Needing two more to win the group, the U.S. MNT came out pressing in the second half and found the second goal from that pressure. There was plenty of times during their 3-0 win over Nicaragua where they looked really bad.
Jordan Morris was about the only bright spot in the USA win on Wednesday night.
The U.S. Men's National Team utilized goals from Joe Corona, Kelyn Rowe and Matt Miazga to earn a 3-0 victory against Nicaragua in front of 27,934 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium. On the other hand, Nicaragua placed at the last place in the group will hope to advance as one of the two best third-placed teams with a victory. The happiest storyline of all for USA players, coaches, and fans alike is that the team has progressed to the knockout stages of the Gold Cup, likely with a quarterfinal fixture a tad less daunting than a showdown with Los Ticos.
M Alejandro Bedoya, 7.5: Was active in pressing and on the ball, popping up in the right places. The USMNT had a chance to double the lead from the penalty spot in the 51st but Dom Dwyer saw his attempt saved.
New York City FC midfielder Miguel Camargo lofted a right-footed cross toward the penalty box to Murillo, who headed the ball into the right corner of the net in the 44th minute. Bedoya exchanged passes with Dwyer, then fed Rowe, who scored with the outside of his boot from inside the penalty area.
The U.S. again struggled to take control of the game early. The New England Revolution attacking midfielder has proved very effective thus far, creating chances and being involved and always looking to pounce. "At the end of the day we still came out on top, and I'm pleased with that".
"We knew we could get it", Miazga said of the goal. Arena got just what he wanted.
Bedoya's Baby: After taking the Budweiser Man of the Match award for his fantastic overall performance on Saturday, Bedoya said goodbye to his teammates and coaches.
The United States finished first in their group, with two wins and a draw.
US coach Bruce Arena used a mostly junior varsity roster for the first round but plans to add reinforcements from the varsity for the knockout phase. Tim Howard and Michael Bradley were at the game in Cleveland on Saturday.
Bruce Arena has made numerous changes to the lineup to ensure there is no sort of fatigue having their third match in six days.
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