"Martinique is sitting at the top of the table, so.it's imperative that we get the three points", the native of Plano, Texas, added.
A lot of talk heading into the tournament surrounded Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, and the hopes were that the 21-year-old would be able to shine in a more prominent role and create some offense without Bradley on the team.
Dom Dwyer scored the lone goal for US against Panama, but it wasn't enough as the match ended 1-1.
Martinique answered back swiftly, getting two goals from Kevin Parsemain and pulling level in the 74, but two minutes later it was Morris who snatched back the lead by smashing home a first-time effort after a nice combination with Gyasi Zardes. Morris responded for the USMNT, scoring two minutes later. However, the islanders' defense seemed to weaken towards the last 20 minutes of the game, allowing team U.S. to play the ball in space. Group B concludes on Saturday in Cleveland. Thereafter, USA mysteriously stopped playing and let Panama comeback in this game. "He's hard to beat and I think that's what makes him really good". "We could've done much better. We've got some incredible soccer from top to bottom", said Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins.
Midfielder Cristian Roldan made his US debut against Martinique in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night and defender Justin Morrow his first worldwide appearance in 4½ years. A full strength, well-oiled American team likely would have crushed them, but this team was far from that. The defeat for Honduras was harsh since it was the better team for most of the game.
64th minute, 2-0 USA: The Americans have doubled their lead!
At that point, USMNT fans allowed themselves to breathe, but Martinique staged an incredible comeback.
Meanwhile, Matt Hedges, for all of his ability with the ball, struggled with his defending both in the air and on the ground, and was beaten in the run-up to Martinique's equalizer.
Strikers have to be right in the feet and in the head. But I am encouraged by our 1-1 draw in Kansas City before the Gold Cup-forced break. The play could have resulted in a penalty on the USMNT, but the officials accurately played the advantage. But that hasn't happened. He also reintroduced Zardes and forward Juan Agudelo, and put Morris and Paul Arriola on the spot.
Dax McCarty subbed on too late in the second half to make an impact.
After Martinique tied it, Morris got his fourth global goal about 90 seconds later.
The teams of United States of America and Martinique have met before during the Gold Cup in 2003.
Oh, the Gold Cup... After two games, it appears Arena will have to start making some phone calls to the eligible veterans on his 40-man preliminary roster.
Tickets are on sale for Wednesday night's matches.