USMT tops Canada to win second straight CONCACAF Nations League title

LAS VEGAS — Foralin Balogun and Chris Richards score their first international goals, both from assists from Gio Reina, as the United States beat Canada 2-0 on Sunday night to clinch their second straight CONCACAF Nations League title. accomplished.

Richards scored from a corner kick in the 12th minute, choosing to play for the United States instead of England, while Balogun, who made his debut in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Mexico, doubled the lead in the 34th minute.

The USA team was again led by interim coach BJ Callahan, who took office May 30 and will lead the team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup starting next weekend.

Greg Verhalter, who returned as coach on Friday five-and-a-half months after his contract was granted to expire, will not play until the exhibition in September.

The United States extended their home unbeaten streak to 22 games against Canada since 1957, but Canada has been titleless since the 2000 Gold Cup.

US players celebrate after defeating Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League final.

In the first half of the CONCACAF Nations League Final, USA's Foralin Balogun scored with a shot against Canada.
In the first half of the CONCACAF Nations League Final, USA’s Foralin Balogun scored with a shot against Canada.

Reina started both goals but was sidelined at half-time with a calf injury and was replaced by Luca de a Torre.

Controversy over Reyna’s lack of commitment to World Cup training and his family’s angry reaction led to Berhalter’s departure in January.

Richards scored his first goal in his 10th international appearance as he bounced a free header from Reina’s corner kick to goalkeeper Milan Boljan’s left 7 yards.

The American has not scored from a corner kick since Jordan Morris’ goal after Weston McKennie’s first shot was saved against El Salvador last June 14 and De La Torre sent Morris a cross. I didn’t.

Reina gave Balogun the feed and scored the second goal.

The forward held Scott Kennedy with his right arm and overtook Boljan.

Callahan made three changes from Thursday, with center defender Walker Zimmerman replacing Myles Robinson and Weston McKechnie and Serginho Dest, who were both red-carded and suspended against El Tori. They brought in midfielder Brendon Aaronson and right-back Joe Scully.

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