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USA Vs. El Salvador, 2012 Olympic Qualifying: El Salvador Gets Two To Take Lead

The United States got just what they needed in the first minute of the match. Terrence Boyd scored and with the Americans needing a win to avoid elimination, all looked good. Then, in a span of just a couple minutes, El Salvador leveled thanks to Lester Blanco, and went in front, thanks to Jorge Flores. Now, El Salvador leads 2-1 in the first half and barring a U.S. comeback, will be through to the semifinals, while the U.S. stays home.

El Salvador leveled on a corner kick. The ball came in at the near post and Blanco just flat out beat Kofi Sarkodie to the spot, nodded the ball past Bill Hamid.

Hamid would injure his ankle not long after, but he insisted that he stay on and that came back to hurt the Americans. A weak shot rolled across the frame towards the back post where Hamid should have gathered it, but he didn't come off his line and Flores got there first. With the US. team watching, Flores poked it past Hamid and El Salvador were eying a semifinal spot.