Jurgen Klinsmann and the US men went to Germany with intentions of making an impression both to the defending World Champions and the rest of the world. A result on German soil would carry real weight.
One good thing about a high profile friendly such as this is that it is usually wide open. Attacking soccer is on full display. It took less than twelve minutes to find the opening goal Wednesday. After Mix Diskerud missed giving the US a lead firing just inches high (a ball he really should have scored I must say), Germany went to the other end and did not miss. The lax defending was a big problem in Holland a few days back for the Americans it reared its ugly head in Cologne. Despite having seven players defending inside their own penalty area, somehow none of the men decided to pay attention to Mario Gotze who had a very simple one time finish into the US net.
Germany will score five tonight if that is the quality of defending the Americans display. Things could have gone really badly as a wild Danny Williams slide tackle really should have seen red. Lucky for him this was only a friendly or Williams would have been off and the Americans down to ten men for seventh minutes. A nasty, silly challenge.
The next fifteen minutes were pretty quiet as the Germans were kept off the front foot and the Americans did a better job around the ball. The chances would start coming again soon for the home side though as Gotze should have had his second goal. Only the heroics of US keeper Brad Guzan kept the game 1-0 as he came out to deny the wide open German. Moments later Schurrle had a free headed in front of goal. Luckily his glancing header went into the arms of Guzan.
The US had no plans to go quietly though and just as in Holland the Americans would rally back. Any surprise Michael Bradley was at the heart of the goal? In the 41st minute Bradley served a perfect ball to the running Mix Diskerud who chested down and finished smartly. Just a minute later it could have been the visitors in front but Zardes blasted from twenty yards just over the crossbar. 1-1 to the break.
The chances kept coming after the restart as both sides looked for the go ahead goal. Substitute Jordan Morris narrowly missed putting the US ahead in the 75th minute as he curled a shot wit the outside of his right foot towards the far post. His hands went to head as he watched the shot miss just inches wide.
The Americans were pushing hard over the final fifteen minutes as they clearly had designs of winning this one. Michael Bradley had a low shot kicked away in the 83rd minute, but the decisive play was coming. Once again it was a late goal that would win it for the US as the substitutes would provide a major contribution. Striker Bobby Wood received a pass and made a nice spin to his left foot before firing from 25 yards. His shot was true as it found the lower right corner of the net.
Another wonderful victory for Jurgen Klinsmann and the US National Team. First the Netherlands and now Germany both on foreign soil within a week!