The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) showcased their resilience and determination as they triumphed over Canada in a thrilling Gold Cup quarterfinal match. The intense contest ended in a 2-2 draw after extra time, with the USMNT ultimately securing a 3-2 shootout win. Goalkeeper Matt Turner emerged as the Bud Light Man of the Match, making crucial saves during the penalty shootout.
In front of a spirited crowd of 24,979 at TQL Stadium, the USMNT took the lead in the 88th minute when Brandon Vazquez, a second-half substitute, scored an impressive header in front of his hometown supporters. However, Canada equalized in stoppage time with a penalty kick converted by Steven Vitoria, forcing the match into extra time. Jacob Shaffelburg then gave Canada the lead in the 109th minute, only for an own goal by Scott Kennedy off a shot from Gianluca Busio to level the score.
With no further goals in extra time, the outcome was decided by a penalty shootout. Matt Turner proved to be the hero, making two crucial saves to deny Canada’s first two attempts. Cade Cowell, Gianluca Busio, and Jesús Ferreira successfully converted their penalties for the USMNT, securing their place in the semifinals. The game concluded with Charles-Andreas Brym hitting the crossbar for Canada, sparking celebrations among the USMNT players and fans.
The USMNT’s victory sets up a highly anticipated semifinal clash against Panama on Wednesday, July 12, at SnapDragon Stadium in San Diego, California. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on FS1, Univision, and TUDN.
It is worth noting that the game began with an unfortunate incident as assistant referee Christian Espinosa was hit in the face with a fiercely struck ball in the first minute. Caleb Wales took over as the replacement assistant referee, and the match continued after an extended delay.
The USMNT’s remarkable performance in this quarterfinal match adds another chapter to their Gold Cup journey, as they seek to claim the championship title. Their victory exemplifies their determination and ability to thrive under pressure, propelling them closer to their ultimate goal.