NASSAU, Bahamas (Aug. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated the Bahamas first team 5-1 at the Thompson A. Robinson National Stadium as the USA continues its early preparation work toward qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It was a well-rounded offensive effort as five different players scored for the USA: Alfred Koroma Shams, Jordan Morris, Luis Gil, Dennis Flores and Omar Salgado. Morris’ 58th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner.
The USA opened the scoring late in the second half when Benji Joya crashed inside the box along the end line, eluded his defender and slotted the ball across the box to Koroma Shams for a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute.
The Bahamas’ Jonathan Patrick found the equalizer in the 55th minute, but the USA responded just three minutes later. On a Gil free kick to the middle of the box, Daniel Metzger redirected to the right side of the box and Morris headed toward the far left side of the frame for a 2-0 lead.
Gil’s 63rd-minute free kick curled toward the top right corner of the net, where Bahamas goalkeeper Dwayne Whylly partially deflected it but could not parry it away from the frame as the USA pushed its lead to 3-1.
In the final two minutes of regulation, Flores and Salgado scored back-to-back goals to complete the rout.
- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Bahamas National Team
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Competition: International Friendly – Tier 2
Venue: Thomas A Robinson Stadium; Nassau, Bahamas
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, hot and humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 4 5
BAH 0 1 1
USA – Alfred Koroma Shams (Benji Joya) 43rd minute
BAH – Jonathan Patrick 55
USA – Jordan Morris (Daniel Metzger) 58
USA – Luis Gil 63
USA – Dennis Flores (Omar Salgado) 89
USA – Omar Salgado 90
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 5-AJ Cochran (Christian Dean, 63), 4-Will Packwood (Ramon Martin del Campo, 46), 2-Oscar Sorto; 19-Daniel Metzger (Bryan Gallego, 75), 8-Benji Joya, 10-Luis Gil (capt.) (Victor Pineda, 73), 17-Alfred Koroma Shams (7-Dennis Flores, 46); 18-Alonso Hernandez (15-Daniel Cuevas, 60), 11-Jordan Morris (9-Omar Salgado, 75)
Subs not used: 12-Santiago Castano
1-Dwayne Whylly (12-Valen Bodie, 90); 3-Ambry Moss, 5-Duane Beneby, 4-Dwayne Forbes (17-Devaughn Williamson, 76), 2-Gavin Christie; 6-Justin Sealey
(22-Johnathan Patrick, 13) (13-Valdere Murphy, 74), 8-Chris Larson (14-Perry Brooks, 65), 7-Dylan Pritchard, 10-Leslie St. Fleur; 9-Terry Delancy (20-Dylan
Lightbourne, 64), 11-Cameron Hepple (16-Donovan Williamson, 90)
Subs not used: 15-Michael Holowesko, 18-Jackner Louis, 19-Timmy Munnings, 21-Lamar Cancino
USA – Daniel Metzger (caution) 2nd minute
BAH – Gavin Christie (caution) 57
BAH – Dwayne Forbes (caution) 61
USA – Christian Dean (caution) 70