Portugal face the USA at the Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Here’s all the info you need to watch.
The U.S. men’s national team play their first match since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, against Portugal in Leiria. Following Bruce Arena’s resignation, Dave Sarachan was named interim manager and named a young roster for his first match in charge.
The most intriguing selections are Weston McKennie, the 19-year-old central midfielder who has established himself as a first-team regular at Schalke, and Josh Sargent, who impressed in the U-20 World Cup last summer, and will sign a pro contract with Werder Bremen when he turns 18 next February.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga, Tyler Adams, Lynden Gooch and keepers Jesse Gonzalez and Ethan Horvath are the other young players on the roster who are relatively, or completely, new to the senior men’s national team. Christian Pulisic, around whom the team is expected to be built going forward, was left out of the squad to give him a chance to rest.
Whether Sarachan goes for a totally new-look starting XI, or a combination of younger and more experienced players — John Brooks, Jorge Villafana, Alejandro Bedoya and DeAndre Yedlin all made the squad — remains to be seen, but USMNT fans would be happy to see some new faces after such a disastrous qualifying campaign.
For Portugal, the match against the U.S. will serve as their first warmup as they prepare for the World Cup in Russia next summer. They finished top of their qualifying group, beating second-place Switzerland on goal difference, while winning nine of their 10 matches. However, their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the squad for the match against the U.S.
The international friendly between Portugal and the USA will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. Live streaming is available on Fox Sports Go, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through their app.
The result may not matter much for either side, but there’s still plenty to watch for for USMNT fans, as a new generation of talent gets its first opportunity to impress at the senior level.