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USA
USA
1 vs 1
Played
August 10, 2011 9:15 PM EDT
Lincoln Financial Field — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ R. Bogle‎
 
 
This game was clearly a tale of two halves. The U.S. looked very tentative in the first half but came alive in the second half and clearly looked like a different team in the second half. If Klinsmann can continue to refine the team's style, there is a chance there could be major improvements from the Stars and Stripes. This is Alex Labidou signing off, follow me at @sportslab on twitter.
 
90′ +3
Another poor decision by Clark, he passes to Agudelo backheel and the 18-year-old got a poor touch on the ball. Still, the U.S. has played a sensational second half. This is the attacking style of play that Klinsmann wanted.
 
90′ +1
Clark makes a aerial pass to Agudelo after Donovan beat three defenders to free up both Shea and Agudelo in the box.
 
90′
There is three minutes of stoppage time called.
 
88′
Poor shot attempt by Beckerman on a long range chance that goes sailing right.
 
87′
Considering the botched penalty call and the clear path foul, the U.S. could have been up by two goals.
 
86′
Yellow Card Gerardo Torrado
 
86′
The referee has been making some terrible decisions tonight. Torrado fouled Rogers a clear scoring opportunity. He only gets a yellow card and Rogers is still on the field.
 
84′
Substitution J. Torres Ricardo Clark
 
84′
Clark comes in for Torres. He hasn't played for the U.S. since his mistake against Ghana that gifted the African side a goal.
 
82′
Ochoa is having a great game. He has stopped some close range opportunities that might have gone in otherwise.
 
82′
Shea continues to show his value. Going up against Mexico's defense and taking a beautiful right footed shot.
 
81′
The U.S. is starting to show that it can be an attacking side as it has launched three successful attacking runs.
 
80′
Tonight's attendance is 30,138
 
75′
Substitution E. Juárez Paul Nicolás Aguilar
 
75′
The US looks reinvigorated by Rogers' goal. Torres almost gave the Stars and Stripes the lead.
 
74′
Klinsmann jumps up and starts celebrating.
 
73′
Goal Robbie Rogers
 
73′
GOAL!!!! Shea crossed from the left to Rogers who was right in front of goal mouth.
 
72′
Substitution Michael Bradley Robbie Rogers
 
72′
BLOWN CALL by the refs!!! Agudelo definitely got dragged down by Mexico's defenders.
 
71′
Substitution Pablo Edson Barrera C. Bermúdez
 
71′
Rogers is coming in for Bradley.
 
69′
Substitution Rafa Márquez Rodríguez
 
69′
A fan runs on the field with an American flag and the game still goes on. Security is really lax on this one.
 
68′
El Tri's captain Rafa Marquez comes out of the game.
 
67′
Yellow Card Rafa Márquez
 
67′
Agudelo fails to take advantage of a clear double team situation as he should have passed to an open teammate. The youngster needs to work on his passing if he wants to become a full time starter for the US.
 
63′
The goalscorer comes out. Peralta leaves for Arellano in the 63 minute.
 
62′
Substitution O. Peralta O. Arellano
 
62′
The two subs make an immediate impact. jolting up the field and creating a shot on goal.
 
61′
The inclusion of Shea likely means that Torres will be shifted to the middle.
 
59′
Substitution Edson Buddle J. Agudelo
 
59′
Substitution Jermaine Jones Brek Shea
 
59′
Agudelo comes in for Buddle and Shea comes in for Jones.
 
56′
SO CLOSE!!! Bocanegra heads in Donovan's corner that is blocked by the hands of Ochoa.
 
55′
Substitution Antonio Matías Giovani dos Santos
 
55′
Dos Santos is coming for Naelson, the US had no answer for him in the Gold Cup.
 
53′
The match continues to developing at a sluggish pace,
 
50′
The game continues to go back and forth and both teams are trying to gain possession.
 
48′
No changes were made so far but both teams have players warming up.
 
45′
Second half begins as Mexico kicks off.
 
 
Players are getting back on the field. Waiting to hear announcements on any changes in the lineup.
 
 
Goal.com readers, what do you think of Klinsmann's changes so far? Hit me up @sportslab on twitter.
 
 
It's been a very physical and intense first half. The U.S. has shown some improvements but is still trailing by one.
 
45′ +1
First half ends.
 
45′
Guardado went down and is being tended to by Mexico's medical staff.
 
45′
There will be one minute of stoppage time.
 
43′
The US has had its chances but continues to show that it has problems executing on offense.
 
42′
Yellow Card E. Juárez
 
41′
Beckerman goes down from a slide tackle for Juarex for a minute but manages to get up.
 
40′
Nealson takes a 30 yard attempt that sails over Howard and the goal post.
 
38′
Cherundolo makes a great cross into the box that intercepted in front of goal by Ochoa.
 
36′
What can improve? The defense looks shaky out there especially with Fiscal, he isn't the typical size for a U.S. defender and on set pieces, he has been revealed.
 
35′
Also Beckerman has added a little bit of edge to the U.S. midfield.
 
35′
What's been encouraging for the U.S. so far? Bradley's play at attacking mid has shown some promise. It isn't the finished product yet but he looks comfortable in the transition from playing in front of the defense to behind the striker.
 
33′
Howard jumps up in the air and grabs Naelson's dangerous cross.
 
33′
Mexico is starting to really dominate in the U.S. final third. This is looking very similar to the team's strong second half in the Gold Cup.
 
29′
There is a BRAWL ON THE PITCH!!! As Cherudolo and Guardado go at it. Players are surrounding each other.
 
29′
The fight started when Cherundolo gave the left winger a tough tackle. Naelson and Guardado then confronted the Hannover right back.
 
25′
The U.S. is definitely missing some speed and this is probably where Chandler would have made a difference.
 
23′
Torres takes the attempt but his shot hits Mexico's wall.
 
23′
The U.S. is trying to build some momentum and has set up a free kick from outside the box.
 
20′
Beckerman knocks down Moreno. He is bringing some steal to the US lineup.
 
17′
Goal O. Peralta
 
17′
GOAL!!!! New coach, same result! Guardado sets up a beautiful kicked in goal by Peralta off of a corner. Poor marking from the U.S. on a set piece.
 
14′
Barrera almost gets a one on one with Howard but the American keeper dives to save the ball.
 
13′
The game has been going back and forth as both teams are starting to get more aggressive.
 
11′
Castro takes a long range shot from outside the box that just misses the goal post.
 
9′
Mexico appears to be playing a controlled game. A lot less aggressive then it was during the Gold Cup final.
 
8′
Kyle Beckerman intercepts a pass from Mexico's midfield and gives the US some possession.
 
5′
The U.S. gets its first scoring opportunity set up by Donovan on the right hand side whose great cross just misses Jones.
 
3′
Mexico sets up a close range scoring opportunity from a free kick but the U.S. defense reacts, swarming Mexico's attacking and forcing Barrera to lose possession out of bounds.
 
1′
Just based on what Im seeing so far, it looks like Klinsmann is using a lone striker with Michael Bradley playing as an attacking midfielder. Interesting decision, he has Torres flanking left and Donovan on the right hand side.
 
 
U.S. kicks off!!! The Jurgen Klinsmann era begins!
 
 
Players on the field, getting ready to kick off.
 
 
Here is Mexico's lineup: Mexico (4-5-1): Ochoa, Salcido, Marquez, Torrado, Juarez; Barrera, Castro, Moreno, Guardado, Naelson, Peralta.
 
 
Here is the United States lineup: United States (4-4-2): Howard; Castillo, Bocanegra, Fiscal, Cherundolo; Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, Torres; Buddle, Donovan.
 
 
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of tonight's match between the United States and Mexico. New U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has already made some shocking inclusions to the lineup. Can the former Germany boss avenge the Stars and Stripes' embarrassing loss to El Tri over a month ago in the Gold Cup? This is Alex Labidou(@sportslab on twitter) providing my live insights throughout the match
 
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