02 July, 2017
Dom Dwyer, Kenny Saief, and Kelyn Rowe all received their first caps and the US men's national team played well in a hard-fought friendly against Ghana. It wasn't even until March 16 that the England-born striker was eligible to represent his adopted country.
The goal made Dwyer and Leroux the first husband-and-wife couple to score for the United States, which beat Ghana 2-1 on Saturday in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
USA coach Bruce Arena put Acosta in as a holding midfielder alongside Dax McCarty, and the FC Dallas man had no complaints about playing with a new partner. "It took me 11 years to get this job back", Arena said, laughing, after the US improved to 4-0-4 since he replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November.
That quality was on full display in the 19th minute, as he emphatically volleyed the opener home from eight yards out. A dream #USMNT debut for the 26-year-old! The Americans were preparing for the Gold Cup, leaving some of their key MLS and European-based stars to rest.
Acosta has recently become the American's go-to taker from free kick situations and delivered his first goal in his ninth global appearance.
"I'm glad the guys battled and fought for 90-plus minutes and got the result that we wanted". I say we make Acosta, with his range and pace and work rate, Secretary of Energy. That was as close as the Ghanaians got, however.
Not to be outdone, Kellyn Acosta, whose hype train has been rumbling for some time, scored a gorgeous free kick early in the second half.
Plus, in 76 minutes of action, Dwyer often combined brilliantly with Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe, the latter also making his debut, holding the ball up and letting the American attack flood forward. Seven players started with fewer than 10 worldwide appearances.
Things will kick off with a match against Panama next Saturday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by contests against fellow group members Martinique and Nicaragua on July 12 and July 15, respectively. "Bruce told me I deserve to be here, and everyone's been instilling confidence in me all week". "I've been working hard for it and I was happy to put it away".