The U.S. Men's National Team easily rolled past Bolivia 4-0 at Children's Mercy Park Saturday night in the last warm-up match before Copa America Centenario.
"We are pleased with the game, the result, the energy and the effort the team put in was perfect," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stated after the match. "Obviously you had to wait a little bit for the first goal, for the opening goal. They made it very tight for the first twenty minutes. Once we scored that first goal and then added the second one it was very difficult for Bolivia to get back in the game. They came just yesterday from South America so maybe they should rethink a little bit their preparation for a game like that."
The match was just about everything the U.S. was looking for before facing Colombia on June 3rd. Two goals for Gyasi Zardes to build some momentum and confidence for the young forward, the first goal for teen Christian Pulisic, some experimentation with lineup and no significant injuries.
Zardes kicked off the scoring for the U.S. when Alejandro Bedoya chipped the ball over the defense to a streaking Zardes who beat the Bolivian keeper to the ball and rolled in the first goal in the 26th minute.A quick restart from Michael Bradley to Bedoya found the Bolivian defense unprepared. Bedoya sliced a cross through the box to center back John Brooks for an easy goal in the 37th minute. Klinsmann's squad took the 2-0 lead into the half.
After what was a dominant half for the U.S., Klinsmann subbed the outside backs to get another pair on the field to start the second. Taking out Matt Besler and Michael Orozco and bringing on DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson.
Zardes did not wait too long before scoring again. In the 52nd minute Bobby Wood beat his defender to the end line and slipped a ball through the box. Zardes had to stretch for it but easily put it in the net to extend the lead to three.
With Zardes notching a pair already, the U.S. took him and Bedoya out and brought on the young pair of Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe in the 63rd.
The pair quickly created more trouble for Bolivia. In the 69th minute, Nagbe snagged a loose ball and combined with Jermaine Jones to slide though the defense opening up space for Pulisic to make a run at goal. Nagbe's pass across the box met Pulisic's run and the 17 year old became the youngest U.S. player to score in the modern era.
Sporting Kansas City winger Graham Zusi and Chris Wondolowski subbed on in the 72nd to help out close the game. The U.S. continued to create problems for the Bolivian defense but was unable to stretch the lead any further.
- U.S. Men's National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Bolivia
Date: May 28, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Children's Mercy Park; Kansas City, Kansas
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
BOL 0 0 0
USA - Gyasi Zardes (Alejandro Bedoya) 26th minute
USA - John Brooks (Alejandro Bedoya) 37
USA - Gyasi Zardes (Bobby Wood) 52
USA - Christian Pulisic (Darlington Nagbe)
USA: 1-Brad Guzan, 14-Michael Orozco (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46), 20-Geoff Cameron, 6-John Brooks, 5-Matt Besler (23-Fabian Johnson, 46), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Darlington Nagbe, 63), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (19-Graham Zusi, 73), 13-Jermaine Jones, 9-Gyasi Zardes (17-Christian Pulisic, 63), 8-Clint Dempsey (18-Chris Wondolowski, 72), 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 12-Tim Howard, 22-William Yarbrough, 3-Steve Birnbaum, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Perry Kitchen
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
BOL: 23-Guillermo Viscarra, 4-Diego Bejarano, 21-Ronald Eguino, 5-Nelson Cabrera, 3-Luis Gutiérrez (17-Marvin Bejarano, 68), 13-Alejandro Meleán (18-Rodrigo Ramallo, 54), 8-Martín Smedberg-Dalence (22-Edward Zenteno, 74), 20-Fernando Saucedo (15-Pedro Azogue, 46), 10-Jhasmani Campos (11-Bruno Miranda, 46), 9-Yasmani Duk (capt.); 19-Carmelo Algarañaz (14-Raúl Castro, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Carlos Lampe, 12-Rómel Quiñónez, 2-Mario Saavedra, 6-Wálter Veizaga, 7-Juan Carlos Arce, 16-Cristhian Machado
Head Coach: Julio César Baldivieso
Stats Summary: USA / BOL
Shots: 9 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 3
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 18
Offside: 2 / 4