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Call him Eddie “Instant Impact” Johnson.
The Sounders FC forward, 15 seconds after being subbed in by the U.S. men’s national team, scored a crucial goal en route to a 5-1 win over El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Johnson, who added an assist, has 16 international goals, moving into sole possession of 10th place in federation history.
Landon Donovan had a huge game in the win, collecting a goal (off Johnson’s flick header) and three assists. He also played a role in the another goal and is up to 54 goals and 55 assists in his international career — five goals and seven assists since his national-team return. Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud added goals Sunday.
The U.S., on a record nine-game winning streak, is set to face Honduras in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Cowboys Stadium near Dallas. Mexico and Panama will face off in the other.
Sixteen goals is already a record for the U.S. in a Gold Cup. The Americans have advanced to the semifinals in 11 of 12 appearances in the tournament (and in seven straight).
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