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The US men’s national personnel drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in their closing tune-up match sooner than the World Cup begins in November.

After falling to a demoralizing 2-0 loss against Japan on Friday, the US were absolutely more competitive nowadays, if not entirely convincing.

The fundamental half of seen the US try to play a few long balls over the tip of the Saudi defense, almost connecting on a pair of. Their easiest probability within the first 45 minutes fell to Tyler Adams, whose out of the ordinary low shot had the goalkeeper beaten nonetheless went honest huge of the put up.

Gio Reyna was as soon as substituted after easiest 30 minutes, ensuing in fears that the damage-inclined forward may perchance well even relish damage himself, nonetheless US supervisor Gregg Berhalter acknowledged the dash was as soon as easiest “precautionary” as a result of muscle tightness.

The 2nd half of seen the US fight to manipulate the match or impact many potentialities. Jesus Ferreira came closest to scoring for Berhalter’s men after Paul Arriola took abet of a Saudi giveaway. As in Friday’s game, Matt Turner conducted successfully, making two gorgeous saves.

All issues regarded as, it hasn’t been basically the most entertaining world window for the US. They scored zero targets in two suits, recording honest two total shots heading within the appropriate direction. Berhalter can relish loads to pick into consideration earlier than their next game, their World Cup opener against Wales on Nov. 21.

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Match stats

United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

Shots: 7 – 10

Shots on goal: 2 – 2

Possession: 55% – 45%

Saves: 2 – 2

Corner kicks: 4 – 3

Offsides: 5 – 2

Fouls: 10 – 9

Yellow cards: 1 – 1

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FT: United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

The game fizzles to an end and the ref blows the whistle.

 

A more positive result for the US than Friday’s loss, but not as good as Gregg Berhalter would have wanted.

Shot for Saudi Arabia

90+2′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Aaronson looks to set up a quick US counter after a Saudi free kick, but loses possession and Saudi Arabia come the other way, firing off a wayward shot.

Three minutes added on

90+1′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The US have 180 more seconds to get a positive result before the World Cup.

Half chance for USMNT

89′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Tillman forces the Saudi goalkeeper into a turnover in a dangerous area, but his cross can’t find an American player in the box.

Chance for USMNT

86′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

A quick US throw-in near the Saudi box comes to Ferreira, who turns and lays the ball off to Arriola. Arriola fires off a shot but it’s well off target.

USMNT can’t keep the ball

84′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The US can’t seem to retain possession at the moment, as the Saudis are dominating possession and looking for a late winner.

Offside chance for Saudi Arabia

82′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The Saudis momentarily appear to be in clear on goal, but the flag goes up for offside. Turner did well to come off his line and close down the angle regardless.

Better chance for Saudi Arabia, subs

80′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Saudi Arabia have a corner, and a Saudi player has a free header right in front of goal but can’t keep his effort down as it flies over the crossbar.

 

The Saudis make two more substitutions.

Chance for Saudi Arabia

79′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The Saudis fire a close-range shot from the middle of the American box, but Zimmerman is there to block it.

Double change for USMNT

76′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

McKennie and Pulisic come off, replaced by Aaronson and Tillman.

 

With six allotted subs in this game, the US are out of substitutions.

USMNT lacking cutting edge

75′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The US gets the ball forward a few times, but can’t find the final pass to create a real chance on goal.

Chance for Saudi Arabia

70′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

A few sloppy touches in midfield by the US sees Saudi Arabia break forward on the American goal. Turner does well to save a shot, and the US defense recovers to prevent a rebound opportunity.

Saudis make changes

66′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The Saudis make three subs, at center-forward and two in midfield.

USMNT pressing for breakthrough

65′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

The US are taking control, pinning the Saudis in their half. Zimmerman nearly gets a chance off a US corner, but can’t quite reach the ball with his head.•58m ago

Chance for Ferreira

61′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Arriola takes advantage of a Saudi giveaway to play in Ferreira, who fires a hard shot but directly at the Saudi goalkeeper.•59m ago

Define “Friendly”

This send-off game has been anything but friendly, and the officiating crew has played a role in it getting so chippy. DeAndre Yedlin exited in the 59th minute after a reckless challenge by Saud Abdulhamid, which finally forced the center official to show the match’s first yellow card. This writer thinks that if VAR was involved, it may have been extended to a red card offense.

 

A challenge like that was inevitable given how much this ref has let slide unpunished.Jeff Rueter·

Triple sub for USMNT

59′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Yedlin walks off the field gingerly, replaced by Scally.

 

Long is also replaced by McKenzie, while Pepi comes off, replaced by Ferreira.•1h ago

Yedlin down again

57′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

Yedlin breaks free down the right wing, and a Saudi player puts in a brutal tackle as Yedlin crosses. The Saudi player receives a yellow card as Acosta tells him off. Yedlin is receiving treatment from the US trainers.

 

If this wasn’t a friendly, that might’ve been a red card.

Yedlin down

54′ United States 0-0 Saudi Arabia

 

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