Canada win hints at steep learning curve ahead for Gregg Berhalter's USMNT

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The United States men's national team won Group B at the Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday by edging Canada 1-0 on a record-breaking goal by defender Shaq Moore for the team's 11th straight win. The Tenerife man scored the fastest recorded goal in USMNT history, grabbing the winner just 20 seconds in. CBSSports.comUSMNT vs. Canada score: Americans score fastest goal in team history to win Group B in Concacaf Gold Cup

Gold Cup Recap: Busio and USA top group with 1-0 win over Canada in KC | Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City 18 July, 2021 - 08:14pm

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio and the United States Men's National Team sealed first place in Group B of the Concacaf Gold Cup with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Canada on Sunday at sold-out Children's Mercy Park.

Busio started and played 74 minutes before an electric crowd and defender Shaq Moore bagged the game's lone goal within 20 seconds of kickoff, propelling head coach Gregg Berhalter's side ahead of Canada at the Group B summit.

With Sunday's result in the books, the U.S. MNT will now begin preparations for an all-important quarterfinal clash against either Costa Rica or Jamaica at 8:30 p.m. CT next Sunday in Arlington, Texas. The match will be shown live nationally in English on FS1 and the FOX Sports app and in Spanish on Univision, TUDN and the TUDN app.

The U.S. MNT will learn its group stage opponents Tuesday night when Costa Rica and Jamaica fight for first place in Group C. Should Jamaica lose or draw, it would face the United States in the quarterfinals. If Jamaica wins, the Yanks will face Costa Rica in the quarters.

Sunday's contest capped a momentous week for Busio. He has earned his first three caps for the United States Men's National Team, including his first start and first assist in Thursday's 6-1 triumph against Martinique. All three appearances have come in the friendly confines of Children's Mercy Park, where the U.S. MNT now boasts an unbeaten 8-0-1 record. Kansas City remains unbeaten as the U.S. MNT's host city with a 10-0-1 mark dating back to 1968

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback was among the nearly 19,000 fans in attendance on Sunday and made sure to connect with Busio shortly before kickoff, making for quite the photo opportunity.

Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for Concacaf and just like in the European Championships and Copa America, lifting the trophy brings prestige and regional supremacy.

Over the course of 15 previous Gold Cup tournaments, the United States has lifted the trophy six times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017), just behind all-time leaders Mexico with eight (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019). Canada is the only other tournament champion, coming away with the title in 2000.

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USMNT scores in 20 seconds, looks sluggish afterward and holds on to beat Canada in the Gold Cup

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Although they finished with a 3-0-0 mark in Group B, the Americans were outplayed much of the match and endured several scares, some of them self-inflicted, before claiming first place over Canada (2-1-0). A draw would have given the top spot to the Canadians.

“It was an amazing start to the game, and then there was a lot of suffering,” U.S. Coach Gregg Berhalter said. “Knowing what we had to do, knowing we wanted to win the group, the guys persevered and showed amazing character and amazing effort.”

Both teams already had secured passage to next Sunday’s quarterfinals in Arlington, Tex., but this U.S. performance hardly lent confidence toward it winning the regional championship in Las Vegas in two weeks.

Given an opportunity in place of Berhalter’s European-based stars, the young U.S. squad will next play the second-place finisher in Group C (Costa Rica or Jamaica). Canada, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped, will face the Group C winner. The pairings will not be known until Tuesday.

The Americans, who are 14-1-1 since losing at Canada in 2019, went ahead seconds after kickoff.

Kellyn Acosta did the hard work outside the penalty area before finding Sebastian Lletget on the left side. Lletget drove a low cross through the six-yard box to Moore, the right back, on the back side for a one-time finish and his first international goal.

The United States has scored in the first 15 minutes of every game in the tournament.

The previous fastest was scored by Clint Dempsey 30 seconds into a 2014 World Cup match against Ghana.

Captain Walker Zimmerman was injured tangling with Richie Laryea in the box. (The United States was fortunate referee Adonai Escobedo did not award a penalty kick.)

“Whenever a defender falls across an attacker like that,” Canadian Coach John Herdman said, “you always feel it’s going to go your way.”

Three days after making his senior debut, Donovan Pines, D.C. United’s second-year defender, replaced Zimmerman and was put on the spot. He was fine the rest of the half but struggled after intermission with his decision-making and distribution.

After their terrible start, the Canadians grew into the match and enjoyed superior opportunities. U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner was not tested often but endured several anxious moments as his team was forced to defend for long stretches.

In the hot conditions, “it was a matter of keeping the ball and making them run,” Berhalter said. “At times, we did it really well in the first half. Second half, very rarely did we keep it, and we ended up defending.”

Without much quality possession, the frontline tandem of Daryl Dike and Gyasi Zardes was quiet. The midfield failed to keep the ball and control the flow in the second half.

Despite facing one-way traffic, Berhalter did not make the bulk of his changes until the 74th minute. Dike’s shoulder injury left the Americans with 10 players, but they dodged one scare after another.

On this day, grit and resolve were more important than grace and flash.

For Herdman, it was a missed opportunity for a program seeking its first Gold Cup title since 2000. The United States and Mexico have won all other 14 titles since the current format was put in place in 1991.

“We’ve got to win these games,” Hardman said. “There was a big chance to beat the U.S.”

For Berhalter, the objective was met.

“We wanted to win the group, and we won the group,” he said. “They came into the game only needing a tie, and they didn’t get it. So for us, we’re happy.”

United States wins Gold Cup group with 1-0 win against Canada

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Crew players Gyasi Zardes and Liam Fraser featured in the match on opposite sides.

Moore got the Americans got off to a dream start with an opening goal before many fans were even in their seats. Midfielder Kellyn Acosta immediately got the ball after the kickoff and dribbled straight towards the penalty box. Acosta sent a pass to attacker Sebastian Lletget on the left side and Lletget’s low-driven cross to the back post was pounced on by Moore for his first international goal.

The goal by Moore was faster than Clint Dempsey’s famous World Cup goal against Ghana which was after just 30 seconds, making this Gold Cup strike from Moore the fastest goal in USMNT history.

Gregg Berhalter’s side was relentless throughout the first half in a rare 3-5-2 formation with Zardes and Daryl Dike playing up top together. The U.S. won possession back from Canada and attacked with speed on the wings, looking for crosses to Dike and Zardes. Canada kept the pedal to the metal as well but couldn’t equalize in the first half.

The Canucks started the second half with intensity and were almost able to score two goals in the first three minutes if not for U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner. Canada continued to control the pace of play but was unable to get the equalizer. The physicality of the half was high as both teams had players subbed out or checked by the trainers for an injury.

The nine points for the United States is impressive but now is where the tournament gets serious for this squad as they try to win its first Gold Cup title since 2017.

The Americans now have a full week of rest before the team’s quarterfinal match on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The United States will face the runners-up of Group C, which will either be Costa Rica or Jamaica. Los Ticos and the Reggae Boyz play on Tuesday night for first place in the group. Costa Rica needs a win or a draw to win the group while Jamaica needs a victory.

Crew players Gyasi Zardes, Liam Fraser and Luis Diaz (Costa Rica) will be out for at least one more week while Derrick Etienne Jr. will return to the club after Haiti’s elimination. Kevin Molino could still be off to the knockout stages if he can get Trinidad & Tobago to the quarterfinals on Sunday night.

Recap: United States 1, Canada 0 | MLSSoccer.com

MLSsoccer.com 18 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

Shaq Moore scored the fasted goal in US men’s national team history to lead the United States to a nervy 1-0 win over Canada to top Group B at a soldout Children’s Mercy Park Sunday afternoon.

Moore’s goal came 20 seconds after kickoff, the second fastest in Gold Cup history. Kellyn Acosta played the ball out wide to Sebastian Lletget and the LA Galaxy midfielder quickly slipped a pass across the six-yard box to the back post where Moore crashed in for the finish.

Bermuda’s Nahki Wells scored 17 seconds into a preliminary round win over Barbados.

Both teams saw influential players leave the match to injury, with Walker Zimmerman forced to sub out following a collision with Richie Laryea in the box that had Canada shout for a penalty. D.C. United’s Donovan Pines was his replacement in the 15th minute.

Toronto FC’s Ayo Akinola also left with an injury inside the opening 20 minutes with club and country teammate Jonathan Osorio coming off the bench.

Canada were close to an equalizer in the first 35 seconds of the second half with Cyle Larin taking advantage of a poor backpass by Pines, but Matt Turner dived to make his first save of the match.

Another defensive miscue saw Tajon Buchanan put a shot on frame from the edge of the six-yard box, but Turner denied his New England Revolution teammate.

Moments later, Lucas Cavallini came on for Larin, who picked up a knock on the play.

Buchanan had Turner beat for what would have been the critical Canadian equalizer, but his attempt was just wide in the 79th minute. Cavallini put his shot from 20 yards out on frame, but it went right into Turner's arms on the hop in second-half stoppage time.

Both Daryl Dike and James Sands needed treatment in the final stages of the grueling match, but they were able to stay on and see out a big win for the USMNT.

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