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Alex Bono shuts out Bolivia in first USMNT start

The Toronto FC goalkeeper did all that was asked of him.

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono earned his first cap for the U.S. men’s national team on Monday, as he recorded a clean sheet in the squad’s 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia in Philadelphia.

Bono played all 90 minutes behind a team primarily composed of players with European clubs, including Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) and Weston McKennie (Schalke 04). The TFC keeper didn’t have a whole lot to do on the night as it was a pretty decisive performance from the Americans, but sometimes that’s all you need from your goalie.

Bolivia only had five shots, none of which were on target, but Bono did make five recoveries and caught a cross. He also made 10 successful passes out of the box.

Bono attended the camp with just one other MLS player, Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles FC). The other keepers with the team were Bill Hamid (Midtjylland) and Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge) It wasn’t the first time he’d been called up to the USMNT, the first being in January of 2015, but this was the 24-year-old’s first game action with the senior national squad.