New York Red Bulls players were in international action on Monday and Tuesday with some interesting score lines coming into affect. The team had an off week in the MLS season, so players had the ability to train and play with their national teams before visiting D.C. United on Sunday.
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Haiti vs. Sint Maarten (13-0)
Yes… you read that correctly. Haiti dropped 13 goals on Saint Maarten in Port-au-Prince Monday night. Saint Maarten is not a FIFA member, making them ineligible for World Cup qualifying, but teams like them are allowed to enter into domestic confederation cup/league qualifying.
Red Bulls striker Derrick Etienne scored his lone goal in the 71st minute off a throw-in behind the defense to make it 10-0 after substituting for Duckens Nazon two minutes earlier. Nazon, a Sint-Truiden player in the Belgian first tier, scored a Haiti-record five goals in the match. The victory puts Haiti in the top spot of Nations League and Gold Cup qualification. It was also the largest victory in team history.
— ⚽EtienneBallaz⚽ (@EtienneBallaz) September 11, 2018
With six teams winning by a scoreline of 5-0 or greater, goal differential will be the determining factor of qualifying for Gold Cup and League A. Kemar Lawrence’s Jamaica also gathered three points, but they only won 4-0, so they are sitting in 8th place. The top six qualify for League A. Even a 2-0 victory for Nicaragua isn’t good enough for a Gold Cup spot currently. They are in 11th place.
Haiti’s next Nations League qualifier will be at St. Lucia on October 13th.
USA vs. Mexico (1-0)
The first half of the USA-Mexico match was very lackluster, mainly from a US-perspective. Similar to the Brazil match, the system came across as not creative and robotic. The teams shared possession but there were no excellent scoring opportunities. Energy from the USMNT players seemed low and it started out as “just another friendly.”
But things got interesting in the second half around the 65th minute. When a Mexican long ball was cut off and brought up field by USMNT defender and ex-Red Bull Matt Miazga, he was tugged by Mexico forward Diego Lainez, resulting in a foul. Miazga didn’t appreciate getting slowed down and the 6’4 player made a “you’re very small” hand gesture to the 5’7 attacker:
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) September 12, 2018
This sparked the game needed to make it “not just another friendly”. Two minutes later, Ángel Zaldívar performed a high, studs up tackle on midfielder Wil Trap to earn a straight red. Playing up a man, the USMNT took advantage.
In the 71st minute, Kellyn Acosta sprung Antonee Robinson down the left channel of the 18. His cross was behind the defenders and right into the path of a surging Tyler Adams. After making a 35-yard run, Adams hit the ball first time back against the grain and scored the lone goal of the match. And there was much rejoycing:
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) September 12, 2018
The Concacaf rivalry now has a bit of fire back in the rivalry after the Miazga-Lainez scuffle and ensuing Zaldívar red card. The USMNT is now unbeaten in their last 12 friendlies against El Tri (8-0-4) dating back to 1999.
The USMNT will turn their attention to two more friendly matches against Colombia in Tampa, FL on October 11th and Peru in Hartford, CT on October 16th.
Guatemala vs. Ecuador (0-2)
New York Red Bulls II defender Allen Yannes was an unused substitute in Guatemala’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador in Chicago. Ecuador scored two late goals in the 82nd and 84th minutes by Enner Valencia and Romario Ibarra. Highlights can be found here.
Guatemala does not have any further matches listed. They are currently on the outside looking in for Nations League qualifying. Their matches the next six months will all be friendlies against CONMEBOL and already-qualified Gold Cup teams.
It is still unclear how/if they will be brought back in the fold since their two-year ban on international tournaments has been lifted.
Panama vs. Venezuela (0-2)
Panama flew home to host Venezuela for a friendly in their only match of the current FIFA window, but lost 2-0 on two 2nd half goals. Both Michael Murrillo and Fidel Escobar started and played all 90 minutes of the match. Highlights can be seen here.
Next month, Panama will fly to Asia for a friendly at Japan on October 12th and South Korea on October 15th.
The Red Bulls get a two-week break during the October FIFA window. No club games overlap international call-ups.
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