KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sam Vines scored his first international intention on a header in the eighth minute, and a U.S. team principally of backup gamers opened the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory over Haiti on Sunday night.
Shaq Moore’s homely bounced off two Haitans to Gyasi Zardes, who popped up the ball for Vines to head past goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre from 6 yards. Moore used to be making his sixth international appearance and Vines his fourth.
With the U.S. wearing contemporary purple-and-blue patterned street jerseys for the first time, Walker Zimmerman hit the crossbar appropriate sooner than Vines’ intention and Nicholas Gioacchini struck a post in the 66th.
U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter picked appropriate four gamers for his 23-man roster from the community he chosen for final month’s Countries League final four, allowing Christian Pulisic, Zack Steffen, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and other regulars to legend to European membership preseasons.
The 20th-ranked U.S. improved to 36 wins, one loss and four attracts in the Gold Cup community stage.
No. 83 Haiti used to be wuthout several regulars attributable to certain COVID tests.
Defending champion Mexico, with bigger than a dozen of its high gamers, is most traditional to win the Aug. 1 final at Las Vegas.
Berhalter began Matt Turner in intention, Moore at correct abet, Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson in central defense and Vines at left abet.
Kellyn Acosta, Jackson Yueill and Sebastian Lletget were in midfield, Paul Arriola and Jonathan Lewis on the flanks and Zardes headed the assault. Arriola got right here out thanks to a correct correct hamstring in the 14th minute and used to be replaced by Gioacchini.
Kansas Metropolis midfielder Gianluca Busio debuted in the 62nd minute, and defender James Sands and midfielder Eryk Williamson entered in the 76th. That raised American debuts to 68 since a 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago, including 47 underneath Berhalter.
Canada beat Martinique 4-1 in the first recreation of the Community B doubleheader on needs by Cyle Larin, Jonathan Osorio, Stephen Eustaqio and Theodor Corbeanu after Emmaiel Riviere place Martinique ahead.
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