The U.S. Men’s National Team won their second straight 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage game, with a 6-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Cleveland. Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman started yet again for his country and played the full 90 as he helped the U.S. notch a second straight clean sheet.
Zimmerman’s central defense counterpart, Aaron Long, scored his first career USMNT goal to open the scoring, in the 41st minute with a pinpoint header. After halftime, the dam broke, as Gyasi Zardes hit a brace, followed by goals from Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola and another from Long to bookend the night.
Zimmerman has now played the first two games of the tournament, and with two straight clean sheets, has acquitted himself well so far. I wouldn’t be shocked if Gregg Berhalter did some rotation in the final group stage game, but since that will be against the strongest opponent in the group, he may not after all.
The other LAFC player on the USMNT roster, Tyler Miller, did not feature in the match as Zack Steffen went the distance in goal. Miller is still awaiting his first USMNT cap.
The U.S. will be back in action on Wednesday against Panama to wrap up group play. Then it will be onto the knockouts.
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