4-1 against Canada – Weston McKennie and the USA record a notable win.
The USA national side returned to CONCACAF Nations League action on Saturday as Weston McKennie and Co. beat Canada 4-1.
After their historic 2-0 defeat in the first leg a month ago – the first loss to their neighbours in 34 years – the USA team were already under pressure, sitting six points behind Canada going into the game. However, they put all fears of another defeat behind them and took control from the start, as Jordan Morris gave the USA the lead after just two minutes in front of 13,000 spectators in Orlando. Gyasi Zardes (23’) and Aaron Long (34’) increased the arrears to 3-0 before half-time.
In the second half, Gregg Berhalter’s side focused more heavily on the defence. Despite Steven Vitoria’s second-half reply for the visitors (72’), Canada could not capitalise on the brief shift in momentum, and Zardes’ second goal in the 89th minute killed off any hope the Canadians had of getting something from the match. The 4th USA goal was initiated by a strong attempted bicycle kick from Weston McKennie. The Schalke player has been used throughout the season.
Three points enough to win the group
Although Canada (9 points from four games) still leads Group 3, the USA (six points after three games) have the chance to win the group on goal difference on Wednesday (20.11.19 at 13:00 CET), if they beat Cuba in the Cayman Islands, which would also secure their qualification for the finals in June 2020.