Playing with a host of young talent and promising prospects, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 0-0 draw with Wales at Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Sporting a starting lineup with an average of 22 years and 252 days, the USMNT was promising and energetic from the start, as players looked to familiarize themselves with new faces in the attack and after nearly a year since the USA’s last match on a FIFA fixture date.
Six players made their senior team debut – five of them teenagers – including three starters in 17-year-olds Gio Reyna and Yunus Musah plus Konrad de la Fuente, a Barcelona teammate of right back Sergiño Dest. Meanwhile Johnny Cardoso, Nicholas Gioacchini and Owen Otasowie entered as second-half substitutes.
From the outset of the first half, the U.S. enjoyed the overwhelming majority of possession and displayed far greater initiative, but the durable Wales defense did a good job of locking down the final third.
The USA’s best chance of the first half came as some relentless counter-pressing nearly paid off in the 34th minute. The USMNT snatched a turnover and found Konrad de la Fuente with the ball at his feet, but his rifle from six yards out screamed over the crossbar.
The U.S. defense held strong throughout the day as goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded his seventh solo shutout effort in his 18th appearance for the USA. While the team’s second-half substitutes provided a spark off the bench, the Welsh back line also held firm in its own end down the stretch as the game ended scoreless.
The USMNT will face Panama on Nov. 16 at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The match will kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMás and TUDN.