Tab Ramos spoke more of a sense of relief than anything else as his USA U20 side beat Haiti 2-1 in their CONCACAF U20 Championship in Mexico opener on Monday.
Luis Gil and Daniel Cuevas both scored in the first half as the US held off a fast-finishing Haitian team to kick off their Group A campaign with maximum points which pleased Ramos who admitted to being a bit nervy throughout.
“It was a difficult match for us. We knew that Haiti had very good players,” he told ussoccer.com.
“I think we did a good job in the first half, coming out strong and trying to put the game away. I felt that once we didn’t get that third goal before halftime that there was a good chance that if [Haiti] got a goal that somehow it would turn into a game, and it did.”
He added: “Right after they scored their goal, there was about a 10-minute period where we really struggled to get the ball out of the back. I think once we made a couple of substitutions the game changed a little bit. I was a little bit disappointed that we weren’t able to get that third goal late in the first half or early in the second half.”
The US U20s next take on Costa Rica at Puebla’s Estadio Olimpico on Friday following Haiti’s meeting with Costa Rica on Wednesday.