Landon Donovan leads USA to Gold Cup semifinals

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

The US celebrates an early goal against El Salvador. (USATSI)

Landon Donovan had a goal and three assists as the US men's national team rolled into the Gold Cup semifinals with a 5-1 win over El Salvador in Baltimore on Sunday.

The United States advances to the semis to play Honduras, which knocked off Costa Rica 1-0 later Sunday.

The Americans grabbed the lead on Clarence Goodson's goal off a Donovan cross. Chris Wondolowski set up Joe Corona Crespin in the center of the box to make it 2-0. Donovan had a hand in that goal, too, as he began the play with a penetrating run before passing to Wondolowski.

El Salvador's Rodolfo Zelaya halved the deficit on a penalty shot six minutes before halftime.

But Donovan answered at the 60-minute mark, feeding Eddie Johnson for a header that made it 3-1. Donovan scored in the 78th minute and set up Mikkel Diskerud's header five minutes later to cap the scoring.

The US improved to 16-1-5 all-time against El Salvador, with a plus-37 goal differential.

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