That’s all for today. Be sure to check out the full match report and thanks as always for following along with us.

Full time: Wales 0-0 USA

The referee blows the whistle at 90 minutes on the dot. Mercifully, as it were, given how the last 20 minutes dragged out. The US forced a pair of saves from Danny Ward, Wales forced a pair of saves from Zack Steffen, but in the end it’s a scoreless draw.

87 min: The skies have opened over Liberty Stadium and a diagonal rain is coming down onto the pitch. Not even a whiff of a scoring threat.

85 min: There hasn’t been a whole lot to report as the action is petering out a bit. Reggie Cannon and Owen Otasowie enter for the US in place of Sergiño Dest and Sebastian Lletget.

80 min: Some more changes at 10 minutes to time. For Wales, Joe Morrell comes on in place of Dylan Levitt. For the United States, Tim Weah and Nicholas Gioacchini (making his international debut) replace Gio Reyna and Yunus Musah.

78 min: Not too much happening on either side at the moment. Much more of a friendly feel than in the first half.

73 min: On his first touch of the night, Llanez fires a low shot on goal that demands a fully extended save from Ward, who parries it out for a corner.

71 min: USA have made two changes. Uly Llanez and Johnny Cardoso are on for Tyler Adams and Konrad de la Fuente. Cardoso becomes the fourth US player to make his debut tonight.

67 min: Bit of a slow patch at the moment with most of the action taking place in the middle third.

Elsewhere, North Macedonia have qualified for next year’s Euro 2020, their first ever major tournament appearance, after a 1-0 away win over Georgia in Tbilisi.

62 min: Johnson’s first touch less than a minute after he enters is a low shot on target after getting played into space. A good effort by Steffen to save it. Instant impact!

61 min: Kieffer Moore, who’s been Wales’ best player today, is coming off at the hour mark. So is Matondo, who’s also been quite good. Entering in their place are Daniel James and Brennan Johnson.

57 min: Wilson curls the free kick into the area but the referee spots a foul as Robinson heads it away.

56 min: A muscular run by Moore ends with Miazga tearing him down by his shirt and picking up a yellow card for his trouble. Free kick forthcoming for Wales from about 22 yards.

54 min: Another corner for the United States but referee Nick Walsh blows the whistle for a foul before it can even reach the area.

52 min: A dissenting view from reader Peter Littley:

What a colossal waste of time.More back passes than forward, middle third of the pitch will be worn out by the end.Off to watch some Masters coverage.

Our Scott Murray would love to have you.

50 min: The US corner comes to nothing but moments later they’re on the attack again. Reyna gets the ball in space on the right edge of the area and picks out Konrad on the far post, but his attempt is blocked.

48 min: A great through ball from Miazga to McKinnie, who takes it on the run near midfield and attacks the goal only for it to be cleared away for a corner.

46 min: And we’re under way in the second half. Josh Sheehan has come on for his Wales debut, replacing Matt Smith.

Half-time: Wales 0-0 USA

The USA were better but it’s scoreless at the half. Excellent performances from Musah, Brooks, Adams and Dest especially. You, loyal readers, appear to agree.

Rob Coughlin from Illinois, via email:

I’ve seen more slick passing by The US in the first 20 minutes of this match as I’ve seen in the past 20 years.

Stefan Volkmann, also via email

In all the fanfare about Gigi Reyna you seem to be ignoring the fact that he’s not even the youngest player in the USA XI? Yunus Musah is a couple of weeks younger - 12th and 13th players to earn a cap before being 18 - though I wonder if Musah could still be tempted to declare for dear old England...

43 min: Slick interplay between Dest and McKinnie up the right flank with McKinnie sending a ball from the endline into Lletget, who gets a bit fancy in trying to flick it on goal. A creativity and flair USA observers aren’t accustomed to seeing.

39 min: Now it’s Wales who win their third corner, but it’s headed away safely by Brooks.

37 min: Another corner for the US, whose pressure is beginning to yield dividends. Reyna takes a corner but his outswinging ball is sent back into the middle third by a Welsh defender.

33 min: The US create a turnover with high pressure. The misplayed ball falls to Konrad but he skies it right over the target. Impatient! That was easily the best scoring chance for either side.

31 min: A scoring chance for Wales as Lawrence uncorks a dipping strike from about 15 yards, but Steffen sees it all the way and corrals it by the near post.

Tyler Adams
United States’ Tyler Adams, center, controls the ball as Wales’ Matthew Smith, left, and Tom Lawrence defend. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

27 min: The United States, who are winning the battle in the midfield at the moment. earn a free kick about 25 yards from the goal. It’s whipped in to a dangerous spot but the flag goes up for offside.

22 min: USA left back Antonee Robinson has had his hands full with Matondo all day.

20 min: Wales win another corner. It’s served to Wilson but his service into the area is thwarted.

18 min: Perhaps owing to lack of training time together or general lack of experience at the senior level altogether, the US have looked a bit inexact in the final third despite their inspired attacking verve in the early going.


14 min: Moore goes down in a heap after some heavy contact (and no whistle) but he’s up and appears to be OK.

10 min: Wales win their first corner. Wilson sends it to the far post toward the onrushing Moore, but the 6ft 5in center forward’s header sails wide of the target.

8 min: Wales win a free kick about 30 yards from the goal, the first set piece of the night. But the effort is negated when referee Nick Walsh spots a foul almost immediately after the ball is struck.

4 min: A great spell of possession from the Americans to open the match culminates with the first threat of the night. McKinnie switches to Dest across the park, who rolls it to a cutting Musah for a chance that’s snuffed out near the goal line. All of it made possible by the 17-year-old Reyna inverting. Promising start.

1 min: And they’re off! The US are attacking from right to left in white shirts and blue shorts, Wales from left to right in all-red strips.

The players have emerged from the tunnel and are taking the pitch. Today ends the longest gap between international matches for the United States since a 16-month layoff in 1986-87.

USA players line up with anti-racism messages on the back of their tracksuit tops.
USA players line up with anti-racism messages on the back of their tracksuit tops. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Action Images/Reuters


The teams!

Here’s a look at today’s teams. Reyna, who has become a regular at Borussia Dortmund, is one of three US forwards making their international debuts today along with 19-year-old Konrad de la Fuente of Barcelona and 20-year-old Nicholas Gioacchini of Caen. Reyna will be only the 12th player to earn his first cap for the United States before turning 18.

Zack Steffen will captain the US for the first time in his 18th appearance. The 25-year-old is the top American goalkeeper but has played two matches since December, missing the back end of last season with a knee injury while on loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf and then spending most of this season on Manchester City’s bench after taking over from Claudio Bravo as Ederson’s backup.


XI: Ward, Gunter, Jamie Lawrence, Lockyer, Connor Roberts, Tom Lawrence, Smith, Wilson, Levitt, Moore, Matondo

Subs: King, Neco Williams, Davies, Rodon, Brooks, Jonathan Williams, Ampadu, Morrell, Norrington-Davies, James, Sheehan, Johnson


XI: Steffen, Dest, Miazga, Brooks, Robinson, McKennie, Lletget, Adams, Musah, Reyna, de la Fuente

Subs: Horvath, Gioacchini, Ledezma, Ream, Otasowie, Richards, Johnny, Soto, Cannon, Llanez, Weah, Odunze

Referee: Nick Walsh (Scotland)


Hello and welcome to Liberty Stadium in Swansea for today’s friendly between Wales and the United States. Gregg Berhalter’s side is back in action for the first time in nine months with a remarkably youthful roster headlined by Gio Reyna, who will make his international debut on the day before his 18th birthday, joining his father and mother as the first three-member family in American history to make international soccer appearances.

Kickoff is about a half hour away. We’ll be back with the team sheets directly.

Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s a look back at Wednesday’s friendly action.


Bryan Armen Graham

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