[USA-EL SALVADOR] For the second straight home qualifier, the USA made it hard on itself, falling behind in the half, but goals by Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore at the end of the first 45 minutes gave the Americans the goals they needed to beat El Salvador, 2-1, Saturday in Sandy, Utah.
The USA now heads to face Trinidad & Tobago, a 3-0 loser to
Honduras, on Wednesday.
No U.S. player carrying a yellow card into the El Salvador game picked
up a card, meaning the USA will have everyone available.
Oguchi Onyewu sat out the El
Salvador game and his absence was felt as the U.S. backline looked
shaky throughout the game.
Sloppy play on the ball allowed the Salvadorans far more of the ball
than they should have had.
Altidore had a second goal in the second half controversially called
off, while Salvadoran keeper Miguel Montes made a great save on a
header by sub Jose Francisco Torres.
At the other end, Tim Howard
had stretched to stop William Reyes
moments earlier, making up for his failure to stop Cristian Castillo's header after the
dangerous Rodolfo Zelaya cut
out three U.S. defenders with his ball into the area.
The game ended with Howard's goal under siege, but the Salvadorans
could not get the equalizer that would have jeopardized the U.S. hopes.
Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah
USA 2 El Salvador 1. Goals:
Dempsey 41, Altidore 45; Castillo 32.
USA -- Howard, Spector,
Marshall, Bocanegra, Bornstein, Dempsey, Feilhaber (Beckerman, 80),
Bradley, Donovan, Davies (Holden, 73), Altidore (Torres, 85).
El Salvador -- Montes, Marvin
Gonzalez, Mardoqueo Gonzalez, Salazar, Umanzor, Flores (Reyes, 63),
Alvarez (Romero, 50), Sanchez, Quintanilla (Corrales, 75), Castillo,
Yellow Cards: El Salvador --
Hernandez 0 Zelaya 80.
Referee: Jose Pineda (Honduras).
USA / SLV
Shots on Goal: 6/5
Corner Kicks: 4/3