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Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between Wales and USA.

Wales have lost their only other meeting between the two sides back in 2003 and will look to make amends in the match rearranged from March.

Here are the teams for tonight…

The teams are about to make their way out onto the pitch at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

Wales are without goalkeeping stalwart Wayne Hennessey through injury, so Danny Ward will be given another run of games in the national side.

National Anthem time…

Amazing messages of support for social justice on the USA tracksuits. Powerful stuff given the problematic year for the country.

Wales will be without manager Ryan Giggs due to off-the-field issues, so Robert Page will take charge over the next week-and-a-half.

No Christian Pulisic for America, no Gareth Bale for Wales.


All players take the knee before USA get us underway.

2 Mins

Steady start to the game, as can be expected in a friendly. USA very comfortable at the back with the ball at their feet. Two very different styles of play on show this evening.

3 Mins

America look lively down the right and Sergino Dest of Barcelona puts a dangerous ball into the Welsh box. Well defended though.

6 Mins

First look at the American back line for Wales. Target man Kieffer Moore will be looking to bring Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo into the game.

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10 Mins

First chance for Wales and it is Moore at the back post from a corner. He couldn’t get the effort on target though.

12 Mins

Danny Ward how lucky are you. An awful clearence is let off the hook as Konrad De La Fuente is caught offside.

15 Mins

A quarter of an hour in and neither team has really threatened to score.

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17 Mins

The Americans have so many options in the box as Dest again makes his way down the right wing. Somehow, no one can make a meaningful effort stick.

18 Mins

Counter-attacking chance for Wales as Matondo gets away down the right. The right-winger shows fantastic strength to win a corner, although nothing comes from it.

21 Mins

The USA have got Wales pinned against their own box. Dest and Robinson are playing so high as full-backs and giving the Welsh rear-guard plenty to think about.

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24 Mins

Again Wales get backed up into their own box and it takes a good piece of defending from Connor Roberts to slow the attack down.

28 Mins

Another shaky moment for Ward in the Welsh goal. A dangerous ball in from a free-kick left Ward flapping, but John Brooks was caught offside.

30 Mins

Still 0-0 at the half-hour mark with the visitors looking the most dangerous. All the Americans need to find is an end product.

32 Mins

First shot on goal for Wales. Lawrence recieves the ball on the left and cuts inside before unleashing a venemous shot. Good save from Zack Steffen.

34 Mins

Chances coming thick and fast now. De La Fuente gets a shot away on the edge of the six-yard box but couldn’t keep the effort down.

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37 Mins

Giovanni Reyna looks so dangerous now. The Borussia Dortmund player is starting to snipe around the fringes of the Welsh penalty area.

38 Mins

However good Reyna looks, Matondo looks equally as impressive. Dest looks as though he is standing still in comparison.

In case there was any doubt as to how good this American team could be…

42 Mins

Wales at the moment are struggling to find a route out from the back once they have regained possession. Harry Wilson has not been in the game at all.

The USA, however, look energetic, composed and disciplined.

45 Mins

Massive chance for America on the stroke of half time. Sebastian Lletget is targeted from the right-hand side after neat work from dest, but he couldn’t turn the ball into the net with a deft back-heel.


Wales are up against it. The USA have been brilliant. 0-0 it stands as the teams go into the break.

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Scotland are level in their European Qualifier with Serbia, whilst Northern Ireland find themselves behind against Slovakia.

England lead their friendly against the Republic of Ireland after half-an-hour.

What will make Robert Page happy is the resilience of the Welsh defence under so much pressure from this young USA team.

What can they do to grow into the game in the second half?

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46 Mins

Straight away Matondo gets motoring towards the USA defence. He has been the bright spark of the evening so far for the home side.

Josh Sheehan is on for his debut in place of Matt Smith. Good to see form rewarded no matter which club you play for. The Newport County midfielder will hope to bring something new to the team in the second 45 minutes.

50 Mins

Massive shout for handball against Wales. De La Fuente has a free header and Roberts gets in front of the ball. It definitely hits his shoulder. Good decision by the officials.

51 Mins

Another chance for Lletget but Lockyer gets in the way of the shot.

53 Mins

Wales are pinned in yet again. Reyna looks untouchable as he glides across the face of the box before Weston McKennie wins a corner from a deflected shot.

55 Mins

Wilson is so unlucky. He reads which way Tyler Adams turns on the edge of the area but his tackle sends the ball straight back to Steffen in the American goal.

56 Mins

A great effort by Moore up front. Matt Miazga has no answer for the Welshman’s physicallity and earns himself a spot in the referee’s notebook for a cynical foul.

57 Mins

Wales waste the free-kick with a foul as the ball from Wilson hung in the air.

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60 Mins

Wales have started to grow into the game and are preparing two more substitutions.

61 Mins

63 Mins

Almost a fantasy start to Brennan Johnson’s international career. The debutant’s first touch forces a fine save from Steffen.

66 Mins

Sheehan has made his mark on Yunus Musah. Free-kick given but it looked ok. The ball was won cleanly. Just a talking to for the Newport midfielder.

67 Mins

Gaps are starting to open for USA now. Mckennie was all on his own on the right hand side.

James Lawrence goes down following his block from Lletget’s resulting shot and is replaced by Joe Rodon.

72 Mins

The decision to bring Johnson and James on has certainly invigorated this Welsh side. Still no sign of either side breaking the deadlock though.

73 Mins

As I say that… Ward is forced into a good save low to his right as Uly Llanez gets a clean strike from range.

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77 Mins

Not for the first time tonight Dylan Levitt has mopped up danger in front of his back-line.

That sets a counter attack up but Wilson can’t collect James’ pass and a chance goes begging.

79 Mins

One son of a famous footballer replaces another as Timothy Weah, son of George, replaces Reyna, son of former Manchester City man Claudio.

81 Mins

Quickfire yellow cards for the USA. One for a hack on James and another for dissent. Dest and Johnny into the book.

84 Mins

All of a sudden Wales look most likely to steal a win here. The USA are on the ropes.


A good competitive friendly ends 0-0 as young-blood gets air time. Both sides played exciting football and the USA will surely be thrilled to see how the young squad they fielded fared in the nation’s first match in 2020.

Thank you for following our coverage of tonights match.

Plenty of faces were rested ahead of Wales’ Nations League tie with the Republic of Ireland this weekend. How will they fare under Robert Page under the competitive microscope?

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