With a number of its top players sitting this one out, the U.S. men’s soccer team nonetheless emerged with a win over Ghana, 2-1, in an international friendly played in Hartford, Conn.
Newcomer Dom Dwyer, a forward, scored the first goal 19 minutes into the match, and the U.S. took a 2-0 lead on a free kick from Kellyn Acosta in the 52nd minute. It was Acosta's first international goal.
Acosta later tweeted, “A moment I'll never forget... so happy to score my first goal with @ussoccer Bring on the Gold Cup .”
Dwyer and midfielder Kelyn Rowe both made their men’s national team debuts in the match. Only three players — Brad Guzan, Acosta and Paul Arriola — played in the men’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw at Mexico on June 11.
The U.S. opens Gold Cup play against Panama on Saturday in Nashville.