Christian Pulisic took centre stage as he played a key role in USA’s 7-1 Nations League win over Grenada, which helped his side confirm their place at the Gold Cup.
The Chelsea forward, who captained America in the Caribbean, was named Player of the Match after laying on two goals and netting one himself in the convincing rout.
Pulisic crossed for Ricardo Pepi to head home the opener after just four minutes, with his pinpoint centre demanding a waiting striker to get on the end of it – which Pepi happily obliged to.
Our No.10 was causing plenty of issues for Grenada down the left-hand side and he set up Brenden Aaronsen for goal number two after 20 minutes. Pulisic jinked his way inside before teeing up the Leeds United man, who drove forward before firing into the bottom corner to double the lead.
It was 3-0 just after the half-hour mark as another Leeds midfielder, this time Weston McKennie got on the act. A Pulisic free-kick was only partially cleared and McKennie was the quickest to react in the area and slam home.
The hosts did then pull a goal back, offering them a rare glimmer of hope, but that was as good as it got for Grenada as moments later it was 4-1, with McKennie adding his second. Again, Pulisic was involved as his free-kick picked out Anton Trusty who nodded into the path of McKennie to convert.
Into the second half and USA continued in the same fashion as the first 45 minutes, completely dominating Grenada and attacking at will.
It was 5-1 just four minutes after the restart as Pulisic got the goal his performance deserved. The ball was worked to the unmarked Christian out on the left and he slid a right-footed shot under the goalkeeper and into the net.
Less than five minutes later and five became six, as Pepi got his second of the game – applying a cool finish after being sent through one-on-one.
Pulisic was withdrawn just after the hour-mark, possibly with one eye on Monday’s huge game vs El Salvador, but the goals didn’t dry up there for America.
Alex Zendejas, who impressed whenever he was on the ball, added a seventh with a rasping left-footed drive for his first senior international goal.
The victory confirms USA’s place at the Gold Cup but they will want to ensure El Salvador, who have also booked their place at the summer tournament in America, don’t pip them to top spot in their qualification group.