Los Angeles Soccer: Dennis Marshall

GOLD CUP: Costa Rican defender killed

June, 23, 2011
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Dennis Marshall, a defender who scored Costa Rica's equalizer in last weekend's CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Honduras, was killed in a car crash Thursday 30 miles east of San Jose, the Central American country's capital.


Marshall, 25, and his girlfriend, Meylin Masis Castro, died in a head-on collision with a truck as they traveled from his grandfather's funeral, according to a report on Major League Soccer's website.

Marshall's goal last week forced overtime, but the Ticos were eliminated on penalty kicks. Honduras lost Wednesday night to Mexico in a semifinal in Houston. He was scheduled to return early next month to Denmark, where he played for Aalborg.

GOLD CUP: Day 14 recap

June, 18, 2011
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Mexico rallied to keep its Gold Cup title hopes alive and Honduras survived at the spot as CONCACAF nations championship produced its first two semifinalists.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez's tournament-best sixth goal, a nifty little backheel in the 66th minute, sent El Tri to a 2-1 triumph over surprising Guatemala. The Chapines scored early and bunkered in, but they couldn't keep Mexico's high-power attack dormant beyond halftime in front of 78,807 in East Rutherford, N.J.

Honduras prevailed in the best game so far in the Gold Cup, clipping fellow Central American giant Costa Rica on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio takes the brunt of blame for the Ticos after missing a second-half spot kick and again in the tiebreaker.

A quick look at the 14th day in the region's championship:

CHICHARITO, OF COURSE: Hernandez, the Manchester United star who just turned 23, is CONCACAF's biggest star and best player, and his cheeky winner was his 20th goal in just 27 international matches.

Former Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz, now with the Philadelphia Union, gave Guatemala a fifth-minute lead, but the Chapines' defensive tactics couldn't close off the Mexicans, who dominated most of the action to advance to Wednesday's semifinals in Houston against Honduras.

Ruiz volleyed over goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera as he fell at the top of the box, a superb use of his body to place the ball inside the right post after beating Rafa Marquez to a long ball into the box.

Aldo de Nigris, a halftime substitute, scored the equalizer less than three minutes into the second half, slipping home a rebound after goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez rejected Hector Moreno's header and defender Carlos Gallardo swept Moreno's follow-up off the goal line.

COSTA RICA SPOT OFF: Honduras reached the final four primarily because its exactness at the penalty spot couldn't be matched by Costa Rica. The Catrachos weathered one penalty kick in regulation and prevailed on the PK shootout at the end when their Central American rival twice struck the crossbar.

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