A viewing party will be held at a Kearny Mesa pub for Wednesday's telecasts of the U.S. -Martinique CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former FIFA (FEE'-fuh) member and US soccer power-broker Chuck Blazer has died at 72. Morris, rightly, will stand out to most thanks to his two huge goals.
Matt Hedges was inconsistent at center back.
Hedges got absolutely roasted in the lead up to the second goal as a Martinique attacker touched the ball around him and then proceeded to beat the US defender like he stole something. But Jordan Morris scored twice, whether you buy Arena's message or not.
American forward Jordan Morris and Martinique forward Kevin Parsemain each scored two goals as all the scoring occurred within about 25 minutes.
The first was a long-range shot that flew past American goalkeeper Brad Guzan. while the second deflected in off Parsemain.
Morris and Lichaj, who was playing in his first competitive worldwide (and fourth USA match overall) in six years, were the only American men who seemed to raise their level as the game became tougher. That squad was then outworked and often outplayed by a team of glorified amateurs, a roster filled mostly with players from the Martinique Championnat National, the domestic league on the small Caribbean island of 385,000. He never stopped hustling, though, and plays started to break his way in the second half, with his assist on Morris' victor the most obvious contribution.
Not only did Morris look back to his best Wednesday, he came through in a match in which far too many others failed to do the same, on a night when Arena was looking to see who who would step up when things got tough. "We have to go out and give a good performance, despite the condition or situation we are playing in", he said.
With the win, the USA improved to four points, good for the top spot in the Group B standings after two matches. He may have made just as many changes regardless of the competition after the poor showing the Yanks put in against Panama last Saturday. The peak of their happiness was extremely short-lived. Morris doubled his career goal total for the national team with the brace, and picked up his first Budweiser Man of the Match award.
"I saw a lot of good performances out of some of our players", Arena said, rattling off the names of almost every player in the lineup, including forwards Jordan Morris, who scored two goals, and Juan Agudelo; defenders Eric Lichaj, Matt Besler and Justin Morrow; midfielder Cristian Roldan, who earned his first cap with the US; and Gyasi Zardes, who assisted Morris' game-winner.
If U.S. and Nicaragua tie: No, U.S. and Martinique would be through (although Martinique would win the group).
Those who live in and around the Tampa Bay area are especially excited that the worldwide event was held in Tampa.
Arena juggled his lineup to get a look at almost all the players on his 23-man group stage roster (all teams can add and subtract up to six players for the knockout stage).
However, the United States defence also needs to be much improved.
They say there's no such thing as a bad win.