International Friendly: USA vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Friendly: USA vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

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USMNT vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
international friendly
December 18 2021
Karama Health Sports Park; Carson, Calif.
Pre-match coverage: 7PM ET on TUDN
Live stream of the game: 8PM ET on FS1, UniMás and TUDN
Departure time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Social media: USMNT on Twitter And Instagram; Football Facebook social networking site American football app

Tonight’s USMNT Championship starts from XI against Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1- Matt Turner; 2 – Brooks Lennon, 3 – Walker Zimmerman (capt.), 4 – Henry Kessler, 5 – George Bello, 6 – Johnny Cardoso, 7 – Jesus Ferreira, 10 – Christian Roldan, 13 – Jordan Morris, 16 – Ricardo Pepe, 23 – Kyleen Acosta

Alternatives: 12- Gabriel Slonina 8 Jackson Yoel 9 Gyasi Zardes 11 Cole Bassett 14 Auston Trusty 15 Caden Clarke 17 Justin Chee 18 Jonathan Gomez 19 Brian Reynolds 20 Kobe Henry 21- Cady Coyle 22- Taylor Booth

game notes | Five things to know about Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • USMNT starting with XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Kellyn Acosta (45), Jordan Morris (40), Cristian Roldan (30), Walker Zimmerman (23), Matt Turner (13), Ricardo Pepi (7), George Bello ( 6) Jesus Ferreira (5) Johnny Cardoso (3) Henry Kessler (2) Brooks Lennon (1)
  • The average starting age for tonight’s eleventh is exactly 24, which means that the average starting age for USMNT XI has been 24 or less in 20 games this year and under 25 in all 22 competitions.
  • Six players age 24 or younger: Brooks Lennon (24); Henry Kessler (23); Johnny Cardoso and Jesus Ferreira (20); George Bello (19); Ricardo Pepe (18)
  • XI also starts with an average of 15 caps.
  • Clean Acosta earns 21St Max 2021 tonight, which represents the most appearances by a USMNT player in a calendar year since 1994. Acosta is 11y A different player with 21 or more games, but the first to do so outside of the team’s residency years in 1993 and 1994.
  • Matt Turner earns his 13y Tonight’s hat, to extend the USMNT record for most appearances by a goalkeeper during their first year. With eight closings in 2021, Turner goes into tonight’s game tied with Casey Keeler (2005) for the most clean sheets in the calendar year.
  • Veteran striker Jordan Morris will make his USMNT debut since November 19, 2019 against Cuba. Morris is back on the pitch in the USA after missing most of the 2021 Seattle campaign after recovering from a ruptured ACL. He also missed matches during 2020 as the team played a shortened schedule due to the global health pandemic.
  • Veteran of Team USA at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, defender Brooks Lennon earned his USMNT debut tonight.
  • Lennon is number 50y A player to earn a USMNT debut under Greg Berhalter, equaling Jürgen Klinsmann’s tag for fourth in terms of debuting under a USMNT coach. During tonight’s game, he will likely pass Berhalter Klinsmann and Bora Milutinovic, who have overseen 51 games for the first time in his tenure as USMNT coach.

USMNT coach

Debut / Trained Games


Bruce Arena


1998-2006; 2017

Bob Bradley



Bora Milutinovic



Greg Berhalter


2019 to the present

Jürgen Klinsmann



  • Besides his debut, he joins Lennon centre-back Henry Kessler and quarterback Johnny Cardoso in making his first USMNT debut.
  • Kesler made his debut as a secondary player during the team’s 1-0 overtime win over Mexico in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final on August 1 in Las Vegas.
  • Cardoso made his debut just over a year after earning his first two USMNT matches during the team’s November 2020 friendlies in Wales and against Panama.
  • After making his impressive debut to lead a comeback in the USMNT’s 4-1 WCQ win over Honduras on September 8, 18-year-old Ricardo Pepe will make his seventh consecutive appearance tonight.
  • Having played a role in both November qualifiers, Jesus Ferreira got his second start in 2021. In his previous start, Ferreira was named Man of the Match by the US Soccer Insider Man of the Match after scoring two goals and providing three assists to help the United States in achieving 7 goals. -0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on January 31.
  • Coming from Pico Rivera, California, midfielder Christian Roldan will turn 30y USMNT appearance tonight in nearby Carson, California.
  • Walker Zimmerman takes command of the USMNT for the fourth time tonight. The team is 2-1-0 when the center back had worn the captaincy before.
  • Five junior players were part of the USMNT Gold Cup roster in the summer: Klein Acosta, George Bello, Christian Roldan, Matt Turner and Walker Zimmerman.
  • With teams allowed to wear 23-player clothes, Defender Aaron Long and goalkeeper John Polskamp Healthy scratches from tonight’s squad. Teams are allowed up to six substitutions at three different moments.
  • Keylor Herrera of Costa Rica is the referee for tonight’s match. This is the first time he’s officiated a game in which a USMNT team has participated.
  • With a record 16 wins in 2021, USMNT’s win tonight will set a new team achievement of 17 wins in a calendar year. Before 2021, the team also reached 16 wins in 2013.
  • USMNT holds an all-time record 1-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The United States were victorious in the first meeting between the two countries, using Jose Altidore’s hat-trick to score 4-3 on 14 August 2013 in Sarajevo.
  • The last meeting between the two teams ended 0-0 in a match also held at Dignity Health Sports Park on January 28, 2018.

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