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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - The United States extended its record of making every Under-17 World Cup field on Tuesday, beating El Salvador 3-2 in extra time to qualify for the 14th time and advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF championship.
Marc Pelosi scored one goal and set up second-half substitute Mario Rodriguez Jr. for another in extra time in a game that had three players ejected in the final seven minutes.
Rodriguez volleyed Marc Pelosi's rolling cross at the back post in the 95th minute, giving the Americans -- who were dominant for much of the game -- a 2-1 lead.
Pelosi added the insurance seven minutes later. Marc Guido dribbled through three Salvadoran defenders to reach the byline and sent a cross in front of the goal, where Pelosi finished.
The game, which finished with 52 fouls, quickly degenerated from there. U.S. defender Kellyn Perry-Acosta was ejected with seven minutes remaining with his second yellow card, but both U.S. keeper Fernando Pina and El Salvador forward Jose Pena followed in the 115th.
Pina went high to grab a looping headed ball and on his landing caught Pena in the chest with his foot. After getting up, Pena retaliated, resulting in Jamaican referee awarding El Salvador a penalty and sending off both players.
Gerardo Iraheta converted the penalty in the 120th minute, but El Salvador never challenged for the equalized after that.
El Salvador was playing the final round of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship for the sixth time in seven tries but was unable to secure its first trip to the world championship.
The Americans next play Friday against the winner between Wednesday's quarterfinal between Jamaica and Honduras.
The Americans pushed from the opening kickoff and went ahead just inside four minutes. Joseph Amon received a return pass from Pelosi off his throw-in and volleyed a cross into the area, where an unmarked Alejandro Guido headed from eight meters just inside the right post.
El Salvador equalized by the ninth. Pena completed a dash through the U.S. midfield, taking a ball that started with Romel Mejia and went through Ivan Castro.
Castro played the ball behind Amon to Pena, who finished with a bounding effort across the goal inside the far post.
The United States had the better of play for much of the rest of the half, with Andrew Oliver breaking in from both sides before shooting wide of the near post in the 20th and 29th minutes.
Pelosi bounced one shot off the bar in the 38th and had a free kick in the 44th that bounced in the area before Salvadoran keeper Rolando Morales pushed high from his knees.
The United States had almost all the possession in a second half, with Esteban Rodriguez unable to jump high enough to get a clean header on Alfred Koroma's cross in the 53rd, Oliver serving a short, slow teasing ball that Morales had to race off his line to smother in the 54th and Olive shooting wide in the 56th.
El Salvador's counter-attack strategy nearly paid a dividend in the 64th when El Salvador intercepted a throw-in in the American half and dashed toward the U.S. goal with Pina thwarting Pena at the right post.
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