EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut - Dom Dwyer scored in his international debut as the United States earned a 2-1 win over Ghana in a CONCACAF Gold Cup warm-up match on Saturday in front of 28,494 fans at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
With the victory, the U.S. MNT remains unbeaten in eight matches since Bruce Arena's return as head coach, going 4-0-4, while conceding just four goals.
Dwyer struck for the first goal in the 19th minute, joining his wife Sydney Leroux to become the first spouses to tally international goals for the USA. An initial Joe Corona shot deflected off teammate Jorge Villafaña to Dwyer, who fired home a volley from close range.
Three minutes into first-half stoppage time, Ghana had an opportunity to equalize, but U.S, goalkeeper Brad Guzan dove to his let to deny Asamoah Gyan’s penalty kick.
The Americans doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half. After Kelyn Rowe was fouled just outside the penalty area, Kellyn Acosta curved home a free kick past goalkeeper Richard Ofori for his first international goal.
Ghana pulled within one on the hour on Frank Acheampong's free kick that banked in off the crossbar and inside the right post.
The U.S. will return to action on July 8, when it meets Panama in the Gold Cup opener for each in Nashville, Tennessee.
July 1, 2017: Pratt & Whitney Stadium – East Hartford, Connecticut, USA (Att: 28,494)
USA-Ghana 2-1 (1-0)
Dom Dwyer 19’; Kellyn Acosta 52’ / Frank Acheampong 60’
USA: Brad Guzan; Jorge Villafaña (Omar Gonzalez 88’), Matt Besler, Kelyn Rowe (Gyasi Zardes 62’), Joe Corona (Kenny Saief 71’), Dax McCarty, Dom Dwyer (Jordan Morris 76’), Graham Zusi, Paul Arriola (Alejandro Bedoya 72’), Matt Hedges, Kellyn Acosta. Head Coach: Bruce Arena
Ghana: Richard Ofori; Asamoah Gyan, Mohammed Abu (Isaac Sackey 30’), David Accam (Thomas Agyepong 46’), Ebenezer Ofori, Raphael Dwamena (Majeed Waris 66’), Jerry Akaminko (Samuel Sarfo 81’), Rashid Sumalia (Nicholas Opoku 40’), Lumor Agbenyenu, John Boye, Frank Acheampong (Kwadwo Poku 71’). Head Coach: Kwesi Appiah
R: Ismael Cornejo (El Salvador); AR1: David Morgan (El Salvador); AR2: Douglas Bermudez (El Salvador); 4th: Jaime Herrera (El Salvador)