U.S. Win Olympic Qualifying Opener
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Jordan Morris sparked the U.S. MNT to a 3-1 victory over Canada in the opener of its U23 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying campaign Thursday night in Kansas City, Kansas.

Morris (ISI Photos Bill Barrett)

Morris fond the back of the net before Canada could even touch the ball.  (ISI Photos Bill Barrett)

Morris, the Stanford University striker who has become the first college player in decades to line out with the full U.S. National Team, put the Americans on the road to victory with an opening goal just seconds after the opening whistle.

Morris headed home at the end of a wonderful U.S. move that began with center back Matt Miazga and ended with Morris heading home from a perfect cross from Jerome Kiesewetter.

Canada fought back well from that early shock and nearly had a goal when U.S. keeper Zack Steffan misplayed a ball in the box.

Steffan started of nervous but settled as the game went on. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Steffan started of nervous but settled as the game went on. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Steffan settled after that early wobble, well blanketed by center back duo Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who filled that same role in the U20 World Cup this spring.

The U.S. allowed Canada to hang around before Morris struck again in the 73rd minute, running on to a through ball from Wil Trapp and taking his chance with a minimum of fuss.

A missed marking assignment on a Canada corner kick let Canada halve the U.S. lead minutes later when Michael Petrasso headed home from close range, but the Yanks finished the deal with a late penalty conversion from Luis Gil.

Kiesewetter earned his team a pk. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Kiesewetter earned his team a pk. (ISI Photos/Bill Barrett)

Kiesewetter earned the pk, a capper to a fine night from the Stuttgart attacker, who gave the Canada defense nightmares all night with his speed and skill.

The U.S. are back in action on Saturday evening when they take on Cuba at Sporting Park.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
CAN 0 1 1

USA-Jordan Morris (Jerome Kiesewetter) 1st minute
USA-Jordan Morris (Wil Trapp) 73
CAN-Michael Petrasso (Chris Mannella) 81
USA-Luis Gil (penalty kick) 90+2

USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 13-Matt Polster, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 14-Fatai Alashe (2-Boyd Okwuonu, 87), 6-Wil Trapp (capt.), 16-Gedion Zelalem (15-Marc Pelosi, 57), 8-Emerson Hyndman (10-Luis Gil, 72); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 9-Jordan Morris
Subs Not Used: 20-Gboly Ariyibi, 11-Alonso Hernandez, 18-Charlie Horton, 5-Will Packwood, 19-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

CAN: 1-Max Crepeau; 2-Johnny Grant, 19-Skylar Thomas, 5-Luca Gasparotto, 11-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare; 10-Caleb Clarke (17-Hanson Boakai, 81), 6-Chris Mannella (16-Mo Babouli, 88), 14-Sam Piette (capt.), 7-Mauro Eustaquio (8-Jay Chapman, 66), 13-Michael Petrasso; 9-Anthony Jackson-Hamel
Subs Not Used: 12-Quillan Roberts, 18-Ricky Gomes, 4-Jackson Farmer, 3-Giuliano Frano, 15-Ben Fisk, 20-Dylan Carreiro
Head Coach: Benito Floro

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Offside: 6 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
USA-Matt Polster (caution) 40th minute
USA-Wil Trapp (caution) 84
CAN-Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (caution) 87

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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