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Andy Najar scores game-winner, puts Honduras through to Gold Cup semifinals

The former D.C. United man netted the game's only goal and his first tally for the Catrachos with his diving header early in the second half against Costa Rica.

This couldn't wait for one of Mitch's monthly alumni posts. Our Andy (and to me, he'll always be our Andy) put Honduras into the 2013 Gold Cup semifinals yesterday, scoring the gamewinner against Costa Rica. In the 49th minute of their quarterfinal, Andy Najar beat his man to a cross just outside the Ticos' six-yard box, and his header to the far post froze the Costa Rican 'keeper. It was Najar's first goal for the senior Honduras national team, and it would prove to be the game's only tally.

Honduras' win secured a match-up with the United States Wednesday night (clap clap clap clap) deep in the heart of Texas. The USMNT, of course, walked over El Salvador, 5-1, in the first game of Sunday's double-header in Baltimore, thanks to goals from Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud and about sixteen assists from Donovan. I'm pretty sure Joe Flacco and Cal Ripken Jr. got into the mix, too, somehow.

At any rate, check out the video of Najar's goal above, and find more about the Gold Cup over at

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