With a six-goal romp over Honduras on Friday, the USA national soccer team rejoined the hunt for a 2018 World Cup berth and began to cast aside the wreckage of a campaign's flawed start. Striker Clint Dempsey and midfielder Christian Pulisic sparked the US Men's National Team on Friday and were counted on to do the same against a tougher side.
On boosting confidence, Arena said: "There's no secret formulas to this stuff: work together, take ownership of what you're doing, treat them like responsible professional athletes and get on with your business". Dempsey clearly needs to be on the field; his tally last night leaves him one goal short of leader Landon Donovan on the USMNT all-time scoring list. "Their goal was three or four little mistakes that could've been avoided".
Spain 2, France 0: The benefit of using video referees during games was highlighted when Spain rightly profited from two decisions made away from the field of play to beat France in an worldwide friendly in Paris.
They looked the more likely to find a victor but United States of America held on for a point, leaving them with just one victory from four qualifiers in the final round in CONCACAF.
The US midfield was a bit more stable and more capable of entering the game with Bedoya and Acosta on, but by that point the match was essentially finished.
A maiden global goal from Diego Reyes sealed all three points for Mexico, which remains unbeaten at the top of the six-team qualifying competition for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Hailing from Pennsylvania, the teenager spent a good portion of his youth being schooled in the US Soccer Development Academy, while he comes from a soccer family - his father was formerly a professional indoor player in the 1990s and his mother played to collegiate level. The team now travels on the road to Panama, looking to #Get3More points to bring their Final Round total to six heading into June's matches vs. Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.
El Tri won 1-0 at Trinidad and Costa Rica rallied for a 1-1 tie at Honduras. Second, Pulisic was directly responsible for 6 of the 7 goals they scored in the two games, and he might just be the best American player already, at the tender age of 18.
"I think Panama thought there was a bull's-eye on his back and went after him from minute one", Arena said.
Pulisic was ridiculous again against Panama. He stopped, stepped on the ball with his right foot as defender Roman Torres spun, played the ball from his right foot to his left and cut it back to Dempsey.
It's hard not to empathize with the 24-year-old former West Ham United player. If Cameron retains his role against Honduras at right back, Tim Ream could slot into the center alongside Omar Gonzalez.
However, Panama equalised through Gabriel Gomez just before the break at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez. We obviously plan on taking some points [away from home]. "We have to get a point". "It was good to get him two games at left back", said Arena. We'll go again in June.
"Sometimes it's not always about soccer in these games", Pulisic said.
"A large red banner with white block letters was draped over the front of the stands behind a goal: "¡AQUI SE NOS RESPETA! We bounce around piecemeal and have things to say about Curt Onalfo, poor Minnesota United, and Syamsir Alam even makes an appearance.
Winning against Honduras was only part of the equation for the MNT's March World Cup Qualifying set.
Music blared for more than four hours before kickoff.
Mexico's Cesar Ramos was the referee in place of countryman Roberto Garcia, who was injured according to CONCACAF deputy general secretary Ted Howard. The times when Ramos seemed to have swallowed his whistle led to a game that was played at a ferocious pace and was highly entertaining. The other adjustment was in central midfield, where Jermaine Jones returned from suspension to replace the injured Sebastian Lletget. This time around John Brooks would not be able to play as he had a sinus infection. We have also seen a team capable of going on the road in CONCACAF and earning a result.
Zusi received some extra lusty boos. A further bonus came with both of those nations failing to win at all over this worldwide break, all of which means that, through four rounds, the USA lies fourth in the Hexagonal standings.
He followed the Ghana game with a goal in the U.S.'s match against Portugal, which helped the American squad reach a 2-2 tie. Antony Lozano put host Honduras ahead in the 35th and Kendall Waston got the Ticos' goal in the 68th.