Soccer-Donovan shines as United States reach Gold Cup final

July 24 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan scored twice as the United States raced into a fifth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Honduras on Wednesday.

The hosts now await the winners of the clash between champions Mexico and Panama, who meet in the second semi-final later on Wednesday at the same Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A 10th consecutive victory for the Americans was inspired by yet another impressive showing from forward Donovan, who has scored three goals and added four assists in his last two matches.

Mexico beat the U.S. in the last two finals in 2009 and 2011 but the form of the Americans, and particularly that of Donovan, suggests they will have their work cut out to record three in a row if they get past the Panamanians.

Donovan helped the U.S. get off to a strong start when he found Eddie Johnson for the opener in the 11th minute before adding his first goal with a volley in the 27th minute.

Honduras, who split two World Cup qualifiers with the U.S. earlier this year, battled back with a headed goal from Nery Media in the 52nd minute.

A minute later, though, Donovan scored yet again with a tap in to all but clinch the victory for the Americans. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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