Forward Haji Wright (19) is congratulated after converting a penalty kick, (© Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK)
Here are some facts and figures from the USMNT’s 3-0 win over Morocco in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
They were compiled by U.S. Soccer.
The win extended the USMNT’s undefeated streak on U.S. soil to 24 straight games. The team’s last loss in the U.S. was a 3-0 defeat to Mexico on Sept. 6, 2019, at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The USMNT earned its first win against Morocco, taking its record against the Atlas Lions to 1-3-0.
The USMNT is 11-6-2 all-time against national teams from CAF and has won its last five matches against African sides, a streak that dates back to a 1-0 friendly win at South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010.
With his assist on forward Brenden Aaronson’s opening goal, forward Christian Pulisic (49 caps) became the fastest USMNT player to reach double-digit goals and assists, besting Landon Donovan who reached the mark in 50 international appearances.
Pulisic’s assist was a long time coming, having last set up a goal in the 2019 Gold Cup quarterfinal win against Curaçao on June 30, 2019 in Philadelphia.
Aaronson’s 26th-minute goal was the sixth of his international career and first since the 4-1 World Cup qualifying win at Honduras on Sept. 8, 2021.
Forward Tim Weah’s 32nd-minute strike was his third in a U.S. shirt. Defender Reggie Cannon also collected his third career assist on Weah’s goal.
Earning his USMNT debut as a substitute at the start of the second half, forward Haji Wright put home a 65th-minute penalty kick to make things 3-0. Wright became the 56th player to score in his USMNT debut.
Defender Joe Scally and midfielder Malik Tillman also made their debuts during the second half. With three more debuts, a total of 53 players have earned their firs caps in Gregg Berhalter’s 51 matches as USMNT manager.
Earning his 17th appearance tonight, goalkeeper Matt Turner made eight saves to keep his 12th career clean sheet. He now sits in sole possession of sixth on the USMNT’s all-time shutout list, eight back of Brad Guzan (20 shutouts in 64 caps).
Defender Aaron Long earned his first start since the 2-1 win at Northern Ireland on March 28, 2021. After recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered in May 2021, Long returned to the team during the March international window, making two substitute appearances in the 0-0 draw at Mexico and 5-1 win against Panama.
Defender Cameron Carter-Vickers earned his first cap since June 1, 2019 vs. Jamaica, when he also replaced defender Walker Zimmerman to start the second half.
After missing out on the March window due to injury, midfielder Weston McKennie returned off the bench for the USMNT, replacing Aaronson in the 72nd minute.
Defender Antonee Robinson is the only player to start all seven USMNT matches in 2022. Robinson has started each of the last 10 matches in which he’s been called to camp, only missing out on the 1-0 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina during the team’s domestic training camp last December.
Pulisic captained the USMNT for the ninth time tonight. The USMNT is 7-1-1 when he wears the armband.
Long and Walker Zimmerman paired in central defense for the first time since the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020. The USMNT is 7-1-0 when they partner together.
The Starting XI had an average age of 25 years, 35 days
The USMNT lineup averaged 23 caps.
Midfielder Kellyn Acosta, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and forward Jordan Morris did not dress for tonight’s match. Teams were allowed six substitutions.
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