“It’s getting comical now,” color commentator Kyle Martino, after Clint Dempsey’s how-did-he-not-score-that howler. Martino’s observation summed up the evening, as well. The Americans outshot the Guada Boys 21-5.
Dempsey: “I should have hit first time. It was bobbling up a little bit and no one was on me. I thought I could take two touches. Wrong decision on my part.”
Landon Donovan: “We made a lot of good plays, a lot of good passes to get to the final spot. Our finishing let us down.”
Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer offers his diary and player ratings.
GOLD CUP QUARTERFINALS
All matches available at univisionfutbol.com
Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium
Costa Rica vs. Honduras, 5 p.m.ET (Telefutura)
Mexico vs. Guatemala, 8 p.m. (Univision)
Sunday at RFK Stadium
Jamaica vs. United States, 3 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, Univision)
Panama vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (Univision)
The winners on each day will face one another in the semifinals next Wednesday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. So there are potential group rematches (Mexico-Costa Rica, USA-Panama).
RFK tickets: $35-$80. Ticketmaster.com (fees apply). $5 discount available by entering “GC11” in the “Special offers and promotions” box. Link here.
Factoids: USA is 12-3-4 at RFK since 1991 and 5-0-1 since a 3-2 loss to Honduras in 2001. ... In 1997, USA and Jamaica played to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier before a bipartisan crowd of 51,528, the third-largest attendance for a U.S. match in Washington. ... Overall, the Americans are 9-0-8 against Jamaica but have settled for 1-1 draws in three of the past four meetings.
USA-Guadeloupe video package: