Coming off a resounding 3-0 victory against Morocco, the U.S. men’s national team now moves on to face another World Cup side in Uruguay, with the match set for Sunday, June 5 in Kansas City.
The United States put forth a promising 90 minutes against its African opponents on Wednesday in Cincinnati, with Christian Pulisic putting on a show, setting up two of the three U.S. goals. Head coach Gregg Berhalter tinkered with a number of tactical approaches, and most seemed to work against a shellshocked Morocco squad.
Most notably, Brenden Aaronson was moved to midfield, playing a hybrid role, and produced a flourishing attacking display. Aaronson scored the first U.S. goal and continued to provide support up front throughout the match, cropping up in all areas of the attacking half.
It will be interesting to see how Kansas City shows up to back the United States after Pulisic’s post-match comments on Wednesday expressing disappointment with Cincinnati’s level of support against Morocco.
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USA vs Uruguay TV, live stream
- Date: Sunday, June 5
- Time: 5 p.m. ET
- TV channel: Fox
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV
Sunday’s match between the United States and Uruguay from Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. will be broadcast in the United States on Fox (English) and on Univision and TUDN (Spanish).
All three channels are streamed on fuboTV.
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USA vs Uruguay starting lineups & squads
The United States is missing a number of key players as the summer begins. First and foremost, defender Miles Robinson is out for the foreseeable future with an Achilles tear that threatens to keep him sidelined through the World Cup and beyond. In-form Djordje Mihailovic was forced to withdraw from the roster due to an ankle injury suffered with CF Montreal before the international break.
Gregg Berhalter confirmed that Weston McKennie, who played 18 minutes for the USA vs. Morocco coming off a serious ankle injury, will be a starting option against Uruguay, but won’t play more than 45 minutes. Antonee Robinson is struggling with a non-COVID illness and was a game-time decision, with Joe Scally ultimately his replacement at left back. DeAndre Yedlin will start at right back in place of Reggie Cannon.
The experiment of Brenden Aaronson in midfield against Morocco produced glowing results, but Berhalter stated that against Uruguay he will go with Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams next to McKennie for the first half, and the new Leeds United signing begins the match on the bench. He could be an option to replace McKennie at halftime.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner was excellent against Morocco, but Berhalter stated Sean Johnson would start against Uruguay, and Ethan Horvath will have to wait for his opportunity. Aaron Long filled in admirably at center back against Morocco, and Berhalter said he will start again against Uruguay to continue developing his partnership with Walker Zimmerman. Erik Palmer-Brown will hope for an opportunity, and Berhalter confirmed he’s trying to get the Troyes defender a chance on the field.
Berhalter stated Jesus Ferreria would again start up front, but expect another timeshare with Haji Wright, who is likely to get more minutes as well.
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USA starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Johnson (GK) — Scally, Zimmerman, Long, Yedlin — McKennie, Adams, Musah — Pulisic, Ferreira, Weah.
USA subs (11): Horvath (GK), A. Robinson, Carter-Vickers, Palmer-Brown, Cannon, Acosta, de la Torre, Aaronson, Morris, Arriola, Tillman, Wright.
Uruguay have been flying under new manager Diego Alonso, who has now won all five matches since taking over (11-1 goal difference). La Celeste are coming off a comprehensive 3-0 win over Mexico in midweek. The only injury concern is Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo who left the match after just 30 minutes with a groin issue.
Winger Facundo Pellistri was a constant threat, forward Edinson Cavani was clinical, and center mids Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) and Matias Vecino (Inter Milan) were ever present in Uruguay’s 4-1-4-1 formation. However, all three of those players sit today as Alonso rotates the squad, with a final match against Jamaica set for Saturday, June 11 at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo as the send-off for home fans.
Instead, it’s young Darwin Nunez up front to take the baton from Cavani, alongside Maxi Gomez in a 5-3-2 lineup.
Uruguay projected starting lineup (5-3-2): Muslera (GK) — Vina, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Varela — Gorriaran, Ugarte, Aramabarri — Nunez, Gomez.
Uruguay subs (11): Rochet (GK), Sosa, Coates, Suarez, Olivera, Vecino, Torreira, Valverde, Pellistri, Rossi, de la Cruz, Cavani.
USA vs. Uruguay betting odds
Odds via Sports Interaction (Canada only)
The odds in this match are almost dead even, with the U.S. given a boost after the win over Morocco and being on home soil. Uruguay is down from its previous heights, but still ranks 13th in the world and has star players at big clubs across the lineup.
Interestingly, the oddsmakers believe that the game will be low scoring, with the under heavily favored. Evenly matched clubs in international friendlies often do tend to see fewer goals, as there are fewer overall minutes of true play before mass substitutions through the second half serve to break up the game flow.
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