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Dempsey's hat trick helps U.S. rout Cuba, 6-0, in Gold Cup quarterfinal

Dempsey's hat trick helps U.S. rout Cuba, 6-0, in Gold Cup quarterfinal

Clint Dempsey walked away with the game ball for one of the few times in his career. With his first international hat trick, he boosted the United States to a 6-0 rout over Cuba on Saturday and into its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal. Dempsey put the Americans ahead with a fourth-minute header, converted a penalty kick in the 64th and added the final goal in the 78th. In Wednesday’s semifinal at Atlanta, the Americans play Jamaica, which beat Haiti, 1-0, in the second game of the doubleheader. “Habits carry over: scoring goals, getting a clean sheet, people getting assists,” Dempsey said. “That confidence, definitely it grows in the team. And as the...

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