1. Josh Sargent is the center forward to watch.
Bolivia finished ninth in the 10-team South American qualifying for Russia 2018 and only brought two starters from its last qualifying game to Pennsylvania. Unavailable were all but one player from Bolivia's four strongest clubs because they're involved the Torneo Apertura semifinals.
For its part, the USA gave debuts to six players, including 18-year-old Josh Sargent, who has yet to play a professional club game. Sargent, the St. Louis product who has signed with Germany's Werder Bremen, scored four goals at the 2017 U-20 World Cup and three goals at the 2017 U-17 World Cup. At the U-20 World Cup, Sargent scored with his right foot, his head, his left foot, and his thigh.
Sargent spearheaded the U.S. attack against the Bolivians. His 20th-minute shot after a one-two with Tim Weah was blocked by a defender. He set up a shot for Christian Pulisic two minutes later, and in the 23rd minute mis-hit a volley on the turn. He got his goal in the 52nd minute in remarkable fashion.
When goalkeeper Carlos Lampe's chip to defender Luis Haquin came up short, Sargent took the perfect first touch that allowed him to swivel, face the goal, and hammer a low shot into the net.
Sargent signed with Werder Bremen upon his 18th birthday last February and has appeared in tournaments with its U-19s while training with U-23s and occasionally with the full team.2. Christian Pulisic needs to recharge his batteries.
The Pennsylvania homecoming of Christian Pulisic did not go as planned as the 19-year-old gave his least impressive performance in his 21st U.S. national team game. Pulisic, who played 56 minutes in Borussia Dortmund's 1-1 friendly tie with LAFC last Tuesday, failed to shed defenders in his usual dynamic manner and misplayed several balls.
Pulisic's games (last nine months)
5 UEFA Champions League
3 Europa League
1 DFB Cup
1 DFL Super Cup
5 U.S. national team
Fortunately for the USA, the other youngsters provided enough spark for a convincing win.
3. Antonee Robinson makes a successful debut -- sets up Weah
Only two MLS players, Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono (who didn't have to make any saves) and LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman (scorer of the USA's first goal with a fierce header off a corner kick), saw action against Bolivia.
The foreign-based players included the familiar Tim Weah, a New York product who has starred for U.S. youth national teams since U-14, played for the USA at last year's U-17 World Cup, and is the son of Liberian president and former World Player of the Year George Weah. The young man who set up Weah's goal against Bolivia was the lesser known Antonee Robinson, who at left back made several effective forays down the flank.
Robinson is a 20-year-old England-born son of an American father -- former Duke player Marlon Robinson. Antonee Robinson was first called in by the USA with the U-18s in 2014 while part of Everton's youth program. He has been playing on loan for England second-tier Bolton Wanderers and in December made headlines by setting up Bolton's winning goal in its first League Championship road win in 999 days.
Youngest USA scorers
1. Christian Pulisic (17, 253 days -- 2016 vs. Bolivia)
2. Juan Agudelo (17, 359 days -- 2010 at South Africa)
3. Jozy Altidore (18, 96 days -- 2008 vs. Mexico)
4. Tim Weah (18, 102 days -- 2018 vs. Bolivia)
5. Josh Sargent (18, 104 days 2018 vs. Bolivia)
Tim Weah joins in on the fun with his first USMNT goal! pic.twitter.com/A9p4hcErtO— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 29, 2018
May 28 in Chester, Pa.
USA 3 Bolivia 0. Goals: Zimmerman (Corona) 37, Sargent 52, Weah (Robinson) 59.
USA – Bono; 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).
Shots on target: 6/0
Corner Kicks: 12/5
Yellow cards: USA - Corona 57, McKennie 65; Bolivia -- Salcedo 49.
Red cards: none.