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Goals from Zimmerman, Sargent and Weah Propel Youthful USA Past Bolivia 3-0

CHESTER, Pa. (May 28, 2018) – First international goals from Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah propelled the USA to a 3-0 friendly victory against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium on Memorial Day.

The USA’s starting XI took the field with an average age of just 22 years, 160 days old. While the MNT attack took some time to find its footing, the young talent in the USA ranks put on an encouraging display. Weah made a number of threatening runs on the right wing and combined well with Christian Pulisic and Sargent. Weah and Sargent were the two youngest U.S. players on the field and the former U-17 World Cup teammates partnered for some of the MNT’s best opportunities.

The red, white and blue broke through late in the first half. A 37th-minute corner kick from Joe Corona found Walker Zimmerman at the penalty spot, where he rose above his mark to rifle a header into the top right corner and give the USA a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Zimmerman’s first international tally and Corona’s first assist.

After the break, Sargent, playing up top as the lone forward, capitalized on some lackadaisical play from Bolivia by intercepting a pass from substitute goalkeeper Carlos Lampe in the penalty box before pinging a low shot off Lampe into the net for a 52nd-minute goal.

Just seven minutes later, Weah also opened his senior account. Left back Antonee Robinson made an impressive run up the left side and drilled a low ball across the top of the six-yard-box for a hard-charging Weah to volley it into the roof of the net to make it 3-0. Both just 18 years old, Sargent and Weah’s goals make them the fifth and fourth youngest goalscorers in MNT history, respectively.

On the defensive end, Zimmerman, debutants Erik Palmer-Brown and Robinson as well as captain for the USA Eric Lichaj put in a solid shift behind a relentless defensive midfield effort from Weston McKennie to help goalkeeper Alex Bono and the U.S. notch a clean sheet.

Next Up: The U.S. Men’s National Team heads to Europe to take on Republic of Ireland on June 2 in Dublin at Aviva Stadium in Dublin (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás, UDN) and France on June 9 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, UniMás). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA - Walker Zimmerman (Joe Corona), 37th minute: Bolivia poked the ball out from Weston McKennie on a run down the right side to give the USA a corner kick, one of seven in the first half. Joe Corona lined up to take it, and Zimmerman lurked behind the central crowd in the box. He moved up to the penalty spot as Corona approached, leapt above his marking defender, Ronald Raldes, and sent a header into the top right corner for his first international goal. USA 1, BOL 0 [WATCH]

USA – Josh Sargent, 52nd minute: As substitute Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe attempted to play the ball out of the back of his defense, he didn’t put enough on his chipped pass, allowing Sargent to intercept. He turned on goal and snapped a hard shot at Lampe that bounced off the ‘keeper’s shins and rolled into the net, making Sargent the second-youngest player to score in his MNT debut. USA 2, BOL 0 [WATCH]

USA – Tim Weah (Antonee Robinson), 59th minute: The USA’s third goal came as center back Erik Palmer-Brown played Robinson forward on a run up the left side. Robinson made some shifty moves to get past a defender as he neared the Bolivia endline before whipping a low cross into the middle of the six-yard box. Weah charged in to one-touch the ball up and over Lampe into the net and become the fourth youngest goalscorer in MNT history. USA 3, BOL 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves:
BOL – Guillermo Viscarra, 13th minute: After Bolivia took possession in the USA’s final third, Walker Zimmerman pounced on an errant pass and booted it upfield to initiate an early U.S. chance. His ball found Rubio Rubin in the center circle, where the Tijuana midfielder turned and found Tim Weah streaking towards the net on the right side. Facing a one-on-one near the top of the box Viscarra got a leg out to deny Weah’s attempt.

BOL – Luis Haquin, 20th minute: Bolivia intercepted a USA free kick in its own territory, but Weston McKennie recovered to poke the ball out. Sargent collected the loose ball in stride and took a few touches across the top of the box, before cutting it back to Weah, who one-touched it back as Sargent dashed to the net, but the Werder Bremen forward’s one-timed shot was deflected by Haquin.

NOTES

  • With the win, the MNT moves to 2-2-4 all-time against Bolivia.
  • With his 52nd minute strike, Josh Sargent (18 years, 102 days) became the second-youngest MNT player in the modern era to score in his international debut. He sits behind only Juan Agudelo who was 17 years, 359 days when he tallied in the USA’s 1-0 win at South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010.
  • Tim Weah’s 59th minute goal made him the fourth youngest MNT goal-scorer all-time. Weah follows Christian Pulisic (17 years, 253 days; May 28, 2016 vs. Bolivia), Agudelo (Nov. 17, 2010 at South Africa) and Jozy Altidore (18 years, 96 days; Feb. 6, 2008 vs. Mexico). Sargent's goal seven minutes earlier makes him the MNT’s fifth youngest goal scorer, just two days behind Weah (18 years, 100 days).  
  • Walker Zimmerman tallied his first international goal in just his third international appearance with the opening goal in the 37th minute.
  • Both Joe Corona and Antonee Robinson recorded their first international assists. Corona served the corner kick to Zimmerman for Zimmerman’s opening goal, while Robinson, who also made his debut, provided the helper on Weah’s 59th minute strike.
  • Making his international debut, Alex Bono combined with the back line to keep the MNT’s defensive record perfect in 2018. Bono is the eighth goalkeeper in the modern era to record a shutout when going the full 90 minutes in his international debut.
  • The MNT has not conceded a goal in 329 minutes, with the last one coming in the 31st minute of a 1-1 draw at Portugal on Nov. 14, 2017.
  • The Starting XI’s average age was 22 years, 160 days and average cap number was 6.7
  • Eight starters were 24 and younger: Bono (24); Rubin (22), Palmer-Brown (21), Robinson (20), McKennie, Pulisic (19), Sargent, Weah (18)
  • Continuing his rich history in the Philadelphia area, veteran defender Eric Lichaj captained the MNT for the first time tonight. Lichaj made his MNT debut in a 0-0 draw with Colombia at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 12, 2010 and scored his first international goal in last year’s 2-0 Gold Cup quarterfinal win against El Salvador on July 19, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
  • Pennsylvania native and 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year Christian Pulisic made his first MNT appearance since last October.
  • Six players made their MNT debuts tonight: Alex Bono, Erik Palmer-Brown, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent, Keaton Parks and Matt Olosunde, who hails from nearby Trenton, N.J.
  • Seven of the players that appeared in the match represented the USA at a Youth World Cup: Palmer-Brown (2015, 2017 U-20), Olosunde (2015 U-17), Pulisic (2015 U-17), Rubin (2015 U-20), Sargent (2017 U-17, U-20), Villafaña (2009 U-20), Weah (2017 U-17).
  • Born just two days apart, Sargent (Feb. 20) and Weah (Feb. 22) jointly became the first players born in 2000 to earn a start for the MNT.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Bolivia
Date: May 28, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

Attendance: 11,882
Kickoff: 6:55 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F                                                         
USA                             1          2          3

BOL                             0          0          0
USA – Walker Zimmerman (Joe Corona)                  37th minute
USA – Josh Sargent                                                   52
USA – Tim Weah (Antonee Robinson)                      59

Lineups:
USA: 22-Alex Bono; 15-Eric Lichaj (capt.) (2-Matt Olosunde, 74), 4-Walker Zimmerman, 14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 17-Antonee Robinson; 6-Weston McKennie; 11-Tim Weah (16-Julian Green, 61), 8-Joe Corona (25-Keaton Parks, 62), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-Jorge Villafaña, 89), 23-Rubio Rubin (20-Lynden Gooch, 73); 13-Josh Sargent (9-Andrija Novakovich, 61)

Subs: 1-Bill Hamid, 3-Matt Miazga, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

BOL: 23-Guillermo Vizcarra (1-Carlos Lampe, 46); 2-Carlos Añez, 3-Oscar Baldomar (22-Jose Sagredo, 32), 4-Luis Haquin, 6-Danny Bejarano. (8-Leandro Maygua, 79), 7-Luis Ali, 10-Fernando Saucedo, 16-Ronald Raldes (capt.), 17-Alexis Ribera (13-Rodrigo Rodriguez, 79), 18-Rodrigo Vargas (11-Bruno Miranda, 63), 20-Hector Ronaldo Sanchez (9-Leonardo Vaca, 66)
Subs: 5-Gustavo Olguin, 11-Bruno Miranda, 12-Jaime Cornejo, 14-Edson Perez, 15-Jose Vargas, 16-Julian Green, 19-Wilfredo Soleto, 21-Miguel Quiroga, 24-Rodrigo Borda, 25-Sergio Moruno

Head coach: César Farías

Stats Summary: USA / BOL
Shots: 22 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BOL – Fernando Salcedo (caution)                49th minute

USA – Joe Corona (caution)                          57
USA – Weston McKennie (caution)                65

Officials:
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM)

Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
4th Official: Daneon Parchment (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Walker Zimmerman

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Bolivia
Date: May 28, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

Attendance: 11,882
Kickoff: 6:55 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F                                                          
USA                             1          2          3
BOL                             0          0          0

USA – Walker Zimmerman (Joe Corona)                  37th minute
USA – Josh Sargent                                                   52
USA – Tim Weah (Antonee Robinson)                      59

Lineups:
USA: 22-Alex Bono; 4-Walker Zimmerman, 6-Weston McKennie, 8-Joe Corona (25-Keaton Parks, 62), 10-Christian Pulisic (19-Jorge Villafaña, 89), 11-Tim Weah (16-Julian Green, 61), 13-Josh Sargent (9-Andrija Novakovich, 61), 14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 15-Eric Lichaj (capt.) (2-Matt Olosunde, 74), 17-Antonee Robinson, 23-Rubio Rubin (20-Lyden Gooch, 73)
Subs: 1-Bill Hamid, 3-Matt Miazga, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers
Head coach: Dave Sarachan

BOL: 23-Guillermo Vizcarra (1-Carlos Lampe, 46); 2-Carlos Añez, 3-Oscar Baldomar (22-Jose Sagredo, 32), 4-Luis Haquin, 6-Danny Bejarano. (8-Leandro Maygua, 79), 7-Luis Ali, 10-Fernando Saucedo, 16-Ronald Raldes (capt.), 17-Alexis Ribera (13-Rodrigo Rodriguez, 79), 18-Rodrigo Vargas (11-Bruno Miranda, 63), 20-Hector Ronaldo Sanchez (9-Leonardo Vaca, 66)
Subs: 5-Gustavo Olguin, 11-Bruno Miranda, 12-Jaime Cornejo, 14-Edson Perez, 15-Jose Vargas, 16-Julian Green, 19-Wilfredo Soleto, 21-Miguel Quiroga, 24-Rodrigo Borda, 25-Sergio Moruno
Head coach: César Farías

Stats Summary: USA / BOL
Shots: 22 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 6
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BOL – Fernando Salcedo (caution)                49th minute
USA – Joe Corona (caution)                          57
USA – Weston McKennie (caution)                65

Officials: 
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
4th Official: Daneon Parchment (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Walker Zimmerman

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One Year Later, 2017 U-20 World Cup Alumni Make Their Mark with MNT

About this time last year, Cameron Carter Vickers didn’t know what to think about Josh Sargent upon his surprise addition to the Under-20 Men’s National Team. The 17-year-old forward arrived at the U-20 MNT’s pre-World Cup training camp in Korea Republic just a few days after leading the U-17 MNT to a runner-up finish at the Concacaf U-17 Championship.

Sargent went from captain to new kid on the block. From a veteran U-17 presence to interloper in a well-established U-20 squad. As a defender, Carter-Vickers went against the young striker every day in camp. He still had questions about the mop-topped redhead from St. Louis.

“I wasn’t too sure about him,” Carter-Vickers said. “I wasn’t too sure that he was that good of a player, or if he was going to be what we needed.”

Game day brought an end to any uncertainty. After suffering an early 2-0 deficit to open the

U-20 World Cup, the team desperately needed a goal in their opening match against Ecuador. Sargent delivered. His poised 36th-minute strike put the USA on the board. When the U-20s needed an equalizer, Sargent answered once again 18 minutes later. The performance cleared the air of any lingering doubt.

“As soon as that first game, I could see that he could strike a ball well,” Carter-Vickers said. “Obviously, he scored two goals and I thought, yeah, I can see why he’s here.”

Almost a year to the date of his debut with the U-20 MNT, Sargent earned his first appearance for the senior squad on May 28 against Bolivia in Philadelphia. Like his debut with the 20s, the now-18-year-old made an instant impression. In the 52nd minute, the 18-year-old swooped in on a poorly played ball by Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, took it out of the air, turned and stuffed home his first international goal. Aged 18 years, 102 days, the strike make Sargent the second-young MNT player to score in his debut.

“There’s a great generation coming through,” Sargent said after the game. “I think the fans have a lot to look forward to. It’s all gone by so fast. It’s really cool to be able to score at each level, and now proving that I can score at the professional level as well.”

One year after the U-20 MNT reached the quarterfinals at the U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, a quintet of that team’s young talent has reached the senior MNT, the highest number yet in a single camp from last summer’s tournament roster. The U-20 alumni have begun to make an impact as part of the young MNT’s next generation.

“It's really nice to be here together now and look back on the Under-20 cycle. We've come pretty far,” said midfielder Tyler Adams. “When I got my first call-up, it was an exciting time period because there were a lot of young faces. It’s refreshing to see a lot of young talent that we have graduated and come through the Youth National Teams. For these guys now, you're going to see their faces a lot."

The five players now in camp from last year’s U-20 World Cup-- Adams, Carter-Vickers, Luca de la Torre, Erik Palmer-Brown and Sargent—all climbed up the Youth National Team ladder. All but Carter-Vickers spent time at the U-17 level before they made a jump to the next World Cup age group, while the England-based defender logged minutes with the U-18s. Sargent pulled double duty with the 17s and 20s last year as a key player in each team’s World Cup run. He made one appearance with the U-20 squad earlier this year before his current MNT call-up.

Carter-Vickers and Palmer-Brown got a head start on their YNT development when they made the 2015 U-20 World Cup roster as underage players. In New Zealand, Carter-Vickers established a partnership with fellow center back Matt Miazga, one which has already taken the field three times for the senior team since last November in Portugal.

“Having been part of a World Cup, going into the second one you kind of know what to expect.” Carter-Vickers said. “You can pass some bits and bobs to your teammates and just try to help the team do well. In both 2015 and 2017, everyone got on really well on and off the pitch. There was good team chemistry. I think we performed at both of them.”

That 2015 World Cup in New Zealand has provided a similar pipeline of talent for the current MNT. Several players from that squad have advanced to the full team since November, and have already begun to make an impression at the senior level. In the current camp, Miazga, Zack Steffen and Rubio Rubin have all made multiple MNT appearances, while Shaq Moore earned his debut on Saturday against Ireland.

Midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola played big roles for the MNT in the past year, while Marky Delgado and Emerson Hyndman have also picked up their first caps, meaning that a staggering half of the 2015 roster has enjoyed senior team debuts.

Erik Palmer-Brown played only 90 minutes in New Zealand, but the experiences he gleaned as a part of the World Cup roster proved invaluable. He entered the new U-20 cycle as the team’s captain, and last spring led the USA to its first-ever Concacaf U-20 Championship.

That run forged the team together, and while six new players joined the U-20 ranks for Korea Republic, Sargent stood as the biggest curveball. The O’Fallon, Mo., product had appeared in just one U-20 MNT camp before the forward was thrust into the mix. As the captain, Lee’s Summit native Palmer-Brown dealt with task to integrate him into the team. Their shared Missouri roots provided plenty of ammo for banter

“As a team, we were open. I think we trust in the coaches and the system that they're going to choose the best players to be at the camp,” Palmer-Brown said. “For us, I think it was very seamless for Josh to come to the group. He’s from Missouri so I had to pick on him quite a bit. When he came in the group we had a lot of fun. I think in general he did well and he only helped our team.”

Performance served as the prime proving ground. Sargent’s showing in the opener turned heads, and his tear continued the rest of the team’s time in Korea. He followed up his standout debut with the game-winner in a 1-0 win against Senegal and another in a 6-0 rout of New Zealand. His four goals earned him Silver Boot honors at the tournament and an eventual professional contract with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

After another strong performance at last October’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, Sargent earned his first call-up to the senior team in Portugal a month later. U-20 teammates Tyler Adams and Cameron Carter-Vickers joined him. At the MNT’s annual January camp, U-20 MNT Real Salt Lake products Danny Acosta, Justen Glad and Brooks Lennon earned their first senior invites. Palmer-Brown made his MNT camp debut in March and his first appearance on May 28 against Bolivia.

The recent U-20 graduates sit near the center of the MNT’s refreshed roster. The squad’s average age came in just over 23 years, while 10 players stood age-eligible for last year’s competition. While they have represented the USA at the world’s highest level of youth competition, the senior level stage presents a new challenge.

Like the World Cup, moments like Sargent’s goal in Philadelphia will help to establish their place with the senior team, while defeats like the last-minute loss to Ireland will provide educational lumps to take. As they begin to forge the MNT’s future, the core of familiar faces has facilitated their jumps to the full international ranks. 

“It's a lot more fun to grow up with all the guys that you started with and see how they've progressed over time and developed and able to make the next step together,” Adams said. “It's fairly easy to come into camp when you know you're going to have guys that you're really close with in camp with you. It makes it very seamless. 

“You take those youth World Cup experiences and you’re ready to make the next step. When you recognize how important it is that you've really made it to the senior national team, it really keeps you hungry. You want more if you want to keep getting called in, you want to establish yourself and continue to represent the country.”

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Opening Their Accounts: Zimmerman, Sargent and Weah Net First International Goals

When Dave Sarachan called a roster with an average age of 22 years young to Philadelphia, it afforded an opportunity for rising talent to take center stage. Talen Energy Stadium provided the venue for that youth to shine as three players aged 25 and younger scored their first international goals. Walker Zimmerman provided the warm-up act, and the second half saw 18-year-olds Josh Sargent and Tim Weah make some history with goals that illustrate the MNT’s burgeoning potential.

WALKER ZIMMERMAN, 37TH MINUTE

Led by its young attackers, the USA offense knocked on the door for much of the first half. It took 25-year-old defender Walker Zimmerman, one of the field, to bust it open.

The opportunity was won by Weston McKennie, who played a relentless game at the defensive midfield spot. Late in the opening frame, the 19-year-old pressed forward on a run up the right side, and his defender poked the ball out on the end line to grant the USA a corner kick. Instead of the usual mass inside the box, the USA staggered its players throughout the opposition penalty box on the set piece. Joe Corona lined up to take the kick and Zimmerman lurked in the back of a group near the top of the box until Corona’s approach, then stepped forward onto the penalty spot.

Corona swung the ball out beyond the six-yard line. With only one Bolivian defender in position to fully mark him, the six-foot-three, Zimmerman rose above Ronald Raldes and headed the ball into the top right corner as Bolivian goalkeeper Guillermo Vizcarra stood frozen between the sticks.

“It’s definitely a moment that I’ve been looking forward to my whole career,” Zimmerman said.  “It’s something that I’m going to remember forever and something that I can pull out and show my kids one day.”

JOSH SARGENT, 52ND MINUTE

The USA’s starting lineup took the field with an average age of 22 years and 160 days. Such a young XI produced moments of youthful vigor, led in part by forward Josh Sargent. He assumed a position up top as the lone forward and struck when the Bolivian defense got caught in a lackadaisical passing exchange.

Content to pass around in their defensive third and wait for things to open up downfield, Bolivia was let down when goalkeeper Carlos Lampe passed back and forth with his defenders. As Sargent prowled nearby, Lampe looked to play the ball to his center back, but didn’t put enough strength into a chipped pass that Sargent intercepted with a nifty over-the-shoulder trap. Already inside the penalty area, Sargent turned on goal, teed up, and sent a hard-hit ball on frame. It bounced off Lampe’s shins and into the back of the net.

The goal fits a pattern for Sargent as it was only about a year ago that he scored in his debut game at the U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. Seven months ago, he scored in the opening match at the U-17 World Cup in India.

Sargent also made a bit of history. At 18 years, 102 days, the O’Fallon, Mo., product became the second-youngest player in the MNT’s modern era to score in his debut. For the moment, he also became the fourth youngest player to tally all-time for the MNT.

“I feel very proud of myself being able to come into this game and provide for the team,” Sargent said. “I’m just very happy to be able to score today. I was really excited getting out here and being able to train with the team the whole week and play in this game. I think there’s a great generation coming through. I think the fans have a lot to look forward too.”

TIM WEAH, 59TH MINUTE

Tim Weah made some of the MNT’s most exciting offensive runs in the first half, but couldn’t quite find a finishing touch early on. He would fly down the right wing or up the middle with only the ‘keeper to beat, but was foiled on his attempts to complete the play and ripple the net. Come the second half, Weah found his touch and broke through with a well-taken volley.

Antonee Robinson did most of the hard work on the left wing. Played out of the back by fellow, MNT debutante Erik Palmer-Brown, Robinson took the ball on the run. Once he found his way past midfield, the speedy left back got shifty. He used some fancy footwork to slip past a defender. Gliding towards the end line, Robinson ripped a low, left-footed cross that found Weah at the top of the six-yard box.

With a dash of pace, Weah glided between two Bolivian defenders to take in Robinson’s ball. He needed only one beautiful, right-footed touch on the cross to lift it above Lampe and into the back of the net.

 
“Antonee served it in and I put it in. It was such a great feeling,” Weah said. “I’m speechless right now. I’m so appreciative that God has given me the opportunity to score a beautiful goal in front of amazing fans and for such an amazing country on such an amazing day.”

Born just two days after Sargent, Weah (18 years, 100 days) jumped ahead of his former U-17 MNT teammate, becoming the fourth youngest to record a goal for the MNT and pushing Sargent to fifth all-time. 

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Goals from Zimmerman, Sargent and Weah Propel Youthful USA Past Bolivia 3-0

CHESTER, Pa. (May 28, 2018) – First international goals from Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah propelled the USA to a 3-0 friendly victory against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium on Memorial Day. The USA’s starting XI took the field with an average age of just 22 years, 160 days old. While the MNT attack took some time to find its footing, the young talent in the USA ranks p Read more
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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Bolivia - International Friendly

USA vs. Bolivia
International Friendly
May 28, 2018
Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.
Live Broadcast: 6:30 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and UDN

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Bolivia: 22-Alex Bono; 15-Eric Lichaj (capt.), 4-Walker Zimmerman, 14-Erik Palmer-Brown, 17-Antonee Robinson; 6-Weston McKennie; 11-Tim Weah, 8-Joe Corona, 10-Christian Pulisic, 23-Rubio Rubin; 13-Josh Sargent

Substitutes: 1-Bill Hamid, 2-Matt Olosunde, 3-Matt Miazga, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 9-Andrija Novakovich, 16-Julian Green, 19-Jorge Villafaña, 20-Lynden Gooch, 25-Keaton Parks

  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Joe Corona (21), Christian Pulisic (21), Eric Lichaj (15), Rubio Rubin (6) Walker Zimmerman (3), Weston McKennie (2), Tim Weah (2), Alex Bono (1), Erik Palmer-Brown (1), Antonee Robinson (1), Josh Sargent (1)
  • Seven of the starting XI are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: Alex Bono (Empire United), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Rubio Rubin (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics), Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls/BW Gottschee), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri)
  • The Starting XI’s average cap number (including this match): 6.7 caps
  • The Starting XI’s average age: 22 years, 160 days
  • Eight starters are 24 and younger: Bono (24); Rubin (22), Palmer-Brown (21), Robinson (20), McKennie, Pulisic (19), Sargent, Weah (18)
  • Continuing his rich history in the Philadelphia area, veteran defender Eric Lichaj captains the MNT for the first time tonight. Lichaj made his MNT debut in a 0-0 draw with Colombia at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 12, 2010 and scored his first international goal in last year’s 2-0 Gold Cup quarterfinal win against El Salvador on July 19, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
  • Pennsylvania native and 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year Christian Pulisic makes his first MNT appearance since last October.
  • Four players make their MNT debuts tonight: Alex Bono, Erik Palmer-Brown, Antonee Robinson and Josh Sargent
  • Five players have represented the USA at a Youth World Cup: Palmer-Brown (2015, 2017 U-20), Pulisic (2015 U-17), Rubin (2015 U-20), Sargent (2017 U-17, U-20), Weah (2017 U-17).
  • Born just two days apart, Sargent (Feb. 20) and Weah (Feb. 22) jointly become the first players born in 2000 to earn a start for the MNT. Weah became the first player born in the 2000s to gain a cap for the MNT during the 1-0 win against Paraguay on March 27.
  • Walker Zimmerman is the lone player to earn have previously started a match for the MNT in 2018, going the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28.
  • Two more players starting on the bench have the chance to make their MNT debuts tonight: defender Matt Olosunde and midfielder Keaton Parks
  • Teams are allowed six substitutions in tonight’s match.
  • With both teams dressing 20 players, the scratches from tonight’s squad are: Alejandro Guido (right groin strain) and Ethan Horvath.
  • The MNT is 1-2-4 all-time against Bolivia. The teams last met two years ago today, a 4-0 win in Kansas City, Kan., in which Christian Pulisic (17 years, 253 days) became the youngest player to score a goal in the MNT’s modern era. 
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