A striker battle and McKennie at 90%: what we learned from USA’s friendlies | USA

An intriguing battle is developing for the central striker role

He’d scored the game’s only goal, yet Folarin Balogun walked off at half-time shaking his head, visibly disappointed. He knew he was being substituted and that there would be plenty more chances for the US after the break against dismal opponents.

The 22-year-old, who joined Monaco from Arsenal last month for a fee in excess of $30m, found the net in the 13th minute on Tuesday, reacting sharply to tuck in the rebound after Sergiño Dest’s shot was parried by Oman goalkeeper Ibrahim Al-Mukhaini.

As in last Saturday’s 3-0…

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