The last quarterfinal in the 2023 Gold Cup between the USMNT and Canada had many twists and turns over the final few minutes of regulation and extra time. After it seemed like both sides were going to be scoreless, there were two quick goals to go to the extra period 1-1. Canada found the lead goal off a deflected shot, but gave the Americans life with an own goal. That forced the penalty shootout.
Just three weeks after they last faced each other in a dramatic Nations League final, the USA and Canada meet once more on Sunday for this Gold Cup quarterfinal clash.
Last month’s encounter saw the USA win 2-0, thanks to goals from Chris Richards and Folarin Balogun, and while the Canadians will be desperate to avenge that defeat, they come into this match missing a number of key players, including star striker Jonathan David.
B. J. Callaghan’s USMNT underlined their tournament favorite status ahead of this game with back-to-back 6-0 wins over Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada’s route to the Gold Cup last eight has, meanwhile, been something of a struggle. Having played out a 2-2 draw with Guadeloupe in their opener and an equally disappointing goalless stalemate with Guatemala, John Herdman’s team managed to seal their progression with a 4-2 victory over Cuba on Tuesday night.
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Canada’s most threatening moment of the half came in the 47th minute, with Bryan Reynolds misplaying a cross in behind the US backline. The US lucked out and avoided an own goal. The resulting corner got cleared out, but Canada appealed for a handball off of Miles Robinson. As it turned out, the ball did look to hit Robinson’s hand while he flailed it towards the ball. But, upon review, the referee decided that Busio was fouled just moments prior, resulting in a free kick instead of a penalty.
The second half began with the US again dominating on the ball. Jones was able to win a threatening free kick on the left side of the Canadian penalty box, close to the byline. Gressel converted it into a shot on target, but St. Clair punched it away.
Canada continued to resort to hacking down American players, with another yellow awarded in the 56th after Alejandro Zendejas was cut down in midfield. The kick was taken quickly and played down the right side, where Busio was lying in wait. However, there were no runners in the box when Busio’s cross fizzed in.
In the 57th minute, Canada fouled Busio at the very top of the Canadian penalty box, earning Kamal Miller a yellow card. Busio took a shot off the free kick, but the Canadian wall rose to clear it well above the crossbar.
In the 61st minute, the US was able to play down the left side thanks to some slick combination play, particularly from Ferreira. He was able to thread the ball to Zendejas, whose shot was blocked and cleared. The US was able to recover on the quick Canadian attack, but Neal gave away a loose ball in the final third, restarting the Canadian attack. That quickly broke down, but not without giving the US a scare.
In the 68th minute, Gressel put in a cross into the box, but wasn’t able to find an American head to put it on target. The US was able to recover within the box and find Busio, who put in a shot that was well saved by St. Clair. On the restart, the US recovered quickly. Cade Cowell, who came on a few minutes prior for Zendejas, single handedly drove from the midfield into the Canadian final third, but his shot was limp and well wide.
The second part of added time saw no break with the US’s attacking play. Busio immediately got a shot saved after a second ball was played towards Vazquez and the Canadian backline. But Canada got the breakthrough, with Shaffelburg blowing past the US’s team and slipping a ball through Miazga’s legs and past Turner.
The US could continue to push. Jesus Ferreira tried for a headed shot (excuse me?!!) and Cristian Roldan came on for a little more creativity. And then a second American breakthrough came. Matt Turner put a hoping ball into the box, which eventually found Busio. Busio nailed it straight at the keeper who swatted it away straight into his own defender, and back into goal. Goal, Scott Kennedy, 2-2.
The USMNT continued to push, with a few dangerous corners whipped in by Jesus Ferreira, but couldn’t manage a shot. At the death, Matt Miazga got a yellow card for bungling into the ref, but that wasn’t going to stop the game from going to a penalty shootout.
The Matt Turner and Steven Vitoria fought over the coin toss. Then, the teams fought over where they could stand during the shootout, all while Vitoria stood awkwardly with the ball in his hand. Perhaps that was difference, perhaps it was something else. But either way, Matt Turner swatted that first shot away.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the change Monday, six days ahead of the Americans’ quarterfinal against Canada in Cincinnati.
The 26-year-old Yueill has 16 international appearances and last played in a December 2021 exhibition against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was on the roster for an April exhibition against Mexico this year but did not get into the match.
Other possibilities were bypassed because they are regaining fitness.
Los Angeles midfielder Kellyn Acosta was sidelined by a lower extremity injury from May 13 until Saturday, when he played the second half at Dallas. Teammate Timothy Tillman also had a lower extremity injury that sidelined him after May 20. He returned to play 10 minutes against Vancouver on June 24 and started Saturday, when Acosta replaced him at the start of the second half.
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