U.S. beats Ghana

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Dom Dwyer scored in his in­ter­na­tional de­but, join­ing Syd­ney Ler­oux to be­come the first hus­ban­dand-wife cou­ple with goals for the United States, and the Amer­i­cans beat Ghana 2-1 on Satur­day in an ex­hi­bi­tion ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A 26-year-old English for­ward who gained Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship in March, Dwyer put the Amer­i­cans ahead in the 19th minute with an ac­ro­batic vol­ley. Brad Guzan saved Asamoah Gyan’s penalty kick in first-half stop­page time, and Kel­lyn Acosta added his first in­ter­na­tional goal in the 52nd minute on a low free kick from just out­side the penalty area that went through the wall and in on a bounce past goal­keeper Richard Ofori. Gyan scored for Ghana in the 60th minute with a free kick that beat Guzan and went in just un­der the cross­bar. Ofori made an out­stand­ing stop in the 66th to deny Alejandro Be­doya’s back-post header from Jordan Morris’ cross. U.S. Coach Bruce Arena changed eight starters from his lineup in the June 11 World Cup qual­i­fier at Mex­ico, re­tain­ing only Guzan, Acosta and Paul Ar­riola. Seven Amer­i­can starters en­tered

with fewer than 10 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances. There also were de­buts for a pair of mid­field­ers. Ke­lyn Rowe started and Kenny Saief, who played twice for Is­rael be­fore switch­ing his af­fil­i­a­tion to the U.S. last month, en­tered in the 71st.

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