United States edges Martinique 3-2 in unexpectedly close Gold Cup match

However, Morris' 76th-minute goal proved to be the victor as US - with an understrength squad for the tournament - moved onto four points in Group B.

Stay tuned here for updates and highlights of goals and key plays throughout the match.

Juan Agudelo and Jordan Morris partner up top together for the second time in 2017, having done so previously in the USA's 1-0 win vs. Jamaica on February 5 in Chattanooga.

The United States was not supposed to have much of a challenge in Wednesday's Gold Cup match against Martinique at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

If you had Gonzalez in the 53rd minute as the first goal against Martinique, congrats. Maybe. But the fact remains that the United States should always dominate Martinique in a full global match.

Omar Gonzalez and Morris had put US in control, but they were stunningly pegged back by a Kevin Parsemain double.

Martinique responded immediately, though, cutting the lead to 2-1 in the 66th minute. Juan Agudelo and Morris started up top, midfielder Cristian Roldan earned his first-ever start for the Yanks, and Eric Lichaj and Justin Morrow manned the fullback positions.

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Two minutes later Ismael Diaz equalized following some quick feet from Miguel Camargo. One minute later Parsemain forced a good save out of Guzan when Gonzalez and Lichaj botched a connection in the USA half of the field and Martinique pounced.

Guzan, Gonzalez and Acosta were the only holdovers.

The Yanks burst out of the gates in the second half and almost took the lead three minutes after the break when Paul Arriola ran onto a deflected Agudelo shot and blasted a point-blank shot off the crossbar.

The Americans atoned for the humbling moment when Morris bagged his brace in the 76th minute.

Morris scored the second goal for the United States in the 64th minute, as defender Eric Lichaj threaded a ideal cross that Morris tapped in.

As Martinique seemed to tire, the Yanks pressed forward with abandon-resulting in a wide open match that produced multiple chances. Morris had to lean back to make contact, and that forced him to put an inaccurate header toward the goal, one that went just wide of the left post.

Just 10 minutes later, Johan Audel's effort at goal hit Parsemain, who found himself on the floor after being denied by Guzan, before going in. The Central American side fell to what was believed to be the weakest opponent in Group B and should not be able to compete against Panama or the United States. Both Martinique and Nicaragua had plenty of chances throughout the game, although Martinique ended up being the only side to take advantage of them.

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