July 13, 2017 / 3:56 AM / a month ago

U.S. edge minnows Martinique in Gold Cup win

Jul 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Martinique forward Steeven Langil (10) shoots the ball as USA defender Matt Hedges (21) defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Jordan Morris spared the United States from an embarrassing draw with minnows Martinique on Wednesday as his 76th minute goal gave the hosts a 3-2 win in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The United States, who were held to a 1-1 draw with Panama in their opener on Saturday, took a 2-0 lead in the second half through Omar Gonzalez and Morris.

Martinique hit back with a double from Kevin Parsemain before Morris fired home the winner with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box in Tampa, Florida.

The win moved the United States joint top of Group B with Panama, who beat Nicaragua 2-1 on Wednesday, on four points.

Martinique, on three points, while face Panama on Saturday while the Americans take on Nicaragua, who have yet to claim a point.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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