Mcken­nie scores in de­but as U.S. ties Por­tu­gal 1-1

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - BY THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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, the start of a five-year re­build­ing process ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Mcken­nie, a 19-yearold from Texas who has played his way into Schalke’s lineup this sea­son, took a pass from 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 be­came 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 from a flank, and Hor­vath missed the ball, which bounced be­tween his legs and into the goal. Hor­vath, a 22-yearold with Club Brugge, cov­ered his face with his gloved hands. He was mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since his de­but against Cuba in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Bill Hamid took over in the sec­ond half and tipped Goncalo Pa­cien­cia’s shot off the cross­bar in the 68th minute.

Mcken­nie was among three Amer­i­cans to make their de­buts. Tyler Adams, an 18-year-old mid­fielder with the New York Red Bulls, also started.

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