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US Beats Barbados, Advances to Regional 2010 World Cup Semifinals

The United States has advanced to the regional semifinals of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup football tournament in South Africa. The American men scored a 1-0 victory over Barbados in Bridgetown on Sunday.

Eddie Lewis scored in the 21st minute off a pass from Freddy Adu, who started his first World Cup qualifier. Lewis made the shot through the legs of goalkeeper Alvin Rouse for his 10th goal in 80 international appearances.

The United States won the first leg of the series last week, routing Barbados 8-0. The Americans have outscored Barbados 20-0 in four meetings, all World Cup qualifiers, including two matches in 2000.

The Americans are seeking their sixth straight World Cup berth. Guatemala is also in the regional semifinals after beating St. Lucia on 9-1 aggregate.

The other two teams were to be determined later Sunday. Cuba hosts Antigua and Barbuda after winning the first leg, 4-3, on the road. Trinidad and Tobago, which made its first World Cup appearance in 2006, went to Bermuda trying to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.