By James Nalton, Football Whispers
A young United States Men’s National Team suffered a 3-0 defeat against England at Wembley.
A quick brace, with Jesse Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold getting on the scoresheet, gave the hosts the lead they deserved in the first half, and a late strike from Callum Wilson was a reward for the Englishman’s impressive debut.
The average age of the USMNT side was 24, but the opposition also fielded a young team as both looked to the future.
The game was centred around DC United’s Wayne Rooney, who was getting a ceremonial send-off for England. The Three Lions all-time top scorer replaced Lingard in the second half, taking the captain's armband, and showed he still has what it takes to play at this level.
For the USMNT it was another steep learning curve, and though there were some encouraging signs, they lacked cohesion and good decision making.
Weston McKennie confirmed that he should be a key part of the side going forward, Christian Pulisic showed signs that he is on a par with some of the best at this level, and Tyler Adams had some bright moments after being introduced in the second half.
However, they struggled to finish off their own moves and also to cope with many of England’s, even though some good pressure on Wilson prevented him scoring more on the night.
It was Pulisic who had the first big chance of the game, taking McKennie’s pass and knocking it behind the England defence himself. Having latched on to his own through ball he faced Jordan Pickford in the England goal, but was thwarted by the England netminder.
Lingard opened the scoring with an excellent finish over Brad Guzan after an England break down the left. The lead was doubled almost immediately when Pulisic’s clubmate Jadon Sancho fed the attacking full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right wing.
Julian Green tested Pickford from distance, Pulisic remained bright in attack, and Bobby Wood had a couple of opportunities which he couldn’t take, but England had the final say when Wilson turned in Fabian Delph’s cross.
“It's tough. Dave [Sarachan]'s doing what he can,” said Pulisic.
“He wants to win these games just like we do. It’s going to help a lot when we get a permanent head coach moving forward, a guy who has a real plan and a style of how we want to play."
The USMNT now head to Belgium where they will face Italy, in what could be Sarachan’s last game as coach.