If you made it to reading this article, you may have read others just like it. The United States national team destroyed St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6-0 in the blazing sun in the southern Caribbean to start the holiday weekend. But all articles are not created equal. This article is made possible by... you!
Fast forward to the second half of the match. The US is already leading 3-0 behind goals by Bobby Wood, new dad Matt Besler and a PK from Jozy Altidore. In the 66th minute, enter Christian Pulisic and a blast from the US past in current New York Red Bulls star, Sacha Kljestan.
Kljestan comes on for Bedoya, marking his first #USMNT appearance since 3/5/2014 vs. Ukraine. #USAvVIN, 3-0, 66'— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) September 2, 2016
Kljestan and Pulisic didn't waste any time getting on the score sheet. The MLS assist leader found the 17-year-349-day-old in the 71st minute.
Pulisic Goal. @cpulisic_10 #USMNT #USAvVIN pic.twitter.com/64noG7KiTF— The New Ultras (@TheNewUltras) September 2, 2016
And this is how you reacted to Sacha's return to the team.
That's what he does! Assist for @SachaKljestan to Pusilic! #USMNT #SVGvUSA #RBNY— Ainslie Binder (@ainslieann) September 2, 2016
Amazing goal, mr. Assist @SachaKljestan to @cpulisic_10 !!— Tyler Adams (@tyler_adams14) September 2, 2016
Super sub @SachaKljestan https://t.co/e4ZQIhTzwb— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) September 2, 2016
Seven minutes later, Pulisic returned the favor.
GOAL! Now it's Pulisic to Kljestan. This is a pretty good duo out there. 5-0 #USMNT— 32 Flags (@32flags) September 2, 2016
And this is how you reacted to Sacha's fifth international goal.
I've said in the past Kljestan is the best 10 in the #USMNT player pool. I like when I'm right— Padraig MacDonald (@PMacD82) September 2, 2016
Oh weird?! @SachaKljestan is good?!— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) September 2, 2016
Uh, yeah, Sacha needs to be here. #USMNT #USAvVIN— Straight Red (@StraightRedPod) September 2, 2016
But they weren't done there. In the second minute of stoppage time, the two linked up again to equal the US's goal total from the first time they played St. Vincent.
USA goal—Pulisic again. 6-0.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 2, 2016
And this is how you all felt about Sacha's one-goal-and-two-assist outing.
Need I say anymore? Vamos Kljestan. #USMNT #RBNY— Eric Giacometti (@Eric_Giacometti) September 2, 2016
So maybe Sacha Kljestan and Christian Pulisic have technical quality that warrants more playing time? #USMNT— The Yanks Are Coming (@YanksAreComing) September 2, 2016
That's full-time - the U.S. win 6-0 vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Goals from Wood, Besler, Altidore, Pulisic (2) and Kljestan.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 2, 2016
Bravo, Mr. Kljestan. What a performance. I don't think Jurgen can keep you off the team when the Hex starts in November. Congratulations to you and the US national team.
The team returns home for their final Round 4 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville on Tuesday night.
After T&T's tie with Guatemala, USMNT isn't mathematically advanced to the Hex just yet. But it only needs a point from the game with the Soca Warriors, or for Guatemala to not make up a 12-goal deficit on goal difference with the USA.