[COPA CENTROAMERICANA] Panama, El Salvador and Costa Rica won on Sunday to clinch spots in the semifinals of the Copa Centroamericana and earn berths in the
2011 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Five of the seven teams in the Central American championship -- the four semifinals and the fifth-place game winner -- will qualify for the Gold Cup finals in the USA.
Rafael Burgos scored twice and William Romero, Jaime Alas and Chicago Fire defender Deris Umanzor scored to give El Salvador a 5-2 win over Belize.
H ost Panama knocked off Nicaragua, the other Central American doormat, 2-0, and also advanced from Group A.
Marcos Urena scored twice in the second half to give Costa Rica a 2-0 win over Guatemala and clinch no worse than second place in Group B.
The New York Red Bulls' Roy Miller started for the Ticos, who have won the Central American title six times.
Other MLS players competing in the tournament included Real Salt Lake's Arturo Alvarez, who started for El Salvador against Belize, and FC Dallas midfielder winger Marvin Chavez, who came on as a substitute for Honduras in its 1-1 tie with Costa Rica on Friday night.