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Top of the Table in CONCACAF’s Gold Cup

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Since Bruce Arena took over for Jurgen Klinsmann early in the year, he has not lost a match yet. To make thing better, his team is now on top of their table in CONCACAF’s Gold Cup. A lot of doubters believed that the team would not make it to the top of the group due to the fact that majority of the players are MLS players and in their first match they gained a disappointing 1 point against Panama but now those doubters are turning into believers.

What has turned these doubters? It’s the compassion of the team. Dom Dwyer hasn’t been even been an American citizen for more than 6 months yet but he scored 2 goals in 4 caps (against Ghana and Panama). Then you have Jordan Morris, a guy who scored twice against Martinique last Wednesday. Morris has almost 5 times more caps than Dwyer and despite being in his shadow for the past couple of matches, Morris has stepped up to his role as a pretty good striker. Then you Omar Gonzalez, a veteran defender who can score.

Alejandro Bedoya is another player who gives 100% for his team. Despite a lot of critics calling him old and not inform, Bedoya had a strong mentality going into Saturday night’s match against Nicaragua. Bedoya provided two assists and leaving the matched labeled as Man of the Match.

Bedoya’s first assist was to Joe Corona at the 36’. Bedoya ran down the right wing to have found a wide open Corona who managed to slip the ball past Nicaragua’s keeper, Justo Lorente, and into the left bottom corner. Bedoy’s second assist was to Kelyn Rowe at the 53’. Dwyer and Bedoya were both up against 2 of Nicaragua’s players and Bedoya managed to keep the ball and made a slick pass to a wide open Rowe who took a shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner and back of the net. The icing on the cake to make the match in a complete favor for the U.S was when Nicaragua’s Luis Copete was given a red card at 85’ and then shortly after, Matt Miazga was able to score from a free kick taken by Graham Zusi at the 88’. Zusi curved the ball while aiming toward the left of the box, Miazga came in from the left to shoot the ball into the middle of the net past Lorente.

Although conceding 3 goals, Lorente made a couple of good saves that night. Two of which were penalties (Dwyer at 52’ and Corona at 63’). Bill Hamid also had a good night for he was the chosen keeper the match and he made a good impression by making key saves and conceding no goals.

Now seated at the top of the table, the team makes a short trip the neighboring state for the quarterfinals. It shall be a nice trip home for Bedoya and his USMNT and Philadelphia Union teammate Chris Pontius to go home but still continue to move forward in the competition.

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