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
Attendance: 12,299 Scorers:
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+. Lineups: 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.