In a thrilling 4-0 victory over Ghana in an international friendly played in Tennessee, the United States defeated the Black Stars for the third consecutive time.
With goals from Monaco forward Folarin Balogun, former Chelsea player Christian Pulisic, and Dortmund midfielder Giovanni Reyna (who scored twice) at Geodis Park, the American team put on a fantastic first-half display.
Ghana suffered their second loss in the October international window after the damage was done in the first forty-five minutes of play and they were unable to make a comeback.
Mexico had earlier defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in North Carolina. In the Mexico game, coach Chris Hughton acknowledged their defensive shortcomings and promised not to make the same mistakes against the USA. But on Tuesday night, they played an even poorer defense, and the USA took advantage of their shortcomings.
Following victories in the two previous World Cup encounters (in 2006 and 2010), Ghana has now lost to the USA three times in a row. In their subsequent meetings with the two teams, the USA emerged victorious after exacting their retribution at the 2014 World Cup.
Hughton made adjustments to the team that lost to Mexico during the game that 1Family Radio broadcast, substituting Belgian goalkeeper Abdul Nurudeen for Lawrence Ati-Zigi in goal. Nurudeen was possibly Ghana’s finest player in the first half, despite giving up four goals.
The USA shut down players like Inaki Williams, Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, and Jordan Ayew, although they had started the game. In particular, Williams’ goalless drought against Ghana grew to 11 games when he was substituted off after 75 minutes, much to his sorrow.