USA lose 2-1 to Switzerland ahead of Nations League semi-final
Steven Zuber scored after Sergiño Dest and Tim Ream’s failed clearances in the 63rd minute, and Switzerland beat the United States 2-1 on Sunday night in St. Gallen to stop the Americans’ nine-game unbeaten streak. .
Sebastian Lletget put the United States in 20th place in the fifth minute, but Ricardo Rodriguez tied the score for the Swiss No.13 in the 10th minute.
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Rodriguez sent a wide penalty kick in the 42nd minute after Dest was called up for a hand ball when Silvvan Widmer grazed the ball with his outstretched right arm.
Switzerland took the lead after Dest swung a foot in a breakout attempt and deflected a cross towards Breel Embolo. Ream, who had just entered, tried to clear but returned the ball to Embolo. His rotary shot went straight to Zuber, who had an open shot to beat goaltender Ethan Horvath for his eighth goal.
After five straight wins, the United States will travel to Denver to face Honduras on Thursday in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final, then face Mexico or Costa Rica on Sunday in the championship or third place game. . A friendly against Costa Rica follows in Sandy, Utah on June 9.
Switzerland opens the European Championship against Wales on June 12.
America’s best goalkeeper Zack Steffen missed the game after spending Saturday in Portugal with Manchester City for the Champions League final, won 1-0 by Chelsea and Christian Pulisic. Steffen and Pulisic will report to the US team in Denver.
Midfielder Tyler Adams, embarrassed by a back injury in recent weeks, did not dress.
Lletget has scored his seventh international goal, his fifth in the last five matches. Gio Reyna sent a shot in front of the net, and Nico Elvedi’s clearance attempt was intercepted by Lletget, who traded blows with Brendan Aaronson and pushed the ball past goalkeeper Yann Sommer from 8 yards.
Rodriguez equalized with his ninth international goal. He took a pass from Widmer on a quick transition and his 20-yard shot deflected Reggie Cannon and passed the outstretched left arm of Horvath, who played his first national team game since March 2019.
Reyna hit the outside of Sommer’s left post from 18 yards in the 52nd minute, and Horvath used his face to block Embolo’s shot two minutes later.
Right-back DeAndre Yedlin replaced Cannon in the 81st minute, making his first international appearance since 2019.