Thursday, May 29, 2008

ATH: USA v England

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2008) USSoccerPlayers -- The United States couldn't find a way to break down England's defending in the final third on Wednesday, losing 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. John Terry scored England's opener in the 38th minute from a David Beckham freekick, and Steven Gerrard got their second in the 59th with an assist from Gareth Barry.

It was the United States pushing the offense early, but without Landon Donovan they were unable to get good service to starting forwards Josh Wolff and Eddie Johnson. Though the work rate was high, the chances didn't follow.

"Overall, I thought that the first 30 minutes we dealt pretty well with the speed of the game," Bob Bradley said. "As we moved on in the half, certainly we hurt ourselves with giving away some fouls around the box to a dangerous team on set pieces, and they took advantage of that. In the second half there was an attempt to push a level up on our end, but we couldn't sustain enough pressure, and in that regard England on the night was quite good."

With England working the counter attack and winning fouls in good positions, they finally capitalized with the Terry goal in the 38th.

US coach Bob Bradley switched goalkeepers at the half, bringing on Brad Guzan for Tim Howard. England also changed things up, opting for long balls into space as they tried to get Wayne Rooney involved in the attack. That never really worked for them, but Jermain Defoe and Steven Gerrard did their parts to make up.

Gerrard especially was responsible for several dangerous chances, and he finally broke through courtesy of a Gareth Barry pass in the 59th, two minutes after Barry entered the game.

With the game settling and the substitutions from both sides changing the flow, Freddy Adu and Eddie Lewis were subbed in for the US in the 68th minute. Both players responded by giving the US offense a push that led to sustained attacks for the first time in the game. The US started getting better looks and finished five to four on corner kicks.

Landon Donovan and Jonathan Spector were unavailable for the US due to injury. David Beckham was subbed out at halftime for England. Both coaches used the maximum of six substitutes, with England's bench 17 players deep.

The US returns to action next Wednesday at 5pm ET on ESPN2 against Spain in Santander.

-- Game Report --

Match-up: USA vs. England
Date: May 28, 2008
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wembley Stadium – London, England
Kickoff: 8 p.m. GMT
Attendance: 71,233
Weather: 57 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:
1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ENG 1 1 2

Scoring:
ENG – John Terry (David Beckham) 38th minute.
ENG – Steven Gerrard (Gareth Barry) 59.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo (27-Frankie Hejduk, 46), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 12-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 13-Ricardo Clark (26-Maurice Edu, 78), 4-Michael Bradley, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (11-Eddie Lewis, 68); 9-Eddie Johnson (14-Nate Jaqua, 89), 16-Josh Wolff (19-Freddy Adu, 68)
Subs not used 2-Dan Califf
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

ENG: 1-David James; 2-Wes Brown (13-Glen Johnson, 58), 6-John Terry (capt.), 3-Ashley Cole (14-Wayne Bridge, 83), 5-Rio Ferdinand; 7-David Beckham (17-David Bentley, 46), 4-Owen Hargreaves, 8-Frank Lampard (21-Gareth Barry, 57), 10-Steven Gerrard; 9-Jermain Defoe (25-Peter Crouch, 68), 11-Wayne Rooney (22-Joe Cole, 79)
Subs not used: 12-Joe Hart, 15-Stephen Warnock, 16-Jonathan Woodgate, 18-Phil Jagielka, 19-David Wheater, 20-Tom Huddlestone, 23-Stewart Downing, 24-Ashley Young, , 26-Dean Ashton, 27-Theo Walcott, 28-Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29-Joe Lewis
Head Coach: Fabio Capello

Stats Summary:
USA / ENG
Shots 9 / 16
Saves 3 / 2
Corner Kicks 5 / 4
Fouls 21 / 23
Offside 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Steve Cherundolo (caution) 44th minute.
USA – Heach Pearce (caution) 71.
ENG – Wayne Rooney (caution) 76.

Officials:
Referee: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
First Asst.: Dimitrios Bozaizides (GRE)
Second Asst.: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Peter Walton (ENG)

Game Report courtesy of US Soccer Communications

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