Russia vs. United States: International Friendly Live Score, Highlights, Recap
International friendly live updates, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Russia 2-2 United States (full time)
Russia: Vladimir Gabulov; Aleksandr Anykov (Renat Yanbayev 59'), Sergei Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski, Andrei Yeschenko; Dmitri Kombarov (Alan Dzagoev 46'), Igor Denisov (capt.), Roman Shirokov; Aleksandr Kokorin (Arten Dzyuba 67'), Fyodor Smolov (Maksim Grigoryev 11', Denis Cheryshev 80'), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Denis Glushakov 46').
USA: Tim Howard; Timmy Chandler, Geoff Cameron (Mix Diskerud 87'), Carlos Bocanegra (capt) (Clarence Goodson 18'), Fabian Johnson; Danny Williams (Maurice Edu 73'), Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Josh Gatt (Juan Agudelo 63'); Herculez Gomez (Sacha Kljestan 65'), Jozy Altidore (Terrence Boyd 87')
GOALS: Smolov (RUS) 9', Bradley (USA) 76', Shirokov (RUS) 84' (pen.), Diskerud (USA) 90'+3'
Russia 2-2 USA
Well, there were plenty of issues for the U.S. today, but it's a good result in the end.
The midfield couldn't hold the ball, and the defense varied between below average and poor.
But we also got a first look at Josh Gatt. Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd set up goals with hold-up play.
And Michael Bradley scored a top-class volleyed goal.
So there's lots of work to do ahead of the final round of World Cup qualifying. But it's a satisfying result in a match the U.S. probably should have lost.
One more save for Howard, this time an easy one.
He's obviously the man of the match for the U.S.
There's the final whistle. Hardly deserved, but we'll take it.
MORE ON THE GOAL
The U.S. lumps a long ball forward. Terrence Boyd wins it and tees up Diskerud, whose first-time shot is deflected into the net.
90+3 GOAL USA!
Mix Diskerud scores for the US!
90'—RUS 2, USA 1
Four minutes of stoppage time…
Have to start calling Tim Howard, The Butcher, because nobody holds onto more bacon than him.— The Shin Guardian (@shinguardian) November 14, 2012
Or, I suppose, the Pig Farmer. But that doesn't sound as good.
Tim Howard saves again for the U.S. The defense has been really shaky today.
Terrence Boyd and Mix Diskerud enter the match.
Jozy Altidore and Geoff Cameron depart.
The penalty incident came off a set piece in the U.S. end. The kick was taken quickly and the U.S. defense looked unprepared.
Also looked like Tim Howard had the situation handled before Goodson fouled the attacker.
Tough blow for the U.S.
Roman Shirokov converts the penalty confidently.
Clarence Goodson pushes over a Russian player in the box and concedes a penalty. Earns a yellow card too.
Altidore cuts back for Jermaine Jones, who curls a shot way over the bar.
Another Russian sub to pass along. This time, it IS their final change.
Denis Cheryshev replaces Maksim Grigoryev, who was himself a sub in the first half.
On the goal
Michael Bradley is very good. Also good to see a nice touch from Maurice Edu and Juan Agudelo. Welcome back, fellas.— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) November 14, 2012
Michael Bradley is the best American soccer player right now. What a goal 1-1— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) November 14, 2012
I wonder is anyone that was part of the Aston Villa coaching staff watching this and thinking how wrong they were about Michael Bradley— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) November 14, 2012
MORE ON THE GOAL!
Edu plays a lofted ball to Agudelo on the edge of the box. Agudelo lays off with his first touch for Bradley.
Bradley volleys the ball in off the far post. What a strike!
Michael Bradley ties up the game with a rocket!
Maurice Edu replaces Danny Williams for the U.S.
Jermaine Jones dribbles to the endline on the left and crosses back to Kljestan, who knocks down a header for Bradley.
Bradley rushes his header and pops it over the goal. Should have let the ball drop to his foot.
Decent chance for the U.S.
Fabian Johnson bursts forward from left back and crosses for Jozy Altidore. The flag stays down, but Altidore's first touch is poor and the chance is wasted.
Russia made a sub moments ago. Artem Dzyba replaced the dangerous Kokorin.
Igor Denisov shoots wide after pulling down a corner on the edge of the box.
The U.S. defense looks vulnerable. What's new?
Russia pushes forward in numbers. The U.S. defense steps off and allows a one-two in the box.
Howard saves the initial effort, then tips over a lobbed shot.
Should be 2-0 by now.
Another change for the U.S.
Sacha Kljestan replaces Herculez Gomez.
Juan Agudelo replaces Josh Gatt.
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