KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The young guns had a good run out for the United States as they comfortably came away with the shutout win over Bolivia in Chester, Pennsylvania on Monday night.
With national team continuing its rebuilding process after its failure to qualify for this summer's World Cup in Russia, this performance could be seen as a positive step towards them getting ready for their next big competition, the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Interim head coach Dave Sarachan fielded a 4-1-4-1 formation, awarding starts to debutantes Alex Bono, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent, and Erik Palmer-Brown. Matt Olosunde and Keaton Parks also received their first caps as they came off the bench later in the game.
Christian Pulisic, who played in front of fans in his home state, made his first appearance for the US since that dreadful night in October last year when the team lost to Trinidad and Tobago.
Despite playing against a weakened Bolivian team that could not call up some of their top players due to the playoffs in their domestic league, the US dominated the game from start to finish.
Pressure from the host since the start of the game finally led to them getting on the scoreboard in the 37th minute when Walker Zimmerman rose up among the crowd in the area to head in a Joe Corona corner kick.
The US then put the game out of reach in the second half when Sargent and Timothy Weah added tallies.
Sargent, coming off his time with Werder Bremen, bagged the Americans second goal in the 52nd minute when he intercepted a pass from Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe before firing his shot past him.
Weah added the third in seven minutes later when he finished off a cross from Robinson on the left.
A strong performance by the young Americans, but there is still a long way to go as the team looks to re-establish itself as one of the top teams in the CONCACAF region.