The United States knew no matter where the games are played, CONCACAF road matches can be, as interim head coach Anthony Hudson put it, “complicated.”
Still, against 173rd-ranked Grenada, whom the USMNT downed 5-0 in the reverse Nations League fixture at home, anything less than a dominant victory would be a concern. Well, dominate is exactly what they did, and in record-setting fashion.
Weston McKennie and Ricardo Pepi both scored a pair as the United States won 7-1, marking the first time they have ever scored seven goals away from home in national team history. Christian Pulisic, wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Tyler Adams, scored one to go along with his two assists, while Brenden Aaronson and cap-tied Alejandro Zendejas rounded out the scoresheet.
Pulisic was by far the best player on the ugly looking pitch, dazzling to lead a free-flowing attack that brought out the best in every U.S. forward. Zendejas came on late and picked up where the captain left off, getting his first career international goal in the same match that officially cap-ties him to the USMNT. On another day, Zendejas could have had a hat-trick if not for two spectacular saves by Grenada goalkeeper Jason Belfon.
While it was never truly a question, the United States officially qualifies for the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the win. Additionally, the U.S. only needs a draw against El Salvador on Monday to mathematically ensure a place in the Nations League semifinals.
MORE: Full overview of the USMNT roster for March fixtures vs. Grenada and El Salvador
The Sporting News followed the Grenada vs. USA match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happened.
Grenada vs USA final score
4th min — USA — Ricardo Pepi
20th min — USA — Brenden Aaronson
31st min — USA — Weston McKennie
32nd min — GRE — Myles Hippolyte
34th min — USA — Weston McKennie
48th min — USA — Christian Pulisic
53rd min — USA — Ricardo Pepi
73rd min — USA — Alejandro Zendejas
Grenada (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Belfon (GK) — 16. Paterson, 4. Pierre, 5. Harrack, 2. Ettienne — 19. Theodore, 7. Frank (Julien, 68′) — 20. Berkeley-Agyepong (Issac, 68′), 14. Charles-Cook (Lewis, 86′), 11. Hippolyte (Abraham, 80′) — 9. K. Mitchell (Charles, 68′).
USA (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 22. Reynolds, 20. Trusty, 3. McKenzie, 19. Scally — 8. McKennie (Musah, 57′), 14. De la Torre (Cardoso, 75′), 7. Reyna (Booth, 64′) — 11. Aaronson, 9. Pepi (Dike, 57′), 10. Pulisic (Zendejas, 64′).
Grenada vs USA highlights, commentary, and updates
FULLTIME: Grenada 1-7 USA
A comprehensive performance on the road in CONCACAF play, as a second-choice U.S. side delivers a record-setting victory.
Christian Pulisic was the star performer, with a goal and two assists, just too good for the 173rd-ranked team in the world. In truth, there’s very little to really take from this match from a knowledge standpoint given the opponent, except that the United States boast a very talented squad, even dipping deeper into the depth chart.
Still, there are lessons to be learned, as the young defensive line had some teachable moments to go back and review. Finally, we have a Scoregami! The first time the U.S. has ever won by a 7-1 scoreline!
Grenada vs USA: Second Half
89th min: The match has devolved into a midfield foul-fest, and players will want to protect their health. Grenada, to their credit, haven’t backed down from a challenge despite the scoreline, but some of them have been nasty.
Speaking of, substitute Steffon Abraham delivers one of the ugliest challenges you will ever see, studs up into the shin of Alejandro Zendejas. Only a yellow, somehow. If there’s VAR (there isn’t), that’s a blatant straight red. You never want to see that this late in a 7-1 game.
83rd min: Chance, USA! ANOTHER AMAZING SAVE, and Alejandro Zendejas is again denied! Jason Belfon goes full extension up to his left, tipping the curler out over the end line for a corner. On another night, Zendejas would have a hat-trick!
Moments later, on the corner, Belfon does it again!! He stymies a header by Mark McKenzie right on the doorstep! What a performance!
80th min: Yellow card for Joshua Issac who slices Auston Trusty to the ground with a frustration foul. In all honesty, that’s an ugly one, after he was beaten by the U.S. defender.
Another change for Grenada, with goalscorer Myles Hippolyte withdrawn, in favor of Steffon Abraham.
78th min: Chance, USA! It’s an EXCEPTIONAL save by Jason Belfon, who is wrong-footed by a shot from Alejandro Zendejas who was looking for a second goal. Brenden Aaronson sent it to the feet of Zendejas with a wonderful cut-back, but the Club America man was bested by the kick-save from Belfon despite the fact he was falling away from the effort.
75th min: Luca de la Torre is brought off, with Johnny Cardoso who enters the field, and is also officially cap-tied to the United States. His four previous appearances for the United States all came in friendlies.
Meanwhile, Zendejas’s goal achieves some history for the United States, as the seven-goal output is the most the USMNT has ever scored outside of home soil.
73rd min: GOAL! USA! Alejandro Zendejas with his first international goal in his first competitive appearance! Just minutes after coming on and being cap-tied to the U.S. squad, he receives the ball with his back to goal, turns around, sees he has space, and lashes a left-footed shot on goal. It’s a low curler which buries past Jason Belfon. The U.S. have scored a touchdown!
71st min: Luca de la Torre deservingly gets the game’s first yellow card of the match after barging through the back of Joshua Issac on the counter. Isaac had a view to attack the U.S. on the break, so it’s an obvious booking.
68th min: Grenada make their first substitutions of the match, a triple change. Jamal Charles, Kriston Julien, and Joshua Issac enter the match, while Romar Frank, Kairo Mitchell, and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong come off.
The substitutions have really taken the sting out of the game, which neither team will mind.
62nd min: Daryl Dike comes close to meeting an outlet ball in front of goal but the cross from Reynolds is behind the striker and he can’t get the contact right, as Grenada clear. It would be an emotional moment if he were to find the back of the net.
More changes for the U.S. as Taylor Booth comes on for his USMNT debut, replacing the captain Christian Pulisic. Gio Reyna is also withdrawn, replaced by Alejandro Zendejas who is now officially an American international for good.
57th min: With the game well gone, Anthony Hudson makes a host of changes for the United States, and it’s the two men on hat-tricks who are withdrawn. Daryl Dike makes a long-awaited return to the national team after injury issues, replacing Ricardo Pepi. Yunus Musah replaces Weston McKennie in midfield.
53rd min: GOAL! USA! Ricardo Pepi has his second, finishing off this breakaway chance for the sixth of the night! The feed from Luca de la Torre is delicious as it unlocks the Grenada back line and sends Pepi clean through on goal, and he has enough time to cut inside from a tight angle and finish to the near post.
It’s a brace for Pepi, and it’s also a second assist for de la Torre in this match, with the final delivery on both second-half goals.
52nd min: Chance, Grenada! Again, Grenada attackers meander through the timid U.S. defenders well, and Myles Hippolyte feeds Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong who rips one on goal, but it’s blocked and can’t make it through to Matt Turner’s net.
49th min: GOAL! USA! After two assists in the first half, Christian Pulisic has his goal! His shot is too strong for Jason Belfon in goal, who gets down to palm the effort, but it gets through his hands and bounces over the line! Luca de la Torre gets the assist with the through ball, and Pulisic hits it one-time with his right foot. The shot has plenty of pace, and while Belfon reacts well, he just doesn’t get down quick enough to keep it from bobbling agonizingly over the goal mouth.
Kickoff: No changes for either side as the second half kicks off. U.S. fans will be on the lookout for two things in the final 45 minutes: First, for an inexperienced USMNT back line to improve and close down attackers quickly. Second, we are staring at a possible USMNT “Scorigami” if they can get a few more goals!
HALFTIME Grenada 1-4 USA:
The United States scored four in the second half back in Austin in the reverse fixture, and they score four in the first half here in Grenada.
The attack was led by Christian Pulisic, who danced, dazzled, and weaved through defenders with silky smooth flair, and Joe Scally supported him on the left edge, while Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna were happy to feed off that sauce. Still, the one goal they did concede is worrying, as the piecemeal defense has not looked stout in the few times they’ve been called upon.
This game’s result is no longer in doubt, but the players can still impress through the next 45 minutes.
Grenada vs USA: First Half
45th min: The USMNT with two promising build-ups as the half nears a close, one down each flank. First Gio Reyna wide left threads a filthy lateral ball through defenders to Brenden Aaronson, but he’s closed down just before dribbling through to the net. Then down the right, Bryan Reynolds gets involved in the buildup on the overlap, but it’s turned away.
42nd min: The U.S. defenders have really struggled to clear the ball when Grenada venture forward, giving the home side third, fourth, and sometimes fifth chances at working into a dangerous area, and allowing Grenada attackers way too much space on the ball. The back line is a patchwork band of second-stringers, so Anthony Hudson will have plenty of teachable moments to run through in the film room after this match.
38th min: Christian Pulisic has a pair of assists, but he wants a goal of his own, rifling one from a central location atop the penalty area that just skitters wide left. It did look like Jason Belfon had it covered, but Pulisic came close to sneaking it inside the left post.
34th min: GOAL! USA! The goals are flowing up and down the pitch, and the U.S. restore their three-goal advantage! It’s Weston McKennie again, who awkwardly bundles the ball home on the doorstep after it was nodded laterally by the head of Austin Trusty on a free-kick situation. What a wild last few minutes, we can barely keep up!
32nd min: GOAL! GRENADA! The U.S. won’t want to watch that one back! Not a minute after the visitors go 3-0 up, Grenada have one back! The U.S. can’t clear, and Myles Hippolyte on his international debut slams it past Matt Turner from atop the penalty area. It’s a total mess from the U.S. defense.
31st min: GOAL! USA! Christian Pulisic draws ooh’s and ahh’s from not just the crowd, but the broadcast crew as well, as he slices through two defenders and wins a foul out near the corner flag on the left wing. Pulisic sends in the free kick, and while set piece king Weston McKennie’s first headed attempt was blocked, he whips it home acrobatically.
A sensational finish!! The U.S. are flying!
26th min: Gio Reyna nearly has himself in a shooting position on the doorstep, but he has to dribble first around Christian Pulisic and then around a last-ditch tackle by a defender. He can’t complete the latter, and while there’s a peripheral penalty shout, it’s not given by the official and rightly so, as Gio was bodied off the ball by the defender. He nearly got free, but just quite couldn’t dribble through the trees.
24th min: There’s an incredible amount of fluidity for the U.S. in the buildup. The midfield trio are all rotating roles, as Luca de la Torre and Weston McKennie are both dropping deep to retrieve the ball from the back. Meanwhile, the three forwards are all overlapping in the attack, as Christian Pulisic is pulling the strings and finding Brenden Aaronson and Ricardo Pepi in danger zones.
20th min: GOAL! USA! It’s too easy for the U.S. who carve the Grenada defense to shreds, and Brenden Aaronson does all the hard work himself at the end. Christian Pulisic picks up his second assist of the game, touching centrally to Aaronson who cuts onto his right inside the top of the penalty area. The Leeds man first looks for a teammate, but finding no better option, he has a hit and finds the space to slot it in.
18th min: Since the short spell for Grenada, the U.S. have regained control of the match, knocking the ball around in the attacking third and probing the home defense. Their best moments are coming via balls from Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie over the top, but they’re attempting other methods of buildup as well, including lateral crosses and passing through the middle.
13th min: Chance, USA! Oh no, Ricardo Pepi should score, but he hits it right at the goalkeeper! A stunning ball over the top from Christian Pulisic lands right at Pepi’s feet free on goal, and after letting the ball take a charity hop, he whacks it right at Jason Belfon who parries and thanks his lucky stars the shot wasn’t more difficult to stop.
11th min: Grenada have been the better side since the opening goal, as another shot is collected by Matt Turner, but this time in much more elementary fashion. It was Regan Charles-Cook with the effort this time, from nearly the same spot as Berkeley-Agyepong a few minutes earlier, atop the penalty area shaded to the left.
The U.S. midfielders are struggling to build forward on the ball on this ugly surface.
7th min: Chance, Grenada! WHOA! Look out, USA, Grenada hit the post! Nobody steps to Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong, and he whacks one on frame. The replay shows Matt Turner got his fingertips to the hit, making an excellent save down low to his left, pushing the ball off the woodwork. The U.S. defenders absolutely can’t be allowing players to make runs like that on the ball.
4th min: GOAL! USA! The visitors are on their way already! Ricardo Pepi grabs the opener, heading home a cross from Christian Pulisic. The U.S. striker doesn’t even need to jump to meet the fizzed delivery, as the ball evades two defenders who in effect ducked underneath the ball. Pepi’s there to lower his head and meet the ball on the doorstep.
2nd min: The pitch already looks, as Anthony Hudson called these road matches, “complicated.” The surface is patchy and undulating, while Weston McKennie’s already lost his footing. Strap in!
Kwazim Theodore makes a very important tackle on Gio Reyna at the top of the penalty area, as the U.S. are straight into the attack from the get-go.
Kickoff: The USMNT are off and running in their first competitive action since the 2022 World Cup concluded! And it comes against…the Spice Boys of Grenada. Yep, the Spice Boys! The U.S. won 5-0 in the reverse fixture, with four goals coming after halftime. Can they come through in a similar fashion in the Caribbean, or with a road CONCACAF match cause them fits again?
Grenada vs USA: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more
5 mins to kick: The United States has never failed to beat tonight’s opponent, Grenada, in any of their four previous meetings. That’s tied for the best 100 percent record against any single opponent, and a win tonight would leave that mark alone at the top.
And tonight will feature an intriguing wrinkle: the only MLS player on the USMNT roster this international window, Miles Robinson, is a healthy scratch tonight. That means it’s the first time ever that the U.S. men will play a competitive match without an MLS player involved for the first time, dating back to when the league began in 1996.
16 mins to kick: Interim head coach Anthony Hudson told the Universo pregame show that Ricardo Pepi is an example for young players who are struggling, as he doesn’t stop working no matter how much his club struggles as a whole.
28 mins to kick: The USMNT squad is out on the field warming up at Kirani James National Stadium in St. George’s, with a half-hour to go before the match. Christian Pulisic yesterday called the venue and surrounding area in Grenada “beautiful.” The pitch condition remains to be determined.
42 mins to kick: Grenada starters are out. 19-year-old QPR youth player Kayden Harrack does indeed start, an exciting young player for FIFA’s 173rd-ranked nation. 28-year-old Stockport County forward Myles Hippolyte makes his international debut.
Benji Ettienne and AJ Paterson, both starting for Grenada, are US-based players with USL side Charleston Battery.
54 mins to kick: USMNT interim head coach Anthony Hudson said the quiet part out loud during his pre-match press conference ahead of this road CONCACAF match. Well…almost. He called these games on the road in smaller North & Central American nations “complicated” which is thinly veiled and we all know what he meant. The pitches can sometimes be in terrible condition, the opponents can be extra physical, and the matches can get weird (or as some like to not-so-affectionately call it, “CONCACAF-y”).
After those comments, I asked Christian Pulisic if he’s learned how to navigate these “complicated” CONCACAF games when he’s often the target of a lot of opposition physicality. Interestingly, after having previously complimented Grenada on how beautiful it is there, he said he’s just trying to “enjoy the moment” but is continuously learning in these games even still. What lessons will the Chelsea man pick up this evening?
75 mins to kick: The USMNT lineup is out, and while we expected squad rotation, there’s maybe a bit more than expected, especially at the back where all four defenders are second-choice players. Austin Trusty (first cap) partners with Mark McKenzie at center-back, while Bryan Reynolds (first start) is on the right and Joe Scally on the left.
One of either Brenden Aaronson or Gio Reyna will be deployed deeper in midfield, likely to be the latter who has seen more time there in his young career. Matt Turner, Weston McKennie, and captain Christian Pulisic are really the only bang-on regular starters in this lineup.
U.S. Soccer confirmed that Miles Robinson is the only healthy scratch for the roster, as there are only 12 allowed substitutes for CONCACAF Nations League matches. The bench trio of Johnny Cardoso, Alan Sonora, and Alejandro Zendejas would all be officially cap-tied to the United States should they appear as a substitute.
87 mins to kick: While the U.S. pursues the commitment of Folarin Balogun, they got confirmation that Alejandro Zendejas would represent the United States over Mexico. The 25-year-old can play in midfield or on the wing, and interim head coach Anthony Hudson has been glowing of the Club America star during both January camp and now this March international break.
Read more here on why Alejandro Zendejas joined the USMNT over Mexico and what he brings to the club.
106 mins to kick: USMNT captain Tyler Adams is out injured, a “big loss” by Anthony Hudson’s own admission. A strong possibility to replace him in midfield is former Fulham youth product Luca de la Torre, who is hitting a stride at Celta Vigo.
I spoke with de la Torre before the match, who has become a fan favorite at the Spanish club thanks to a ridiculous video of him trying out some local seafood dishes. Fans noticed he had a particular affinity for octopus (or “pulpo” in Spanish), and it’s blown up to where de la Torre eats the dish after every win.
Please do give it a read as you wait for tonight’s match to commence!
120 mins to kick: While the U.S. team looks to focus on these Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador, many U.S. fans have been seduced by speculation that Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun is potentially being wooed by the USMNT. Eligible to represent England, the USA and Nigeria, Balogun has 17 goals this season in Ligue 1 where he’s playing on loan with Stade de Reims.
Using a photo of himself posted to Instagram, internet sleuths discovered Balogun was in Orlando, the same city where the U.S. squad was in for training prior to the Grenada match. He cropped up at an Orlando Magic game, confirming his presence in the city, before visiting the Yankees spring training facility in Tampa a few days later.
Balogun has remained quiet about his future, but if everything over the past few days seems to indicate the 21-year-old is strongly considering declaring for the USMNT.
MORE: Will Ligue 1 golden boot contender Folarin Balogun commit to represent the United States?
Grenada vs USA lineups, team news
By far the biggest threat up front on this Grenada roster is Jamal Charles who sports 17 international goals in 34 caps, playing his club ball domestically for Paradise FC. A pair of players on the roster, midfielder AJ Paterson and defender Benjamin Ettienne, play in the United States for USL side Charleston Battery.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old central defender Kayden Harrack is a Queens Park Rangers youth product in England and already has five international caps. His second-tier club is not to be confused with the club bearing the same name in the Grenada domestic league, who defender Trevon Williams plays for.
Grenada confirmed starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Belfon (GK) — Paterson, Pierre, Harrack, Ettienne Theodore, Frank — Berkeley-Agyepong, Charles-Cook, Hippolyte — K. Mitchell.
Grenada subs (11): Richardson (GK), Thomas (GK), Mark, Pierre, Issac, Lewis, Abraham, Williams, Julien, James, Charles.
Tim Weah was originally selected to the squad, but suffered a concussion on club duty just before the break and was withdrawn from the squad, replaced by Djordje Mihailovic. Another individual not included is captain Tyler Adams, who picked up a slight muscle injury while playing for his club Leeds before the break, with “octopus expert” Luca de la Torre as his midfield replacement.
With Jesus Ferreira not selected to the roster, it’s a chance Ricardo Pepi up front, with Daryl Dike likely to get a chance off the bench or against El Salvador. Anthony Hudson confirmed that Christian Pulisic would captain the side in Grenada, while Alejandro Zendejas is sat on the bench after recently committing to the USA over Mexico.
USA confirmed starting lineup (4-3-3): Turner (GK) — Scally, Trusty, McKenzie, Reynolds — McKennie, De la Torre, Reyna — Aaronson, Pepi, Pulisic.
USA subs (12): Horvath (GK), Steffen (GK), Dest, Booth, A. Robinson, Musah, Ream, Cardoso, Sonora, Zendejas, Mihailovic, Dike.
MORE: Will Ligue 1 golden boot contender Folarin Balogun commit to represent the United States?
Grenada vs USA live stream, TV channel
- Date: Friday, March 24
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV channel: TNT (English), Universo (Spanish)
- Streaming: Fubo, Peacock, Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
The first competitive match for the United States after the 2022 World Cup can be seen on TNT, as part of the new long-term broadcast deal with Turner Sports. That channel is available to stream on Fubo.
A Spanish-language broadcast is also available on Universo, which is also carried by Fubo. It can also be streamed on Peacock TV with a subscription, or with an authenticated log-in at either Universo NOW or Telemundo Deportes En Vivo.
Grenada vs USA betting odds
Ranked 173rd in the world, Grenada are enormous underdogs to the 2026 World Cup hosts despite playing at home. Their only wins of any kind since 2019 are against the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The United States are so favored in this game, that the handicap (spread) is all the way up to 3.5 goals, with the total goals over also inflated as a result.
to score Y / N
|+220 / -290||—|
|Over / Under
|-140 / +110||1.65 / 2.11|
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