The New York Red Bulls had two weeks off between club matches in order to give six of their players time to focus on their national team matches without missing action. (Note: Kaku was called to Paraguay for training only. Paraguay did not play in any matches during the window).
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United States vs. Colombia (2-4)
The USMNT hosted Colombia in front of 38,631 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood scored in a three minute span to put the US up 2-1, but three unanswered goals from Colombia sunk the Stars and Stripes. Defender Aaron Long was not in the 18 and needed to wait four days in order to make his debut.
United States vs. Peru (1-1)
Josh Sargent scored off a free kick from Acosta in the 49th minute, but the US couldn’t hold on to their lead. The lone goal scored against the US came from a cross that got behind defender DeAndre Yedlin in the 86th minute, headed in by 24-year old Edison Flores. Long was one of three Americans to receive their first caps (and starts) for the USMNT against Peru in front of 25,000 in Hartford, CT. He contributed all 90 minutes and had a solid outing, keeping center forward Raúl Ruidiaz off the score sheet.
The US will take their talents to Europe in the November window, first facing England, before squaring off with Italy, in a match to be played in Gent, Belgium. From comments made early last month by US Men’s General Manager, Earnie Stewart, the US could have a new coach by the time these friendlies roll around.
Haiti vs. Saint Lucia (2-1)
In a match scheduled for three days earlier, Haiti and Saint Lucia needed to move their match to Martinique in order to prepare Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG) for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20.
Forward Derrick Etienne started and provided a great run and the assist on the opening goal of the match in the 13th minute:
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Etienne was one of the more active strikers, gathering five of the team’s 23 shots. He was also issued a yellow card for a foul in the 55th minute.
Saint Lucia proved to be much more stingy than anticipated and gave Haiti a run for their money. However, Haiti did enough to collect all three points and sit in 2nd in the Nations League standings with six points and a 14 goal differential, heavily weighed by the 13-0 victory over Saint Maarten on Matchday 1.
Haiti face their toughest competitor on November 17th when they travel to Nicaragua on Matchday 3.
Panama vs. Japan (0-3)
The Panama national team traveled to Asia for two friendlies this week, starting with Japan. Defenders Michael Murillo and Fidel Escobar started and played all 90 minutes in the 3-0 loss to the Samurai Blue. Head coach, Gary Stempel, was in tinkering mode, as he set Murillo in at center mid.
Takumi Minamino scored in the 42nd followed by Junya Ito in the 66th. The final tally was own goal by Harold Cummings in the 85th. Escobar picked up a yellow card in the 68th minute.
Panama vs. South Korea (2-2)
Murillo was back in the starting XI as Panama found themselves down 2-0 to South Korea by the 33rd minute. However, a late first half goal and an early second half goal sealed the comeback for Panama to draw 2-2. Escobar substituted for Miguel Camargo in the 81st. Highlights can be seen here.
Jamaica vs. Bonaire (6-0)
Defender Kemar Lawrence was not in the 18 for Jamaica’s 6-0 trashing of Bonaire. The game was played in Curacao since Bonaire’s stadium is under construction. You can catch the highlights here. After two CONCACAF Nations League qualifying matches, Jamaica currently sits in 6th place, scoring 10 goals and allowing none. They need to remain in the top six in order to make League A of Nations League and top 10 to make next summer’s Gold Cup.
Jamaica will host Suriname on November 17th and travel to El Salvador in March to finish off CONCACAF Nations League qualifying.
The Red Bulls now turn their attention to the most critical match of the season, Sunday at the Philadelphia Union. The Union are surging, winning seven of their last ten matches, only losing once. In their last matchup with the Union in late May, they drew 0-0 at Red Bull Arena.