Ferreira scores four goals in the US men’s 5-0 win over Grenada
AUSTIN, Texas — Jesús Ferreira equaled the United States’ international record with four goals on Friday night, and the Americans beat Grenada 5-0 in a World Cup bye, a CONCACAF Nations League game 164 days before their opener in Qatar.
After a series of misses, Ferreira put the USA ahead in the 43rd minute, then added more goals in the 54th, 56th and 78th minutes to give him seven goals in 12 caps. His four goals came from Landon Donovan (2003), Joe-Max Moore (1993), Buff Donelli (1934) and Archie Stark (1925).
Paul Arriola added a goal in the 62nd round as the Americans extended their home streak to 26 games since losing to Mexico in September 2019, equaling the 2013-15 team record.
On a 96-degree night, stars Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams didn’t dress for the US No. 15, playing against a Spice Boys team that have only finished 170th since beating the US Virgin Islands in March 2021 and stood victorious.
Ferreira scored the opening goal when Arriola crossed and the ball was deflected by Kayden Harrack to the 21-year-old, who sliced down the middle and smashed goalkeeper Jason Belfon in the far post with a left-footed shot from 8 yards out. USA came on in 13 games with just one goal from a forward’s run.
Ferreira doubled the lead with a right shot into the far post as he sprinted behind the defense while Arriola supplied him, then slammed Belfon at the far post with a 14-yard right shot after Kellyn Acosta executed a corner kick to the ground .
Brenden Aaronson, a second-half substitute, pulled Belfon off his line for Ferreira’s fourth and let his left foot tap him into an open goal from 6 yards.
Arriola, Ferreira’s Dallas teammate, scored his 10th international goal from a 6-yard box following a pass from Luca de la Torre.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started on his international competitive debut and joined Aaron Long to become the 20th central defender in 53 games since coach Gregg Berhalter signed in December 2018.
Malik Tillman, a 20-year-old who joined the Americans from Germany last month, made his competitive debut early in the second half, replacing Weston McKennie.
The unusual preparation schedule was caused by FIFA’s decision in 2010 to host the tournament in Qatar, a vote which the US Department of Justice says was influenced by bribes paid to members of the Football Association‘s Executive Committee.
In 2015, FIFA moved the tournament from its traditional June/July slot to the winter, a move to the middle of the European club season that limits pre-tournament training to one week and eliminates the possibility of the US Football Association’s usual farewell series .
The Americans have just three warm-up games left, on Tuesday in El Salvador in the Nations League and shows in Europe on September 23 and 27, likely against Asian opponents.
15th-ranked USA opens the World Cup on November 21 against No. 18 Wales, meets No. 5 England in a Black Friday match four days later and finishes the first round on November 29 against No. 21 Iran.
Notes: GK Ethan Horvath and forward Haji Wright didn’t play, maybe they had to start in El Salvador. … MF Gio Reyna, who has been sidelined since April 8 with a leg injury, has been in training camp but not in the squad. His father, former US captain Claudio Reyna, is the athletic director of Austin’s major league soccer team.