May 28 in Chester, Pa. USA 3 Bolivia 0.
Goals: Zimmerman 37, Sargent 52, Weah 59.
Three young Americans gave themselves a Memorial Day to remember by scoring their first U.S. goals in a 3-0 defeat of Bolivia Monday in Chester, Pa.
USA-Bolivia: Highlights Josh Sargent
, making his senior
debut, and Tim Weah
tallied after a Walker Zimmerman
header had opened the scoring to punctuate a dominant display against a very poor opponent.
U.S. keeper Alex
, another of six players to earn their first caps, rarely needed to intervene. Sargent and Weah were active and dangerous from the opening minutes as a strong showing by midfielder Weston
squelched most of what Bolivia did offensively.
McKennie anchored the midfield in a 4-1-4-1 formation, and the USA outshot Bolivia, 23-5, despite a rather lackluster game
by Christian Pulisic
. When the subs generate more shots (8) than the opponent (5), that team has been dominated.
Toronto FC keeper Alex Bono
and Zimmerman were the
only MLS players to play in the match. Interim head coach Dave Sarachan
is expected to call up many MLS players for the remaining two friendlies in Europe against Ireland and France.
USA PLAYER RATINGS: Starters: 5 Alex Bono (Toronto FC), 1/0.
Drilled a spectacular long kick
that Pulisic should have collected. Collected a few loose balls and wasn’t required to make a save. 6 Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG), 15/1.
Pushed up the right flank in
support of Weah and Sargent. Seldom tested by the Bolivian attackers. Won a free kick after a determined duel near the touchline. 5 Erik Palmer-Brown (Man. City/ENG), 1/0.
forward into midfield to cut off passes, tackled confidently, left a couple of gaps due to incorrect positioning but did not commit any major errors. 7 Walker Zimmerman (LAFC), 3/1.
Rose well and timed header perfectly to score his first international goal. Hit a couple of accurate diagonal balls, had a few words with the referee. 7 Antonee Robinson
Confident going forward up the left flank to link up with Rubin and Sargent. Cruised into a good spot with a stop-start dribble and crossed for Weah to tap the ball into the
net. Tracked back through the channel to snuff out a few Bolivian attacks. 6 Joe Corona (Club America/MEX), 21/3.
Played a smart, effective counterpoint to the more active
McKennie. Escaped pressure in the box but shot weakly. Excellent corner kick produced U.S. goal. 7 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER), 2/1.
Dominant in front of the back line
and also pushed forward to contribute to the attack. Whiffed on a chance, had another shot blocked. Grew in strength as U.S. took command in the second half. 6 Rubio Rubin
Drifted inside from the left flank to work combinations and leave space for Robinson out wide. Stopped Bolivia counter with yellow-card foul. 4 Christian
Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), 21/9.
Quiet and lacked energy most of the match. Lacked sharpness on the dribble and seldom looked for space behind the Bolivian back line. 7 Tim
Weah (Paris SG/FRA), 2/1.
Involved often and could have scored early goal but blasted shot off the keeper’s legs. Got his debut goal early in the second half by running onto pass from
Robinson and finishing crisply. Laid off a nice ball for Sargent on a one-two. 7 Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER), 1/1.
Pounced on a goalkeeper gaffe to deservedly score first U.S
goal on his debut and reward his impressive work rate. Dribbled and passed confidently. Unlucky his shot was blocked on return ball from Weah. Combined a few times with Weah, scuffed a volley on a
ball headed to him by Zimmerman. Substitutes: 5 Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG), 2/0.
Pressed the Bolivian defenders, won a pair of corner kicks. Headed his
only chance past the post. 5 Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR) 1/0.
Dug into a few tackles to aid control of midfield. Nicked through a challenge to fire a shot on goal, missed the target
after a nice U.S. buildup. 5 Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart/GER), 9/3.
Fired a shot wide from distance shortly coming into the match. Hit a good corner kick that Novakovich headed
wide. 4 Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG), 4/0.
The quietest of the attacking subs but did contribute two effective touches during an attack that led to a shot. 4
Matthew Olosunde (Man. United/ENG), 1/0.
Nearly lost a duel to Leonardo Vaca but recovered. NR Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX), 17/0.
Held down the left flank in the
final minutes. TRIVIA.
Weah and Sargent were the first teens to score in the same game for the USA since Landon Donovan
and DaMarcus Beasley
did it in the 2002 Gold Cup opener against South Korea. May 28 in Chester, Pa. USA 3
Sargent 52, Weah 59. USA –
Lichaj (Olosunde, 74), Zimmerman, Palmer-Brown. Robinson, McKennie, Corona (Parks, 61),
Rubin (Gooch, 73), Weah (Green, 61), Pulisic (Villafana 89), Sargent (Novakovich, 61). Bolivia –
Vizcarra (Lampe, 46); Anez,
Haquin, Raldes, Baldomar (Segredo, 32), Bejarano
(Maygua, 78), Saucedo, Sanchez (Vaca, 66), Ribera (Rodriguez, 77), Ali, Castillo (Miranda, 63). Referee:
Oshane Nation (Jamaica). Att.: