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July 14, 2013

Wondolowski leads USA inwin vs. Cuba

SANDY, Utah — Chris Wondolowski — with his jersey name spelled correctly this time — scored two more goals to raise his total to five in two matches, and the United States came from behind to beat Cuba 4-1 Saturday and advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.

Landon Donovan converted his second penalty kick of the tournament for his 53rd international goal, Joe Corona got his first international goal and Stuart Holden made his first start in nearly three years for the U.S., which has reached the quarterfinals of all 12 Gold Cups.

The Americans, who have not won the North and Central American and Caribbean championship since 2007, complete the first round Tuesday against Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn., then likely will have their quarterfinal at Baltimore on July 21.

Wondolowski scored a first-half hat trick in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Belize, when his jersey was misspelled “Wondowlowski.” He started this match on the bench, but replaced Herculez Gomez early in the second half and scored the final two goals in the 66th and 85th minutes. Superstitious, he had an extra “W” stitched on the inside of his jersey.

Wondolowski, Donovan and Holden all are making a case to be included in the player pool when World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

While Wondolowski has led or tied Major League Soccer in goals for three straight seasons, he hadn’t scored for the national team in 11 appearances before an exhibition win over Guatemala on July 5.

Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups hasn’t played for the national team in 11 months before the Guatemala match because of injuries and a four-month sabbatical from soccer that ended in late March.

Holden made his first start for the U.S. since an exhibition against Colombia on Oct. 12, 2010. A knee injury the following March sustained from a tackle by Manchester United’s Jonny Evans limited the Bolton midfielder to one club match in the next 22 months.

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