McKennie scores in debut as U.S. ties Portugal
Weston McKennie scored in his U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net for an equalizer and the Americans tied Portugal 1-1 Tuesday night at Leiria in their first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The U.S. used eight starters 24 or younger in Dave Sarachan’s first match as interim coach.
McKennie, a 19-year-old from Texas who played his way into Schalke’s lineup this season, took a pass from the Union’s C.J. Sapong, used three touches to create space from Ricardo Ferreira and then beat Beto to the inside post with a right-footed shot from 12 yards in the 21st minute.
McKennie is the third-youngest American to score in his debut, behind Juan Agudelo (17) and Landon Donovan (18).
An embarrassing mistake by Horvath led to the tying goal in the 31st minute.
Vitornio Antunes volleyed Bruno Fernandes’ pass toward the goal, and Horvath missed the ball, which bounced between his legs and into the goal.