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USA vs. Portugal, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch International Friendly online

The memory of Couva is still raw, but it’s time to turn over the roster. Watch the youth of the USMNT take on the reigning European Champions.

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John Brooks might be a future USMNT Captain.
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Author’s Note: Yes, we are really doing a gamethread for the Portugal friendly. As much as your author wanted to type {This Space Intentionally Left Blank} under all Three Big Storylines, at some point we need to move on from the disaster that was Couva, Trinidad on October 10th. So here we go friends, your expected USMNT gamethread on Sounder at Heart is below:

Three Big Storylines

  1. This match is a World Cup tune up for Portugal, as well as a chance for the USMNT to bring in some young players and start the process of turning over the roster to a younger generation. Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood will surely be a featured part of the next cycle, but both players have been left with their clubs for this break. Portugal has left Cristiano Ronaldo off the roster as he and his girlfriend had a baby girl on Sunday and are recovering at home. A highlight of today’s match is that the USMNT will likely give first caps to promising youngsters Weston McKennie (Schalke), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) and Josh Sargent (who will sign with Werder Bremen when he turns 18 on February 20th, 2018).
  2. One big problem in the Jurgen Klinsmann era that carried over into the shortened Bruce Arena 2.0 era was the USMNT’s continued struggles to settle on a center back combination. John Brooks has returned from the injury that saw him miss that fateful night in Couva. Brooks, at only 24 years of age, is the presumed preferred starter going forward and will look to create a partnership with one of the young center backs in camp that include Matt Miazga (22) or Cameron Carter-Vickers (19). 30 year old Tim Ream is also in camp.
  3. For the first time since the mid 1980’s, the USMNT has no clear succession plan at goalkeeper. Keeper has historically been the strongest and most stable position within the player pool: Tony Meola gave way to the Kasey Keller/Brad Friedel tandem era, which led to the Tim Howard era with Brad Guzan as the clear backup. With Howard clearly aging and Brad Guzan at 33 years old, the first team hierarchy is as open as it has been in USMNT modern history. In the mix in this camp are Bill Hamid (26 years old) who has just moved from D.C. United to Midtjylland of Denmark, Ethan Horvath (22) of Club Brugge in Belgium and Jesse Gonzalez (22) of FC Dallas.

From a Sounders Point of View

Gustav Svensson was a 19th minute injury substitute for Sweden in their World Cup playoff match against Italy yesterday. Sweden held on for a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 aggregate win and qualified for the World Cup, eliminating Italy.

Nouhou made his full Cameroon debut in their World Cup qualifier in Ndola, Zambia, playing 90 minutes. Cameroon had been eliminated from qualification for Russia prior to this November 11th match.

Cristian Roldan would have been called in for this match if not for the MLS playoffs.

DeAndre Yedlin is in camp and will be looking to add to his 48 caps. Yedlin should play a big part of the player pool going forward as the starting right back for the foreseeable future.

National TV Listings

Portugal v USMNT

Date/Time: Tuesday, 12:45 PM PT

Location: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa - Leiria, Portugal

TV: FS1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Univision Deportes

United States Roster (Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 1/0)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 26/1), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 48/0)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG; 22/2)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; 0/0)

Portugal Roster

GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon/FRA; 4/0), Beto (Goztepe/TUR; 11/1), José Sá (FC Porto; 0/0)

DEFENDERS: Antunes (Getafe/ESP; 12/0), Edgar Ié (Lille/FRA; 0/0), Kevin Rodrigues (Real Sociedad/ESP; 0/0), João Cancelo (Inter/ITA; 5/3), Luís Neto (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 15/0), Nélson Semedo (Barcelona/ESP; 7/0), Pepe (Besiktas/TUR; 90/5), Ricardo Ferreira (Braga; 0/0), Ricardo Pereira (FC Porto; 2/0)

MIDFIELDERS: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/ENG; 19/2), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting; 0/0), Danilo Pereira (FC Porto; 25/1), João Mário (Inter/ITA; 29/0), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 9/2), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton/ENG; 2/0)

FORWARDS: André Silva (Milan; 17/11), Bruma (RB Leipzig/GER; 0/0), Éder (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS; 33/4), Gelson Martins (Sporting; 13/0), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia/ESP; 3/0), Rony Lopes (Monaco; 0/0)

This is your Sounder at Heart USMNT versus Portugal International Friendly gamethread. Watch with us.

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