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USMNT tallies late for win over Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Cole Bassett scored in the 89th minute in his debut and the U.S. men’s national team set a program win record, 1-0 against short-handed Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0 in a friendly at Carson, Calif., on Saturday.

Bassett, a 20-year-old for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, put in a rebound from the center of the box off a shot by Jonathan Gomez, also in his debut for the winner.

The U.S. finished 2021 with a 17-2-3 record, surpassing the 16 wins in 2013 for the most in a calendar year.

Bosnia and Herzegovina went down a player in the 40th minute when Amar Begic was shown a red card for his tackle on Kellyn Acosta, who became the first U.S. player since 1994 to make 21 appearances in a calendar year.

The match was a chance to U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter to feature some younger players as well as give several veterans opportunities to stay sharp after the MLS season ended before the Americans resume CONCACAF World Cup qualifying next month.

European standouts such Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie were not available for this match.

Forward Jordan Morris started and played 78 minutes in his first U.S. match since Nov. 19, 2019. The 27-year-old tore his left ACL on Feb. 20. He returned to play three games for the MLS Seattle Sounders in November.

He was denied a goal in the 31st minute when Nikola Cetkovic made a kick save on his header from six yards.

Matt Turner made three saves, all in the first half for the U.S.

With six matches remaining in the qualifying round, the U.S. sits a point behind leader Canada. The top three teams earn a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that starts in late November.

The next U.S. qualifier is Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio, followed three days later vs. Canada in Hamilton, Ontario. The next cycle ends Feb. 2 in St. Paul, Minn., vs. Honduras.

–Field Level Media

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