2023-01-26 02:27:00

Slonina surpasses legendary Meola to set USMNT record with debut against Serbia

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By Ryan Tolmich
  • Slonina earns first USMNT cap
  • Surpasses Meola record for youngest goalkeeper
  • Total of seven debuts for U.S.

WHAT HAPPENED? By starting against Serbia, Slonina becomes the youngest-ever goalkeeper to feature for the USMNT. At 18 years, 255 days, Slonina surpasses USMNT legend Tony Meola, who made his debut at 19 years, 106 days in June 1988.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The world has high hopes for Slonina, who was the only goalkeeper included in GOAL's 2022 NXGN list. Slonina, who joined Chelsea from the Chicago Fire this winter, has been compared to some of the greats, with Meola himself saying the teenager reminds him of a young Gianluigi Buffon.

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