LONDON (Nov. 15, 2018) — A U.S. Men’s National Team side averaging 24 years of age showed a resilient effort, but ultimately fell 3-0 to No. 5 ranked England in front of 68,155 fans at historic Wembley Stadium. Two first-half goals conceded in as many minutes gave the USA a 2-0 deficit at the break, before Callum Wilson’s 77th minute strike closed the scoring for the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalists.
Carried by the home atmosphere, England carried much of the early possession, but the USA broke out in the 25th minute and nearly pulled ahead. Weston McKennie played Christian Pulisic through on goal, with the MNT attacker breaking into the box alone only to see his close-range effort turned away via a brave stop from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Galvanized by almost conceding the opening goal, England marched right back down the field and pulled ahead thanks to a highlight-reel strike from Jesse Lingard in the 25th minute. They doubled the lead two minutes later as Jadon Sancho connected with Trent Alexander-Arnold to beat Guzan inside the left post.
The USA came out of the locker room looking more confident, carrying much of the possession in the early second half. A small break in the action occurred in the 58th minute as legendary England striker Wayne Rooney came on to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.
Not long after Rooney’s entrance, Pulisic came close to cutting into the lead, picking up a ball on the end line only to see his close-range effort turned out for a corner kick in the 62nd. Minutes later, substitute Tyler Adams played a short corner to Pulisic, whose cross picked out Bobby Wood only to see his header graze over the bar.
Despite positive signs in the attack, England came back to grab a third goal, as Fabian Delph’s cross from the left found Wilson, whose one-timed effort beat Guzan inside the near post.
The MNT closes out its challenging 2018 calendar with a match against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Kickoff from the neutral Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium is set for 2:45 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on FS1 and UniMas.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli) 25th minute: After Christian Pulisic nearly gave the USA a 1-0 lead, England came down the other end and grabbed the opener thanks to a break-taking strike from Jesse Lingard. Ben Chilwell played Dele Alli into space on the left. Dele cut back to the top of the box for Jesse Lingard, who took the space and measured a blinding effort that left a fully extended Guzan unable to keep out. ENG 1, USA 0
ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Jadon Sancho) 27th minute: Still reeling from the opening strike, the USA conceded a second two minutes later. Jadon Sancho carved a pass through the back line to find Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right before the full back hit a low one-time blast to beat Guzan inside the left post. ENG 2, USA 0
ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph) 77th minute: England’s third goal came as Eric Dier switched fields to find Fabian Delph in space down the left. Delph played a clever centering ball and Callum Wilson timed his run to perfect, slotting home a first-time effort past Guzan from the six-yard box. ENG 3, USA 0 FINAL.
Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 13th minute: Though a beautiful diving save in the early going was negated by a foul called on a corner kick, Guzan was summoned back into action in the 13th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold played Jesse Lingard in alone down the right, with the Manchester United winger unleashing a wicked blast that Guzan turned away before Wil Trapp cleared the danger.
ENG – Jordan Pickford, 24th minute: After sustaining a lot of early pressure, the USA nearly grabbed the lead when Weston McKennie collected the ball in midfield before sliding a pass through a cluster of England defenders. In an offside position when the ball was played, Bobby Wood held up his run, while Christian Pulisic took advantage of some confusion at the back to get through on goal. Into the box, Pulisic took the ball on his right and blasted an effort that Jordan Pickford read well from close range.
ENG – Jordan Pickford, 37th minute: The USA worked to claw things back as Wil Trapp delivered a hard tackle on his fellow captain Fabian Delph at midfield to force the MNT into transition. Julian Green picked the ball up in space and drove towards goal, but his effort from distance was punched away by Pickford.
USA – Brad Guzan, 39th minute: Playing down the left, Ben Chilwell lobbed a ball to the top of the area where Callum Wilson did well to take it down and play around Matt Miazga, but his low blast was saved by Guzan at the near post.
ENG – Michael Keane, 62nd minute: After seeing his free kick nodded away, Pulisic chased down the ball at the end line, picking it from Alexander-Arnold before cutting into the box and seeing his tight-angled shot turned out for a corner kick by Keane.
USA – Brad Guzan, 71st minute: Holding the ball around the area, an England pass finally made its way to Wayne Rooney just inside the penalty arc. The D.C. United attacker didn’t receive it well, but still managed to hit an effort that Guzan was equal to.
USA – Brad Guzan, 90+1 minute: Rooney nearly ended his international career with a stoppage-time strike. Receiving the ball in the box, the England legend fought of Matt Miazga to send a low effort towards the right post, but Guzan got down to quick to deny the effort.
- The MNT starting XI averaged 24 years, 278 days and 26 caps
- The match marked Christian Pulisic’s second appearance of 2018 and first in an MNT uniform against a European opponent.
- Celebrating his 26th birthday, Bobby Wood earned the start up top.
- Wil Trapp captained the side for the eighth time. His eight appearances place him in a tie with fellow starters
- Tim Weah and Bobby Wood for the team lead in 2018.
- The match marked the first time the back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Miazga, John Brooks and Jorge Villafaña have played together.
- The game served as a send-off match for legendary England striker Wayne Rooney. Currently a member of D.C. United, Rooney ended his international career as England’s all-time scored (53 goals) and as its second-most capped player (120 appearances).
- The MNT to 2-8-1 all-time against England and is 0-3-0 against the Three Lions on English soil.
- With the MNT dressing 20 players, Luca de la Torre, Romain Gall, Jonathan Klinsmann, Aaron Long, Josh Sargent and Walker Zimmerman, are scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: November 15, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wembley Stadium; London, England
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Weather: 52 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ENG 2 1 3
ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli) 25th minute
ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Sancho) 27
ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph) 77
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 19-Jorge Villafaña (18-Shaq Moore, 88); 8-Weston McKennie (14-Sebastian Lletget, 76), 20-Wil Trapp (capt.) (23-Kellyn Acosta, 70); 10-Christian Pulisic, 16-Julian Green (4-Tyler Adams, 62), 11-Tim Weah (15-Kenny Saief, 76); 7-Bobby Wood
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 3-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 9-Marky Delgado, 25-Reggie Cannon
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan
ENG: 1-Jordan Pickford (21-Alex McCarthy, 46); 2-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 5-Michael Keane, 6-Lewis Dunk, 3-Ben Chilwell (22-Eric Dier, 58); 4-Fabian Delph (capt.), 8-Harry Winks (23-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 70); 7-Jadon Sancho, 11-Dele Alli (16-Jordan Henderson, 58), 14-Jesse Lingard (10-Wayne Rooney, 58); 9-Callum Wilson (19-Marcus Rashford, 79)
Substitutes: 13-Jack Butland, 12-Harry Kane, 15-Kyle Walker, 17-Raheem Sterling, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-John Stones, Head coach: Gareth Southgate
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 15
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 4 / 2
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
4th Official: Carlos del Cerro (ESP)
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica, 6-0 on Oct. 14, 2018, in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to earn a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cupwill mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has participated in every World Cup that has been contested, lifting the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.
If you are planning a trip to France next summer, or would like more information, here’s everything you need to know right now about supporting the USA as they pursue a fourth star.
TICKETS, FAN EVENTS & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Are you interested in coming along on our journey through France? Then make sure you visit our FAN HUB where you can stay up-to-date on the latest information about when tickets are going on sale and purchasing options. In the FAN HUB , you can also learn more about fan events taking place in France, as well as travel information.
There are two options for tickets that will be available for purchase in the FAN HUB : The “Follow My Team” package and the Individual Match Tickets. If you sign up to receive information, U.S. Soccer will keep you up to date on sale dates for tickets as well as any important news that fans need to know.
The Venue Tickets Package will go on sale through FIFA on October 19, but the USA will not know its first round venues until the Final Draw which is taking place on Dec. 8 in Paris.
Please note that while tickets will available on a first come, first serve basis, U.S. Soccer Circle members and Members will have early access to purchase tickets in the U.S. Soccer allotment. Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund will have first access to tickets, followed by U.S. Soccer members, and then the general public. Learn more about Circles here or becoming a U.S. Soccer member here. Information about VIP & Travel Programs with the U.S. Soccer Patrons Program to France can be found here.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw will take place on December 8 at La Seine Musicale, a music and performing arts center in Boulogne-Billancourt located in the western suburbs of Paris. At the draw, the USA will learn its three group opponents as well as the cities in which it will play.
There are nine cities that will play host to matches during the World Cup: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes, and Valenciennes. The opening match will take place in Paris on June 7, while the Semifinals (July 2-3) and the Final (July 7) will take place in Lyon.
The Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France, and while all the teams will not learn their potential paths to Lyon until after the Draw, the schedule of matches, dates and venues is currently available here:
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So far, 20 countries have qualified for the World Cup. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that participated in the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments. The qualified nations so far are:
- France (host)
- China PR
- Korea Republic
Still left to determined are one berth at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia (Nov.18-Dec. 1) and three berths at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana (Nov. 17-Dec. 1).Read more
PREVIEW: USA Hunts 2019 U-20 World Cup Berth vs. Costa Rica on Friday | 7:30pm ET | Concacaf GO, UDN
At the end of a training session during the U-20 MNT’s pre-Concacaf U-20 Championship camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., goalkeeper Brady Scott lined up 20 balls at the top of the six-yard box. He asked a teammate to be a target in the midfield circle.
Taking a few steps run-up each time, Brady hit ten with his right foot, and then ten with his left. His teammate barely had to moved to trap each long ball.
“I was first stuck in the net when I was in U-9,” Brady explained. “We had no goalkeeper and everyone was kind of scared of playing goalkeeper, so I stepped up. And I played half the time on the field and half the time in goal until U-13, and that’s when I started specializing as just a goalkeeper. So that was a huge part of me developing my feet, playing on the field half of the time.”
It’s hard to imagion that he’s only been playing goalkeeper full-time for six years, especially when considering how far that move has taken him since.
It didn’t take long for coaches to realize Brady’s potential in net. He was already excelling at goalkeeper while at Development Academy side Marin FC in Northern California, and as he grew so did his hunger to continue improving after switching to De Anza Force Development Academy in Santa Clara.
“De Anza was a very good platform for me to develop,” Scotts said. “I was taken in by coach Shaun Tsakiris, and he really gave me the confidence to play out of the back and be more tactical and be more effective on the field. Playing Academy games every weekend, it was a great platform to develop and become a better soccer player.”
Youth National Team scouts first brought him in to a National Talent ID Center as a U-15, and he’s continued impressing since. And the last year and half has been a whirlwind.
With an offer to play at the University of Virginia, Scott, who had previously trained with youth clubs in England and the Netherlands, was invited to tryout by German Bundesliga club FC Koln in the spring of 2017. He practiced with the reserves for a few days and then played with them in a friendly match. The club saw enough and shortly after made him an offer.
But first, he was called into the U-20 MNT ahead of the 2017 Concacaf U-20 Championship in Costa Rica. While only two goalkeepers made that roster, he had shown coach Tab Ramos enough and was then added as the third goalkeeper for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.
U-20 MNT GK Brady Scott in warm-ups ahead of the USA's second group game at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship.
“I was honored to be part of that group,” Brady says of his U-20 World Cup experience, where he backed up Jonathan Klinsmann and JT Marcinkowski. “Participating in a World Cup was amazing, being in all the stadium and seeing what the atmospheres like and how quick – the speed of play is at a World Cup – it was something that I’d never seen before. That was really eye opening.”
Not long after the World Cup he officially joined FC Köln (referred to as FC Cologne in English), becoming the latest American youth international to join a club in Germany.
“My first year at FC Koln has been fantastic,” he said, his team now in the Bundesliga II. “(“I am”) really adjusting to the speed of play and what it’s like to play in Germany. It’s not necessarily that the players are so much more technical, it’s that everyone thinks so much faster and you have to be on your toes.”
While mostly playing games with the reserve team, which plays in the fourth division, Regionalliga, he trains regularly with the club’s first team.
“For me to be in there every single day, training with guys like Jonus Hector and first teamer Timo Horn…it’s been really great for me to not only hear it from a coach, but hear from an actual, starting Bundesliga goalkeeper,” he said. “Doing a drill with him, seeing what he does, and trying to implement that – it’s been a real positive experience and it’s been very positive for my development.”
A year and a half ago he was in school playing in the Development Academy, deciding between UVA or turning pro, and gaining international experience at a World Cup. Now he’s counted on as a leader of the U-20 MNT looking to defend its Concacaf title and qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.“It’s gone by really fast,” he admits. “I feel like just a couple months ago I was just a high school student playing Academy, but as I sit here now I try to use all of the experiences that I’ve had – everything that I’ve seen, all the trainings and games I’ve played in – and just try to lead by example and help lead this team to winning it all.”