U.S. men top El Salvador 5-1, reach CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals

07/22/2013 12:06 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Landon Donovan (No. 10, center) and the USA are on to the Gold Cup semifinals.(AP)
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team extended its record winning streak to nine matches on Sunday, topping El Salvador 5-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.

With the decisive victory, the U.S. has now scored four of more goals in four of the nine matches during their streak, and they have only allowed seven goals total throughout the entirety of their run.

The string of wins dates back to before the Gold Cup started, but Uncle Sam’s team is focused on keeping it going to win the tournament. El Salvador’s coach, Agustin Castillo, was extremely impressed with the U.S.’s current form after their humbling defeat and thinks the Americans can add a fifth Gold Cup title to the trophy room.

"They're going through a very good time," Castillo said. "They're the best team I've seen in this tournament. They are a candidate to win it all."

The Red, White, and Blue lace up again on Wednesday to play Honduras in the Gold Cup semifinals, hoping to extend their streak to double digits and earn a berth in the Gold Cup Finals; Honduras, meanwhile, will try to avoid falling to the Americans for the second time during the streak, as they lost to the U.S. 1-0 on June 18.

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