New England Soccer Today

USA Advances on Dempsey’s Strike


Former Revolution draft pick Clint Dempsey scored early to send the United States to the Copa America quarterfinals in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Paraguay at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Dempsey struck in the 27th minute after corralling a Gyasi Zardes cross inside the box and burying it to give the U.S. a lead it did not relinquish despite a slew of strong chances orchestrated by Paraguay in the waning stages.

U.S. defender DeAndre Yedlin was issued a pair of cautions in quick succession near the 50th minute, leaving his team shorthanded for the remaining 40 minutes.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a pair of back-to-back saves in the 81st minute to preserve the win against a fierce Paraguay offense.

With the win, the U.S. will either face Peru or Brazil in the quarterfinals.

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