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Araujo makes debut, Lletget scores in USMNT romp over El Salvador

Both LA Galaxy players notch assist in win.

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The U.S. Men’s National Team played their last game of 2020 on Wednesday, with the home side rolling in a 6-0 win over El Salvador in a friendly at Inter Miami CF Stadium.

Two LA Galaxy players participated in the game for the USMNT. Julian Araujo made his senior national team debut, starting and playing 74 minutes, notching an assist as a bonus on his banner night. Meanwhile, Sebastian Lletget started and scored a goal and an assist in 68 minutes of work.

The Americans, primarily an MLS-based group for this camp and friendly, scored quickly and put the game out of hand very early. Paul Arriola opened the scoring in the 17th minute and the game was 5-0 10 minutes later, goals also coming from Chris Mueller (x2), Ayo Akinola and Brenden Aaronson in addition to Lletget.

Here was Lletget’s goal, by the way:

Given the lopsided scoreline, the fact the game came outside a FIFA window and so the teams used a cobbled-together squad, and how poor El Salvador was in this one, there’s not a ton to analyze from the match. But Lletget continues to lock it down for his country, and Araujo was one of several debutants and certainly the first time out couldn’t have gone much better.

The USMNT camp will break now for the holidays and there is supposed to be another training camp next month. Here’s hoping everything is safe enough by that point, and here’s hoping all these players now traveling stay healthy and keep their housemates healthy too upon return home. And of course, congrats to Julian and Sebastian.

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