Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Can Jordan Morris and the USMNT get past Nicaragua?

Can Jordan Morris and the USMNT get past Nicaragua?

Matt Miazga's first global goal late in Saturday night's match gave the United States the margin it needed to win Group B, 3-0, over Nicaragua in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Cleveland. Luckily for them, though, they still are atop the Group B standings with four points, and they face point-less Nicaragua on Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Incredibly, the USA scrambled for the third goal, which enabled the American team to edge Panama for the top spot in the group, after missing not one, but two penalty kicks in the second half - first by Dom Dwyer, then by Joe Corona.

But Matt Miazga scored an 88th-minute header - his first worldwide goal - to lift his side into top spot after Luis Fernando Copete had been sent off for Nicaragua.

This was the first-ever meeting between the United States and Nicaragua. Bruce Arena's team accomplished that goal, defeating Nicaragua 3-0 in Cleveland. Nicaragua was down to nine when Luis Peralta was carried off the field.

United States was on top early as Rowe in particular looked unsafe, the midfielder firing a volley straight at Nicaragua goalkeeper Justo Lorente in the seventh minute.

An opener always appeared to be coming for United States and it arrived nine minutes prior to half-time. Alejandro Bedoya found him in the box with a good pass, but Corona stalled, waiting too long to shoot.

Joe Corona opened the account the 36th minute to send the US into the half with the lead, which Rowe extended not long after the break. Without him in midfield, the USMNT struggled with their ball retention and build-up play, as Paul Arriola struggled to provide the same qualities as the man he replaced.

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After Copete picked up a second yellow card in the 85th minute, Zusi drifted in a delightful set-piece for Miazga to head in at the back post for what was a crucial goal for United States.

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