A standout performance by FC Dallas’ Jesús Ferreira helps US rout Trinidad and Tobago
ORLANDO, Florida – Jesús Ferreira scored his first two international goals and had three assists. Paul Arriola and Jonathan Lewis each scored two goals to supply the US 7-0 against Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in an exhibition on Sunday night.
Lewis scored his first international goal, as did Miles Robinson.
After a 6-2 win against Panama in November with top American players and a 6-0 win against El Salvador last month with a group that mainly came from Major League Soccer, the US left the Soca Warriors 19-2 behind and scored five of three goals straight games for the first time. Three Americans hadn’t scored two goals since an 8-1 win against the Cayman Islands in a 1993 friendly under Joe-Max Moore, Dominic Kinnear and Mark Chung.
Ferreira, a 20-year-old Dallas midfielder, received US citizenship in December 2019, made his US debut last February, and is a son of former Colombian midfielder David Ferreira. He had one goal and three premieres in the first half alone.
Arriola, who made his first start since tearing his right ACL on February 15 last month, scored two goals when the US took a 4-0 lead at halftime, earning him three goals in his last two internationals.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner and right-back Aaron Herrera made their US debut when the US was again without players from Europe. Twenty-year-old midfielder Andrés Perea made his debut early in the second half and conceded a penalty with Turner was a 65th-minute high boot for Ryan Telfer and jumped right to stop Alvin Jones’ penalty kick.
Perea, who plays for Orlando, started for Colombia in the 2017 U17 World Cup, including a 3-1 group stage win over the US, and started all five games for Colombia in the 2019 U20 World Cup.
George Bello, Daryl Dike and Tanner Tessmann later debuted in the second half, raising American debuts to 63 since losing in Trinidad in October 2017 that prevented Americans from reaching the 2018 World Cup. The total is 40 in 23 games since Gregg Berhalter Trainer before 2019.
The 22nd-place Americans only played four games last year, the fewest since 1987, but they are far busier in 2011. Two friendly matches in Europe are expected to take place in March, when players under the age of 24 travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to try to qualify. The US will face Honduras in the first CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals in June. The winner will play against Mexico or Costa Rica. Americans are traveling to Trinidad in early September to qualify for World Cup, delayed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. the start of a compact route of eight qualifiers in 11 weeks.
Lewis gave the USA a 1:40 lead when Sam Vines brought the ball over the left flank and crossed to Ferreira, who defeated aspiring goalkeeper Adrian Foncette. Ferreira focused on Lewis, who hit the net with his right foot from near the box.
Ferreira doubled the lead in the ninth minute with a left foot volley from 6 yards after Vines dripped to the end line and cut the ball back.
Arriola hit with a 12-yard shot with his right foot on the 22nd after the US dribbled in on Foncette’s goal, and scored another with his left foot just outside the box on the 41st after Ferreira received a bad head shot had attempt from Federico Peña
Robinson, who made his first international start, scored the 5-0 with a close-range header after a header from center-back Aaron Long Lewis scored his second goal with an 18-yard right-footed shot in the 55th minute and Ferreira hit again in the 62nd with a right-footed shot from near the box from an Arriola pass.
No. 103 Trinidad played for the first time under coach Terry Fenwick, a defender of the English World Cup squad from 1986. The Soca Warriors had not played since they lost 4-0 to Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League on November 17, 2019. They open the World Cup qualifiers against Guyana on March 24th and will preferentially emerge from a first-round group that also includes the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
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