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USMNT vs. Uruguay: Your Running Commentary

The U.S. Men’s National Team returns to action in St. Louis tonight, taking on Uruguay in the second of two September friendlies.

The Americans will look to rebound from last week’s 3-2 loss to Mexico, with Gregg Berhalter deploying an inexperienced lineup to take on a tough Uruguay side that is also missing key starters, but still boasting plenty of quality.

European-based stars Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Zack Steffen are just a few of the regular starters missing for the Americans.

Josh Sargent is in the starting lineup in his hometown of St. Louis, joined by Tim Ream, who dons the captain’s armband. Sergino Dest and Reggie Cannon join Tyler Boyd and Aaron Long as the starters against Uruguay who also started against Mexico.

Here is the USMNT lineup taking on Uruguay:

Here is the Uruguay lineup tonight:

Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on the match in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.


  1. Uruguay did not press the US backs so they had a lot of time to wait patiently until the US mids got open. Of the mids, Yueill probably did the best at that early in the game, then he stopped moving and by the end of the 2nd half, he looked more like Trapp.and was never quite open for a pass from the backs. Lletget was probably the most consistent to move to get open, but he was pretty much reacting, not moving in anticipation.

    I did not see much that would make me think this effort was any better than what we saw against Mexico. I think Uruguay let the US off the hook by not pressing them.

    • Uruguay likes to sit back anyway but you saw what a Euro players do when they don’t return early. They put in just enough effort, when US scored they turned it up to try to get it back for maybe 5 minutes then said a draw was fine.
      Yueill has gone 90 minutes in SJ last 22 matches and has played in 27 of 28. I think wilted a little in the humidity. Uruguay adjusted a little to take him away but not a lot of pressure.

  2. Two plays from Pax Show you him in a nutshell, the change of pace dribble to beat two defenders, then the five away at the top of box sprints the entire length chasing the ball to stop the counter.

  3. We hear a lot of Euro players are better than MLS players. Uruguay’s 19 year old forward playing for LAFC is playing far better than our German based 19 year old. Of course he’s going against our 18 year old Euro based LB instead of their 28 yr old from Sporting and 24 year old Athletico CBs.

      • That’s not the argument that’s been made it’s this player is in MLS he’s worse than this player who is in Europe. Take Yueill and Pomykal better than some of the young CMs in Europe but some judge them down because they’re not in Europe. Soto, Ledesma, Mendez, Llanez all developed by MLS Academies they didn’t suddenly learn how to play because they spent 5 months in Europe.

      • And how much did LAFC pay in transfer fee for those other guys who are not young DPs? Nuff said. Relative value says otherwise.

      • The Euro aspect has little to do with it. The Uruguayan player grew up in Uruguay, a country with an actual soccer culture, of course his technical development is ahead of a similarly aged American.

  4. Fernando Muslera – Galatasaray ?
    Martín Cáceres – Fiorentina ?
    Sebastián Coates – Sporting CP (Unused sub)
    José Giménez – Atlético Madrid ?
    Matias Viña – Nacional
    Federico Valverde – Real Madrid (Used sub) ?
    Brian Rodríguez – Los Angeles
    Matías Vecino – Inter Milan ?
    Rodrigo Bentancur – Juventus ?
    Giorgian de Arrascaeta – Flamengo
    Jonathan Rodríguez – Cruz Azul

    5 of these players started against Mexico (4-1) for Uruguay and a lot of them were involved in their game against Chile
    Yes there is no Luis Suárez, no Edinson Cavani, no Gastón Pereiro but this is what happens when you have a quick, athletic, decent CM that covers, closes down opponents and carries his own weight.

    • Let’s be fair though Uruguay playing a totally different style. When the man with the ball has that much time it’s easier for the off the ball guys to find open spots and Uruguay is letting a lot of those guys move freely until the final 30 yards.

  5. Interesting results in NL. El Salvador who is currently in the Hex loses at Dominican Republic. Curaçao draws with Haiti on the road 1-1. Canada hanging on 1-0 down a man so Donneil Henry will be out for the match with US.

  6. Glad to see Lletget in there too. Going he had a good match. I would prefer to see him in the 10 role with Pulisic on the wing when the full team is together.

    I would have liked to see Robinson in place of Long, but that’s to see what he’s got. Just personal preference for this match only.


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