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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 goal seven minutes earlier makes him the MNT’s fifth youngest goal scorer, just two days behind Weah (18 years, 102 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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MNT May 28, 2018

- 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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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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Five Things to Know About the MNT's Fresh Faces

The 22 players called to this month’s Men’s National Team camp in Philadelphia make up one of the USA’s freshest-faced rosters in recent memory. With many players getting their first opportunities to represent the USA at the senior level, here are five things to know about the young talent that represents the future of the program.

YNT GRADUATES

While 17 of the 22 players called to Philadelphia have earned five or fewer caps, 21 of 22 have represented the USA internationally as part of the Youth National Team program. Ten players have made a final USA roster for a Youth World Cup at the Under-17 or Under-20 levels, while two more have participated in Concacaf World Cup Qualifying.

This time a year ago, three members of the current roster were in Korea Republic for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown and Josh Sargent all played key roles in the U-20s’ run to the quarterfinals. Palmer-Brown captained the squad and played every single minute in Korea, Sargent won the Silver Boot with four goals while Carter-Vickers anchored the U.S. defense. Later in 2017, Sargent teamed with Tim Weah at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. Sargent captained the team through that tournament, while Weah scored the first hat trick for the USA in the knockout round of a men’s World Cup.

Defender Matt Miazga partnered with Carter-Vickers on the U.S. back line at the 2015 U-20 World Cup, while Rubio Rubin also figured in the USA’s quarterfinal run. Lynden Gooch aided the young Americans in their qualifying campaign. At the U-17 level that year, Christian Pulisic played in Chile at the U-17 World Cup alongside current first-time MNT call-up Matthew Olosunde. 

DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TIES 

More than half of the MNT roster are alumni of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, currently wrapping up the 11th season of its efforts to create world-class environments that produce world-class players.

Miazga, Olosunde and Weah all spent time at the New York Red Bulls academy. Now a pro with Chelsea, Miazga led the Red Bulls U-15/16 team to the 2012 Academy championship. Sargent was a part of St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri before leading the USA at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The entire goalkeeping corps called to Philly spent time in the Academy: Alex Bono with New York’s Empire United, Bill Hamid at D.C. United and Ethan Horvath with Real Colorado. Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC) and Rubin (Portland Timbers) came up through M.L.S. Academy pipelines. Andrija Novakovich commuted two hours each way from the Milwaukee suburbs to play for the Chicago Magic, while Pulisic (PA Classics) and Gooch (Santa Cruz Breakers) also spent time in the Development Academy.

INTERNATIONAL TALENT

Almost the entire roster gathered to take on Bolivia plays professionally outside the USA. The recently-concluded international season featured MNT players raising trophies overseas, earning Champions League berths and breaking into the first team at some of the world’s biggest clubs.

The players in Philadelphia spent their seasons in nine different countries. Eight currently ply their trades in the England, while four each come from Mexico and Germany. Hamid, Horvath, Jorge Villafaña and Weah took home titles this season in Denmark, Belgium, Mexico and France respectively.

AVERAGE AGE

Upon the team’s arrival in Philadelphia on May 20, the roster had an average age of 22 years, 286 days. That’s an even more youthful team than the groups gathered in MNT camps since last November. In 2018, the average age has gotten lower and lower with each progressive camp. The 30 players brought together in January Camp had an average age of 24, while the March team that came to Cary, N.C. had an average of 23. Fifteen of the players that will face Bolivia are 22 or younger, and only two were born before 1990.

FIRST CAP OPPORTUNITIES

Seven players will look to make their senior team debut Monday night against Bolivia. Bono, Alejandro Guido, Olosunde, Palmer-Brown, Keaton Parks, Antonee Robinson and Sargent are yet to represent the USA at the full senior level. They’ve all earned their first MNT camp invites since November.

After a whirlwind 2017 with the U-17s and the U-20s, Sargent earned his first senior camp invite to Portugal in November. Bono joined the MNT for the first time at its annual January Camp following a historic treble-winning season with Toronto FC. 

Palmer-Brown and Robinson got their first MNT camp invites in March, Palmer-Brown has climbed up the YNT ladder and was in the midst of his first season in Europe, while Robinson turned heads as a standout defensive starter on loan at Bolton. In Philadelphia, Guido, Olosunde and Parks are training with the MNT for the first time. Guido put together a strong full club season at Tijuana, Olosunde is rising through the ranks at Manchester United’s academy while Parks began to break into the Benfica first team in 2017-18. 

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