Tonight, Canada faced off against the United States in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League. Canada were easily the better side and won the match 2-0. Alphonso Davies opened up the scoring for the Canadians in the 63rd minute with a tap-in after a run to the far post. This was the first goal Canada has scored against the US since 2007.
Canada scores on the U.S. for the first time since 2007 pic.twitter.com/2fVA55Xigk— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 16, 2019
Davies was easily the best player on the pitch. He showed off his speed and versatility going by defenders and sending in dangerous crosses. Fonzie’s goal was not his first shot on target either, as he forced Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Zack Steffen to make several saves. Davies took slight knock in the second half but played on. He was subbed off shortly after his goal. His replacement, Lucas Cavallini, scored a beautiful volley to clinch the game in stoppage time.
The United States looked out of sorts throughout the entire 90 minutes of the match. The Americans projected very little urgency or quality. Schalke’s Weston Mckennie lacked the defensive acumen he has shown this campaign in the Bundesliga and had a hard time linking up with anyone else wearing a white shirt. He looked like a completely different player out there.
The former Borussia Dortmund player Christian Pulisic added to his woes this season. After seeing very little playing time so far in his first campaign with Chelsea, Puli had a poor game and was subbed out at the hour mark. His replacement did little better as Pulisic looked on from the bench. Werder Bremen striker Josh Sargent also started for the US but was largely anonymous. Zack Steffen was probably their man of the match and came up with big saves over the 90 minutes.
Canada was by far the hungrier and more determined of the two sides. This was their first victory against the United States in 34 years.