During a 3-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday evening at TQL Stadium in the first of 4 World Cup preparatory matches in June, United States captain Christian Pulisic criticized the lack of American support from the 19,512-strong crowd.
Brenden Aaronson and Tim Weah scored midway through the first half, while Haji Wright made his international debut by converting a second-half penalty kick.
The 15th-ranked Americans beat No. 24 Morocco for the first time in four matches, employing a lineup that was roughly 75% full strength. The Moroccans were also practicing for the November competition in Qatar.
Christian Pulisic Brought Up The Low Count Of American Supporters
The United States extended its home undefeated record to 24 games since a September 2019 loss to Mexico, wearing rainbow-colored numbers on white jerseys in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month.
Christian Pulisic set up Aaronson for his sixth international goal in the 26th minute after intercepting a 50-yard pass from Walker Zimmerman and spinning defender Samy Mmaee with both feet before handing off.
Weah scored his third international goal in the 32nd minute, a 22-yard shot off the goalkeeper’s glove. In the second half, Christian Pulisic earned a penalty kick from Achraf Hakimi and passed the ball to Wright, his 2017 Under-17 World Cup colleague, who beat goalie Yassine Bounou in the 64th minute. On Sunday in Kansas City, Kansas, the US plays an exhibition against Uruguay. The United States’ other World Cup warm-up matches are a pair of demonstrations in Europe in Sept.
The United States will play the winner of Sunday’s Wales-Ukraine playoff in the World Cup opener in Qatar on Nov. 21. They face England 4 days later and wrap up group play on Nov. 29 against Iran. Morocco has now lost two of its last 35 matches. It will play 16th-ranked Croatia on Nov. 23, No. 2 Belgium four days later, and No. 38 Canada on Dec. 1 in its second straight World Cup and sixth overall.