Weston McKennie was one of four players sent off as violence and homophobia marred the United States 3-0 win over Mexico.
Ricardo Pepi's youth career
In December 2018, Pepi became the first-ever signing of North Texas, who are the affiliate club of MLS team FC Dallas.
Signing for FC Dallas
He scored his first professional goal on March 7, 2020, netting a 96th-minute equaliser against Montreal Impact in a 2-2 draw.
In the first round of the 2020 season play-offs, Pepi scored another vital goal, in second-half stoppage time to equalise against Portland Timbers. He then stepped up to convert a penalty in an 8-7 shootout win.
Pepi scored his first goal of the 2021 MLS season on April 24 in a 3-1 defeat to San Jose Earthquakes. Following that goal, Pepi emerged as a regular starter for FC Dallas and scored three goals in two matches in June.
A month later, the 18-year-old scored his first career hat-trick in a 4-0 win over LA Galaxy. He was the youngest player in MLS history to score three goals in a match.
His form caught the eye of Bob Bradley who named him in the MLS All-Star team to play the Liga MX All-Stars.
With his reputation growing, Pepi has been linked with Dutch club Ajax in addition to teams in the Bundesliga and Serie A.
Ricardo Pepi's impressive USA debut
Pepi represented the USA at Under-17 level in 2018 and 2019, culminating in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Pepi, who was also eligible to play for Mexico, was called up to the full USA squad by coach Gregg Berhalter for the September 2021 World Cup qualifiers.