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
's header after the dangerous Rodolfo Zelaya
cut out three U.S. defenders with his ball into the
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
Montes, Marvin Gonzalez, Mardoqueo Gonzalez, Salazar, Umanzor, Flores (Reyes, 63), Alvarez (Romero, 50), Sanchez, Quintanilla (Corrales, 75), Castillo, Zelaya. Yellow Cards:
El Salvador -- Hernandez 0 Zelaya 80. Referee:
Jose Pineda (Honduras). Att.:
19,066 Stats: USA / SLV Shots:
13/11 Shots on Goal:
4/3 Corner Kicks: