Colorado Rapids left-back Sam Vines settled the scoring in the 8th minute, hanging on to a cross from right-back Shaq Moore who was pushed back by Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes. Vines had a late run to the far post, then came powerfully home from six yards to take the 1-0 lead.
The USMNT created two good shots in the first half thanks to Nashville SC center-back Walker Zimmerman, with his 6th-minute volley off the crossbar. Then deep in stoppage time in the first half, Haitian goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre saved Zimmerman’s header after LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget whipped a left-footed cross.
Nicholas Gioacchini, one of four non-MLS players in the 23-man roster, hit the left post in the 66th minute opting for placement over power. The Ligue 2 striker replaced DC United wide player Paul Arriola in the 14th minute, who was pulled out after feeling tightness in his right hamstring.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio made his debut in the 62nd minute, making the 19-year-old linked to USMNT after appearing in official competition. Busio had also been eligible for the Italian national team, this moment arriving on the same day the Azzurri hoisted the Euro 2020 title.
Busio responded to the crowd’s ovation with a scorching 25-yard right-footed volley in the 76th minute that Sylvestre prevented with a strong right hand. Not long before, Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson and New York City FC defenseman James Sands were replaced on their senior debut.