KENYA BROWN - Sunday, November 18, 2018
The United States was no match for England as Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Callum Wilson scored for the Three Lions in their win at Wembley Stadium.
On a Thursday night where fans would see Wayne Rooney make his final appearance for England, the US national continued their process of finding the players who will possibly make up the pool to help them retain their CONCACAF Gold Cup title next season and qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
However, it looks like there is going to be a lot of work to be done once the permanent coach is appointed as the young Americans went down to their English counterparts.
The US was on the defensive from the start of the game, with Brad Guzan being forced to make a save from a headed effort by Dele Alli. The goalkeeper then nearly gifted a goal to England when he gave the ball away, allowing Wilson to have a chance to open the scoring. Luckily, the English forward to did not get a good touch on the ball.
There was a bright spot for the visitor 24 minutes in when Christian Pulisic, who was making his return to the team after missing out on the October friendlies through injury, ran through the England back line to pick up the ball head towards goal, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was able to parry the ball away from danger.
The Borussia Dortmund man then recovered the ball and sent in a cross from the right towards Bobby Wood, but the forward's shot was blocked.
Then England found the goal they were looking for in the 25th minute when Dele Alli set up Lingard to send a curling shot past the outstretched hand of Guzan and into the back of the net.
Alexander-Arnold doubled the host's lead two minutes later when Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund teammate, Jadon Sancho, rolled the ball into the path of the Liverpool defender and he fired his shot in the back of the net.
The US had a chance to cut the deficit later through Julian Green, but his effort straight into the hands of Pickford.
Outclassed for most of the game, the US conceded a third goal in the 77th minute when Wilson, who had several chances to score, finally put one away when he steered the ball in at the near post to seal the easy win.
A very disappointing performance by the US on the night, and one can only ask how they will fare against Italy in their next game on Tuesday in Belgium.