The U.S. MNT U23 team made short work of Cuba this evening in Kansas City advancing to the all important semi final round of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers with an emphatic 6 -1 victory.
Jerome Kiesewetter led the way for Andi Herzog’s side with a brace, with the U.S. building on early goals from center backs Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga.
Carter-Vickers, at 17 the team’s youngest player, got the ball rolling for the Yanks with a powerful headed goal. Miazga, CCV’s 20 year old center back partner added the second with a fine header of his own before the U.S attackers got in on the scoring.
Herzog made a few changes to the lineup that handled Canada 3-1 in the opener, replacing both of his fullbacks and tinkering with his midfield. Herzog left his forward pairing untouched, a good move given that Morris scored a brace versus Canada, while Kiesewetter picked up his double today.
Fullback Dillon Serna was replaced by Marc Pelosi and Matt Polster moved to midfield with Boyd Okwuono stepping in on defense. Luis Gil started for Gedion Zelalem and impressed, albeit against poor opposition.
Cuba spoiled the Americans clean sheet with a deflected goal in added time and Pelosi had to be stretchered off late in the match after taking a wild and reckless kick to his shin.