Skip to comments.Team USA ends World Cup preparation work with impressive win vs. Nigeria
Posted on 06/08/2014 3:13:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Nine days from now, the United States mens national team will open the World Cup against Ghana in Brazil. And in their final official warm-up game, on the last day before they travel down, they ticked off a number of boxes on their lengthy to-do list in a 2-1 win over Nigeria.
Striker Jozy Altidore, on whom so much could depend in the coming weeks, finally ended his scoring drought by scoring in the 31st and 68th minutes. He hadnt scored for his club Sunderland since Dec. 4 in his disastrous first season there, and his last tally for the USA had come on Oct. 11 -- a six-game scoreless stretch.
More momentum was built as the Americans took a third win from this three-game tune-up series, having previously vanquished Azerbaijan 2-0 on May 27 and Turkey 2-1 on June 1. The win itself, meanwhile, seems all the more significant since it came over another World Cup-bound opponent that plays much the same way as Ghana does. The Ghanaians, of course, bounced the USA from the last two World Cups. But the Americans will need a win this time around to retain any hope of advancing from a group that also contains world-beaters Germany and Portugal.
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Last warm-up games:
June 8 in Sao Paulo
Iran vs. Trinidad & Tobago
June 8 in Lille
France vs. Jamaica
“2-1 win over Nigeria”
Nigeria are one of the best in Africa ,IIRC.
It’ll take a miracle to advance out of this group...
My worry has never been Altidore. It’s the porous back line that has given me chills. The set up last night was good. The best part is having Chandler positioned firmly on the bench.
Now if Fabian Johnson will remember that his first responsibility is to keep the other side from scoring, we might get to play four games.
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