The US Males’s nationwide soccer workforce performed their first World Cup recreation since 2014, a 1-1 draw with Wales. After going up 1-0 within the first half on the foot of Tim Weah, the US was again on their heels following a late Gareth Bale objective on a penalty.
With 9 further minutes added on, the US was trying to maintain onto a draw. Goalie Matt Turner was means out of the field and headed a ball virtually on to Bale, and Turner was nowhere close to the objective.
That’s when Kellyn Acosta stepped in.
The LAFC midfielder made one of many greatest performs of the sport for the USA workforce, fouling Bale as Matt Turner was means off his mark to strive any save. Bale was going to shoot and possibly make that shot, and Acosta fouled him to cease the play, whereas preserving the clock working.
Acosta’s clutch foul had Twitter complimenting him for the sacrifice of fouling earlier than essentially the most catastrophic objective I’ve ever seen.
Top-of-the-line yellow playing cards I’ve ever seen from Kellyn Acosta
— Chris Wittyngham (@ChrisWittyngham) November 21, 2022
That was a World Cup-saving foul from Kellyn Acosta lmao.
— Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) November 21, 2022
Kellyn Acosta simply saved Matt Turner from being a meme for the foreseeable future.
— Puneet (@puneetsingh) November 21, 2022
The Acosta foul on Bale had a bit of extra sting to it, as Bale and Acosta are teammates on LAFC. Somewhat little bit of pleasant fireplace by no means damage anybody although, and Acosta wanted that one to maintain the US’ hopes of advancing previous the group stage alive.
The US workforce earned a degree of their draw in opposition to Wales, however with England selecting up a win and a +4 within the level differential, it makes getting that second spot a bit of more durable. If the USMNT can beat Iran and put up a superb battle in opposition to England, they’ll advance.