USA 3-2 Martinique: Jordan Morris saves substandard USMNT from embarrassing result

It was far from pretty, but it was enough. On Wednesday night in Tampa, Florida, the U.S. men's national team surrendered a 2-0 lead but came back to beat Martinique 3-2 to get its Gold Cup campaign back on track, with Jordan Morris coming through big. 

After a poor 1-1 draw with Panama in the opener, the red, white and blue weren't much better in this one despite eight changes to the starting lineup, failing to dazzle the fans with chemistry still missing, but the team was able to finish its chances in the second half to hold on for a nervy result.

Omar Gonzalez got things going in this one early in the second half with this goal, putting the U.S. in the driver's seat:

Then just moments later, Jordan Morris made it 2-0 with this fine front-post finish.

But the visitors would not give up, amazingly rallying to make it 2-2 with two goals in ten minutes from Kevin Parsemain, with the first coming on 66 minutes . And just when it became 2-2 in the 76th minute, Morris scored a rocket high into the goal to make it 3-2 and give the U.S. the win:

The result puts the U.S. at four points in the group, which should be enough to move on, with one game to go in the group stage. The performance has left plenty to be desired for U.S. fans, but it got the result when it needed it and is back on track. 

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