USA U20 2-1 Haiti U20: Americans start CONCACAF championships with tight victory

Seth Vertelney
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Tab Ramos and his USA U20 side got off to a winning start in the CONCACAF U20 championships, but it wasn't easy, as the Americans overcame a hard-fought Haiti performance in a 2-1 win.

The U.S. got off to a dream start and was ahead within the first three minutes of the game. Daniel Cuevas went on a powerful run down the left side and was clipped from behind in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Luis Gil stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0.

Cuevas made even more of an impact in the 26th minute, as he latched on to the end of a Mario Rodriguez cross. The Santos Laguna forward had time to steady himself in the box before firing a bullet into the upper corner of the net.

Just four minutes into the second half, Haiti got the goal that its first half performance deserved. Wilberne Augusmat picked up the ball in the box, beat USA right back Boyd Okwuonu, and fired into the far corner past the diving Cody Cropper.

The Haitians troubled the U.S. back line for much of the game and with some better finishing, could have nicked a draw or even a win from the game. However, the U.S. picked up all three points in a performance that won't impress many. Up next is Costa Rica on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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