Midfielder Richie Menjivar, of the 2013 NASL Spring Champion Atlanta Silverbacks, played the entire game for El Salvador as the team lost, 5-1, to the USA at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. during in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.
A sold out crowd of 71,018 saw forward Landon Donovan notched a goal and assisted on three more to pace the U.S. into the 10th Gold Cup semifinals, while El Salvador is eliminated from the bi-annual tournament.
The Stars & Stripes jumped out to a 2-0 lead when defender Clarence Goodson scored off an assist from Donovan in 21st minute and then eight minutes later forward Chris Wondolowski gave a low cross to midfielder Joe Corona where he fired it past the Cuscatlecos goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo.
El Salvador got on the board in six minutes before halftime when forward Rodolfo Zelaya scored on a penalty kick after he was fouled by U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley inside the 18-yard box.
In the second half, forward Ed Johnson entered the match in the 59th minute and just 15 seconds later gave the Stars & Stripes a 3-1 advantage off a Donovan pass.
Johnson would return the favor in the 78th minute when he assisted on Donovan’s tally, which gives him his 16th career Gold Cup goal, the most in the tournament history.
Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud closed out the scoring for the U.S. off Donovan’s third assist of the match with six minutes remaining.
In another quarterfinal encounter from Saturday, FC Edmonton defender Carlyle Mitchell did not see any action in Trinidad & Tobago’s 1-0 loss to the defending Gold Cup champion Mexico at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in front of 54,229 spectators.
The only goal of the match came with six minutes remaining when the Tricolores forward Raul Jimenez scored past the Soca Warriors goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams.
Photo - Richie Menjivar of El Salvador by Jorge Martinez/Mexsport
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