United States and England Battle to 1-1 Draw

Posted: June 16, 2010 in Soccer

Rustenburg, South Africa-

The US and England fought to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

This was easily one of the most anticipated matches in the World Cup and easily the most anticipated match up among American soccer fans alike.

That being said, the match did not start out the way the Americans were hoping it would. In the 4th minute, England’s Stephen Gerrard beat US Goalkeeper Tim Howard to give the English the all – important first goal of the match.

Speaking of Goalkeepers, England manager Fabio Capello did not name a starting keeper until hours before the match, electing to go with Robert Green over veteran David James and young Joe Hart.

The 40th minute saw one of the most unforgettable moments of the World Cup. US Midfielder Clint Dempsey fired a shot from a few yards behind the penalty area which bounced off of Green’s hands and trickled across the goal line.

This was not the fault of the slightly wet conditions, or the ball (which has come under criticism, mostly from goalkeepers), this was simply a goalkeeper’s error, and the look on Robert Green’s face proved it.

While the teams appeared to be shifting to a more defensive approach in the 2nd half, there were still plenty of offensive chances for both teams. However, both teams goalkeepers stood tall and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Both teams came out of this game with a point, though they are currently tied in second in Group C behind Slovenia, who earned 3 points after defeating Algeria by a score of 1-0.

The US will take on Slovenia on Friday June 18th (coverage starts at 9:30 am on ESPN) and England takes on Algeria the same day at 2:30 eastern time (Also on ESPN).

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