KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Oct. 1, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, led by a pair of goals from Jordan Morris and a late penalty kick conversion by Luis Gil, started its run in the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 3-1 win against Canada at Sporting Park.
Morris found the net before Canada could even touch the ball, punching in the opening goal before a minute of soccer had even been played.
The U.S. was dominant offensively and defensively and took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. It was more of the same when the team came out in the second frame, with Morris cashing in another goal in the 73rd minute.
The U.S. defense was finally beat in the 81st minute when Canada scored off a corner kick to pull within one, but the U.S closed the game out on a high note with Luis Gil slotting home a penalty to ice the match in stoppage time.
It will be a quick turnaround for the team, which plays its second game against Cuba, at Sporting Park on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on Telemundo and fans can follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA– Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter), 1st minute: Matt Polster laid a ball forward to Kiesewetter, who picked it up and accelerated down the right side. As the defense closed in he looked up and found Morris breaking for the goal. Kiesewetter bent in a firm cross that flew just past the 'keeper and found Morris who headed it in to give the U.S. the lead. USA 1, CAN 0 SEE GOAL
USA– Jordan Morris (Wil Trapp), 73rd minute: Morris' second goal started at the feet of the captain, Wil Trapp. Trapp intercepted a pass in midfield and launched a high, arching ball from the back to Morris, who muscled past his defender and beat the charging ‘keeper with a tidy shot that found the lower right corner. USA 2, CAN 0 SEE GOAL
CAN– Michael Petrasso (Christopher Mannella), 81st minute: Canada finally beat the U.S. defense for a goal, which came from a Mannella corner kick. He bent a sharp, curling ball into the box near the front post of goal. An unmarked Petrasso jumped and skimmed it with his head which deflected the shot in at the far post for Canada's lone goal of the game. USA 2, CAN 1 SEE GOAL
USA– Luis Gil (penalty kick), 90+2 minute: While he wouldn't earn an assist, it was Kiesewetter that set up the third goal for the USA. The striker made a quick move to get into the box and added another quick cut that cause his defender to foul him. Gil then confidently stepped up and sent a low powerful strike from the spot into the right corner. USA 3, CAN 1 SEE GOAL
- Jordan Morris has now scored five goals with the U-23’s this year.
- Luis Gil, who has recorded four assists with the U-23’s this year, scored his first goal of 2015 tonight.
- The assist was Jerome Kiesewetter’s first with the U-23’s.
- Wil Trapp earned the start as the team’s captain and tallied his first assist of the year.