Portugal vs. USA | 2017 International Friendly Match Preview
November 16, 2017 - Finding Carter
Portugal vs. USA
Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa – Leiria, Portugal
Tuesday, Nov. 14 – 2:45 pm CT
WATCH: FS1, UniMas, UDN
This usually competence be a many suggestive incomprehensible compare a US inhabitant team has played in a prolonged time – and not usually given it’s portion as a advantage for wildfire victims in Portugal.
With a pain of blank out on a 2018 World Cup (USA’s first deficiency from a margin given 1986) still environment in, caretaker manager Dave Sarachan has started a routine of anticipating a organisation that can validate for Qatar 2022.
Out – during slightest for Tuesday’s accessible in Leiria – are a aged guard: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Tim Howard and more. Sarachan has kept a few veterans around (Alejandro Bedoya, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks, Tim Ream) and brought in some little-used players from years past (CJ Sapong, Eric Lichaj, Jorge Villafaña) – yet for a many part, Tuesday’s accessible will mostly be an try-out for new blood, with younger regulars like Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood staying with their European clubs this time around.
There are copiousness of storylines in play, though: Who will emerge as a tip ‘keeper, a tip core behind tandem? Is Yedlin, with 48 caps underneath his belt, a captain-in waiting?
The questions won’t all be answered on Tuesday. Some of them competence not be answered for utterly some time. But it’s a start – a possibility during a earnest start, unequivocally – and for now, that has to be enough.
The hosts, who won’t be sitting during home subsequent summer, are also regulating Tuesday’s accessible to give lesser-used players a shot during stuffing out a World Cup register – yet manager Fernando Santos has pickled his 24-man register with some players who should benefaction unbending hurdles for a immature Americans.
Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be there, yet 21-year-old striker Andre Silva will, after scoring 9 times in 10 World Cup subordinate matches. Portugal’s fast of enemy also includes Eder, who scored a winning idea in a 2016 Euro pretension match.
And during a other end, a inclusion of Pepe in a defensive corps guarantees that a US forwards will be in for a night – or during slightest partial of one – of being banged around by one of a world’s some-more earthy back-line players.
With Pulisic left off a roster, a US will be looking for someone who can lift strings on a conflict – both to pull a immature star and to yield abyss in that playmaking spot.
That’s not a usually area that will be underneath scrutiny. To be fair, though, flattering most all of them will — generally with other probable immature contributors staying behind in North America for a Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.
There will be eyes be on who pairs with Ream in executive defense, or either Sarachan goes with a immature twin – maybe Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga – there.
And in idea – well, let’s leave that for another territory below, shall we?
The US and Portugal are passed even after 6 meetings: Two wins each, dual waste each, dual draws each. It’s value observant that a US are dominant opposite Portugal on a world’s biggest stage, winning 3-2 to open organisation play in 1994 and sketch 2-2 – also in organisation play – in Brazil in 2014.
Players to Watch
Portugal – Silva. CR7 isn’t going to be around forever, and Portugal’s hopes of staying applicable in Europe and on a worldwide turn hinge on anticipating an successor apparent. Silva’s opening in subordinate shows promise, yet can he browbeat on his possess but Ronaldo around to pull so most courtesy from hostile defenses?
USA – Whoever’s in idea during a time. That’s not a cop-out. The No. 1 position is wide-open, and so are a backup spots. Three immature hopefuls (Bill Hamid, Ethan Horvath and Jesse Gonzalez) have been called adult this time around, and Zack Steffen – who has been a pivotal partial of Columbus Crew SC’s assign into a Eastern Conference finals this deteriorate – is also resolutely in a mix. Whoever’s out there will find himself in a critical try-out to infer he can authority a area, classify a invulnerability and come adult with pivotal stops.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA; 4/0), Beto (Goztepe/TUR; 11/1), José Sá (FC Porto; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Antunes (Getafe/ESP; 12/0), Edgar Ié (Lille/FRA; 0/0), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad/ESP; 0/0), João Cancelo (Inter/ITA; 5/3), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 15/0), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona/ESP; 7/0), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR; 90/5), Ricardo Ferreira (Braga; 0/0) Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto; 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG; 19/2), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting; 0/0), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto; 25/1), João Mário (Inter/ITA; 29/0), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 9/2), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG; 2/0)
FORWARDS (6): André Silva (Milan; 17/11), Bruma (RB Leipzig/GER; 0/0), Éder (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 33/4), Gelson Martins (Sporting; 13/0), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP; 3/0), Rony Lopes (Monaco; 0/0)
United States Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 1/0)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 26/1), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 48/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG; 22/2)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; 0/0)