The United States Men's National demolished Bolivia by a final score of 4-0 tonight in Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. Gyasi Zardes got a brace while John Brooks and youngster Christian Pulisic also netted goals themselves. Alejandro Bedoya was a standout for Jurgen's squad with two assists on the night. The US won big, and did it in style.
A great night for the USMNT would be capped off in the 69' minute when 17 year old Christian Pulisic got his first international goal to make it 4-0. With players still trying to earn their spot, the US was pushing numbers forward despite the lead. Darlington Nagbe took the ball at the top of the box and pushed it over to Pulisic who calmly finished off yet another pretty goal.
The beginning of the match was very slow with neither team able to create any real chances. It took until the 20 minute for the United States to get a shot off, and it wasn't pretty. However, it definitely opened up the play a bit. The Red, White and Blue began getting in behind the defense and it felt like a breakthrough was coming.
That moment would come in the 26' minute when Gyasi Zardes applied the final touch to some impressive build up play. Dempsey had his back to the goal in the midfield and one-timed it over to the right side. Alejando Bedoya dinked it over the defense for the run of Zardes, who only need one touch to be beat the keeper and give the US the lead. The three consecutive one-touch balls absolutely sliced through the Bolivian defense in the blink of an eye.
They would double the lead in the 39' minute off the unlikely foot of CB John Brooks. The US had a free kick in the final third and Michael Bradley simply cut apart Bolivia with one cheeky ground pass. Alejandro Bedoya ran onto it in the box, sent it across the face of goal, and Brooks was there for the easy finish.
Jurgen Klinsmann switched out the fullbacks at halftime as DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson came on for Michael Orozco and Matt Besler, respectively. This made a back line of Yedlin, Brooks, Cameron, and Johnson - the probable line for the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
The US were able to go into cruise control in the 52' minute after extending the lead to 3-0. Bobby Wood brought the ball down with his chest at in the box and fired it through traffic. Zardes was there to clean things up and complete his brace. The USMNT was scoring, and scoring in style.
Klinsmann continued to make substitutions until the final whistle. He pleased the crowed in KC by bringing on Graham Zusi and Chris Wondolowski was also given a look as well.
It was about as good of a game as anyone could ask for in the last tune up before the Copa. The US dominated with about 60% possession, and they bested Bolivia in shots (12-3) and corners as well. There were several mistakes that can be cleaned up, mistakes that they will be punished for against tougher competition. But it was a solid shut out and they were able to see the ball go in the net a few times.
All the tests and tune-ups are done for Jurgen Klinsmann and his squad. Now it's the real deal.
The Copa America Centenario kicks off for the USMNT on June 3rd against James Rodriguez and Colombia.