Antonee Robinson has boosted himself into a starting role for the U.S. men’s national team on the strength of some standout showings in World Cup qualifying, and his performance on Thursday against El Salvador was the latest example of his stellar form for his country.
Robinson’s second-career international goal for the USMNT proved to be the winner at , propelling the hosts past El Salvador by a 1-0 scoreline. The left back earned SBI’s Man of the Match honor after delivering a strong 90 minutes in Columbus, helping the Americans to a fifth victory in the octagonal round.
The 24-year-old was lively from the opening whistle for the USMNT, racing up and down the left wing against a stingy El Salvador squad. Robinson benefitted from a failed clearance in the 52nd minute and rifled a low shot into the bottom corner of Mario Gonzalez’s goal for the breakthrough goal.
Robinson also was strong defensively, winning three of his six individual duels in the match and also making one interception. He finished with three shots on goal, coming close to adding to his tally on a pair of occasions.
Tyler Adams, Sergino Dest, and Jesus Ferreira earned honorable mention for Man of the Match honors on the night.
What did you think of Robinson’s appearance? Who was your pick for Man of the Match? Who surprised you the most with their performance on Thursday?
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I thought we really struggled to send in crosses after getting loose down the flanks and Robinson was part of that, though his finish was very important. Just really bad service all around. For a game where we dominated possession, we didn’t really create that many chances. I would have gone with Zimmerman for motm, who led the defense, stepped up when necessary, even played a couple of nice passes over the top. Richards looked a little shaky. Dest was better defensively than offensively. A little disappointing that the chemistry seemed off when we finally had our most talented guys out there together, hopefully that gets better with time.
He was the clear choice because no one else really stood out.
adams? i thought robinson had an uneven game. he got absolutely torched up his wing a couple times. he hit a bunch of aimless crosses. he then scored the winner. like dest he might be better finishing than crossing.
Considering how poor our strikers have been looking, maybe we should put Robinson and/or Dest up top and bring in Vines/Yedlin to backfill them, LOL Either Donovan or Dempsey, or McBride, would have put away at least one of the chances that Ferreira had.