Saudi Arabia vs USA: men’s international soccer friendly – live – The Guardian

Key events

51 min: Saudi Arabia win a free kick near the halfway line. Moments later Aldawsari crosses into the box, but Turner is there to punch it away. Toothless start for USA to start this second half.

48 min: The corner is cleared from the box beyond the touchline for a Saudi Arabia throw in Nothing comes of it and the US takes over ownership.

47 min: Saudi Arabia win their first corner of the match. VAR is briefly consulted to determine whether Yedlin touched the ball with his hand, but the appeals for a free kick are denied.

“It’s obviously not the biggest playing surface,” says former USMNT defender turned pundit Alexi Lalas over Fox. Besides, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

The players are back on the pitch for the second half. No substitutions for the US or Saudi Arabia. Moreover, Berhalter confirmed that Reyna’s exit was precautionary and for no particular reason.

Halftime: Saudi Arabia 0-0 USA

It’s better than Friday’s display against Japan, just. But the USA will need to show much more than they have so far today to allay the growing concerns surrounding this side with their World Cup opener against Wales just 54 days away.

45 min: The fourth official signals for one minute of stoppage time.

42 min: USA wins another corner but nothing comes of it. As the first half drew to a close, the Americans’ offensive strategy basically boiled down to: play offside balls over the top.

40 min: Pulisic appeared to be fouled by Abdulhamid just inside the area near the goal line but nothing from the referee.

37 min: Pulisic takes a hard foul off the ball, shortly after a late tackle on McKinnie. The referee does not issue a yellow for both. It is also reported that the substitution of Gio Reyna at the half hour mark was not planned. Not great.

34 min: The Yedlin-Acosta-Arriola side of the field will not have Saudi Arabia shaking in his boots. Woof.

30 min: Couple of substitutions at the half hour mark. For the United States, Reyna comes in for Paul Arriola. For Saudi Arabia, Alnajei comes out instead of Asiri. Remember: Six substitutions are allowed in three different moments according to today’s rules (half time does not count as a substitution moment).

28 min: Bahbri’s free kick sails harmlessly over the crossbar and the Americans attack again.

27 min: The U.S. wins a free kick and Reyna’s effort sails directly over his goal amid complaints from the Americans about a foul. Saudi Arabia are quick on the counterattack and a foul by Acosta gives the Green Falcons their own free kick from a dangerous area about 25 yards from the goal.

24 min: Poor clearance of Saudi Arabia after a failed US attack and the ball bounces to Tyler Adams, whose shot from about 20 yards slides just wide left of the post.

19 min: Nice give-and-go from Pulisic to McKennie and back down the left. Pulisic then tries to pick out Pepi in the centre, but the pass is blocked back and he mimics it for a corner. Nothing comes of that, though Saudi Arabia can’t keep possession and USA will try to build again from the middle third.

16 min: Yedlin picks out a wide-open Pulisic with a long ball to the top of the area, but he is quickly swarmed by a group of Saudi Arabia defenders and dispossessed. The US is still trying to crack this high press, but generally looks sharper and more organized than the Japanese match.

13 min: Very poor gift from Adams in the back gives Saudi Arabia a clear chance at goal, but the shot is fired wide left of the goal.

9 min: Alyami makes his first save of the night, easily keeping out McKennie’s right-footed shot from the top of the area. That is the third time the Juventus man has made a deep run into the final third.

6 min: Some nice combination passing down the left flank involving Pulisic and Pepi creates another chance for the US, but McKennie is just a whisker offside. Saudi Arabia plays an extremely high line, which should offer an opportunity for the American front line.

4 min: The USA defended a lot in the opening minutes. Then suddenly Saudi Arabia are dispossessed and Reyna sends a long ball to Pepi, who is alone in the goal. But he is only one step offside.

1 min: And off we go! Saudi Arabia kicking and attacking from left to right wearing their all white kicks, the USA from right to left in their all white stripes. And it only took 25 seconds for US goalkeeper Matt Turner to be tested. Alghannam launches a shot through traffic towards goal but the Arsenal reserve saves it.

The players came out of the tunnel to an almost empty Estadio Nueva Condomina. Great atmosphere of confinement! First a recording of the Star-Spangled Banner, then a recording of the national anthem of Saudi Arabia. We should be on the road momentarily and we’ll pick it up with minute-by-minute coverage from there.

Berhalter’s XI for today’s friendships (average age: 25 years, 73 days) is experienced by this cycle’s standards. The starters averaged 33 international appearances, the most for a US lineup in nearly three years. A couple of other news notes:

Yedlin will make his 75th appearance, moving into a tie with Mike Burns for 31st on the team’s all-time caps list. But he is the first to reach the milestone since Jozy Altidore in 2014.

Pepi wins his first since starting the final World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica the 30th of March. The 19-year-old from El Paso, who was recently loaned to Dutch side Groningen and scored his first goal in almost a year, gets the call up front along with Pulisic, who missed the Japan match on Friday with an injury picked up in training.

USA played six times all time against Saudi Arabia, winning three, losing two and drawing one. But this is their first meeting since the 1999 Confederations Cup third-place match, when the US won 2-0 behind goals from Paul Bravo and Brian McBride (and Berhalter started at centre-back).

The United States has not faced Saudi Arabia since the third-place match of the 1999 Confederations Cup.

Interestingly (or not), Berhalter also made his international debut against Saudi Arabia in a friendly on October 19, 1994 in Dharan.

Matt Turner becomes the ninth USMNT goalkeeper to earn 20 caps. The 27-year-old Arsenal reserve holds a record of 14 wins, three losses and two draws, keeping 13 clean sheets in his previous 19 appearances.

Acosta, Adams and McKennie line up together in a three-man midfield for the first time. It is also the first time that Pepi, Pulisic and Reyna will play alongside each other up front.

The teams!

Berhalter made four changes to the lineup for Friday’s match against Japan. DeAndre Yedlin is in the back line, Kellyn Acosta joins the midfield while Ricardo Pepi and Christian Pulisic are up top.

Saudi Arabia

XI: M Alyami, S Abdulhamid, A Albulayhi (C), A Alamri, S Alghannam, N Aldawsari, R Sharahili, A Alhassan, H Bahbri, F Albrikan, S Alnajei

Notes: Alqarni, Alaqidi, Madu, Altambakti, Bamasoud, Alnashri, Kanno, Alabid, Almuwallad, Asiri, and Camara

Administrator: Gregg Berhalter

the united states

XI: M Turner, S Dest, W Zimmerman, T Adams, A Long, W McKennie, C Pulisic (C), R Pepi, G Reyna, D Yedlin, K Acosta

Notes: E Horvath, S Johnson, S Vines, P Arriola, J Ferreira, B Aaronson, E Palmer-Brown, J Morris, L De La Torre, J Cardoso, M McKenzie, M Tillman, J Sargent, J Scally

Administrator: Hervé Renard

Referee: Ivan Duck (Croatia)

Preamble

Hello and welcome to Murcia as the USA take on Saudi Arabia in their last friendly before Qatar 2022. Gregg Berhalter’s side enter today’s final setting on the way out an underwhelming 2-0 defeat against Japan on Friday, in which they failed to register a shot on target and need a much more positive display today at the Estadio Nueva Condomina to allay fears with the World Cup less than eight weeks away.

Start is just over half an hour away. We’ll be right back with the team sheets.

Bryan will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s how the US fared in their previous game:

Daichi Kamada scored off a Weston McKennie gift in the 24th minute, Kaoru Mitoma added an 88th-minute goal, and Japan beat a lackluster and injury-riddled United States 2-0 on Friday in Düsseldorf, Germany, in the Americans’ closest. last world cup warm up.

The Americans failed to get a single shot on target, playing a dismal first half and showing only slightly more initiative after four changes at half-time. They have one win, five losses and four draws in 10 road games since a win in Northern Ireland in March 2021, and just one goal in their last five away games.

American star Christian Pulisic did not dress due to an unspecified injury. The 14th-ranked Americans were already without Tim Weah, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, Antonee Robinson and Zack Steffen, and Miles Robinson will miss the World Cup with a torn Achilles.

A series of defensive breakdowns plagued the United States in the first half and put pressure on goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has played just one game this season for Arsenal. Turner made a pair of diving saves in the second half, on Junya Ito in the 55th and Kamada in the 65th.

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