The USMNT defeated Jamaica 4-1 on Thursday. Let’s take a look at which players had their stock go down while others went up.
The United States Men’s National Team wasn’t at their best, but they still cruised their way to a 4-1 win over Jamaica in Austria on Thursday.
There were some disappointing performances, which included Christian Pulisic, but none were more disappointing than Reggie Cannon and Antonee Robinson. LA Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget scored a brace late, but it was Sergiño Dest and Brenden Aaronson who really made the difference.
Let’s take a look at which players saw their stock drop and which players saw their stock rise.
It took just a matter of minutes before Brenden Aaronson made his presence known after coming on at halftime against the Reggae Boyz. First, he slid a ball in for Gio Reyna. Not long after that, Aaronson found his second goal with the USMNT, capitalizing on the good work of Josh Sargent. While he might not be in the first team quite yet, Thursday’s display off the bench will give him more looks simply because he came in and made things happen.
It is still his job to lose, but Reggie Cannon did not look good on Thursday. His biggest mistake came on the lead-up to Jamaica’s goal, where he left too much time for Andre Gray to pick out a teammate dashing into the box. Cannon also received a yellow card in the 48th minute and wasn’t greatly effective on the attack. He managed to go the full 90 minutes but did not have a good showing.
A big opportunity squandered for Antonee Robinson to prove that he can be trusted at left-back, which would return Sergiño Dest to the right side. Similar to Cannon, Robinson’s big moment came in the lead-up to Jamaica’s goal, where he couldn’t seem to make up his mind as to where to position himself and what to do. The Fulham left-back replaced Sergiño Dest after 67 minutes and almost immediately looked out of place as Jamaica found their opener. Robinson still has high hopes and will have more opportunities, but just wasn’t his day against Jamaica.
Sergiño Dest has become even more precious for this team with a great 67-minute shift against Jamaica. Dest went on to score a sublime goal in the 34th minute and looked as comfortable as ever on the weaker left side. With his recent scoring spree, three goals in two matches, Dest has scored more goals this season than the struggling Christian Pulisic. His future is certainly in the starting XI as much as possible, but the question is whether it is on the left or right side. He’s proven to be great on both and looks to be more valuable than anyone else with the USMNT at the moment.
His team wasn’t great, but they still managed to pull off a 4-1 win. He put some players in some different situations and some did well while others didn’t. As they move on for a meeting with Northern Ireland in Belfast, I would like to see a couple of changes, but mostly the same crew that played against Jamaica.