July 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM
USMNT ready for Gold Cup semifinal
It’s semifinal day in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. men’s national team will face Honduras at 4 p.m. and Mexico takes on Panama at 7 p.m.
Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson helped pushed the team forward in the tournament with a goal and assist off the bench in a 5-1 quarterfinal win against El Salvador.
“It was great to see Eddie come off the bench and score,” coach Sigi Schmid said Tuesday. “If we knew he was only going to play 30 minutes, we could’ve maybe used him a little bit, but I talked to (USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann) after the game and I talked about that a little bit. Obviously where they’re playing right now it’s really hot and humid, and he just felt that Eddie and some others had to adjust to humidity a little bit. He wanted to bring in Eddie at halftime and then because of the PK decided not to do it. But Eddie obviously made his mark when he came into the game, so it was good for him.”
A big story going into tonight’s games will be the temporary grass surface at Cowboys Stadium. Grant Wahl took a couple pictures here and late in this video report you can see Klinsmann’s displeasure.
Lastly here are some notes from U.S. Soccer:
- This is the third meeting between the USA and Honduras in a Gold Cup semifinal. The USA walked away with a 2-1 win in 2005, and in the 2009 event Clarence Goodson scored his first goal for the MNT and notched the game-winner in the 2-0 victory.
- The win against El Salvador extended the USA’s winning streak to a team-record nine games. The MNT improved its record this year to 10-2-2, and 9-1-1 in games played in the U.S.
- The five goals also upped the USA’s total for the tournament to 16, the most scored in a CONCACAF Gold Cup by a U.S. team, beating its previous high of 13 scored in 2003 (accomplished in five games) and in 2007 (six games). It’s also the third-highest total in tournament history. Mexico scored 28 in 1993 and 22 in 2011.
- The USA has now advanced to the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the seventh consecutive time, and 11 times out of 12 total confederation championships in this region.
- Chris Wondolowski leads the tournament in scoring with five goals. That is also the most any U.S. player has scored in a single Gold Cup.
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