Last year, the U.S. women’s national soccer team played at FirstEnergy Stadium in mid-June for a friendly game against China. They are busy with the World Cup (host country of France) this year, leaving the stadium open as a venue for the U.S. men’s national soccer team to host a Gold Cup game on Saturday.
It was a double-header that began with Panama defeating Guyana 4-2 to start the evening. At 8:00 PM ET, the USMNT took the field to face Trinidad and Tobago. That game was somewhat more notable, because it was Trinidad and Tobago who the U.S. team lost to by a score of 2-1 in October 2017, a loss which embarrassingly prevented the U.S. team from qualifying the the 2018 World Cup.
Equipped with a new coach and younger roster, the USMNT ended up blowing out Trinidad and Tobago by a final score of 6-0. It was only 1-0 at the intermission before back-to-back goals by Gyasi Zardes broke it open after the 66th minute. You can see all the highlights here:
⚽ 41' Long— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2019
⚽ 66' Zardes
⚽ 69' Zardes
⚽ 73' Pulisic
⚽ 78' Arriola
⚽ 90' Long
The @USMNT routed Trinidad & Tobago for their largest Gold Cup win in team history. pic.twitter.com/bge3u2NVxm
DBN’s Tom Moore was there to take in the action:
Another one? Why not? #USMNT #GoldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/1tRndMLXxf— Tom Moore (@Tom_RedRight88) June 23, 2019
Earlier in the week, we learned that Browns kicker Greg Joseph is close with veteran player Jozy Altidore, and the two were featured together in Berea:
A blast from the past!— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 22, 2019
After playing for the same club growing up together, @Browns kicker @greg_joseph1 met up with @JozyAltidore to look back at how far they've come! pic.twitter.com/Mf2swbrXw5
The USMNT had also practiced in Berea leading up to the game:
This week we hosted the @USMNT as they prepped for their @GoldCup matchup this Saturday at @FEStadium!— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) June 21, 2019
Good luck and get that W!
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The USMNT has already advanced to the next round of the Gold Cup, but will try to hold on to the No. 1 seed in their Group when they take on Panama in Kansas City this Wednesday.