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No. 22 U.S. men's national team ties No. 5 Uruguay in soccer friendly

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Alex Butler
Tim Ream and the United States Men's National Team defense have allowed six goals in their last eight matches. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Tim Ream and the United States Men's National Team defense have allowed six goals in their last eight matches. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The United States Men's National Team tied Uruguay 1-1 in a soccer friendly at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Uruguay is ranked No. 5 in the world, while the U.S. men are ranked No. 22. Jordan Morris scored the equalizer for the U.S. in the 79th minute at Busch Stadium.

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"Tonight was about the tenacity and relentlessness of our guys to keep fighting," U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter told reporters. "Overall I think it was a good step for the group to play a game like this."

Uruguay's Brian Rodriguez drew first blood with a score in the 50th minute after a scoreless first half. Rodriguez received a short pass from midfielder Federico Valverde at the start of the scoring sequence. Rodriguez dribbled into the box and turned around a defender before ripping a shot into the far-post netting. The rip beat a diving Brad Guzan.

The U.S. equalized 29 minutes later on the head of Morris. Defender Nick Lima deflected a pass toward the far post during that sequence. Morris waited for the ball to fall inside the box before heading it past Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera.

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The U.S. battles Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League Oct. 11 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

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