USMNT Run Rampant In Second Half, Beat Trinidad & Tobago 6-0

The United States men's national team had to survive a scare or two from Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday night in the second half, but eventually turned the Gold Cup contest into a laugher, winning 6-0. Two goals from Aaron Long and Gyasi Zardes were complimented by strikes from Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The win set up a showdown on Wednesday with Panama, to determine who will win Group D. A win or draw for the USA will ensure the top position in the group.

Fielding the same starting 11 from Tuesday's win over Guyana, Gregg Berhalter's side had a tough going in the first half. Long, the center back from the New York Red Bulls, headed the US into the lead 41st minute, finishing off a cross from Pulisic after the US retained possession from a free kick. 

But otherwise, Trinidad and Tobago, who famously beat the US in 2017 to deny the USMNT a spot at the 2018 World Cup, stymied Berhalter's side for much of the first half. And then early on in the second half, the Soca Warriors came close on several occasions to finding an equalizer. First it was Levi García firing into the side netting on a break in the 61st minute, before Kevin Molino forced a save out of Zack Steffen in the 63rd.

That sequence seemed to jolt the US to life though, and after Marvin Phillip made a remarkable save on Arriola to keep T&T within a goal, Zardes scored his first goal of the night in the 66th minute. Michael Bradley dropped a perfect pass into the box for right back Nick Lima, who headed the ball into the middle of the box, where Zardes made no mistake from two yards out.

Zardes' second goal, in the 69th minute, required a bit more technique, after Pulisic weaved through the defense to drop the ball off for the striker in the box. Afforded time and space, Zardes curled a shot to the far post that Phillip could only get a touch to.

The Columbus Crew striker had two opportunities to complete his hat trick, and looked to be an option for substitute Jordan Morris when the winger got into the box in the 73rd minute. Instead, the Seattle Sounders homegrown passed to Pulisic, who slotted home his goal, a just reward for the US playmaker. 

Berhalter had the luxury of bringing in Jozy Altidore shortly after, and the striker played a nifty flick to Morris in the 78th minute. That allowed Morris to slide the ball into the middle of the box, with Arriola on the spot to finish off his second goal of the competition. 

In the 90th minute, a blocked shot fell to Long, who shouldered the ball into the goal for his second goal of the night, wrapping up a enthralling second half for the tournament hosts.

The US wraps up group play on Wednesday night against Panama, in a game that will take place at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.  

D.C. United Overcome Second Half Penalty, Beat FC Cincinnati 4-1

D.C. United were quite unhappy about a second-half penalty awarded to hosts FC Cincinnati on Thursday night in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Emmanuel Ledesma converted the spot-kick in the 54th minute, canceling out Lucas Rodriguez's first-half goal. However, instead of being put off by the call, United responded in aggressive fashion, scoring three second-half goals to win 4-1 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. 

USMNT No. 1 Zack Steffen Heads To Fortuna Dusseldorf On Loan

Throughout the decades of ups and downs in U.S. Soccer, there has always been one thing that fans of the men’s national team have been able to count on: a good goalie between the sticks. Tim Howard, Kasey Keller, and Tony Meola each earned at least 100 caps since 1988, and a host of dependable reserve keepers since that year has kept the position completely solid. 

18 Players The USMNT Should & Shouldn't Play In The Concacaf Nations League

When my wife and I got to our car in the parking garage this morning, I realized with great sadness I had left my cell phone — which I use to stream audiobooks on my morning commute — up in the condo, and since we were already a couple minutes late I decided not to waste several minutes retrieving it. 

Bournemouth & Girona Are Paragons Of Small-Market Success In England, Spain

You’ve probably heard the tale at least once by now. 

D.C. United Face FC Cincinnati For The First Time In Need Of A Win

A week after facing off against an MLS original, D.C. United head to Ohio to take on the league's newest team, FC Cincinnati, in the first meeting between the two clubs. Last Friday, the Black-and-Red had to fight back for a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution, giving them just one win in their past nine league games. Meanwhile, Cincinnati, still mired in last place in MLS in 2019, have reeled off two wins in a row.

Fiorentina's Federico Chiesa: The Most Talented & Divisive Starlet In Italy

Growing up, there was this kid named Albus Dinglefeet — I’ve fictionalized his name for anonymity’s sake — in my brother’s grade, and Albus was one of the fastest kids around. 

Everton, Sevilla & Nantes Feature On Top 5 European Friendlies On FloFC

With the Women’s World Cup, Copa America, and Concacaf Gold Cup officially in the books, your significant other is breathing a sigh of relief because a break in summer soccer has finally arrived, right? 

Orlando's US Open Cup Quarterfinal Win Hints At Future Potential

In the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals against NYCFC last week, Orlando City SC nearly blew it. They held a 1-0 lead at home, with a chance to squeak into the semifinals of a tournament that could be a boon for the playoff-less Lions. Simply playing important knockout games is enticing for a restless fanbase just waiting to get excited about something.

How FC Cincinnati Beat The Chicago Fire En Route To A 2-Game Winning Streak

Fresh off their first three points in nearly two months, FC Cincinnati burst out of the gates and held on for their second win on the trot against the Chicago Fire on Saturday. 

Analyzing Crucial Plays From D.C. United's Draw Against New England

Jara Reveals His Preferred Formation

D.C. United fell behind by two goals in the first half against the New England Revolution on Friday but clawed their way back to a point at Audi Field. It wasn't exactly the result United needed, as they have now picked up just one win in their past nine league games.