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GOLD CUP FOOTBALL: US advances, beats Cuba 6-0

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 6:21 PMAudley Boyd, Assistant Editor - Sport

BALTIMORE, Maryland:
Clint Dempsey netted his first international hat-trick as the United States advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final with a 6-0 thumping of Cuba in their quarter-final football match at M&T Bank Stadium this evening.

The Americans led 4-0 at half-time.

Dempsey opened the scoring at the fourth minute, added a second from the penalty spot at the 64th and closed out his triple at the 77th.

Gyasi Zardes (14th), Aron Johansson (32nd) and Omar Gonzalez, in first half stoppage time, were the others scorer for the USA.

The Americans will meet the winner of the second semi-final at M&T Bank Stadium, between Jamaica and Haiti.

“They’re two very difficult teams to play”, said US coach, Jurgen Klinsmann.

"They’re two teams very different in their approach. It’ll be a very tough match on Wednesday night in Atlanta,” Klinsmann said.