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Weah among 6 changes in US starting lineup vs. Mexico

September 12, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan made six changes for Tuesday’s exhibition against Mexico, inserting 18-year-old midfielder Tim Weah into the starting lineup.

Sarachan started right back Shaq Moore in just his third national team appearance, central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, left back Eric Lichaj, midfielder Kellyn Acosta and forward Gyasi Zardes. This was just the fifth appearance for goalkeeper Zack Steffen, Weah and Carter-Vickers. Weah is a son of Liberia President George Weah, a former FIFA Player of the Year, and Carter-Vickers is a son of former NBA player Howard Carter.

Averaging 23 years, 5 days, this was the youngest starting lineup for the American against Mexico since at least 1990.

Sarcahan dropped six starters from the 2-0 loss to Brazil last week: right back DeAndre Yedlin, central defender John Brooks, left back Antonee Robinson, midfielders Paul Arriola and Julian Green, and forward Bobby Wood. Holdovers are included defender Matt Miazga and the midfield trio of Wil Trapp, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie.

Mexico changed 10 starters from Friday’s 4-1 loss to Uruguay, keeping only defender Hugo Ayala. The El Tri lineup included goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez; defenders Jose Abella, Edson Alvarez and Oswaldo Alanis, along with midfielders Gerardo Arteaga, Victor Guzman, Erick Aguirre, Diego Lainez and Roberto Alvarado. Angel Zaldivar was at forward.

Jonathan Gonzalez, who played for U.S. youth teams before announcing in January he was switching to Mexico, is not in the starting lineup.

The U.S. has two wins, two losses and three draws under Sarachan, who took over last October after Bruce Arena quit when the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup.

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