The United States continued their roll through the 2013 Gold Cup with a 5-1 defeat of El Salvador in their quarterfinal tilt Sunday afternoon. The win took the USA into the semi-finals where they will play Honduras tomorrow night in Dallas.
LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan had an instant classic, notching a goal and three assists. Donovan played a short corner into the first goal for the US chipping up a cross for Clarence Goodson to head in. Just eight minutes later he fed Joe Corona the ball and after some dancing the US had their second goal.
Donovan found Eddie Johnson, who had just entered the match, inside the penalty area for the US' third goal. Wanting to get in on the fun for himself, Donovan dribbled around the keeper for the fourth US goal of the match. This all added up to an astounding Match Impact Rating of 125.6. Donovan has gotten at least one point in each Gold Cup match so far. Joe Corona almost touched the century mark as well, with an MIR of 99.1.
Wondolowski came back to earth a bit, with an MIR of 59.3. Mix and Goodson, both goal scorers on the day, finished with 58.6 and 54.8 respectively. Kyle Beckerman also came in with a solid 41.
These offensive impactors all travel to Dallas for the match against Honduras, where they'll have to battle an inhospitable pitch (check out @grantwahl's timeline) as well as one of the tougher opponents in CONCACAF these days. Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler will have to keep Honduras off the board, while Donovan, Corona, and the rest will have to get the US attack going.