Win pro­pels U.S. into CON­CA­CAF semis


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ronald Blum

PHIL­A­DEL­PHIA» Omar Gon­za­lez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Sal­vador 2-0 on Wednes­day night in an ugly CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup quar­ter­fi­nal in which de­fender Henry Romero ap­peared to bite Jozy Alti­dore on the back of a shoul­der and pull the Amer­i­can for­ward’s nip­ple.

Cana­dian ref­eree Drew Fis­cher, a Ma­jor League Soc­cer reg­u­lar, did not pe­nal­ize the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred dur­ing a skir­mish on the goal line in the 57th minute ahead of a U.S. cor­ner kick. A fu­ri­ous Alti­dore fell to the ground but re­mained in the game.

The Amer­i­cans, who started five vet­er­ans added for the tour­na­ment’s knock­out phase, over­came shaky de­fen­sive play and poor pass­ing, ad­vanc­ing to a semi­fi­nal against Costa Rica on Satur­day at Arlington, Texas.

Bruce Arena changed all 11 starters for the sec­ond straight game and at 7-0-5 set a record for the long­est un­beaten streak at the start of a U.S. coach­ing ten­ure, top­ping Bob Bradley’s 100-1 in 2007.

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