- Guzan, Howard split halves
- Lichaj, Green make returns
- Arriola with goal, assist
- Bedoya wears the armband
Tim Ream, Paul Arriola and Bobby Wood all scored on a rough pitch in Puerto Rico as the Yanks secured a mostly easy 3-1 win on Sunday in Bayamon.
For Arriola, it was a goal on debut. He also added in assist in the first ever match-up between the national teams.
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The unfamiliarity was clear from the kickoff as the U.S. possessed well but struggled to provide real danger until the 14th minute, when Michael Orozco couldn’t get on the end of Alejandro Bedoya free kick.
The Yanks broke through five minutes later when Alfredo Morales curled a shot on goal and Ream was on the end of a parried rebound.
Wood made it 2-0 in the 34th minute with a hard-nosed, confident dribble that avoided a slide tackle and a tug on the back to push a ball past Matthew Sanchez (Loyola Greyhounds).
Puerto Rico grabbed a goal through Florida International attacker Luis Betancur, who was on the end of the third pass after a poor U.S. giveaway. He hit a left-footed ball over Guzan. Betancur scored nine goals for FIU as a junior.
It should’ve been 2-2 when Ream and Alfredo Morales lost track of Joseph Marrero, who hammered Alexis Rivera’s left-footed cross a sliver wide of the far post.
Bedoya helped restore the two-goal advantage when he chipped a pass across the six from the right for Arriola to tap into a yawning net. 3-1.
Manolo Sanchez forced Tim Howard into a diving stop in the 73rd minute, the first real action for the USMNT’s current No. 2 keeper. At the other end, Matthew Sanchez stopped Morales’ hard shot.
Julian Green stung a shot off Matthew Sanchez’s hands in the 77th minute, as the U.S. sought a fourth goal.
USMNT: Guzan (Howard, HT); Yedlin, Brooks (Miazga, HT), Orozco, Ream (Lichaj, 63′); Kitchen (Hyndman, HT), Morales, Williams, Bedoya (Green, 63′); Wood (Picault, 71′), Arriola.