USMNT vs. El Salvador: SBI Live Match Commentary



BALTIMORE- The U.S. Men’s National Team is considered the clearcut favorite to win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but that label won’t matter much if the Americans stumble today in their first step through the knockout rounds.

Waiting to knock off the favorites today is El Salvador, which will play the role of underdog today in a sold-out M & T Bank Stadium expected to be packed with Salvadoran fans.

El Salvador features star striker Rodolfo Zelaya, the team’s leading scorer in the Gold Cup, and speedy wingers Andres Flores and Osael Romero, who are sure to test the American fullbacks today.

The U.S. will be led by Landon Donovan in the attack, and Matt Besler in central defense, where the Sporting KC defender is expected to bolster a U.S. defense that allowed two goals in the group stage.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match, so please free to follow all the action before, during and after the match. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

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144 Responses to USMNT vs. El Salvador: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. Angus says:

    Joe Corona is my surprise (Demarcus Beasley in 2002) pick to make the World Cup squad for Brazil ? How about yours Ives.

    • Jon says:

      Why would that be a surprise? He’s been with the WCQ side for a while. Klinsmann clearly likes him.

    • Joamiq says:

      It certainly would not be a surprise at this point. He’s like Zusi, except better at just about everything (and I am not a Zusi hater)

      • Bobby says:

        yeah uh what do you mean he’s like zusi? one plays on the wing, the other in the middle of of the field

  2. Jason says:

    El Salvador’s soccer seal should be a hand holding up a yellow card.

  3. Marden08 says:

    It is very hot I think Jurgen will save Eddie,s speed if needed when they are tired

  4. Marc says:

    Anyone know where the game can be heard on the radio??

  5. Joe A. says:

    I think I’m the only one who thought Johnson and Holden would be on the bench.

  6. Shawn says:

    I sick of that bald headed reporter

  7. Maykol says:

    If anyone thinks el salvador is gonna park the bus this game, you dont know anything about soccer and havent been watching the games

  8. SAEFubby says:

    Are there any US fans there?…all I see is blue

  9. RB says:

    Think the Beckerman giveaway count is already at 2 just 6-7 mins in…

  10. Fredo says:

    We got very lucky there.

  11. Citronomics says:

    Well kudos to Goodson for staying composed to not let the El Salvador attacker beat him or send in a cross.

  12. Citronomics says:

    Beckerman with a great diagonal switch to play through Parkhurst who whips it in. And Mixx scuffs it. Great sequence and chance.

  13. Joamiq says:

    Corona has done a terrific job on the right wing so far in this tournament. I think he’s making a strong case for being our first choice right winger. Makes good decisions, technically adept, good speed, solid workrate. Kind of a revelation for me, as I hadn’t seen him play a whole lot before.

    • Dudester says:

      I still rather have Zusi there.Both Corona and Zusi don’t have the pace or trickery that true wingers have.Their both naturally cmids.At least with Zusi you know your getting excellent crosses and set pieces though.

      • Joamiq says:

        Corona’s crossing is better than Zusi’s. Zusi puts in some good ones, but also mis-hits about half of them. Corona has been near flawless.

        • maverickman874 says:

          I disagree that Corona is a better crosser.

          • Joamiq says:

            A fair amount of Zusi’s crosses are off target. Corona provides near perfect deliveries almost every time. He’s just much more skilled IMO. And again, I generally like Zusi and am glad Klinsi worked him into the team at a time when we were seriously lacking on the wings. He was vital for us for a spell. But I think Corona is better.

        • Dudester says:

          Lets not be so quick to dislodge our starting rm for most of wcq because Joe Benny has 2 good games in this tourney.

          • Joamiq says:

            He’s been good in every game he’s played. Two have stood out more than others since he’s scored, but he’s been consistently generating good attacks up the right.

      • ThatKidNandez says:

        Zusi is now 3rd choice. Landycakes and Corona have taken his job. May Iadd Corona is doing work!

        • Dudester says:

          Yeah that’s why Zusi has started on the wing for most of wcq’s and Joe Benny has been on the roster and not started.We will have to wait and see when the A squad gets called in.

  14. Dudester says:

    Goodson looks like he never got past that awkward phase.You know when you have a growth spurt in your teens and then grow into your body.

  15. Withdrawn Striker says:

    Someone have a working link?

  16. Joamiq says:

    Uh… that was the most brilliant corner kick play I think I’ve ever seen from this team.

  17. Gabe says:

    wynalda is just there to party! laughing and carrying on…how may coronas do you reckon?

  18. Fredo says:

    Oh Landon Sonovan

  19. beachbum says:

    Jurgen and Landon teaming up there, Coach calling his number with faith and LD delivering


  20. RB says:

    Corona is on the wing, Wondo as lone forward is never a speedster, no Gomez… I suspect we’ll see EJ at some later point.

  21. Shawn says:

    ill have a 6 pack of CORONA

  22. Francois says:

    Corona is a player man. He can ball. Really excited to see him the rest of the tournament and this next year to see what he can do.

  23. Francois says:

    Landon should have better there.

  24. Phil B says:

    Parkhurst has been working that right sideline

  25. RB says:

    A lot of time left, of course, but jusy so nice to see the US come out strong rather than sluggish in the first half…

  26. Joamiq says:

    With better finishing, it’d be 6-0 right now

    • RB says:

      For which side?

      • Francois says:

        The U.S. I hope you just aren’t watching, because if you are asking that and you are watching…

        • beachbum says:


        • RB says:

          No, I’m watching.. Question was only partly tongue-in-cheek, considering Zalaya’s kick over the goal, the remarkable double save by Rimando, the fact that they did score a goal, of course… Did you see any of those while watching?

          • RB says:

            And there goes Santamaría, as if to underscore the point.

            And then Zalaya again.

            • Francois says:

              Are you serious? The U.S had much better chances in the first half. One could argue 6-3, but to think that the U.S. hasn’t had enough chances to score 6 is either biased or ignorant.

              • RB says:

                Insult away if that’s what you want but if you’re not going to read what I just said and consider all the examples, not much point in continuing the discussion. (shrug)

          • Joamiq says:

            I hope it was more than partly tongue in cheek. There’s not really any question which team created more clear chances in the first half.

            • RB says:

              Did someone question that?

              • Francois says:

                You literally asked which team could be up 6-0. That kind of implies that you questioned what team had more chances…smh.

              • RB says:

                Yeah, and then noted the question was partly tongue-in-cheek. (Don’t know if you bothered to read that.) Then noted SLV’s numerous finishing issues. (Which I know you don’t read.) Then there is te fact that the originally comment you apparently have no problem with makes the same exaggeration the other way…smh.

  27. Shawn says:

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! blasphemy

  28. Francois says:

    That is never a penalty. Horrible call.

    • Joamiq says:

      Nah, that was the right call. Definitely a foul. Not a bad one, but can’t do that in the box.

  29. Benny says:

    When Donovan had his chance on goal, he should have ripped instead to flicking it.

  30. Mike E. says:

    Ridiculous call.

    If anything it was obstruction which is an indirect kick.

  31. Benny says:

    U.S. should get more goals.

  32. Paula says:

    S’ok. Not every match can be 6-0.

  33. PSU says:

    About 35 minutes of great soccer, poor last 10 minutes. Defense fell asleep and offense couldn’t finish to put it away.

  34. Andrew says:

    Gus Johnson crushed it in the first half

  35. BigBlueAL says:

    Best part of Fox’s coverage today is Heather Mitts…..

  36. Fredo says:

    Good game.

  37. biff says:

    First half exciting stuff and the USMNT B-Team looking good. Almost everyone playing well, with the weakest links, IMO, Parkhurst and Beasley, who is playing out of position. I think this team would be competitive against the USMNT A-Team. If USMNT cannot score a third goal this game could turn into a nail-biter.

  38. beachbum says:

    Burgos the energizer bunny…they attack defensively perhaps with this lineup?

  39. Dudester says:

    Zelaya is having his way down the wing atm.

    • ThatKidNandez says:

      Hate to say it but he’s making mince pie out of Besler when he gets the ball. Would have liked to see Orozco at Rb. Parkurst looks shaky.

      • RB says:

        Orozco should go in for Goodson.

      • beachbum says:

        he’s been beating all in front of him…guy is a talent and I want him on my Galaxy baby!

        • Dudester says:

          I first noticed Zelaya when he played I the gold cup in 2009? I always thought he was pretty good.Hes played in Mexico and the Russian premier.Now he is back playing in El Salvador so going to MLS is a good shout.Hes only 25 so could get a lot out of him.

          • beachbum says:

            he’s a fun player. saw him play at Rio Tinto in the 2009 quali, his talent stood out then. didn’t know where he’d been but enjoyed watching him in this tournament. to me he showed he’s a dangerous player in many different areas on the field, pops up effectively all over the place

            cheers man

  40. RB says:

    Beckerman definitely has come on over the course of the match…

  41. BigBlueAL says:

    Diskerud having a poor game.

  42. Ray tango says:

    Mix needs to come off

  43. Francois says:

    This ref is not helping us at all, that’s for sure.

  44. Dudester says:

    Here comes Gyasi Zardes’s newfound daddy.Gam dog Eddie Johnson.

  45. ThatKidNandez says:


  46. Phil B says:

    How’s that for a hello? Can’t get a better first touch than that.

  47. Shawn says:

    haha lolololololololo genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. beachbum says:

    Klinnsman the puppet master…wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Petaluman says:

    Sub of the year

  50. Philip B says:

    Diskerud is slow in his decision making, not precise with his passing and many times too close to the man on the ball thus denying passing lanes, almost “following the ball”.

  51. Francois says:

    Let’s gooooooo! What’s up, RB?

  52. ThatKidNandez says:

    Subs- Shea for Mix then shift torres to mix’s spot then sub off beckerman for holden

  53. Slowreno says:

    I remember how folks were saying EJ’s not a great hold up striker, how about that layoff to Beckerdreads?

  54. Lake says:

    Was JK yelling “Go down, go down” on that slow-mo replay after Landon didn’t go down after the challenge with the keeper? I really think that’s what he was saying and I hate that. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised JK is advocating for a dive though. He was certainly a master of the art.

    Faking injuries is the scourge of the game.

  55. Dudester says:

    Just curious are the fox soccer making a big deal about Landon being possibly being offside for the cross to EJ?The Uni guys sure are.

    • Andrew says:


    • Chris says:

      Actually they’re right. I missed that (I usually notice that on that type of play, but was too focused on EJ’s quick goal). Landon was ahead of even the keeper on that play, let alone any defenders (nobody was on the posts). That goal actually should not have counted. Looked like the Salvador players also missed it though because none of them complained about it.

  56. RB says:

    Poor LD just cannot buy a goal (or almost a SOG) today

  57. Dudester says:

    Amazing to think that Beas Lando and Beckerman were balling in a US shirt as long ago as 99.Possibly earlier.

  58. RB says:

    Finally gets one of his own!

  59. Dudester says:

    EJ to start over Wondo next game?

  60. run says:

    Once again, you were too quick. Announced the goal about 5 s before Univision

  61. Fredo says:

    Landon!! Running before EJ even touches ball.

  62. Francois says:

    There we go Landon. It’s about time he got one.

  63. RB says:

    That’s got to make him feel better about the whole crashing out of the Olympics thing. Excellent.

  64. run says:

    Franco too quick for the coverage (Univision) again. Ives had the timing right. Love to watch the commentary, but have to mute and look away when things get interesting. Just a 10 s wait would be helpful. Thanks

  65. Paula says:

    Not every match can be 6-0 …

    I guess it can be 5-1, though.

    What’s the El Salvador player gonna do, tell his own fans to stop throwing stuff?

  66. PSU says:

    Landon putting on the sunglasses was my moment of the match, how about yours?

  67. Kevin H says:

    How can you not be proud of this team right now? It’s great to see such attacking mentality. Even if it is against an El Salvador.

  68. Phil B says:

    Fans throwing bottles at players is absolutely disgraceful, even more so when it happens on your home soil.

    I did kinda chuckle when Landon put on those sunglasses, though.

  69. RB says:

    Wow, Portillo hasn’t been put _through_ the wringer, he’s been put into it and cannot get out!

    • RB says:

      And on top of everything else, he’s out there holding his players back to stay out of trouble. Respect. But the US was happily just too much for him/them…

  70. Kevin H says:

    If it wasn’t apparent before, Donovan is BACK with the first team. Good for him. More importantly, good for the team.

    • solles says:

      1 goal 3 assists, whats the over/under on minutes it will take for some hater to call him landycakes. I say 20.

  71. solles says:

    Dont understand why ES took off Zelaya, he was one of the best players on the field for either side and his removal removed any sort of threat to the US.

    • Dudester says:

      Apparently it was a leg injury according to Univision.

    • Hush says:

      Zalaya went out do to a small injury.

      Wondolousy once again proves to me he’s super wack. He’s a C-D-team kind of guy.

      LD & BC.. Enough of Zusi please. The guy imo is below average.

      EJ has always been a B-team type player. He’s decent against C.A teams.

      • Rational Nat fan says:

        I don’t think you can say pull Zusi and be taken seriously. Zusi has been great recently. If you want Donovan on the field, pull Beasley, drop Fabian back and there you go.

      • Benny says:

        Wondolousy LOL!!!!! He got an assist, though.

  72. Andrew In Tally says:

    Always great to see EJ do well. Seeing him on the field highlights Wondo’s limitations. Don’t get me wrong, he has some ability but his tools are too limited to be very effective in the international game – can’t beat man on the dribble; limited jumping ability, speed and hold up play-ability… Seeing EJ and Landon and the speed they bring would terrorize defenses. we need to find a way to get Jozy, Dempsey, Landon and EJ on the field at the same time.

    • says:

      He deff doesnt not have limited jumping ability…. I’ll agree with you on the rest. Here is the thing, it should be the opposite. EJ should be starting IMO and Wondo should subbed in. Ives even mentioned it in an article earlier, Wondo is being asked to be pretty much the target forward, and he does not do that with SJ and is not a position that he is the best. Remember how Altidore fared when playing alone up top. Play Wondo with a forward like EJ that constantly runs at players and will have more space open up for runs. At the moment, Donovan runs wide ( which he is good at) and Wondo has to knock down balls for midfielders, instead of playing the open space created by a player like EJ.

  73. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    MLS Needs to sign up Zelaya. He can ball. LA would be a nice fit.