On Friday, five New York Red Bulls players, representing three nations, were in action. Only two of the players called in saw the field, and all three nations were held scoreless. There will be more matches upcoming next week to give opportunities for the others to get minutes.
GlobeBull: Friday Matches See Three Shutouts for RBNY National Team Players
USA vs. Brazil (0-2)
The US men’s national team played host to Brazil at MetLife Stadium on Friday evening in front of 32,489, mostly yellow-jerseyed, fans. Brazil was definitely the better side for the vast majority of the match, but the 2-0 scoreline was not indicative of the chances by both teams.
The US, who only had one starter over 24 years old, held Brazil to minimal goal scoring opportunities while having a few of their own. The US actually doubled up Brazil on corner kicks, 6 to 3, with a flurry of three kicks coming off opportunities in the 39th minute.
Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams started and played all 90 minutes and may have been the best field player for the Stars and Stripes. Adams was all over the field and minimized plays through Zone 14. Brazil’s goals came from Roberto Firmino in the 11th minute and a PK by Neymar in the 44th. Tim Parker did not see the field and Aaron Long didn’t make the 18.
The US will travel to Nashville for a CONCACAF showdown with Mexico on Tuesday.
Jamaica vs. Ecuador (0-2)
Jamaica started their 2-match-in-3-days whirlwind Friday night at Red Bull Arena. Much like their matches in August, most of their starting XI against Ecuador was made up of players from the Jamaica domestic league, gearing up for their Nations League qualifier at home on Sunday. Kemar Lawrence did not feature on Friday, foreshadowing that he will be part of Sunday’s squad since it is more meaningful.
Ecuador scored a 17th minute PK by Enner Valencia and a 49th minute goal by Renato Ibarra. Both players play in LigaMX, for Tigres and America, respectively.
Jamaica head home for a match with Cayman Islands for CONCACAF Nations League and a potential spot for next summer’s Gold Cup up for grabs.
Guatemala vs. Argentina (0-3)
After a two-year suspension by FIFA for alleged corruption, the Guatemalan national team opened up against heavy-hitter Argentina at the LA Coliseum. Argentina were too strong for the Guatemalan side. They commanded 63% possession, and scored on a PK in the 27th minute. Two more first half goals to put the match out of reach 3-0.
New York Red Bulls II defender Allen Yanes earned his first senior cap with Guatemala, starting and playing 45 minutes. He substituted out in the 46th minute by Antigua defender Cristian Jimenez.
Guatemala finish off their September friendlies with a match against Ecuador on Tuesday.
Photo by Matt Kremkau