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  • June 4, 2011
  • • 4:30 PM
  • • Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
  • Referee: Roberto Silvera
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Live Commentary

  • 90' + 1'
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  • 90'
    Game finishes. Complete and utter domination by Spain today. Bob Bradley will have to find a way to rally his men to a win against Canada next week.
  • 87'
    Spain is keeping the ball and running out the clock. Revenge is a dish best served cold....
  • 83'
    Im surprised that Bradley hasn't pulled out Howard yet. He isn't responsible for the scoreline but the coach should give Hahnemann a chance.
  • 80'
    Even though we don't have any official stats to prove this, here is my first half and second half possession estimates. First half: 95 to 5 percent Spain advantage. Second half: 75 percent to 25 percent Spain.
  • 77'
    Bedoya almost had a chance to score but Casillas jumps on the ball.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionPepe Reina Iker Casillas
  • 76'
    Entering into the game for Reina to a loud crowd applause is Real Madrid's Casillas.
  • 74'
    GOAL!!!! Torres scores a stunner going directly at Cherundolo. Villareal man Valero set up the beautiful play.
  • 73'
    Goal Fernando Torres
  • 70'
    Boos are coming in as Wondolowski misses a pass from Dempsey that would have set him up for a easy point blank opportunity.
  • 69'
    Positive ball movement from U.S. gets stopped by Spain once again.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionJ. Agudelo Alejandro Bedoya
  • 65'
    SubstitutionDavid Silva Borja Valero
  • 65'
    SubstitutionSergio Ramos Capdevila
  • 65'
    Bedoya comes in for Agudelo. Bradley finally senses that there was a major midfield disadvantage.
  • 64'
    Torres charges into Goodson and takes a close range shot. Unfortunately it hits the cross bar.
  • 63'
    For a team not known for its defense, Spain continues to thrive there. It is intercepting almost every pass and reading the U.S. plays well.
  • 62'
    Spain has snuffed out the U.S. momentum being controlled and patient with the ball.
  • 59'
    Michael Bradley shows why he is the most underrated player on the U.S. team. Brilliant touch on the ball and his silky pass almost give Wondolowski another chance to get one in.
  • 58'
    The U.S. seems awakened by the last play as Wondolowski's head almost catches a cross by Agudelo.
  • 57'
    Cherundolo showed a rare glimpse of beautiful football by the U.S. as he knocked the ball past a Spain defender.
  • 52'
    A flurry of beautiful passes and ball movement almost creates another chance for Spain. However, Ream intercepts Torres shot.
  • 50'
    Even with Bradley's changes, the U.S. can't keep up with Spain.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionBusquets Soriano
  • 46'
    SubstitutionNegredo Fernando Torres
  • 46'
    SubstitutionDavid Villa Iniesta
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJozy Altidore Chris Wondolowski
  • 46'
    SubstitutionOguchi Onyewu C. Goodson
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRobbie Rogers Clint Dempsey
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJones Michael Bradley
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMaurice Edu Steven Cherundolo
  • 46'
    Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta are the major subs in on Spain side on the U.S. end, Altidore gets subbed out for Wondolowski and Dempsey comes in to a huge round of applause.
  • 45'
    Game resumes as the U.S. has the ball but doesn't make much of the opportunity.
  • 45'
    First half finishes as the U.S. is literally destroyed on the field. Surely Bradley will have to find a way to drive up some pride in his men. There is no way he can afford to a weakened morale side in Detriot in a few days.
  • 42'
    Agudelo has a frustration foul as he slides into Albiol.
  • 41'
    Goal Santi Cazorla
  • 41'
    GOAL!!! Again, Spain utilizes its constant passing and ball movement, not to mention hustle. Cazorla. Silva assisted this goal as well. That gives the Man City attacking midfielder two assists.
  • 38'
    Altidore's shot almost brings the U.S. back into the game.
  • 37'
    The display that Silva continues to have shows why he is one of Spain's best outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
  • 37'
    He almost got a deserved goal in but Howard was able to stop with a brilliant save.
  • 36'
    Yes, I know this is against Spain but Bradley should have really considered playing five midfielders and trying out Adu in the starting lineup. It seems pointless to not see what the team's potential is in the midfield and getting off to a bad start continues to be an issue for the U.S.
  • 32'
    Goal Negredo
  • 31'
    Another goal by Spain, the team is getting its revenge as Negredo took advantage of another one on one with the goalie and scored. It was assisted by Alonso.
  • 28'
    GOAL!!!!! It was only a matter of time and Villareal's Cazorla takes advantage of a poacher's effort created by Man City's Silva.
  • 28'
    Goal Santi Cazorla
  • 28'
    Villa put some fancy footwork in until Spector is able to catch up with him.
  • 23'
    The U.S. midfield has been disappointing so far as it hasn't been able to keep the ball when it has it.
  • 21'
    Spain creates yet another amazing build up but is called offsides. It seems like the referee is more likely to stop the team then the U.S. is.
  • 20'
    Sensing a wounded morale, the crowd's chants of USA ring louder and louder.
  • 17'
    The style that Spain is playing is absolutely stunning. It's like watching them in practice or playing a video game. Unreal!
  • 16'
    The U.S. misses a golden chance as it gets called offsides in Spain's half.
  • 15'
    Villa has a great shot at the jumping Howard. Luckily for the Everton man, the shot sails wide right.
  • 14'
    Lichaj gets fouled by Spain. U.S. is back to playing from the back.
  • 13'
    Negredo had a golden chance with only one defender and Howard in front of him. His chip shot attempt knocks the crossbar. Howard went down for a second but is back up and playing again.
  • 12'
    Howard is yelling at his defense. He wants them to not get overwhelmed by Spain's attack.
  • 11'
    The U.S. is trying to build possession but it doesn't have the technical skill to compete with Spain.
  • 9'
    David Silva has a brilliant goal taken away by a questionable offsides call. Spain smells blood and is looking for the first goal. Bradley's men have to assert themselves.
  • 8'
    Vicente del Bosque looks on the field. Players might deny wanting payback but he wants this win.
  • 7'
    Great give and go by Ramos and Silva. The Spanish right back got a shot that almost tested Howard.
  • 6'
    U.S. gets into Spain's box but the Spaniards stop any momentum.
  • 5'
    Great play by Onyewu as he blocks another great shot by Spain.
  • 4'
    Negredo blows a golden chance as Spain gets into the U.S. box and feeds the Sevilla striker with a beautiful pass.
  • 2'
    The U.S. is playing on the counter attack as obviously Spain will control the possession of the game.
  • 1'
    Kickoff!! Game starts, can the U.S. get two wins against the world's no.1 side?
  • Goal.com readers welcome to our live coverage of the United States men's national team's match against world champions Spain. The Stars and Stripes headline grabbing win over the Spaniards in the 2009 Confederations Cup still remains one of its greatest victories. This is Alex Labidou. You can shoot me questions during the game @sportslab on twitter.
  • The starting lineups are being announced and the stadium is a packed house at Gillette Stadium. Two shock decisions. No Freddy Adu in the lineup and Robbie Rogers in the starting lineup. Interesting choices by Bradley.
  • Kickoff is set at 4:41 and the players are walking on the field for the U.S. Tim Howard is the captain today.
  • Both anthems are sung and the game is almost ready to start. This is definitely a pro-Spain crowd with over half of the fans here to see the world champions.
  • Remember feel free to follow and ask me questions on twitter (@sportslab).