(Reuters) - Jordan Morris spared the United States from an embarrassing draw with minnows Martinique on Wednesday as his 76th minute goal gave the hosts a 3-2 win in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The United States, who were held to a 1-1 draw with Panama in their opener on Saturday, took a 2-0 lead in the second half through Omar Gonzalez and Morris.

Martinique hit back with a double from Kevin Parsemain before Morris fired home the winner with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in Tampa, Florida.

The win moved the United States joint top of Group B with Panama, who beat Nicaragua 2-1 on Wednesday, on four points.

Martinique, on three points, while face Panama on Saturday while the Americans take on Nicaragua, who have yet to claim a point.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)