U.S. Men's National Team Plays 13th-Ranked Uruguay To Scoreless Draw In Kansas City – U.S. Soccer

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (June 5, 2022) – The U.S. Men’s National Team played 13th-ranked Uruguay to a scoreless draw in front of a sellout crowd of 19,569 on Sunday afternoon at Children’s Mercy Park, extending its home unbeaten streak to 25 straight games. While the USA had the better of possession and was aggressive on offense, three key defensive plays were critical in preserving the draw: a goal line clearance from right back DeAndre Yedlin, a point-blank save by goalkeeper Sean Johnson on the goalmouth and a sliding block from center back Walker Zimmerman inside the box.
 
The draw against fellow World Cup participant Uruguay brings the all-time series record between the nations to 2-2-4 and extends the USA’s home undefeated streak to 25 matches, just one shy of the team record of 26, set from 2013-2015.
 
The USMNT now turns its attention to defending its Concacaf Nations League title, kicking off the 2022-2023 tournament with group stage matches against Grenada on June 10 (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, UniMas, TUDN) at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas and at El Salvador on June 14 (FS1, Univision, TUDN).
 
Head coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes from the starting lineup that defeated Morocco on Wednesday to kick off the four-game June international window, with Johnson and Yedlin joined in the backline by left back Joe Scally – who made his first career start – and Weston McKennie in midfield, who started for the first time since February after recovering from a broken foot.
 
The new-look defense withstood early momentum from the strong South American side, culminating with Yedlin clearing a Diego Godin shot off the line in the tenth minute. 
 
The offense then started clicking, sparked in particular by smart runs and simple passes from midfielder Yunus Musah down the middle. In the 13th, Scally won a ball on the left side and quickly played it to Musah, who advanced forward and fed Tim Weah on the right side. The winger took the ball to the endline before attempting a cross that was blocked by a lunging defender, who appeared to handle the ball. Christian Pulisic took the ensuing corner kick, dropping a ball in the center of the area for McKennie, who attempted an overhead kick that went over the crossbar.
 
Five minutes later, Zimmerman started an attacking run out of the back with a well-played pass down the center to midfielder Tyler Adams, who quickly connected with Pulisic. The Chelsea forward touched it up to forward Jesús Ferreira, who took a touch to his right and ripped a shot across his body that forced Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to dive to his right to keep it out of goal.
 
Ferreira had another half-chance a minute later. Musah again brought the ball down the middle and waited for Yedlin to continue his run into the box on the right before setting him up. Yedlin’s cross was perhaps a bit too strong as Ferreira jumped while being well-marked by Martin Cáceres and the ball glanced off his head from close range.
 
Uruguay had another chance halfway through the opening frame when Manuel Ugarte ripped a shot from 17 yards, but Johnson was well-positioned and reached high to push it over the crossbar.
 
The USA had a final chance just before the break. McKennie did well to hold a ball in the area before dishing back up top to the onrushing Pulisic, whose dummy of the ball allowed the trailing Adams to hit a strong shot that was caught by Muslera as the USA outpossessed the visitors 58-42 percent during the first 45.
 
Despite a number of changes from both side after the break, the stalemate endured. Musah set up an early attempt from Pulisic that went wide, and talented Uruguay forward Darwin Nuñez saw his first chance of the game sail wide right as he forced a shot from a tight angle on the left side. 
 
Nuñez then set up a pair of teammates with great looks on goal, first lifting a ball from the end line to the penalty spot that Fernando Gorriarán mishit as he attempted to hit it first time.
 
The best chance for either side came in the 63rd minute. Uruguay’s Matias Vecino sent in a ball from the top of the box over the defense to the far left post that both Mathias Olivera and Nuñez attacked. As both players jumped for the ball just yards from the goal, Nuñez got his foot on it but Johnson was in place to block the shot with his shin on the goal line.
 
Uruguay kept the pressure on with the addition of forwards Federico Valverde, Diego Rossi and Edinson Cavani. With minutes to go, Rossi set himself up for a shot from the top of the area after a nice individual effort, but Zimmerman read the play well and slid to block the shot, averting the danger.
 
Cavani then had a clear chance late in stoppage time. After Zimmerman won a ball near midfield, Valverde sent a first touch pass back over the defense to Nuñez, who had space to run towards goal, drawing a defender before squaring a ball to the right to the trailing Cavani, who hit his first time shot from 12 yards wide right.
 
 
Match: United States Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay
Date: June 5, 2022
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Attendance: 19.569 (Sellout)
Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. local (5:05 p.m. ET)
Weather: 77 degrees; mostly cloudy
 
Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             0          0          0                     
URU                             0          0          0                     
 
Lineups:
USA: 25-Sean Johnson; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (5-Antonee Robinson, 62), 3-Walker Zimmerman, 15-Aaron Long (12-Erik Palmer-Brown, 46), 29-Joe Scally; 4-Tyler Adams (capt.), 6-Yunus Musah (14-Luca de la Torre, 85), 8-Weston McKennie (7-Paul Arriola, 46); 21-Tim Weah (11-Brenden Aaronson, 46), 9-Jesús Ferreira (19-Haji Wright, 61), 10-Christian Pulisic 
Substitutes not used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 13-Jordan Morris, 17-Malik Tillman, 20-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 22-Reggie Cannon, 23-Kellyn Acosta
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter
 
URU: 1-Fernando Muslera; 2-Jose Giménez (19-Sebastian Coates, 35), 3-Diego Godín (capt.) (16-Mathias Olivera, 46), 22-Martin Cáceres; 4-Guillermo Varela (8-Facundo Pellistri, 68), 6-Manuel Ugarte (15-Federico Valverde, 61), 20-Mauro Arambarri (5-Matias Vecino, 60), 10-Fernando Gorriarán (9-Diego Rossi, 67), 17-Matias Viña; 18-Maxi Gómez (21-Edinson Cavani, 61), 11-Darwin Nuñez
Substitutes not used: 12-Sergio Rochet, 23-Sebastian Sosa, 7-Nicolas de la Cruz, 13-Damián Suárez, 14-Lucas Torreira
Head coach: Diego Alonso
 
Stats Summary: USA / URU
Shots: 9 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 15
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
URU – Federico Valverde (caution)                           82nd minute
 
Officials:
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Karen Diaz (MEX)
4th Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)

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