National teams 13 September 2023, 15:28

Folarin Balogun scores and is man of the match for USMNT!

Folarin Balogun scores and is man of the match for USMNT!
The new AS Monaco striker, who put on the Rouge et Blanc for the first time just before the break, scored his second goal with the United States during a friendly against Oman this Wednesday, in which he was named MVP.

He’s off to a perfect start in his Monegasque career… on international duty! After coming on at the end of the match in the win against Lens (3-0), just before the international break, Folarin Balogun shone again with Team USA. After starting and playing 45 minutes against Uzbekistan on Saturday (in a 3-0 win), the new Rouge et Blanc striker led the line on Wednesday against Oman.

Balogun, mister 50%!

And the Monegasque number 29 did not take long to distinguish himself, since in the 13th minute of play, it was he who reacted to a shot by Sergiño Dest which had been blocked by the opposing goalkeeper. He then finished from close range to open the scoring (1-0)! It was his second goal already with the United States, after one he scored in the final of the Concacaf Nations League last June against Canada.

A well-deserved Man of the Match

Very involved in the Americans’ attack front, the former Reims player then gave way at half-time to his compatriot Ricardo Pepi, who was also a scorer in a big victory (4-0). As the icing on the cake, Folarin Balogun, who was making his 4th appearance here (2 goals), was elected man of the match, confirming the impact he had at the start of the game.

All of this is a good omen before his return to the Principality and Ligue 1 action in Lorient this Sunday (1 p.m.). Daghe Balo! 🇺🇸

*Photo: Icon Sport

📋 USMNT results:

🇺🇸 Folarin Balogun – USA

Friendly: USA 3-0 Uzbekistan (starter, plays 45 minutes) Saturday, September 9 at 23:30 (City Park, Saint Louis, Missouri)
Friendly: USA 4-0 Oman (starter, plays 45 minutes, scores once) Wednesday, September 13 at 2:30 (Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota)