Jordan Morris was the hero and Cristian Roldan got his first cap as the USA edged Martinique in a Gold Cup thriller on Wednesday night.
TAMPA, FL (CONCACAF release) —Jordan Morris scored twice in the second half to spark the United States (1W-1D-0L, 4 points) to a 3-2 win over Martinique (1-0-1, 3) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday night.
The U.S. and Panama are level on four points each atop the Group B table, but the Americans hold a slight advantage since it has scored more goals (four to three).
Morris, who entered the match with two career international goals, broke a 2-2 deadlock in the 76th minute, scoring from eight yards to beat goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa.
U.S. head coach Bruce Arena made eight changes to his starting lineup from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Panama. The only players to retain their places were goalkeeper Brad Guzan, center-back Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
A scoreless first half gave way to a scoring spree after the break.
First, Gonzalez tallied his second international goal when he jammed home a rebound of a Paul Arriola shot from close-range in the 53rd minute.
Morris doubled the lead in the 64th minute as accelerated to slot home in front of Olimpa off an Eric Lichaj feed from the right side.
Then it was the Caribbean side’s turn.
Kevin Parsemain sent a 22-yard shot that Guzan couldn’t handle at the right post to cut the lead in half in the 66th minute. The goal extended his Gold Cup scoring streak to three consecutive games.
In the 75th minute, the 29-year-old equalized at 2-2 from the left side of the box for his fourth career goal in the competition.
Next up on July 15: At FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, Martinique will face Panama, followed by a meeting between the U.S. and Nicaragua.