USA men’s national team draw 1-1 with El Salvador on Jordan Morris’ stoppage-time goal in Concacaf Nations League group game

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (June 14, 2022) – The United States men’s national team came from behind to draw El Salvador 1-1 on Tuesday night in a Concacaf Nations League group stage match played at an Estadio Cuscatlán rain-soaked and covered in mud. After El Salvador’s Alexander Larin put the home side in place 10 minutes before half-time, second-half substitutes Luca de la Torre and Jordan Morris combined to take the United States to the level in second-half stoppage time, with Morris heading into de la Torre’s cross for the equalizer. .

The United States finished the four-game June window with a 2-0-2 record and are now awaiting their final two warm-up games to be played in September in Europe before heading to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. football 2022. The United States will resume Concacaf Nations League group play in March 2023, hosting El Salvador and visiting Grenada on dates to be determined.

Gregg Berhalter made seven changes to the defeated Grenada side in the CNL opener, keeping only the backline of Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Long and Antonee Robinson intact.

After enduring days of rain, conditions on the pitch were a factor as both sides struggled to find their footing early on.

The first chance came in the 24th minute. Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams combined down the right from a short corner, with Adams swinging a ball towards the back post. Haji Wright, making his first career start, rose above two defenders near goal and headed the ball outside, where Yunus Musah connected on a first shot that goalkeeper Mario Gonzalez had saved for a corner.

Musah – the Insiders man of the match – then connected with Pulisic in the middle, Pulisic throwing a pass to Wright who hit him wide wide.

The hosts then capitalized with 10 minutes left in half time when Larin rolled in a shot from a tight angle that caught USA keeper Ethan Horvath anticipating a cross and scored the opener.

The United States would use all five substitutes in the second half, with the first two being Weston McKennie and Jesus Ferreira to start the final position. The two almost combined for the equalizing minutes when McKennie played a fine ball through two defenders for Ferreira at the edge of the box. Gonzalez had moved away from his line to cut play, but Ferreira managed to get past him and shoot, only for defender Roberto Dominguez to slip to prevent the ball from entering.

Musah then had the best chance for the United States in the 58th, accelerating through the middle before playing a quick pass with Tim Weah at the top of the box. Musah fired but again Gonzalez stepped up and made a huge save from the top of the penalty area.

In a game that had 26 combined fouls, things got fiercer in the final 20 minutes. USA winger Paul Arriola was shown a straight red for a challenge on Larin less than 10 minutes after coming on.

The downside only lasted a few minutes. In the 79th, Ferreira launched Musah with a nice ball in the middle. With just one man to beat, Musah was knocked down by Ronald Rodriguez, who was then ejected. Musah took the ensuing free kick, placing a nice shot into the top left corner, but once again Gonzalez rushed in to make the save.

Still looking for the equaliser, the United then brought in de la Torre and Morris in the 80s.e minute. Morris had a header blocked with an arm that was unseen by the referee in the 87th, but made his next chance count, heading in de la Torre’s 30-yard cross from the left to the equalizer in the first minute of the second half stoppage time.


SLV – Alexander Larin (Kevin Reyes), 34th minute: Salvadoran Kevin Reyes sent a long cross near the baseline which was controlled by Larin on the left flank. With USA right-back Reggie Cannon scoring, Larin curled a left-footed shot from a tight angle that caught USA keeper Ethan Horvath flat-footed and scored the opening goal. United States 0, SLV 1

United States – Jordan Morris (Luca de la Torre) 90+1 minute: Pushing for the equaliser, Pulisic sent a double corner from the right side to McKennie who connected with a solid header which was saved by Gonzalez. The second-chance ball fell on de la Torre outside the box on the left side. De la Torre recovered and sent a diving cross into the mix which Morris rose high to head for six yards. US 1, SLV 1

Additional notes:

  • Jordan Morris scored his 11th international goal and his fifth in the Nations League, giving him sole possession of the USMNT’s scoring lead in the competition.
  • USA are 19-1-7 against El Salvador, a 12-0-5 advantage in matches played in official competition and 2-1-5 in away matches against Los Angeles. Cuscatlécos.
  • Forward Haji Wright earned his first start, first competitive selection and first away appearance for the USMNT tonight.
  • Tonight’s starting XI had an average age of 24 years and 26 days.
  • The USMNT roster has also averaged 22 caps and 11 appearances in official competition.
  • Gregg Berhalter made seven roster changes to the USMNT that started Friday’s CNL opener against Grenada, with the backline of Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Long and Antonee Robinson as leftovers.
  • Christian Pulisic wore the captain’s armband for the 10th time tonight. Pulisic (23.74) is the second-youngest player in the modern era (1990-present) to captain the USMNT 10 times, after only Tony Meola (23.18) who did it on April 29 1992 in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Aaron Long was the only player to start each of USA’s four games during the June window. Weston McKennie, Jesús Ferreira and Antonee Robinson also appeared in all four.
  • Robinson continues his run as the only player to appear in all 10 games in 2022.
  • With squads limited to dressing 23 players, defenders George Bello, Walker Zimmerman and midfielder Malik Tillman were not part of the matchday squad.

­-United States Men’s National Team Game Report-

Match: El Salvador vs. United States Men’s National Team

Date: June 14, 2022
Competition: Concacaf Nations League

Venue: Estadio Cuscatlan; San Salvador, El Salvador

Presence: 6,313

To start up: 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET)

Time: 68 degrees; rainy

Scoring summary: 1 2 F


SLV 1 0 1

SLV – Alexander Larin (Kevin Reyes) 35e minute

United States – Jordan Morris (Luca de la Torre) 90+1


UNITED STATES: 18-Ethan Horvath; 22-Reggie Cannon, 20-Cameron Carter-Vickers (14-Luca de la Torre, 81) 15-Aaron Long, 5-Antonee Robinson; 4-Tyler Adams (13-Jordan Morris, 80), 11-Brenden Aaronson (8-Weston McKennie, 46), 6-Yunus Musah; 21-Tim Weah (7-Paul Arriola, 61), 19-Haji Wright (9-Jesús Ferreira, 46), 10-Christian Pulisic (captain)

Substitutes not used: 1-Matt Turner, 12-Sean Johnson, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Erik Palmer-Brown, 16-Joe Scally, 17-Cristian Roldan, 23-Kellyn Acosta

Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

SLV: 1-Mario González; 13-Alexander Larin, 5-Ronald Rodriguez, 3-Roberto Dominguez, 21-Bryan Tamacas (2-Linzandro Claros, 87); 6-Narciso Orellana, 14-Christian Martinez, 8-Brayan Lanaverde (7-Darwin Ceren, 61); 19-Kevin Reyes (22-Roberto Molina, 61), 9-Nelson Bonilla (captain) (12-Cristian Gil, 68), 17-Jairo Henriquez (4-Erick Cabalceta, 86)

Substitutes not used: 18-Tomas Romero, 23-Kevin Carabantes, 10-Eric Calvillo, 11-Joaquin Rivas, 15-Kevin Melara, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 20-Enrico Dueñas

Coach: Hugo Perez

Stat Summary: United States / SLV

Shots: 10 / 5

Shots on goal: 6 / 1

Backup: 0 / 4

Corner kicks: 7 / 3

Fouls: 12 / 16

Offside: 2 / 1

Summary of misconduct:

USA – Reggie Cannon (Warning) 45+1 minutes

USA – Paul Arriola (Ejection) 70

USA – Tyler Adams (Attention) 76

SLV – Ronald Rodriguez (Ejection) 79

SLV – Mario Gonzalez (Warning) 85


Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)

AR1: Alberto Marin (MEX)

AR2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)

4th Referee: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)

Insider Man of the Match: Yunous Musah

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