Brian Rodriguez netted in the 50th minute to put Uruguay in the drivers seat, but Morris late finish would be enough to ensure the contest would end level.
United States 1, Uruguay 1 | 2019 International Friendly Recap
After Uruguay nearly missed the opener on an early counterattack, the US had a golden look at the other end in the 11th minute on a headed effort from Cristian Roldan, who got on the end of a cross from Sebastian Lletget, but Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera sprawled out to deny the shot. The Yanks other best chance of the half came in the 22nd minute, when Morris rifled a cross in front of goal from the left flank that Tyler Boyd hit just over the crossbar from close range.
The US also had a penalty kick shout just before the halftime break after Josh Sargents reverse header appeared to hit the outstretched hand of Uruguay defender Rodrigo Bentancur. Referee Ricardo Montero wouldnt abide the USMNTs pleas for the call and the match remained scoreless into halftime.
Uruguay found the breakthrough tally after Rodriguez unleashed a laser shot on the back end of another counterattack that screamed by US goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into net for the 1-0 lead.
That scoreline would hold until the 79th minute, when Morris found the leveler off a deflected cross that sailed to him right in front of goal, allowing him to chest home the point-blank finish.
After an abject performance against their top rival last Friday, the US Mens National Team regained a bit of respect in a 1-1 draw versus Uruguay Tuesday night in St. Louis. Most of what the USMNT did right had to do with Cristian Roldan and—especially—Jordan Morris.
Playing on the left wing, Morris had a clear Man of the Match performance, creating most of what passed for dangerous chances for the USMNT. Taking advantage of his pace on the wing, he repeatedly got past the Uruguay backline to send in dangerous crosses with his left foot. In the 22nd minute, he drove to the end line and sent in a pinpoint cross that forward Tyler Boyd impossibly missed.
Morris also displayed some technical skill on the ball, as exemplified in this sequence where he was able to escape pressure at midfield and slide a pass out to the wing to create danger.
As great as Morris play was to set up Boyd, this was my favorite sequence from him in the first half. Dude is officially A Winger™️ now pic.twitter.com/LRDYNMvF5m
Morris hard work was finally rewarded in the 78th minute, when he stayed active on a ball that appeared to be going out. After San Jose Earthquakes right back Nick Lima did well to keep after the loose ball, he kicked the ball off of a Uruguay defender. The resultant rebound went right to Morris at the far post, and he was able to chest the ball in for his first international goal since the 2017 Gold Cup final.
Roldan wasnt as dynamic, but he put in a solid shift from the midfield in Coach Gregg Berhalters 4-3-3 lineup. He provided the first chance of the game for the US in the 10th minute, putting a header on goal that forced a smart save from Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. While he arguably had a hand in the goal scored by forward Brian Rodriguez for Uruguay, he especially grew into the game the second half, controlling possession with his passing and helping to unlock the Uruguay defense with passes into the right attacking wing.
Most importantly, both players appeared to escape the game (and questionable playing surface) without injury, and should be available this Sunday for a pivotal home game versus the New York Red Bulls. The game has been rescheduled from its original 12:30 PM start time to 3:00 PM and will air locally on JOEtv.
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