The USMNT drew 1-1 at home with Canada in their second Concacaf World Cup qualifier of the 2022 cycle. After Christian Pulisic hit the post in the 40th minute and needing to sub out Sergino Dest with an ankle sprain in the 43rd, the US regrouped at halftime. Antonee Robinson found Brenden Aaronson in front of goal in the 55th minute, taking a 1-0 lead. Canada equalized through Cyle Larin in the 62nd minute.
“Obviously, it’s not exactly where we want to be, but we have a lot of games left to play,” USMNT captain Christian Pulisic told FS1. “It’s not time to put our heads down, because we’ve got one more in this window and we’ve got to keep going.”
Next up for the USA is an away date in Honduras on Wednesday, September 8 (10pm ET – Paramount+). The squad was without Zack Steffen due to a positive COVID-19 test, Weston McKennie due to “a violation of team policy,” and Gio Reyna with a hamstring injury. Steffen and Reyna will miss the Honduras game.
In his postgame comments, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter refered to the injury situation as “not ideal.” US Soccer announced earlier on Sunday that NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson will take Steffen’s place in the roster. Berhalter said that the technical staff is considering options for Reyna’s spot and potentially more if players aren’t available for Honduras.
Elsewhere in Concacaf World Cup qualifying, Panama beat Jamaica 3-0 on the road. Andres Andrade put Panama up in the 14th. Rolando Blackburn (39th) and Cecelio Waterman (82nd) added goals. El Salvador and Honduras finished 0-0 in San Salvador where a power outage delayed the game in the second-half. Mexico won 1-0 at Costa Richa from a first-half stoppage time Orbelin Pineda penalty. Costa Rica hit the post in stoppage time.
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— GAME REPORT —
Match: USA vs Canada
Date: September 5, 2021
Competition: Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. local
Weather: 74 degrees; mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
CAN 0 1 1
USA – Brenden Aaronson (Antonee Robinson) 55th minute
CAN – Cyle Larin (Alphonso Davies) 62
USA: 1-Matt Turner; 2-Sergiño Dest (22-DeAndre Yedlin, 44), 12-Miles Robinson, 6-John Brooks, 5-Antonee Robinson; 4-Tyler Adams, 17-Sebastian Lletget (7-Cristian Roldan, 83), 23-Kellyn Acosta; 11-Brenden Aaronson (9-Josh Sargent, 83), 19-Jordan Pefok (20-Konrad de la Fuente, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.)
Substitutes not used: 8-Sean Johnson, 18-Ethan Horvath, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 13-Tim Ream 14-Ricardo Pepi, 15-Mark McKenzie, 16-James Sands, 21-George Bello
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter
CAN: 18-Milan Borjan (Capt.), 3-Samuel Adekugbe, 14-Mark-Anthony Kaye (13-Atiba Hutchinson, 77), 15-Doneil Henry, 22-Richie Laryea, 23-Scott Kennedy, 2-Alistair Johnston, 7-Stephen Eustaquio, 19-Alphonso Davies (21-Jonathan Osorio, 77), 10-Junior Hoilett (11-Tajon Buchanan, 64), 17-Cyle Larin (20-Jonathan David, 65)
Substitutes not used: 1-James Pantemis, 16-Maxime Crepeau, 4-Kamal Miller, 5-Steven Vitoria, 6-Samuel Piette, 8-David Wotherspoon, 9-Lucas Cavallini, 12-Liam Fraser
Head coach: John Herdman
Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 6
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 12
Offside: 0 / 1
CAN — Richie Laryea (Caution) 28th minute
USA — Jordan Pefok (Caution) 29
USA — John Brooks (Caution) 33
CAN — Mark-Anthony Kaye (Caution) 68
USA — Tyler Adams (Caution) 69
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
4th Official: Reon Radix (GRN)
Photo by Doug Zimmerman – ISIPhotos.com