SI Staff
Sunday May 22nd, 2016

Tim Ream, Bobby Wood and Paul Arriola scored goals, and the U.S men's national team began its road to Copa America Centenario with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico.

The roster at Jurgen Klinsmann's disposal was far from what he'll be working with at Copa America, with just 10 of the 22 players on his competition roster. Of those 10, only eight made the trip to Puerto Rico, with Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron left behind to rest and get to full fitness following their club seasons overseas. 

As a result, a makeshift squad took to the field, and despite a couple of nervy moments and one spectacular finish from Puerto Rico's Luis Betancur, the U.S. exerted control over the duration of the match.

Ream put the U.S. ahead in the 20th minute, powering home a rebound after Alfredo Morales forced a parried save from Matthew Sanchez. It was the 28-year-old's first goal with the U.S. and his first goal in any competition since playing for the New York Red Bulls in 2010.

​Wood doubled the lead in the 34th minute, carrying his club form to his country while finishing on a breakaway. Wood used speed to get by two defenders after receiving a ball from Arriola and hit a deft chip over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 USA. It's his fifth international goal for the U.S.

Puerto Rico pulled one back in the 42nd minute through Betancur, with the FIU forward finishing off a nice combination with Joseph Marrero after a poor U.S. turnover and lacing a half-volley from outside the box over Brad Guzan.

After surviving a golden Puerto Rico chance moments into the second half, the U.S. restored its two-goal edge through Arriola. Alejandro Bedoya served him a perfect cross on the goal mouth, and he tapped in the 56th minute to close the scoring.



GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)


GOALKEEPERS: José Arroyo (Penn State Abington), Matthew Sanchez (Loyola Greyhounds), Bryant Velázquez (Western Nebraska Community College)

DEFENDERS: Emmanuel D'Andrea (Sevilla C), Alexis Rivera (Bayamón FC), Elliot Vélez (Criollos de Caguas FC), Juan Vélez (Criollos de Caguas FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Christian Abreu (Guayanilla Pumas), David Caban (Unattached), Christopher Clark (Albany Great Danes), Juan Coca (Kultsu FC), Michael Fernández (Bayamon FC), Jeremy Hall (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Marcos Martinez (Club Atletico Fajardo), Darren Rios (Florida International Panthers), Manolo Sanchez (San Antonio FC), Samuel Soto (Bayamón FC)

FORWARDS: Luis Betancur (Florida International Panthers), Joseph Marrero (Puerto Rico FC), Olvin Ortiz (Club Atletico Fajardo), Jorge Rivera (Puerto Rico FC)

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