U.S. Men’s National Team Defeats Germany 4-3 in Centennial Celebration Match in Nation's Capital
The U.S. Men's National Team earned a thrilling 4-3 victory in an international friendly with Germany. The Centennial Celebration match at RFK Stadium was played in front of a sell out crowd of 47,359.
June 2, 2013
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Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2013) – Celebrating its 100th anniversary on a sweltering afternoon at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Men’s National Team got goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey to defeat Germany 4-3 in front of a sold out crowd of 47,359.
Altidore kicked off the historic day in the 13th minute with a fantastic volley off a cross from Graham Zusi and Dempsey put the game away with two strikes in the second half. The two-goal performance moved Dempsey into sole possession of second place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list with 35, moving him past Eric Wynalda (34) and trailing only Landon Donovan (49).
The match marked the 22nd time the U.S. MNT has played at RFK, more than any other venue in the world. With the win, the U.S. improved its record at the stadium to 14-3-5.
Shortly after Altidore’s opening goal, Germany’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen conceded a shocking own goal when he misplayed a routine back pass from defender Benedikt Howedes. The mishap, which occurred shortly after a Germany goal kick, gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead after 16 minutes.
Germany pulled one back in the 51st minute when halftime substitute Heiko Westermann headed home a corner kick from Max Kruse. Westermann finished from seven yards out, winning the header between two defenders.
The U.S. kept up the offensive pressure and regained its two-goal lead in the 60th minute. Eddie Johnson collected an overhead pass down the left side, pulled back before the endline and served a ball into the box. The cross took a bounce near the penalty spot and was teed up perfectly for Dempsey to unleash a one-timer that beat the ‘keeper from 10 yards out.
Dempsey came right back five minutes later with a classy finish from 24 yards out, cutting back with his right foot and curling a perfect left-footed shot into the upper left corner beyond the outstretched hands of ter Stegen.
Germany made things interesting in the end, pulling back two goals in four minutes late in the match. Max Kruse tallied first in the 78th minute with a well-struck shot from outside the penalty area. Three minutes later, Sydney Sam dribbled along the top of the box and hit a low strike that Howard did well to save to his right, but the rebound fell directly to Julian Draxler who tapped it home from six yards out.
The U.S. will play three World Cup qualifiers next, starting with a match against Jamaica in Kingston on June 7. The U.S. will then face Panama in Seattle on June 11 and Honduras in Sandy, Utah, on June 18.
- The victory was the third time the U.S. has defeated a team ranked first or second in the FIFA rankings. The other two matches were against No. 1-ranked Brazil on Feb. 10, 1998 and No. 1-ranked Spain on June 24, 2009.
- The impressive finish from Altidore was his first U.S. goal since Nov. 15, 2011, in a 3-2 victory against Slovenia.
- The U.S. made four subs, bringing on Brad Davis, Eddie Johnson, Edgar Castillo and Terrence Boyd.
- Johnson earned his 50th cap with his second-half appearance.
- Germany made six subs during the match.
- The U.S. is now 3-6-0 all-time against Germany.
- The U.S. was on the opposite end of a 4-3 scoreline with Germany, losing a seven-goal thriller on June 13, 1993 in Chicago. That match was broadcast on ABC and was the first U.S. MNT match televised without commercial interruption.
-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: June 2, 2013
Competition: Centennial Celebration
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 91 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
GER 0 3 3
USA – Jozy Altidore (Graham Zusi) 13th minute
USA – Marc-Andre ter Stegen (own goal) 16
GER – Heiko Westermann (Max Kruse) 51
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jozy Altidore) 60
USA – Clint Dempsey 65
GER – Max Kruse (Julian Draxler) 78
GER – Julian Draxler 81
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 56); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones, 19-Graham Zusi (18-Eddie Johnson, 56), 23-Fabian Johnson (24-Brad Davis, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (25-Terrence Boyd, 81)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 11-Stuart Holden, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Clarence Goodson
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
22-Marc-Andre ter Stegen; 4-Benedikt Howedes, 7-Marcell Jansen (6-Dennis Aogo, 46), 17-Per Mertesacker (23-Phillip Wollsched, 46); 3-Stefan Reinartz,
8-Julian Draxler, 9-Andre Schurrle (18-Sydney Sam, 65), 10-Lukas Podolski, 15-Lars Bender (5-Heiko Westermann, 46), 16-Sven Bender (20-Max Kruse, 46);
11-Miroslav Klose (13-Nicolai Muller, 79)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Rene Adler, 12-Ron-Rober Zieler, 14-Aaron Hunt, 21-Roman Neustadter
Head coach: Joachim Low
Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 13 / 16
Shots on Goal: 7 / 8
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 8
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offside: 1 / 4
Referee: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro Ayala (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Hector Delgadillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey