The U.S. males’s nationwide crew closed out its Concacaf Nations League quarterfinal sequence towards Trinidad and Tobago with a 2-1 away loss on Monday, which was sufficient to win 4-2 on mixture and qualify for the 2024 Copa America.
Held at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, the sport started promisingly for the USMNT, which took a lead within the Twenty fifth minute off a purpose from Antonee Robinson. Things appeared easy on condition that the U.S. already led 3-0 from the primary leg, however the match was then flipped on its head after fullback Sergiño Dest earned back-to-back yellows and an ensuing pink resulting from arguing with the referee.
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Galvanized by the person benefit, Trinidad and Tobago leveled within the forty third minute after a purpose from Reon Moore. After the break, the hosts made it 2-1 when Alvin Jones discovered the again of the online within the 57th minute. Needing no less than three extra objectives to win on mixture, Trinidad and Tobago pushed ahead within the closing levels however in the end fell quick.
While the USMNT will now put together for the Nations League semifinals in March, Trinidad and Tobago may have one final alternative for Copa America qualification by a single-elimination play-in match that can happen in the identical month.
Manager score (scale of 1-10)
Gregg Berhalter, 4 — Although Dest’s pink was an surprising curveball for Berhalter, the supervisor could not discover a option to rapidly bolster his protection and keep away from the loss. With his aspect wilting below rising strain, Berhalter could not shift the momentum that remained in Trinidad and Tobago’s favor till the ultimate 5-10 minutes.
USMNT Player rankings (0-10; 10 = finest; 5 = common)
GK Matt Turner, 5 — The Nottingham Forest goalkeeper might have carried out higher on each objectives he conceded, particularly the second.
DF Sergiño Dest, 1 — Credit to him for an help and his runs ahead, however Dest utterly misplaced his composure with pointless back-to-back yellows. A weird and surprising second from the 23-year-old, who will must be sharper and extra disciplined in large moments.
DF Cameron Carter-Vickers, 6 — Some good defensive interventions, though he was questionable at instances when the hosts pressured the USMNT again line.
DF Tim Ream, 7 — The USMNT captain labored properly with Carter-Vickers and appeared sturdy along with his aerial duels.
DF Antonee Robinson, 8 — Despite dropping possession a few instances in harmful areas, Robinson emerged as one of the lively gamers within the evening. His Twenty fifth-minute purpose was the icing on the cake of a fantastic efficiency.
MF Yunus Musah, 6 — Musah was nice along with his distribution however left room for enchancment along with his one-on-one duels.
MF Luca de la Torre, 6 — Made good runs ahead, however like Musah, the midfielder wasn’t at all times in full management of his space of the pitch. Having to take care of being a person down clearly did not assist on this regard.
MF Brenden Aaronson, 7 — One of the extra energetic gamers, Aaronson requested early questions of Trinidad and Tobago by his harmful photographs. Beyond that, his distribution was additionally spectacular.
MF Gio Reyna, 7 — Reyna was a intelligent playmaker for the USMNT, usually pulling obligatory strings within the closing third earlier than being substituted out because of the Dest pink.
FW Ricardo Pepi, 6 — There was a promising partnership being constructed between Pepi and Balogun, however he nonetheless could not handle a single shot in his 65 minutes.
FW Folarin Balogun, 6 — Balogun took early probabilities and dropped deep to get the ball however ultimately needed to play a extra cautious sport by the second half.
Substitutes (gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
DF Joe Scally, 5 — A quiet night for the participant who might earn loads of minutes within the not-too-distant future after Dest’s pink.
MF Malik Tillman, 6 — Did properly to ultimately assist the USMNT shut up store and win again the ball within the closing levels.
MF Lennard Maloney, NR — Came on within the ninetieth minute and did not get to point out a lot.