U.S. tops Nicaragua

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Matt Mi­azga scored on a closer­range header from Gra­ham Zusi’s cor­ner kick in the 88th minute, giv­ing the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 vic­tory over Nicaragua on Satur­day night in Cleve­land. Panama’s 3-0 vic­tory over Mar­tinique meant the U.S. needed a three- goal vic­tory to move back over Los Canaleros into first. Joe Corona scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal in four years in the 37th minute and Ke­lyn Rowe dou­bled the lead in the 56th with his first in­ter­na­tional goal, but the U.S. squan­dered op­por­tu­ni­ties when Dom Dwyer and Corona took poor penalty kicks in the sec­ond half that eas­ily were saved by Justo Lorente. The U.S. had a two-man ad­van­tage when Zusi took his free kick from about 30 yards be­cause Luis Copete was ejected in the 86th minute for his sec­ond yel­low card and Luis Galeano was re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for an in­jury. Mi­azga, a Chelsea de­fender play­ing his first in­ter­na­tional match since May 2016, had an open header near a post and scored his first goal in three na­tional team ap­pear­ances.

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