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US advances in Gold Cup

Thanks in large part to Landon Donovan, the United States will play two games at Gillette Stadium this week.

Donovan, who came off the bench, scored his third goal in two games as the US beat Canada, 2-0, yesterday in Seattle in group play of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Donovan's header, off a nicely played cross by DaMarcus Beasley in the 90th minute, moved Donovan into sole possession of third place all time on the American goal list with 25, passing Joe-Max Moore. Only Brian McBride (28) and Eric Wynalda (34) have scored more.

Donovan scored twice in the final minutes Thursday against Cuba, once off a pass from Beasley. He has eight goals in Gold Cup play.

''I told Bruce [Arena], I don't want to get used to coming off the bench," Donovan said. ''But his theory of how he wanted to play these two games worked out, so we're in great shape."

There were plenty of scoring chances for the Americans as the match was played almost entirely on Canada's half of the field. Yet for most of the second half, it appeared an own goal by Canada would be the difference.

The United States has 6 points in Group B -- tied with Costa Rica -- and will advance to a quarterfinal Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Costa Rica beat Cuba, 3-1, yesterday and will play the Americans Tuesday night in Foxborough with first place in the group on the line.

Randall Brenes scored twice in his first international match, leading Costa Rica to its second straight win.


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Struggling former US national team standout Clint Mathis scored his first goal for Real Salt Lake (3-10-4).

Wizards 1, D.C. United 0 -- Sasha Victorine's unassisted goal in the 77th minute gave visiting Kansas City a victory in a battle of last year's MLS Cup finalists.

Victorine's goal gave the Wizards their second win in their last eight matches.

Earthquakes 2, Crew 1 -- Ronald Cerritos scored in the 63d minute for his fifth goal of the season as visiting San Jose edged Columbus and extended its unbeaten streak to seven games.

MetroStars 2, Galaxy 1 -- Amado Guevara scored on a penalty kick and set up Eddie Gaven's winning goal as the MetroStars beat visiting Los Angeles.

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