Preview: USA vs Uruguay – predictions, team news, rosters

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s international friendlies clash between USA and Uruguay, including predictions, team news and possible rosters.

A pair of World Cup-linked sides who picked up impressive midweek wins will square off on Sunday as the UNITED STATES host Uruguay during a friendly game at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.

On Wednesday, the Yanks came away with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Morocco, while La Celesta had no problem against Mexico, winning by the same scoreline.


Match Preview

© Reuters

A break of more than two months from international football did not seem to affect Gregg Berhalter and his team, who put on arguably their best 90-minute performance of the year earlier this week.

They were under some pressure from the first dozen minutes, but this team settled into the game well, putting the Moroccans on their heels on many occasions.

This team showed excellent ball control in this encounter and an ability to change direction at high speed while in possession, which allowed them to create plenty of quality scoring opportunities.

While this group have looked dangerous on the counter, scoring eight goals in their last three games, Berhalter was unhappy with his side’s defensive form, saying they were playing too deep while being outplayed in physical battles. .

Their high pressure system has been effective lately as they managed to capitalize on their chances in the final third.

Heading into this match, the United States are unbeaten in 24 consecutive matches played at home, and they have yet to lose a game on American soil against La Celeste, drawing them 1-1 in their previous friendly match in 2019.

In their last nine matches in all competitions, the Americans have conceded only two goals in the first half, while scoring eight themselves.

Uruguay coach Diego Alonso on March 30, 2022© Reuters

Uruguay come into this game in fine form, with a 100% record so far this year, having conceded just once in their previous five matches.

Administrator Diego Alonso called on his team to be more aggressive and greedy in the final third, and his players delivered against El Tri, scoring on three of their four efforts on target.

It was the fourth clean sheet of the year for the Uruguayans, who have been nearly impenetrable from the backline so far in 2022.

The full-backs on this team have been a big part of their success, adding another dimension to the attack, while still being able to come back and keep up with opposing runners.

Thanks to their holding midfielders, we saw them play well between the lines, linking brilliantly from defense to attack.

In the past, they have looked shaken when leading a game, losing their last four South American qualifiers in 2021 by conceding the first, three of which were lopsided defeats by three goals.

It has been suggested that they are close to the end of their golden generation, however, from what La Celeste has shown us recently, they look like a team with a great run to the finals in November.

Form of United States international friendlies:

USA form (all competitions):

Form of Uruguay international friendlies:

Form of Uruguay (all competitions):


Team News

Matt Turner in action for USA in December 2021© Reuters

Thanks to his decisive pass on the first goal of Brenden Aaronson, Christian Pulisic became the fastest U.S. national team player to reach double-digit assists for the Yanks, reaching that mark in his 49th appearance on Wednesday, beating Landon Donovan by a.

Hadji Wright scored his first international goal from a penalty spot in that game, Tim Wea scored his third for the senior team, Cannon Reggie picked up his third national team assist, Joe Scally and Malik Tilman made their debut in the second half, while Antonee Robinson remains the only player to have started all seven of the Americans’ appearances this year.

Aaron Long got his first start since a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland last year and Cameron Carter Vickers earned his first international cap since 2019.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner made eight saves for his 10th clean sheet with the United States, ranking sixth all-time among American shooters, eight behind Brad Guzan.

Edinson Cavani bagged a brace for La Celeste in their win over Mexico, and if he plays on Sunday he could catch up Luis Suarez for second place all-time for the national team, as he is currently tied with Fernando Muslerawho did not play on Thursday.

Ronald Araujo hit the uppercase double-digit mark earlier this week, Mathias Olivera only made his fifth appearance for the senior team and Matias Vecino scored his fourth international goal.

Pellistri Factor and Damien Suarez the two had an assist earlier this week, while Sergio Rochet only had to make two saves for his third consecutive clean sheet.

Possible starting composition in the United States:
Turner; Yedlin, Zimmerman, Palmer-Brown, A. Robinson; Aaronson, Adams, de la Torre; Weah, Wright, Arriola

Possible starting line-up for Uruguay:
Ratchet; Olivera, Coates, Godin, Suarez; Torreira; Rossi, Vecino, Valverde, Nunez; Cavani


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We say: USA 0-1 Uruguay

As good as the Americans looked at home in Morocco, La Celeste will be a much tougher unit to get through as they follow you everywhere and don’t give you a ton of space.

We expect it to be a tight affair with few chances either way, but that should favor Uruguay, who know how to win ugly games, while the USA tend to get frustrated when they are at odds. short of pace.

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