Gold Cup quarterfinals in Baltimore: United States vs. El Salvador and Honduras vs. Costa Rica


Stuart Holden will start for the United States when it faces El Salvador in the Gold Cup quarterfinals on Sunday. (Thomas Boyd/Associated Press)
July 20, 2013
CONCACAF Gold Cup

What: Quarterfinal doubleheader in biennial regional championship.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore.

Schedule: United States vs. El Salvador, 4 p.m.; Honduras vs. Costa Rica, 7.

TV: First game on WTTG (Channel 5) and WBFF (Channel 45), second game on Fox Soccer. Univision will show both matches.

Tickets: Sold out.

At stake: Semifinal berths Wednesday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

Saturday’s quarterfinals in Atlanta: Panama 6, Cuba 1; Mexico 1, Trinidad and Tobago 0.

U.S. probable starters (club in parentheses): GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake); Ds Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg, Germany), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla, Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico); MFs Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Jose Torres (Tigres, Mexico); F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

Outlook: The Americans breezed through the group stage with three victories in three matches and an 11-2 goal differential to stretch their winning streak to eight, the longest in the program’s 97-year history. El Salvador, known as La Selecta, went 1-1-1 in group play. The U.S. team has not lost in the quarterfinals since 2000 (against guest team Colombia on penalty kicks in Miami). The Salvadorans have never advanced to the semifinals in the tournament’s 22-year history. Wondolowski scored five goals in group play; Rodolfo Zelaya scored all three Salvadoran goals. The United States leads the all-time series 15-1-5, the only defeat coming in 1992 in San Salvador. The past three meetings, however, were a pair of 2-1 outcomes and a 2-2 draw. The U.S. squad last appeared in Baltimore in 1997, a 1-0 friendly loss to Ecuador at Memorial Stadium.

— Steven Goff

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