Thu, Jun 14, 2007 - Page 19 News List

US prove too strong for El Salvador to keep perfect record


DaMarcus Beasley scored twice as the US beat El Salvador 4-0 on Tuesday, finishing group play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup with three victories and heading to the quarter-finals as the only team not to have conceded a goal.

The US already had guaranteed a quarterfinal berth before the game and will play Saturday in Foxborough.

Beasley gave the US the lead in the 34th minute, volleying a ball that bounded to him out of a cluster after a corner kick.

Landon Donovan made it 2-0 on a penalty kick in injury time at the end of the first half after the ball hit the hand of El Salvador's Alfredo Pacheco just inside the box.

Taylor Twellman, who plays for the New England Revolution of MLS on the same field, scored in the 72nd minute.

Beasley closed out the scoring in the 90th minute, taking a pass from former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey and scoring easily from close range.

His first attempt was stopped by Miguel Montes on the goalkeeper's left side, but Donovan got another chance when the referee ruled that Montes had stepped off the goal line early.

Donovan sent his next kick down the middle as Montes anticipated another shot to his left and went in that direction.

Both teams played aggressively in the first half and the US turned it on even more in the last 15 minutes before half-time.

Beasley's goal -- his first point of the tournament -- came from a corner kick by Donovan that sailed into a crowd in front of the goal line before falling to Beasley who hit the ball past Montes, low and to the right.

Beasley had two other excellent chances later in the half. He put a clear shot from 15m out high over the goal line in the 42nd minute then was stopped when Montes tipped his shot over the crossbar in the 43rd minute.

Meanwhile Carlos Ruiz scored the game's first goal in the 84th minute as Guatemala drew 1-1 with Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

Errol McFarlane leveled the scores in the 87th minute as Trinidad and Tobago avoided losing all three games in group play but were eliminated from the tournament.

Guatemala (1-1-1) finished second in Group B and will face Group A winner Canada in the first game of a doubleheader in Foxborough on Saturday.

Ruiz beat goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams after taking a feed from Marvin Avila.

Neither team scored in the three minutes of injury time. Jose Contreras had a chance, but couldn't control the ball as he entered the box and Williams picked it up.

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