Dom Dwyer scores in national team debut as U.S. beats Ghana, 2-1, in a friendly.
east hartford, conn. — Dom Dwyer scored in his international debut, joining Sydney Leroux to become the first husband-andwife 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.
“I’m very proud of Sydney and what she’s achieved and still achieving in the national team,” Dwyer said. “I’ve got quite a few caps to catch up to her — and a few goals, too.”
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 the Black Stars 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’s cross.
U.S. Coach Bruce Arena changed eight starters from his lineup in the June 11 World Cup qualifier at Mexico that finished 1-1; he retained Guzan, Acosta and Paul Arriola.
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 United States last month, entered in the 71st minute.
The United States has four wins and four draws in eight matches since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November.
Arena’s first stint ended after eight years in 2006 when Ghana eliminated the United States in the World Cup’s Group stage.
Most Europe-based players are on vacation ahead of preseason training, and Arena chose youth over experience in many instances for his Gold Cup roster, wanting to evaluate the deeper reaches of his player pool.
The United States opens the Gold Cup against Panama on Saturday in Nashville.