Goals by Giovanni Reyna and Christian Pulisic sealed a 2-1 friendly win over Northern Ireland as the United States claimed their fifth win in a row on Sunday.
In the first-ever meeting between the two nations, the USA went ahead after 30 minutes when Borussia Dortmund midfielder Reyna sent a deflected effort past Conor Hazard.
Pulisic doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 59th minute, stroking home from the penalty spot after he had been brought down inside the area by Daniel Ballard. That was the Chelsea man’s eighth goal involvement in his last 10 appearances for his country (five goals, three assists).
USA national team head coach Gregg Berhalter said he was impressed Christian Pulisic’s overall performance in the win over Northern Ireland.
It was a very proud moment for the 22-year-old who captained the US team in the friendly game in Belfast. He played in a rather familiar left winger role in a 3-4-3 formation.
For Berhalter, it was pretty clear that Pulisic was the best player on the pitch in that game.
But it was not what the winger did with the ball that impressed him.
“Christian got the coaches’ man of the match and US Soccer insider’s [fan-voted] man of the match, so glad that we’re aligned on that,” Berhalter said in his post-match press conference.
“What I’d say about Christian is, forget about the stuff he did on the ball, he just competed today.
“When he’s on that type of mode, he’s just an unbelievable player. That’s what I was most happy with today.
“Relentless pressing, just kept going and going, he’s so good on the ball, he can unbalance the [opposition] team.
“To me, he had an overall really strong performance.”
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