Thanks for joining us for tonight's game. No competition, but all eyes now shift to Tuesday's match at Canada.
The United States men's national team opened up its CONCACAF Nations League participation with an easy 7-0 win over Cuba on Friday, as Weston McKennie scored the earliest hat trick in USMNT history. The Schalke star found the net three times inside the first 13 minutes and also recorded two assists in a cakewalk of a match for Gregg Berhalter and company.
Cuba was outmatched all game long, as it was 3-0 before the game was even 10 minutes old. Jordan Morris added a goal and had two assists, Josh Sargent scored and Chrisitan Pulisic put home a penalty kick, while the U.S. also got a tally on an own goal.
The U.S. finished with 24 shots and 12 on goal while Cuba failed to force Brad Guzan to make even one save. The Cubans fell to 0-0-3 in the competition with zero goals scored. The CONCACAF Nations League is used as qualifying for the 2021 Gold Cup.
McKennie, meanwhile, was sharp as can be. He showed off some flair as well and dominated before being taken off at halftime. This was the first hat trick of his international career.
Here's a look at his goals:
1-0 in the first minute:
2-0 in the fifth minute:
And his third to make it 4-0 in the 13th minute:
Not too much should be taken from a game against an inferior opponent. This doesn't mean the U.S. attack is dominant or that the defense is fixed by any means, but it gives the team a little boost in confidence ahead of Tuesday's showdown against Canada in a match that's expected to at least be more competitive.