USMNT Proves Itself Formidable- CONCACAF Nations League Champions
It was an exciting game to say the least as the United States Men's National Soccer Team took control of the Championship match in the 12th minute and never looked back.
After a chaotic, but entertaining match against Mexico in the semi-final, the US picked up where it had left off. Rarely bothered or put under any real pressure by Canada in the Final, the US strolled to a 2-0 victory thanks to early goals from defender Chris Richards and Folarin Balogun, and a double of assists from Giovanni Reyna.
From 2-0 down, Canada attempted to push back with a heavy edge in possession at 62%, but it was all in vain as every attack was pushed back or repelled by a stellar US back line, who never looked like conceding. And each Canada attack opened up roads for the US counter-attack, which always looked dangerous with Gio Reyna on the ball. The movement from attackers Christian Pulisic, Timothy Weah, and Folarin Balogun put Canda's back line on it's heels consistently. It was great to see the cutting through ball from Reyna, finished off so expertly by our new starting striker Balogun.
Canada seemed to fair much better after Reyna, was forced from the field with a calf injury. Not only was Reyna's delivery from set pieces a breath of fresh air, his dissecting passes are exactly what the US need as they have loads of speed on the flanks and up front now. The US looks much more dangerous with him controlling the attack in central areas.
The future looks bright for our US team, and considering that Gregg Berhalter was the first coach to place these players together, it makes sense to me that he should continue as the coach. That being said old issues need to be put to bed because Gio Reyna is most definitely the future of our US attack. In addition, it would be smart of him to find a permanent roll for interim manager B.J. Callaghan. He has been excellent with his decisions and deserves to be part of the team's future success.
And even better, a little old-fashioned banter never hurt, as the game finished with American fans chanting "Stick to hockey." One more trophy in the cabinet, and a World Cup to work towards for the USA.