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USA vs El Salvador (Gold Cup Quarterfinal) @ Lincoln Financial Field – July 19, 2017

Game two was the headliner: USA vs El Salvador.

The teams traded yellow cards midway through the first half and each team had a few close chances early, but the back of the net wasn’t hit until the 41st minute. Omar Gonzalez knocked in header off a rebound to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. Only four minutes later, Eric Lichaj got a great pass from Clint Dempsey and then he put the ball right between the legs of El Salvador goalie Derby Carrillo. The USA now had a 2-0 lead.

El Salvador was able to get a few good chances on net, but Tim Howard came up huge for the Americans to ensure the 2-0 victory. The U.S. moved onto the Semi-finals to face Costa Rica.

USA had twelve shots to El Salvador’s nine, but the shots on goal were 8-3 USA. There were a lot of fouls in the game with some heated exchanges. Ball possession belonged to USA 56% of the time compared to El Salvador’s 44%. Pass accuracy also belonged to the USA 90% to 86%. Omar Gonzalez and Jozy Altidore both led the USA with three shots and all three of Altidore’s shots were on target.

The teams walking onto the field

Team USA celebrating their first goal


Costa Rica vs Panama (Gold Cup Quarterfinal) @ Lincoln Financial Field – July 19, 2017

Two of the four Gold Cup Quarterfinal games were played in Philadelphia. I had the day off so a work buddy and I made it down to the game to check them out. The first game was Costa Rica vs Panama.

There were a few close chances in the first half, but nothing was able to get to the back of the net. David Ramirez got a yellow card for Costa Rica in the 21st minute. Panama made their three substitutions between the 58th and 70th minutes. Costa Rica made one in the 65th and 76th minutes. Just a minute later, Costa Rica scored on an own goal by Anibal Godoy. Godoy tried to clear a rebound over the net and instead, put it right past his own goaltender. A late substitution by Costa Rica slowed down Panama and sealed the 1-0 victory.

Costa Rica led ball possession 54% to 46%, although Panama outshot them 13-9. Each team had seven of their shots on target. Costa Rica had a lot more fouls and Panama was 85% accurate on passes, while Costa Rica was only 77%, but in the end, Costa Rica came away the winners.

The teams heading onto the field

Getting ready to start the match

Australia vs United States – Women’s Soccer – September 19, 2012

USA vs Australia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO – Part of the Fan Tribute Tour

This was the third stop for the U.S. Women’s team during their Fan Tribute Tour and this was the last stop for Head Coach Pia Sundhage, as this was her last game as Head Coach for the team. This was the first women’s soccer game that I have attended and only the second soccer game overall (Stoke City @ Sporting KC – 8/1/12).

The teams lined up for introductions

There were no goals until the 25th minute when Heather O’Reilly scored off of an Australian defender. During the 32nd minute, Australia’s Lisa de Vanna kicked one past Hope Solo. Only two minutes later, Sarah Walsh, playing in her final game with the Australian National Team, scored to give them a 2-1 lead. Alex Morgan scored on a great goal through traffic just before the half to tie the game.

It was all United States in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Abby Wambach scored on an assist from Alex Morgan, her second of the night. Ten minutes later, Morgan scored her second goal of the night. She took a pass from Heather Mitts and headed it into the back of the net. During the 69th minute, Shannon Boxx took a Megan Rapinoe free kick and headed it into the corner of the net. To finish the scoring, Sydney Leroux put one into the net on Rapinoe’s second assist of the night. The Woman of the Match was Alex Morgan, who scored two goals and added two assists. She just missed a hat trick as she kicked one off of the post just minutes after scoring her second goal. She also was taken out of the game in the 74th minute.

It was a great game to be a part of. Alex Morgan scored two goals, the U.S. won 6-2, and it was the final game for Head Coach Pia Sundhage. She went 91-6-10 in her career with the National Team.

Alex Morgan – Woman of the Match

Australia vs United States
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Date: September 19, 2012
Ticket Price: $50.00 (Craigslist)
Attendance: 18,589
Stadium Aesthetics: 4.7 / 5.0
Atmosphere: 4.8 / 5.0
Food: N/A
Game: 4.7 / 5.0