BJ Callahan says tougher games to come but praises top gun Ferreira

July 2 – US interim coach BJ Callaghan heaped praise on hattrick hero Jesus Ferreira for his “complete” performance in the 6-0 drubbing of Trinidad and Tobago, but warned that the margins in the knockout phase will be very fine. 

On their first-ever visit to the Queen City, the US impressed in front of a healthy 40,000 crowd, even if conditions were sticky.

Forward Ferreira (pictured) became the first US player to get back-to-back hattricks in consecutive 6-0 wins. Cade Cowell confirmed his fine form of the U20 World Cup with a goal and assist in a lively second-half spell and goalkeeper Matt Turner became the fastest US goalkeeper to 20 wins and 20 clean sheets at 30 caps.

Naturally, Callaghan was full of praise for his prolific striker. “With all of the work that he’s doing – leading our line defensively, dropping down, and helping build-up play, he’s having a really complete tournament so far,” said the interim coach at a news conference.

“When I see his movement and his confidence in the penalty box, you can tell that the game is slowed down for him.”

“He’s just placing balls into the back of the net and that’s a positive sign. He lets us all know that he’s focused and committed to being our goal scorer. We’re going to continue to get him better. We’re going to continue to get the group better.”

But on the back of two rampant victories following a slow, laboured start against Jamaica, Callaghan cautioned that the knockout phases will be tough as they will face the runners-up of Group D, potentially Canada, Guatemala or Guadeloupe.

“We’re gonna have to improve and get better in all phases and be even more focused and consistent,” said Callaghan.

“The margins are super fine. This was an awesome opportunity because we wanted to expose as many players as we could to our group stage and how to navigate that.”

Callaghan confirmed that Alan Soñora will leave the US camp because of a hamstring injury. He did not yet name Soñora’s replacement.

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Grp AWDLFAPIs
USA2101317
Jamaica1101027
Trinidad and Tobago1024103
St Kitts and Nevis0030130
Grp BWDLFAPts
Mexico201726
Qatar111334
Honduras111364
Haiti112463
Grp CWDLFAPts
Panama210537
Costa Rica111764
Martinique102583
El Salvador011342
Grp DWDLFAPts
Guatemala210437
Canada120645
Guadeloupe111854
Cuba001150

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