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  • May 27, 2014
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
  • Referee: H. Bejarano
  • • Attendance: 24688

Live Commentary

  • Thanks for following along. I've been Goal editor Keith Hickey, @usarsnl on twitter.
  • That's it! A pair of young subs earn the Americans a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan.
  • 86'
    Timmy Chandler's shot from wide is deflected out for a corner.
  • 81'
    Assist Brad Davis
  • 81'
    Goal Aron Jóhannsson
  • 81'
    2-0 USA! Johnannsson has the easiest of headers, meeting Brad Davis' corner in the middle of the box, criminally unmarked.
  • 78'
    Another shot from Diskerud, but it's a tough one across his body to get to Altidore's cross and it's blocked.
  • 75'
    Goal M. Diskerud
  • 75'
    Goal USA! Bradely's shot is blocked on the line, but Diskerud is there to apply the finish!
  • 71'
    SubstitutionAbdulla Abatsiyev Maksim Medvedev
  • 71'
    SubstitutionAlejandro Bedoya M. Diskerud
  • 71'
    Mis Diskerud, the number 10, replaces Bedoya.
  • 70'
    Chandler puts a shot over from distance. The whole game has gone flat right now.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionRufat Dadaşov Pardis Fardjad-Azad
  • 62'
    SubstitutionFabian Johnson DeAndre Yedlin
  • 62'
    SubstitutionChris Wondolowski Aron Jóhannsson
  • 62'
    DeAndre Yedlin and Aron Johannsson come on, and Johnson and Wondolowski leave the field.
  • 61'
    Davis tries to turn an Azerbaijan corner into a counterattack, but Altidore is mobbed by three defenders. Very cautious stuff from the visitors.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionVagif Javadov Dimitrij Nazarov
  • 53'
    Davis takes a short inside pass from the wide Altidore, but falls as his shot inside the box is blocked.
  • 49'
    Michael Bradley's shot goes a foot over the bar.
  • 48'
    Brad Davis was just taken out inside the box, but no call, shockingly.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Şükürov İlkin Qırtımov
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRuslan Abushev Badavi Guseynov
  • 46'
    SubstitutionGeoff Cameron Omar Gonzalez
  • 46'
    SubstitutionDaMarcus Beasley Timothy Chandler
  • 46'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi Brad Davis
  • 46'
    And we're back. The USA is making three changes: Chandler for Beasley, Gonzalez for Cameron and Davis for Zusi
  • Halftime. Lots of set pieces, lots of chances, but no goals yet.
  • 43'
    An Azerbaijan corner results in a dribbling mis-hit shot.
  • 38'
    A deflected Bradley volley falls to Wondolowski, who fires into the side netting from a difficult position.
  • 37'
    Bedoya fires a worm burner from distance, and Agayev can only get in the way before recovering to collect it.
  • 34'
    Lots of pressure from the Americans now, but they're not quite connecting. A Bradley through ball to Wondolowski is cut out by a defender.
  • 30'
    Bedoya goes for a ball and gets steamrolled by Ramaldanov. Slow to get up.
  • 27'
    Ooooh, it looks like an Azerbaijan defender handled the ball as Altidore tried to put it past him. No call though.
  • 25'
    A Zusi cross falls invitingly, but Altidore can't get set up to take a shot.
  • 25'
    Aliyev out-jumps Beasley to a far-post cross, but his looping header is plucked out of the air by Howard.
  • 21'
    Zusi takes a corner short to Alejandro Bedoya, who swings in a cross at Jozy Altidore. Altidore can't quite jump that high.
  • 17'
    Graham Zusi has a free kick scrambled away. Zusi is taking all the free kicks but the score is 0-0. Did you know Landon Donovan had an assist from a free kick in the second minute of his last game? He did.
  • 15'
    Wondo close again! The non-Landon striker heads the corner at goal, but the keeper somehow pushes it into the crossbar. Amazing save.
  • 14'
    The US had a nice passing move there, ending witha cross from the conspicuously not-Landon-Donovan Graham Zusi. Pushed out by Agayev.
  • 12'
    Free kick to Azerbaijan just outside the penalty area, and Sukurov is close, putting it into the side of the net.
  • 11'
    Fabian Johnson goes on a dribbling foray up the sideline, but runs into traffic and is dispossessed.
  • 9'
    Ramaldanov fouls Wondoloski wide of the area. Zusi swings in a free kick but it's headed away.
  • 7'
    Javadov picks up a loose ball in midfield and has a good pop from range, forcing Tim Howard to push it over.
  • 4'
    Almost a perfect start! Graham Zusi's free kick finds a wide open Wondolowski in front of goal, but his diving header is right at the goalkeeper.
  • 1'
    And we're off!
  • Clint Dempsey has come up lame with a sore groin. Chris Wondlowski will take his place in the lineup and Tim Howard takes the captain's armband.
  • In the absence of Landon Donovan, it looks like it's Rosenborg playmaker Mix "long hair, don't care" Diskerud who will wear the number 10.
  • The starting lineup for the Yanks is in, and it is as expected. Tim Howard starts in goal, behind a back four of Fabian Johnson, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler and Damarcus Beasley. Jermaine Jones sits at the bottom of a diamond behind Michael Bradley, with Alejandro Bedoya and Graham Zusi wide. Captain Clint Dempsey is partnered by Jozy Altidore in attack.
  • Good evening, everyone! This is Goal USA's live coverage of the U.S. men's national team's World Cup warmup friendly against Azerbaijan. I'm Goal editor Keith Hickey, and I'll be doing your commentary.