The US Men’s National team bested Bolivia 3-0 on Memorial day here in Philly (Chester). The US’s youth was on display, and showed out. Now, the team is in Europe to take on Ireland this afternoon, and France next week. first it’s USMNT vs Republic of Ireland; can the Red, White and Blue get their second win this week?
A look back at 3-0 win vs Bolivia:
Goals from Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah propelled the US to a huge win. Local boy Christian Pulisic was given a long run in his last action for the USMNT for now. Fellow youngsters Josh Sargent and Tim Weah looked to be the real deal netting goals. Antonee Robinson had a strong showing at left back; and the rest of the young squad had good showings. Now the team moves on to friendlies in Europe with a new roster!
USA vs Bolivia Box Score:
Alex Bono; Walker Zimmerman, Weston McKennie, Joe Corona (Keaton Parks, 62), Christian Pulisic (Jorge Villafaña, 89), Tim Weah (Julian Green, 61), Josh Sargent (Andrija Novakovich, 61), Erik Palmer-Brown, Eric Lichaj (capt.) (Matt Olosunde, 74), Antonee Robinson, Rubio Rubin (Lyden Gooch, 73)
Subs: Bill Hamid, Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers
Guillermo Vizcarra (Carlos Lampe, 46); Carlos Añez, Oscar Baldomar (Jose Sagredo, 32), Luis Haquin, Danny Bejarano. (Leandro Maygua, 79), Luis Ali, Fernando Saucedo, Ronald Raldes (capt.), Alexis Ribera (Rodrigo Rodriguez, 79), Rodrigo Vargas (Bruno Miranda, 63), Hector Ronaldo Sanchez (Leonardo Vaca, 66)
Subs: Gustavo Olguin, Bruno Miranda, Jaime Cornejo, Edson Perez, Jose Vargas, Julian Green, Wilfredo Soleto, Miguel Quiroga, Rodrigo Borda, Sergio Moruno
USA – Walker Zimmerman (Joe Corona) 37th’
USA – Josh Sargent 52’
USA – Tim Weah (Antonee Robinson) 59’
BOL – Fernando Salcedo (caution) 49’
USA – Joe Corona (caution) 57’
USA – Weston McKennie (caution) 65’
Now onto the Republic of Ireland:
At a time when international friendlies can mean a tune up for the World Cup, this matchup of the USMNT and Republic of Ireland features countries who will not be playing for the crown of World Champion.
So what can we expect?
This match will be a step up from the US’s win over Bolivia. Think of the Republic of Ireland to be the same rank as the US. The Republic of Ireland do go up against stronger opposition in Europe, but they are usually a mid-level European team. That type of characteristic is one that is bestowed on the Us whenever they play in a tournament with stronger sides.
This match will be a fun contest between two sides looking to build towards the future. With both squads not competing in the World Cup, it give them the opportunity to look at some of the guys they think will be involved with the respected national teams over the next few years! Here’s the US’s different roster for their European friendlies:
Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC), William Yarbrough (Club León/MEX)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Shaq Moore (Levante/ESP), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG), Tim Parker (New York Red Bulls), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG)
Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Joe Corona (Club America/MEX), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG) Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)
Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG, Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER)
As you can see there are some that have stayed with the US after their game at Talen Energy Stadium mixed with some veterans from the last World Cup Qualifying cycle!
Look for a mixture of youth and veterans as the US take on the formidable Irish foe. Three players that didn’t play in Philly i’d expect to see against Ireland are; DeAndre Yedlin captaining the side, Zack Steffen starting in-goal, and Bobby Wood given a chance to redeem his bad domestic season at Hamburg! Look for contributions from Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams in midfield, and maybe a Wil Trapp appearance as well.
There’s so many different ways that interim head coach Dave Sarachan could create a starting 11 that I won’t predict who’s gonna be in it. Just know that every single one of these players will be up to prove themselves on a national stage!
Where to watch:
The USMNT take on the Republic of Ireland at 3:00 PM EST. The game will be aired on ESPN2, UniMas, and Univision Deportes!
Lets see if the Stars and Stripes can get another W as they move on to play World Cup Favorite’s France next week.
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