The U.S. males’s nationwide crew closed out their Concacaf Nations League quarterfinal collection in opposition to 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, it started promisingly for the USMNT, who took a lead within the Twenty fifth minute off a purpose from Antonee Robinson. Issues appeared simple on condition that they already lead 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 purple because of arguing with the referee.
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 web within the 57th minute. Needing at the very least three extra objectives to win on mixture, Trinidad and Tobago pushed ahead within the closing phases, however finally fell brief.
Whereas 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.
Supervisor score (scale of 1-10)
Gregg Berhalter, 4 — Though Dest’s purple was an sudden curveball for Berhalter, the supervisor could not discover a method to rapidly bolster his protection and keep away from the loss. Together with his aspect wilting underneath rising strain, Berhalter could not shift the momentum that remained in Trinidad and Tobago’s favor till the ultimate 5-10 minutes.
USMNT Participant rankings (0-10; 10 = finest; 5 = common)
DF Sergiño Dest, 1 — Credit score to him for an help and his runs ahead, however Dest fully misplaced his composure with pointless back-to-back yellows. A weird and surprising second from the 23-year-old, who will have to be sharper and extra disciplined in massive moments.
DF Cameron Carter-Vickers, 6 — Some good defensive interventions, though he was questionable at instances when the hosts pressured the USMNT backline.
DF Tim Ream, 7 — The USMNT captain labored properly with Carter-Vickers and seemed robust along with his aerial duels.
DF Antonee Robinson, 8 — Regardless of dropping possession a pair instances in harmful areas, Robinson emerged as one of the energetic gamers within the night time. 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 all the time in full management of his space of the pitch. Having to cope with being a person down clearly did not assist on this regard.
MF Brenden Aaronson, 7 — One of many extra energetic gamers, Aaronson requested early questions of Trinidad and Tobago by his harmful photographs. Past that, his distribution was additionally spectacular.
MF Gio Reyna, 7 — Reyna was a intelligent playmaker for the USMNT, usually pulling essential strings within the closing third earlier than being substituted out because of the Dest purple.
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 purple.
MF Malik Tillman, 6 — Did properly to ultimately assist the USMNT shut up store and win again the ball within the closing phases.
MF Lennard Maloney, NR — Got here on within the ninetieth minute and did not get to indicate a lot.