Leeds midfielder Weston McKennie enjoyed a wonderful international break with the USMNT as he created the only goal of the game on Monday night in a 1-0 win over El Salvador – after scoring a brace in a 7-1 win over Grenada.

The 24-year-old clocked up his 42nd cap for USA and lasted until the 92nd minute before being applauded off the field of play at the Exploria Stadium in Florida. It was his beautiful pass that provided the difference for USA.

It comes after netting a brace last time out, a game in which Brenden Aaronson also found the back of the net as the US smashed Grenada away from home. A slightly trickier game last night, but one the US eventually dealt with.

Picking up the ball in the right-back area, giving himself some space, McKennie threaded a pass behind the El Salvador defence into the path of Ricardo Pepi. The in-form Groningen striker did the rest, chipping the goalkeeper.

Currently on loan at the Dutch side, Pepi has 10 goals in 23 games for the Eredivisie outfit – and now, six goals in 14 USA caps. A classy finish, helped by McKennie’s pass – as posted by football account Bleacher Report on Twitter.

Leeds midfielder McKennie creates only goal of game in El Salvador win

It is certainly a side that Leeds fans are beginning to see more and more often at Elland Road. When McKennie arrived, it was believed that he would be that box-to-box midfielder – alongside Tyler Adams, but more attacking.

However, he is certainly capable of playing in the Adams role and picking forward passes from deep. Almost, a bit like Marc Roca. His pass for Pepi was very Roca-esque. Taking a risk, passing forwards – but with utter precision.

While the international break has seen Max Wober and Willy Gnonto pick up injuries – McKennie and Aaronson will return in good form, feeling refreshed and ready to go again. Good news for Leeds, ahead of a trip to Arsenal.

El Salvador v United States: Group D - CONCACAF Nations League
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