The US national team continued their winter goal parade, with Jesus Ferreira performing as marshal in a 7-0 demolition of friendly foe Trinidad & Tobago in Orlando on Sunday.
The home side pressed early and typically, and then proceeded to systematically dismantle the Soca Warriors time and once more. There’s loads to be said concerning the ease of dealing with a team full of players that have not seen a sport in months (and there’s at all times a small little bit of opponent degree-of-difficulty factored into these marks), however the USMNT have been nonetheless good worth for this blowout romp due to a buffet of excellent final-third execution.
Matt Turner (7) — The New England Revolution backstop might have spent a lot of the sport binging old Scrubs episodes, however he got here up big the one time the guests got here calling. Turner principally suckered Alvin Jones into aiming his penalty kick to the suitable side earlier than pouncing that technique to smother his try. Fairly shrewd work from a debutant.
Aaron Herrera (7.5) — The Real Salt Lake proper back was just shy of a menace going forward on this one. Herrera repeatedly pushed the team towards the final third, and served some tempting crosses as soon as they obtained there. If he needed to show the wheels and verve it takes to make it at this level, this was the way in which to do it.
Miles Robinson (8) — The Atlanta United center back made his first US start particular with a well-rounded exhibiting. Robinson supported possession well and received a load of aerial challenges to maintain Trinidad & Tobago pinned of their end. He lastly put the icing on the cake with a well-taken restart goal.
Aaron Lengthy (7.5) — Like Robinson, Lengthy tidied up the stray rushes mounted by the guests. He additionally handed the ball positively, and picked up an assist by nodding a restart back throughout the field for his associate to place away.
Sam Vines (7.5) — Although the Colorado left back light bit after the break, he was important to the team’s first half dominance. Vines’ terrific lead ball keyed the opener and he went to the end line to tee up their second. As well as, he forced a handful of turnovers within the away end that sparked attacks.
Jackson Yueill (7) — The San Jose midfielder’s first half largely concerned hovering up unfastened balls and administrative possession work. Yueill opened up the passing palette after the break to ignite some dangerous team strikes.
Kellyn Acosta (7) — Like Yueill, Acosta stored issues easy to maintain the US motor working within the opening body earlier than turning into extra assertive with the ball after intermission. The Rapids man picked up a pair of second half helpers, the second with a fantastic diagonal ball to launch Jonathan Lewis.
Sebastian Lletget (7.5) — The LA Galaxy ace jam-packed his first half shift with attack facilitation. Lletget was shifting teammates across the Trinidad & Tobago end like chess pieces.
Paul Arriola (8) — Lengthy story short: The guests merely had no reply for Arriola’s pacy working. He obtained unfastened extensive, he sliced by means of the center, creating hazard with practically each step. The D.C. United attacker potted a few assured finishes, and ultimately notched the assist his trade deserved on the capper.
Jonathan Lewis (8) — Talking of assured, skilled finishes, the Colorado winger bagged a pair of his own. The brilliance of his first goal was that he crammed the lane vacated by Ferreira. The second strike was pure eye sweet from distance. In between, Lewis’ working stored the left flank tilted to the attacking third.
Jesus Ferreira (8.5) — It isn’t simple to play the position requested of the 20-year-old, however he dealt with it like a realizing vet. All evening lengthy, Ferreira pulled defenders round, gained place in or across the space and played teammates into the house he created. And when he wasn’t busy racking up three assists, the FC Dallas child discovered time for a few capitalistic goals of his own.
Coach Gregg Berhalter (8.5) — I imply, what complaints can we really have? As soon as once more, Berhalter picked the best technique for ripping aside an overmatched opponent and the boys adopted the plan to get the job accomplished. I used to be skeptical of the “false No. 9” plot utilizing Ferreira, but it surely was really the right maneuver against this opponent.
Andres Perea (5.5) — Although maybe utilized barely out of place, the Orlando City teenager confirmed his potential to behave as a optimistic midfield conduit. A few defensive gaffes, together with a penalty foul that might have been prevented by shifting his feet, knocked his grade just under passing.
Daryl Dike (5) — Not like lots of his US teammates, Dike appeared very very like a player who hadn’t had a sport for a pair months. He nonetheless would have scored have been it not for a well timed doorstep block by the away defense.
Chris Mueller (6) — The Orlando City flank man was oddly quiet for many of his 26-minute shift, however practically booked an assist on the Dike chance talked about above.
Cristian Roldan (6.5) — The Seattle midfielder was as much as his common tips, performing as a gritty glue man and choosing uncommon spots to leap into attack.
George Bello (6) — The young Atlanta United left back selected when to push forward well, however these episodes did not amount to a lot.
Tanner Tessmann (6.5) — Like the child above him, Tessmann did no hurt as a teen debutant. The FC Dallas midfielder lined a variety of ground and shipped a half dozen optimistic passes into attack in his 12 minutes.