Ferreira scores four as USA hammers Grenada

The United States men overcame a slow start with the help of four goals from Jesus Ferreira to earn a comfortable 5-0 win over Grenada on Friday night in its CONCACAF Nations League opener at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Neither Christian Pulisic nor Tyler Adams dressed for the game against 170th-ranked Grenada, with U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter making eight changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Uruguay on Sunday.

Despite dominating possession and shots in the first half, the U.S. had little to show for it until Ferreira pounced on a loose ball in the area, beat his marker and struck a shot past Grenada keeper Jason Belfon to give his side a narrow advantage at the break.

“I think I’m in a good spot,” said Ferreira, a son of former Colombia national team midfielder David Ferreira, the 2010 Major League Soccer MVP. “I’m not going to focus on the goals because I know they will come. Just having a good game will do the job.”

Ferreira doubled the Americans’ lead shortly after half-time, beating Belfon at his far post with a tidy finish from Paul Arriola’s well-weighted through ball opening up the Grenada defense.

Berhalter’s side went up three before the hour mark as Ferreira sealed his hat trick with a lovely curling shot into the top corner and Arriola pushed the score to 4-0 with a close-range shot assisted by Luca de la Torre soon after.

“There’s a certain validation that you get as a striker when you do hit the back of the net,” Berhalter said.

The joint leading scorer in Major League Soccer wasn’t done, though, as Ferreira scored his fourth and easiest goal of the night from a tap in with substitute Brenden Aaronson providing the assist.

Besides being a World Cup showcase for the FC Dallas star, the win also stretched the USMNT’s unbeaten run at home to 26 matches, tying the previous record set between 2013-2015.

Next up for the U.S. which plays no more home matches before the start of the World Cup is another Nations League test, this time on the road against El Salvador on June 14.

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