In a game that looked like a casual shooting practice, the USMNT crushed Cuba 7-0 on Friday night.
It was a good night for the American youngsters at the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League. Weston McKennie, who was deployed as a left-mid, recorded a hat-trick in just 13 minutes. Josh Sargent became only the 10th US teenager to earn his 10th cap before turning 20. He recorded one goal but was a force offensively throughout the night. Most encouraging was the soccer IQ he displayed. In the opening minute, he made a veteran-savvy run to draw two Cuban defenders with him, leaving McKennie open for an easy goal.
Jordan Morris and Christian Pulisic (via pk) also scored.
All USMNT goals vs Cuba
Here are all of the goals from USMNT vs Cuba.
So everything is good with the USMNT now, right?
Cuba is ranked 178th in the world. The US did what they were supposed to do. As the Wolf would say in Pulp Fiction, let’s not start…
However, this was a good sign. If they can build on this and secure a convincing victory against Canada, Berhalter may finally have the spark he needs to get the US program moving in the right direction.