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USMNT Faces an Old Foe

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Before the World Cup in 2018, the USMNT are headed into CONCACAF’s Gold Cup. The Gold Cup will start on July 7th but before the competition, the USMNT will face Ghana, a team they grew to hate in the past 11 years, in a friendly. Ghana has knocked out the U.S in two consecutive World Cups (2006 and 2010) but the USMNT got redemption in the 2014 World Cup when the two faced each other.

A lot of attention was placed on the U.S’ new forward, Dom Dwyer, who just became an American Citizen about 3 months. Dwyer scored a great volley 19 minutes into his first cap. He showed a lot of creativity going forward and he created chances for his teammates. He showed the American Outlaws and Bruce Arena that he’d be great choice be the main man upfront.

The second goal for the U.S was scored by Kellyn Acosta, a maybe good substitution for veteran Michael Bradley. Acosta was a great center-mid and scored a great free-kick that helped the USMNT double their lead.

Brad Guzan, who captained the team that night, seems to Arena’s choice and he showed the world what he’s capable of. Although conceding just one goal (Asamoah Gyan at the 60’), Guzan played a great game. He made lots of saves that night, one, in particular, was a penalty kick. 2 minutes was added to the first half and just before the whistle was blown, Ghana was awarded a penalty kick. Gyan stepped up to take it, he shot the ball into the left bottom corner, luckily Guzan dove the right way.

The big stars, Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, etc. all were given time off and will not be joining the USMNT in the Gold Cup. A majority of the players called up for the Gold Cup are MLS players and they are believed in by Arena himself. He is a very organized coach and his teachings were well consumed by the players because they all did their duty and stayed in their positions, which lead them to a win. He has to lead the team to a non-losing streak since he’s taken over Jürgen Klinsmann’s job, 8 matches, no loss. He has strategies and so far, the team is looking good.

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