“End product.” If you’ve watched or read about high-level soccer for any length of time, you’ve probably heard pundits or commentators use the phrase, often in a critical sense when players conjure up moments of skill and beauty that don’t directly translate into goals and victories.
The US men’s national team delivered on both sides of that coin against Mexico on Friday night, banking a big 2-0 W in the Octagonal stage of Concacaf World Cup qualifying while also entertaining onlookers in aesthetic terms. And no one epitomized it quite like Tim Weah, the winger who assisted on Christian Pulisic’s game-winner and delivered the telling pass that led to Weston McKennie’s clincher . . .