The United States held on for an ugly 1-0 win against Curacao at the Gold Cup quarterfinals in Philadelphia on Sunday night to reach the last four of the tournament.
Christian Pulisic, wearing the captain's bracelet for just the second time, led by Gregg Berhalter's first-choice lineup against Curacao and nearly scored twice inside the first five minutes but missed wide on one shot and had another miraculously saved by goalkeeper Eloy Room.
Despite the early pressure and dominating possession, the US I picked up Weston McKennie's back post and headed past Room to give the Americans a 1-0 lead that they took in half-time.
"He can take players on and he likes to play in the box, "said man of the match McKennie of Pulisic.
" So we always tell each other when he cuts in, look for me the back post or look for me inside the box, because I am going to run.
"It is a connection that we are developing and improving on and hopefully in the next games it will be even better." in the world, 49 places behind the United States, Curacao were not over their opponents and US goalkeeper Zack Steffen had been on his side for more than one occasion.
At the other end, Eloy Room made several stops for Curacao and captain Cuco Martina thought his team had done themselves proud.
"We fought like lions," he said. "We did everything to win. The chances that we got, we didn't score. "
Fetch a frustrated figure on the sidelines in the second half as the US failed to create any quality chances and essentially split possession with Curacao.
The McKennie goal stood up for the US thanks to the play of Steffen, who had his fourth-straight shutout in the tournament. He made a brilliant save on Leandro Bacuna in the 84th minute, stretching to his right hand on the rising shot from outside the box that would have delivered the score.
The result sets up a semifinal match with Jamaica, which the US beat in the 201