Dom Dwyer scores in na­tional team de­but as U.S. beats Ghana, 2-1, in a friendly.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY RON­ALD BLUM

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.

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