ORLANDO, Florida.- The United States got the victory it needed in Concacaf Nations League Group A play, topping Canada 4-1 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The win improves the all-time record of the U.S. versus their northern neighbors to 15W-11D-9L and avenges the defeat suffered in Toronto last month, which was Canada’s first win over the U.S. in 34 years.
The United States alleviated some of the pressure it was facing early, with Jordan Morris directing a deflected shot by Sergino Dest into the goal in the third minute.
The Americans doubled their lead in the second half with a nice team move capped by Jordan Morris putting in a cross for Gyasi Zardes, who nodded it in.
And it was a third when Tim Ream set up his fellow defender Aaron Long on a set piece in the 34th minute, with the New York Red Bulls defender heading the ball home to extend the lead.
In the second half, Jonathan Osorio headed a ball from a corner toward the back post for Steven Vitoria to knock in and cut the deficit.
But it was back to three goals late, with Zardes putting the icing on the cake on a deflected shot that found the back of the net.
The United States now can win the group and advance to next summer’s final championship with a victory against Cuba on Tuesday.