McKennie scores on debut; U.S. draws with Portugal

Weston McKennie (pictured) scored on his USA debut in a draw against host Portugal on November 14, 2017, in Leiria, Portugal. (Photo: John Dortin/

LEIRIA, Portugal -- In its first game since being eliminated from FIFA World Cup Qualifying last month, the visiting United States played European champion Portugal to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa on Tuesday.

 It was the Americans’ last match of the year, finishing with a CONCACAF Gold Cup title and an overall record of 10W-7D-2L.

 The U.S. drew first blood in the 22nd minute through 19-year-old Weston McKennie.  C.J. Sapong sent a short pass from the left side to the Schalke 04 midfielder, who fired a 12-yard shot past goalkeeper Beto.

 Ten minutes later, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath gift Portugal a goal, when he allowed Vitorino Antunes' 14-yard shot – off a Bruno Fernandes feed -- to slip between his hands and knot the score at 1-1.

 Tyler Adams, an 18-year-old midfielder for the New York Red Bulls, nearly netted the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute, but Beto made a tremendous save on the header from six-yards out.

 After a lengthy break, the U.S. will host Bosnia & Herzegovina at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on January 28, 2018.

 International Friendly

November 14, 2017: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa -- Leiria, Portugal (Att: 19,017)

Portugal-USA 1-1 (1-1)

Vitorino Antunes 31’ / Weston McKennie 21

 USA: Ethan Horvath (Bill Hamid 46’); DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Miazga, John Brooks (Cameron Carter-Vickers 46’), Eric Lichaj (Jorge Villafaña 59’), Danny Williams, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie (Alejandro Bedoya 84’), Kellyn Acosta, Juan Agudelo (Lynden Gooch 59’), CJ Sapong (Dom Dwyer 77’). Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

 Portugal: António Pimparel; Nelson Semedo, Pepe (Luis Neto 10’), Ricardo Ferreira, Vitorino Antunes, Bruno Fernandes (João Eduardo 46’), Danilo Pereira (Ruben Neves 62’), Manuel Fernandes, Bruma (Bernardo Silva 62’), Gelson Martins (Gonçalo Paciência 46’), Gonçalo Guedes (Marcos Lopes 81’). Head Coach: Fernando Santos

 R: Anthony Taylor (England); AR1: Gary Beswick (England); AR2: Stuart Burt (England); 4thl: Andre Marriner (ENG)


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