US beats Haiti 1-0 in Gold Cup, clinches group title
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 11, 2015 02:47 PM
United States' Gyasi Zardes (20) drops Haiti's Frantz Bertin to the turf as they compete for the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
AP Sports Writer
FOXBOROUGH, Massachussets (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored in the 47th minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Haiti in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a pair of point-blank saves in the second half for the Americans. The defending champions' second straight victory clinched top spot in their group. They will play in the quarterfinals at Baltimore on July 18.
Gyasi Zardes entered as a substitute for Jozy Altidore at the start of the second half, and the move immediately paid off. Greg Garza played the ball forward to Zardes, who cut a pass back to Dempsey, who scored with a shot from about 12 yards.
Dempsey has scored in the past four games he's played for the U.S. national team, one shy of the record Altidore set two years ago.
The Americans have reached the knockout stage of all 13 Gold Cup tournaments. They have one game remaining in the group stage, against Panama on Monday in Kansas City, Kansas.
Haiti, which drew its opening game, will play Honduras on Monday, with the loser finishing last in the group.
The U.S. nearly went ahead in the 34th minute, when Aron Johannsson beat goalkeeper Johny Placide. Johannsson was ruled offside, but replays showed he was onside when Altidore passed the ball to him.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann switched the formation from 4-4-2 to 4-3-1-2 and changed seven starters, including his entire defensive line. Brad Evans was at right back, with Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez the central defenders and Garza at left back.
Mix Diskerud was in midfield and twice committed fouls that gave Haiti free kicks just outside the penalty area.