Dempsey nets hat trick as U.S. rolls
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States rolled to a 6-0 Gold Cup quarterfinal win over Cuba on Saturday as Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick to lead the Americans to semifinals. The U.S. took firm control of the match with four first-half goals, including one from Dempsey in the fourth minute, while the Seattle Sounders striker added two more goals after the break. With the win the United States will face either Jamaica or Haiti in the semifinals on Wednesday. Fabian Johnson played provider on the first two goals as his right-wing cross in the fourth minute was turned home by the head of Dempsey to get the Americans off to a flying start. Gyasi Zardes was next to benefit from Johnson's service as he darted to the front of the net to redirect a driven ball past the goalkeeper from eight yards. The lead grew to 3-0 in the 32nd minute when Michael Bradley played Aron Johannsson in behind the defense and the forward chipped goalkeeper Disovelis Guerra from the top of the box. Omar Gonzalez then capped a dominant first half for Jurgen Klinsmann's team in the 45th when he finished off a close-range chance that Johannsson nodded down from a corner kick. Dempsey's second goal of the day came from the penalty spot after Angel Horta fouled Johannsson inside the box, and he completed his hat trick 12 minutes from time after a nice set up from Bradley.