Within 10 minutes, the U.S. U-23s established their superiority over Guatemala, taking a 2-0 lead that would lead to a 4-0 win and a ticket to the Olympic tournament.
John O'Brien opened the scoring just 44 seconds into the match with a 20-yard rocket. (1-0)
In the eighth minute, Josh Wolff finished off a rebound from a Chris Albright shot. (2-0)
Landon Donovan, making his first appearance in the tournament, scored the third goal of the first half in the 22nd minute on an assist from Wolff. (3-0)
Donovan added his second goal in the closing minutes of the second half. (4-0)
(Note: The Olympic soccer tournament is an under-23 competition. In the finals in Australia, three overage players may be added by each team.)
The semifinal victory qualifies the USA for the 2000 Olympics. But it will face Honduras, penalty-kick shootout winner over Mexico in the other semifinal, on Sunday for bragging rights as the regionÆs U-23 champion.
(Honduras also qualifies after its upset over Mexico.)
April 28 in Hershey, Pa.
USA 4 Guatemala 0
USA - John O'Brien, (Chris Albright), 1,
USA - Josh Wolff, (Chris Albright), 8,
USA - Landon Donovan, (Josh Wolff), 22,
USA - Landon Donovan, (Conor Casey), 91+.
USA -- Adin Brown; Ramiro Corrales (Eric Denton, 84), Danny Califf, Chad McCarty, Steve Cherundolo; Peter Vagenas, John O'Brien, Ben Olsen, Landon Donovan; Chris Albright (Conor Casey, 69), Josh Wolff (DaMarcus Beasley, 70).
Guatemala -- Luis Pedro Molina; Pablo Melgar, Luis Swisher, Edin Lopez; Uwaldo Perez, Carlos Quinonez (17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 63), Francisco Gonzalez (Andres Rivera, 46), Gustavo Cabrera; Carlos Ruiz (Juli Ariz Leiva, 87), Freddy Garcia, Guillermo Ramirez.
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