Seventeen-year-old Red Bulls rookie Juan Agudelo made his U.S. national team debut today against South Africa, and a memorable one it was.
The teenager bagged the game’s only goal, off a fantastic assist from fellow debutant Mikkel Diskerud, to become the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. in the modern era.
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The young striker, who turns 18 in a week, came on for Robbie Rogers in the 65th minute, and scored the winner in the 85th. The victory lifts the U.S.’s record to 5-5-4 for the year (the Nats have not had a sub .500 record since 1997).
In all it was a bright game for the U.S., and one in which five players earned their first cap: In addition to Diskerud and Agudelo, the latter’s Red Bulls teammate Tim Ream debuted, along with Canadian-American striker Teal Bunbury, and 19-year-old defender Gale Agbossoumonde.
Ream started and played well in central defense alongside Clarence Goodson. Other U.S. bright spots included right back Eric Lichaj, earning his second cap, and winger Alejandro Bedoya, who made several dangerous runs on the flank.