But a late victor did not materialize and Portugal will take the result forward into their World Cup 2018 preparations, while the USMNT look ahead to a new era under new management at some point next year.
Sarachan, who took over as USA coach on a temporary basis after Bruce Arena resigned last month, told reporters Sunday that the program remains strong despite the substantial setback. I think we hit a little bit of a bump, no question, but we still think the foundation of our pool of players is strong, and we will be better for this in big picture.
A young U.S. side battled gamely and confidently to earn a 1-1 draw with Portugal at Estadio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa in Leiria, Portugal on Tuesday evening, highlighted by strong senior debuts from New York Red Bulls Homegrown Tyler Adams and FC Dallas academy product Weston McKennie.
The US turning their squad upside down after World Cup failure, the NUFC defender one of eight players aged 24 and under selected for Tuesday night's game. "I would have liked to have projected that if we did qualify and began in 2018 that there would be some newer, younger faces in our team". Portugal's left back Vitorino Antunes unleashed a low, dipping cross-shot from the left that looked unthreatening, only for Horvath to let it slip underneath him and trickle into the net.