- Djordje Mihailovic (12', 79')
- Bryan Reynolds (14')
- Jesús Ferreira (16', 25', 50')
Jesús Ferreira scored his second international hat trick, Djordje Mihailovic had two goals and the 13th-ranked United States overwhelmed No. 139 St. Kitts and Nevis 6-0 Wednesday night in the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Mihailovic, Bryan Reynolds and Ferreira scored in a 3-minute, 50-second span to build a 3-0 lead by the 16th minute.
Ferreira has 11 goals in 20 appearances and became the fastest American to double-digit goals, accomplishing the feat in three games fewer than Clint Mathis. Seven of Ferreira's goals have been against St. Kitts and then-No. 170 Grenada.
Ferreira became the fifth American with multiple hat tricks behind Landon Donovan with three, and Peter Millar, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey with two each. Ferreira was the only American starter who played at last year's World Cup, appearing in the first half of the second-round loss to the Netherlands.
Mihailovic also had two assists for the defending champion Americans, who matched their largest Gold Cup victory margin.
The U.S., which needed a late goal for a 1-1 opening draw against co-group leaders Jamaica on four points. Trinidad and Tobago has three and St. Kitts has none. The top two teams advance to the knockout round with the U.S. finishing against Trinidad on Sunday in Charlotte.
St. Kitts, which became the U.S.'s 100th international opponent. dropped to 0-2.
Making his first start since June 2019, Mihailovic put the U.S. ahead in the 12th minute with a left-foot shot from the side of the penalty spot after a cut-back pass from Gianluca Busio.
Reynolds, playing on his 22nd birthday, beat Julani Archibald with a 20-yard volley in the 14th after Alejandro Zendejas' corner kick bounced twice across the penalty area. He became the first American to score an international goal on his birthday since Earnie Stewart against Honduras in 2001.
Ferreira dribbled into the penalty area following a Busio pass, scoring on a 12-yard angled shot in the 16th, then got past an offside trap to score between the goalkeeper's legs from a Mihailovic feed in the 25th.
Ferreira added his third from short range in the 50th and Mihailovic added his third international goal in the 79th.
U.S. interim coach B.J. Callaghan inserted seven new starters from last weekend's opener, adding goalkeeper Sean Johnson, Reynolds at right-back, central defender Jalen Neal and left-back DeJuan Jones along with Busio and Mihailovic in midfield and forward Cale Cowell. The holdovers were defender Matt Miazga and midfielder James Sands along with Ferreira and Zendejas up front.
Johnson captained the U.S. for the first time.
In the first game, No. 63 Jamaica beat 104th-ranked Trinidad and Tobago 4-1. Demarai Gray, playing on his 26th birthday, scored in the 14th and 30th minutes for his first two international goals. Leon Bailey scored in the 18th and Dujuan Richards got a goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. Andre Rampersad scored for the Soca Warriors in the 49th.
- Juan Calderón