USA won the second of a four game series against Canada today, 4-1. USA dominated play for large periods of the match. However, two yellow cards in the second half forced the USA side to cautiously play possession for long stretches.
In the initial moments, Canada took an early lead with less than two minutes gone. However, USA seemed to slowly settle down and about five minutes in started to control the match. USA's momentum stalled at seven minutes on a green card to Moritz Runzi, but at the 14 minute mark USA executed a series of quick sharp passes that found JaJa Kentwell unmarked in the circle and he hammered a shot past the Canadian goal keeper, tying the match at one each.
A green card to Viren Padhiar at 16 minutes again slowed USA, but at 23 minutes Christian Linney scored on a penalty corner second effort, 2-1.
Minutes later another series of excellent passes put Moritz Runzi in position to attack the circle. He executed several feints and created a gap which he quickly exploited, dribbling towards the goal. Along the baseline he put the ball across the face of the goal, and after several touches Viren Padhiar, waiting at the back post tapped it in to give the USA side a 3-1 lead.
At the 28 minute another green card on Paul Singh slowed the USA attack once again. At halftime USA was up 3-1.
In the second half USA again controlled most of the ground and created many scoring opportunities, but scored only once. At the 41 minute mark Johnny Orozco flicked in a shot on a short corner which deflected off the goalies right hand and into the net setting the final score at 4-1.
Christian Linney was yellow carded at 45 minutes which again put the USA squad in a possession format. Towards the end of the match Canada attempted to close the gap, but their efforts fell short.
Brandon Karess had a good effort in goal, following his man of the match performance in game one. Tyler Sundeen's outstanding effort earned him man of the match for game two, although as coach Binh Hoang said " this was not an easy decision, we had a very good overall effort and several of team had outstanding performances". USA had eight penalty corners to two for Canada.