Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

United States of America 2-0 El Salvador: 3 things we learned

United States of America 2-0 El Salvador: 3 things we learned

Altidore said after the match that his girlfriend was mad at both he and Romero over what transpired on the field. "I told him, 'Thank you, ' at the end of the game because that was a big save and he got me out of the dirt there". "I'm going to go back to the hotel and talk to her about that, she what she says", he joked. Goalkeeper Tim Howard charged out to make the stop. "That's insane. [Nipple twisting], that should be allowed, but the biting, no good".

Right back Eric Lichaj, who plays with Nottingham Forest of the English Football League Championship, added the insurance goal in the second minute of the first half's extra time with a five-hole shot on Carillo.

"I was fortunate to have scored that goal", Lichaj said.

There were two separate biting incidents in heated clash in Philadelphia, with Salvadorean captain Darwin Cerin also getting his teeth stuck into United States of America defender Omar Gonzalez.

Darlington Nagbe played in center midfield for the USA for the first time and did quite well.

While the support was quite mixed in terms of partisanship (a strong Salvadorian contingent possibly exceeding the number of USA fans inside the stadium), the quality soccer was played mostly by La Selecta, El Salvador looking the more fluid side in the run of play.

This was after a Gyasi Zardes goal was disallowed for being offside but the replay showed that he was onside and the goal should've counted. "Just move on from it, learn from it, and get ready for the next game".

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"We've got to get them better service", said Howard of the two forwards.

El Salvador nearly drew first blood in just the third minute.

The veteran striker left Henry Romero for dead with a brilliant turn and then slipped a pass into the feet of Lichaj, who controlled to shoot beneath Carrillo for his maiden global goal.

For the US national team, this summer's Gold Cup has largely been seen as an opportunity for fringe players to break into the top 23.

He quickly became the US's heel du jour with his performance, particularly in "defending" striker Jozy Altidore.

"I shouldn't be saying these things happen, but they do". I'm sure they will do what they're supposed to do.

Getting his first long-term look with the U.S. MNT since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Lichaj has flown his wife, two daughters, parents and brother to every match this summer, something he plans to continue as the team heads to Dallas for Saturday's Semifinal against Costa Rica.

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