U.S. lack finishing prowess in draw vs. Uruguay

Jesus Ferreira failed to convert a pair of first-half chances as USMNT forwards kept up their goal-scoring struggles in a 0-0 draw against Uruguay on Sunday in their second of four World Cup warmup matches this month.

The U.S. took the field three hours after learning Wales would be its opening Group B World Cup opponent in November, before the Americans stretched their home unbeaten streak to 25 matches since a September 2019 loss to Mexico. That’s one shy of the team record set from 2013-15.

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Ferreira had the best of the chances for the U.S., with a 15-yard shot saved by Fernando Muslera in the 19th minute and then an open header go wide just after. Haji Wright, who scored in his debut on Wednesday, replaced Ferreira in the 61st minute.

USMNT forwards have one goal in the team’s last 13 matches — by Ferreira in a 5-1 rout of Panama in a World Cup qualifier on March 27.

Edinson Cavani was wide with an 8-yard shot for Uruguay in the third minute of second-half stoppage time — a very bad miss from the normally reliable striker.

In the USMNT’s first game against a South American opponent since a 1-1 draw against Uruguay at St. Louis in 2019, midfielder Weston McKennie played the first half in his first start for club and country since breaking two bones in his left foot with Juventus on Feb. 22.

Sean Johnson was in goal for the United States for the 10th time, the first since January 2020, and the 32-year-old used his left shin to make a point-blank block on Darwin Nunez 15 minutes into the second half.

The 15th-ranked U.S. started right-back DeAndre Yedlin for Reggie Cannon, left-back Joe Scally in place of Antonee Robinson and McKennie instead of Brenden Aaronson.

Scally got his first start after making his debut in a 3-0 win against Morocco and shifted to the right when Robinson replaced Yedlin in the 62nd minute.

The U.S. wore jerseys with rainbow-colored numbers for Pride Month and wore orange armbands rainbow to support stricter gun control measures.

In an odd twist, match officials allowed Uruguay to make seven substitutions, one more than rules allow.

Uruguay coach Diego Alonso changed 10 starters from Thursday’s 3-0 win over Mexico, keeping only defender Jose Gimenez.

The U.S. plays 170th-ranked Grenada on Friday at Austin, Texas, the first of two CONCACAF Nations League matches, then is at No. 74 El Salvador on June 14.

The Americans plan two September exhibitions in Europe, then return to the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament. They open Group B in Qatar on Nov. 21 against Wales, which beat Ukraine 1-0 on Sunday for Europe’s final berth, then play England four days later and close the first round against Iran on Nov. 29.

No. 13 Uruguay plays South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group H.


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