El Salvador vs. USA result: Jordan Morris rescues point for USMNT in muddy, sloppy CONCACAF Nations League game

90 minutes in El Salvador on a disgusting, sloppy, muddy mess of a pitch ended level as Jordan Morris rescued a point for the United States on the road in CONCACAF Nations League play.

The U.S. found itself in a peak CONCACAF road match, on a field beat up by torrential rain against a physical opponent. Punched in the mouth on repeated occasions by poor conditions, poor officiating, and an emotional opponent, the United States found an answer in the 90th minute.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was caught napping by Alex Larin before halftime, seeing El Salvador up at the break. The second half was chippy, and substitute Paul Arriola was sent off with 20 minutes to go. But less than 10 minutes later, El Salvador was reduced a player as well with Ronald Rodriguez sent off for a last man foul to take down Yunus Musah.

Eventually, Morris found the critical moment as he beat Larin in the air and headed a de la Torre cross into the back of the net to salvage a draw. The result means the United States needs four points from its next two matches to secure a spot in the Nations League final stage.

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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

El Salvador vs. USA final score

  1H 2H Final
El Salvador 1 0 1
USA 0 1 1

35th min — ELS — Alex Larin
90th min — USA — Jordan Morris

70th min — USA — Paul Arriola (straight red card)
79th min — ELS — Ronald Rodriguez (straight red card)


FULL TIME: El Salvador 1-1 USA

After just six minutes of stoppage time, the game finishes level. It’s not much to write home about for the U.S. but given the circumstances, it’s a heroic result from the United States. Jordan Morris, the leading scorer for the U.S. in CONCACAF Nations League play, is the man to rescue the point.

Let’s all thank the soccer gods that there were no serious injuries through those 90 minutes, and that the game ended without further incident between the two teams. Of all the international matches, that was one of them.

90th min: GOAL, USA! On a corner from Pulisic, Weston McKennie gets his head to the ball but his bullet header is denied by a great Gonzalez save. The U.S. recycles the ball into the box, however, and Jordan Morris reprises the chance to head the ball into the net. Morris beats Larin in the air, which is sweet revenge for the United States.

88th min: HUGE penalty shouts from the U.S. for a handball, but it’s waved away by the referee. It looked to have clearly hit Larin’s outstretched arm, and replay confirms that it comes off Jordan Morris’s head and into Larin’s arm. There’s no VAR, and the U.S. is again pegged back by a poor refereeing decision.

81st min: CHANCE, USA! On the ensuing free-kick, Musah takes a rip and Gonzalez makes an incredible save! The El Salvador goalkeeper has three saves on the night, all on Yunus Musah, who is playing like a man possessed.

79th min: RED CARD, El Salvador! It’s 10-on-10! Yunus Musah is clean through on a lone breakaway and Ronald Rodriguez hauls him down. It’s a blatant denial of a goalscoring opportunity, and the El Salvador defender is gone.

Berhalter uses his final two substitutions to go for the win, with Jordan Morris and Luca de la Torre coming on to replace Tyler Adams and Cameron Carter-Vickers.

76th min: The game has finally boiled over. Tyler Adams gets in a 50-50 match battle with Ceren, and throws the El Salvador veteran to the turf hard. Both teams come together in a scuffle, with multiple yellow cards given out. Christian Pulisic came in to pull players apart, but ended up involved.

In the aftermath, it’s confirmed that Tyler Adams deservedly got a yellow card, but the rest of the discipline is unclear at this point.

70th min: RED CARD, USA! Oh no, substitute Paul Arriola is sent off for a straight red card foul in the El Salvador penalty area. Tyler Adams is dispossessed and Arriola goes to ground to block the clearance from Alex Larin. He ends up upending an airborne Larin who is upended and falls hard.

It’s a shocking decision. Arriola doesn’t go in dangerously with his studs or with any intent. It’s surely a yellow for a late tackle, but there’s no way that’s anything else. For what this referee has let go tonight, a red card here is as harsh as it gets. The U.S. is down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes down a goal in the mud.

68th min: Another chance for El Salvador, striker Nelson Bonilla comes off and replaced by Cristian Gil. Bonilla was pesky but had faded since halftime. He has words with head coach Hugo Perez, looking frustrated at the substitution.

61st min: A pair of changes for the hosts as Bryan Landaverde is replaced by El Salvador’s most capped player Darwin Ceren, on for his 86th international appearance, which passes Alfredo Pacheco for most all-time. Reyes also departs, replaced by Roberto Molina. Tempers flare as the replaced El Salvador players take forever to come off the field.

Paul Arriola comes on for the U.S. to replace a frustrated Tim Weah.

59th min: CHANCE, USA! Yunush Musah comes so close, but it’s saved! A spectacular run and one-two with Tim Weah got Musah in a fabulous position to equalize, but Mario Gonzalez comes off his line well to smother the shot. It’s the best opportunity for the U.S. to this point, but the visitors still trail.

51st min: CHANCE, USA! Jesus Ferreira makes a great run and latches onto a McKennie through-ball, and the FC Dallas striker successfully rounds the goalkeeper, but he’s sent to a tight angle and his shot is cleared off the line.

On the ensuing corner, El Salvador players start flopping into the mud, either to waste time or draw a yellow card. Neither results.

49th min: It’s hard to tell why, but Bonilla is LIVID with the referee. He’s irate, berating the official, who lets him go for a bit before ultimately pulling him back to tell him enough. No yellow card shown for dissent, somehow.

46th min: With the second half set to begin on this deplorable pitch, Gregg Berhalter has pulled Haji Wright and Brenden Aaronson, with Jesus Ferreira and Weston McKennie coming on. Those seem to be a pre-planned swaps, as the U.S. goes back to the 4-3-3.

It does appear that the rain has stopped for now as the second half begins. The U.S. comes out in sparkling clean white jerseys. Pray for the kit man, I would not wish those first half kits on my worst enemy.

HALF-TIME: El Salvador 1-0 USA

There is very little to be gained for the United States, and it shows. In absolutely deplorable conditions, Ethan Horvath conceded a poor goal from Alex Larin, who did extremely well to take advantage of a positioning error.

Otherwise, it’s extremely difficult to evaluate the United States after that first 45 minutes, and it will be even more difficult to evaluate after the final whistle. Don’t expect much.

45+1 min: The game has devolved again since the goal, and Reggie Cannon earns a yellow card for hauling down Jairo Henriquez down the line. Late free kick coming for El Salvador at the end of the half…

35th min: GOAL, EL SALVADOR! A STUNNING GOAL FROM DEEP! In a game of poor quality and conditions, Alex Larin produces a sparkling moment of brilliance. The 29-year-old saw Ethan Horvath straying slightly too far off his line expecting another cross back into the box, and instead Larin goes for goal from an absurd angle and catches the U.S. goalkeeper napping.

It’s a very bad look for Horvath who is on trial for both club and country, getting caught in no-man’s land. He concedes the first goal the U.S. has allowed in its four summer matches. Still, the effort from Larin is of the highest quality, taking advantage of the small opening.

32nd min: CHANCE, USA! Oh, Haji Wright had a real opportunity and scuffs it. He works Roberto Dominguez to the outside to create space one-on-one, but with room to shoot, he rifles his shot wide left. With Jesus Ferreira scoring four against Grenada, Wright needs to answer and add his name to the list of possibilities for the U.S. up front.

Now Christian Pulisic is down holding his ribs after a collision with Tamacas, but he looks to be ok.

28th min: There’s a delay of a few minutes as Tamacas receives treatment after taking a Tim Weah boot to the head on a play in the El Salvador box. Let’s go live to another look at the El Salvador pitch which…continues to degrade rapidly. It would be surprising to see any green left by the end of this.

23rd min: CHANCE, USA! Dominguez makes a last-ditch tackle to end a great U.S. counter-attack, with Haji Wright unable to find a free man in the middle of the box.

On the ensuing corner, Yunus Musah has a great chance with the ball bobbling around the box, but it deflects off the El Salvador goalkeeper and goes over the bar. It doesn’t look like Gonzalez knew much about that, and gets away with a mis-hit on the initial delivery.

16th min: CHANCE, El Salvador! Cameron Carter-Vickers misjudges a ball over the top into the penalty area, but gets away with it. It looked like the Celtic defender may have slipped slightly, but it allowed Tamacas to get a look on goal. He misjudges it as well, and Carter-Vickers clears. Nervy moments for the U.S.

In the aftermath, Brenden Aaronson is hacked and wins a foul on the edge. He is furious, wanting a yellow card for Cristian Martinez.

10th min: Pulisic latches onto a Musah ball El Salvador box and he’s scythed down by Bryan Tamacas, but the referee waved it away. Live, that looked like it may have been a good shout for a penalty, but no U.S. players have a real go at the official.

Pulisic is now covered in mud after going down under a late kick-out from Kevin Reyes.

7th min: As the U.S. takes the first corner of the game, the referee has aggressive words with Alex Larin who’s battling with Carter-Vickers in the El Salvador box.

Christian Pulisic takes the corner, and it’s poor. Again.

3rd min: The Fox broadcast crew confirms that Gregg Berhalter has already gone to Plan B tactically due to the field conditions, moving to a 4-4-2. Pulisic goes up front alongside Haji Wright, with Aaronson out wide left. The U.S. has very little to gain from this game tonight other than gaining CONCACAF experience and learning how to gut through adversity together.

Tyler Adams already has the front of his entire uniform utterly covered in mud.

2nd min: First chance falls to the hosts as Nelson Bonilla gets free and puts a flying header wide left. It was a tough chance, heading on net from as far out as Bonilla did, but he got free off the back shoulder of Carter-Vickers. El Salvador is pushing the tempo early, not ready to back down.

1st min: We’re under way in a rainy, muddy Estadio Cuscatlan. The pitch is already destroyed and hasn’t even been played on. Priority number one tonight: no injuries.

6 mins to kick: With the U.S. about to get under way at El Salvador, Mexico can’t escape Jamaica with all three points as El Tri are held to a 1-1 draw. Mexico has been extremely poor this summer, their World Cup prep not going as planned. Tata Martino is under serious fire. With England and France also slipping of late, teams around the world are finding that pedigree only gets you so far. To this point, the U.S. has avoided any real summer slips. A tough road fixture tonight in less than ideal conditions will put that to the test.

29 mins to kick: Word coming through that the match will kick off at 10:06 p.m. ET, just a couple of extra minutes to get the field ready in extremely wet and sloppy conditions.

Your pre-match weather update: not great!

31 mins to kick: Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath leads the team out onto the wet and soppy San Salvador field. It’s a big chance for Horvath to show not just Gregg Berhalter but also Nottingham Forest that he deserves a starting role. His club situation is up in the air, as he admitted yesterday in his pre-match press conference showing.

55 mins to kick: The El Salvador lineup is now in as well. Mario Gonzalez returns to his regular spot in goal, while Christian Martinez comes into the Selecta midfield. Jairo Henriquez and Kevin Reyes support captain Nelson Bonilla up front in the El Salvador attack.

Full lineup news below.

71 mins to kick: The U.S. starting lineup is in. Alongside the two men we knew about already, Wright and Horvath, Christian Pulisic is back in the mix opposite Tim Weah. Brenden Aaronson gets another start in midfield in place of Weston McKennie who is still working his way back from injury. Walker Zimmerman and Malik Tillman do not dress due to injuries, and George Bello is the third scratch.

Full lineups news below.

89 mins to kick: The El Salvador squad has arrived at the stadium in San Salvador. The squad is unbeaten over its past two matches, both against Grenada, but won just one of its six World Cup qualifying fixtures in 2022.

99 mins to kick: We pause this live blog to bring you 🚨STADIUM CATS🚨 in El Salvador.

120 mins to kick: Canada lost to Honduras in San Pedro Sula last night in horrendous weather conditions, and it appears that the United States might have to deal with a similar environment. The U.S. is clearly trying to embrace that situation.

El Salvador vs. USA lineups

El Salvador was without 27-year-old right back Bryan Tamacas in the second match against Grenada due to right knee inflammation, but he’s back in the lineup against the U.S. Rudy Clavel would have been the man to enter had Tamacas not been ready to go, but there’s a significant dropoff between the two.

While Joaquin Rivas and Eric Calvillo started the second match against Grenada,  head coach Hugo Perez has gone back to Jairo Henriquez on the left wing, and handed Kevin Reyes an eight international cap on the right. Coming into midfield is Christian Martinez who makes his first appearance since March 27 in the 2-1 home loss to Costa Rica.

Perez is also fostering competition at the goalkeeper position, with established 25-year-old starter Mario Gonzalez seeing out the initial win over Grenada before 21-year-old LAFC youngster Tomas Romero was given his second cap in the subsequent 2-2 draw. Gonzalez returns to take on the USMNT.

El Salvador starting lineup (4-3-3): Gonzalez (GK) — Larin, Dominguez, R. Rodriguez, Tamacas — Landaverde, Orellana, C. Martinez — Reyes, Bonilla, Henriquez.

El Salvador subs (11): Romero (GK), Carabantes (GK), Claros, Cabalceta, Ceren, Calvillo, Rivas, Gil, Melara, Vigil, Duenas, Molina.

Gregg Berhalter gave Jesus Ferreira the nod against Grenada on Friday, and while he started slow, the patience paid off with four goals for the FC Dallas frontman. With Ferreira making his case for the World Cup striker role, Berhalter stated that Haji Wright is likely to have his name called against El Salvador with an opportunity to answer Ferreira’s excellent day in Austin. Berhalter also confirmed that Ethan Horvath is the goalkeeper, with his chance to impress and hopefully earn a World Cup berth.

It remains to be seen whether Berhalter sees Brenden Aaronson in midfield as a long-term viable option. The new Leeds United man was moved to midfield against Morocco and was electric, and he has reprised that role off the bench against both Uruguay and Grenada. Still yet to be considered a real starting option, he will need to supplant one of the incumbents in Weston McKennieTyler Adams, and Yunus Musah. He has a shot tonight in place of McKennie.

Christian Pulisic returns to the lineup after getting the Grenada game off, as does Tim Weah on the right. Malik Tillman picked up an injury against Grenada and is out for the El Salvador game, as is Walker Zimmerman.

USA starting lineup (4-3-3): Horvath (GK) — A. Robinson, Long, Carter-Vickers, Cannon — Aaronson, Adams, Musah — Pulisic, Wright, Weah.

USA subs (11): Turner (GK), Johnson (GK), Palmer-Brown, Scally, Yedlin, McKennie, de la Torre, Roldan, Acosta, Arriola, Ferreira.

El Salvador vs. USA TV channel, live stream

  • Date: Tuesday, June 14
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FS1
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
  • Streaming: fuboTV

Tuesday’s match between the USA and El Salvador from Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador, El Salvador will be broadcast by FS1 in the United States. For the Spanish-language TV broadcast, viewers can find the match on Univision and TUDN.

All three channels can also be streamed on fuboTV.

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El Salvador betting odds

Given the historical domination by the United States, the visitors are heavy favorites in San Salvador. Still, CONCACAF road play can be tricky to navigate, so the hosts should still be considered to have a chance at picking up a positive result.

Strictly in the vacuum of the Nations League competition, a point would be a positive result for the United States, but given the larger picture of preparations for a World Cup, failure to defeat 74th-ranked El Salvador would be a major misstep for the U.S. even with the recognized challenges that comes with playing a road game in the CONCACAF region.

El Salvador Win +500
Draw +320
USA win -188
Both teams
to score Y / N
+100 / -138
Over / Under
2.5 goals
-106 / -118
USA -1 -118
El Salvador +1 -105

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