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  • January 21, 2012
  • • 9:10 PM
  • • University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Referee: R. García Orozco
  • • Attendance: 30000

Live Commentary

  • Talk about an exciting finish for the U.S. Clark, who's last significant national team memory was being subbed off in the 30th min against Ghana, gains some redemption. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) signing off.
  • 90' + 8'
    Red Card J. Velázquez
  • 90' + 7'
    Goal Ricardo Clark
    GOAL!!!! It's unbelievable!!!! Ricardo Clark heads in the goal!!! Amazing play by a midfielder who gets some redemption after having a poor World Cup.
  • 90' + 6'
    SHEA!!! He almost gets Sapong into the goal with an sharp cross. Corner kick!
  • 90' + 5'
    Venezuela is just playing it safe now, waiting for the whistle.
  • 90' + 4'
    Jones shot goes sailing out of bounds.
  • 90' + 3'
    In what will surely be the last likely play of the game, Shea and Jones set up free kick
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card E. Rentería
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card F. Flores
  • 90'
    The US gets a close range FK after De La Garza gets fouled just outside the box.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionA. Guerra D. Guerrero
  • 89'
    Guerra comes to loud boos, fans didn't forget that faked stretcher show.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionTeal Bunbury Brad Evans
  • 88'
    Bunbury is coming out for Brad Evans.
  • 87'
    Amazing pass by Shea, finding Loyd on a no look backheel pass. Morales blocks the shot. The GK has been the man of the man of the match.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionAlejandro Moreno R. Blanco
  • 85'
    Another corner from Jones that goes inside the box but the team can't finish. There were some claims for a penalty but to no avail.
  • 83'
    Bunbury just misses the open right hand side of the frame, he clearly looks tired out there.
  • 82'
    Guerra hangs his head in shame as he can't finish a clear shot on goal. Venezuela has clearly picked up its game.
  • 80'
    Sapong's foot just touches the ball but he can't finish from the right side of the goal post.
  • 79'
    Shea's pass forces a corner but he's frustrated that he didn't find CJ Sapong was open.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionMiguel Ángel Mea Vitali E. Rentería
  • 75'
    Sapong wins a header and Wondolowski finds a poachers opportunity that just gets saved by the GK.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionHeath Pearce Zach Loyd
  • 74'
    SubstitutionGraham Zusi C.J. Sapong
  • 73'
    Zusi is coming off for Sapong. Should be interesting to see what the MLS rookie of the year does on the international level.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionEdgar Fernando Pérez Greco Á. Chourio
  • 71'
    Bunbury gets forward and passes to Zusi and the midfielder takes a shot that just goes wide.
  • 69'
    In a moment that draws loud boos. Guerra comes right back on.
  • 68'
    Guerra who was tripped by Jones, is stretchered off the field.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Jones
  • 66'
    Jones shows his aggressive side as he trips a player to stop an attack. He earns a yellow card.
  • 63'
    Bunbury gets a great opportunity just outside of the box that just hits the side netting.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionBenny Feilhaber Chris Wondolowski
  • 62'
    SubstitutionJeff Larentowicz Ricardo Clark
  • 62'
    Clark and Wondolowski come on for Feilhaber and Larentowicz.
  • 61'
    Zusi launches a corner and a Venezuelan CB pushes ball out of play. Feilhaber appears upset as he's laying on the pitch. He's clearly looking for a penalty. The team's second corner goes begging as well.
  • 60'
    Some tricky footwork from Pearce as he lobs the ball to himself and earns a corner.
  • 60'
    The U.S. is starting to build some positive play and earns a free kick after Jones gets fouled.
  • 57'
    Zusi takes a knock from a foul.
  • 55'
    Another close opportunity for Shea. Jones sends a powerful through ball that finds the FC Dallas star in the box. Shea's touch prevented him from scoring.
  • 53'
    There is an all-out battle going on in the midfield. Neither team can establish itself.
  • 51'
    Venezuela has really raised it's intensity in the second half. Whatever the nation's coach said must have clicked.
  • 48'
    Good set of touches between Feilhaber and Jones, who eventually find Bunbury in the box. The Sporting KC forward's shot goes above the goal.
  • 46'
    Yellow Card C. Salazar
  • 46'
    Physical start for Venezuela, as Salazaar elbows Brek Shea in the head. He gets a yellow card immediately.
  • 45'
    Kick off!!! Venezuela starts the second half. No subs for the US.
  • Venezuela finally comes out...
  • Venezuela hasn't come out of the lockerroom yet. It is at least 4 minutes late.
  • Players are back on the field. Game is about to begin.
  • The first half ends and the U.S. has had some good midfield play so far but allowed Venezuela to creep back into the game. Zusi and Jones had a good half for the Stars and Stripes.
  • 45'
    One min of added time.
  • 44'
    Yellow Card Miguel Ángel Mea Vitali
  • 44'
    Bunbury puts it across with a header but a Venezuela player intercepts. Another gains a yellow card for refusing to keep within 20 yards.
  • 43'
    First corner for the U.S.....
  • 42'
    Venezuela continues to build momentum and possession. The team keeps on testing the US but luckily from long range.
  • 39'
    Flores takes a long range blast from just outside the box against five defenders. The attempt was on target but he put too much power into it.
  • 34'
    Good instincts from Hamid who rushes into a crowd to punch out a deadly chance for Venezuela.
  • 32'
    A dangerous run by Moreno is stopped by an offside call.
  • 30'
    Jones has impressed early on. He pushes on and has cleared up mistakes in the midfield.
  • 29'
    Venezuela is starting to get some momentum. It is building possession and moving ahead.
  • 27'
    Feilhaber continues to impress in the center of the park but he should have taken a shot outside of the box. Instead he gives it to Jones, whose attempt is poor.
  • 25'
    Poor pass from Bunbury. the U.S. had a 3 on 2 opportunity but couldn't take advantage.
  • 23'
    Shea couldn't convert another close range opportunity. Zusi launches a perfect free kick into the winger's head and shot just lands into the GK's foot. Good attempt from Shea.
  • 23'
    De La Garza continues to struggle on the right hand side.
  • 21'
    Another close opportunity for the U.S. Feilhaber shows his nice passing ability that frees up Shea and his shot inside the box just sails past the right post.
  • 19'
    Bunbury has the first threatening opportunity of the match, taking a precise attempt just sailing outside of the posts.
  • 18'
    Shea receives a nice long ball pass in the air but he couldn't bring it down in the penalty area.
  • 17'
    De La Garza tries too hard to push forward but couldn't anyone to pass forward to and is swarmed by Venezuela's defense.
  • 14'
    Some creative play by Venezuela, Moreno charges towards box looking for Flores but takes a rip that sails just pass Hamid.
  • 12'
    The U.S. continues to dominate possession but Venezuela is playing 10 guys in the box.
  • 7'
    Venezuela hasn't had much possession so far but the U.S. hasn't been able to take advantage yet in the final third.
  • 4'
    So far the U.S. has done well in the midfield, moving the ball around and finding open spaces.
  • 2'
    The crowd in Phoenix is pretty loud and the U.S. is starting aggressive early.
  • KICK OFF!!! U.S. starts the first half
  • The players are walking on to the field.
  • There are some interesting decisions, personally wouldn't have captained Jermaine Jones BUT maybe Klinsmann thinks he would be good for the younger players. Might have went with Feilhaber, if it were up to me.
  • Venezuela: Morales; Rivero, Salazar, Velasquez, Vitali, Flores, Greco, F.Flores, A.Moreno, Guerra, Rouga
  • USA bench: Rimando, Loyd, Parke, Clark, Evans, Wondolowski, Sapong.
  • U.S. starting lineup: Hamid, De La Garza, Pearce, Parkhurst, Cameron, Larentowicz, Zusi, Jones, Bunbury, Feilhaber, Shea
  • Hello everyone! Welcome to's LIVE commentary of tonight's match between the United States and Venezuela. Should be an exciting match as U.S. fans will be able to see several players who are considered to be the future of the national team. This is Alex Labidou (@sportslab on twitter) and I will be giving you my insights throughout the match.