USA v. Canada, 2021 Gold Cup: What we learned


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Positives were hard to find in the United States men's national team's 1-0 Gold Cup victory over Canada on Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas.

The win in the group stage finale meant the U.S. secured the top spot in Group B with a perfect 3-0-0 record. Practically speaking, and depending on results later on Sunday, it means the U.S. will likely avoid a matchup with Mexico prior to the final on Aug. 2.

But the Americans have to get there first, and based on Sunday's performance against their neighbors to the north, that is by no means a foregone conclusion. Instead of offering a dynamic effort, the U.S. was second best, as Canada looked the more likely to score over the contest's final 60 minutes.

"There was a lot of suffering," U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said.

He later added, "Overall, we achieved our objective of the group phase, was the winner group, had the best goal difference in the group and we're there. And now, all the focus is on the quarterfinals."

The game started out brightly enough, with Shaquell Moore converting Sebastian Lletget's low centering feed just 20 seconds into the match. The U.S. rode that momentum for the next 15 minutes, with James Sands' hybrid role -- playing center-back in defense but stepping into midfield when in possession -- causing some difficulty for Canada.

Coming out of a hydration break in the 30th minute, Canada seized control and the majority of possession thereafter. Certainly the loss of defender Walker Zimmerman to injury 10 minutes in didn't help matters for the U.S., especially considering that Zimmerman is one of the few veteran players on the team. But the same fate befell Canada striker Ayo Akinola in the first half, with Cyle Larin joining Akinola on the sidelines just eight minutes into the second half. And yet the Canadian midfield had the upper hand, with Tajon Buchanan looking especially dangerous, no matter where he lined up.

"I thought the U.S. were able to cause [our] back five problems," Canada manager John Herdman said. "Obviously, Gregg [Berhalter] had put some work in to just put Lletget in positions that were difficult for us.

"But I think we adapted at the water break, and we were able to shift into a 4-4-2 in that three-box, three attacking and started to take control of the game."

It must be said that the U.S. back line held up reasonably well over the course of the match, though it benefited from some lenient refereeing from Adonai Escobedo. Goalkeeper Matt Turner was called on to make three saves. Miles Robinson put in a Man of the Match performance, with Sam Vines and Sands also impressing. Robinson put out numerous fires throughout the match, showing off his ability to defend one-on-one.

"I think Miles has taken us [to] the next step, and now it's about a knockout game," Berhalter said. "Can he recover now, and then in a knockout game, can he repeat that same type of performance."

But the lasting image of the day was one of the U.S. chasing the match, and over the last hour, Canada (405 attempted passes in that span, per ESPN Stats & Information research) had a sizable edge in possession over the U.S. (263 passes attempted).

At one point, Berhalter cited the hot weather as a reason for the U.S. team's struggles, explaining that "decision-making under these conditions, you get stressed."

He also mentioned that the Americans had to manage the game for the remaining 89 minutes after Moore's goal. Not to belabor the point, but the conditions were the same for both teams, and a 1-0 lead after 20 seconds put the U.S. in a position where they could dictate the tempo. Granted, the onus was on Canada to commit numbers forward, but that should have offered the U.S. some transition opportunities.

So why the difficulties? The link play of Gyasi Zardes and Daryl Dike was subpar, though the same could be said for the quality of passes into them. This was also a day when the U.S. simply struggled to win the ball back once possession was lost. The U.S. didn't have much success in terms of the grittier aspects of the game. That was illustrated by the U.S. losing out to Canada in terms of tackle percentage (33.3%), duels (44.1%) and aerials (36.4%).

More than anything, the match was reflective of the relative inexperience of the group. It's one thing to go up against Martinique. It's quite another to compete against a Canada side that looks more and more like a team on the rise.

"We have a young, sometimes naive, innocent group; guys that haven't played in too many CONCACAF games that are difficult," U.S. midfielder Cristian Roldan said. "The refereeing is different; the competition is different. So, we have to be savvier in the way we close out games."

The U.S. now has a week to prepare for the quarterfinals, which will see it play Costa Rica or Jamaica. Neither will be an easy out.

The Canada match marked the second time in three games that the U.S. had difficulty facing a physical opponent with attacking elements that could threaten. This young U.S. squad is learning lessons on the fly, and it can gain confidence that it is doing so while recording victories.

The Americans will be pushing for that to continue into the knockout stages.

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United States vs. Canada - Football Match Report - July 18, 2021

ESPN 19 July, 2021 - 09:01pm

Shaq Moore scored 20 seconds in and the United States beat Canada 1-0 on Sunday to win Group B at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Moore's goal was the fastest in Gold Cup history and the fastest for the U.S. since Clint Dempsey scored in 30 seconds against Ghana in the Americans' 2014 World Cup opener.

Both the USMNT and Canada already were assured of advancing. The U.S. finished atop its first-round group with a 3-0 record, and it will play its quarterfinal on July 25 at Arlington, Texas against the loser between Costa Rica and Jamaica, both 2-0 going into their match on Tuesday in Orlando, Florida.

Canada finished the first round with two wins and one loss, and it will play the winner of the Costa Rica-Jamaica match.

The U.S. ended Canada's team-record eight-game winning streak during the match at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The U.S. is unbeaten against Canada in 20 home matches since 1957, and the Americans extended their winning streak against CONCACAF opponents to 13.

While U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter started two forwards in Daryl Dike and Gyasi Zardes, Canada dominated possession and had more scoring chances. Still, the U.S. improved to 38 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.

The U.S. scored when Kellyn Acosta passed wide to Sebastian Lletget, who one-timed a pass to the far post. The 24-year-old Moore got behind Tajon Buchanan and redirected the ball in from just inside the 6-yard box for his first international goal.

Walker Zimmerman captained the U.S. for the second straight game, but he got injured early and was replaced by Donovan Pines in the 15th minute.

After fielding a starting lineup against Martinique that averaged 23 years, 84 days, the Americans' youngest in a competitive match since at least 1989, Berhalter changed four starters by inserting Sam Vines, Lletget, Acosta and Zardes.

Ayo Akinola started for Canada after making his debut against Haiti on Thursday, but he got hurt and was replaced by Jonathan Osorio in the 24th minute. The 21-year-old Akinola scored for the U.S. against El Salvador in his debut in December, then changed affiliation.

U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner made saves against Cyle Larin in the 48th minute and Buchanan, his New England Revolution teammate, also in the 48th.

Reggie Cannon, having recovered from a hamstring injury, made his first appearance of the tournament when he replaced Moore at right back in the 58th minute.

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A goal by Luis Rodriguez in the 26th minute was enough for Mexico to defeat El Salvador 1-0 in Dallas on Sunday to win Group A of the Gold Cup.

The U.S. had to rely on Shaq Moore's early goal to eke out a 1-0 win over Canada in a display that doesn't bode well for the rest of the Gold Cup.

Carnejy Antoine and Ricardo Ade scored as Haiti ended their Gold Cup campaign on a high note with a 2-1 win over Martinique.

Herculez Gomez thinks Canada were far better than the USMNT despite losing 1-0 courtesy of Shaq Moore's goal after just 20 seconds.

The United States beat Canada 1-0 to win Group B in a highly contested match that saw Shaq Moore score the fastest goal in Gold Cup history.

USMNT scores after 20 seconds, beats Canada 1-0 to win Gold Cup group (video)

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The victory — as unsatisfying and perhaps underwhelming as it was (again) — serves a greater purpose than simply finishing top of the group: Rather than facing Mexico in the semifinals, as they would have done as Group B runners-up, the USMNT won’t face Mexico until the final (provided Mexico finishes top of Group A, as expected).

20 seconds had ticked away before the USMNT delivered a hammer blow to the upstart Canucks. Kellyn Acosta played Sebastian Lletget in behind Canada’s defense on the left flank, and Lletget crossed for the far post in hopes of someone making the late-arriving run and slotting the ball into an open net. That someone was right back Shaq Moore.


— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 18, 2021

Walker Zimmerman, who captained the USMNT for the second straight game on Sunday, was forced off after suffering a right-leg injury in the 9th minute. Zimmerman, who was perilously close to giving away a penalty kick on the play, is the most international experienced of a handful of options to start alongside John Brooks when the first team convenes for the start of 2022 World Cup qualifying in September.

Canada’s first quality scoring chance came in the 47th minute, and Matt Turner was forced to come up big to preserve the 1-0 lead. Cyle Larin dibbled through the heart of the USMNT defense and eventually lost control of the ball, but it fell to Tajon Buchanan on the right side of the box and Buchanan had a brief sight of goal, if not for Turner quickly rushing out to close down the angle.

Further (and hugely unwelcome) news on the injury front: Daryl Dike left the game in the 82nd minute when he landed awkwardly after contesting an aerial duel, forcing the USMNT to finish the game with 10 players after making three subs already. Following his successful loan to EFL Championship side Barnsley, Dike is widely expected to complete a transfer to Europe this summer.

Dike goes down after taking this fall and the USMNT is currently playing with 10 men

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 18, 2021

Up next for the USMNT is a quarterfinal clash with either Costa Rica or Jamaica (whichever side finishes 2nd in Group D), while Canada will face the other side, the winner, of Group D.

Extended Highlights: USA vs Canada - Gold Cup 2021

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Highlights: USA 1-0 Canada - Gold Cup 2021

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USMNT vs Canada: Player Ratings- Moore was the difference

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Miles Robinson, USMNT, Cyle Larin, Canada (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Sebastian Lletget, USMNT, Jonathan Osorio, Canada (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

The United States Men’s National Team came out with their third group stage win of the tournament as Shaq Moore’s goal 20 seconds in proved to be the difference.

It was by no means beautiful, but a young USMNT found a way to win against decent opposition. Things got messy for the USMNT as they were even outplayed for good portions of the game. The second shutout in three games allowed the U.S. to escape with all three points.

The USMNT will now set up camp in Texas ahead of their quarterfinal matchup against either Jamaica or Costa Rica next Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Here are the player ratings from Sunday’s win.

Miles Robinson, USMNT, Cyle Larin, Canada (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Didn’t have much action once again, but looked comfortable when called upon. A very good group stage showing to give the defense some good confidence.

Quietly put together a very good performance.

Held the defense together against a tough Canadian side. Even when the midfield was sloppy, the defense stayed firm.

Unfortunate to come off injured after 15 minutes. Was decent until that point.

Really held the defense down alongside Miles Robinson.

Got a goal 20 seconds in. Did well to drift up the field so early and crash the far post. A goal well deserved after a very good group stage showing.

Wasn’t great, but was good enough. Did come out of the gates flying and forced the ball out to Lletget for the hockey assist.

Not his best game. Looked tired at times. Couldn’t get a hold in the midfield. His excuse will be lack of sleep with so much transfer talk.

Got the assist on the goal. Good awareness to know that he had to hit the ball on his first touch. Was composed and controlled throughout the game.

He tried, but it just wasn’t meant to be. It sounds good to have the two start together, but it just didn’t work out. Need to go back to one forward. As a veteran presence, he needed to do more to help his team out.

Was pretty good overall. Same as Zardes, the two forwards were misused and need to be scratched for the rest of the tournament.

Matthew Hoppe, USMNT, Tyler Pasher, Canada (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Came in and did enough to keep the ship steady. That’s all you could ask of Pines coming on for an injured Walker Zimmerman after just 15 minutes. Did have one horrendous back pass that nearly led to a Canada equalizer.

Good to see him back after missing the first two games through injury. Didn’t have the greatest impact, but he was solid.

Had a chance to come in and make a difference in the midfield, but he failed to do so. A big chance missed for him after Busio’s disappointing performance.

Allowed himself to get turned inside out defending against Tajon Buchanan, one of Canada’s closest shots. Was also a bit slow, stopping any forward progression the US had.

Had a couple of moments where he looked like he was close to making a big play, but his decision-making got in the way of that big play.

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes attends USA vs. Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup match

Chiefs Wire 19 July, 2021 - 02:30am

Last night, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes attended Children’s Mercy Park to support the U.S. men’s national team in the Gold Cup match against Canada. The U.S. extended their undefeated streak at Children’s Mercy Park with an impressive 1-0 victory.

The U.S. finished on top of its first-round group with an undefeated record, and they will play in the quarterfinals on July 25th. Mahomes appeared on camera, being acknowledged by the many fans in attendance as he walked around the field sporting a mask as Sunday’s matchup got underway.

🙌🇺🇸 @PatrickMahomes is in the house for the @USMNT's @GoldCup group stage finale vs Canada

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 18, 2021

He took time during the field tour to greet the U.S. and MLS’s Sporting Kansas City player Gianluca Busio, who soon looks to have a transfer deal in place with a European club.

The one and only @PatrickMahomes with some pregame daps for @gbusio13!

— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) July 18, 2021

Mahomes is no stranger to supporting the US men’s national team, as he attended the 2019 Gold Cup matchup against Panama with teammate Travis Kelce. Mahomes’ fiancee and new mom Brittany Matthews is currently part-owner of the NSWL franchise in Kansas City. She too was in attendance for the recent Gold Cup match.

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