U.S. within two games of Gold Cup
FOXBORO, Mass. -- DaMarcus Beasley provided the offense and the United States moved within two wins of taking its third CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The speedy midfielder scored two goals and added an assist to lead the United States over Jamaica, 3-1, on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
"We played well today. This was our best game of the tournament," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "I thought we were sloppy in the second half with dealing with the game, but at the end of the day a 3-1 win is an excellent result."
The United States plays Honduras on Thursday at East Rutherford, N.J., in the semifinals of the tournament, the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region. Honduras beat Costa Rica 3-2 in the opener of the doubleheader.
The U.S. team last won the Gold Cup in 2002 and also won it in 1991, the first year the tournament was played.
In today's quarterfinals at Houston, defending champion Mexico plays Colombia and Panama meets South Africa. Colombia and South Africa were invited to the tournament as guests.
English Channel also won last month's Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs, the first leg in the Grand Slam of Grass, which was created by track owner Jeffrey Jacobs for 3-year-olds. Other races in the series are the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park in Chicago on Aug. 13 and the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turn on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park in New York.