USA vs. Grenada – Football Match Report – Jun 10, 2022

The US men overcame a slow start with the help of four goals from Jesus Ferreira to secure a comfortable 5-0 win over Grenada in Friday night’s CONCACAF Nations League opener at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Neither Christian Pulisic nor Tyler Adams dressed in 170th place for the game against Grenada. US coach Gregg Berhalter made eight changes from Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay.

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Despite dominating possession and shots in the first half, the USA had little to offer until Ferreira pounced on a loose ball in the box, hitting his marker and leading a shot past Grenada keeper Jason Belfon to give his side a narrow advantage before the stoppage .

“I think I’m in a good place,” said Ferreira, a son of former Colombia national team midfielder David Ferreira, MVP of Major League Soccer 2010. “I’m not going to focus on the goals because I know they are will come. Just having a good game is enough.”

Ferreira doubled the Americans’ lead just after half-time, beating Belfon at his far post with a clean finish from Paul Arriola’s well-weighted through ball that opened up Grenada’s defence.

Berhalter’s side went three before the hour mark when Ferreira sealed his hat-trick with a beautiful curl into the top corner, and Arriola made it 4-0 with a close-range shot set up by Luca de la Torre shortly after .

“There’s a certain validation that you get as a striker when you hit the net,” Berhalter said.

The joint-top scorer in MLS wasn’t finished, however, as Ferreira scored his fourth and easiest goal of the night from a tap-in, with substitute Brenden Aaronson providing the assist.

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Not only was the win a World Cup showcase for the FC Dallas star, but it also extended the USMNT’s unbeaten streak at home to 26 games, matching the previous record set in 2013-2015.

Ferreira, who is fighting for a roster spot and playing time with Ricardo Pepi, Haji Wright, Josh Sargent, Jordan Pefok and Daryl Dike on the US team, is up against Landon Donovan (2003), Joe-Max Moore (1993), Buff Donelli (1934 ) and Archie Stark (1925) for most goals scored by an American player in a single game.

Next up for the USA – who have no more home games before the start of the World Cup – is another Test in the Nations League, this time on the road against El Salvador on Tuesday.

At the World Cup in Qatar, the USA open Group B on November 21 against 18th-ranked Wales, play No. 5 England four days later and conclude the first round on November 29 against 21st-ranked Iran.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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