Pre-Game Hype: USMNT vs. El Salvador

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Dan Wiersema


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USMNT vs. El Salvador

Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Location: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

Time: 9pm ET

TV: FS1, UniMas, UDN

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The USMNT finished off the group stages with three goals and three points; enough to vault them to the top of Group B over Panama. The win means that the Nats will face El Salvador tonight in Philadelphia in the Gold Cup Quarterfinals with a trip to Dallas (Arlington) on the line. PK shanks aside there were several positives to take away from the last performance, including a clean sheet and getting some solid contributions in two goals from “Standford Messi” Jordan Morris.

Our Nats have never lost domestically to El Salvador (and only once overall in 22 years). In a good omen, the two times we’ve beaten Los Cuscatlecos in the GCQFs we’ve gone on to lift the tournament’s trophy. So we’re all good!

Bruce Arena, per Gold Cup rules, was able to make six changes to the roster and brought in a heavy veteran presence with Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Alitidore, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, and newly minted GK Jesse Gonzalez. They replaced Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Dom Dwyer, Kellyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan, and Alejandro Bedoya.

If you’re looking to put into perspective this Gold Cup campaign vs. the last one look no further than ESPN’s Paul Carr with this gem:

Into the breach we go. It’s knockout round time. The USMNT needs to win this edition of the Gold Cup to erase the bad juju from the last tournament which saw them crash out of the semifinals and then lose in PKs in the third place match. Bruce Arena has the MNT off to a solid (6-0-5) start equaling the best unbeaten start for a national team coach since Bob Bradley (10-0-1) in 2007.

Good starts are good. #Logic. But the key is the finish.

One mission: #WeWantTheCupBack

USMNT Roster (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 3/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 115/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 42/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 42/2), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 4/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 12/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 3/1), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 51/5)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 11/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 8/2), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 133/17), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 10/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 17/1), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 4/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 34/6)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 25/3), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 104/37), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 134/56), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 19/4)

This is El Salvador’s 10th Gold Cup. In the group stages they fell to Mexico (3-1), beat Curaçao (2-0) and drew with Jamaica (1-1) to advance to the QFs.

El Salvador Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Oscar Arroyo (Alianza FC); Derby Carrillo (Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja/ISL); Benji Villalobos (CD Aguila)

DEFENDERS (6): Alexander Larin (Alianza FC); Ivan Mancia (Alianza FC); Ruben Marroquin (Alianza FC); Milton Molina (AD Isidro Metapan); Henry Romero (Alianza FC); Bryan Tamacas (Santa Tecla FC)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Efrain Burgos (Reno 1868 FC/USA); Darwin Ceren (San Jose Earthquakes/USA); Oscar Ceren (Alianza FC); Roberto Dominguez (Santa Tecla FC); Andres Flores (New York Cosmos/USA); Victor Garcia (CD Aguila); Gerson Mayen (Santa Tecla FC); Richard Menjivar (New York Cosmos/USA); Narciso Orellana (Alianza FC); Denis Pineda (CD Santa Clara/POR)

FORWARDS (4): Harold Alas (Santa Tecla FC); Nelson Bonilla (CD Nacional/POR); Irvin Herrera (New York Cosmos/USA); Rodolfo Zelaya (Alianza FC).

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Like we said above. XOXO,


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