SANDY, Utah --Two Landon Donovan assists are making the difference in Sandy, Utah's Rio Tinto Stadium for the United States.
It's currently halftime and the U.S. has come from behind to take the lead.
A spirited El Salvador side took the lead midway through the half. Eliseo Quintanilla scored on a header. Jonathan Bornstein miffed a clearance over his head and it fell kindly to Rodolfo Zelaya. The striker faked out Carlos Bocanegra before laying the ball across for Quintanilla to power home.
The sizable El Salvadorian support erupted with excitement, setting off a series of firecrackers.
Heading towards the halftime interval, things weren't looking good for the hosts. Clint Dempsey and Charlie Davies had already flubbed easy chances in front of goal and the Azul was looking deadly on the counter.
Less than five minutes remaining in the half, Landon Donovan decided to step up.
With a free kick on the right side, he curled a ball into the box. The entire Salvadorian defense stepped forward as one, catching three U.S. players offsides, but Dempsey stole in from a deeper position and stretched out his body to head in an equalizer.
The U.S. took full advantage of the momentum shift. Pouring forward, the go-ahead goal came two minutes into injury time. Again Donovan laid off the cross, this time from the left side. Jozy Altidore rose above his marker to power in a header.
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com
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