Wednesday, May 28, 2008

US falls 2-0 to England at Wembley Stadium in London

The US Men's National Team fell 2-0 to England today on goals by John Terry and Steven Gerrard in front of over 71,000. Terry's goal came in the 38th minute when he headed home a David Beckham free kick past Tim Howard. Gerrard scored in the 59th minute when he got on the end of a perfectly placed through ball from substitute Gareth Barry and finished past substitute 'keeper Brad Guzan with a nice shot to the far post.

The US never really threatened England and goalkeeper David James until the last ten minutes when substitute Eddie Lewis beat his defender and put in a dangerous cross in the 81st minute. James barely managed to tip it out for a corner kick with two US players lurking at the far post. Freddy Adu, also a late substitute, forced James into a diving save with a right footed shot from the top of the box in the 88th minute.

Guzan and Lewis were probably the two most impressive players for the US with the Chivas US 'keeper making a couple of nice early saves and Lewis looking dangerous beating his man down the left wing and sending in quality set pieces that were lacking earlier in the match before he came off the bench. Heath Pearce also looked good, particularly in the second half, making a few key tackles at left back and causing problems the few times he ventured forwards.

The US next travels to Santander, Spain where they will face the Spanish National Team on Wednesday, June 4th. That match can be seen live on ESPN360.com at 4PM, or delayed at 5:30 on ESPN2.

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