USA tops Germany in friendly

USA tops Germany in friendly
June 2, 2013, 7:00 pm
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How it happened: USA got on the board early care of a fantastic Graham Zusi delivery to Jozy Altidor, who hammered it home for a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Just four minutes later Zusi struck again by putting the pressure on the German defense, leading to a disastrous miscue when the ball was played back to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and rolled painfully past and into Die Mannschaft's net. 

Germany had numerous attempts in the first, including a few close calls that sailed just wide of the net, but couldn't get on the board until the second half when Heiko Westermann got his head on a corner kick to put things at 2-1. 

The USMNT wasn't finished, however. Captain Chris Dempsey struck in the 60th and once again in the 64th with a gorgeous long range shot that sailed over the diving deutsch netminder to put USA up 4-1. 

The wheels came off the wagon late in the match though when Germany scored a pair in succession in the 79th and 80th. USA was able to hang in for the win against No. 2-ranked Germany*, boosting their lifetime record at RFK Stadium to 14-3-5.

With an asterisk: Germany, ranked second in the World among FIFA teams, fielded a side that lacked the bulk of their talent. Eight national team players stayed home to play in the German Cup final for Bayern Munich yesterday. Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira also missed the trip wrap up their season in Spain yesterday with Real Madrid.

What it means: In a word, nothing. But the match was a strong showing for the U.S. in their final tune up before three World Cup qualifiers later this month. 

Dempsey doppel: Clint Dempsey's pair of goals tonight make him the second-highest all-time scorer in USMNT history with 35 international goals. 

Centennial celebration: The U.S. Soccer Federation celebrated its 100th-year anniversary tonight in front of a sell-out crowd tonight. 

Coming up next: The USMNT (1-1-1) will depart Tuesday morning for Jamaica, where they will kickoff the first of this month's three World Cup qualifying matches on Friday. They will then return home to face Panama in Seattle on June 11 and Honduras in Sandy, Utah on June 18.  The U.S. currently sits in third place in their group, with the top three receiving automatic World Cup bids.

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