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USMNT vs. Ghana: Your Live Commentary

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Before the Gold Cup begins, the U.S. Men’s National Team faces an old rival.

The U.S. hosts Ghana at Rentschler Field on Saturday in a tune-up before hitting CONCACAF play. The match will serve as a first and last tune-up for an experimental U.S. roster for the upcoming Gold Cup.

With that in mind, head coach Bruce Arena handed Dom Dwyer and Kelyn Rowe their USMNT debuts while fellow newcomers Cristian Roldan and Kenny Saief are options off the bench. USMNT regulars like Brad Guzan and Jorge Villafana headline the lineup alongside young up-and-comers like Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola.

The SBI staff will be offering updates and analysis in the comments section below, so feel free to follow along, and as always, please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions below.

Enjoy the action.

46 comments
  • Ryan Tolmich

    Hello all. Settled in here at Rentschler for tonight’s match. Dwyer and Rowe set for their debuts in what turned out to be a pretty balanced USMNT lineup.

    Got some time before kickoff. Any predictions/questions/comments? Throw them our way.

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  • HTM

    Bummer… no Lichaj… no Saief… no Morris…

    Some of the players I was most interested to see… Zusi at rb is seriously favor over Lichaj? Lichaj was great when he got a run under BB and has played at a high level since… I don’t get it.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Might be a fitness thing. Several of the non-MLS guys were a bit behind. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Lichaj/Saief in the second half.

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  • Ryan Tolmich

    Kickoff and we’re underway in East Hartford. New USMNT jerseys look good.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      4′ Ghana with an early chance that’s cut out in the center of the box. USMNT with the bulk of the ball since.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        9′ Fantastic cross from Rowe. First time bass across following an Acosta pass. Nearly finds Corona/Dwyer but it’s cleared away. Best USMNT chance so far.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        13′ JUST WIDE FOR GHANA! Headed chance from a dangerous set piece, but it’s hit wide to the left. Good look for the Black Stars from a free kick.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        16′ Dwyer’s first USMNT chance goes right at the goalkeeper. Got a little overexcited there

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        18′ Dwyer dragged down in the box but no call. Looked like he was in on goal.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        GOAL DWYER!Just 19 minutes into his debut, Dwyer fires.Shot is blocked and falls right to Dwyer, who fires home on the volley. 1-0 to the USMNT

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        24′ Ghana VERY lucky as Ofori takes out Dwyer. In a non-friendly? Probably a red card, but only a yellow today.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        30′ Early sub for Ghana. Sackey in for Abu in the midfield.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        40′ Another sub for Ghana. Opoku in for Sumalia, who leaves injured.

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      • Ryan Tolmich

        45′ PENALTY TO GHANA AND GUZAN SAVES IT! Villafana with a handful of jersey to draw the PK. Guzan guesses right, though, diving to his left to stop the shot.

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      • Joe Tansey

        GOAL! Acosta with a fantastic free kick on the ground that finds the right side of the net. 2-0 to the USA. Should be smooth sailing from here on out.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Arriola commits a foul that leads to a dangerous free kick for Ghana, but it hits off the wall and out of play.
        The USMNT can’t let its guard down just because it’s ahead by two goals. A shutout would be huge for the team’s confidence entering the Gold Cup.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Acosta’s free kick isn’t as good as the last one. He sends this one well high of the net in the 56th minute.

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      • Joe Tansey

        So, so close again for the USMNT! Dwyer’s shot is saved by Ofori before the goalkeeper stretches to knock the ball out for a corner. Unfortunately, the set piece comes to nothing and now Ghana has a chance in its end.

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      • Joe Tansey

        GOAL GHANA! Asamoah Gyan strikes a beautiful free kick into the upper 90 to beat Guzan.
        We have a game all of a sudden in Hartford.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Zardes has come on for Rowe, who had a solid 60-minute shift that could lead to a start in the next two weeks.

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      • Joe Tansey

        A dangerous 4-on-3 from Ghana turns into a wasteful opportunity, as Acheampong sends a cross well wide of the net and Guzan easily catches another cross from the left wing.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Saief and Bedoya are coming on for the USMNT with Corona and Arriola leaving the contest.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Nice intervention by Besler on the left side of the box to slide in and deflect a cross before Guzan comes over to cover the ball. The US defense has been tested more as the second half wears on.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Jordan Morris comes on for Dwyer, who had an excellent debut for the Americans.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Guzan rushes off his line to end a dangerous move forward by Ghana in the 83rd minute. Closing out the game in the final seven minutes will be crucial for a back line gaining confidence.

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      • Joe Tansey

        What a save! Morris sends a tremendous cross to Bedoya, who has his header denied at the right post!

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      • Joe Tansey

        Gonzalez for Villafana is the next USMNT change in the 88th minute.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Three minutes of stoppage time have been added on to the end of the second half.

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      • Joe Tansey

        Final: United States 2, Ghana 1. Nice workmanlike performance from the USMNT with goals from Dwyer and Acosta. Good start to the month of July.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Definitely thing it’s a test for Zusi. I’m sure Arena will be rotating, but Zusi is definitely one to watch in the first half.

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  • I scored three goals in one game

    4-5-1? What’s the formation with this group got it recording.

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1 or whatever you want to call it, yeah. Corona pushing forward in behind Dwyer. He’s been playing pretty high throughout.

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  • beachbum

    US owned the midfield, McCarty Acosta and Corona cutting through pretty well, right up the middle. also ball rdcovery after losing it in midfield was well coordinated and the US either won the ball back or disrupted the quick counter effectively. and that was a fun half to watch, US looking to get in behind early and often

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    • Ryan Tolmich

      Agree with this a million percent. This team is VERY technical, which is good heading into the Gold Cup. Thought Corona excellent. Liked Rowe’s contributions. Dwyer the standout.

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      • beachbum

        and they kept it up throughout the match even with the hard fouls from behind. everyone kept showing and moving and the target players had a good night in hold up and linking guys with one touch balls whether wide, back or forward. Acosta lost a ball on top of the Ghana 18 late after some great US possession with him in the middle of it, almost cost on the Ghana counter but didn’t. would have been a tough last play after such an excellent performance from him tonight

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  • MisterJC

    So, any chance you can ask Ives about when/if Episode 277 will drop? Maybe a Gold Cup preview or something?

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