The United States Men’s National Team were comfortable winners last night, beating Bolivia 3-0 at Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium. The lineup was youthful with four teenagers starting for the USA and the average age being just 22 years and 160 days.
A new era dawned for the USMNT with plenty of young talent on show. It is finally time to move on from the old guard. Forget Tim Howard, forget Michael Bradley, forget Clint Dempsey, it’s time for American soccer fans to put the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign behind them and get behind this young crop of players which show signs of creating a bright future.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah and Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent lead the line for the United States and they were impressive from the get-go. This was the first time I had come across Sargent and I was amazed by the tenacity and confidence he was showing for an 18-year-old. He looked like a seasoned pro as he created chances and waved his arms in the air in order to excite the crowd and raise the stadium volume.
A couple of lads in midfield impressed, Weston McKennie and Keaton Parks in particular. McKennie, the Schalke youngster was really good, doing the work that isn’t appreciated enough on the soccer field in running the midfield areas. Parks entered the field in the second half and he is a real unit. For a man of his size, he has very good technical ability.
Bolivia, if we are honest, were a really poor side. But even taking that into consideration, the USMNT were dominant in every single area of the field. The first half wasn’t easy on the eye and it was the 37th minute when the deadlock was broken. LAFC’s Walker Zimmerman opened the scoring with a beautiful header from a corner.
Josh Sargent had been impressive and hard-working all game and he got the goal he deserved not long after the half-time interval. The Bolivia keeper Carlos Lampe made the mistake which was brilliantly punished by the young forward.
Timothy Weah made it 3-0 in the 59th minute and he also deserved to get on the score-sheet. He went down with an injury in the first half and it was looking like he wouldn’t be able to carry on, but he got up and got on with it.
Antonee Robinson created Weah’s goal and the England-based player had a fantastic game at left back. Many people on social media suggested that Robinson should be the first choice in that position going forward and long-term.