The USA Revolution put on a power display at Blacktown tonight against Japan Samarais, sending out a warning message to the South Africans that they will be coming at them on Sunday at ANZ stadium with the pace they were lacking in IC08.
With the breeze behind them, the US were out of the blocks early with a goal to Jesse Leos and shortly after Andy Vanica.
The Revos continued to pump the ball in with the Samurais, particularly Ono and Kuno, trying hard to keep them out. The US gave away a number of free kicks that stopped them from adding more goals.
Eventually the dam broke and goals were added by Moyer and a long bomb from veteran Donnie Lucero. Big man Bryan Dragus proved the value of his year of footy in Queensland with a great performance as a mobile forward and kicking two more.
Taking a 38 point lead into the second quarter the US looked like they would continue the onslaught with an early goal from a Sarbarker long bomb.
However, the Japanese rallied, repelling attacks with the aid of a breeze and keeping the US to 3.1 for the quarter. The Samarais also managed to score one point themselves.
The Revolution weren't letting the foot off the pedal for the third quarter and Justin Valley was quickly into it with two goals and Mergen, Werner and Price added more.
Sakaki, Kuno and Sato all battled hard for Japan to stem the tide and in some sense they did in forcing the US to kick five behinds for the quarter.
But the US were far too strong for the Japanese and slammed home to a thumping 17 goal win.