The United States Men’s National Team paid the price for a rough first half stretch and was downed 3-0 by England at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London in a friendly match that celebrated the farewell of D.C. United’s forward Wayne Rooney to the Three Lions’ uniform. Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson scored for the English Team.
The match was the 10th for Columbus Crew SC captain Wil Trapp, who started at central midfield, for the Stars & Stripes. The midfielder has played in eight matches for the USMNT in 2018 – wearing the armband in each of them — and tied with forwards Bobby Wood and Tim Weah for the team lead on the season. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen was also among the players called up by interim head coach Dave Sarachan’s for the match, but he had to withdraw due to an injury.
Trapp remained on the field for all 69 minutes before he was replaced by Kellyn Acosta and the Black & Gold captain played a decent match, completing 81.8 percent of the 33 passes he attempted. The 25-year-old midfielder also worked on the defensive end of the ball, recording one tackle and two clearances.
England scored the first goal at the 25th minute mark, when Dele Alli found Lingard on the edge of the penalty box and the Manchester United forward hit the upper right corner of Brad Guzan’s goal. Two minutes later, Jadon Sancho assisted Alexander-Arnold, who placed the ball inside the post with a low cross-shot to score the second.
The Americans returned more organized to the second half and evened the game on the field, but weren’t able to score on Alex McCarthy, who came on for the Brits in goal at the half. England, however, found the back of the net for the third time on the evening at the 77th minute, when Wilson got the end of cross from Fabian Delph to tap the ball in for a goal on his debut.
The USMNT remains in Europe for a few more days as the team will face four-time World Cup winners Italy on Tuesday, at 2:45pm EST, at Luminus Arena, in Genk, Belgium. FOX Sports 1 and Unimss will broadcast the game.