January 9, 2015
90 MINUTES IS JUST ENOUGH FOR GUATEMALA
Late, late goal ties USA at CONCACAF U-20
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was stunned by a 90th-minute equalizer from Andy Ruiz that gave Guatemala a 1-1 draw with the USA in the teams’ opening match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at Independence Park on Friday evening.
Tottenham center back Cameron Carter-Vickers’ first goal for the U.S. U-20s in the 58th minute highlighted a dominant display from the USA, which was unable to pierce the Guatemalan defense for another goal. Carter-Vickers' goal was a header off a corner from Emerson Hyndman.
The USA pushed forward early, winning a handful of free kicks and corners with attacks down the flanks through Tommy Thompson and Romain Gall. Thompson nearly gave the U.S. an early lead with a hard shot from a tight angle that was saved by Guatemala goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen.
The U.S. dominated the run of play throughout the first half, even when playing with 10 men after defender Matt Miazga was sidelined for an extended period to close a gash over his right eye suffered in an aerial challenge with a Guatemalan forward. Despite its dominance of possession, the U.S. wasn’t able to craft many quality scoring chances until late in the first 45 minutes when Vickers nearly turned home a Paul Arriola cross at the back post and Gall volleyed a Shaq Moore feed just wide of the Guatemala net.
The second half saw more of the same from the U.S. Hyndman barley missed on a long range effort that had Hagen beaten and Lynden Gooch saw a partially blocked shot scooped up as well by the Guatemalan keeper.
The USA next plays Panama, which beat Aruba 4-0 in the day’s opening match, on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.