International Friendly: USA vs. Northern Ireland - Lineup, Schedule & TV Channels

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game notes: USMNT vs. northern ireland

International Friendly
March 28, 2021
National Stadium at Windsor Park; Belfast, Northern Ireland
Live Broadcast: 12 p.m. ET; FOX, UniMás and TUDN
Social Media: @USMNT on Twitter and Instagram; @ussoccer on Facebook


Tonight’s USMNT Starting XI vs. Northern Ireland: 1-Zack Steffen, 2-Sergiño Dest, 3-Aaron Long, 4-Matt Miazga, 5-Antonee Robinson, 7-Gio Reyna, 8-Yunus Musah, 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.), 13-Tim Ream, 16-Jordan Siebatcheu, 23-Kellyn Acosta

 

Substitutes: 22-Ethan Horvath, 25-Chituru Odunze, 9-Josh Sargent, 11-Brenden Aaronson, 12-Luca de la Torre, 14-Owen Otasowie 15-Chris Richards, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 18-Christian Cappis, 19-Bryan Reynolds, 21-Daryl Dike, 24-Erik Palmer-Brown



GAME NOTES

 

  • USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Tim Ream (42), Christian Pulisic (36), Kellyn Acosta (27), Aaron Long (21), Matt Miazga (21), Zack Steffen (21), Antonee Robinson (10), Sergiño Dest (7), Yunus Musah (4), Gio Reyna (4), Jordan Siebatcheu (2)

  • Today’s Starting XI has an average age of 24 years, 116 days

  • The Starting XI averages 18 caps

  • Gregg Berhalter makes four changes to the starting XI from the lineup that faced Jamaica on Thursday, slotting in defenders Matt Miazga, Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and forward Jordan Siebatcheu

  • The USA lineup represents clubs in five different countries: England (4), Spain (2), USA (2), Belgium (1), Germany (1) and Switzerland (1)

  • Christian Pulisic captains the USMNT for the fourth time tonight. He last wore the armband in the 7-0 Concacaf Nations League win against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Te USMNT is 2-1-0 when Pulisic has captained the team.

  • Yunus Musah will earn his fourth cap tonight. Once the match kicks off, he will be officially tied to the United States for international competition.

  • After making his USMNT debut on Thursday against Jamaica, Jordan Siebatcheu earns his first international start tonight. He is the first Swiss-based player to start a match for the USMNT. Siebatcheu wears the name “Pefok” on the back of his jersey, which is his mother’s maiden name.

  • Five starters are age 23 or younger: Robinson (23), Pulisic (22), Dest (20), Musah and Reyna (both 18)

  • After partnering in central defense during the USA’s 6-2 win against Panama last November, Matt Miazga and Tim Ream return to the lineup alongside Aaron Long in a three center back setup today. The USMNT last lined up with three in the back on June 5, 2019 against Jamaica.

  • Aaron Long starts his fourth consecutive USMNT match, while Kellyn Acosta gets the nod for a third-straight contest.

  • Antonee Robinson makes his 10th USMNT appearance in tonight’s match.

  • The USMNT looks for its first away win since Oct. 7, 2016, against Cuba. It will also seek its first away win against a European opponent since June 10, 2015, against then defending World Cup champion Germany.

  • Three substitutes have the chance to make their USMNT debuts tonight: midfielder Christian Cappis, defender Bryan Reynolds and goalkeeper Chituru Odunze.

  • Gregg Berhalter holds a 16-5-3 record as USMNT head coach and the team is in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten run (7-0-1) – the longest during his tenure.  

  • The USMNT is 0-1-0 against Northern Ireland. The first meeting occurred on Aug. 11, 1948, with the USA losing 5-0 in Belfast following the Summer Olympics in London. 

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