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Klinsmann: 'This team is growing'
by Paul Kennedy, November 14th, 2012 2:08PM

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[RUSSIA-USA: Reaction] After beating Italy and Mexico on the road for the first time, the USA went for a hat trick of away upsets when it traveled to red-hot Russia in Krasnodar. The USA did not get the victory, but it sure felt like one, battling back twice to earn a 2-2 in stoppage time.

-- U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann liked what he saw. "The way our team fought back twice after being down a goal was great," he said. "It showed a lot of personality. It showed a lot of character. This is a young team, and a team that is growing. We are pleased with the game overall, and to score in the last minute was great.”

-- Klinsmann insisted his players have to be sharper early in the game. "For our players," he said, "it’s important that in an international game you have to be spot on from the first second on." He bemoaned the error by Danny Williams that led to the first Russian goal in the 9th minute, but praised the efforts of his young players. Juan Agudelo assisted on Michael Bradley's goal in the 76th minute, while another U.S. U-23, Mix Diskerud, scored his first goal for the USA in stoppage time to cap a wild finish at Kuban Stadium.

-- Jozy Altidore made a comeback after being passed over for the final two World Cup 2014 semifinal-round qualifiers and earned praise from Klinsmann. "I think you saw Jozy Altidore today was a handful," said Klinsmann. "He gets a big, big compliment for his performance.”

-- The USA finished the 2012 campaign with a 9-2-3 record and a .750 winning percentage, matching the top winning percentage of the modern era set in 2005 when the team went 13-3-4.

-- Indicative of the long-term changes in American player development, only two U.S. starters against Russia played college soccer: center backs Carlos Bocanegra (UCLA) and Geoff Cameron (Rhode Island).

-- Bocanegra left the game in the 18th minute with what was said to be an injured hamstring. He was replaced by Clarence Goodson, who was called for the foul that led to the second Russian goal from the penalty spot.

Nov. 14 in Krasnodar
Russia 2 USA 2. Goals: Smolov 9, Shirokov (pen.) 84; Bradley 76, Diskerud 90+3.
Russia -- Gabulov; Anyukov (Yanbaev, 59), Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Eshechenko, Shirokov,  Denisov, Kombarov (Dzagoev, 46), Smolov (Grigoriev, 11; Cheryshev, 80), Kokorin (Dzyuba, 67), Kerzhakov (Glushakov, 46).
USA -- Howard; Chandler, Cameron (Diskerud, 87), Bocanegra (Goodson, 18), F.Johnson; Williams (Edu, 73), Jones, Bradley; Gatt (Agudelo, 63), Altidore (Boyd, 87), Gomez (Kljestan, 65)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy).
Att.: 28,200

Diskerud goal:



Bradley goal:



7 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 8 a.m.
    Good result, Jurgie is developing the depth he needs for the hex and Gold Cup. Great goal from Bradley, is he the captain in waiting? Aguadelo was fine off the bench, Altidore showed a little rust but soldiered on. Weak penalty call, belief in selves and system good to see. Many more postives than negatives given it was a friendly away in a hostile environment.
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.
    It was good that the US came away with the tie but this team is not the same team that played Mexico and the Mexican team they played in Mexico was not the same team that won the Olympics! In the first half the US looked Pathetic least to say, basic technical skills didn't exist,the passing & one touch control didn't exist too many give aways repeatedly, whats up with this? Most of these players have many yrs. of playing under their belt and to play like this is not acceptable at this level, I'm not impressed with Klinsmanns choice of some of the players and we need to improve on the depth of the pool for the UMNT.Gatt was a new face and he was one of the few who did exceptionally well, I'm not a big fan of the MLS but I have seen some US players this yr. that should be considered down the road as possible players, Klinsmanns player depth is very narrow at this time and improvement is needed if he plans to do well in the 2014 World Cup if we even get that far!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
    What else could coach JK say about a below mediocre team performance.
  1. Mark S
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.
    Am I missing something here??? The USMNT was dominated until Capello yanked 6 guys off and put in that terrible new midfield and back line...Calling this some kind of great comeback is a joke. Russia gave the game away, which they should have won very easily...
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
    Scoreline aside, progress would be keeping the ball on the ground in the attacking 3rd. Crosses and knockdowns work, but we need plan B and plan C in order to advance to the next level at the WC.
  1. 0 M
    commented on: November 15, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
    I saw Russia dominate. Looked a lot like Spain/Barcelona.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: November 16, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.
    The fact remains that we beat the Soviets at their home, albeit in ugky fashion.

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