Freddy Adu was criticized for not stepping up and creating opportunities when the United States needed him in Saturday's loss to Canada, but nobody will criticize him tonight. With the U.S. trailing El Salvador, 2-1, and in need of a win to avoid elimination, Adu created two goals to put the Americans in front and on the way to a spot in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
The first goal came off of a long boot, which Terrence Boyd did well to win. The ball eventually made its way to Adu, who spotted Boyd making a run in behind the El Salvador defense and played a perfectly weighted ball in. Boyd, who already scored earlier, was calm as could be in front of goal and slotted the ball home for the equalizer.
Right after, the U.S. found the go-ahead goal and once again, Adu was the creator. He found his way over to the right side, where he was tightly marked, but a good bit of footwork cleared enough space for him to cross. The ball floated to the back post, where Joe Corona was waiting and he nodded the ball just inside the near post.
From one down to one up, the U.S. are still alive. Even so, there are still more than 20 minutes left for the Americans to hold on.