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Young MNT Surrenders Stoppage Time Goal in 1-0 Loss to Italy

GENK, Belgium (Nov. 20, 2018) — Fielding the youngest lineup in the team’s modern era, the U.S. Men’s National Team battled hard, but a strike from Matteo Politano deep in second-half stoppage time saw the U.S. fall 1-0 to Italy at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.

Having previously started the two youngest MNT lineups earlier this year, head coach Dave Sarachan deployed a starting XI with an average age of 22 years, 71 days. He also made history by selecting the youngest captain in modern era (1990-present), handing 20-year-old Christian Pulisic the armband for the very first time.

But while the USA showed some positive moments, the young side ceded much of the possession to Italy during the first half. In control through much of the match, the Azzurri took multiple looks at the U.S. goal, but was thwarted time and again thanks to a heroic effort from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Taking the field in Belgium where he suits up for Club Brugge, the 23-year-old Horvath was called into action in the third minute, turning away a point-blank attempt from Federico Chiesa. He followed it up with another brave stop on Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci in the 18th minute, pushed a belted effort from Domenico Berardi over the bar in the 39thand parried a free kick from Marco Verratti in the 44th to keep thing scoreless at the break.

Horvath was again called into action just before the hour-mark but did brilliantly to thwart a one-on-one attempt from Kevin Lasagna in the 59th minute.

Gaining confidence to push forward, the USA nearly pulled ahead in the 64th minute as Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right picked out Walker Zimmerman at the back post, but his headed effort was pushed out for a corner kick by Salvatore Sirigu. Just as that chance came, Horvath was called on again to make perhaps his best save of the night, stretching full out to push Vincenzo Grifo’s effort out for a corner kick in the 70th minute.

Becoming the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018, substitute Romain Gall tested Sirigu in the 90th minute, unleashing a low blast that forced the Italy ‘keeper to push the ball out for a corner kick.

Just as it looked like the USA would earn a hard-nosed draw, Italy broke through when Roberto Giagliardini combined with Politano in the box. With the defense collapsing around him, the substitute poked his effort past Horvath to give Italy the 1-0 victory in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.

Up Next: Earlier Tuesday, the MNT announced it would play regional foe Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The match will serve as one of two domestic matches to begin 2019. Kickoff time and the MNT’s further schedule for next year will be announced at a later date.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini), 90+4th minute: The USA looked like it would take a 0-0 draw home, but Italy continued to press and broke through as Gagliardini fed Politano into the box where he finished past Horvath from close range. ITA 1, USA 0 FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 3rd minute: Federico Chiesa ran onto a long ball over the top and strolled into the box on the right. Taking an additional touch, the Italy striker was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a save with his right.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 16th minute: Streaking into the box on the left, Domenico Berardi did well to get into the box and looked to get a shot off before Carter-Vickers came through to deny the attempt and put it out for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 18th minute: Italy gained another dangerous opportunity as Emerson was fouled about 30 yards from goal on the left. Stefano Sensi swung in a free kick, finding Leonardo Bonucci alone in the area, but his shot from the penalty spot was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a point-blank save. 

USA - Ethan Horvath, 39th minute: After Italy moved the ball around outside the area, Berardi took it on his left foot and unleashed a swerving effort that Horvath pushed over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 44th minute: Reggie Cannon upended Emerson and Italy earned another dangerous opportunity to the left of the USA goal. Marco Verratti swung in a low ball that threaded through the USA penalty box, but Horvath’s foot work was superb and kept the ball off the goal line before it was cleared.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 59th minute: While the USA showed more in the attacking third early in the second half, it still allowed Italy openings on the counter attack. The Azzurri caught the MNT out just before the hour mark when Kevin Lasagna got on the end of a ball and leapt past Walker Zimmerman only to see Horvath powerfully charge off his line to deny the attempt.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 64th minute: The USA nearly pulled ahead just after the hour mark. Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right swung through to the back post where Walker Zimmerman’s snap header was kept out when Sirigu dramatically pushed the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 70th minute: Stefano Sensi played a square pass to Vincenco Grifo who let rip an effort destined for the top right corner, but Horvath used all of his 6-4 frame to stretch at full extension and push the ball out for a corner kick.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 90th minute: The USA found one final chance, as substitute Romain Gall pushed forward through the midfield. Taking the space given to him, Gall let loose on a low blast that Sirigu dove to his left to push out for a corner kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made five saves to earn Budweiser Man of the Match honors.
  • With nine of 11 starters 23 years old or younger, the average age of the USA XI came in at 22 years, 71 days, besting the MNT’s previous modern era-record of 22 years, 160 days which came on May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia.
  • Five of 11 starters were also age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent
  • At 20 years, 71 days, Christian Pulisic became the youngest MNT captain of the modern era (1990-present), beating Landon Donovan who first captained the MNT at 22 years, 220 days in a World Cup Qualifier on Oct. 9, 2004 at El Salvador.
  • Entering the match in the 83rd minute, Romain Gall became the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018 and 23rd overall under head coach Dave Sarachan. The 20 debuts in 2018 ties 2007 for the second most in the MNT’s modern era history, sitting just one back of the record of 21 in 1992.
  • The MNT moves to 1-8-3 all-time against Italy.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, John Brooks, Jonathan Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin were healthy scratches from tonight’s match.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy
Date: November 20, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Luminus Arena; Genk, Belgium
Attendance: 13,500
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Weather: 38 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:        1          2          F
USA                                 0          0         0
ITA                               ```0         1          1

ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini)       90+4 minute

Lineups:

USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 5-Cameron Carter Vickers, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 26-Aaron Long; 25-Reggie Cannon (19-Jorge Villafaña, 75), 9-Marky Delgado (20-Wil Trapp, 62), 4-Tyler Adams, 23-Kellyn Acosta (14-Sebastian Lletget, 83), 18-Shaq Moore (7-Bobby Wood, 62); 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (27-Romain Gall, 83), 13-Josh Sargent
Substitutes not used: 1-Brad Guzan; 3-Matt Miazga, 11-Tim Weah, 16-Julian Green
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

ITA: 1-Salvatore Sirigu; 2-Mattia De Sciglio, 19-Leonardo Bonucci (capt.), 13-Francesco Acerbi, 21-Emerson; 18-Nicolo Barella (5-Roberto Gagliardini, 76), 23-Stefano Sensi, 6-Marco Verratti; 14-Federico Chiesa (10-Vincenzo Grifo, 46), 9-Kevin Lasagna (20-Matteo Politano, 87), 11-Domenico Berardi (17-Moise Kean, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Alessio Cragno, 8-Leonardo Pavoletti, 3-Gianluca Mancini, 22-Gianluigi Donnarumma, 4-Cristiano Biraghi, 16-Sandro Tonali, 15-Daniele Rugani
Head coach: Roberto Mancini

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 3 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 17
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Mattia De Sciglio (caution)            19th minute
USA – Reggie Cannon (caution)              43
USA – Shaq Moore (caution)                  43
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                45+1
ITA – Stefano Sensi (caution)                 58

Officials:
Referee: Cüneyt ÇAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
4th Official: Alper ULUSOY (TUR)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Ethan Horvath

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy
Date: November 20, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Luminus Arena; Genk, Belgium
Attendance: 13,500
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Weather: 38 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      0             0             0
ITA                                       0             1             1

ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini)          90+4 minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 5-Cameron Carter Vickers, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 26-Aaron Long; 25-Reggie Cannon (19-Jorge Villafaña, 75), 9-Marky Delgado (20-Wil Trapp, 62), 4-Tyler Adams, 23-Kellyn Acosta (14-Sebastian Lletget, 83), 18-Shaq Moore; 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (27-Romain Gall, 83), 13-Josh Sargent (7-Bobby Wood, 62)
Substitutes not used: 1-Brad Guzan; 3-Matt Miazga, 11-Tim Weah, 16-Julian Green
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

ITA: 1-Salvatore Sirigu; 2-Mattia De Sciglio, 19-Leonardo Bonucci (capt.), 13-Francesco Acerbi, 21-Emerson; 18-Nicolo Barella (5-Roberto Gagliardini, 76), 23-Stefano Sensi, 6-Marco Verratti; 14-Federico Chiesa (10-Vincenzo Grifo, 46), 9-Kevin Lasagna (20-Matteo Politano, 87), 11-Domenico Berardi (17-Moise Kean, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Alessio Cragno, 8-Leonardo Pavoletti, 3-Gianluca Mancini, 22-Gianluigi Donnarumma, 4-Cristiano Biraghi, 16-Sandro Tonali, 15-Daniele Rugani
Head coach: Roberto Mancini

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 3 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 17
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Mattia De Sciglio (caution)                19th minute
USA – Reggie Cannon (caution)                  43
USA – Shaq Moore (caution)                       43
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                     45+1
ITA – Stefano Sensi (caution)                      58

Officials:
Referee: Cüneyt ÇAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
4th Official: Alper ULUSOY (TUR)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Ethan Horvath

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Thank You Dave: Sarachan Tenure Lays Groundwork for MNT Program's Future

The past year has been one of transition for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Forging ahead after just missing out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the last 12 months have seen the MNT guided by the experienced hand of veteran coach Dave Sarachan.

Chosen to lead the program forward while the search for a General Manager and permanent head coach took place, Sarachan largely elected to use his time at the helm to give the next generation of U.S. Men’s National Team players their first taste of the international stage.

“I think he’s done a really good job of getting this group to understand what it means to be a U.S. Men’s National Team player,” said MNT midfielder Wil Trapp, who served as captain for much of the year. “Within that, you have so many young players that have gotten their feet wet and begun to step into roles on the team where the experience has grown, but I think the chemistry and comfort within this group has also gotten there.”

Knowing the experiences provided to young players early in the cycle were more important than results, the Rochester, N.Y. native’s tenure has largely been defined by laying the early groundwork for the Men’s National Team program as it approaches the rest of the cycle. In 12 matches guiding the MNT, Sarachan gave 23 players debuts – by far the most of any manager during the modern era in the same time span.

MNT Debuts in First 12 Games of Tenure

Head Coach

First Caps Awarded

Time Frame

Dave Sarachan

23

Nov 14, 2017-Nov. 20, 2018

Bruce Arena

16

Nov. 6, 1998-Sept. 8, 1999

Bob Bradley

15

Jan. 20, 2007-June 28, 2007

Jurgen Klinsmann

9

Aug. 10, 2011-May 30, 2012

Bruce Arena

8

Jan. 29, 2017-July 19, 2017

Bora Milutinovic

8

May 5, 1991-Oct. 19, 1991

Steve Sampson

1

April 22, 1995-July 22, 1995

Twenty of the debuts that occurred under Sarachan came during 2018, a figure that ties with 2007 for second-most during the MNT’s modern era, just behind the 21 attained in 1992. Those years also saw the MNT play a much higher number of games, presenting Bora Milutinovic and Bob Bradley more opportunities to offer up first-time opportunities.

MNT Debuts by Year (Modern Era)

Year

GP

Debuts

Future World Cup Players That Debuted

1992

21

21

Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel, 
Cobi Jones, Mike Lapper, Joe-Max Moore, 
Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerle

2007

18

20

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, 
Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley

2018

11

20

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1996

16

14

Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Eddie Pope, Preki

Beyond the raw numbers, most valuable is the age at which MNT debuts have come under Sarachan. Of the 23 debutants, 13 have been age 22 or under, while 11 of those are players who will be age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

As time goes by, that group would project to be in the prime years of their career when the USA co-hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2026. 

“Dave has done an incredible job of giving us the experiences we need now for the future,” said Tyler Adams, one of Sarachan’s 23 debutants. “When we look forward, whether it’s in the Olympics which a lot of us can play in or towards 2022 and 2026 World Cups, we’re going to be in our prime ages to go out and perform.”

Olympic Eligible MNT Debuts (November 2017-November 2018)

Player

Debut

Debut Age

2020 Age*

2026 Age**

Tyler Adams

Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal

18

21

27

Cameron Carter-Vickers

19

22

28

Weston McKennie

19

21

27

Tim Weah

March 28, 2018 vs. Paraguay

18

20

26

Erik Palmer-Brown

May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia

21

23

29

Antonee Robinson

20

22

28

Keaton Parks

20

22

28

Josh Sargent

18

20

26

Luca de la Torre

June 2, 2018 at Ireland

20

22

28

Jonathan Amon

Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Peru

19

21

27

Reggie Cannon

20

22

27

*2020 age reflects age at start of the Summer Olympics -- July 22, 2020

**2026 age reflects age as of June 1, 2026

And while minutes on the field are one thing, Sarachan’s tutelage has also helped set a number of players up for milestone career moments. Five players each have recorded their first goal or assist during Sarachan’s tenure, while two goalkeepers have earned their first win and kept their first clean sheet in the same time span. 

Individual Firsts Since November 2017

First Goals

First Assists

First Win/Clean Sheet

Tyler Adams

Joe Corona

Alex Bono

Weston McKennie

Matt Miazga

Zack Steffen

Josh Sargent

Antonee Robinson

-

Tim Weah

CJ Sapong

-

Walker Zimmerman

Tim Weah

-

Then there are the team moments, and while results haven’t been the most important factor during the past year, a young and rebuilding MNT group has come together to pull off some impressive performances.

The notable highlights began with Sarachan’s first match in charge, when an MNT side reeling from the World Cup disappointment a month earlier played to a 1-1 draw with reigning European Champions Portugal last November in Leiria.

Taking on Bolivia in May, Sarachan selected a lineup that averaged 22 years, 160 days – at the time, the youngest of the modern era – which had little difficulty in a 3-0 win against La Verde.

Facing a tougher task a couple weeks later, he boldly trotted out what was then the second youngest MNT lineup (22 years, 183 days) to face France in the host’s last match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A first-half goal from Julian Green put the MNT in front in Lyon and saw the team ultimately settle for a 1-1 draw against the soon-to-be crowned World Cup champs.

Adams added, “It’s not easy to throw teenagers out on the field and there could have been guys that came in and already had a bunch of caps, but he’s trusted us and given the confidence to go in and be fearless to do our jobs.

“The experiences of playing France, Brazil, Portugal, England and Italy this past year will go a long way to help us be confident in our abilities.”

MNT Player Pool Breakdown (November 2017-November 2018)

Called to Camp

Appeared

First Camps

First Caps

First Starts

72

55

29

23

21

In September, Sarachan oversaw the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico in Nashville. The win was the MNT’s first against its regional rival since 2015, and memorably came on September 11, days after the team toured Ground Zero in New York.

In his final match as MNT head coach, Sarachan put out a group averaging 22 years, 71 days against Italy, besting the average age record set during May’s 3-0 win against Bolivia and setting a new mark that may never be broken.

The mission of guiding the MNT through the past year has been no easy task, but one the long-time coach has done with grace, class and the overriding goal of setting up the program for future success.

The path ahead is promising and Sarachan has played a big role in laying it.

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Young MNT Surrenders Stoppage Time Goal in 1-0 Loss to Italy

GENK, Belgium (Nov. 20, 2018) — Fielding the youngest lineup in the team’s modern era, the U.S. Men’s National Team battled hard, but a strike from Matteo Politano deep in second-half stoppage time saw the U.S. fall 1-0 to Italy at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium.

Having previously started the two youngest MNT lineups earlier this year, head coach Dave Sarachan deployed a starting XI with an average age of 22 years, 71 days. He also made history by selecting the youngest captain in modern era (1990-present), handing 20-year-old Christian Pulisic the armband for the very first time.

But while the USA showed some positive moments, the young side ceded much of the possession to Italy during the first half. In control through much of the match, the Azzurri took multiple looks at the U.S. goal, but was thwarted time and again thanks to a heroic effort from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Taking the field in Belgium where he suits up for Club Brugge, the 23-year-old Horvath was called into action in the third minute, turning away a point-blank attempt from Federico Chiesa. He followed it up with another brave stop on Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci in the 18th minute, pushed a belted effort from Domenico Berardi over the bar in the 39thand parried a free kick from Marco Verratti in the 44th to keep thing scoreless at the break.

Horvath was again called into action just before the hour-mark but did brilliantly to thwart a one-on-one attempt from Kevin Lasagna in the 59th minute.

Gaining confidence to push forward, the USA nearly pulled ahead in the 64th minute as Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right picked out Walker Zimmerman at the back post, but his headed effort was pushed out for a corner kick by Salvatore Sirigu. Just as that chance came, Horvath was called on again to make perhaps his best save of the night, stretching full out to push Vincenzo Grifo’s effort out for a corner kick in the 70th minute.

Becoming the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018, substitute Romain Gall tested Sirigu in the 90th minute, unleashing a low blast that forced the Italy ‘keeper to push the ball out for a corner kick.

Just as it looked like the USA would earn a hard-nosed draw, Italy broke through when Roberto Giagliardini combined with Politano in the box. With the defense collapsing around him, the substitute poked his effort past Horvath to give Italy the 1-0 victory in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time.

Up Next: Earlier Tuesday, the MNT announced it would play regional foe Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. The match will serve as one of two domestic matches to begin 2019. Kickoff time and the MNT’s further schedule for next year will be announced at a later date.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini), 90+4th minute: The USA looked like it would take a 0-0 draw home, but Italy continued to press and broke through as Gagliardini fed Politano into the box where he finished past Horvath from close range. ITA 1, USA 0 FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Ethan Horvath, 3rd minute: Federico Chiesa ran onto a long ball over the top and strolled into the box on the right. Taking an additional touch, the Italy striker was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a save with his right.

USA – Cameron Carter-Vickers, 16th minute: Streaking into the box on the left, Domenico Berardi did well to get into the box and looked to get a shot off before Carter-Vickers came through to deny the attempt and put it out for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 18th minute: Italy gained another dangerous opportunity as Emerson was fouled about 30 yards from goal on the left. Stefano Sensi swung in a free kick, finding Leonardo Bonucci alone in the area, but his shot from the penalty spot was thwarted as Horvath came off his line to make a point-blank save. 

USA - Ethan Horvath, 39th minute: After Italy moved the ball around outside the area, Berardi took it on his left foot and unleashed a swerving effort that Horvath pushed over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 44th minute: Reggie Cannon upended Emerson and Italy earned another dangerous opportunity to the left of the USA goal. Marco Verratti swung in a low ball that threaded through the USA penalty box, but Horvath’s foot work was superb and kept the ball off the goal line before it was cleared.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 59th minute: While the USA showed more in the attacking third early in the second half, it still allowed Italy openings on the counter attack. The Azzurri caught the MNT out just before the hour mark when Kevin Lasagna got on the end of a ball and leapt past Walker Zimmerman only to see Horvath powerfully charge off his line to deny the attempt.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 64th minute: The USA nearly pulled ahead just after the hour mark. Kellyn Acosta’s free kick from the right swung through to the back post where Walker Zimmerman’s snap header was kept out when Sirigu dramatically pushed the ball over the bar for a corner kick.

USA – Ethan Horvath, 70th minute: Stefano Sensi played a square pass to Vincenco Grifo who let rip an effort destined for the top right corner, but Horvath used all of his 6-4 frame to stretch at full extension and push the ball out for a corner kick.

ITA – Salvatore Sirigu, 90th minute: The USA found one final chance, as substitute Romain Gall pushed forward through the midfield. Taking the space given to him, Gall let loose on a low blast that Sirigu dove to his left to push out for a corner kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made five saves to earn Budweiser Man of the Match honors.
  • With nine of 11 starters 23 years old or younger, the average age of the USA XI came in at 22 years, 71 days, besting the MNT’s previous modern era-record of 22 years, 160 days which came on May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia.
  • Five of 11 starters were also age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent
  • At 20 years, 71 days, Christian Pulisic became the youngest MNT captain of the modern era (1990-present), beating Landon Donovan who first captained the MNT at 22 years, 220 days in a World Cup Qualifier on Oct. 9, 2004 at El Salvador.
  • Entering the match in the 83rd minute, Romain Gall became the 20th player to debut for the MNT in 2018 and 23rd overall under head coach Dave Sarachan. The 20 debuts in 2018 ties 2007 for the second most in the MNT’s modern era history, sitting just one back of the record of 21 in 1992.
  • The MNT moves to 1-8-3 all-time against Italy.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, John Brooks, Jonathan Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin were healthy scratches from tonight’s match.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy
Date: November 20, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Luminus Arena; Genk, Belgium
Attendance: 13,500
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Weather: 38 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:        1          2          F
USA                                 0          0         0
ITA                               ```0         1          1

ITA – Matteo Politano (Roberto Gagliardini)       90+4 minute

Lineups:

USA: 12-Ethan Horvath; 5-Cameron Carter Vickers, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 26-Aaron Long; 25-Reggie Cannon (19-Jorge Villafaña, 75), 9-Marky Delgado (20-Wil Trapp, 62), 4-Tyler Adams, 23-Kellyn Acosta (14-Sebastian Lletget, 83), 18-Shaq Moore (7-Bobby Wood, 62); 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (27-Romain Gall, 83), 13-Josh Sargent
Substitutes not used: 1-Brad Guzan; 3-Matt Miazga, 11-Tim Weah, 16-Julian Green
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

ITA: 1-Salvatore Sirigu; 2-Mattia De Sciglio, 19-Leonardo Bonucci (capt.), 13-Francesco Acerbi, 21-Emerson; 18-Nicolo Barella (5-Roberto Gagliardini, 76), 23-Stefano Sensi, 6-Marco Verratti; 14-Federico Chiesa (10-Vincenzo Grifo, 46), 9-Kevin Lasagna (20-Matteo Politano, 87), 11-Domenico Berardi (17-Moise Kean, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Alessio Cragno, 8-Leonardo Pavoletti, 3-Gianluca Mancini, 22-Gianluigi Donnarumma, 4-Cristiano Biraghi, 16-Sandro Tonali, 15-Daniele Rugani
Head coach: Roberto Mancini

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 3 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 20 / 17
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Mattia De Sciglio (caution)            19th minute
USA – Reggie Cannon (caution)              43
USA – Shaq Moore (caution)                  43
USA – Kellyn Acosta (caution)                45+1
ITA – Stefano Sensi (caution)                 58

Officials:
Referee: Cüneyt ÇAKIR (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin DURAN (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik ONGUN (TUR)
4th Official: Alper ULUSOY (TUR)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Ethan Horvath

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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Italy - International Friendly

Italy vs. USA Lineup Notes 
International Friendly
Nov. 20, 2018
Luminus Arena; Genk, Belgium
Live Broadcast: 2:45 p.m. ET on FS1 and UniMas

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Italy (3-5-2): 12-Ethan Horvath; 5-Cameron Carter Vickers, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 26-Aaron Long; 25-Reggie Cannon, 9-Marky Delgado, 4-Tyler Adams, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 18-Shaq Moore; 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.), 13-Josh Sargent

Substitutes: 1-Brad Guzan; 3-Matt Miazga, 7-Bobby Wood, 11-Tim Weah, 14-Sebastian Lletget, 16-Julian Green, 19-Jorge Villafaña; 20-Wil Trapp, 27-Romain Gall 

  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Kellyn Acosta (23), Christian Pulisic (23), Tyler Adams (9), Cameron Carter-Vickers (7), Marky Delgado (6), Josh Sargent (6), Shaq Moore (5), Walker Zimmerman (4), Ethan Horvath (3), Reggie Cannon (2), Aaron Long (2)
  • Five of the 11 starters are also age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent
  • With nine of 11 starters 23 years old or younger, the average age of the USA XI comes in at 22 years, 71 days, besting the MNT’s previous modern era-record of 22 years, 160 days which came on May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia.
  • The Starting XI averages eight caps.
  • The lone holdover from Thursday’s game against England, Christian Pulisic captains the MNT for the first time tonight. At 20 years, 63 days, Pulisic is the youngest MNT captain of the modern era (1990-present), beating Landon Donovan who first captained the MNT at 22 years, 220 days in a World Cup Qualifier on Oct. 9, 2004 at El Salvador.
  • Both making their 23rd appearances, Pulisic joins Kellyn Acosta as the senior-most players in the lineup.
  • Having earned their MNT debuts in the 1-1 draw with Portugal a little more than a year ago, 19-year-old midfielder Tyler Adams (nine caps) and 20-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers (seven caps) come in behind Acosta and Pulisic as the third and fourth most capped players in the starting XI.
  • Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath earns his third appearance, suiting up for the MNT in the country where he plays professionally with Club Brugge. Horvath played at Luminus Arena earlier this month, backstopping the Blauw-Zwart to a 1-1 draw with Belgian league-leaders KRC Genk on Nov. 3. 
  • Defenders Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long and midfielder Marky Delgado will make their first appearances against a European opponent tonight.
  • Seven starters make up the 22 players that have debuted in the last year under Sarachan: Adams, Cannon, Carter-Vickers, Delgado, Moore, Long and Sargent.
  • After missing out on Thursday’s match against England, Josh Sargent returns to the lineup to make his sixth MNT appearance. Sargent scored the USA goal in last month’s 1-1 draw against Peru.
  • The MNT starting XI represents clubs in six different countries: USA (5), Germany (2), Belgium, Canada, Spain and Wales (1 each), 
  • Should he score in tonight’s game, Pulisic would become the fastest MNT player to 10 goals by age (20 years, 63 days) and tie Clint Mathis for the fastest in caps (23). 
  • The three-man backline will see Cameron Carter-Vickers, Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long line up from right to left.
  • Sarachan’s five-man midfield features wing backs Reggie Cannon (right) and Shaq Moore (left). Tyler Adams sits at the center of the park with Kellyn Acosta to his left and Delgado to his right. 
  • Christian Pulisic partners with fellow-German based attacker Josh Sargent up top. 
  • Should he enter the match, substitute Romain Gall would become the 23rd player to debut under Sarachan and 20th in 2018.
  • The MNT holds a 1-7-3 all-time record against Italy. The MNT’s lone win in the series came as Clint Dempsey scored the goal in a 1-0 victory on Feb. 29, 2012 in Genoa.
  • Dempsey’s goal that night made him one of four MNT goal scorers to find the back of the net against the Azzurri. The Others: Aldo “Buff” Donelli (1-7 L; May 27, 1934), John Harkes (1-1 D; June 6, 1992) and Landon Donovan (1-3 L; June 15, 2009)
  • The MNT is 0-3-0 all-time and has never scored on Belgian soil. All three previous matches came against Belgium.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, John Brooks, Jonathan Klinsmann and DeAndre Yedlin are healthy scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.   
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MNT Nov 20, 2018
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MNT Ends 2018 with Kickoff Series Friendly Against Italy in Genk, Belgium

CHICAGO (Nov. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Men’s National Team ends its challenging 2018 calendar with its final Kickoff Series friendly against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20 in Genk, Belgium.

Coverage of USA-Italy begins at 2:45 p.m. ET on FS1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.

DETAILED U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 60/0), 12-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0),22-Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): 6-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 36/3), 25-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 1/0),
5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 6/0), 26-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 1/0), 3-Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 11/1),18-Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 4/0), 19-Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers; 20/0), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 57/0), 21-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 3/1)

MIDFIELDERS (9): 23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 22/2), 4-Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 8/1), 9-Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 5/0), 27-Romain Gall (Malmö/SWE; 0/0), 16-Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 15/4), 14-Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 4/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 22/9), 20-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 10/0), 11-Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 8/1)

FORWARDS (2): 13-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 5/2), 7-Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 44/13)

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • As of Nov. 20, 2018, the roster will carry an average age of 23 years, 318 days, while 16 players are 23 years and under.
  • Seven players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics: Tyler Adams, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jonathan Klinsmann, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.
  • Brad Guzan (60 caps), DeAndre Yedlin (57) and Bobby Wood (44) are the senior-most players on the roster.
  • The 23 players on the roster ply their trade in nine different countries: USA (9), Germany (6), France (2); Belgium, Canada, England, Spain, Sweden and Wales (1 each)
  • Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) currently plays his club football in Belgium.
  • Four players are with teams currently involved in the MLS Cup Playoffs: Tyler Adams and Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls); Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) and Jorge Villafaña (Portland Timbers).
  • Midfielder Romain Gall and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann are in the midst of their first MNT camps.
  • Gall, 23, has recorded 14 goals in 31 matches across all competitions for Swedish sides Sundsvall and his current club, Malmö in 2018.
  • Klinsmann has appeared in nine matches, keeping four clean sheets for Hertha Berlin II this season.
  • Fourteen players have represented the U.S. at a Youth World Cup: Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luca de la Torre, Marky Delgado, Ethan Horvath, Jonathan Klinsmann, Matt Miazga, Shaq Moore, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Wil Trapp, Jorge Villafaña and DeAndre Yedlin.

2018 IN FOCUS: A YEAR OF DEBUTS
MNT head coach Dave Sarachan began 2018 by saying this would be a year of opportunity and experience for players, and as the year closes he has lived up to that promise. A total of 51 players have earned at least one cap in the 10 matches so far, including 19 first-timers – a figure that sits third all-time for debuts in a calendar year behind only 1992 (21 debuts, 21 GP) and 2007 (20 debuts, 18 GP). Including the debuts of Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Weston McKennie in last November’s draw in Portugal that figure rises to 22, meaning Sarachan’s 11-game tenure has seen more debuts than any other modern-era MNT coach in the same time frame.

MNT Debuts in First 11 Games of Tenure

Head Coach

First Caps Awarded

Time Frame

Dave Sarachan

22

Nov 14, 2017-Nov. 15, 2018

Bob Bradley

13

Jan. 20, 2007-June 24, 2007

Bruce Arena

10

Nov. 6, 1998-Aug. 3, 1999

Jurgen Klinsmann

9

Aug. 10, 2011-May 26, 2012

Bruce Arena

8

Jan. 29, 2017-July 15, 2017

Bora Milutinovic

8

May 5, 1991-Sept. 14, 1991

Steve Sampson

1

April 22, 1995-July 20, 1995

LLETGET MAKES FIRST MNT APPEARANCE SINCE MARCH 2017 INJURY
One of the positives from Thursday’s match against England was the return of midfielder Sebastian Lletget. The midfielder made his first U.S. appearance since suffering a devastating lisfrac injury after a tough tackle in the MNT’s 6-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Honduras on March 24, 2017. Lletget recorded his first international goal in that match to open the scoring early, only to be forced out of the match after suffering a tough tackle minutes later. Corrective surgery and a 10-month recovery process ensued, but the midfielder returned to the field with the LA Galaxy this season and made his first international appearance since the injury on Thursday against England. 

McKENNIE, DE LA TORRE, SAIEF DEPART MNT CAMP
The MNT roster was reduced to 23 players ahead of the Italy match as Weston McKennie, Kenny Saief and Luca de la Torre departed camp. McKennie was diagnosed with a left hamstring tendon strain and returned to his club to begin rehabilitation. De la Torre remained in London following the England match to continue training with Fulham, while Saief returned to Belgian club Anderlecht.

ITALY MNT GOAL-SCORING CLUB
With their style long defined by defensive acumen, Italy has proven a difficult opponent for the USA to find goals against. The MNT has recorded just five in 11 all-time meetings -- one of which was the own goal in the 1-1 draw at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Check out the MNT’s small goal-scoring club against the Italians:

MNT Players to Score vs. Italy

Player

Date

Result

Competition

Location

Aldo “Buff” Donelli

May 27, 1934

1-7 L

1934 FIFA World Cup

Rome, Italy

John Harkes

June 6, 1992

1-1 D

Friendly

Chicago, Ill.

Landon Donovan

June 15, 2009

1-3 L

2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Pretoria, South Africa

Clint Dempsey

Feb. 29, 2012

1-0 W

Friendly

Genoa, Italy

*The USA goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup was credited as an own goal


Clint Dempsey score the winner for the USA vs. Italy in 2012.

VAR TO BE USED DURING ITALY-USA CLASH 
With UEFA overseeing Tuesday’s friendly against Italy, the governing body for the game in Europe has elected to utilized Video Assistant Referee (“VAR”) technology during the match. VAR has been used at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as in Major League Soccer, the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

The six-man referee crew for Tuesday’s match hails from Turkey:

Referee:

Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

Assistant Referee 1:    

Bahattin Duran (Turkey)

Assistant Referee 2:   

Tarik Ongun (Turkey)

4th Official:               

Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)

VAR: 

Hallis Özkahya (Turkey)

Assistant VAR: 

Barış Şimşek (Turkey)

RESTART ROLLING
With the 2022 cycle officially underway, the process of elevating a rising crop of internationals is already in motion. Since November of last year, a total of 19 players have debuted for the senior MNT. Seventeen of them came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. ussoccer.com has profiled 11 of these hopefuls at the start of the new video series RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which chronicle the route of players on their quest to become a part of the National Team by going behind the scenes with family, youth, coaches, teammates and professional club managers from across the world.

USA-ITALY NOTES

  • The teams have met 11 times, with the USA trailing the all-time series by a mark of 1-7-3
  • The USA’s lone win came in the last meeting between the two sides, using a Clint Dempsey goal to defeat Italy 1-0 on Feb. 29, 2012 in Genoa
  • Italy has been the USA’s opponent in three FIFA World Cup matches – which is the join most along with Germany.
  • The USA faced Italy in both World Cups hosted by the Azzuri, falling 7-1 at the 1934 edition before dropping a narrow, a 1-0 defeat in 1990. Both matches were played in Rome.
  • In 2006, a nine-man U.S. squad earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Italy, joining France as the two teams not to lose as the Azzuri marched on to win their fourth FIFA World Cup. 
  • Tuesday’s match in Genk, Belgium marks the USA’s first neutral site friendly since a 2-1 defeat to Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014 at Craven Cottage in London, England.
  • The USA has played three previous matches on Belgian soil – all against Belgium – going 0-3-0.
  • The MNT’s last visit to Belgium resulted in a 1-0 defeat to the Red Devils on Sept. 6, 2011 in Brussels.
  • The last meeting with England also came at the FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard and Clint Dempsey traded goals as the teams played to a 1-1 draw during the 2010 tournament in Rustenberg, South Africa.
  • The USA’s other win in the series came thanks to goals from Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas as the MNT defeated England 2-0 on June 9, 1993 in Foxborough, Mass.
  • England has hosted the MNT at Wembley Stadium twice before. On Sept. 7, 1994, the USA fell 2-0 to the Three Lions in its first match following that year’s FIFA World Cup. The MNT returned to London 14 years later, again falling 2-0 to England on May 28, 2008.

ITALY ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alessio Cragno (Cagliari; 0/0), Gianluigi Donnaurumma (AC Milan; 11/0), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino; 18/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Francesco Acerbi (Lazio; 2/0), Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina; 4/1), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus; 84/6), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus; 36/0), Gianluca Manchini (Atalanta; 0/0), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea/ENG; 1/0), Daniele Rugani (Juventus; 7/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Nicolò Barella (Cagliari; 3/0), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter Milan; 5/0), Vincenzo Grifo (Hoffenheim/GER; 0/0), Stefano Sensi (Sassuolo; 0/0), Sandro Tonali (Brescia; 0/0), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 28/1)

FORWARDS (6): Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo; 4/0), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina; 10/0), Moise Kean (Juventus; 0/0), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese; 2/0), Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari; 0/0), Matteo Politano (Inter Milan; 1/0)

ITALY NOTES

  • Italy currently sits 19th in the FIFA World Rankings.
  • The Azzuri are currently coached by Roberto Mancini, best known for his time guiding Manchester City to its first Premier League title in 2011-12, Mancini also won three-straight Serie A titles with Inter Milan from 2006-08.
  • Italy are 2-3-5 in 2018 and unbeaten in their last three matches.
  • Playing their final match of the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League group stage on Saturday, Italy drew 0-0 with reigning European Champions Portugal in Milan.
  • While the Italians didn’t win UEFA Nations League Group 3, their second place finish did ensure they would remain in League A for the next edition of the competition.
  • Italy midfielder Marco Verratti is teammates with MNT winger Tim Weah at Paris Saint-Germain.
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MNT Nov 19, 2018
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After Devastating Injury, Sebastian Lletget Celebrates Personal Milestone in Return Against England

Though it came with little fanfare, Sebastian Lletget’s 76th minute entry into the USA’s friendly match against England on Thursday served as a personal milestone in the MNT midfielder’s long road to recovery.

At the beginning of 2017, Sebastian Lletget had just taken his first steps with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Earning his first caps in January and February, the LA Galaxy midfielder was tapped to start the USA’s World Cup Qualifying match that March against Honduras in San Jose, Calif.

Born in San Francisco, Lletget had a dream start to his first cap in a qualifier, tapping in the rebound of a saved shot from Christian Pulisic to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. The trajectory of his night changed dramatically nine minutes later when Honduran defender Ever Alvarado leveled Lletget with a nasty challenge near the sideline. Hobbled, he tried to grind through the ailment but was forced to come off in the 18th minute.

That moment was the last time he would see the field for club or country in 2018. Diagnosed with a lisfrac injury to his foot, the condition required surgery and a lengthy recovery timetable.

“It was the ultimate high to the ultimate low a few minutes later,” Lletget told ussoccer.com this week. “Things happen. You can’t blame anybody. It’s just part of the sport.”

A 10-month recovery process followed, one which Lletget says tested him mentally but only made him stronger.

“I’ve learned so much and I wouldn’t change anything to be honest with you. As a player, as a person, you grow through that time. Now that I’m healthy, I think I’m better for it. I look back and feel like I learned so much about myself that I wouldn’t have learned if it hadn’t happened. Of course when things are going well, you want to stay with that, but that’s not always what happens. In this case it wasn’t the plan.”

Nearly a year later, Lletget was back on the field for the Galaxy’s season opener and played well enough to earn a recall to the MNT for its September friendlies. In that moment, he hit another road block, suffering an abdominal injury with the Galaxy before arriving in camp. After a few days with the MNT, he returned to the Galaxy.

“Mentally it was another test, and I asked myself if my time to get back on the field was ever going to come,” he said.  “You get another lesson. I was feeling healthy, but life keeps hitting me with some lessons. Now I’m happy that I’m fully fit and I feel even better than back in September. I think I can offer more to the team being 100 percent than being 60 percent.”

Appearing in 28 matches for the Galaxy this season, Lletget finished the season in good form and earned a return for the MNT’s matches in November. Though he didn’t start against England, the former West Ham United Academy product finally got back on the field with the MNT in the same city he spent much of his developmental years.

“To come back from what I went through, the journey and how hard it was to just get back, from walking to running and actually playing this year, it was definitely uphill, but I didn’t give up and I climbed my way up. To be back here and step back out at Wembley was an amazing experience, given that it was so much time to get back to this. It was a beautiful moment for me, for my friends and family that kept me going through the tough time.”

Like his teammates, Lletget will hope to end the year on a high note with Tuesday’s match against Italy and as the MNT turns another chapter in 2019.

“I’m working my way back to where I was and I keep building on my strengths and improving my weaknesses. There is going to be a new coach and new feel around this team, and I think there are plenty of things to be excited about. I know we have a long way until the World Cup, but we have lots of important games in the next year so I think there is a lot to look forward to, both individually and as a team. We have a lot of promising playersObviously right now we’re still building and I think you can see this, but I think as we grow together this team can become something special.”

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MNT Nov 18, 2018
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