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United States Men’s Soccer Coach Gregg Berhalter returned to the sideline to witness his team beat Uzbekistan 3-0 Saturday afternoon at CityPark in downtown St. Louis. Berhalter was hired to follow the team’s failure in making it to the 2018 World Cup. After leading the World Cup in 2022, Berhalter briefly stepped down as coach of the team following the US Soccer Federation investigation of a domestic violence accusation brought to its attention by current Borussia Dortmund and U.S. player Gio Reyna’s family, then was rehired.
Tim Weah scored the first goal on the 3;41 off a pass from his fellow teammate to put his team up 1-0. Uzbekistan had their moments Eldor Shomurodov’s point-blank shot from eight yards in the first minute of first-half stoppage but was stopped by Goalie Matt Turner. Ricardo Pepi who entered at the start of the second half scored during stoppage time off a pass from Brenden Aaronson. It was Pepi 8th goal in 17th appearances. Finally Christian Pulisic put the game to rest when he scored the game’s final goal from a penalty kick on the 94th minute of the match making the final score 3-0. US will 73 Oman on Tuesday at St Paul, Minnesota. As co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup, the Americans have an automatic berth in the expanded 48-nation field.