The United States Men’s National Team started their European trip with a fairly lackluster performance against England, dropping a 3-0 result to the host side. The Three Lions came out of the gate with heavy pressure on the Stars and Stripes, forcing the US to repel an early barrage.
GlobeBull: Adams 2nd Half Sub as USMNT Routed by England 3-0
The US looked to have caught a break in the 24th minute when Christian Pulisic had a breakaway after some miscommunication from the English defense. Pulisic’s last touch was on a fading angle away from goal and Jordan Pickford was able to put himself in the right spot to make the save low to his right. This missed opportunity took the wind out of the US’s sails as England brought the ensuing possession down the length of the field and Jesse Lingard bent a shot over Brad Guzan to take the lead 1-0.
The US barely had time to take a breath when they put the ball back in play after the first goal. Two minutes later, Jadon Sancho found Trent Alexander-Arnold to double the lead, which they took into halftime.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams replaced Julian Green in the 62nd minute. USA supporters were surprised Adams didn’t get the start, but Red Bull faithful were aware Tyler put in a very hard 90 minutes against Columbus on Sunday. Not to say that Adams changed the game, but his positioning was higher than as a #6 since Wil Trapp sat in behind him. He was able to get up and press the back line of England to force fast passing, but unlike his Red Bull teammates, his US compatriots weren’t in the same spots to get England into tough situations.
To close the scoring out, Fabian Delph found a surging Callum Wilson, who one-timed it past Guzan to make it 3-0 in the 77th minute.
Of note: Red Bulls defender Aaron Long did not make the 18 for the US and Wayne Rooney entered his 120th and last match for England in the 58th minute.
The US will travel to Genk, Belgium to take on Italy in a friendly on Tuesday. Italy will face Portugal in their final UEFA Nations League match on Saturday before turning their attention to the US. If Italy secure at least a point, they will lock Poland into the relegation spot. If they win, then Poland defeats Portugal, they will advance to the Nations League final four in June.
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