USMNT vs. Grenada score, rankings: Jesus Ferreira scores four goals as the USA took the trip to easy victory

The American men’s national team started their Concacaf Nations League title defense with a simple, one-sided 5-0 victory over visiting Grenada on Friday night. Jesus Ferreira, who looks set to be the starting point for USMNT at the 2022 World Cup, set a four-goal record to help his cause, albeit against poor opposition.

The Reds, Whites and Blues, who played their last game on American soil this calendar year, outscored the visitors 25-3 in a game that at times looked more like a scrimmage than an official competition for Gregg Berhalter’s team.

Shockingly, it took the United States 43 minutes to score despite dominating the ball and the chances, with an attentive Ferreira finishing from inside the box.

With so many booms in front of goal lately, Ferreira managed to turn the bad form around with a productive match that, although he was a great statistic, came up against a team ranked 170th in the world. He is the fifth player ever to score four goals in a match for the United States, along with Archie Stark (1925), Aldo Donelli (1934), Joe-Max Moore (1993) and Landon Donovan (2003).

With key players like Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams rested, the United States managed to dictate the pace of the game all night. The visitors were never close to scoring, scoring a xG of 0.10 on three shots. The United States finished with a xG of 4.08 on its 25 shots. The Americans also had 66.6 percent ball possession, did not let in a corner and saw that Matt Turner did not have to save a single save on goal.

The reigning champions extended their unbeaten run at home to 26 matches, and matched the previous record from 2013-15.

The Americans are now drawing attention to which numbers will be a much tougher test on Tuesday when they meet El Salvador on the second day of the match.

The United States will play in the World Cup in November after failing to qualify for the 2018 edition. USMNT meets Wales on November 21, England on November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving) and Iran on November 29.

USMNT Player Ratings

(GK) Matt Turner

90 Was not tested at all when Grenada took three shots and put zero on goal. One of the easiest matches he wants to wear in the national team uniform.

7

(DEF) Antonee Robinson

60 Has only created one chance, but it does not matter, since zero is the most important thing. It has been good to see that Robinson can be more conservative, only bombing forward when necessary.

7

(DEF) Aaron Long

45 Didn’t have to do as much with Carter-Vickers as the more dominant defender on the night. A neat display at first, but was then withdrawn as Berhalter continues to test his central pairings.

7

(DEF) Cameron Carter-Vickers

90 He continued to play in front of him, making five interceptions during the match and winning most of the air matches. Although it is not one of the tougher defensive challenges he will face, this was a good improvement to see from Carter-Vickers after the transfer to Celtic earlier in the day. 8

(DEF) Reggie Cannon

90 Came up well, and collected three interceptions as it seems like Cannon is making his way to the World Cup. With his versatility, he is good to have around for any situation. 7

(MID) Kellyn Acosta

90 Controlled the match from midfield. Acosta was everywhere during the match, helping the United States to tear down Grenada until the ball hit the net. On a day when many midfielders were rested, Acosta shone. 9

(MID) Luca de la Torre

71 Was this an upcoming party for de la Torre? Even without the assist, he had a great match that helped control possession and push up the pace against the Spice Boys. It will be important for de la Torre to be this dominant versus stronger team, but it is good to see that the ability is there. 8

(MID) Weston McKennie

45 Was not in the game when the goals really started to roll in, but helped to struggle on Grenada, created two chances and made sure that the team kept the ball in the first half. 7

(FWD) Jordan Morris

60 Had created one big chance and missed some good attacking chances. When USMNT turned the match into goal training, Morris did not keep up with the other members of the team, which can cost him when minutes are limited. 6

(FWD) Paul Arriola

90 Made a team with a high three chances where one ended up in goal for his FC Dallas teammate Ferreira. Arriola put in a good shift during the match and did all the right things on the attacking and defensive side. 7

(FWD) Jesus Ferreira

90 What a way to break a scoring drought. Ferreira scored four goals when he was in the right place at the right time almost the entire match to show what he does well for the national team. Although it is difficult to take too much from the match due to the quality of the opponents, there is not much more Ferreira could have done as well. 10

George Bello

Robinson, (’60) Did what was asked in limited minutes, but did nothing too spectacular 6
Walker Zimmerman Lang, (’45) Calm as always, Zimmerman kept things ticking in defense after getting into the fight. He did not win any of his headings, but had two clearances and an interception when he came in. 7
Brenden Aaronson de la Torre, (’71) Did not need much time to make his mark on the match and create an assist with his only chance created. A strong sub-cameo where Aaronson’s healthy legs really helped break Grenada down. 8
Malik Tillman McKennie, (’45) Official international match related to the USA, Tillman came in on a deeper midfield tole, he delivered a strong performance that showed what he can offer down the line, but also shows how raw he is at the same time. There is nothing to worry about at this point, because with Polish he can be a force. 7

Cristian Roldan

Morris, (’60) Kept the possession tick over when the match had already been won. 6
Gregg Berhalter 5 Although he failed to tie up all he needed in the first Nations League match, it was an emphatic victory that will hopefully deliver confidence to Ferreira after scoring four goals. It was a strong achievement as the team did exactly as they were asked and scored five goals, but the game was right. 9