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Young Men’s Soccer Squad Shows Future Is Now For USMNT In Friendly Win Over Bolivia

By Karen Price | May 28, 2018, 10:07 p.m. (ET)

Josh Sargent #13 celebrates his goal along with Christian Pulisic #10 at the friendly soccer match against Bolivia on May 28, 2018 in Chester, Pa.


There wasn’t much international experience in the lineup when the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team took the field against Bolivia on Monday night, but that didn’t matter in the end.

Two teenagers, including one getting his first-ever senior team cap, were among the players who scored in Team USA’s 3-0 victory over La Verde in the friendly at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Walker Zimmerman, the only player on the roster to have started a game for the men’s team this season, started off the scoring with a goal in the 37th minute, followed by goals from 18-year-old Josh Sargent, scoring in his senior debut in the 52nd minute, and 18-year-old Tim Weah seven minutes later. Weah became the fourth-youngest goal scorer ever for the men’s national team.

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The U.S. is now 2-2-4 all-time against Bolivia. This was their first meeting since the U.S. won, 4-0, in Kansas City, Kansas, two years ago to the day. Christian Pulisic became the youngest player to score in the men’s national team modern era in that game at 17 years, 253 days, and on Monday he made his first appearance with the team since last October.

Sargent was one of four players who made his debut with the team on Monday, including goalkeeper Alex Bono and defenders Erik Palmer-Brown and Antonee Robinson. The average age of the starting roster was 22 years, 160 days.

The U.S. now hits the road, taking on Ireland in a friendly in Dublin on Saturday and France in Lyon on June 9.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.