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Fuel Soccer Talk: USMNT tie fifth-ranked Uruguay; Messi to Miami – don’t count on it; Jenkins is NWSL Player of the Week

Late Morris equalizer gives USMNT a 1-1 draw with Uruguay

ST. LOUIS  – The U.S. Men’s National Team got a 79th minute goal from Jordan Morris to secure a 1-1 draw with world No. 5 Uruguay in front of 20,625 fans at Busch Stadium in the USA’s final tune-up before beginning Concacaf Nations League play in October.

The teams traded early chances as the U.S. continued to implement head coach Gregg Berhalter’s possession style of play. Brian Rodriguez slipped through the U.S. defense in a preview of events to come, but veteran U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a strong save, diving at the young attacker’s feet in the sixth minute. At the other end, U.S. midfielder Cristian Roldan put a header on frame but Uruguay netminder Fernando Muslera was on hand to make the first of his three total saves in the 11th minute as the USA ultimately generated 11 shots, four on target.

The USA’s best chance of the first half came in the 22nd minute when Morris picked out Tyler Boyd after beating his defender one-v-one and whipping a cross through the six-yard box. Making a back-post run, Boyd tried to shrug off a challenge from his defender and in so doing hit his effort into the ground and over the bar.

The U.S. started the second half well but fell victim to a Uruguay counter attack in the 50th minute. Rodriguez capped off the move by smashing a sharp angle shot past Brad Guzan in the U.S. goal to give the visitors the initial 1-0 advantage.

Berhalter turned to his bench for fresh legs beginning in the 65th minute, bringing on attacker Corey Baird and defender Miles Robinson, and later defender Nick Lima in the 75th minute. Four minutes after coming on, Lima’s strong work down the right side resulted in him blocking a clearance near the right post. The deflected ball fell perfectly for Morris at the back post and the Budweiser Man of the Match chested the ball over the line for a deserved equalizer that gave the USA a spirited 1-1 result ahead of important Concacaf games in the months to come.

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Next on the Schedule: The USA heads to Audi Field in Washington, D.C. to begin Concacaf Nations League play vs. Cuba on Oct. 11.

Report: David Beckham reaches out to Lionel Messi about joining Inter Miami

Strike up the latest Lionel Messi to Inter Miami rumors. The Barcelona legend is again being linked to the MLS expansion side with Catalunya radio reporting David Beckham has reached out to Messi and his camp about playing for Beckham’s club.

Club de la Mitjanit also reports the Barcelona board is aware of the interest.

There is reportedly a clause in Messi’s contract, which is through 2021, that states the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can leave Barcelona for free in June, when Messi will be 33. If Messi goes to another club before June, it triggers a $773M buyout.

Barcelona, though, apparently won’t go down without a fight.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are set to offer Messi a lifetime contract, ensuring he doesn’t leave next year, while Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who confirmed the clause, telling Barca TV he’s not worried about Messi’s departure because of his loyalty. to the Catalan club.

Gerard Pique is also apparently not fazed by the possibility of Messi coming to MLS.

NWSL Week 21 Player of the Week: Darian Jenkins, Reign FC

Darian Jenkins of Reign FC has been voted NWSL Player of the Week for Week 21 of the 2019
season by the NWSL Media Association. The forward scored a pair of goals within the first half of the 3-1 win as she returned to the starting lineup.

The first goal, at three minutes, was a chip with her right foot over Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Most notable was Jenkins’s second goal at the 12- minute mark, where she beat a defender before scoring from a near impossible angle with a shot that was just underneath the crossbar and out of Harris’s reach. Jenkins was efficient in her attacking play, converting both of her shots on target in the match for goals.

With four weeks left of regular season play, Reign FC sits in fifth place.

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