In what was a sellout at M&T Bank Stadium, CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz thought its decision to come to Charm City was a big success.
"We thought there was an opportunity there. There is a soccer community that we believed at the time we were making the decision would engage into this, and they did," Sanz said. "The atmosphere was beyond expectations. Here was a full crowd cheering, and that gets the game going. It was great. We were very satisfied."
As of Tuesday morning, 26,000 tickets had been sold for Sunday's games. About 72 hours later, CONCACAF announced the sellout. What does that mean for possible Gold Cup matches in the future in Baltimore? Sanz said the city will "absolutely" be considered, possibly for a semifinal or final.
"What we do is we go into a bidding process with the cities that are interested, and we're trying to establish the Gold Cup as a bigger event," he said. "Definitely our experience right now has been very, very good. From the stadium, to the city and the fans, across the board, it has been an amazing atmosphere."
Beasley echoed Sanz's praise of Baltimore as its host city.
"The crowd was unbelievable. To play in front of these many people, you couldn't hear," Beasley said. "The fans were crazy, and that's what you want in a quarterfinal match."
His one complaint?
"It was hot," Beasley said. "I was happy the rain came."
Andy Najar of Alexandria, Va., scored the game-winner as Honduras topped Costa Rica, 1-0, in Sunday's second Gold Cup quarterfinal at M&T Bank Stadium. In the 49th minute, Najar, who used to play for D.C. United, placed a diving header to the left side that Costa Rica goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton had no chance of stopping. ... Former Maryland player Rodney Wallace did not play for Costa Rica against Honduras after he started two of the team's previous three Gold Cup games.