El Salvador loses game, valuables in Utah

Tonight El Salvador’s national soccer team lost to the United States national team 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. The team also lost cash, laptops, jewelry and iPods.

Tonight El Salvador’s national soccer team lost to the United States national team 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. The loss essentially put an end to any hope El Salvador may have had in terms of qualifying for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

El Salvador did give the U.S. a scare, however, manufacturing several dangerous chances in second half stoppage time. The U.S. was sloppy on defense throughout, and clearly missed standout central defender Oguchi Onyewu, who was suspended for the match.

The game featured more than its share of controversy, too. Most notably, the Honduran referee mysteriously waved off an apparent Jozy Altidore goal that would have given the U.S. a 3-1 second-half lead.

Also, as the game got underway, ESPN revealed that a number of El Salvador players were robbed at the team hotel in Provo yesterday evening while the club was practicing at Rio Tinto. Former DC United player Eliseo Quintanilla is believed to have lost $12,000 in cash, and laptops, jewelry and iPods also went missing.