Dom Dwyer Scores in Debut as Yanks Defeat Ghana 2-1
July 01, 2017
EAST HARTFORD, Conn.—A pair of U.S. national team players opened their international accounts, and that was enough to see off Ghana in a tune-up before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Dom Dwyer and Kellyn Acosta scored their first U.S. goals to help pick up a 2-1 win vs. Ghana in a friendly at a muggy Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday evening. Acosta netted the winner on a free kick in the 52nd minute, but the Americans had to endure a somewhat nervy finish after long-time nemesis Asamoah Gyan scored via gorgeous set piece of his own at the one-hour mark.
The Americans initially took the lead in the match played in front of 28,494 fans in the 19th minute. On the play, Joe Corona took a shot Jorge Villafana unintentionally kicked into the air and Dwyer sized it up perfectly before unleashing a sizzling left-footed volley into the back of the net.
The debuting striker threatened to make it 2-0 five minutes later when Joe Corona slipped in a great through ball behind the defense. Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori Antwi rushed off his line to try and put out the fire, but he wiped out Dwyer and earned a yellow card that some observers and fans thought was worthy of a red.
The Ghanaians, who had plenty of style but not enough substance on the day, had a golden opportunity to pull level just before halftime. After Jorge Villafana was called for a foul on Frank Ancheampong inside the penalty area, Gyan stepped up to the spot but proceeded to hit a poor shot to the right that Guzan pushed wide to keep the Americans ahead.
Ghana made things interesting when Gyan made amends for his missed penalty kick. Gyan struck with a gorgeous curling free kick from distance in the 60th minute that Guzan could not keep out despite getting a hand on it. That was as close as the Ghanaians got, however.
Antwi even had to come up with two other big saves to keep the difference at one goal. He denied Dwyer of a brace in the 58th minute, and made a miraculous save on a late Alejandro Bedoya header at the back post.
The U.S. will now head back to Nashville, Tennessee, where it will face Panama in its Gold Cup opener on July 8.