The United States men’s national team simply throttled Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville on Tuesday, breaking through before halftime en route to a 4-0 win.
The win gives the Yanks the top spot in Group C heading into the Hex, meaning it will open the final round of World Cup qualifying at home against Mexico on Nov. 11.
The way they looked on Tuesday, USMNT fans will be saying, “Bring it on”.
USMNT Starting XI
Fabian Johnson — 7 — The U.S. is better off when he doesn’t have the defensive responsibilities of a left back, but also doesn’t have many options at left back.
Omar Gonzalez — 5 — Wasn’t tested much once the second half hit, but not amongst the U.S. bright lights.
Steve Birnbaum — 6 — Didn’t have much to do.
Geoff Cameron — 7 — Bright when called upon, and man he gets down the field quick for a big man.
Christian Pulisic — 9 — Exceptional, stunning, electric, dynamic… We’re running out of shining adjectives.
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Michael Bradley — 6 — Had his stumbles getting into the flow early, but showed his typical clever passing as the game wore on.
Sacha Kljestan (Off 73′) — 7 — Entirely capable of succeeding in the final third against this sort of competition, but will he get the chance to do it against better sides?
Alejandro Bedoya (On 65) — 6 — Worked his butt off, was difficult to play against, but didn’t quite have his cutting edge.
Bobby Wood (Off 60′) — 6 — It wasn’t a particularly bright night for Wood, who was just inches off for most of the night.
Jozy Altidore — 9 — A slow, clumsy start had us wondering if this wasn’t his night, only to find out how wrong we were. A bull as usual, and two deft finishes. His intelligence doesn’t get enough credit.
Jordan Morris (On 60′) — 6 — Good work rate, nothing splashy from the Sounders man.
Paul Arriola (On 64′) — 7 — Scored his second U.S. goal, missed a possible third, though. Just 21.
Caleb Stanko (On 73′) — 6 — Game was dusted when he earned his first cap.