A disastrous Black Stars performance results in a heavy USA defeat

Source The Ghana Report

The Black Stars of Ghana suffered a resounding 4-0 defeat in a friendly match against the USA.

A brace for youngster Giovanni Reyna and goals from Christian Pulisic and Folarin Balogun, all scored in the first half, ensured the American’s victory in a match played at the GEODIS Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ghana coach Chris Hughton made a few changes to the team that started against Mexico, with goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen starting ahead of Lawrence Ati Zigi while Jerome Opoku was handed his debut.

A quick start by the United States saw Reyna break the deadlock after 10 minutes following a fast move on the right, resulting in a poorly cleared cross by Opoku, with the Dortmund midfielder slotting home.

Eight minutes later, the United States doubled their lead from the spot through AC Milan winger Pulisic, who sent Nurudeen the wrong way.

Things went from bad to worse for the Blacks after Timothy Weah forced a mistake from Opoku before finding Balogun, who made no mistake in the box.

Just before half-time, Reyna added the United States’ fourth from an indirect freekick in the box.

After the break, Hughton made some changes, with Kingsley Schlinder replacing Gideon Mensah while Salis Abdul Samed came on for Thomas Partey to strengthen Ghana’s team.

The only effort from the Black Stars came from Mohammed Kudus, who pulled a great save from Matt Turner.

The Black Stars begin their 2026 World Cup qualifiers next month with the opening game against Madagascar.

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