday, while Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mikkel Diskerud scored during the second half. Donovan had three assists in addition to his 54th career goal for the national team.

The U.S. faces Honduras on July 24 in Dallas for a spot in the July 28 championship game against Panama or Mexico, the record six-time winner of the tournament featuring national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The U.S., which lost 2-1 in a Feb. 6 World Cup qualifying match in Honduras, won its fourth Gold Cup title in 2007 and lost to Mexico in the past two finals. Honduras beat Costa Rica 1-0 in yesterday’s other quarterfinal.

This year’s champion will qualify to playoff against the winner of the 2015 edition to decide which team represents the region at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. If the same team wins both tournaments, it will advance directly.

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