The United States men’s national team defeated Northern Ireland in today’s friendly international matchup, 2-1.
This was yet another win for Gregg Berhalter’s side, the fifth one in a row. In all of them, the US team scored two or more goals. Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic were the scorers for the American team, which was much better than the North Irish squad.
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Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder was the one who drew the first blood after 30 minutes. Reyna was on the mark following an individual effort that saw him avoiding the Irish defenders before unleashing a strike that hit one of the rival’s players on its way to the net.
Some half an hour later, the US side doubled the lead to 2-0, with Christian Pulisic being in the middle of attention. Chelsea‘s playmaker scoed a goal from the penalty spot. The Blues’ player was previously tripped, but that didn’t present too much trouble for the leader of this generation once taking the penalty. Pulisic was calm, pretty much solving all the enigma surrounding this match.
The only thing Northern Ireland could do before the final whistle is to score once, with Niall McGinn posting his name in the report as one of those who eventually scored.
Two minutes before the end of the regulations, the Irish team had a chance to score, but fortunately for Northern Ireland, that didn’t happen.
The American side has five wins in a row and eight in the past nine. Before the game against Northern Ireland, the USA scored 23 and allowed allowing three goals. We need to say that the opponents during that stretch weren’t some high-class names but more mediocre teams.
The United States played with only the players from the domestic championship in the past several events, and the same situation was with their rivals. Of course, having in mind the difference between the MLS and the other competitions, the US’ victories were something expected.
For Northern Ireland, this was their seventh game in a row without a win. During that sequence, the Irish team lost six events, and that sole draw was against Romania.
The Americans are preparing for two big competitions – the World Cup qualifiers and the CONCACAF semifinals against Honduras, which will probably be the biggest test for the US team in a while.