Teenager McKennie scores debut goal as U.S. hold Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) – Teen Weston McKennie scored on his debut for the U.S. as they held Portugal to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in their first healthy considering that failing to qualify for the arena Cup.

Soccer Soccer – World Pleasant – Portugal vs AMERICA – Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal – November 14, 2017 u.s.’ Weston McKennie celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

As Well As 19-yr-old McKennie, caretaker instruct Dave Sarachan additionally gave 18-year-previous Tyler Adams his first day out Within The fit in Leiria — the primary time when you consider that 1988 that two teenagers have started a recreation for the U.S.

Portugal, who in contrast to their opponents safely qualified for the sector Cup, also fielded an experimental side, resting gamers like Rui Patricio, Bernardo Silva, Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Mario.

The U.S. went in advance Within The 21st minute after the ball used to be played out to C.J. Sapong on the left wing and he slipped it to midfielder McKennie, who outfoxed his marker prior to scoring with a stylish finish.

the european champions have been talented an equalizer 10 minutes later when U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a innocuous Vitorino Antunes cross to slide via his legs and into the online.

Soccer Football – International Pleasant – Portugal vs U.S.A. – Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal – November 14, 2017 u.s.a.’ Weston McKennie celebrates scoring their first intention with teammates REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Each groups had probabilities after the spoil, with Goncalo Paciencia hitting the bar for Portugal, before the sport petered out right into a draw.

Portugal defender Pepe limped off with a foot injury Within The Tenth minute but it did not seem like critical.

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Fernando Santos, the Portugal coach, was now not satisfied along with his team’s show.

“Our incapability of protecting the ball was a terrible aspect. Our opponents have been aggressive and didn’t let us suppose,” he said.

“In The first half of, we didn’t have enough of the ball and we saved losing it, we had been too rushed.”

“We managed to knock it around more Within The 2nd half however no longer as fluidly as customary. We by no means managed to completely dominate the game.”

Writing through Brian Homewood, enhancing through Nick Mulvenney

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