USA Celebrates 100 years in style
By Marc Serber
Three top class goals and a fourth created from high pressure was enough for the US to dispatch of DAS “B” team 4-3 in front of a raucous crowd of 47,359 at RK Stadium.
The USA made all the right adjustments from the Belgium game as they came out with high pressure, a compact defense, and a desire to play the ball through the midfield while getting numbers into the attack.
The US was on the board after just 13 minutes as Jozy Altidore struck a world class volley off a cross from Graham Zusi.
Four minutes later and the Stars and Stripes were in dream land. Germany tried to play the ball out of their box under extreme pressure and Jermaine Jones forced German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put the ball into his own net.
Germany struck back just six minutes after halftime as substitute Heiko Westermann, rose above a static US defense to head home a corner kick.
The US responded in style though with Clint Dempsey producing a stunning volley on the hour mark following good work on the flank by Altidore.
Dempey was at it again just five minutes later, cutting the ball back at the top of the box and curling home a wonder-strike.
A tired US defense which had been playing at blistering pace wilted in the final 15 minutes conceding strikes in the 78 and 82nd minute to Max Kruse and Julian Draxler respectively.
“We bent a little bit but we didn’t break,” center back Mat Besler said after the game.
The USA held on in a nervy finale to record a famous win over Germany and gain a huge confidence boost before heading to Jamaica for a CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier at “The Office.”
A full match report with tactical analysis and post match quotes will be posted later tonight. Continue to watch this space...