Concerns over the U.S. Men’s National Team’s offensive effort during the group stage of the Gold Cup melted in the Baltimore heat Saturday with the squad’s convincing 6-0 win over Cuba in the quarter-finals.
The United States will play either Haiti or Jamaica Wednesday in the semifinals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
While the U.S. offense had been lacking through the tournament’s first three games, playing an outmatched Cuba provided the USMNT with many opportunities. Clint Dempsey got started early on his hat trick, finding the back of the net in the fourth minute.
The first half offense was spread among several U.S. players including Gyasi Zardes (15th minute), Aron Johannsson (32nd minute) and Omar Gonzalez (45th minute), which combined to give the team a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Dempsey would continue the onslaught in the second 45 with goals at the 64th minute and 78th minute, to complete the hat trick. (See Dempsey’s third goal below.)
- Dempsey’s hat trick was his first in a U.S. shirt and fourth for the United States in Gold Cup action: Brian McBride – 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) – 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski – 7/9/13 v. Belize
- Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
- Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.