• Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

USA beats Morocco at TQL Stadium as it prepares for World Cup run

By Matthew Jackson

Herald Contributor

Since qualifying for soccer’s World Cup on March 30, in Costa Rica, the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) prepares for Qatar 2022 with a pair of intercontinental-friendly matches.    

First up was Morocco at TQL Stadium here in the Queen City. USMNT came out early with strong pressure and in the 26-minute Christian Pulisic showed incredible control and touch to serve the ball across the pitch to Brendan Aaronson for the score. Just six minutes later, Tim Weah separated from the pack just outside the 18-yard box and rifled the ball past the keeper to bring the score 2-0.

To start the second half, Gregg Berhalter (USMNT Head Coach) called up Haji Wright for his first showing on the international stage. Following Morocco’s foul on Christian Pulisic inside the box, Wright was selected to take the penalty kick; and, with a stutter step to lead the goalie off his line, Wright drove the ball in for his first international score and to bring the USMNT to a 3-0 victory.

The USMNT‘s did not disappoint here in Cincinnati, and with the victory over Morocco have showed they are well poised to make a strong showing at the World Cup. With a second match against Uruguay on June 5 in Kansas City and two nation league contests approaching in the middle of June, the USMNT seeks to solidify its prominence in the CONCACAF region.

All this work and preparation will culminate in the USMNTs return to the World Cup in QATAR in November of this year, after missing out in 2018. The USMNT will face off against England, Iran and the winner of the match between Wales and Ukraine, (which was won by Ukraine) representing Group B of the World Cup. The US is in good form to make it beyond the group stage and improve on its quarterfinals showing in 2002.