Jesus Ferreira became the first American to score international hat tricks in back-to-back games, and the United States advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 6-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday night.
Ferreira scored in the 14th and 38th minutes against world-ranked 101st-ranked Trinidad, then converted a penalty kick in the third minute of first-half stoppage time.
«That intensity with which the team comes out is helping me to get into the area,» said Ferreira. «We are all working together. We are all defending together. We are all attacking together.»
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Cade Cowell scored in the 66th, four minutes after coming on, and Gianluca Busio in the 79th, the first international goal for both. Brandon Vázquez added his third goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time as the No. 11 Americans won by six goals for the second straight game.
The 22-year-old son of former Colombian midfielder David Ferreira, Jesus Ferreira joined Landon Donovan as the only Americans with three hat-tricks. Twelve of Ferreira’s 14 international goals have come against Caribbean nations, including four against Grenada in June 2022 and three against Saint Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday.
«When I see his movement and his confidence in the penalty area, you can tell the game has slowed down for him,» interim USA coach BJ Callaghan said. «All the work that he’s doing, leading our line defensively, coming down, helping to develop the game, he’s having a really complete tournament to me.»
The United States won Group A on goal difference over Jamaica and advanced to the quarterfinals in Cincinnati on July 9 against Canada, Guatemala, or Guadeloupe. The Americans have 40 wins, one loss and five draws in the Gold Cup group stage
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The United States won their group for the 16th time in 17 Gold Cups, along with a runner-up finish for Panama in 2011. Before a crowd of 40,243, the Americans topped Trinidad and Tobago 23-9.
Trinidad was eliminated, finishing with a win over St. Kitts and a pair of losses. The Soca Warriors denied the USA a trip to the 2018 World Cup with a home win.
Ferreira put the USA ahead in the 14th minute. Cristian Roldan shuffled the ball to DeJuan Jones, who cut Ferreira back. He accommodated the ball and scored it from near the penalty spot.
Ferreira doubled the lead in the 38th when goalkeeper Marvin Phillip tapped in his opening shot and Ferreira hit the rebound off defender Sheldon Bateau’s leg.
Guatemalan referee Mario Escobar awarded the penalty kick as Alvin Jones brought down Djordje Mihailovic, and Ferreira sent his shot to Phillips’ left.
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Goalie Matt Turner, defender Miles Robinson and Roldan were inserted into the starting lineup in place of Sean Johnson, Matt Miazga and Cowell.
Midfielder Alan Soñora missed the game with a strained right hamstring and will be replaced on the roster. Midfielder Aidan Morris was allowed to leave camp for what the US Soccer Federation said were personal reasons.
Jamaica, which drew 1-1 with the USA, advanced with a 5-0 victory over St. Kitts in Santa Clara, California. The Reggae Boyz took the lead with an own goal from goaltender Julani Archibald, then got goals from Jonathan Russell, DiShon Bernard, Daniel Johnson and Cory Burke.