The United States Men’s National Team began their Concacaf Nations League defense in style with a 5-0 thrashing of Grenada in Austin on Friday.

After friendlies against World Cup-bound Morocco and Uruguay, the USMNT faced a completely different sort of challenge against a Grenada team ranked 170th in the world and on a nine-game winless run that included defeats to the likes of Andorra, Montserrat, and Antigua & Barbuda.

Naturally, Gregg Berhalter’s side dominated proceedings but after a half of Grenada pulling out all the stops to frustrate their hosts, it took until the 43rd minute for the US to open the scoring, with Jesus Ferreira firing home at the far post from a deflected Paul Arriola cross.

It would be that FC Dallas duo who defined the second half, with Ferreira completing his hat-trick with quickfire goals shortly before halftime. His second of the night finished a clinical USMNT breakaway having been played through by Arriola, while his third was a powerful strike from a smart corner by LAFC midfielder Kellyn Acosta.

Arriola then got in on the goalscoring action himself, finishing off another counter-attack with a finish from a tight angle, before Ferreira grabbed his fourth of the night in the 78th minute, becoming just the fifth USMNT player to achieve the feat in a single match.





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