The U.S. men's national team defeated Northern Ireland, 2-1, during an international friendly at Windsor Park in Belfast, Ireland on Sunday. Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic recorded goals during the win for the Americans.
The U.S. made quick work of establishing tempo in the early minutes, controlling the game through possession and challenging Northern Ireland with a high press. Their attack was persistent, though Northern Ireland remained mostly organized in defense, and tried to counterattack on transition when opportunity allowed.
Despite being out shot 6-3 during the first half, the USMNT entered halftime with a one-goal lead after Tim Ream connected with Reyna on the opening goal that was deflected into the net.
A second-half penalty was awarded after some light contact in the box from Northern Ireland defender Daniel Ballard on Pulisic just ahead of the hour mark. Pulisic, named captain for the friendly, stepped up to take the penalty and converted.
The USMNT remained active in the attack and got into more dangerous spaces into the final third with more looks in front of goal as Pulisc combined Daryl Dike -- who subbed during the 63rd minute. Despite little time on the ball, Northern Ireland made things interesting late in the game with a goal in the 88th minute from Niall McGinn.
The remaining stoppage time was played end to end, with Northern Ireland getting an additional look on goal with a late free kick, but the USMNT closed out the international window with another win. The USMNT also beat Jamaica on Thursday and will look for the results to continue before a busy international summer.
USMNT 2, Northern Ireland 1 (FT)
⚽USMNT: Reyna (30')
⚽USMNT: Pulisic (59')
⚽Northern Ireland: McGinn (88')