[AUSTRIA-USA] The USA finished the year with all sorts of season records, including the most goals per game (2.22), but it couldn't buy a goal Tuesday in Vienna, losing to Austria, 1-0. Poor finishing was a problem on a night when a bunch of chances were created, but the USA also ran into bad luck as an apparent goal early in the game was ruled to have not crossed the line.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the USA created enough chances to win three or four games and bemoaned a goal from Geoff Cameron denied after it appeared to have crossed the line before Austrian keeper Robert Almer cleared it away.
2013 U.S. records:
Wins:16 (old record: 13 in 2005 and 2012)
Winning pct.:.761 (old record .750 in 2005 and 2012)
Goal diff.: plus-29 (old record plus-23 in 2000)
Goals per game:2.22 (old record 2.14 in 2008)
“We controlled the game," Klinsmann told MLSSoccer.com. "I think we had chances for probably three or four games to win. The ball didn't end up in the net and when it was in the net, then it was either not seen by the linesman or the handball that was connected to it was also not seen."
He added that he didn't want to make a big deal about a blown call in a friendly game, but he added that "it's just a joke" that goal-line technology hasn't been instituted.
Almer's save was one of five he made in the game as he held off the U.S. attack that was shut out for back-to-back games for the first time since 2011 when it was shutout by Ecuador and France.
The USA had more chances on Tuesday against a better team than it did on Friday when it played to a 0-0 tie with Scotland, but Klinsmann was disappointed with the wing play and finishing.
“Overall," he added. "I think we picked up the pace the longer the game went on, pushed and pushed, but the last bit of quality was missing in order to finish it off.”
Nov. 19 in Vienna
Austria 1 USA.Goal: Janko 33.
Austria --Almer, Garics, Dragovic, Leitgeb (Wimmer 90+2), Fuchs, Alaba (Ivanschitz 72), Arnautovic (Suttner 80), Hinteregger, Hinterseer (Zulechner 84), Harnik (Klein 80), Janko (Kavlak 68).
USA -- Howard; Cameron (Lichaj 80), Gonzalez, Brooks, Beasley (Wondolowski 89; Bradley, Jones (Boyd 66); Bedoya, Johannsson (Diskerud 55), Shea (E.Johnson 55); Altidore.
Referee: Istan Vad (Hungary).