ARLINGTON, Texas – Second-half substitute Clint Dempsey had a goal and an assist to the lead the United States to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.
The result sends the Americans into their 10th final, where they will meet the winner of Mexico-Jamaica on July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Although he only entered the game in the 66th minute, Dempsey submitted a man of the match performance.
In the 72nd minute, he received the ball in the center circle and dribbled to elude a trio of defenders, before slipping a superb pass into the left side of the penalty area for Jozy Altidore. As goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton charged out to cut down the angle, Altidore snapped a left-footed shot from eight-yards out off the Alajuelense star and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, a moment of brilliance by Dempsey settled matters. From 22-yards out, the Seattle Sounders FC forward somehow directed a right-footed free kick from the right along the ground, around the outside of the wall and just inside the near post.
The goal was Dempsey’s 57th of his international career, tying him with Landon Donovan for the U.S. record.
Costa Rica remains winless in eight all-time Gold Cup meetings with U.S., falling to 0W-1D-7L.
The United States is looking for its sixth Gold Cup crown.