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:
DBN’s Tom Moore was there to take in the action:
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:
The USMNT had also practiced in Berea leading up to the game:
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.