The third encounter came in the opening game of the 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup, with the United States on the proper score line 4-0 on 4 July in Seattle. Freddy Adu (seventh minute), Stuart Holden (31st minute), Robbie Rogers (60th minute) and Charlie Davis (68th minute) scored. The Americans have exceeded spice boys25-3, as Troy Perkins saved the clean sheet.
Interesting note: Seven of the USA starters entered the game with a total of 11 international appearances.
Grenada enter the game on a 10-game winless streak until June 4. They last posted a win against the US Virgin Islands, a 1-0 home result on March 30, 2021.
They lost all three group matches at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, losing to Honduras 4-0, Qatar 4-0 and Panama 3-1.
Grenada have only played twice since the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. On a short European tour, they played Gibraltar to a scoreless draw on March 23 and lost to Andorra, 1-0, March 28.
In their Concacaf Nations League opener on June 4, the Caribbean team lost to El Salvador, 3-1. After the hosts’ Nelson Bonilla scored the first of his two goals in the second minute, Alexander McQueen equalized two minutes later. Bonilla scored for the go-ahead in the 43rd minute and Granada’s AJ Paterson netted an own goal in the 55th minute to close the scoring.
Grenada nearly stunned El Salvador in the first leg on June 7 at St. George’s. The spice boys twice took the lead behind goals from Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (29e minute) and Jamar Charles (54e minute), but El Salvador found a late equalizer, Cristian Gil scoring in the 88e minute.
Canadian-born Michael Findlay has guided the Caribbean team to a 1-8-1 record since taking over as head coach on January 21, 2021.
After playing in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, the 58-year-old Findlay eventually transitioned into coaching, starting with the British Columbia Soccer Center as an assistant coach before being named director of football development.
He also previously worked as an assistant with several Canadian men’s national teams, including the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 teams.
The The Spice Boyz brought a relatively young 25-man roster into their Concacaf Nations League matches. Just over half of the players are under 25.
Striker Jamal Charles, who plays for Real Sociedad, is the team’s top scorer with 15 goals in 30 appearances.
Seven players play in the United States – defenders Kwesi Paul (Peachtree City, USL League Two) and AJ Peterson and Ettiene (both Charleston Battery, USL Championship), midfielders Alexander McQueen (Indy Eleven, USL Championship), Shavon John-Brown (El Paso Locomotive, USL Championship) and Josh Gabriel (Westchester Flames, USL League Two) and forward Kharlton Belmar (Colorado Springs Switchbacks).
GRENADA ALIGNMENT BY POST:
Guardians (3): Jason Belton (Paradise; 45/0); Reice Charles-Cook (Dartford/ENG; 6/0); Trishawn Thomas (Queens Park Rangers/ENG; 0/0)
Defenders (8): Benjamin Ettienne (Charleston Battery/USA; 9/0), Kayden Harrack (Queens Park Rangers/ENG; 4/0), Christian James (Cameroon; 1/0), Kraig Noel-McLeod (Enfield Town/ENG; 9/ 0), Lemoud Ogiste (Sunsetters FC; 0-0), AJ Paterson (Charleston Battery/USA; 18/4), Kwesi Paul (Peachtree City/USA; 5/0), Tyrone Sterling (Dulwich Hamlet/ EN;15/0)
Midfielders (7): Steffon Abraham (Paradise; 8/0), Leon Braveboy (Hard Rock FC; 7/0), Ashley Charles (Wealdstone/ENG; 2/0), Josh Gabriel (Westchester Flames/USA; 6/0), Shavon John -Brown (El Paso Locomotive/USA; 34/4), Alexander McQueen (Indy Eleven/USA; 15/1), Kwazim Theodore (unattached; 35/1)
Forwards (8): Lucas Akins (Mansfield Town/ENG; 0-0), Kharlton Belmar (Colorado Springs Switchbacks/USA; 8/0), Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (Aldershot Town/ENG; 7/1), Jamal Charles (Real Sociedad/ESP ; 30/15), Romar Frank (Cameroon; 19/1), Saydrel Lewis (Real Juventud/HON; 26/7), Kairo Mitchell (Notts County/ANG; 14/2), Dejon Noel-Williams (Braintree Town/ EN; 7/0)