MNT Nov 14, 2013
A year ago today, the U.S. Men’s National Team took the field in Krasnodar to close out the 2012 campaign against ninth-ranked Russia. With historic wins against Italy and Mexico under the belt and advancement to the final round of qualifying secure, the team had a chance to prove a point in a big match on the road in Europe.
Showing its trademark competitive spirt, the USA twice came back from behind to secure a 2-2 draw. Second-half substitute Mix Diskerud, playing in his third match with the U.S. senior team, scored the game-tying goal nearly three minutes into second-half stoppage time. Michael Bradley also contributed a 76th-minute equalizer to tie the score at 1-1 and goalkeeper Tim Howard made six saves, several of the spectacular variety.
The USA finishes the year with a 9-2-3 record and a .750 winning percentage, which matches the all-time record for the top winning percentage of the modern era that was set in 2005 when the team went 13-3-4.