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Novakovich plays part in 3-0 USA win

Young Royals striker comes off the bench in a youthful USA side who saw off Bolivia

29 May 2018

Andrija Novakovich came off the bench to earn his second USA cap in an encouraging 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Novakovich played the last half an hour in a 3-0 victory which also saw the son of former World Fifa Player of the Year and current Liberia president George Weah, Tim Weah, score his first international goal for the Stars and Stripes.

Novakovich has impressed whilst on loan with Telstar this season, scoring 19 Eerste Divisie goals in 35 starts in Holland's second tier last season. And his performances have caught the eye of interim USA coach Dave Sarachan.

The average age of the starting line-up was 22 years, 160 days, with eight of the 11 starters aged 24 years old or younger. Alongside Keaton Parks and Lynden Gooch, Novakovich was amongst a number of other young stars to come on as substitutes.

Walker Zimmerman put the Americans ahead in the 37th minute and Josh Sargent - whom Novakovich replaced - doubled the lead in the 52nd. Weah added the third before the hour mark.

Bolivia finished ninth out of ten countries in qualifying for the World Cup Finals and Sarachan's youthful side put their opponents to the sword.

However, Novakovich and company may face sterner tests when they meet the Republic of Ireland on Saturday 2nd June before taking on France a week later.


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