USA vs Guyana | 2019 Gold Cup 4-0 Victory
The match was USA’s Gold Cup opener and was the first-ever match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Guyana at the senior international level. Tyler Boyd, Paul Arriola and the USA team made the country proud.
Paul Arriola opened the scoring with the first USA goal of #GoldCup2019
Arriola gave the U.S. the start in the 28th minute with a beautiful, curled shot to the far post off his right foot, coming in off the left side after being played through ball on the ground by teammate Weston McKennie.
The star of the night was Tyler Boyd who scored two goals for the USA in the Gold Cup match at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Gold Cup Goals Scored:
- P. ARRIOLA with an assist from W. MCKENNIE in the 28′ minute
- T. BOYD with an assist from M. BRADLEY in the 51′ minute5
- G. ZARDES in the 51′ minute
- T. BOYD with an assist from P. ARRIOLA in the 55′ minute
According to Concacaf, Here are the Cool Stats:
The USA got 16 shots off compared to Guyana’s 4 and no cards were issued during the match. The USA also claimed 410 correct passes to Guyana’s 271 although the opposition did earn a higher passing accuracy rate of 92% contrasted with the USA’s 88%.
While many soccer pundits were less than enamoured with the USMNT victory in the USA opening match of the 2019 Gold Cup against Guyana, there great moments to celebrate.
The 4-0 win at Minnesota United’s Allianz Field deserves a nod as every goal scored for the Red, White and Blue is important and the overall performance of the team begins to show a positive light on the new reign of leadership at U.S. Soccer.
Since the USA failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup last October 2017, the soccer world in America seemed more fragile than ever before. The new head coach, Gregg Berhalter, has sought to find our country’s identity on the green and create a significant and recognizable style for our Red, White and Blue squad. After losing in friendlies against Jamaica and Venezuela, critics had voiced their concern, but Berhalter has been holding true to his vision, creating a plan that should bring success in the future, as well as now, to our impatient country of armchair coaches.
Guyana’s Golden Jaguars were no match for the prowess of Arriola, Boyd, Gyasi Zardes, Weston McKennie and Michael Bradley who were all involved in scoring the shutout. Effective on the pitch against a less than vibrant opponent is a positive kick off for the Cup and garnished the all important three points wanted by the USA.
Missing from the scoring was America’s
GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Tyler Miller (LAFC), Zack Steffen (Manchester City)
DEFENDERS: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Tim Ream (Fulham), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
GOALKEEPERS: Akel Clarke (Walking Boyz Company), Alex Murray (Santos Georgetown), Quillan Roberts (Forge FC)
DEFENDERS: Matthew Briggs (Maldon & Tiptree), Sam Cox (Hampton & Richmond Borough), Kadell Daniel (Dover Athletic), Jordan Dover (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Liam Gordon (Dagenham & Redbridge), Kevin Layne (New Amsterdam United), Ronayne Marsh-Brown (Whitehawk), Terence Vancooten (Stevenage)
MIDFIELDERS: Elliot Bonds (Dagenham & Redbridge), Brandon Beresford (Peachtree City), Neil Danns (Bury), Stephen Duke-McKenna (Bolton Wanderers), Pernell Schultz (Western Tigers), Daniel Wilson (Western Tigers)
FORWARDS: Callum Harriot (Reading), Sheldon Holder (Morvant Caledonia United), Anthony Jeffrey (Dover Athletic), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Newport County), Terrel Ondaan (Telstar), Emery Welshman (Forge FC)
- Match Day 8: June 22 – Saturday’s game against Trinidad & Tobago.
Photo Credit: Top image courtesy of Concacaf