USMNT's Seven-Goal Thriller: Pepi And Pulisic Lead The Charge |

USMNT’s Seven-Goal Thriller: Pepi And Pulisic Lead The Charge

The US Men’s National Team recorded a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League on Friday night. The match saw two players, Ricardo Pepi, and Christian Pulisic, step up and deliver standout performances, both of whom will welcome the confidence boost.

The US started brightly and were quick to assert their dominance, opening the scoring early in the match. Pepi and Weston McKennie each found the back of the net twice, while Pulisic, Brenden Aaronson, and Alejandro Zendejas also got on the scoresheet.

Pulisic was the standout performer of the match, earning the Man of the Match award for his efforts. The Chelsea man put in a scintillating display, but Pepi was not far behind, having scored a brace of his own. The result will be a much-needed boost for both players, who have recently faced some difficult times at the club level.

The match was a one-sided affair, with the US expected to win comfortably. Despite this, there were plenty of positive moments for the US, who will look to build on this performance in their next match. The result was simply a matter of taking care of business for the US Men’s National Team.

WINNER: Christian Pulisic

WINNER: Christian Pulisic |
WINNER: Christian Pulisic

Captain America puts in a commanding performance.

Pulisic was the star of the show in the US Men’s National Team’s match against Grenada, showcasing his exceptional talent and reminding everyone of his capabilities. Despite the opposition being overmatched, Pulisic’s performance was still highly impressive.

The Chelsea star has the ability to turn games like this into his own personal showcase, making it a joy to watch him play against lesser opponents. While competitive matches are always desirable, it is always exciting to watch a top-class player excel and do things that only they can against an opponent that is unable to stop them.

Pulisic played a crucial role in the first four goals and then scored one of his own in the second half, demonstrating his influence on the game. This was a standout performance from the USMNT star, who seemed to have enjoyed himself against Grenada.

The USMNT now have a match against El Salvador on the horizon, and more importantly, Pulisic will return to Chelsea, where he will hopefully play with increased confidence after a successful international break.

LOSER: Grenada

The mismatch between the two teams was evident from the start.

The US Men’s National Team’s starting XI was made up of players from top clubs such as Chelsea, Leeds, Borussia Dortmund, Celta Vigo, Valencia, and Arsenal, while Grenada’s best player plies his trade in Belgium, and the majority of his teammates play at a lower level.

The mismatch was apparent from the start and continued throughout the match, resulting in a 7-1 defeat for Grenada. It is never easy to lose by such a margin, especially at home, but the result was almost inevitable given the difference in quality between the two teams.

Despite the defeat, Grenada did have a moment to savor, with Myles Hippolyte scoring a well-taken goal that gave the home fans something to cheer about. The fans did deserve this moment, and Grenada should be commended for continuing to fight until the final whistle, as evidenced by a late foul on Alejandro Zendejas.

This result highlights the divide between the top teams in CONCACAF, such as the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada, and the rest of the teams in the region. Grenada is part of the latter group, and this result serves as a reminder of the challenge they face when facing teams of the caliber of the US Men’s National Team.

WINNER: Ricardo Pepi

WINNER: Ricardo Pepi |
WINNER: Ricardo Pepi

The revival of the young striker begins.

Scoring twice against Grenada may not fully restore the hype surrounding Pepi, but it is a promising start. He netted his first goals since 2021, and they will provide a much-needed boost to his confidence.

Pepi has been in good form for his club, Groningen, and his return to scoring for the US Men’s National Team is a welcome sign that the 2023 version of the young striker is looking sharp. This will help him make up for the loss of confidence he experienced in 2022, following a disappointing move to Augsburg.

While it is important to note that goals against any opponent will help, even against Grenada, Pepi will need to continue to perform to solidify his place in the team. However, for now, he will be happy to take his two goals and look forward to more opportunities in the future.

LOSER: Mexico El Tri misses out on a potential star.

Mexico will be disappointed to have missed out on Alejandro Zendejas, who made a fantastic impact after coming on for his debut with the US Men’s National Team. This match officially cap-tied Zendejas to the US program, making him a permanent member of the team.

Zendejas’ performance was highly impressive, as he scored a goal and could have added three more if not for some missed opportunities. The Club America star was in top form and wreaked havoc on Grenada every time he touched the ball, offering a glimpse into his potential to compete for a starting position on the team.

While the decision on who starts for the US Men’s National Team will be made in the future, what is important now is that Zendejas has made a statement with his debut, and he did so in style.

WINNER: Leeds United

Weston McKennie USMNT United States 2022 World Cup

The Whites’ American duo shines with three of the seven goals.

While one of their stars watched from home, two of Leeds United’s American players stepped up and contributed to three of the seven goals in the US Men’s National Team’s match against Grenada. Tyler Adams, who is currently nursing a hamstring injury, will have cheered on as Weston McKennie and Brenden Aaronson put in a strong performance.

McKennie scored two goals, the third and fourth for the USMNT, heading in one and volleying in another. Aaronson also scored the USMNT’s second goal with a well-executed move through the box.

This was a positive performance from the Leeds United players, who will welcome any boost of confidence as they battle to avoid relegation in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Adams will continue to recover from his injury and take comfort in seeing a strong display from the US Men’s National Team, despite his absence as captain.

LOSER: Over-analyzers of matches like this

A reminder that there is limited value in reading too much into a match like this.

While it is true that players such as Joe Scally and Bryan Reynolds performed well, a strong attacking display against Grenada does not necessarily mean that they can challenge Sergino Dest or Antonee Robinson for a starting position at full-back. The same can be said for players such as Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Ricardo Pepi, or Taylor Booth in defense or attack. It is too early in the cycle to draw conclusions based on a 7-1 win against Grenada.

The purpose of matches like this is to identify moments to build upon, as the lopsided nature of the game makes it difficult to assess the performance of the team and individual players.

Therefore, it is recommended not to read too much into the result. Instead, enjoy the win, savor the goals, and move on to the next match. The position battles within the team should be decided through further performances and competition.




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