Game Notes: United States v El Salvador
70Games Played31
141Goals For28
52Goals Against53

Match Officials

Referee: Drew Fischer (Canada)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (Trinidad & Tobago)
4th Official: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)


United States: none
El Salvador: none

Single Caution

United States: Joe Corona, Justin Morrow
El Salvador: Darwin Ceren, Alexander Larin, Ivan Mancia, Narciso Orellano

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
July 19, 2017 – 9:00 p.m. ET (9:00 p.m. local)

United States

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Nicaragua 0, United States 3 … Joe Corona scored his third career GC goal, and Kelyn Rowe and Matt Miazga each added their first, to lift the U.S. over

Nicaragua despite seeing two penalties saved by Justo Lorente … Miazga’s late goal helped U.S. win Group B on the goals-scored tiebreaker after finishing even on points (7) and goaldifference

(+4) with Panama

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 1-1 draw v Panama (Dom Dwyer 50’); 3-2 win v Martinique (Omar Gonzalez 54’; Jordan Morris 64’, 76’); 3-0 win v Nicaragua (Joe Corona 36’; Kelyn Rowe 56’; Matt

Miazga 88’)

• Gold Cup Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Gold Cup Record: GP-70; W-53; D-9; L-8; GF-141; GA-52 (70 games played and 53 wins are Gold Cup records)

• Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) … five titles are second-most in GC history behind Mexico’s 7 … competed in a tournament record nine Gold Cup finals

• Top GC Scorer: Landon Donovan (18 goals) … Donovan is tournament’s all-time leading scorer, six ahead of Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves and the USA’s Clint Dempsey

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (WCQ): 3rd place, CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-2; D-2; L-2; GF-11, GA-8)

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 0-2 loss v Mexico (H); 0-4 loss v Costa Rica (A); 6-0 win v Honduras (H); 1-1 draw v Panama (A); 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (H); 1- 1 draw v

Mexico (A) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Costa Rica (H); Honduras (A); Panama (H); Trinidad & Tobago (A)

• Made maximum allowed six roster changes before knockout phase … IN: Clint Dempsey (FW), Jozy Altidore (FW), Michael Bradley (MF), Darlington Nagbe (MF), Tim Howard (GK), Jesse

Gonzalez (GK) … OUT: Dom Dwyer (FW), Kelyn Rowe (MF), Cristian Roldan (MF), Alejandro Bedoya (MF), Sean Johnson (GK), Brad Guzan (GK)

• Scored at least one goal in 21 consecutive Gold Cup matches, longest active streak among 2017 GC entrants (Mexico holds GC record, scoring in 31 consecutive games: July 20, 2003-July 9,

2015) … last shutout in 5-0 loss to Mexico in 2009 final, which was USA’s largest margin of defeat in Gold Cup history … advanced to GC semifinals in 12 of 13 appearances (2000)

• Advanced beyond group stage in all 14 GC appearances … GC Quarterfinal Record: GP-9; W-8; D-1; L-0; GF-31; GA-7 … won eight consecutive quarterfinal matches since being eliminated on

penalties following 2-2 draw with Colombia on February 19, 2000

• Joe Corona is only player on current roster to score against El Salvador in GC (29’, made it 2-0 in 2013 GC quarterfinal; final score: 5-1)

• Posted first shutout in five GC matches in 3-0 win v Nicaragua (went four straight matches without keeping clean sheet for first time in GC history)

• Seven players on current roster have scored in GC (including 2017): Clint Dempsey (12); Michael Bradley, Joe Corona (3); Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez, Jordan Morris (2); Gyasi Zardes (1)

• Five players on current roster have scored in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL): Paul Arriola (2, Club Tijuana); Clint Dempsey (2, Seattle Sounders); Omar Gonzalez (2,

LA Galaxy); Chris Pontius (3, D.C. United); Gyasi Zardes (1, LA Galaxy)

• Omar Gonzalez won 2016/17 SCCL title with Pachuca & 2013 Gold Cup with USA … 4 all-time league titles (3, LA Galaxy, MLS; 1, Pachuca, Liga MX)

• Head Coach: Bruce Arena (since November 2016) … Arena began his second stint in charge of the U.S. in November 2016, taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann ... previously managed the side

from 1998-2006, guiding U.S. to 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals & two GC titles (2002, 2005) … winningest coach in GC history (16W-4D-1L)

El Salvador

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Nelson Bonilla scored his second goal of the tournament in the 15th minute and El Salvador battled to a 1-1 draw against Jamaica to finish third in Group C

on 4 points … earned one of two quarterfinal berths for third-place teams after finishing even on points with Honduras (3rd, Group A) and one ahead of Martinique (3rd, Group B)

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 1-3 loss v Mexico (Nelson Bonilla 10’); 2-0 win v Curacao (Gerson Mayen 21’; Rodolfo Zelaya 24’); 1-1 draw v Jamaica (Nelson Bonilla 15’)

• Gold Cup Appearances: 10 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Gold Cup record: GP-31; W-8; D-7; L-16; GF-28; GA-53

• Best Finish: Quarterfinals-4 (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013)

• Top GC Scorer: Rodolfo Zelaya (9 goals) … sits in four-way tie for seventh on the all-time GC goal-scoring list … first Salvadoran to score at least one goal in three different GC editions

• Qualification method: 3rd place, 2017 Copa Centroamericana (Overall Record: Record: GP-5; W-2; D-1; L-2; GF-5; GA-4)

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana results (round robin): 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, 1-2 loss v Honduras, 3-1 win v Belize, 0-1 loss v Panama, 1-0 win v Nicaragua

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Juan Barahona, Gerson Mayen, Irvin Herrera, Henry Romero, Rodolfo Zelaya (1 goal) … Herrera’s 54th-minute goal in last match against Nicaragua

clinched Gold Cup berth

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: eliminated after finishing bottom of group in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-0; D-2; L-4; GF-4; GA-13) … Overall qualifying record: GP-10;

W-3; D-3; L-4; GF-12; GA-16 … World Cup appearances: 2-1970, 1982

• GC quarterfinal record: GP-4; W-0; D-1; L-3; GF-4; GA-15 … Last quarterfinal appearance (July 21, 2013): 1-5 loss v United States (Rodolfo Zelaya 39’ pen) … eliminated on penalties after only

quarterfinal draw, 1-1 v Panama (Rodolfo Zelaya 78’ pen) on June 19, 2011

• GC record v North American opposition: GP: 10; W-0; D-1; L-9; GF-2; GA-27 … Only draw: 0-0 v Canada (July 8, 2015) … Nelson Bonilla’s goal in 3-1 loss v Mexico in 2017 group opener was

El Salvador’s first non-penalty GC goal scored against a North American team

• Scored one goal or fewer in eight of last nine GC games … conceded one goal or fewer in five of last six GC outings

• Players who scored CONCACAF Champions League goals: Andres Flores-1; Alexander Larin-1; Edwin Sanchez-1

• Head Coach: Eduardo Lara (since December 2016) … Promoted from El Salvador’s U-20 head position … the Colombian spent nearly a decade as a youth manager in his home country’s

national team program … also served briefly as Colombia’s first-team interim manager when Jorge Luis Pinto was dismissed in 2008

For official CONCACAF Game Notes for this game, Download the file