[REACTION: USA-Haiti]The USA scraped out a 2-1 win over Haiti in the opening game of the Concacaf Under-20 Championship Monday night in Puebla, Mexico. At the postgame press conference, Coach Tab Ramos admitted his U.S. team needed to play better.
“I think we have to play better,” he said. “There were some good moments for us, but we have to maintain that for a longer period of time if we are going to be successful in this tournament.”
Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas scored to put the Americans ahead 2-0 after 25 minutes, but they struggled for much of the evening in Puebla and were very lucky to escape with a win.
Wilberne Augusmat pulled a goal back in the 49th minute, and Haiti pressed for the equalizer. It finished with a 12-7 edge in shots and 10-4 edge in corner kicks and was the better team throughout.
“Right after they scored the goal, there was about a 10-minute period where we really struggled to get the ball out the back,” said Ramos. “I think when we made a couple of substitutions [Mikey Lopez for Jose Villarrealand Jerome Kiesewetter for Gil] the game changed a little bit.”