United States advances to quarterfinals before playing against Peru.By Robert Wagman
MIAMI (Tuesday, February 15, 2000) -- The United States advanced to the Gold Cup quarterfinals last night without having to play a match.
When Haiti (0-1-1, 1 point, minus-3 goal differential) played a 1-1 draw with Peru (0-0-1, 1, 0) it assured the U.S. (1-0, 3, plus-3), could finish no worse than second in Group B. Following its 3-0 domination of Haiti, the U.S. finishes first with a victory or a tie against Peru; a loss and the Americans are second.
The top two teams in each of four groups advances to the quarters.
And the path to the semifinals improved greatly when Honduras eliminated Group A co-favorite Jamaica from the tournament 2-0 last night. Still, Colombia could provide a formidable quarterfinal foe depending on tomorrow night's results. For that matter, Honduras is no pushover.
In the quarters, the winner of Group B plays the runnerup from Group A, with the second-place finisher of Group B meeting the Group A winner.
Jamaica dropped a heartbreaker to Colombia 1-0 hitting the post twice in the final five minutes, and five times during the match. Honduras needs a victory or a tie over Colombia tomorrow night to take Group A; Colombia finishes first with a victory.
Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com.