Jordan Morris scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, scoring a 35th-minute goal from Alexander Larrin to overtake Ethan Horvath, who was in poor condition and helped the United States reach the World Cup in El Salvador on Tuesday night. Made a 1-1 draw in a heated practice.
When Morris entered the 80th minute of the CONCACAF Nations Cup match, El Salvador was close to ending a 30-year, 19-game winning streak against the Americas. In the players on the bubble for a cup roster spot, Morris leaped over Larrin to pass Luca de la Torre goalkeeper Mario González in six minutes of stoppage time.
Morris scored his 11th international goal, his first since November 2019 and the first since tearing his left ACL in February 2021.
Players were covered in mud shortly after kickoff on a swampy ground that looked like a torn amusement park. Both teams shorted one man.
American winger Paul Arriola was kicked out in the 70th nine minutes after entering, when he made a sliding tackle that caught Larin on the shin and flipped him. Mexico’s Cesar Ramos immediately showed a red card to the 36 referees selected for the World Cup.
El Salvador’s Ronald Rodriguez was sent off in the 79th to down Younis Moussa as the midfielder tried to run a through ball.
With just two warmups left for the Americans, the exhibitions in Europe on 23 and 27 September, are likely to be held against Asian opponents. The US opens the World Cup against No 18 Wales on 21 November, faces No 5 England in a Black Friday matchup four days later and concludes the first round against No 21 Iran on 29 November.
Larin scored after crossing from the attacking flank on the right side of Nelson Bonilla on the other side of the field. Larin ran the ball down, took a touch and swung the ball from a wide angle to Reggie Cannon’s right. Horvath left his near post completely open, and the ball went past Horvath for Larin’s sixth international goal. Horvath was far away, he could barely move, and his head bowed.
Horvath, competing for three roster spots with Matt Turner, Jack Stephen and Sean Johnson, made his eighth international appearance and first in a year. It was his first for a club or country since March 20 in the FA Cup quarter-finals and the draw exposed the most volatile goalkeeping pool of Americans since the 1980s. Steffen (Manchester City), Turner (joining Arsenal next month) and Horvath (Nottingham Forest) could all be club backup when America gather in Qatar.
The United States entered with 19 wins, one loss and six draws against El Salvador, the only defeat at the Estadio Cuscatlán at an exhibition on February 19, 1992. El Salvador coach Hugo Perez was on the field for America that night.
Cuscatlán was mostly empty after nearly 29,000 fans filled for the World Cup qualifier against America last September, a 0–0 draw.
On one night Christian Pulisic played America’s captaincy with new stripes in his hair, Haji Wright competed with Jesus Ferreira, Ricardo Pepi, Josh Sargent, Jordan Pefolk and Daryl Dyke in the latest audition for the Cup roster spot. start up.
Ferreira, coming out of a four-goal night against Granada. He replaced Wright at the start of the second half and scored a goal for Gonzalez in the 51st. Ferreira kicks the ball towards an open net only for Roberto Dominguez to make a sliding clearance. Eight minutes later, Gonzalez descended to block Moses’ point-blank shot.