The United States completed a grueling stretch of four games in 11 days over 5,400 miles that led to three victories, including the League of Nations trophy of Concacaf. Twenty-four players saw the action and eight scored. The preparation time for European players is over. The start of the World Cup qualifiers in September follows.
“The depth of this team will be really useful to you,”
Daryl Dyke and Reggie Cannon added their first international goals and Joe Reina scored a penalty in the 77th minute, three minutes after entering.
US coach Greg Berhalter changed nine starters from the squad he used to beat Mexico 3-2 on Sunday to win the first League of Nations at Concacaf.
Christian Pulisic, Weston McKenney and Josh Sargent did not play at all.
Defender Mark Mackenzie, who has been the subject of racial abuse on social media since Sunday’s poor first half, was the only player to start for the fourth straight game and had a stronger effort.
“I came out of the game in Mexico, and I was extremely proud of Mark and the way he handled it,” Berhalter said. “He didn’t have to play another minute today and I would still be proud of him.”
This schedule was created to mimic a post-pandemic World Cup qualifier, where the United States opens with three games from September 2-8, a Fifa window designed for two games.
“What I understand is that it will take a group to do that. It will not take 11 beginners, “said Berhalter. “We think we have a young, talented group. And to win this experience of Concacaf was huge. And when we turn around and enter the World Cup qualifiers, we will have a good idea of what it will be and what the rhythm of three matches will be. “
Reina was the only goal scorer in the four games to start a 2-1 friendly in Switzerland on May 30th, followed by a 1-0 victory over Honduras last Thursday in the League of Nations semifinals. Pulisic, McKenney, Jordan Sibatcheu and Sebastian Lodget also signed.
“I think there are guys who will be able to go through three games and 90 minutes, but they won’t be many, especially considering the way we want to play and the way we want to push,” Berhalter said.
Europe-based players will go on short vacations and then miss the Concacaf Gold Cup next month to report on pre-season training ahead of the 2021-22 club seasons.
The 20 ranked United States have improved to 11-1-1 in their last 13 games and won their tenth consecutive game against a regional opponent after losing to Canada in 2019 in the League of Nations, corresponding to the American high set in 2013. The United States defeated their first three regional rivals within a week.
Ethan Horvath was rarely tested and received an exception on his 26th birthday after taking office when Zack Stefan suffered a bone bruise in his left knee in the second half on Sunday.
The Ticos are unbeaten in 11 games since 2019, with six losses and five draws that include a pair of penalties.
The American team, wearing rainbow white shirt numbers for the LGBTQ Pride month, dominated and moved on after Lletget passed to Antonee Robinson from the left flank and he centered for Dike. Francisco Calvo killed the ball, but it bounced in the way of Aaronson, whose right foot from eight yards beat goalkeeper Leonel Moreira for his third goal in seven international appearances.
Dyke, six days after his 21st birthday and with his third international appearance, scored in the 42nd minute. Mackenzie made a pass and Dicke ran on the ball and scored from 14 yards.
A crowd of 19,007 was unusual for Dicke, who played most of his professional career in empty stadiums or in front of a limited crowd due to the pandemic.
“It was amazing to have fans,” Dyke said. “It’s something you’ve always looked forward to as a kid so you can play in front of thousands and thousands of fans.”
Cannon made a wrong attempt to clear Yeltsin Tejeda in the 52nd minute, dribbled, cut off Joseph Mora and scored with a left foot from 14 yards.
Reina received the penalty when he was knocked down by Kisher Fuller. The 18-year-old became the youngest American to score a penalty for his country.