FRISCO, Texas - Jesús Ferreira's long-awaited USMNT debut drew widespread praise as the 19-year-old started and played 62 minutes in the team's 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Bogert of mlssoccer.com liked what he saw from Ferreira as he led the USMNT's front line as a lone striker, much like he did for FC Dallas in the first half of last season.
Jesus Ferreira is such a cerebral player. Joy to watch his subtle touches and body feints when he’s on. Encouraging display as a lone forward in the USMNT 4-3-3, too— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 1, 2020
Ferreira did his usual trick of floating between the opposition's lines, dropping deeper to pull Costa Rica's center backs out of position and making space for his teammates. It's an aspect of his game that makes him dangerous as both an out-and-out forward and attacking midfielder.
The main take away so far in this 15 minutes is the role Jesus Ferreira takes as a forward, dropping to connect with the midfielders, dragging defenders with him and creating openings for Llanez and Ariola to attack in between defenders. #USMNT #USACRC pic.twitter.com/uC2tTPuVJA— Rodrigo Carvalho (@rodrigoccc97) February 1, 2020
Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, Ferreira had a few eye-catching moments, namely a pinpoint through-ball that put D.C. United's Paul Arriola in on goal. Arriola's shot was saved but Ferreira's clever pass didn't go unnoticed.
Gyasi Zardes and Mark McKenzie replace Aaron Long and Jesus Ferreira in the 62nd minute. That's McKenzie's #USMNT debut. Some good moments for Ferreira in his debut, including a beautiful pass worthy of an assist to Arriola.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) February 1, 2020
Ferreira wasn't the only FC Dallas product on show. Fellow Homegrown Brandon Servania also made his international debut, subbing in for Brenden Aaronson in the 66th minute. Reggie Cannon played the full 90 minutes at his usual right back spot and continued to show why he's become Gregg Berhalter's first choice in the position over the past year.
Lot for @FCDallas supporters to like in @USMNT friendly:— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) February 1, 2020
-Reggie Cannon (@ReggieCannon15) had a helluva match, mature & highly useful. Seems 1st US RB.
-Great Jesus Ferreira NT debut (@Jesusfcd27); clever in finding spaces 'tween lines
-Brandon Servania US debut too (off bench)