Chris Wondolowski is making a case that he should be included on the United States roster when World Cup qualifying resumes in September.
Wondolowski — with his jersey name spelled correctly this time — scored two more goals to raise his total to five in two matches, and the Americans overcame a slow start to beat Cuba, 4-1, Saturday in Sandy, Utah, and advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.
Landon Donovan tied the score late in the first half when he converted his second penalty kick of the tournament for his 53d international goal. Joe Corona got his first international goal early in the second, and Stuart Holden made his first start in nearly three years for the US (2-0), which has reached the quarterfinals of all 12 Gold Cups.
While Wondolowski has led or tied for the goals lead in Major League Soccer for three straight years, he hadn’t scored for the national team in 11 appearances until an exhibition win over Guatemala July 5.
Wondolowski scored a first-half hat trick in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Belize, when his jersey was misspelled ‘‘Wondowlowski.’’ He started Saturday’s match on the bench, then replaced Herculez Gomez in the 58th minute and scored the final two goals in the 66th and 85th. Superstitious, he had an extra ‘‘W’’ stitched on the inside of his jersey.
The Americans, who have not won the North and Central American and Caribbean championship since 2007, complete the first round Tuesday against Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn., to determine the Group C winner before playing their quarterfinal at Baltimore on July 21.
Costa Rica also advanced to the quarterfinals Saturday, beating Belize, 1-0, on an own goal by Dalton Eiley in the 49th minute.
Costa Rica (2-0) extended its shutout streak to 704 minutes with the win. The Ticos have one loss in their last 17 matches, a 1-0 defeat to the US in a World Cup qualifier played during a Colorado snowstorm in March.
Red Bulls 4, Impact 0 — Thierry Henry had a goal and two assists to lift host New York (9-7-4), which climbed into a first-place tie with Montreal (9-5-4) in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting KC 3, Toronto FC 0 — Soony Saad scored twice and Claudio Bieler added another goal as Kansas City (9-5-6) won at Toronto (2-9-7), which played shorthanded after Reggie Lambe was given a red card in the 56th minute.
Salt Lake 3, FC Dallas 0 — Javier Morales scored a goal and set up Ned Grabavoy and Olmes Garcia as Real Salt Lake (11-5-4) beat FC Dallas (8-5-7) in Frisco, Texas.
Earthquakes 1, Sounders 0 — Walter Martinez scored his first MLS goal in the 48th minute to lift San Jose (6-9-6) over host Seattle (7-7-3).
Wigan 2, Crew 1 — James McCarthy and Marc-Antoine Fortune scored in the second half as England’s Wigan Athletic defeated host Columbus in an exhibition match.
U-20 World Cup
France won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time after drawing with Uruguay, 0-0, in extra time and winning the penalty shootout, 4-1.