Altidore, Hejduk rally Yanks to 2-2 tie with El Salvador

Posted on 29 March 2009 by ASN Staff

After surrendering goals in the 15th and 72nd minutes, the U.S. rallied when El Salvador was forced to change goalkeepers after starter Miguel Montes went down for the second time with cramps in his legs. Two minutes after reserve goalkeeper Juan Jose Gomez came on, the U.S. struck for the first time in the 77th minute.

Defender Frankie Hejduk scored a header from three yards out in the 88th as the U.S. came from two goals down to tie El Salvador 2-2 in a wild match at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador.

“El Salvador played with a tremendous about of energy, and it was our challenge to match it,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We found ourselves behind, and that was not part of the plan, and at that point the team spirit and mentality paid off.”

The tie gives the U.S. four points through two games of the final round of FIFA World Cup qualifying, putting them in sole possession of first place in the hexagonal table. The focus now shifts immediately to Trinidad & Tobago, whom the U.S. will host Wednesday, April 1, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., at 7:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 and Galavision.

Hejduk’s goal was his second-ever in a FIFA World Cup qualifier and first in more than 12 years. Although he now has seven career goals, his last in a qualifier came in his first career start on Dec. 21, 1996, in a 2-2 tie with Guatemala, which also was played in San Salvador. The drought of 12 years and 97 days is the longest span in U.S. history, with Tab Ramos previously going eight years and 130 days between qualifying goals between 1989 and 1997.

The goals scored by El Salvador were the first against the U.S. since Raul Diaz Arce tallied twice on Nov. 16, 1997, in a 4-2 U.S. victory in Foxborough, Mass. The U.S. is now 4-0-3 in qualifying and 13-1-5 overall against El Salvador.

The match was the second of 10 games in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Elsewhere on Saturday, Mexico topped Costa Rica 2-0 in Mexico City, and Trinidad & Tobago scored a 90th minute goal to tie Honduras 1-1. The U.S. leads the six-team group with four points while Mexico and Costa Rica are right behind with three each. The top three teams in the six-team group qualify for the 2010 World Cup, while the fourth place team enters a playoff with the fifth place team from South America.

The U.S. played the match without first choice goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was serving a yellow card suspension. Onyewu was also a scratch after spraining his knee in training last Wednesday. He could have played with the injury, but was held out with the hope of being 100 percent fit for Wednesday’s match vs. Trinidad & Tobago.

Match Facts

United States vs. El Salvador, March 28, 2009, FIFA World Cup Qualifying; Final Round
Venue: Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Attendance: 30,500
Weather: 73 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:

SLV – Eliseo Quintanilla (Osael Romero) 15th minute
SLV – Cristian Castillo (Rodolfo Zelaya) 72
USA – Jozy Altidore (Frankie Hejduk) 77
USA – Frankie Hejduk 88

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 14-Danny Califf, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 15-Heath Pearce (9-Jozy Altidore, 61); 16-Sacha Kljestan (6-José Francisco Torres, 72), 12-Michael Bradley (13-Maurice Edu, 95+), 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey
Subs not used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 5-Jay DeMerit, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 17-Jonathan Spector
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

SLV: 18-Miguel Montes (1-Juan Jose Gomez, 75), 12-Manuel Salazar, 3-Marvin González, 2-Mardoqueo Henríquez, 15-Alfredo Pacheco, 6-Julio Martínez, 7-Ramon Sánchez, 17-Cristian Castillo, 8-Osael Romero, 10-Eliseo Quintanilla (4-Dennis Alas, 82), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (16-Carlos Ayala, 80)
Subs not used: 5-Luis Hernandez, 13-Deris Umanazor, 14-William Torres, 9-Rudis Corrales
Head Coach: Carlos de los Cobos

Stats Summary:
USA / SLV
Shots: 13 / 8
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6

Fouls: 12 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 56th minute
SLV – Cristian Castillo (caution) 57
SLV – Eliseo Quintanilla (caution) 82

Officials:
Referee: Benito Archundia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Hector Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (MEX)

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Eryn Bumpus Says:

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