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It’s not every day that two all-time greats from one national team hang up their boots during the same afternoon, but that’s exactly what US national team fans saw when DaMarcus

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Beasley and Tim Howard played their final club matches on Sunday.

Given that occasion, we decided to tackle the thankless challenge of ranking the best players ever to suit up in red, white and blue, keeping the criteria as simple as possible.

Only senior national team contributions counted, and only players from the 1970s and onward were considered. That’s meant as no offense to Walter Bahr, Harry Keough and Bert

Patenaude, among others, but that era’s group have extremely short US résumés from eras with far less athleticism and much looser fitness regimens.

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Before we dive into the top 10, let’s pay tribute to some very honorable mentions: Jozy Altidore, Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Paul Caligiuri, Thomas

Dooley, Alexi Lalas, Tony Meola, John O’Brien, Christian Pulisic, Tab Ramos, Earnie Stewart and Eric Wynalda.

10) Cobi Jones

Jones in action for the US against Brazil in the 1994 FIFA World Cup | USA Today Sports Images

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The gutsy winger was the USMNT’s dreaded play driver for a solid decade. Jones remains the team’s most-capped man with 164, and stands third on the all-time assist list with 22.

He had a hand in stirring World Cup runs in 1994 and 2002, and also played a significant part in a surprise bronze finish at the 1999 Confederations Cup.

9) DaMarcus Beasley

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Beasley’s US career was incredible for its longevity. Pictured left, here he is playing against Mexico in a 2017 World Cup qualifier | USA Today Sports Images

The man they call Run DMB got his USMNT start as a thoroughly game left-wing lightning bolt back in early 2002. Less than six months later, Beasley had already celebrated the

first of four Gold Cup crowns and played a part in the team’s wild ride to the World Cup elite eight. He cemented his place on this list by re-inventing himself as a left-back

to put in a very steady showing aged 32 at the 2014 World Cup, which made him the only US player to feature at the grand tournament four times.

2007: Cuauhtémoc Blanco – Chicago Fire | 8/18/07 vs. Real Salt Lake, 43rd minute
2006: Brian Ching – Houston Dynamo | 9/30/06 v D.C. United, 86th minute
2005: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 10/15/05 vs. LA Galaxy, 45th minute
2004: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 8/7/04 vs. D.C. United, 82nd minute
2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire | 8/13/03 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 90th minute
2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy | 7/27/02 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 75th minute
2001: Clint Mathis – MetroStars | 4/28/01 vs. Dallas Burn, 60th minute
2000: Marcelo Balboa – Colorado Rapids | 4/22/00 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 55th minute
1999: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 5/22/99 vs. Miami Fusion, 90th minute
1998: Brian McBride – Columbus Crew | 7/9/98 vs. Chicago Fire, 68th minute
1997: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 8/27/97 vs. New England Revolution, 39th minute
1996: Eric Wynalda – San Jose Clash | 4/6/96 vs. D.C. United, 88th minute

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To preview the match, Colorado Rapids broadcaster and U.S. Soccer legend Marcelo Balboa joined Tuesday’s Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. It was also the first episode of the season with a #CapFedGuestHost. Listen to the podcast of the episode below to get you ready for Saturday’s Western Conference clash.

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Plenty of interesting milestones – both individual and team-related – came out of the USMNT’s 7-0 goal fest to open up Concacaf Nations League play against Cuba on Friday night in Washington, D.C.

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WESTON MCKENNIE RECORDS FASTEST HAT TRICK
Folks had barely taken their seats by the time Weston McKennie put home the game’s first goal in the first minute. McKennie’s strike has now officially been recorded as coming 32 seconds into the match, standing as the second-fastest goal in USMNT history behind only Clint Dempsey’s marker to open the scoring against Ghana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

While he didn’t set that record, McKennie stayed on mission, adding goals in the fifth and 13th minutes to register the fastest USMNT hat trick from the start of a match. McKennie’s 13-minute hat trick also sits second in USMNT history in terms of the minute span, coming just one minute behind Brian McBride’s effort against El Salvador during the Gold Cup quarterfinals on January 27, 2002.

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Dating back to Archie Stark’s four-goal effort against Canada on Nov. 8, 1925, McKennie’s was the 19th hat trick in USMNT history, while the 21-year-old is the 15th different player to achieve the feat.

Fastest USMNT Hat Trick at Start of a Match

Player

Date

Opponent

Score

From Start of Game

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Weston McKennie

Oct. 11, 2019

Cuba

7-0 W

13

13

Brian McBride

Jan. 27, 2002

El Salvador

4-0 W

21

12

Chris Wondolowski

July 9, 2013

Belize

6-1 W

41

29

Bert Patenaude

July 17, 1930

Paraguay

3-0 W

50

40

Clint Dempsey

March 24, 2017

Honduras

6-0 W

54

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JORDAN MORRIS TIES SINGLE-GAME ASSIST RECORD
If McKennie has anyone specific to thank for helping him achieve the fastest hat trick in USMNT history, it’s Jordan Morris. The winger provided the assists on his first and fifth minute goals, and to be fair, McKennie also returned the favor to set up Morris to make it 3-0 in the ninth minute. Morris then laid off a pass for Josh Sargent’s 40th minute strike to tie the USMNT record for most assists in a single match.

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WASHINGTON — On the surface, the challenge facing the US national team in Friday night’s Concacaf Nations League opener against Cuba differed starkly from what lies ahead four days later against Canada in Toronto.

Friday, the US dominated early against a dramatically overmatched opponent, saw Weston McKennie score a hat trick by the 13th minute and eventually coasted to a 7-0 win.

In the latter, they’ll be asked to meet the intensity of a partisan Canadian crowd and an intriguingly talented opponent fighting potentially for their World Cup lives.

Yet there’s a symmetry in the two fixtures in asking the Americans to rise to occasions when a heightened response might not come naturally. On Friday, they succeeded as well as coach Gregg Berhalter could ask.

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“From the start of the game, you see the focus of the players and the intensity of the players, and it’s good to see,” Berhalter said after Friday’s rout. “And I think we maintained that focus and intensity for the entire first half. So overall I think it was a worthwhile game for us to continue to grow.”

Josh Sargent, Jordan Morris and Christian Pulisic also scored on a night that set US modern-era records for the highest scoring first half (6-0) and the quickest hat trick from kickoff. McKennie and Pulisic also combined on a sequence that resulted in a 37th minute own goal. And Morris became the third American to record three assists in a game for his country, joining Cobi Jones and Landon Donovan.

None of that really mattered to the US camp, who probably recognized that despite qualifying for League A of this competition, Cuba isn’t at the same level as their Group A opponents.

It wasn’t the scoreline or the history that rescued this from being a wasted night. It was the attitude they brought to Audi field.

“A lot of players in this situation, it’s easy to kind of bring your foot off that gas pedal,” said FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon, who assisted McKennie’s third goal. “The killer instinct of this team, maybe for lack of a better term, has been missing for the last few years. I think that killer instinct is something the US national team needs. And you could really see it tonight.”

Said goalkeeper Brad Guzan: “We can’t control the opponent, we go out and play whoever we’re meant to play against. In that sense, it was a professional performance.”

Sure, rising the occasion Tuesday will be a bigger challenge. Berhalter freely admitted Canada will be clearly of a “higher quality” than Cuba. But as for the suggestion that the ease of Friday’s victory is somehow harmful to that aim? Berhalter insisted the opposite.

“We wanted the game to go like this to be honest, because it’s cost us less energy,” Berhalter said. “If I could’ve written the game up, it would’ve been exactly like this. Score early. Score many goals early. And then cruise. And that was important. I think we saved ourselves. I think we’ll be fit and ready to go in this game.”

That mark has only been achieved three times, by two different players – Cobi Jones and Landon Donovan. See the full details below:

USMNT Single-Game Assist Record – Three Assists

Player

Date

Opponent

Score

Cobi Jones

Nov. 14, 1993

Cayman Islands

8-1 W

Landon Donovan

April 1, 2009

Trinidad & Tobago

3-0 W

Landon Donovan

July 21, 2013

El Salvador

5-1 W

SIX GOALS IN A HALF
As a team, the USMNT’s six-goal output during the first 45 minutes also set a USMNT record for goals in one half.

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FAIRFAX, Va.— Called into US national team camp for just the third time in his career, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill is already feeling a duty to help guide the program into a new era and identity under coach Gregg Berhalter.

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“Being able to play at more practices and games with everyone, definitely the comfortability level is increasing, and [I’m] getting to show my way of football,” the 22-year-old central midfielder said earlier this week, ahead of the US’s Concacaf Nations League opener against Cuba Friday (7 pm ET | FS1, UniMas, TUDN). “I think the calmness, the possession that we’re trying to build here, I definitely think I’ll be able to help in that sense.”

“Calmness” was not exactly Matias Almeyda’s MO in charge of Earthquakes this season, in which they employed a frenetic, man-marking press that took the rebuilding club within a win of the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

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A holding midfielder with liberty to go forward at times with San Jose, Yueill has shown promise in adjusting to Berhalter’s more nuanced approach in his two international appearances to date.

After debuting in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Jamaica back in June, in which nearly everyone in the US squad played poorly, Yueill was a very active distributor in a 1-1 draw against Uruguay, completing nearly 50 passes.

HICAGO (Oct. 8, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore has been forced to withdraw from the roster for the team’s Concacaf Nations League matches against Cuba and Canada following an injury suffered in the MLS regular season finale on Sunday.

Altidore left Toronto FC’s match against Columbus Crew SC in the 70th minute on Sunday afternoon.

The training camp roster now stands at 25 players ahead of the USMNT’s opening match of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League against Cuba on Friday, Oct. 11 at Audi Field in Washington D.C. (7 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMás and TUDN). The team then plays its first away match of 2019 when it visits Canada at BMO Field in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN).

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Fans can follow all the matches on U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 61/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 16/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 8/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 8/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 13/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 10/0), Matt Miazga (Reading/ENG; 17/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 36/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; 2/0); DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 59/0)

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MIDFIELDERS (8): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 150/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 11/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 15/3), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 32/13), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 16/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 3/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 28/5), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 4/0), Tyler Boyd (Beşiktaş/TUR; 7/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 35/6), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 9/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 53/10)

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“Definitely the way that we play at San Jose is much different,” Yueill said. “I think the movements [with the US] are a little bit subtler. The way we play at the club level is just kind of rambunctious, just a lot of movements, and throwing opponents off. Here it’s more tactical.”

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As one of the attackers who could benefit from Yueill’s field vision, as well as one well versed in that “more tactical” system from his time under Berhalter at Columbus Crew SC, Gyasi Zardes has seen Yueill make definite progress.

“There’s so much promise for him, just because of the way he’s controlling the ball and also paying attention to what the coaches are asking of him, and then adapting and changing his game,” Zardes said. “It’s a good character trait to have and I think he’s going to be a phenomenal player.”

There is near-universal acknowledgement of a learning curve for players in Berhalter’s project, and Yueill is no different. Even so, his club and international teammate Nick Lima has advised Yueill to remember the traits that won him these opportunities in the first place.

“[I’ve told him] Just to play his game,” the Quakes fullback said. “Because he’s so good, so technical and so smart. He sees things that a lot of players don’t. So just stick to that.”

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CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2019) – Following a comprehensive 7-0 win against Cuba on Friday night, the U.S. Men’s National Team heads north to take on Canada on Tuesday, Oct. 15 where a win would see the side pull level with les Rouges in the Concacaf Nations League A, Group A table. Pre-game coverage of Canada-USA begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN, with kickoff to follow at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@USMNT) and Instagram (@USMNT) accounts.

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USA DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 62/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 16/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 8/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 13/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Reading/ENG; 18/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 37/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 59/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 150/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 12/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 16/6), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 33/14), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 17/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 4/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 29/5), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 4/0), Tyler Boyd (Beşiktaş/TUR; 8/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 36/7), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 10/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 53/10)

USMNT ROUTS CUBA 7-0 FRIDAY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The U.S. Men’s National Team opened Concacaf Nations League play in impressive fashion, routing Cuba 7-0 on Friday night at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The side used a hat trick from Weston McKennie and a Jordan Morris strike inside the first 13 minutes to put the game away early. Morris then forced an own goal not long after the hour mark, before Josh Sargent gave the side a 6-0 halftime lead. Captaining the team for the third time, Christian Pulisic recorded his 14th goal and first from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute, capping the scoring and sending the USMNT north to Canada with its largest margin of victory of the Gregg Berhalter era.

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RECORDS TIED AND SET VS. CUBA
With three goals inside 13 minutes, USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie recorded the fastest hat trick from the start of a game in team history. It was also the second-fastest in minutes spanned, coming in just one minute behind Brian McBride, who tallied three goals in 12 minutes in a 4-0 Gold Cup quarterfinal victory against El Salvador on Jan. 27, 2002.

With a trio of assists, Jordan Morris became just the third player in USMNT history to achieve the record of three in a match, tying Cobi Jones (Nov. 14, 1993 vs. Cayman Islands) and Landon Donovan (April 1, 2009 vs. Trinidad & Tobago and July 21, 2013 vs. El Salvador).

Finally, the USMNT’s six first-half goals in the match set a new record for goals in a half among matches which goal times are recorded (going back to at least 1968). Interestingly, the previous record of five goals all came in the second half of matches.

BERHALTER APPROACHING 10-WIN MILESTONE
Friday’s 7-0 victory against Cuba also marked Gregg Berhalter’s ninth as USMNT head coach.

Set to manage his 16th match on Tuesday against Canada, a win would see Berhalter become the second-fastest USMNT manager to achieve double-digit victories after only Bob Bradley, who achieved his 10th win in his 11th match as head coach in 2007.

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USMNT HEAD COACHES – FASTEST TO 10 WINS OVERALL

Coach

Games Coached

10th Win Date

Result

Competition

Bob Bradley

11

June 24, 2007

2-1 W vs. Mexico

2007 Gold Cup

Bruce Arena

18

February 16, 2000

1-0 W vs. Peru

2000 Gold Cup

Jurgen Klinsmann

18

September 11, 2012

1-0 W vs. Jamaica

2014 WCQ

Steve Sampson

19

June 9, 1996

2-1 W vs. Ireland

Friendly

Bob Gansler

21

April 8, 1990

4-1 W vs. Iceland

Friendly

Bora Milutinovic

24

May 30, 1992

3-1 W vs. Ireland

Friendly

* Gregg Berhalter has 9 wins in 15 games coached with the USMNT

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MILES ROBINSON DEPARTS CAMP WITH HAMSTRING INJURY
The USMNT roster was reduced to 24 players on Saturday with defender Miles Robinson returning to Atlanta United FC after suffering a left hamstring strain in training following Friday night’s win against Cuba. Robinson was summoned to camp earlier in the week as an injury replacement for Walker Zimmerman who suffered a concussion in LAFC’s regular season finale.

TORONTO (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years, allowing second-half goals to Alphonso Davis and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 defeat Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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A little over two years after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by losing at Trinidad and Tobago, they saw their 17-match unbeaten streak against their northern neighbor come to an end.

The U.S. men’s national team—and let’s be clear, the U.S. Soccer Federation as a whole—are in crisis again. And the whole thing makes you wonder if anyone learned any lessons at all from the monumental failure to qualify for World Cup 2018.

On Tuesday, Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT lost 2-0 to Canada in Toronto in the Concacaf Nations League, a loss that was deserved, a loss that was historic (the first time Canada has beaten the U.S. in 34 years) and a loss that probably should have been by an even bigger margin. It was the latest example that the U.S., whose best teams were always hard to play against, has lost that identity in the last five years of freefall.

It was one thing to lose 1-0 to Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final. But to lose 3-0 to the Mexicans after that (while failing to execute on the basics) and 2-0 to the Canadians in a competitive game are other things entirely.

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Under Berhalter—as was the case under Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena—the U.S. is worse than the sum of its parts. The talent that is there is being asked by Berhalter to adopt a play-out-of-the-back tactical approach that isn’t suited to the players at hand, who would be better off using a more direct style that (combined with pressing) would help keep the ball in the opponent’s half of the field. If Berhalter doesn’t adapt now, he should be out of a job soon.

Davies turned in a cross from Scott Arfield. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen put a palm up to block Davies’ shot but the ball still dropped over the line as Canada’s players rushed to join Davies for a raucous celebration.

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Cavallini added a 90th-minute for 75th-ranked Canada, taking long pass and beating Steffen to the near post with a low shot.

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The 21st-ranked U.S., coming off last week’s opening 7-0 home rout of Cuba, had nine wins and eight draws against Canada since a 2-0 exhibition defeat at Vancouver, British Columbia, in April 1985.

Canada is trying to climb into the top six in the region in FIFA rankings, which will be used next summer to determine the nations in the hexagonal will produce the three direct qualifiers from the North and Central American and Caribbean region for the 2022 World Cup.

The U.S. and Canada meet again Nov. 15 at Orlando, Florida, and the U.S. faces Cuba four days later George Town, Cayman Islands.

American coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes, inserting Steffen, right back DeAndre Yedlin, central defender Aaron Long and midfielder Michael Bradley. Yedlin made his first international appearance since March 26 after recovering from groin surgery.

With the departure, the USMNT roster stands at 24 players heading into Tuesday’s match against Canada. Teams are allowed to dress 23 players for Concacaf Nations League games (20 field players and three goalkeepers).

CNL PROVIDES COMPETITION, PREP FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Normally at this point of the cycle, the USMNT would still be playing friendlies in preparation for the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying. With the advent of the Concacaf Nations League, the team is now getting competitive matches in a home-and-away format that can replicate what the team will experience come the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup which begins next September.

“This is competitive soccer,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said about the new competition. “For us, it’s playing away games and playing home games that leads to a result in a tournament format which is important. World Cup qualifying is an absolutely crucial event, and these games will help prepare us. Any time there is a trophy on the line and in the inaugural Nations League tournament [there is], we want to put ourselves in a position to win.”

LEAGUE A, GROUP A
Drawn into Nations League A, Group A, the USMNT closes out the year with home and away matches against Canada and Cuba. Those countries faced off during the September window, with Canada earning a 7-0 win on Sept. 7 in Toronto before a 1-0 victory in Cuba’s “home” match on Sept. 10 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman. With those results, the USMNT will have the goal of equaling Canada’s six points by the end of the October window.