It wasn’t pretty, but the United States did just enough to win its group and advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday in Philadelphia. By winning the group, Bruce Arena’s squad gets El Salvador in the next round and avoids the talented Costa Rican squad until a potential semifinal matchup. At the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the United States is a 1.5-goal favorite over El Salvador on the two-way line.

The USMNT took full advantage of the Gold Cup’s roster additions after the group stage. Coach Arena added Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, and Jesse Gonzalez. It remains to be seen how much those guys will play, but it certainly sends a clear “We’re here to win” message that a lot of supporters weren’t necessarily feeling a week or two ago. On the other side of the bracket, Canada is a small -120 favorite over Jamaica and Mexico is a 1-goal favorite over Honduras. Those games will be played on Thursday from Glendale, Arizona. Unlike the United States, Mexico elected to not make a single change from its existing roster.

CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal odds, courtesy of South Point Hotel and Casino

CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal Odds

Jay Richards

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