The U.S. got to this stage by winning Group B. Head Coach Bruce Arena still has yet to lose in his second tenure, after drawing to Panama and beating Martinique and Nicaragua. El Salvador went 1-1-1 and came in third place in its group, but still had enough points to qualify for the knockout round.
The Yanks are in complete control of the all-time series, going 16-1-5 against Los Cuscatlecos and 13-0-2 in games played in the States. In addition, the U.S. is currently on a 12-game winning steak against El Salvador, dating back 25 years.
While the Americans’ play has been underwhelming so far in the Gold Cup, Arena called in the cavalry to see out the remainder of the tournament. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard have a combined 486 caps and 110 international goals. Arena also called up Darlington Nagbe, who has become somewhat of a staple in recent months, playing every game this calendar year prior to the Gold Cup. The sixth player added to the roster is Jesse Gonzalez, who recently became eligible for the Yanks, after FIFA granted the one-time change of association request. Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, and Dom Dwyer were all released from national team duty.
Orlando City fans will be familiar with El Salvador’s lone MLS player. Darwin Cerén captains Los Cuscatlecos and will look to lead his side to its second win in this year’s Gold Cup. That would be the first time the country has accomplished the feat.
Dempsey is the man to watch tonight. He is still just one goal shy of tying Landon Donovan’s all-time USMNT record. Additionally, Dempsey is five goals shy of Donovan’s Gold Cup record.
Justin Morrow and Joe Corona will need to be careful, if they even see the field. Both players are one caution away from suspension for the Yanks.
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 42/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca; 42/2), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 4/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest; 12/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea; 3/1), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC; 2/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Lagun; 9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 51/5).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 11/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; 8/2), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 133/17), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; 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).
Goalkeepers: Oscar Arroyo (Alianza FC); Derby Carrillo (Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja); Benji Villalobos (CD Aguila).
Defenders: 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: Efrain Burgos (Reno 1868 FC); Darwin Ceren (San Jose Earthquakes); Oscar Ceren (Alianza FC); Roberto Dominguez (Santa Tecla FC); Andres Flores (New York Cosmos); Victor Garcia (CD Aguila); Gerson Mayen (Santa Tecla FC); Richard Menjivar (New York Cosmos); Narciso Orellana (Alianza FC); Denis Pineda (CD Santa Clara).
Forwards: Harold Alas (Santa Tecla FC); Nelson Bonilla (CD Nacional); Irvin Herrera (New York Cosmos); Rodolfo Zelaya (Alianza FC).
How to Watch
Match Time: 9 p.m. ET.
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field — Philadelphia, PA.
TV: FS1, AFN Sports, Univision.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Univision Deportes.
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