The USA won its first game since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A Bobby Wood penalty kick decided the 1-0 win over Paraguay in a game in which three Americans made their national team debuts and several youngsters accounted well for themselves against a rough foe.
Player/age (Club) GP/G
5 Zack Steffen/22 (Columbus Crew) 2/0
Not tested in first half. Good footwork handling back-passes. Batted away Miguel Alimiron's last-second shot.
5 DeAndre Yedlin/24 (Newcastle United/ENG) 50/0
Right back played solidly defensively but tamely going forward.
7 Matt Miazga/22 (Vitesse/NED) 5/1
Helped keep Alimiron and big man Federico Santander at bay. Passed well out of the back.
6 Cameron Carter-Vickers/20 (Ipswich Town/ENG) 2/0
Not as busy as his central D partner Miazga but played close to flawless.
6 Jorge Villafana/28 (Santos Laguna/MEX) 16/0
Left-back sparked several attacks coming out of the back and sent in crosses.
7 Wil Trapp/25
(Columbus Crew) 4/0
The captain played like a sweeper in front of backline, interfered with several attacks, and passed well when he won the ball. Blocked Alimiron's 68th-minute shot.
6 Darlington Nagbe/27 (Atlanta United) 25/1
Almost always impressive with the ball at his feet. Set up first U.S. chance.
6 Marky Delgado/22
(Toronto FC) 1/0
Delivered the through pass to Adams that led to penalty kick.
7 Tyler Adams/19 (New York Red Bulls) 3/0
Fast and poised. Fouled by goalkeeper Gatito Fernandez for PK that gave U.S. lead after flying through Paraguayan backline.
Saief/24 (Anderlecht/BEL) 2/0
Had a presence on the left-wing but inconsistent with passes; frequent giveaways in the first half. Squandered the best first-half chance while getting in Wood's way. But found his groove in the second half and pulled off some nifty moves that frustrated Paraguayans before being subbed in 67th minute.
5 Bobby Wood/25 (Hamburg/GER)
Plagued by bad touches, mis-traps and offside -- but managed to convert a penalty kick.
5 Rubio Rubin/22 (Club Tijuana/MEX) 5/0
Saief's replacement, his 84th-minute low cross was a couple yards from providing a chance for Nagbe.
NR Andrija Novakovich/21
Failed to convert a stoppage-time one-on-one after entering in the 77th minute.
NR Tim Weah/18 (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) 1/0
Set up the Novakovich chance. Some promising moves in his cameo made one want to see more.
NR Cristian Roldan/22 (Seattle Sounders) 3/0
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)
TRIVIA: These two teams that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup met at their first World Cup -- a 3-0 USA win at the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay.
March 27 in Cary, N.C.
USA 1 Paraguay 0.
Goals: Wood (pen.) 45.
USA -- Steffen, Yedlin, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Villafana, Trapp, Delgado (Weah, 86), Adams, Nagbe (Roldan, 91+), Saief (Rubin, 67), Wood (Novakovich, 77).
Paraguay -- Fernandez, Balbuena, Gomez, Alonso, Valdez, Almiron, Riveros (Ortiz, 66), Rojas (Gonzalez, 83), Santander, Romero (Dominguez, 81), Camacho (Perez, 55).
Yellow cards: USA -- Yedlin 62; Carter-Vickers 81; Paraguay -- Fernandez 44, Alonso 53, Rojas 56, Santander 90, Ortiz 91+.
Referee: Kimbell Ward (St. Kitts & Nevis)
Shots on target: 3/3
Corner kicks: 7/2