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Rowe Debuts for U.S. in Win over Ghana

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Revolution midfielder/defender Kelyn Rowe started in his international debut for the United States in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Ghana at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Ct.

Rowe, who starred at various youth levels for the U.S. before making his senior team debut, was stationed at central midfielder in Saturday’s international friendly. The 25-year-old former first round pick went 61 minutes before giving way to substitute Gyasi Zardes.

Another debutant made a rapid impact on the scoresheet as Sporting K.C. forward Dom Dwyer opened the scoring on a well-struck volley in the 19th minute. Kellyn Acosta widened the margin the 52nd minute on a free kick blast before Ghana got one back in a similar fashion from Frank Acheampong in the 60th minute.

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a penalty stop on Asamoah Gyan in first-half stoppage time to preserve the lead going into the break.

Rowe’s Revolution teammate Juan Agudelo was available for selection but did not see the pitch. The same went for fellow New England regular Gershon Koffie, who was called up by Ghana for the match.

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The U.S. debuted new kits in Saturday’s friendly, a strip that features red and navy horizontal stripes with white stars on the shoulders. The jersey will be worn for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Saturday’s win precedes the U.S.’s Gold Cup campaign, which kicks off on Jul. 8 when they face Panama at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tn.

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