For the second time in five days Bobby Wood came off the bench to strike a late game winning goal for the U.S. against world class opposition.
Tonight World Cup winning Germany were the victims as Wood’s 87th minute blast completed an unlikely American comeback to give the Yanks a late lead in Cologne.
Germany’s Sami Khedira hit the cross bar in the game’s waning moments, but after the way the U.S. dominated the second half it would be hard to say that the visitors were unworthy of the this win.
This result would have been difficult to forecast in the games early stages as the home team threatened to run the U.S. off the pitch. German attackers continually found space behind the American backline, but U.S. keeper Brad Guzan stood strong against the dangerous German offense.
Mario Goetze gave Guzan no chance on his 12th minute goal, finishing easily after German debutant Patrick Herrmann’s run left the U.S. defense in tatters. Herrmann raced by Mix Diskerud, pulling the U.S. backs out of position. Tim Chandler was slow to slide over from his right back spot and World Cup winning goal scorer Goetze made sure of his chance.
Germany kept the pressure on the Americans and will regret not tacking on another goal or two before the short whistle.
The visitors began to come into the game as the first half wound down and that U.S. improvement was rewarded with a very well taken goal from Mix Diskerud in the 41st minute.
Diskerud made an intelligent run at the German defense and Michael Bradley picked out the NYCFC man with a fine ball over the top. Diskerud controlled well and beat Manuel Neuer stand in Robert Zieler for the leveler.
Jurgen Klinsmann made several changes after the break, bringing in Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin and Kyle Beckerman for Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Juan Agudelo.
Like everything the U.S. coach attempts these days, the changes all worked a charm. Over these two matches the Americans have finally begun to play something like the proactive soccer the German legend promised when he took charge of the side in 2011.
And with the U20 side also showing some real signs of progress at the World Cup in New Zealand, Klinsmann’s grand vision may be coming into view.
The U.S. were led by an inspirational display by captain Michael Bradley, and on a day when the U.S. provisional roster was announced for the Gold Cup, it is hard to imagine any reason to remove the armband from indefatigable midfielder.
A second round of subs introduced Wood and Jordan Morris for Aron Johannsson and Gyasi Zardes and once again Klinsmann’s moves proved prescient.
Bradley began the decisive move of the game with a pass to Evans. The veteran fullback sent a good ball in for Wood, who had a bit of extra space thanks to a heady move by Stanford University’s Morris.
Wood, who has been struggling through a difficult club situation in Germany and has rarely impressed in his national team stints, rewarded Klinsmann for the second time in five days for his continued selections.
Wood took the pass from Evans, spun his marker and rifled a left footed shot past Zieler for his second match winner in a row.
Only a friendly are words to remember following a week like this one, but then the U.S. MNT may never have had a week quite like this. Friday’s win over the Netherlands was first ever for the Yanks over the Oranje and this was the first American win over the Germans on German soil.
From that storming comeback against the Netherlands to tonight’s second half reversal against the world’s number one team, this has been a week to savor for U.S. national team supporters, management and players too.
Friendlies or no, this American team is in a good place with the Gold Cup set to begin on July 7th.
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
GER 1 0 1
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann) 12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans) 88
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22-William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw
Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1
USA – Danny Williams (caution) 21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 70