Three points: USA 2, Haiti 1

By Kyle McCarthy

First-half goals by Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas and a late defensive stand allowed the United States to open the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Haiti on Monday night.

The overall performance left plenty for U.S. coach Tab Ramos to ponder ahead of Friday’s crunch clash against Costa Rica, but he will at least take the required result forward with him as he contemplates how to address the issues exposed by a game against the Haitian side in Puebla, Mexico.

As the U.S. processes its nervy display and starts its preparations for the Costa Ricans, here are three points worth noting from the Group A opener:

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