Watch Ghana's 2-1 friendly defeat to U.S. in CT

Watch Ghana's 2-1 friendly defeat to U.S. in CT”

English-born striker Dom Dwyer scored a goal on his global debut as the United States defeated Ghana 2-1 in a friendly worldwide on Saturday.

Dwyer, who has played for Sporting Kansas City since 2012, has been married since January 2015 to Sydney Leroux, a 26-year-old forward who was born in Canada but has 35 goals in 75 appearances for the U.S. and was part of the team that won the 2015 World Cup.

The game had a bit of everything. Two yellow cards that easily could have been red. A saved penalty and one not given that ended up being a goal anyway.

The US roster for the Gold Cup was released on Sunday and it's very evident that Bruce Arena is using this tournament to give some younger players a chance and leaving the majority of the European based players out to rest for the final stretch of World Cup Qualifying in September and October.

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Ghana had the best chance of the first quarter-hour when Rashid Sumalia headed a free kick only inches above the crossbar. Dwyer scored in his debut for the squad.

Kellyn Acosta made it 2-0 with an opportunistic free-kick seven minutes into the second half in CT and, though Asamoah Gyan - having missed a first-half penalty - pulled one back with a considerably more eye-catching set-piece effort, the away team were unable to force an equaliser. As John Boye turned for the ball, Villafaña grabbed his jersey and Boye sold the play going to the turf. While it looked like a soft penalty, the referee pointed to the spot immediately. Asamoah Gyan lined up a shot from outside the arc and scored.

Early in the second half, Acosta then curled in a low free-kick from just outside the area to make it 2-0.

Gyan made up for his missed penalty when he cut the USA lead in half in the 59th minute. It was Gyan's 51st global goal for Ghana. Ofori made an outstanding stop in the 66th minute to deny Alejandro Bedoya's back-post header from Jordan Morris' cross. Be interested to see how the likes of Dwyer, Acosta, and Kenny Saief perform in the knockouts. Saief, born in Florida, played at the youth worldwide level for Israel and only recently obtained a one-time change of association from FIFA. In fact, only three of the twenty three players on this roster ply their trade in Europe (Eric Lichaj of Notthing Forest, Kenny Saief of Gent and Matt Miazga of Chelsea now on loan with Vitesse).

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