The U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) came onto the field with a roar and scored five goals in the first 27 minutes against a hapless El Salvador side in front of 2,600 fans.
Orlando City SC winger Chris Mueller scored twice and had one assist in his USMNT debut. Toronto FC’s Ayo Akinola found the back of the net in his first USMNT cap, and LA Galaxy winger Sebastian Lletget, Philadelphia Union midfielder Brenden Aaronson, and DC United’s Paul Arriola all added another apiece during the barrage.
Colorado Rapids left back Sam Vines finished his stellar year of soccer play by earning his second cap with a start last night. He subbed out after the first 45, but in the first half, Vines delivered a beautiful curling leading pass into the edge of the box that led to the first goal of the game when Arriola smacked the ball into the back of the net two touches later.
USMNT comeback kid and Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta came off the bench in the second half of the game for his 24th cap. The fit and swift Acosta had several touches on the ball and offered up a few corner kick balls into the 18-yard box.
Rapids winger Cole Bassett warmed up several times on the sidelines, however, he did not make it into the game. He was looking for his first appearance with the USMNT.
All eyes on 2021
Acosta, Vines, Bassett, and possibly Jonathan Lewis will be checking their respective email inboxes later this month in hopes of receiving invitations to early 2021 U.S. Soccer camps ahead of upcoming Concacaf U-23 Olympics qualifiers, Nations League Semi-Finals, and the all-important Gold Cup Tournament.
During the post-game press conference, Arriola stated, ““Everyone has a chance to step up and make a difference on the team. No matter the age, no matter the caps, no matter how many years that they’ve played. It’s exciting to see all the young talent that’s coming up in Europe, in MLS, in this camp. I think we have amazing players and I think the country should be excited for what’s to come for the national team.”