After a draw against Jamaica, the US men’s national will look for a recovery performance against Saint Kitts and Nevis on Thursday in the Gold Cup. By the time the USMNT takes the field, the goal will be clear: to score as many as possible to avoid a group draw. Interim boss BJ Callaghan has to change the line-up, especially as Jordan Morris is struggling with a knee injury. If Morris can’t go, it presents an opportunity for Cade Cowell to start for the USMNT, which represents a young, emerging offensive threat.
Saint Kitts and Nevis were in fine form ahead of the Gold Cup, but will try to bounce back from a 3-0 loss to Trinidad & Tobago to begin Gold Cup play. But against a USMNT squad that hasn’t played many minutes together, the game could get tricky if the Sugar Boyz can keep their composure.
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- Date: Wednesday 28 June | Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Place: CITYPARK stadium — St. Lodewijk, Mo.
- TV: FS1 | Live stream: fuboTV (Try Free)
- Chances: Saint Kitts and Nevis +4000; Draw +1200; United States -10000 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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If the United States who ended the game against Jamaica show up in this game, it won’t be too much of a problem as they only allowed one shot in the second half as Brandon Vazquez scored an equalizing goal to take a point. Callaghan showed he could make the necessary adjustments and also officially named six members of the team. Vazquez, Jalen Neal, John Tolkin, Aidan Morris, Alan Sonora and Cowell all made their debut in the official competition, which also shows how inexperienced this team is. Part of the goal is to gain experience in knockout tournaments as many players as possible before the team gets a bunch of commitments.
Without Morris, the team will only get younger, but Matt Turner will be able to stabilize them after saving a penalty against Jamaica. It is their first encounter with Saint Kitts and Nevis, which will become the 100th country to face the USMNT. With a roster mainly drawn from USL and lower leagues in England, there won’t be much exposure to Saint Kitts, which could lead to a slow start to the game.
Once the USMNT warm up for the game, they are able to tear apart the Saint Kitts and Nevis defense leading to their first win in this edition of the Gold Cup. Choose: United States 4, Saint Kitts and Nevis 0