Giovanni Reyna is celebrating an important assist…
Heading home the 20-year-old half-Argentine American soccer player’s corner, Chris Richards put the United States Men’s National Team early on Sunday to help the team retain its Concacaf Nations League crown.
Another first-half goal from Folarin Balogun cemented the Americans’ 2-0 victory over Canada.
Richards put the USMNT on top in the 12th minute, Balogun then doubled the advantage in the 34th minute with a deft finish from Reyna’s through ball that got past Milan Borjan in the Canada goal.
Reyna dished two assists and conducted the big victory over Canada, which earned the U.S. a second consecutive Nations League title.
With hair bleached blond and swagger oozing, Reyna pulled strings from his midfield position with remarkable ease. He spun Canadian counterparts in circles. He directed traffic with his hands, eyes and precocious footballing brain.
And he unlocked a somewhat bolted game, first with a skill that the USMNT had sorely missed in his absence. He served an out-swinging corner up to a perfect far-post location, and Richards attacked it with gusto.
Canada did what it could to get back in the game, and enjoyed a hefty 62-38 edge in possession. But despite finding star attacker Alphonso Davies in some good positions, the visitors were unable to make a dent in the U.S. lead. U.S. interim manager B.J. Callaghan went to a five-man back line late on and, despite some tense moments, the hosts were able to see out the match and hoist the Nations League trophy once again.