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Record scoring year ends with shutout
November 20th, 2013 12:51AM

TAGS:  men's national team


[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 "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).
Att.: 20,200.

Austria-USA Highlights:

  1. Randy Vogt
    commented on: November 20, 2013 at 7:53 a.m.
    It's ironic that Istan Vad was the ref as he was the additional assistant referee when Ukraine scored against England in the goal that was not. It's not his fault that he did not award the American goal in this game as it was a very close call (just like in Ukraine-England). Unfortunately, his AR was nearly two yards off the goal line and not in line with the second-to-last defender on the goal line. If he had been there, he would have had a perfect view whether the ball was over the goal line.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: November 20, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
    I see a pattern over these past two matches I don't like at all from Bradley, he is slipping into what he used to do before, safe play. Most of his "completed" passes were back or square. We need him to be where he was before he was injured. Unfortunately,right now the way the team is constituted, as Bradley goes, so goes the team. By the way, what happened to all our Latino Americans? Is the Latin experiment over? This was pretty much our WC squad,and once again, it looks like we have reverted to our old ways of selecting players based on their predictable methodical and physical play. I do like Johannsson, and wish we could find more like him. (maybe among the ranks of our Latino Americans?) I think he should be starting ahead of Altidore right now.
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 20, 2013 at 11 a.m.
    Mr. Vogt, was the referee correct in not calling the PK on the same play? Can you give advantage if the ball is going toward the goal and the goalkeeper saved it?
  1. Barry Thomas
    commented on: November 20, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
    Gus - - In a word, yes. In the same way a ref can ignore a handball at midfield to see if an advantage is maintained and then call the ball back for a free kick if it doesn't, the same principle could be applied to yesterday's game.

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