Sam Vines scored his first goal for the United States with a header in the eighth minute, and the American team, made up mostly of substitutes, started its participation in the 2021 Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory on Sunday against Haiti.
Shake Moore’s cross rebounded from two Haiti to Gyasi Zardes, who sent a pass to Vines to knock out goalkeeper Brian Sylvester with a 5.5-meter (six yards) shot. Moore played for the sixth time for the United States and Vines played for the fourth time.
US coach Greg Berhalter recalled just four players for the 23-piece pool he used in the CONCACAF Nations League last month, allowing Christian Pulisic, Zach Stephen, Weston McKinney, Tyler Adams and other undisputed starters to report to European clubs before the start of the season.
The United States, ranked 20th, improved to 36 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage
Canada beat Martinique 4-1 in the first double in Group B with goals from Kyle Larin, Jonathan Osorio, Stephen Ostaccio and Theodore Corbiano, after Emile Rivier put Martinique in front.
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