News / USA

US Soccer Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Win Over Germany

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore (17) and Germany defenseman Marcell Jansen (7) go for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match at RFK Stadium, June 2, 2013, in Washington.
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore (17) and Germany defenseman Marcell Jansen (7) go for the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match at RFK Stadium, June 2, 2013, in Washington.
Parke Brewer
The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team put on its best offensive display in more than a year in a 4-3 win Sunday against visiting Germany to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Soccer Federation. 
 
It did not take long for the partisan crowd of more than 47,000 to have something to cheer about, as the U.S. Soccer Team got on the scoreboard in the 13th minute on a goal by forward Jozy Altidore.
 
Three minutes later, the U.S. surprisingly went up 2-0 when - under pressure - German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen accidentally knocked the ball into his own net.
 
Graham Zusi assisted on the first U.S. goal in 13th minute, scored by Jozy Altidore, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)Graham Zusi assisted on the first U.S. goal in 13th minute, scored by Jozy Altidore, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
x
Graham Zusi assisted on the first U.S. goal in 13th minute, scored by Jozy Altidore, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
Graham Zusi assisted on the first U.S. goal in 13th minute, scored by Jozy Altidore, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
Six minutes into the second half, the visitors cut the lead in half, on a goal from Heiko Westerman, but then two goals by U.S. captain Clint Dempsey over a five-minute span gave the Americans a 4-1 advantage.
 
While that looked like a comfortable lead on an uncomfortably hot day, the Germans scored twice in a three-minute span with about 10 minutes left in regulation to trail 4-3, and the U.S. fans could not breathe easy until the final whistle.
 
“Obviously, we are pleased with such an entertaining game, you know, as your centennial game," U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, who is a former German player and coach, told reporters after the game. "We told the players before, this is a special occasion, a special event.  You know, 100 years of your federation playing against one of the top teams in the world and having a sell-out here at RFK. We wanted to celebrate that the right way, and I think we saw a lot of good things on the field.”
 
Jozy Altidore, who scored the first goal of the game, also assisted on one of Clint Dempsey’s second half goals, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)Jozy Altidore, who scored the first goal of the game, also assisted on one of Clint Dempsey’s second half goals, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
x
Jozy Altidore, who scored the first goal of the game, also assisted on one of Clint Dempsey’s second half goals, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
Jozy Altidore, who scored the first goal of the game, also assisted on one of Clint Dempsey’s second half goals, June 2, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
Germany is currently second in FIFA’s world rankings, while the USA is 29th.  German coach Joachim Low said he knew the U.S. team would be motivated after a somewhat embarrassing 4-2 loss to visiting Belgium on Wednesday. 
 
“In the second half we managed to step a few gears up," Low explained. "Despite the temperatures, we put up far more pressure than the first half, and I think the way we pulled this 4-1 back to only 4-3 was admirable, as far as my players are concerned, and we almost scored the equalizer, so it isn’t all bad.”

Clint Dempsey’s two goals move him into second place on the all-time men’s U.S. Soccer Team scoring list, trailing only Landon Donovan.  But he said that was not even on his mind.
 
Fans dressed up and were ready to cheer on Team USA at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)Fans dressed up and were ready to cheer on Team USA at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
x
Fans dressed up and were ready to cheer on Team USA at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
Fans dressed up and were ready to cheer on Team USA at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013. (Photo: Parke Brewer / VOA)
“It’s refreshing for the team to win.  That’s the most important thing, but it’s always good when you have people scoring goals because it gives more confidence in the team, and that’s what you want moving forward,” Dempsey said.
 
Beginning later this week, the U.S. Soccer Team faces a crucial stretch of three World Cup qualifying matches in 12 days.  The Americans travel to Kingston to face host Jamaica on Friday.  Then come home matches against Panama June 11 in Seattle, Washington, and against Honduras June 18 in Sandy, Utah, outside Salt Lake City.

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Keeping_it_real from: atl
June 03, 2013 6:08 PM
I wish that journalists had some integrity when it came to their stories. You can hardly mention that this US win was against #2 ranked Germany when this was against the 3rd string team. Why is there no mention of all the Germany players that were not present due to commitments to Championship league play. They didn't have a single starter. The US did not play a #2 ranked team. There were some great goals for the US, but please don't make this something it wasn't. Typical US brainwashing.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More