Thursday, 11 June 2015

Wood's Late Strike Downs World Champs in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (June 10, 2015) – For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.
Once again, it was Bobby Wood who scored the game-winner for the USA, netting his tally in the 87th minute, after entering the game in the second half. Mix Diskerud was the other goal scorer for the USMNT and the one responsible for equalizing the match before the halftime mark after Germany got on the board early in the game.
Wood’s strike was the second of his international career with the senior team, and the second consecutive game-winner in five days. He also scored the tally that lifted the U.S. to a 4-3 win over No.-6 ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam.
This is the USA’s fourth victory against Germany and the first victory for the United States against Die Mannschaft on German soil. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
Next, the MNT returns to the USA for one final tune-up match before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Hermann) 12th minute:
Patrick Hermman attacked from the right side and weaved through the U.S. defense to open himself up for a pass that he sent across to Mario Goetze. Goetze received it and sent it back across the mouth of the goal into the right corner to give Germany an early lead. USA 0, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41st minute: It all started with Michael Bradley, who received a pass from just inside the midfield line, took a turn and sent a beautiful cross to Mix Diskerud, who had sprinted open on the left. Inside the box, Diskerud brought the ball down with his chest, took a touch and then snapped a leaping right-footed shot past Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler into the center of the net. USA 1, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL)
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans), 87th minute: Second half sub Brad Evans sent a ball through the right side of the midfield toward the box where Jordan Morris pretended to field it but instead allowed it to zip past him to Bobby Wood. Wood received the ball and sharply turned to the center of the pitch, ridding his marker in the process and sent a powerful strike with his left foot inside the left post and just outside the outstretched arms of the German ‘keeper. USA 2, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Germany accelerated from the right side and Hermann whipped a hard cross all the way across the pitch to Mario Goetze who chested it down near the upper left corner of the box. Goetze moved a few steps toward the goal and then elected to play the ball back to an open Mesut Ozil. Ozil snapped off a left-footed shot on goal, but Guzan dove and caught it.
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 31st minute: A giveaway at midfield sent Germany on a break. Hermann attacked from the center and lofted the ball over to Goetze, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Guzan. Guzan proved the winner, making a quick kick-save and knocking the ball to safety.
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Goetze again was at the center of another German chance, this time lofting in a cross from the left to a breaking Andre Schurrle in the box and in front of goal. Schurrle jumped and met the ball with a soft header, but Guzan saved again, jumping and snagging the ball out of the air.
Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will be back in the U.S. for one final tune-up match before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup begins when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
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Milestone Watch:
  • Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of 2015 and the sixth of his career. His last goal came in the USA’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Juan Agudelo made his first start with the MNT since June 22, 2011, when the U.S. played Panama at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 14th win for the U.S. and sits in fifth place on the list for all-time wins.
Additional Notes:
  • The win is the first for the USA on German soil and the fourth overall victory against Germany. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Four players that saw action against Germany on June 26, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, also took the field tonight against the World Cup champs. They were: Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Today’s game marked the third matchup between the U.S. and Germany during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach for the USA. He’s gone 2-1-0 against his former side, with one game coming during World Cup play and the other two in friendlies.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • This was the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015; the U.S. has compiled a record of 3-1-1 during that span.
  • This is the USA's first result against the world's No. 1 team since defeating No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The last time the USA scored two or more goals in back-to-back games in Europe was in 1979 when the U.S. beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on goals from Nanchoff and DiBernardo, then lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with DiBernardo and Villa scoring for the U.S.
  • The last time the U.S. scored consecutive victories against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when the USA beat No. 5 Portugal 3-2, in group play, and No. 7 Mexico 2-0 in the first knockout round.
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA’s seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games: Zardes and Yedlin.
  • Danny Williams made his first start for the U.S. in 2015 in today’s match. His last start came on Nov. 14, 2012 in a 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.
  • Brad Evans had the assist on Wood’s game-winning goal tonight. Evans was a starter in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; Bradley and Fabian Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has now appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.