USMNT-Uruguay international friendly ends in scoreless draw – NBC Los Angeles

Sunday’s international friendly match between the USMNT and Uruguay ended in a close 0-0 affair.

The first big chance for both teams came in the 20th minute when the Americans put the throttle on the counterattack. DeAndre Yedlin, who sped up the right flank from his full-back position, received a through ball and fired a cross with some pace towards the back post, but the ball rose too high for American striker Jesus Ferreira hits it cleanly:

From there, the game was nearly even. It wasn’t a surprising turn of events, however, given that Uruguay, the 13th-ranked nation in the world, is just two places clear of 15th-ranked USMNT.

Then after 17 minutes into the second half, Uruguayan midfielder Matías Vecino earned the end with a perfect cross delivered just outside the right edge of the penalty area. Two Uruguayans, including Vecino, came close to making it 1-0 with no defenders nearby, but 33-year-old goalkeeper Sean Johnson denied the shot with his right shin:

No major opportunities emerged after Johnson was stopped until stoppage time. Darwin Núñez and Edinson Cavani launched a counterattack in the 93rd minute after Núñez followed up a through ball. Núñez returned the ball to Cavani on his left who had his eyes wide open on the net, but Cavani, the second top scorer in his country’s history, deflected the shot to the right:

With the draw, the USMNT is now undefeated in 25 straight home games. Next on the schedule is a contest on Friday June 10 against Grenada, the 170th-ranked nation in FIFA, in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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