United States v El Salvador: Biting mars Gold Cup quarter-final

Jozy Altidore
Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was involved in the incident

United States head coach Bruce Arena said action should have been taken after two El Salvador players appeared to bite two of his side.

Striker Jozy Altidore seemed to be bitten by Henry Romero and defender Omar Gonzalez by Darwin Ceren in a similar incident during the Gold Cup quarter-final, which the US won 2-0.

"There should have been a player sent off tonight," Arena said.

"I didn't see the play live, I can't fault the referee."

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football told BBC Sport it was "aware of the incidents" and an investigation was under way "to assess whether a disciplinary process is warranted".

Uruguay's Luis Suarez was banned from all football-related activity for four months and suspended for nine international matches after being found guilty of biting for the third time in his career at the 2014 World Cup.

He was banned for 10 games for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match for Liverpool in 2013 and was also suspended for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in 2010.

Line-ups

USA

  • 24Howard
  • 15Lichaj
  • 3González
  • 21Hedges
  • 16Morrow
  • 20ArriolaSubstituted forMorrisat 66'minutes
  • 25NagbeBooked at 21minsSubstituted forPontiusat 87'minutes
  • 26Bradley
  • 9ZardesSubstituted forAcostaat 71'minutes
  • 28Dempsey
  • 27Altidore

Substitutes

  • 2Flores Villafaña
  • 4Miazga
  • 5Besler
  • 7Pontius
  • 8Morris
  • 10Corona
  • 12Hamid
  • 13McCarty
  • 18Agudelo
  • 19Zusi
  • 23Acosta
  • 29González

El Salvador

  • 18Carrillo
  • 21TamacasBooked at 83mins
  • 4RomeroBooked at 82mins
  • 5ManciaBooked at 18mins
  • 13LarínBooked at 59mins
  • 10MayenSubstituted forCerenat 57'minutes
  • 7Cerén
  • 12Orellana
  • 8PinedaSubstituted forSanchezat 78'minutes
  • 9BonillaSubstituted forAlasat 84'minutes
  • 11Zelaya

Substitutes

  • 1Arroyo
  • 2Molina
  • 3Domínguez
  • 6Menjivar
  • 14Flores
  • 15Burgos
  • 16Ceren
  • 17Garcia
  • 19Sanchez
  • 20Alas
  • 22Villalobos
  • 23Marroquin
Referee:
Drew Fischer
Attendance:
31,615

Match Stats

Home TeamUSAAway TeamEl Salvador
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away26

Live Text

Match ends, USA 2, El Salvador 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, USA 2, El Salvador 0.

Eric Lichaj (USA) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alexander Larín (El Salvador).

Foul by Chris Pontius (USA).

Narciso Orellana (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Narciso Orellana (El Salvador).

Foul by Eric Lichaj (USA).

Edwin Sanchez (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Kellyn Acosta (USA).

Edwin Sanchez (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Chris Pontius replaces Darlington Nagbe.

Offside, El Salvador. Narciso Orellana tries a through ball, but Rodolfo Zelaya is caught offside.

Darlington Nagbe (USA) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Narciso Orellana (El Salvador).

Foul by Jordan Morris (USA).

Bryan Tamacas (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, El Salvador. Harold Alas replaces Nelson Bonilla.

Booking

Bryan Tamacas (El Salvador) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Justin Morrow (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bryan Tamacas (El Salvador).

Eric Lichaj (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edwin Sanchez (El Salvador).

Booking

Henry Romero (El Salvador) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Clint Dempsey (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henry Romero (El Salvador).

Dangerous play by Clint Dempsey (USA).

Narciso Orellana (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jozy Altidore (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iván Mancia (El Salvador).

Foul by Kellyn Acosta (USA).

Oscar Ceren (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, El Salvador. Edwin Sanchez replaces Dennis Pineda.

Jozy Altidore (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iván Mancia (El Salvador).

Justin Morrow (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darwin Cerén (El Salvador).

Foul by Matt Hedges (USA).

Rodolfo Zelaya (El Salvador) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA32107347
2Panama32106247
3Martinique310246-23
4Nicaragua300317-60

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mexico32105147
2Jamaica31203125
3El Salvador31114404
4Curaçao300306-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA11002023
2Costa Rica11001013
3Canada00000000
4Honduras00000000
5Jamaica00000000
6Mexico00000000
7Panama100101-10
8El Salvador100102-20
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