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USA-Trinidad & Tobago Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO EXPRESS:
Jan. 31 in Orlando, Florida
USA 7 Trinidad & Tobago 0. Goals: Lewis 2, 55, Ferreira 9, 62, Arriola 22, 41, Robinson 52.
Att.: 4,500 (limited capacity)
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The Trinidad & Tobago national team program's shambolic state made this game one that the USA was excepted to win, even without its European-based stars and while a fielding a young lineup (six starters 23 years old or younger). How Coach Gregg Berhalter's team really impressed was by winning stylishly, scoring early and often while breaking down the Soca Warriors with creative combination and individual play. The USA had 72 percent of the possession and outshot T&T 19-2.

USA Player Ratings
(1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)

GOALKEEPER

Matt Turner wasn't called on to make a save until the 66th minute -- when he stopped a penalty kick by Alvin Jones.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Matt Turner (New England Revolution) 1/0 (26)

DEFENDERS

The center backs rarely came into view, aside from Aaron Long's accurate long pass in the 6th minute, but Miles Robinson scored with a close-range diving header on a headed assist from Long in the 52nd minute. Left back Sam Vines contributed to the strong U.S. start that doomed the Soca Warriors. He put Jesus Ferreira in position to assist on the opening goal by Jonathan Lewis 100 seconds after kickoff and Vines' short cross made for a convenient Ferreira finish to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. Right back Aaron Herrera set up Ferreira for a close-range shot the center forward hit over the crossbar in 25th minute. 

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake) 1/0 (23)

7
Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) 3/1 (23)

6
Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls) 19/3 (28)

7
Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids) 3/0 (21)

MIDFIELDERS

Kellyn Acosta's ball-winning tackle initiated the buildup to the second goal and his header sent the USA on the way to its third goal. After his free kick cross helped set up Robinson's goal, he fended off a midfield challenge and delivered a pinpoint pass to assist on Lewis's 6-0 goal. Jackson Yueill's quiet performance did include a good cross-field pass to help set up the seventh goal. The midfielder who sparked the most attacks was Sebastian Lletget, who was part of the buildup in the first two goals and orchestrated the USA's relentless forays on the left wing. 

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 25/2 (25)

5
Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes) 9/0 (23)

7
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 18/4 (28)

Each member of the forward line -- Jonathan Lewis, Jesús Ferreira and Paul Arriola -- scored in the first half to give the USA a 3-0 lead by the 22nd minute. And each struck again in the second half.

FORWARDS

Jesús Ferreira first demonstrated his penalty area poise when he beat goalkeeper Adrian Foncette to the ball, spun around and served up Jonathan Lewis for the opening goal. Ferreira made it 2-0 with a nifty close-range volley, and then assisted Paul Arriola for the next two goals. His finish to make it 7-0 meant the 20-year-old Ferreira had a hand in five of the game's goals. Arriola scored his first after passing to Ferreira, who took four efficient touches that evaded a defender and the keeper to return the ball for Arriola to stroke home. Arriola, who assisted on Ferreira's second goal, scored his second goal from 20 yards after Ferreira headed the ball into his path. Lewis, who set up Herrera for a first-half chance with a well-timed pass, scored with a searing shot from 18 yards to make it 6-0.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

8
Paul Arriola (D.C. United) 35/8 (25)

9
Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas) 2/2 (20)

8
Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids) 7/2 (23)


SUBSTITUTES

Four players came off the bench to make their national team debuts, including Daryl Dike, who misplayed a couple in the penalty area, and Andrés Perea, who caused the penalty kick but showed a better side with a couple of accurate cross-field passes.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

4
Andrés Perea (Orlando City) 1/0 (20)

5
Chris Mueller (Orlando City) 2/2 (24)

5
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 21/0 (25)

5
George Bello (Atlanta United) 1/0 (19)

4
Daryl Dike (Orlando City) 1/0 (20)

5
Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas) 1/0 (19)

TRIVIA: Trinidad & Tobago coach Terry Fenwick played for England at the 1986 World Cup and was one of the players Diego Maradona left in the dust en route to scoring "the goal of the century."

NOTABLE: Six of the U.S. starters are age-eligible for the 2021 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship in March: Jesús Ferreira, Aaron Herrera, Jonathan Lewis, Miles Robinson, Sam Vines and Jackson Yueill. And off the bench came U-23s Andres PereaGeorge Bello, Daryl Dike and Tanner Tessmann.

Jan. 31 in Orlando, Florida
USA 7 Trinidad & Tobago 0. Goals: Lewis 2, 55, Ferreira 9, 62, Arriola 22, 41, Robinson 52.
USA -- Turner; Herrera (Tessmann, 78), Robinson, Long, Vines (Bello, 64); Acosta, Yuiell (Roldan, 64), Lletget (Perea, 46); Arriola (Dike, 65), Ferreira (Mueller, 64), Lewis.
Trinidad & Tobago -- Foncette; Pena (Hackshaw, 58), Trimmingham, Archer, Jack; Jones, Ajani Fortune, Andre Fortune (Poon-Angeron, 58); Mitchell, Bonval (Woo-Ling, 56) Telfer.
Yellow cards: USA -- none. T&T -- Mitchell 53, Woo-ling 78. Red cards: none.
Referee: Hector Martinez (Honduras). Att.: 4,500 (limited capacity)

Stats:
USA/T&T
Shots: 19/2
Shots on target: 12/1
Saves: 1/6
Corner Kicks: 3/1
Fouls: 15/11
Offside: 6/1
Possession: 72%/28%

20 comments about "USA-Trinidad & Tobago Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. beautiful game, January 31, 2021 at 11:09 p.m.

    So, what's the overall concensus from those that watched the game?  Was their team efficacy and did individual players make good decisions and make things happen? Was there consistency when it mattered? And since it was a blowout, what has coach learned from this particular game performance? 

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, February 1, 2021 at 4:19 a.m.

    I think you can't say much about the team, but individual play you can. My thoughts about Lewis was: This is what a winger looks like. 

    Ferreia was impressive. Especially because he doesn't play a 9 at his club. The way he plays is going to make him very difficult for good CB's to cover him and also make it difficult for them to defend high crosses.

    Arriola had an excellent night as well.

    I liked what I saw of the fullbacks, but...there was no attacking pressure on them so there was no challenge and really no basis for evaluation.

    Bottom line: I am optimistic about our chances to qualify for the Olympics--finally.

  3. Kent James, February 1, 2021 at 1:47 a.m.

    Before people get their knickers in a twist about what a weak team T&T was (certainly true), remember they were essentially doing us a favor by stepping in for a late pull out by Serbia (the intendend opponent).  While I usually have no problem with professional teams showing no mercy for outmatched teams, I felt a little bad for T&T in this case, since they were doing us a favor.  But they're adults, I'm sure they'll get over it.


    With the US scoring in the first 2 minutes, and 2 in the first 10, the outcome was never in doubt.  Ferreira lived up to the hype (his selflessness on the first goal was especially notable), and Lewis seemed dangerous as well (as did Vines in support).  So it was worth seing some new players.  Turner has a nice story about coming to soccer late, and certainly did well on the pk save. I thought Pereirra looked pretty versatiie (and thought the PK call against him would not have been called had the score been close, though they never showed a good angle to see if there was even any contact).  Tessman and Dike both seem to be big and strong, though Dike had some pretty bad touches (I'm hoping that's an aberration).  They're both young (as was almost everybody) but if they do have some skills, sometimes it's nice to have some size late in the game if you need a goal (Ibrahimovic). 


    Given the caveat (some bad defending by T&T, who also seemed big and slow as a team), I thought the US made a lot of good runs that got fed with some nice passes and mostly good finishing.  It was generally pretty entertaining (as long as you're not a T&T fan...). 

  4. frank schoon, February 1, 2021 at 10:23 a.m.

    I think, the next team the USMNT should scrimmage is the USWNT....Both teams seem to be kicking butt out there and I would like to know who is better. That would be more exciting competition  or an Intra squad game...

    I turned on to the game at 3min right after the US had scored the first goal and turned to another channel right after the second goal and watched some movie on Youtube, "Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes vs Godzilla". There was  more 'tactical' nuggets found in this movie in beating this monster, than what I watched in this game....

    My first impression in only those 7minutes that I watched reminded me of the song lyrics, "Oh, happy days are here again" but instead substitute the word "TURBO"" for HAPPY".

    Considering the competition we played against and our players representing the better players in America, I was hoping that with the newer generation we would see a better brand of soccer. I have come to the conclusion which has never been a surprise to me ,but perhaps to some others ,the American player ,in light of their player development, possess a great element of TURBO in their DNA. You let that dog off his lease and it's VROOM!!!

    When you play a weak team like TT, I expected in the run of things a more thinking game, a controlling  game ,watch for the weak and open spots, lulled the opponents to bite, and then all of a sudden, quickly take advantage employing a quick movement and strike. I was hoping to hear comments like, 'Yes, we played a nice controlled ,thinking game with the right strikes at the right moment, but that was only because we played a weak team,but against a stronger team we would  have difficulty". That is fine,for that is a start ,a beginning point, to improve upon but that was unfortunately not the case, we can even play that style against a weaker team......And this what I mean about our DNA, reminding of the Beachboys, "Round, round, get around, I get around", finishing off with some Jan and Dean, song, "My mighty GTO".......

     I will watch this morning some of Pereira's actions, or rather his thinking actions. I wish they would give more backround info on him as far as where he learned, his influence, when did he leave Columbia, everything that would add more to the type of player he is . Maybe , he's "THE" #9 for us ,who knows?

  5. Seth Vieux, February 1, 2021 at 12:01 p.m.

    Frank that's a lot of opinion for a game you say you watched 7 minutes of :-)

    Like all of the friendlies this cycle save for Wales, my main take aways are more on the general progress of of American players in their early 20s and teens, and my confidence that The Missing Generation not only ended with players in this age group, but this age group is significantly better than any before it. Highlighted by nearly a full roster's worth of players that haven't yet reached their mid-20s playing important roles in some of the games greatest clubs, these friendlies also show that the depth is incredible compared to the past with our B and C teams being able to easily handle CONCACAF minnows that previous generations' A teams had to really buckle down to defeat by a goal or two. 


    Do I think we're on the precipice of winning a World Cup? Not at all. Do I think the US is poised for a good showing in 2022 and potential deep run on 2026? It appears that way to me. Do I think qualifying for 2022 will ever be in doubt? Not at all.

  6. frank schoon replied, February 1, 2021 at 12:31 p.m.

    Seth, You don't need to watch more then to 10-15 min.to get the jest of the game and the patterns.  You look at flow of the game and you can tell right away. If you watch for 7min a latin game and thenwatch our game for 7min. , you're  telling me , someone who has played, can't see the difference in the flow after 7min between these 2 games..
    Now,I would agree with you if I made an opinion on Pereira in how he plays by watching 7min. t

  7. frank schoon replied, February 1, 2021 at 12:39 p.m.

    Seth, no matter what you think of our generations being better than the past or whatever, they all play Turbo and have that DNA. Their playing style hasn't changed one iota...That's the problem.  There will always be better players  ,even in Turbo soccer, so what...As long as we play a Turbo style we'll have a tough time of it in developing  our players better and therefore we'll continue to see players coming from Europe, in their late ,late 30's be an asset to our soccer here...

  8. Seth Vieux replied, February 1, 2021 at 5:29 p.m.

    Frank I think you'll not be blown away by Persia's play. Not that he was poor, but didn't put a stamp on the game or anything.

    You'll see quite a difference in the quality of play from the first to second halves after some substitutions were made, though not a ton of difference in the style and approach.

    I'll assume your suggestion for a USMNT v USWNT match was tongue in cheek, as even the T&T side would likely run the score up on the USWNT.

  9. frank schoon replied, February 1, 2021 at 5:46 p.m.

    Seth, I'll check him out....Ofcourse ,it was tongue in cheek....LOL

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, February 1, 2021 at 11:52 p.m.

    Seth, I can't tell who you are talking about. Persia? Frank mentioned Pereria, but it was clear he was referring to Ferreira playing at 9. So I am assume that was who your comment was about (not putting his stamp on the game). Ferreira was involved in 6 of 7 goals with 3 assists and 2 goals himself. Man of the match performance. If that isn't putting a stamp on the game, what is?


  11. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 8:45 a.m.

    Bob, I think it is Andres Perea, who came on as a substitute

  12. Seth Vieux replied, February 2, 2021 at 4:17 p.m.

    Sorry, darn autocorrect, I thought Frank also mentioned Pereria (autocorrect tried to Persia me again!) another Colombian who actually tied himself to us in this match following a one time transfer after playing with Colombia's youth national teams in official competitions.

  13. frank schoon replied, February 2, 2021 at 4:28 p.m.

    Now , I'm totally confused...

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, February 2, 2021 at 6:51 p.m.

    LOL. I am convinced that most of the time on this forum we all agree about things, but the difficultly of having a discussion in this format interferes. Autocorrect and the inability to edit is frustrating for all of us.

  15. frank schoon replied, February 3, 2021 at 9:57 a.m.

    Bob, I don't know what it is with my 'autocorrect". I use the computer writing dutch and English throughout the day therefore I got feeling my computer is getting 'whako'd. After I post my comments, I would re-read it ,which I should have done prior to posting, and say 'what happened here to my spelling or missing words which I'm bad at anyway....LOL

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, February 3, 2021 at 7:18 p.m.

    Frank, it is a feature of the forum software. You can have your computer's autocorrect turned off (like I do) but it won't stop the forum autocorrect.

  17. Ben Myers, February 1, 2021 at 3:14 p.m.

    I watched the 7-0 drubbing from beginning to end.  T&T was a hapless opponent, somewhat as expected, slow to run, slow to react, ponderous, clumsy touches on the ball, exactly the way a team sacrificed at the last minute would look.  So the USMNT blasted T&T with speed, generally accurate passing and generally sound technique under little pressure. So this US-based USMNT looked really good?  How would this same group look and play against a more worthy and better prepared opponent? 

    How does this group compare to the long list of US men currently playing in the top and just-below-the-top leagues in Europe, some as regulars on maybe the top 20 or 30 teams in Europe?  With an apparent wealth of young talent, this is the more serious question Berhalter has to answer.  The related question is how young he wants to go for the CONCACAF qualifiers? 

    Frankly, if the (mostly, except John Brooks) young men starting variously in Serie A, Bundesliga, EPL and La Liga remain injury free, there should be no excuse for leaving them off the USMNT.  Yes, the comparison of the quality of play between Europe and the US is stark! 

  18. Seth Vieux replied, February 1, 2021 at 6:14 p.m.

    I think with a compressed schedule and multiple competitions it's a good sign that our B/C team squad have shown the ability to completely dominate the CONCACAF minnows in a way that our A teams haven't been able to in the past. With different FIFA availability windows for players in Europe and domestically I'm not sure how often GB will get to see the guys that played last night next to the Pulisic, McKinnie, Reyna, and Adams level players I'm sure will be the core of the WC team.

  19. Bob Ashpole replied, February 2, 2021 at 1:28 a.m.

    Ben, the Olympic qualification is not a mandatory release so our best players based overseas won't be available. That has to factor in the coach's planning. Otherwise I agree with what you said.

  20. Santiago 1314, February 3, 2021 at 8:09 p.m.

    Here is what I put on the Highlite Video post:

    February 2, 2021 at 6:42 a.m.

    Didn't see full game... Just Extended Hi-Lites. . Granted, Opponent was Weak, BUT... Quick Intuitive Play around the Box,  with Crisp/Clean Touches and Passes. Followed by Assertive/Confident Striking of the Ball to Finish with Goals... This kind of Final Third/Box play would have Resulted in Goals against any opponent. Sets a Good Tone for the Olympic team going forward


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