Jordan Morris recalled his early soccer days in Seattle when he entered the game in the 80th minute on a moisture pitch that resembled a torn-up recreational park.
Morris then scored in the initial minute of second-half stoppage time, canceling out Alexander Larn’s 35th-minute goal past a helpless Ethan Horvath and securing a 1-1 tie for the US against El Salvador in a wet World Cup warmup Tuesday night.
In this CONCACAF Nations League match, El Salvador came close to completing a 30-year, 19-game winless record against the United States. Morris jumped above Larin to head Luca de la Torre’s cross past keeper Mario González seconds into 6 minutes of stoppage time, putting him among the players on the verge of making the Cup squad.
Morris ended up scoring his 11th international match, his first since ripping his left ACL in February 2021 and his first since November 2019.
Shortly after playing in San Salvador, the players were drenched in the muck. Both teams were missing a player at the end of the game.
Coach Gregg Berhalter of the United States believes that times like this help the team evolve. Jordan Morris enters the locker room after the game and everybody starts applauding. Everyone’s outfit is dark brown, their shoes are in shambles, and the entire workforce is filthy. This is how teams are formed.
In the 70th minute, nine minutes after entering the game, American winger Paul Arriola was disqualified for a sliding tackle that grabbed Larn on the shin and flipped him. César Ramos of Mexico, one of 36 refs chosen for the World Cup, gave the first straight red card to an American since Michael Orozco in the Copa América third match against Colombia in 2016.
Ronald Rodrguez of El Salvador was sent off in the 79th minute for tackling Yunus Musah as the midfielder attempted to go onto a through ball.
According to Fox News, The Americans have only two warmups left, matches in Europe on September 23 and 27, most probably against Asian opponents. The United States kicks off the World Cup against No. 18 Wales on November 21, then faces No. 5 England 4 days later in a Black Friday match, before finishing round one against No. 21 Iran on November 29.