Wood penalty pushes U.S. past Paraguay
Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring during the international friendly match between USA and Paraguay on March 27, 2018 at Sahlen’s Stadium WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina (Photo: Courtesy USsoccer )

CARY, North Carolina - Bobby Wood converted a 45th minute penalty to give the United States a 1-0 win over Paraguay in an international friendly on Tuesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

With U.S. Interim Head Coach Dave Sarachan having called a young squad, three players earned Senior National Team debuts on Tuesday night: MF Marky Delgado, FW Andrija Novakovich and FW Timothy Weah.

Of the three, Delgado was the lone starter and helped generate the U.S. goal when his long ball upfield found streaking MF Tyler Adams. 

The New York Red Bulls man was brought down in the visitors' penalty area by Paraguay GK Gatito Fernandez, earning a penalty for the hosts.

Wood calmly stepped forward and converted the spot kick and give the U.S. the lead.

The U.S. looked to add on to their lead in the second-half, and Novakovich had the best opportunity to do so in second-half stoppage time but was denied by Fernandez.

With the victory, the U.S. improve to 1W-2D-0L under Sarachan.