The United States needed a big performance, and they sure provided just that on Friday evening, beating the Canadians 4-1 in Orlando.
Jordan Morris got the Americans on the board early, giving them the lead in just the second minute. From a corner, Sergiño Dest flicked the ball over the Canadian backline, right to Morris, who fired a volley past Milan Borjan to open the scoring.
Their lead was doubled in the 23rd minute, as Gyasi Zardes headed home a cross from Morris to make it 2-0.
The home side finished off their dominant first half with a goal in the 34th minute. Aaron Long got on the end of a free kick, heading it into the bottom corner to give the United States a convincing lead after 45 minutes.
Canada pulled one back after the break, as Steven Vitoria headed home from close range. After a flick at the near post, the 32-year-old centre-back was in the right place at the right time and made no mistake.
Gyasi Zardes sealed the victory with his second goal of the game. The Columbus Crew striker fired a ball across goal, past Milan Borjan, and into the goal.
With the loss, the United States have all but won CONCACAF Nations League Group A. Canada needed at least a draw to give themselves a fighting chance to win the group, but failed to do so.