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Nations League recap - USA 4-1 Canada: A convincing win for the Americans

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Just what the team needed

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The US Men’s National Team needed to make a strong response after a bad loss in Canada and the team came through. Without Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, or Christian Pulisic available, the team would ride a terrific performance from Jordan Morris to a 4-1 win.

Overall, the US was much improved and looked capable of beating a team that they had no business losing to in the first place. Their talent was clearly an advantage and Gregg Berhalter having his player press and play in transition overwhelmed an outmatched Canada side.

Goals: Early and often

If the USMNT needed a fast start to set the tone in the game, Jordan Morris delivered it.

Canada would push forward looking for an equalizer while the US found their chances in transition thanks to deploying a press.

The second goal would come again thanks to a solid play from Jordan Morris. This time, the speedy forward was played through thanks to a long switch that caught Canada disorganized defensively. Morris gathered it and drew keeper Milan Borjan out of his net and then it was just a matter of a cross finding the forehead of Gyasi Zardes.

Comfortably up by a pair of goals, the US would sit back a bit deeper and let Canada try to break them down. In the 33rd minute, the Stars and Stripes would counter and Sebastian Lletget was fouled by Alphonso Davies setting up a free kick. The set piece would find Aaron Long and the American centerback made it 3-0.

Then something pretty dumb for Canada happened just before the half. Alphonso Davies played keepy uppy with the ball in the box and headed it to Borjan who caught it. After the keeper argued with the ref for a while and got a yellow for his trouble, the US took a freekick inside the box and the game briefly turned into an indoor soccer game with the ball finally being cleared by Canada and the half ended.

The 2nd half didn’t offer much in the way of excitement in the early going. Canada was somewhat more organized defensively and the US wasn’t putting as many numbers forward in the attack.

In the 69th minute, Sebastian Lletget made way for Alfredo Morales as the US went to the bench for the first time. Canada would shortly thereafter find their first goal of the match. After a screaming shot from David Hoilett created by some sloppy passing in the back by the US defenders was pushed over the bar by Brad Guzan, the ensuing corner fell to Steven Vitoria. The Lechia Gdansk player made no mistake and headed it into the goal.

As the game wound down, the ref kept calling a lot of fouls, Alphonso Davies almost killed half of the US defense, and Sergino Dest had a little fun of his own.

In the 86th minute, Morris would depart for DeAndre Yedlin. The Newcastle right back slotted into the wing and had a hand in a really well taken goal for Gyasi Zardes to make it 4-1.

Since you can’t take your subs home with you, Berhalter took out Dest for Tyler Boyd two minutes before the end of the match.