USA 7 – 0 Cuba
W. McKennie (1) W. McKennie (5) J. Morris (9) W. McKennie (13) D. Ramos (37 og) J. Sargent (40) C. Pulisic (62 pen)
The United States barely raised a sweat as they opened their CONCACAF Nations League with a 7-0 humbling of Cuba.
USA star Weston McKennie scored a 13-minute hat-trick in the first half of the Group A clash at Audi Field in Washington on Friday.
Gregg Berhalter’s USA were a class above in the American capital, where the home side led struggling Cuba 6-0 at half-time.
USA were expected to ease past Cuba in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League and the match went according to script after a dream start.
McKennie broke the deadlock after just 31 seconds and the Schalke midfielder doubled the lead a little more than four minutes later – Jordan Morris providing both assists as the one-way traffic continued.
Morris got in on the action and made it 3-0 in the ninth minute with a composed finish to beat Cuba goalkeeper Nelson Johnston at his near post.
It got ugly for Cuba as McKennie completed his hat-trick four minutes later when Reggie Cannon slid a ball across the six-yard box and the former reacted quickest.
Cuba managed to stop the bleeding until a stunning backheel from McKennie found Morris, whose effort was bundled over the line by an unfortunate Dario Ramos in the 37th minute before Josh Sargent curled the ball into the bottom corner for a 6-0 lead approaching half-time.
USA captain Christian Pulisic converted a 62nd-minute penalty to extend the country’s mammoth lead, which fell just shy of their record.