An 86th minute goal from Gyasi Zardes slotted away a pass inside the box to give the United States Men’s National Team a 1-0 win in the Concacaf Gold Cup semifinal.
The USMNT will face the winner of Thursday night’s Mexico-Canada match in Houston on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas.
Zardes was a 63rd minute substitution for Daryl Dike, and linked up with 83rd minute sub Nicholas Gioacchini to make the difference.
ZARDES GIVES THE @USMNT THE LEAD! pic.twitter.com/XAOESayrjh— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 30, 2021
While it was enough to advance, it was mostly a pedestrian performance for the USA against the 2019 Asian Cup champions. Qatar outshot the Yanks 15-5, but did have 58% of possession despite several effective counters from the Qataris until the goal was scored.
The other difference was a bit more luck, as Qatar’s Hassan Al Haydos skied a penalty in the 61st minute after VAR correctly charged James Sands for a poor tackle in the box of Akram Afif that did get a fraction of the ball, but far more thigh and shin.
The USA is 6-5 all time in Gold Cup Finals, having only missed the last game four times in the history of the 30-year-old tournament.