With both teams missing many of their regular starters, the United States displayed some style and flair against fifth-ranked Uruguay.
Jordan Morris, a Stanford alum, scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute, giving the U.S. a 1-1 tie in an exhibition game in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
“We showed a lot of mental strength and composure,” U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan said after his first national-team match in 11 months.
Brian Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Los Angeles FC forward who made his international debut in Friday’s 2-1 win at Costa Rica, put Uruguay ahead off a counterattack in the 50th minute.
Morris scored after Jose Gimenez’s attempted clearance bounced off American defender Nick Lima and bounded in front of the open goal. Morris chested the ball in for his sixth international goal.
• Lautaro Martinez put together a first-half hat trick to lead Argentina to a 4-0 romp over Mexico in a friendly in Texas. The Inter Milan forward also won a penalty that was converted by Leandro Paredes in the second half.
• England’s scoring form was on display again in European Championships qualifying. So was Cristiano Ronaldo’s.
England made it four wins out of four in Group A and Harry Kane scored again in a 5-3 win over Kosovo, and Ronaldo netted four goals in defending champion Portugal’s 5-1 win at Lithuania.
World Cup winner France labored at times against a well-organized Andorra side in a 3-0 home win, with Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann missing a penalty for the second straight qualifier.
The Czech Republic overtook Kosovo to move into second place in Group A with nine points after a 3-0 win at Montenegro.
NHL: The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free-agent center Pavel Zacha to a three-year, $6.75 million contract. Zacha, 22, is from the Czech Republic and had a career-best 13 goals in 61 games last season. Overall, he has 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points in 201 NHL games.
Sentenced: A former Adidas consultant who became a key government witness in a college basketball corruption case has been sentenced to one year of probation. Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola received the term on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan after apologizing for his crimes.
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