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USA vs. Cuba, 2019 Concacaf Nations League: Man of the match

A player so nice we nearly ranked him twice.

Cuba v United States - CONCACAF Nations League Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The United States Men’s National Team came out with a relatively unexperienced side, but they were more than up to the task against Cuba Thursday night as the team would put together six first half goals on their way to a 7-0 win over the Concacaf minnows. It’s hard to draw many conclusions when half the opposing team is wondering whether drifting into the wrong locker room would be enough to defect from the country they’re representing for the night. However, you have to play the team in front of you and a hat trick is going to be enough to land you man of the match honors in most games, and when you can do it in the first 13 minutes of the match it’s a done deal.

Weston McKennie’s impressive performance was good for SSFC Man of the Match honors with a 9.335 rating, which seems appropriate given his highlight reel for the evening. Second place on the night was taken by Jordan Morris who had a 8.556 rating thanks to a record tying three assists, adding a goal of his own, and showing off his version of the face goal when a shot he took was stopped by the keeper but then deflected off the face of a Cuban defender for an own goal. The most impressive part of the goal though was probably McKennie’s pass, another factor in his Man of the Match rating.

The full SSFC rankings were as follows:

Brad Guzan - 5.794

Reggie Cannon - 6.933

Matt Miazga - 6.242

Tim Ream - 6.572

Daniel Lovitz - 5.247

Jackson Yueill - 6.629

Weston McKennie - 9.335

Cristian Roldan - 5.948

Christian Pulisic - 6.835

Josh Sargent - 7.258

Jordan Morris - 8.557

Tyler Boyd - 5.758

Sebastian Lletget - 5.582

It was a solid result for the team and while things will certainly be more difficult on Tuesday night. Hopefully it is a performance the team can build on as they move forward. What did you think of the rankings overall? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below as well as thoughts on Paul Arriola’s rating since we mistakenly omitted him.