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McKennie and Johnson start for USA in exhibition against Uruguay

Midfielder Weston McKennie made his first start for club and country since breaking his foot on February 22 and Sean Johnson was in goal for the United States for the first time in more than two years for Sunday’s exhibition against Uruguay.

In the second of four World Cup warm-ups this month, United States coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes from the lineup that started Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Morocco.

McKennie broke two bones in his left foot while playing for Juventus and has made two appearances since then, for the final 15 minutes of his club’s season final on May 21 and for 19 minutes against Morocco .

Johnson came on for Matt Turner’s goal in his 10th international appearance dating back to 2011, his first since an exhibition in February 2020 against Costa Rica. Johnson is competing with Turner, Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath for three spots on the list. Steffen pulled himself from the roster for what the U.S. Soccer Federation called “family reasons” and was replaced by Johnson.

USA, ranked 15th, started right-back DeAndre Yedlin in place of Reggie Cannon and left-back Joe Scally in place of Antonee Robinson. McKennie replaced Brenden Aaronson.

Scally made his first start after debuting on Wednesday.

First-choice right-back Sergiño Dest is recovering from a right hamstring injury.

The remains include centre-backs Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman, defensive midfielder Tyler Adams, central midfielder Yunus Musah, wingers Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah and striker Jesús Ferreira.

Adams captained the United States for the ninth time.

Long started his second game in a row as he attempts to earn a starting job after Miles Robinson tore his left Achilles.

Turner, defender George Bello and midfielder Cristian Roldan did not dress.

The United States will face 170th-ranked Grenada on Friday in Austin, Texas in their World Cup dispatch, the first of two CONCACAF Nations League matches, then play on June 14 against El Salvador, No. 74. The Americans plan two exhibitions in September in Europe, then return to the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament. They open Group B in Qatar on November 21 against Wales, face England four days later and conclude the first round against Iran on November 29.

No.13 Uruguay had just won 3-0 over Mexico thanks to a goal from Matias Vecino and two from Edinson Cavani. Uruguay face South Korea, Portugal and Ghana in Group H.


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