By RYAN TOLMICH
With the score tied 1-1 early in the second half, it appeared that the Under-23 U.S. Men’s National Team was going to face a challenge in their matchup with the Bahamas national team.
However, a second-half goal explosion proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the U.S. scored four unanswered goals to knock off the Bahamas 5-1 at the Thompson A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau.
The U.S. opened the scoring just before halftime with a 43rd minute finish from Alfred Koroma Shams. With the U.S. dominating posession in the Bahamas’ final third, the Texas native calmly finished from the center of the box with his second touch to give the U.S. the lead at the half.
The Bahamas equalized in the 55th via John Patrick, but the U.S. regained the lead just six minutes later on a Jordan Morris header. Morris’ finish came as a result of a U.S. free kick, as the ball ping-ponged around the box before finding it’s way to Morris, who headed up and over the Bahamas keeper to restore the U.S. advantage.
The U.S. added another just two minutes later from captain Luis Gil, who curled a free kick off the keeper’s hands and in to double the U.S. advantage. From there, Dennis Flores and Omar Salgado added goals in the 89th and 90th minute, respectively, to secure the 5-1 victory.
Check out highlights from the game after the jump:
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