U.S. secures Gold Cup quarterfinal berth

Juergen Klinsmann has had a lot to smile about lately. (Associated Press)
Juergen Klinsmann has had a lot to smile about lately. (Associated Press)

The U.S. national team is headed to Baltimore.

With a 4-1 comeback victory over Cuba today, the Americans (2-0-0, six points) clinched a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal slot at M&T Bank Stadium in Charm City next Sunday (4 or 7 p.m. ET). Costa Rica (six points) also secured passage to Baltimore with a 1-0 win over Belize.

The Americans and Ticos will cap the group stage Tuesday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer, UniMas), then set up camp in the Baltimore area leading to their respective quarterfinal matches against opponents to be determined. [Schedule and ticket information are here.]

The Americans have won seven consecutive games, tying a program record set six years ago en route to the 2007 Gold Cup title. The scoring margin over the past six weeks is 25-6:

Germany, 4-3 (friendly in Washington)

Jamaica, 2-1 (World Cup qualifier in Kingston)

Panama, 2-0 (WCQ in Seattle)

Honduras, 1-0 (WCQ in Sandy, Utah)

Guatemala, 6-0 (friendly in San Diego)

Belize, 6-1 (Gold Cup in Portland, Ore.)

Cuba, 4-1 (Gold Cup in Sandy, Utah)

Saturday’s scoring

Cuba: Jose Ciprian Alfonso (Ariel Martinez), 36th minute.
USA: Landon Donovan (penalty), 45th+2.
USA: Joe Corona, 57th.
USA: Chris Wondolowski (Kyle Beckerman), 66th.
USA: Wondolowski (Edgar Castillo), 85th.

USA lineup:

USA: Rimando; Beltran, Onyewu, Orozco Fiscal, Castillo; Beckerman; Corona, Holden (Diskerud 58th), Shea; Donovan, Gomez (Wondolowski 58th).

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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