July 19, 2003 – Landon Donovan first four-goal game at Gillette Stadium
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Landon Donovan produced the first four-goal game at Gillette Stadium as the U.S. took a 5-0 victory over Cuba in a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match. This was also the first four-goal performance by a U.S. player since former Revolution striker Joe-Max Moore against El Salvador in 1993.Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston scored a goal and also combined with left wing Eddie Lewis to provide crosses for Donovan and Brian McBride.
“I haven’t been scoring a lot lately and it’s been a little frustrating, so it was good to get that first one,” Donovan said. “[Lewis and Ralston] are both phenomenal servers of the ball, the two best I’ve been involved with.”
The U.S. outscored El Salvador, Martinique and Cuba by a 9-0 margin over an eight-day period at Gillette, which had opened with a New England Revolution MLS match May 11, 2002. The U.S. then lost, 2-1, in extra time to Brazil in the semifinals in Miami July 23, 2003.
July 19, 2003 – U.S. 5:0 Cuba, CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals at Gillette Stadium (Att.: 15,627)
Costa Rica 5:2 El Salvador, highest-scoring international at Gillette
Walter “Pate’” Centeno had a hat trick and Steven Bryce and Erick Scott added goals for the Ticos, Gilberto Murgas and Alfredo Pacheco scoring for El Salvador. Pacheco, who performed for the New York Red Bulls in 2009, was murdered in Santa Ana, El Salvador, in 2015. Pacheco played five times for El Salvador at Gillette Stadium, including the Guanacos’ only win at the stadium, a 1-0 decision over Martinique in the Gold Cup on July 16, 2003. Chris Aduama photo
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