Newcomer Tyler Boyd scored two goals to guide the United States past overmatched Guyana 4-0 to start the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn., getting the Americans back on track in their first competitive game in 20 months.
Boyd, a 24-year-old attacker, made his U.S. debut in an ugly 3-0 loss to Venezuela on June 9 after a FIFA-approved switch of affiliation from New Zealand.
“Just a dream come true,” Boyd said. “It’s been years and years of work to get to this moment.”
Paul Arriola had a goal and an assist, and Weston McKennie had two assists before leaving with what appeared to be a left hamstring injury. Gyasi Zardes also scored for the Americans, who were on the attack for most of the game while generating a steady stream of prime scoring chances against a Guyana team making its Gold Cup debut.
Even a decisive victory like this wasn’t going to provide much insight into progress under new coach Gregg Berhalter, given Guyana’s No. 177 ranking. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made one save, in the 69th minute.
Next for the Americans in Group D on Saturday night in Cleveland is Trinidad and Tobago, which beat them Oct. 10, 2017, in the World Cup qualifier that kept them home last summer from Russia and caused a re-examination of the entire program. Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 in the first match Tuesday.
Copa America: Host Brazil followed a lackluster win over Bolivia with a scoreless draw against Venezuela in Salvador, prompting jeers from fans. Brazil had two goals reversed by video review because of offside calls. … Paolo Guerrero led Peru to a 3-1 win against Bolivia in Rio de Janeiro to improve the team’s chances of advancing to the knockout stage.
Platini detained: French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s player and former top executive Michel Platini into custody for questioning.
Platini’s representatives denied any wrongdoing on his part, saying he is “absolutely confident in the future” and has “strictly nothing to reproach himself for.” As head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent’s top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar in 2010.
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