Nov. 14 in Leiria
Portugal 1 USA 1.
Goals: Vitorino Antunes 31; McKennie 21.
The USA’s first game since the 2018 World Cup qualifying failure, a 1-1 tie at Portugal, will be remembered for the exceptional debut performance by 19-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie and the blunder by 22-year-old goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.
USA Player Ratings:
Player (Club) GP/G
2 Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL) 2/0
With the USA enjoying a 1-0 lead, committed a ghastly gaffe by letting through his hands, arms and between his legs Vitorino Antunes’ shot from the wing. Five minutes later, he kicked the ball straight to Danilo Pereira and was lucky the Portuguese shot weakly.
5 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 49/0
Right back fared well defensively against the dynamic Bruma, made promising forwards runs, but his passes from the wing didn’t reach teammates.
6 Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED)
Defended superbly in the middle and often helped out outside backs. Made a big blunder on the other end: a needless foul on Luis Neto, nullifying Brooks’ header into Portugal’s net off a 44th-minute corner kick.
6 John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER) 33/3
Miazga’s first-half central defensive partner tackled well and intercepted passes.
5 Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG) 14/1
Left back kept Gelson Martins from getting too dangerous and occasionally ventured forward.
5 Tyler Adams
(NY Red Bulls) 1/0)
Decent debut for 18-year-old. Right side-sided midfielder helped Yedlin defend and had two close-range chances after dashing into the goal area, including header that forced excellent diving save from keeper Beto.
5 Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG) 23/2
Defensive midfielder swept adeptly in front of backline. Sent in the cross for Adams’ chance. Shot horribly wide with no pressure on him in 81st minute.
6 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) 17/1
Toiled for 90 minutes in midfield. Sent the cross-field pass to Sapong leading to McKennie's goal. Delivered good corner kicks.
8 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER) 1/1
An all-round superb central midfield performance: Ball-winning, precise passing and an excellent finish (after juking past Manuel Fernandes). Also hit crossbar with a header.
4 Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) 27/3
Troubled Portuguese defenders occasionally but didn’t break through.
6 C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union)
His cross set up an Adams’ chance in the 20th minute and he assisted on McKennie’s goal. Portugal resorted four times to fouls to stop Sapong’s forays.
5 Bill Hamid (D.C. United) 3/0
Replaced Horvath at halftime. Blocked a couple long-range shots and snagged a cross but not severely tested.
6 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG) 1/0
The 19-year-old central defender made his debut with halftime entry for Brooks and did well against forwards Goncalo Paciencia and Tony Lopes as Portugal surged late in the game.
4 Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX) 15/0)
Subbed in for Lichaj at left back in the 59th minute. Failed to help much on offense. He did stop Nelson Semedo on a late Portugal attack.
6 Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG) 2/0
The 21-year-old entered in the 59th and from left flank was one of more effective attackers late in the game. His cross set up a Carter-Vickers’ chance.
NR Dom Dwyer (Orlando City)
The energetic 77th-minute sub for Sapong was stopped twice by Portuguese fouls and didn’t see much more of the ball.
NR Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union)
An 84th-minute sub for McKennie.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)
TRIVIA: Weston McKennie, at age 19, became the third-youngest player to score on his USA debut behind Juan Agudelo (2010, age 17) and Landon Donovan (2000, age 18)
Nov. 14 in Leiria
Portugal 1 USA 1.
Goals: Vitorino Antunes 31; McKennie 21
Portugal — Beto; Nelson Semedo, Pepe (Neto, 10), Ricardo Ferreira, Antunes; Bruno Fernandes (Joao Mario, 46), Danilo (Ruben Neves, 62); Manuel Fernandes, Bruma (Bernardo Silva, 62), Gelson Martins (Paciencia, 46); Goncalo Guedes (Rony Lopes, 81).
USA — Horvath (Hamid, 46); Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks (Carter-Vickers, 46), Lichaj (Villafana, 59); Williams; Adams, McKennie (Bedoya, 84), Acosta, Agudelo (Gooch, 59); CJ Sapong (Dwyer, 77).
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Shots on target: 6/5
Corner Kicks: 8/4