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July 31, 2019 — Pan American Games men: USA 16, Peru 0

With apologies to an entire Southeast Asian nation and the women who play soccer therein, the following can be said about the opening pool match against Peru for the U.S. men’s field hockey team at the Pan American Games.

The United States found its Thailand.

Thanks to five goals from Deegan Huisman, the States plastered an overmatched host side by a score of 16-0. It was the most lopsided win by a U.S. team in an international competition since beating the Dominincan Republic 23-0 at the Pan American Games 16 years ago.

Then, as now, the U.S. men are a rag-tag collection of amateurs, first-generation Americans whose families come from hockey nations, and the occasional import like Huisman, who is from Holland.

That being said, the confidence coming from this match is likely to come crashing down to earth in the second round of pool play against Canada, a medal favorite. The job Thursday is to keep the goal differential to a place where a tie in the final pool match against Mexico can see the States through to the knockouts.