Christian Pulisic scores the U.S.’s lone goal in the 61st minute. (Jeff Swinger/USA TODAY Sports)

SANDY, Utah — With the next batch of World Cup qualifying matches less than a week away, the United States came back from a one-goal deficit to register a 1-1 draw with Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night.

The South Americans drew first blood in the 29th minute off a corner kick. After several head balls, Junior Moreno headed the ball to Jose Manuel Velasquez, who stabbed the ball into the net with his right foot from seven yards past Tim Howard for a 1-0 advantage before a crowd of 17,315.

Howard was called into action to make two diving stops just after the half-hour mark. The veteran goalkeeper turned Moreno’s long-distance effort out for a corner kick in the 33rd minute, before making an alert reaction save on Rubert Quijada’s diving header a minute later.

The U.S. carried much of the play on the other side of halftime, with Clint Dempsey setting the tone when he headed a cross from Jorge Villafaña just wide of the left post in the 48th minute.

Christian Pulisic equalized for the USA with his fifth international goal in the 61st minute. After Fabian Johnson sent the Borussia Dortmund midfielder a pass, Pulisic drilled an 18-yard shot into the far right corner for a 1-1 deadlock.

 

The U.S. carried much of the play on the other side of halftime, with Clint Dempsey setting the tone when he headed a cross from Jorge Villafaña just wide of the left post in the 48th minute.

As the U.S. pushed for the winner, second-half substitute Jordan Morris came close twice in the final 10 minutes, but was thwarted on both opportunities by goalkeeper José Contreras who preserved the 1-1 draw.

The Americans will host Trinidad & Tobago in a qualifier in Commerce City, Colo. Friday before traveling to Mexico City for another confrontaton with Mexico June 11.

Dempsey (16-Kellyn Acosta, 63), 9-Bobby Wood, 10-Christian Pulisic, 15-Darlington Nagbe (18-Jordan Morris, 70), 17-Jorge Villafaña, 20-Geoff Cameron (3-Omar Gonzalez, 45), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Tim Ream, 63)
Subs: 22-Nick Rimando, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty
Head coach: Bruce Arena

VEN: 1-José Contreras; 3-Mikel Villanueva, 4-Rubert Quijada, 6-José Manuel Velázquez (18-Yordan Osorio, 56), 17-Pablo Camacho; 5-Francisco Flores, 11-Darwin Machís (16-Aristóteles Romero, 67), 14-Júnior Moreno (13-Francisco La Mantía, 83), 15-Jhon Murillo (2-Jefre Vargas, 89), 9-Salomón Rondón (capt.) (23-Andrés Ponce, 90+3), 19-Christian Santos (10-Jefferson Savarino, 72)
Subs: 12-Alain Baroja, 7-Edder Farías, 20-José Luis Marrufo
Head coach: Marcos Mathias

Stats Summary: USA / VEN
Shots: 12 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 12
Offside: 2 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None.

Officials:
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
Fourth Official: Juan Calderon (CRC)