USA Thump Cuba 7-0 In CONCACAF Nations League Opener

  • USA Thump Cuba 7-0 In CONCACAF Nations League Opener

USA Thump Cuba 7-0 In CONCACAF Nations League Opener

Christian Pulisic captained the USA team for Friday night's CONCACAF Nations League opener against Cuba as coach Gregg Berhalter showed his confidence in the 21-year-old midfielder who's mostly been riding the bench lately for Chelsea.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Brad Guzan #1 of the United States gestures during the second half of the game against Cuba at Audi Field on October 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The United States barely raised a sweat as they opened their CONCACAF Nations League with a 7-0 humbling of Cuba.

Jordan Morris added a goal and contributed on three others, Josh Sargent scored and Christian Pulisic converted a penalty for the Americans, who also benefitted from an own goal by the Cubans.

McKennie returned the favor in the ninth as Morris converted, and McKennie got his third in the 13th minute on a cross from Reggie Cannon, his sixth goal in 16 worldwide appearances.

Jordan Morris scored and tied a United States record with three assists, and Josh Sargent also had a goal as the 21st-ranked Americans burst to a 6-0 halftime lead against No. 179 Cuba.

It got ugly for Cuba as McKennie completed his hat-trick four minutes later when Reggie Cannon slid a ball across the six-yard box and the former reacted quickest. The U.S. women's team was criticized by some for celebrating late goals during a 13-0 rout of Thailand at the World Cup in June.

He added a second off an nearly identical play in the fifth and after setting Morris up for the hosts' third goal in the ninth, completed his hat trick in the 13th.

The first came after 30 seconds of the nation's first CONCACAF Nations League match.

Jose Macias scored twice and Uriel Antuna, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera scored for Mexico, with Nahki Wells grabbing the lone goal for the hosts.