U.S. hammer El Salvador to reach Gold Cup semis (Reuters)

Landon Donovan of the U.S. is embraced by teammate Joe Corona after scoring a goal during the second half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final soccer match against El Salvador in Baltimore, Maryland July 21, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Kapustin

(Reuters) – Experienced forward Landon Donovan inspired another dominant United States performance on Sunday as the hosts routed El Salvador 5-1 to race into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Americans were rarely challenged in the tournament’s opening stages and they carried their momentum to a ninth consecutive win. The 31-year-old Donovan, who took a four-month sabbatical around the start of the year, rallied the team with a second-half goal and three assists. …


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