Video package from the U.S. national team’s 5-1 victory over El Salvador in a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon:


USA: Clarence Goodson (Landon Donovan), 21st minute.

USA: Joe Corona (Chris Wondolowski), 29th.

ES: Rodolfo Zelaya (penalty kick), 39th.

USA: Eddie Johnson (Donovan), 60th.

USA: Donovan (Johnson), 78th.

USA: Mikkel Diskerud (Donovan), 84th.


Rimando; Parkhurst, Besler (Orozco Fiscal 75th), Goodson, Beasley; Beckerman, Diskerud, Corona, Torres (Shea 66th), Donovan; Wondolowski (Johnson 60th).

My match report with quotes is available here.

The Americans will play Honduras at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas. Mexico will faces Panama at 10 o’clock.

Coverage for both matches: Fox Soccer, UniMas, and

In the second game in Baltimore, Honduras advanced with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. Andy Najar scored on a header in the 49th minute — his first senior international goal.

Najar, 20, was born in Honduras, lived in Alexandria and attended Edison High School before signing a homegrown contract with D.C. United in 2010. United sold him to Belgian champion Anderlecht last winter. His brothers, Cristhyan and Denis, are in United’s youth academy.

If only Costa Rica’s Rodney Wallace, who grew up in Rockville, had come on to score the equalizer …

Najar goal video:


*The United States has never been eliminated in the Gold Cup quarterfinals by a CONCACAF opponent in 12 tournaments since 1991. The only time it failed to advance was in 2000, losing to guest team Colombia on penalty kicks in Miami. (The Americans missed four of five PKs: Eric Wynalda, Claudio Reyna, Chris Armas and … Ben Olsen.)

*Omar Gonzalez will the meet the U.S. squad in Dallas and presumably partner with Matt Besler in central defense against Honduras.

*When will an MLS side sign Zelaya? Dynamic attacker and marketable in U.S. cities with Salvadoran populations. (Hello, D.C. United?) The 25-year-old forward from Alianza has played on loan in Russia the past two years.

*The temporary natural grass surface looked better in Baltimore than in most venues that have tried it.

*If the grass were permanent, the Ravens’ stadium would be more appealing for international matches in the region than the Redskins’ FedEx Field, which has hosted several games over the years. Smaller and more intimate, closer public transportation, walking distance to restaurants and bars.

*Announced attendance was 70,540, a sellout. Because there were two matches, not all seats were filled at all times. That is to be expected. A few fights broke out and water bottles were tossed onto the field during both games — standard behavior at these games, but still unacceptable. At one point, Alex Lopez of Honduras gestured to the crowd to stop throwing things.

*Bonus quote from Donovan, on playing in front of a majority Salvadoran audience:

“My experience in these games is that they show up with their El Salvador jersey on and once we score a few goals, they rip it off and they have a USA jersey on. The crowd got more and more pro-American as we scored goals. In the end, they just wanted to see a good game and we wanted to give them a good game.”

Not sure I agree with that. Good show and good scene in Charm City, nonetheless. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait 16 years again for a U.S. team visit.