A young Cymru side put in a resilient defensive effort as they held a strong USA side to a goalless draw at a friendly at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Cymru 0-0 USA
International Challenge Match
- Thursday, 12 November 2020
- Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Chris Gunter captained the young side as he stepped on the field for his 98th Cymru cap, whilst Danny Ward started in goal in place of Wayne Hennessey.
The Americans started brightly, forcing Cymru into their own half with Giovanni Reyna and Weston McKennie dominating the majority of possession. However, Cymru did have several half chances, with the best coming from Tom Lawrence on the left-hand side. His long range strike seemed bound for the bottom corner but was caught by a well-positioned Zack Steffen.
It was a difficult match but we anticipated that, the USA attack well and could cause a threat to any team. We kept a clean sheet which was a positive and two debutants that both played really well. We have two huge games coming up now and we want to keep the momentum of the clean sheets and confidence going.
Rob Page used the second half to further experiment ahead of two decisive UEFA Nations League matches. Josh Sheehan was given a Cymru debut at the start of the second half and disrupted the possession that USA controlled in the first half. Brennan Johnson was also handed his Cymru debut on the hour mark and was unfortunate not to score with his first touch of the match, seeing his firm strike inside the box parried away by Steffen.
Both teams battled for the ball in the second half with the USA’s only chance coming for substitute Ulysses Llane, whose long strike distance was comfortably parried away by Danny Ward. Cymru also threatened as several changes were made. Substitute Dan James attacked with intent on his return to the Liberty Stadium and Harry Wilson was unfortunate not to control a well delivered ball into the box from James.
With the match finishing a stalemate, Cymru have it all to play for in their upcoming UEFA Nations League matches, starting with the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
Cymru: 1. Danny Ward, 2. Chris Gunter (c), 5. Tom Lockyer, 9. Tom Lawrence, 10. Harry Wilson, 11. Rabbi Matondo (20. Dan James 62’), 13. Kieffer Moore (22. Brennan Johnson 62’), 14. Connor Roberts, 18. James Lawrence (6. Joe Rodon 69’), 19. Matt Smith (21. Josh Sheehan), 23. Dylan Levitt (16. Joe Morrell 80’).
Subs not used: 12. Tom King, 3. Neco Williams, 4. Ben Davies, 7. David Brooks, 8. Jonny Williams, 15. Ethan Ampadu, 16. Joe Morrell, 17. Rhys Norrington-Davies.
USA: 1. Zack Steffen (c), 2. Sergino Dest, 3. Matthew Miazga, 4. Tyler Adams (16. Johnny Cardoso 71’), 5. Antonee Robinson, 6. John Brooks, 7. Giovanni Reyna (23. Timothy Weah 78’), 8. Weston McKennie, 11. Konrad De La Fuente (21. Ulysses Llanez 71’), 17. Sebastian Lletget, 18. Yunus Musah (9. Nicholas Gioacchini (78’).
Subs not used: 22. Ethan Horvath, 24. Chituru Odunze, 12. Richard Ledezma, 13. Tim Ream, 14. Ebeguowen Otasowie, 15. Chris Richards, 19. Sebastian Soto, 20. Reggie Cannon.
Yellow cards: Matthew Miazga 57’, Johnny Cardoso 80’, Sergino Dest 81.