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USMNT Dismantles Martinique In Gold Cup Group B Fixture, Ensures Knockout Round Birth

Jul 15, 2021, 10:05 PM
United States players celebrate after a goal during the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup...
United States players celebrate after a goal during the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Martinique at Children's Mercy Park on July 15, 2021 in Kansas City, Kansas.. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The USMNT has dismantled the small French island Martinique 6-1 in the second match of their Gold Cup campaign.

The U.S. got off to a dazzling start when Daryl Dike scored the game’s opening goal. An own goal was then scored by Martinique in the 23rd minute and the lead doubled.

By the time Martinique scored their only goal of the game, the U.S. had put four goals up on the scoreboard. Dike concluding the fixture with a brace after he sent the U.S. up 4-0 in the 59th minute, it was the first brace of his international career.

The stoppage-time goal by second-half substitute Nicholas Gioacchini put the icing on the cake and left the Kansas City locals with a smile as they departed Children’s Mercy Park. Busio was credited with the assist after putting a beautiful delivery along the ground and onto the foot of Gioacchini.

Tied With Canada

The victory keeps the U.S. unbeaten through two games at the Gold Cup. The win also solidifies qualification to the knockout round, however, one more Group stage match remains as the U.S. will take on Canada on Sunday, July 18, at 3 p.m.

Canada currently sits atop Group B on goal goals scored, Canada has scored eight goals through two games while the U.S. has scored seven, Canada has conceded two goals while the U.S. has only conceded one. Both teams are tied with six points and plus six goal differential.

USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has opted for an entirely Major League Soccer roster. Sadly, no player from Real Salt Lake received the call-up.

The importance of Sunday’s contest against Canada does not exist. Regardless of the outcome, the U.S. will qualify for the second round after victories over Haiti and Martinique.

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