AYSO Alumni Lead U.S. to Gold Cup Semifinal
7/25/2013 10:53:53 AM
AYSO alumni and U.S. Men’s National team forwards Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson both scored to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night, July 24, against Honduras in the semifinal of the Gold Cup played in Arlington, Texas. The U.S. will now meet Panama in the final on Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m. PDT. You can catch the game on FOX.
The Gold Cup is a soccer competition of men’s soccer teams in CONCACAF that is held every two years. CONCACAF is the governing organization for national teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Eddie Johnson opened up the scoring in the 12th minute, when Donovan passed the ball to Johnson, who outran a couple of Honduran defenders before shooting the ball into the net.
The second goal in the 26th minute came after AYSO alum and U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando sent a goal kick up field. Johnson got to the end of the ball, flicking it on to yet another AYSO alum, Alejandro Bedoya, who got it over to Donovan.Donovan was able to find the back of the net for the U.S.’s second goal. Bedoya was able to set Donovan up for the third goal as well.
Donovan is having one of the best Gold Cup campaigns of his career. He has scored five goals and seven assists in the tournament, bringing his U.S. Men’s National team career total to 56 goals and 56 assists.
Great soccer truly starts in AYSO! Donovan and Rimando grewup playing AYSO in Southern California, while Johnson and Bedoya grew upplaying AYSO in Florida.