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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.

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