All over El Salvador's grill!
Okay, well, that was easy. The U.S. could have scored a couple more; Beasley should have scored a couple more. As it was, a convincing 4-0 win was the perfect way for the U.S. to close out the group stage. You never want to take World Cup qualifying for granted but when people say that qualifying shouldn't be a problem the next time around, it will be hard to argue that. A 5-0 mark at home pretty much does the trick, and the U.S. went 3-0 at home against regional rivals in the span of six days.
Anyway, the U.S. had the killer instinct it needed to show. The defense was neat and tidy, the attack generated plenty of results and the midfield did their job on both ends of the field.
DaMarcus Beasley scored twice. Landon Donovan scored (twice, but only one counted). Taylor Twellman scored. Clint Dempsey had an assist and a few other dangerous opportunities. Brian Ching had a wonderful assist. Bob Bradley expressed his displeasure at the finishing and the U.S. responded, the United States' attacking players responded.
The defense played solid. Jonathan Spector hit a beautiful ball to Donovan early in the game, absolutely splendid. The announcers on Telefutura raved about it as well. His overall play and his ability to hit a cross like that gives reason to believe he'll fulfill his potential with the U.S.
It's clear the U.S. is at a much higher level than El Salvador so it's difficult to point out a team's shortcomings in a walkover like this. But right now, the U.S. could not be in a better position heading into the knockout rounds.