01 July 2017

USA defeat -Ghana suffer second friendly defeat to USA (Video)

The United States men’s national team earned 2-1 win over Ghana in Saturday’s international friendly at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday.

Early in the first half it was the Dom Dwyer Show and we all had front row seats. After missing on two half-chances to score, he received a third just before the 20-minute mark after some nice high pressure and he didn’t let it go to waste.

Kellyn Acosta made it 2-0 with an opportunistic free-kick seven minutes into the second half in Connecticut and, though Asamoah Gyan – having missed a first-half penalty – pulled one back with a considerably more eye-catching set-piece effort, the away team were unable to force an equaliser.

All four meetings between the teams have now ended 2-1, the Black Stars winning at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, before USA gained revenge in Brazil three years ago and again here.
Arena’s attention now turns to the Gold Cup opener against Panama in Nashville next weekend, while Ghana, struggling in World Cup qualifying, are not back in action until an African Nations Championship preliminary game against Burkina Faso in August.

Man of the moment Dwyer had threatened twice in quick succession early in the game, shooting at goalkeeper Richard Ofori, before his second opening was stymied by Lumor Agbenyenu and John Boye.
Ghana did not heed those warning signings and, in the 19th minute, Dwyer deservedly broke the deadlock. Jorge Villafana did the hard work, driving into the area from the left flank and laying the ball off to Joe Corona. His shot struck rampaging full-back Villafana and the rebound fell conveniently for Dwyer, who volleyed past Ofori.


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