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Half goals lift United States over El Salvador, into Gold Cup semifinals

Half goals lift United States over El Salvador, into Gold Cup semifinals

Altidore also said: "It's never happened before, but in CONCACAF, it never ceases to amaze me. But like I said, you just have to move on as quick as possible and look onto the next [game]". She's mad at Romero, because she's like: "Only I can bite you, only I can grab your nipples"'.

Altidore's team-mate Tim Howard is expecting some kind of a sanction for Romero, but also curiously endorsed at least part of the defender's antics.

"The way I played in the first 45 Bruce will be saying, 'Should we go with Eric?'" said Lichaj.

Despite all the biting, nipple grabbing, and even a straight chop to the chest, El Salvador wasn't able to overcome an underwhelming performance by the USA, losing 2-0 behind goals from the aforementioned Gonzalez and fellow defender Eric Lichaj.

Later in the same game, the captain of the Salvadoran team, midfielder Darwin Ceren, took a bite out of American defender Omar Gonzalez, who immediately grasped his shoulder in pain.

USA coach Bruce Arena said he wasn't surprised.

El Salvador nearly scored with their first attack when striker Rodolfo Zelaya pounced on a poor back pass by Lichaj but was brilliantly foiled as he entered the area by the out-rushing Tim Howard's dive to palm the ball away from his feet. The game had no rhythm with all the fouls, and players falling on the ground. "It was just a sloppy game overall".

In the second half the game turned physical with the Salvadorans, who haven't beaten the U.S.in 17 games and 25 years, taking their frustrations out on their opponents and being rewarded with three yellow cards in the final 31 minutes.

"We've got to get them better service", said Howard of the two forwards.

Lichaj was honest in his assessment of his first-half performance, but admitted the goal took some of the shade off. "I need to sort that out, because I know in my head that's not good enough and I know I can play a lot better".

It's Gonzalez's third goal in his 43rd cap.

Centre-back Henry Romero gave the former Sunderland forward some particularly close, nipply-twisting attention.

Sporting Kansas City defenders Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were unused substitutes on Wednesday and will now travel with the U.S. MNT to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where it will face Costa Rica in Saturday's Gold Cup semifinals at 8:30 p.m. CT on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

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