Bale in the stands, Giggs at home and Wales vs USA utterly forgettable

Ryan Giggs was absent for this forgettable draw and he didn't miss much.

Boss Giggs was watching at home on TV amid an on-going police investigation into allegations of assaulting his girlfriend.

Coach Rob Page took charge as caretaker in his place for the friendly in Swansea.

But there was precious little goalmouth action with star man Gareth Bale resting in the stands ahead of Wales' last two Nations League games.

Golf-mad Bale could have been forgiven for wishing he watching the Masters instead.

There were suspicions Bale wasn't missing out on much of the first round from Augusta when he was spotted with a laptop in the stands.

He will have to forsake the golf though when Wales host the Republic of Ireland on Sunday evening.

In preparation for that fixture, Wales made nine changes from their last competitive game in Bulgaria last month.

USA were playing their first game since the pandemic and the death of Floyd George under the knee of a police officer in America.

The visitors' stars wore tracksuits with 'Be the Change' across them for the national anthem as each player had a different slogan on his back.

These included: 'believe to achieve, for social justice, unite in truth, end racism, for social justice, peace and black lives matter'.

But the USA were without Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic who had a hamstring injury.

Wales went into the game 20th in the FIFA rankings with the USA two places below them.

There was little to separate the two teams on the pitch either where the US made a bright start without troubling keeper Danny Ward.

Wales had to wait until the 32nd minute to test Zack Steffen in the USA goal after Tom Lawrence tried a right-foot shot from distance after a cross-field ball by Kieffer Moore.

But Wales were unconvincing at the back when they tried to play out from defence.
Dylan Levitt gifted the ball to Konrad De La Fuente but the striker blazed over at the near post.

Newport's John Sheehan came on at the break for his international debut for Wales.

USA took until the 51st minute to test Ward as Sebastian Lletget hammered a low right-foot shot across goal. But the Leicester keeper, set for a run of games with Wayne Hennessey out injured, dived to his right and made a low save.

It said everything about Wales' lack of ambition for the friendly that they withdrew two of their best performers in Kieffer Moore and Rabbi Matondo.

But replacement and debutant Brennan Johnson nearly made a fabulous impact as he raced clear before firing in a low effort which Steffen saved.

USA sent on Ulysses Llanez who swiftly fired in a low effort which Ward pushed away but neither side did enough to make the breakthrough.

Player Ratings

Wales (4-2-3-1): Ward 7; Roberts 6, Lockyer 6, J Lawrence 6 (Rodon 69, 7), Gunter 7; Smith 6 (Sheehan 46, 6), Levitt 6 (Morrell 80, 6); Matondo 7 (James 62, 7), Wilson 6, T Lawrence 6; Moore 7 (Johnson 62, 6)

Unused subs: King, N Williams, Davies, Brooks, J Williams, Ampadu, Norrington-Davies

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