CHICAGO — Following a 4-1 win against Jamaica Thursday, the U.S. men’s national team meets Northern Ireland Sunday in the last match before the summer of competition.
Those games include the Concacaf Nations League Final Four, the Concacaf Gold Cup and the start of World Cup Qualifying.
The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland will be the venue of the first meeting in more than 70 years, set for noon ET with coverage on FOX, UniMás and TUDN.
Fans will also be able to follow via Twitter @USMNT, Instagram @USMNT, Facebook, and the official U.S. Soccer App.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 20/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 6/1), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 20/3), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 20/1), Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien/AUT; 2/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 41/1), Bryan Reynolds (Roma/ITA; 0/0), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim/GER; 2/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 9/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg/AUT; 3/2), Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 26/2), Christian Cappis (Hobro IK/DEN; 0/0), Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED; 2/0), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 19/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 3/0), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG; 1/0)
FORWARDS (5): Daryl Dike (Barnsley/ENG; 1/0), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 35/14), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 3/1), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 13/5), Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys/SUI; 1/0)
Some things to consider
The USMNT has been building momentum towards the start of World Cup qualifying, albeit in fits and starts due to the global pandemic. Thanks to the win over Jamaica, the United States extended its unbeaten run to eight matches, the longest during Berhalter’s tenure. The team has posted a 7-0-1 record dating back to Nov. 15, 2019, and the 4-1 win against Canada in the Nations League.
Several players put their name on different categories on the scoresheet for the first time during the USA’s victory Thursday. Sergiño Dest opened his scoring account with a wonder strike in the 20th minute, tallying his third goal of the week after scoring twice for Barcelona. All four goals included first-time providers, as Luca de la Torre, Nicholas Gioacchini, Yunus Musah and Josh Sargent recorded assists. Remarkably, the only other time this feat was accomplished in a USMNT match came just three months ago in the 6-0 win against El Salvador in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
With a brace against Jamaica, midfielder Sebastian Lletget now has recorded four goals in his last four international matches. He came off the bench and added an insurance goal in the 6-2 win against Panama last November – also in Wiener Neustadt – then followed up with a strike in the 6-0 shutout of El Salvador. With six goals and 19 caps to his credit, Lletget is the only USMNT player in all six matches since the start of 2020.
Brenden Aaronson has made the most of his three appearances for the USMNT, recording two goals and an assist so far. He set up the aforementioned Lletget on his goal against El Salvador in December, who then returned the favor by teeing up his fellow midfielder for the game’s final goal. Making the move to Red Bull Salzburg in January, Aaronson is now under the tutelage of former USMNT assistant coach Jesse Marsch, where they continue to thrive. Coming on at the start of the second half against Jamaica, he made an immediate impact when he finished off a lovely interchange with Josh Sargent just inside the six-yard box for his second international goal and second in as many matches.
Gregg Berhalter has given more opportunities to new players than any other modern era USMNT head coach at this point in their tenure. To this point, 43 players have made their international debut during his first 24 matches at the helm of the program. Jordan Siebatcheu became the latest member of the USMNT cap club when he entered in the 82nd minute in the win against Jamaica this past Thursday. Three additional players have the opportunity to earn their first caps in the match against Northern Ireland: Christian Cappis, Chituru Odunze, and Bryan Reynolds.
Three players departed camp following the Jamaica match, as defenders John Brooks and Reggie Cannon were joined by forward Nicholas Gioacchini in returning to their clubs. Brooks and Cannon went the distance in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, while Gioacchini entered in the 68th minute and assisted on the first of Lletget’s goals.