June 2, the U.S. Men’s National Team celebrated its 100th anniversary with a satisfying 4-3 win over titan Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. for a sold out crowd of 47,359.
Clint Dempsey was the star of the show and scored two goals five minutes apart. 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).
“[Wynalda] was a trailblazer for us and hopefully I can keep going,” said Dempsey. “More important is that we take care of business in these World Cup Qualifying games and go on a nice run there. That would be more special to me than how I finish on any list.”
Even U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed by Dempsey’s performance.
“Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is a privilege, and if I look back I think this is one of the best players in U.S. history,” said Klinsmann. “What is most important is the drive he has, the hunger. You know he’s not satisfied with two goals today against Germany.
With his game right now, Clint is right up with some of the best players in the world, and certainly the top player in the United States.”
Jozy Altidore and Graham Zusi also were major players in the win, with Altidore scoring the go-ahead goal, his first U.S. goal since Nov. 15, 2011, and testing Germany’s defense for every ball. Additionally, Seattle Sounders right back Brad Evans played a big part in improving the USMNT’s defense, combining well and styming high caliber internationals. German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also contributed to the U.S. win with a bizarre own goal in the 16th minute.
Germany pulled one back in the 51st minute when halftime substitute Heiko Westermann headed home a corner kick from Max Kruse. The U.S. regained its two-goal lead in the 60th and 65th minute with Dempsey’s strikes.
Germany fought back with two goals in four minutes late in the match. Max Kruse tallied first in the 78th minute and three minutes later, Julian Draxler collected a rebound and tapped it home from six yards out.
The USA is now 3-6-0 all-time against global powerhouse Germany.
The United States will next play three World Cup qualifiers, starting with a match against Jamaica in Kingston on June 7, before facing Panama in Seattle on June 11 and Honduras in Sandy, Utah, on June 18.
“That’s why I didn’t want them to stop too early and make substitutions,” said Klinsmann. “I want them to go through a little pain when you get tired and you hit the wall and you have to pick it up again. That’s what you face when you go down to Jamaica. They will try everything to interrupt your game, and I think now they adjust to that grind.”
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Match: 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
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; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 56); 4-Michael Bradley, 6-Brad Evans, 13-Jermaine Jones, 23-Fabian Johnson (24-Brad Davis, 46), 19-Graham Zusi (18-Eddie Johnson, 56); 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
GER: 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