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USA vs. T&T, 2019 Gold Cup: Man of the match

A dominant final score with some eye-popping SSFC ratings

United States v Trinidad & Tobago: Group D - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The USMNT was a little slow to start but ultimately finished their second Gold Cup match with a dominating 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday night. The match was the first time the teams have met since that fateful night in Couva and while it does little to set things right several of the involved American’s admitted that this match meant a little more and they felt there was a score to settle.

It wasn’t just words for Pulisic who had an outstanding performance on the day for the USMNT. Pulisic led the team as it dominated possession (66/34) and he had two assists as well as a goal.

And the young man wasn’t content just getting on the score sheet either, he also felt the need to steal a mans soul on the pitch.

The SSFC community rewarded Pulisic’s effort with Man of the Match recognition and a rarely seen 9+ rating (9.003).

It was a close race for runner up as the two men who managed to score a pair each ended the voting in second and third. Aaron Long had a 7.860 rating and the much maligned Gyasi Zardes finished 3rd with 7.630.

The lowest score of the night belonged to Tim Ream (5.727) who looked vulnerable on a number of occasions. The defense in general came out of the rankings with low scores (with the aforementioned exception of Long) and there are questions as to whether the offense will be able to produce enough to come out on top when the team meets an opponent capable of taking advantage of the back line.

The full SSFC rankings were as follows:

Zack Steffen - 7.339

Nick Lima - 6.760

Walker Zimmerman - 6.446

Aaron Long - 7.860

Tim Ream - 5.727

Michael Bradley - 6.436

Weston McKennie - 7.288

Christian Pulisic - 9.003

Tyler Boyd - 7.311

Gyasi Zardes - 7.630

Paul Arriola - 7.390

Jordan Morris - 7.125

Jozy Altidore - 5.755

Reggie Cannon - 5.649

So what did you think? Will the offense continue to take charge or will the defense be this team’s undoing? Are the scores appropriate for a 6-0 drubbing? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.