The U.S. men’s national team had already clinched advancement to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals heading into Tuesday’s group-stage finale against Costa Rica.
Nevertheless there were still things to be won. Clinching first-place in Group C was one. Setting a federation record with eight-straight wins was another. And both were accomplished with a 1-0 victory, which came on an 82nd-minute goal by Brek Shea.
The play started with a tremendous save by goalkeeper Sean Johnson, which led to a break as Joe Corona found Landon Donovan down the right wing. He played an early cross to Shea, who ran the length of the field and finished for his first international goal. Costa Rica had been carrying a 785-minute shutout streak dating to the snowy World Cup qualifier in Colorado.
Here is a look at the quarterfinal field:
Panama vs. Cuba, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
USA vs. El Salvador, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Honduras vs. Costa Rica, Sunday, 4 p.m.
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