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U.S. defeats El Salvador 5-1 in Gold Cup quarters

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The United States' DaMarcus Beasley (7) reacts to fans as teammate Clarence Goodson, right, follows after beating Guatemala during an international friendly soccer match Friday, July 5, 2013, in San Diego. - AP PHOTO/GREGORY BULL
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  • The United States' DaMarcus Beasley (7) reacts to fans as teammate Clarence Goodson, right, follows after beating Guatemala during an international friendly soccer match Friday, July 5, 2013, in San Diego.

BALTIMORE — Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the United States cruised past El Salvador 5-1 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the Americans, who will next play in Dallas on Wednesday against the winner of the Honduras-Costa Rica match.

Honduras and Costa Rica met Sunday night as part of a doubleheader before a sellout crowd at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.

The U.S. has won nine straight full internationals — a record for the country's national team. The Americans have also prevailed in seven of their last eight Gold Cup matches, the exception being a 4-2 loss to Mexico in 2011 final.

Rodolfo Zelaya scored for El Salvador, now 1-19-7 all-time against the U.S.

Goodson put the U.S. ahead in the 21st minute by converting a crossing pass from Donovan, who gained possession near the end line within 15 feet of the net. It was Goodson's fifth career goal, the second in the Gold Cup.

Minutes later, U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando kicked aside a straight-on shot by Lester Blanco Pineda and batted away the subsequent rebound at the right corner of the net.

In the 29th minute, Corona gained possession at the top of the penalty area and usedhis right foot to line a shot into the left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. his right foot to line a shot into the left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.