On Tuesday, March 31st, the U.S. Men's National Team battled No.12 ranked Switzerland in an international friendly held in Zurich. The game ended in a 1-1 draw; an improvement from the MNT's tough recent losses. The U.S. started strong in the first half. In the 45th minute, Brek Shea sent the ball into the top right corner after the U.S. was set up for a free kick, marking his second goal of the year. In the 80th minute, Swiss midfielder Valentin Stocker poked a shot from four yards away, ending the game with a tie.
Firsts for Many Players
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his international debut playing in the second half for Nick Rimando. Yarbrough plays for Club León in Mexico, but recently joined the USMNT training camp in preparation for this game. Jordan Morris, the replacement for forward Aaron Johannsson, entered the game in the 89th minute. Jozy Altidore received his first red card with the MNT after protesting a call made by the head referee.
Up Next for the MNT
The USMNT will face rivals Mexico on April 15 at 7:30 CT at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
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