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U.S. men move on to Gold Cup semifinals with 5-1 win over El Salvador

Five different goalscorers propelled the United States to a comfortable 5-1 victory over El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Fans wait to enter M&T Bank Stadium.
Fans wait to enter M&T Bank Stadium.
Jeff Hemelt

Landon Donovan was named "Man of the Match" after an outstanding performance, netting one goal and three assists on the day.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 21st minute, with Donovan setting up Clarence Goodson from six yards out to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.

U.S. netminder Nick Rimando made an outstanding double save on Mark Blanco five minutes later, kicking away the initial attempt, before pushing the rebound around the post for a corner.

Joe Corona netted a second goal for the Americans in the 29th, faking a defender and then slotting home a low shot past Dagoberto Portillo.

The visitors cut the deficit in half with six minutes to play in the half, as Rodolfo Zelaya chipped home a cheeky penalty down the center of the goal to make the score 2-1.

On the hour mark, Eddie Johnson entered the match to replace Chris Wondolowski, and wasted no time in helping out his teammates. Within seconds of entering the match, Johnson ran into space and headed home a Donovan cross from inside the penalty area.

Bursts of rain began to fall down with about 20 minutes to play, but it did little to dampen the American momentum. Donovan scored the fourth goal for the U.S. on 78 minutes, receiving a flick from Johnson, then breaking around goalkeeper Portillo before slotting his drive into the open net.

Mix Diskerud wrapped up the scoring with six minutes to play, heading the ball home from six yards away; once again, Donovan provided the assist.

The U.S. will face Honduras in the semifinals at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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