Landon Donovan scored in the final minutes and the United States beat Canada, 2-0, yesterday in group play of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Seattle.
Donovan's header, off a nicely played cross by DaMarcus Beasley in the 90th minute, moved him into third place all-time on the American goal list with 25, passing Joe-Max Moore. Only Brian McBride (28 goals) and Eric Wynalda (34) have scored more.
Donovan scored twice in the final minutes on Thursday against Cuba, once off a pass from Beasley. He has eight goals in Gold Cup play in his career.
The United States has six points in Group B -- tied with Costa Rica -- and will advance to the elimination phase of the tournament. Costa Rica beat Cuba, 3-1, earlier yesterday and will play the Americans on Tuesday night in Foxboro, Mass.
The United States outshot Canada 13-5.
The offensive control led to an easy day for goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who posted his 40th career shutout.
Dwayne De Rosario, Canada's main scoring threat, was aggressively defended by the combo of Eddie Pope and Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood High).
"We played much better in the second half and obviously some fatigue set in for the Canadians," Coach Bruce Arena said. "Overall, it was not a bad performance on our part."
The United States improved to 11-8-8 all-time against Canada, and is 6-0-5 in its last 11 meetings. The teams had not played an international since the Gold Cup semis in 2002 (the U.S. won on penalty kicks).
In an earlier Godl Cup game, Randall Brenes scored twice in his first international match for Costa Rica.
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