Gold Cup Update: USA and Costa Rica advance and Busch called in

MLS: JUN 13 Fire at United

The Fire will just have to wait a little bit longer for Logan Pause and Gonzalo Segares.

This past weekend saw both Pause and the U.S. team and Gonzalo and the Costa Rican squad win their quarterfinal matches and advance to the Gold Cup semifinals, which will be played on Thursday night at Soldier Field.
While Costa Rica advanced to the semis with ease (they smashed Guadeloupe 5-1 in the first sporting event played at the Dallas Cowboys new stadium) the U.S. had a much tougher time, needing 120 minutes of play to defeat Panama 2-1.

Gonzalo didn't see any playing time in Costa Rica's win, but Logan played the entire match for the U.S. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see any of the U.S. game so I don't know how Logan played but if you are interested, the game's highlights are below.

The semifinals kick off at 6 p.m. on Thursday when the U.S. takes on Honduras (rematch of the June 6th World Cup Qualifier, also played at Soldier...) and continue at 9 p.m. when Costa Rica plays Mexico.

The winners of the semifinals will meet on Sunday at Giants Stadium to decide the 2009 Gold Cup title (however meaningless it may be...). Regardless of whether or not their teams advance, I doubt either Gonzalo or Logan will play Saturday for the Fire as Denis Hamlett will likely want them to train with the team a little bit before throwing them into MLS action.

**Busch Called in**

Fire keeper Jon Busch has been called in to train with the U.S. squad in the lead up to Thursday's semifinal match. Busch was named to the U.S.'s Gold Cup roster on June 25th but he remained with the Fire as he was the third string keeper.

Jon will rejoin the Fire for the Seattle match and I see no reason why he wouldn't make the start.


I'll be covering the semifinals for the Tribune so look for a little more coverage on that coming your way later on in the week and head out to Soldier for the matches if you can. If the U.S. - Honduras game last month is anything to go by, national team games are a lot of fun.

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