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Wales kick off their November frenzy of football playing hosts to a youthful, fresh looking United States. Much speculation has surrounded both sides of late for differing reasons; you might have heard of a recent presidential election coming from the other side of the pond which saw Joe Biden edge out Donald Trump. Wales’ concerns are on a more footballing front- tonight’s game will be played without their Head Coach Ryan Giggs after mutually agreeing he will sit out the current international camp following allegations of assault. Assistant Robert Page will fill the void in the dugout for the home side.

Wales play two nations league matches this month both at home against the Republic Of Ireland and Finland, tonight’s friendly will provide a stern test against the USA’s latest crop of footballing talent.

Tonights friendly marks United States’ first match since February with a squad consisting of 10 hopeful uncapped players selected by head coach Gregg Berhalter. Among those 10 is the highly touted Borussia Dortmund forward Gio Reyna who is forging quite the reputation with his dynamic outings for the German side.

Team News

As so often the case, much of Wales’ fitness concerns revolve around the big hitters Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Bale has made the squad having been deemed fit despite appearing injured after Sunday’s 1-0 win away at West Brom. Ramsey on the flip side sustained a thigh injury last week ruling him out.

Wales have had one withdrawal from the squad as Swansea centre-back Ben Cabango picked up a hamstring injury.

Depending on which side of the fence you’re on the disappointing news from the US camp is the withdrawal of Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic from the squad who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Werder Bremen forward Josh Sargent has pulled out being replaced by LA Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget- the only MLS representative in the US squad.

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Written by: Henry Jennings , Sub-Edited by: Callum O’Connell

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May 2024