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McBride nets three in 4-0 romp over El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinals; Canada is next.

PASADENA, Calif. (Sunday, January 27, 2002) -- Striker Brian McBride needed just 21 minutes to score his three goals, leading the United States to a surprisingly easy 4-0 rout of El Salvador in a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal before 31,628 in the cold and rain at the Rose Bowl this afternoon.

The U.S., which outshot El Salvador 19-5, has now advanced to the semifinals of five of the six Gold Cups and will face Canada here Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. (ET). That match will be preceded by the other semifinal between Costa Rica and South Korea.

"We obviously started the game in strong fashion today in getting an early goal and the second one following shortly after made our task a lot easier," said U.S. coach Bruce Arena. "As the game went on, it was a matter of survival with the elements, the field conditions and having to deal with some pretty bad fouls. Now our challenge is to get our team ready for Wednesday."

With 19 career goals, McBride stands fourth all-time in U.S. menís history, trailing only Eric Wynalda (34), Joe-Max Moore (24) and the long-retired Bruce Murray (21). McBride's hat trick was the sixth in U.S. menís history and first since Moore netted four goals in a 7-0 rout of El Salvador on December 5, 1993. The Americans are 13-1-1 in matches when McBride scores.

"It feels really good. I think our runs in the box today were excellent," McBride said. "Ante (Razov) made a lot of runs that freed up space for me. It just so happened that I was in the right place today. It feels really good to score in the run of play and, more so, it's great for us to get a few goals and keep our momentum going."

The U.S. dominance was evident from the opening whistle with its size and speed advantages exploited to apply heavy pressure and create chances from the flanks. Both defender Carlos Bocanegra and midfielder Eddie Lewis delivered dangerous crosses right at the outset.

However, it was El Salvador which created its only real chance of the match in the fifth minute when midfielder Ronald Cerritos nearly caught U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller by surprise with a 25-yard shot from the right side.

In the ninth minute, midfielder Chris Armas quickly changed the point of attack and found defender Frankie Hejduk with space on the right flank. Hejduk whipped a cross to the near post which skipped off the head of Salvadoran defender Guillermo Garcia to the back post for an unmarked McBride to head back across the goal into right corner for a 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, the Columbus Crew forward increased the advantage to 2-0 with Armas again initiating the action. From the right side of the midfield stripe, Armas lofted a pass that found midfielder Cobi Jones who had slipped behind the defense. Jones eluded keeper Santos Rivera, who had charged off his line, and laid a square ball across to McBride for an easy deposit into an empty net.

"We came out wanting to get after them from the beginning," McBride said. "Another important thing we talked about was getting that second goal right away and continuing to push forward. Our finishing was much better today."

The Americans kept the pressure on. In the 21st minute, Ante Razov received a ball in midfield and sprang Eddie Lewis down the left side. Lewis advanced to the baseline and slotted a low cross to the goal mouth for midfielder Landon Donovan to touch to an unchecked McBride for another easy shot and a 3-0 margin.

McBride's last multiple goal performance came against El Salvador in the final match of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, a 4-2 decision on November 16, 1997 at Foxboro Stadium.

A pair of U.S. internationals made their return to the U.S. fold in the second half. Midfielder Brian Maisonneuve entered in the 61st minute, making his first appearance for the national team the 1998 World Cup. Two minutes later, forward Clint Mathis stepped on the field for the first time in more than seven months since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on June 5.

El Salvador was reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute when defender Marvin Benitez was ejected after being shown his second yellow card for fouling Lewis from behind.

Ante Razov capped off a solid performance with the final U.S. tally in the 72nd minute. His Chicago Fire teammate DaMarcus Beasley carried down the left flank, beating his mark and sending a pass in the direction of Mathis. The ball misses Mathis but found Razov who had charged toward the center of the goal and he slotted his shot just inside the right post.

Razov limped off the field injured in the 82nd minute, forcing the U.S. to play the final eight minutes with 10 men.

The Americans are 9-8-7 all-time against Canada, but the two neighbors have not met since the U.S. recorded back-to-back 3-0 victories in 1997 qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. The U.S. is 4-0-4 since its last loss to Canada, a 2-0 setback on April 2, 1985, in Vancouver.

"I haven't seen Canada play in this tournament yet. I know generally how they play and what they are like," Arena said of the defending Gold Cup champ. "Obviously, they are very difficult to play against and they have been very successful here. No one's been able to eliminate them in this tournament now in two tries, so that's going to be quite a task on our hands. They play everyone tough. Even the game they lost in this tournament, I think it went 88 minutes before Ecuador got on the board. They have a real physical presence. They are outstanding on attacking restarts and that's an area where probably get all their goals."

United States 4, El Salvador 0

Lineups: United States - Kasey Keller, Frankie Hejduk, Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Agoos (captain), Carlos Bocanegra (DaMarcus Beasley 46), Cobi Jones, Chris Armas, Eddie Lewis, Landon Donovan (Brian Maisonnueve 61), Brian McBride (Clint Mathis 63), Ante Razov. El Salvador - Santos Rivera, Marvin Benitez, Victor Velasquez, Jamie Bladimir Cubias (Deris Ariel Umanzor 46), Santos Cabrera - captain (Rudy Corrales 46), Ronald Cerritos, Adonay Martinez (William Osorio 80), Jorge Rodriguez, Oscar Navarro, Elmer Martinez, Guillermo Garcia.

United States - McBride (unassisted) 9.
United States - McBride (Jones) 11.
United States - McBride (Donovan) 21.
United States - Razov (Beasley) 72.

Shots: United States 19, El Salvador 5. Saves: United States 2, El Salvador 3. Corner kicks: United States 8, El Salvador 4. Fouls: United States 21, El Salvador 11. Offside: United States 3, El Salvador 2. Yellow card cautions: United States - Razov 40, Keller 85; El Salvador - Cubias 16, Rodriguez 18, Martinez 31, Cabrera, 32, Benitez 40, Navarro 78. Red card ejection: El Salvador - Benitez (second yellow card) 64.

Referee: Samuel Richard (Dominican Republic). Assistant referees: Hector Vergara (Canada), Michael Ragoonath (Trinidad & Tobago). Attendance: 31,628 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: 57 degrees; cool, rainy.

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