Gyasi Zardes scored in the 86th minute and the United States defeated Qatar 1-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Conca Cuff Gold Cup final.
Zardes, one of the few US front-line players on the tournament’s predominantly junior national team roster, replaced Darryl Dyck in the 63rd minute with two other late submarines, Nicholas Joacky. Combined with D and Eric Williamson.
Gioacchini picked up Qatar’s clearance attempt and fed Williamson, who returned the ball. Gioacchini passed Zardes and he scored the 14th and 2nd goals of the tournament.
The 20th-placed United States matched its record with homewin 13 times in a row and advanced to the final on Sunday night in Las Vegas against defending champions Mexico or Canada. Late Thursday, 11th place Mexico and 70th place Canada did not play in Houston.
Concacaf filled the field of the Gold Cup, a championship between North and Central America and the Caribbean, with Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, as an invited guest.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner made three big saves in the first half for the United States.
Qatar had a chance to take the lead in the 61st minute, but Hassan Al-Haydos gave a penalty kick to the crossbar following a foul by James Sands. Alhides took a stutter step and tried to trick goalkeeper Matt Turner with Panenka.
Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Zack Stephem, Josh Sargent and other US regulars missed the Gold Cup for a vacation and then spent the preseason at European clubs.
US coach Gregg Berhalter has made a rare decision to start the same lineup in a series of games.
The match will take place at the stadium in the second quarter, which opened last month, and will host the American World Cup qualification against Jamaica on October 7.
Gyasi Zardes’ late strike causes US to cross Qatar to reach record 12th Gold Cup final | Gold Cup 2021
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