Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Landon Donovan continued his impressive run
in the Gold Cup on Wednesday as he sparked the United States to a 3-1
semifinal win over Honduras with two goals and one assist, leading the
Americans to a place in the final.
After tallying a goal and three assists in Sunday's quarterfinal win over El
Salvador, Donovan was at it again on Wednesday, setting up Eddie Johnson's
opening goal after 11 minutes before scoring midway through the first half to
put the U.S. up 2-0 at the break.
Honduras pulled a goal back through Nery Media in the 52nd minute, but Donovan
answered one minute later to book a place in Sunday's final against either
Mexico or Panama.
As expected, Honduras came out with a defensive approach, but the U.S. found
the breakthough after only 11 minutes as Donovan checked back to the ball and
then slipped a pass to Johnson, who dashed through on goal and beat goalkeeper
Alejandro Bedoya took advantage of some tentative defending from Honduras to
set up the second goal when he cut in front of a defender to knock the ball to
Donovan. He brought it down off his chest inside the penalty area and volleyed
the ball past a helpless Escober in the Honduras net.
American goalkeeper Nick Rimando had to do very little in the first half, but
Honduras took advantage of a set piece to pull to within a goal in the 52nd
A free kick from the right wing was delivered into the middle of the box, and
Media got up in a crowd to turn a header past Rimando.
However, the U.S. responded immediately with Bedoya and Donovan linking up
again to restore the two-goal advantage.
Bedoya tracked down a ball played over the top and he got into the area on the
right and floated a cross through the face of goal for Donovan to easily
finish off with a close-range tap in.
The U.S. easily saw out the rest of the game and will attempt to claim its
first Gold Cup title since 2007 on Sunday.
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