USA soccer team beats Cuba, 4-1

USA soccer team beats Cuba, 4-1

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando all played the full 90 minutes as the U.S. defeated Cuba to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Soccer fans in Utah got quite the treat Saturday afternoon.

Not only did they get to watch the U.S. Men's National Team defeat Cuba, 4-1, to advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals, but Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Nick Rimando all played the full 90 minutes.

"It was amazing," said Beckerman, who assisted on the United States' third goal of the game. "To share it with Nick and Tony was awesome. It was even better to get the win and we just got to keep improving."

"You know, not many players get a chance to play for their country," said Beltran, who was a surprise starter. "Then, on the next level, not many players get to do that in their home stadium, so it was a very special day for me."

"There were great emotions," added Rimando, who picked up his third straight victory in goal. "To step out here and have my parents in the stands with my wife and kids, to do it in front of the home fans, there were a ton of emotions going through myself."

After surprisingly going down a goal in the first half, the U.S. scored four consecutive goals to seal a spot in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Landon Donovan leveled the match late in the first half, scoring on a penalty kick. The goal was Donovan's 53rd with the USMNT.

Then in the 57th minute, Joe Corona gave the U.S. the lead with his first international goal.

Minutes after subbing into the match, Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in 19 minutes to clinch the victory. His first goal of the match came off a beautiful pass from Beckerman.

"Tony [Beltran] had it down in the corner and played me a great ball," Beckerman said. "I was able to get a step on the defender, looked up and saw Wondo making a great run, put it there and he did the rest."

Wondolowski now has five goals from two games in the tournament and is the only U.S. player in history to score that many in a single Gold Cup tournament. He is the second U.S. striker to score in three straight games this year, along with Jozy Altidore.

With the victory, the United States has tied the longest winning streak in team history at seven in a row. The previous mark was set from June 2-24, 2007, beginning with a 4-1 win against China that led to six straight wins in the 2007 Gold Cup and a championship title.

"It was absolutely a fantastic atmosphere," said Beltran. "I'm spoiled because I get to see that atmosphere week in and week out with RSL, and it was the same with the national team."

The U.S. will be back in action for their third group game against Costa Rica at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET. 

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