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USA vs. Northern Ireland, 2021 friendly: SSFC Man of the Match

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The captain leads by example

Northern Ireland v USA - International Friendly Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The United States Men’s National Team completed their March window with a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast. It was the first USMNT road win against a European team since 2015, and while this was less of a pretty game, the guys got the job done.

Gio Reyna got the goal scoring started in the 30th minute with a goal that was deflected into the goal but still well taken.

Christian Pulisic made it 2-0 in the 59th minute with a penalty goal where he drew the foul.

Reyna was one of the players in contention for the best player on the field, but the SSFC community joined the USMNT coaching staff and the Insiders fan club in awarding their Man of the Match honors to Christian Pulisic, who had an average rating of 8.18.

Gio Reyna was the only other player with an average rating over 7, while Kellyn Acosta was the only player to log a rating under 5. The average ratings for all the players who appeared against Northern Ireland?

Christian Pulisic - 8.18

Gio Reyna - 7.36

Sergiño Dest - 6.87

Brenden Aaronson - 6.79

Yunus Musah - 6.72

Daryl Dike - 6.55

Antonee Robinson - 6.48

Luca de la Torre - 6.37

Zack Steffen - 6.19

Jordan Siebatcheu - 6.11

Chris Richards - 6.00

Bryan Reynolds - 5.97

Aaron Long - 5.72

Tim Ream - 5.72

Sebastian Lletget - 5.53

Matt Miazga - 5.47

Kellyn Acosta - 3.85

Is someone’s rating too high or low for you? Did the community get it right in awarding the Man of the Match to Christian Pulisic? Hit the comments and discuss!