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Jul 17

Late Brek Shea goal lifts United States to Gold Cup win over Costa Rica

DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Johnson

Landon Donovan and Brek Shea combined for a late goal as the United States finished group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday at Rentschler Field in Hartford.

Shea, the Stoke City winger who had such a tough time in the United States’ weekend win over Cuba, supplied Tuesday’s only goal about six minutes after his second-half entrance. His calm finish in the 83rd minute, his first in a U.S. shirt, may go a long way to getting the big left winger back on track. But it was Donovan’s aggressive choice to play a perfect, early ball from a wide position for a breaking Shea on the left that made the play.

With previous group stage wins over Belize and Cuba, the United States finishes first in Group C and will now meet El Salvador in Sunday’s tournament quarterfinals in Baltimore.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/16/late-brek-shea-goal-lifts-united-states-to-gold-cup-win-over-costa-rica/

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