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The United States is playing El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.  

The United States is coming off a 2-1 loss to Mexico at Mexico City.  The USA is tied for second place with ten points.  The first three teams in the group qualify.  The fourth place team gets a playoff with a South American team.  Costa Rica leads the group with 12 points.

The USA team tied El Salvador 2-2 in the last qualifier in El Salvador.

The United States is 13-1-5 all-time versus El Salvador, with 43 goals scored and 12 surrendered.

The USA is heavily favored to win this game.  If they lose, it will make their road to the World Cup much more treacherous.

UPDATE

El Salvador 1 USA 0
Cristian Castillo (32)

UPDATE

USA 1  El Salvador 1
Clint Dempsey (41)

UPDATE

USA 2 El Salvador 1
Jozy Altidore (45)

Ramon Flores 9'    Yellow Card

HALF TIME

El Salvador
Osael Romero IN Arturo Alvarez OUT 50'
Williams Enrique Rodriguez Reyes IN Ramon Flores OUT 74'
Rudy Corrales IN Eliseo Quintanilla OUT 74'

USA
Stuart Holden IN Charlie Davies OUT 72'
Kyle Beckerman IN Chad Marshall OUT 80'

CONTROVERSY: Jozy Altidore apparently scored but it was called off.

This game is turning into a wide open exciting game.  Both sides have had many chances.

UPDATE:

3 minutes stoppage time

USA WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted to penguinsong on Sat Sep 05, 2009 at 05:12 PM PDT.

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