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Dempsey hat trick sends U.S. into Gold Cup semifinals

Courtesy of CONCACAF
Courtesy of CONCACAF

The United States men’s national soccer team cruised past Cuba Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Gold Cup.

The U.S. netted six goals and recorded the shutout to tie their largest margin of victory in Gold Cup play.

The Americans got on the board early and often, with the first coming just four minutes in. Timothy Chandler looped in an in-swinging cross from the right side. Clint Dempsey took advantage of poor marking from the Cuban defenders and had an open header which he deposited over Cuba goalkeeper Disovelis Guerra for the 1-0 lead.

Eleven minutes later, the U.S. doubled up their lead with a goal that mirrored their first. Fabian Johnson whipped in a cross from a free kick and caught the Cuban defenders ball watching again. Gyasi Zardes made a run to the back post and one-timed it into the back of the net.

In the 32nd minute, the U.S. continued to take advantage of mistakes from Cuba. U.S. captain Michael Bradley sent a long ball to Aron Jóhannsson. Bradley’s ball had backspin, and Guerra misread it. Jóhannsson latched on to the ball and with Guerra off his line, calmly chipped it over the Cuban goalkeeper to put the Americans up by a comfortable 3-0 margin.

The U.S. added another in stoppage time before the half. A U.S. corner appeared to be sailing out of bounds for a Cuba goal kick, but Jóhannsson didn’t give up on the play. The Icelandic-American headed the ball back toward the center of the box, where a sliding Omar Gonzalez poked it in for the 4-0 lead.

Cuba started showing signs of frustration in the 63rd minute when Angel Horta pulled down Jóhannsson in the penalty area and was shown a yellow card. Dempsey converted the penalty to put the Cubans in a massive 5-0 hole.

The Americans finished off their scoring barrage in the 78th minute when Bradley slid the ball across the box for Dempsey to finish with the outside of his foot while sliding and complete his hat trick.

Dempsey’s three goals marked his first international hat trick, while Gonzalez’s goal was his first tally in a U.S. shirt.

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan had an easy day at the office, facing only one harmless shot on goal to record the clean sheet

The U.S. outshot Cuba 17-8 in the match, and held onto a dominant 62 percent of possession.

The U.S. will face Jamaica in the semifinal round on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.

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