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Joe Scally was in action for 90 minutes

Joe Scally was in action for 90 minutes

The last time Germany and the USA met in an international soccer match, Joe Scally was twelve years old – and Patrick Herrmann was celebrating his debut in the DFB’s senior national team. In a 1-2 draw in Cologne, the original Borussia man made it 1-0 through Mario Gotze, who was then replaced by another of Scally’s teammates, Christoph Kramer.

When the two countries met again in Hartford, the 20-year-old American was the only current Borussia player on the pitch. But he was denied the feeling of Ko Itagura’s recent 4-1 win over DFB: Germany came from 0-1 down to win 3-1.

The game was an even more special experience for Scally – and not just because it was against his now adopted hometown. The full-back was allowed to play for the third time in his seventh international against the four-time world champions. Based on the starting line-up chosen by US coach Greg Berhalter, some thought Scally would play left-back. His closest rival for the right-back position, Sergino Test, was also in the starting line-up.

But the PSV Eindhoven player played on the left, so mostly had to deal with Leroy Sane, while Scally mostly faced Robin Cosens and Florian Wirtz. The Gladbach player did a good job; And just like his teammates, when it came to goals conceded, he was at a disadvantage due to the speed of the German combinations. But at times his familiarity with his opponents from the Bundesliga seemed an advantage. When Jamal Musiala started to dribble against Scally, the Borussia player didn’t fall for the sophisticated technician’s final play and defused the situation.

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Even if the result didn’t go well for Team USA, Scally will have more confidence after traveling to the national team as a special highlight. After all, he scored his first competitive goal at Borussia Park on matchday before the international break. With a remarkable long-range shot, the 20-year-old saved at least a point for his side against FSV Mainz 05.

Scally scored as Gladbach lost his place in the starting eleven. After five games in the starting lineup, he has been replaced only twice recently; In his place, attacking stalwart Frank Honorat filled the coach’s right wing position. Paid content Gerardo Seoane most recently installed a 3-5-2 formation. There’s not much at the moment to suggest anything will change in the short term, and if Cione continues to believe in this fundamental order, Honorat should be ahead.

Scally should recommend himself for the starting line-up again – with his lovely equalizer in his last short appearance. The 90 minutes against Germany in Hartford gave him valuable match practice. On Wednesday night, the U.S. faces Ghana in another friendly before Scally will head back to Gladbach. The derby awaits in Cologne – and with it another special game.