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Yanks drop Aussies in final World Cup tune-up

Posted on 05 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Edson Buddle ©Mike Murphy/ASN

The U.S. Men’s National Team played won an uninspiring friendly match against Australia in the final World Cup tune-up for both teams on Saturday. Edson Buddle notched a brace for the winning Yanks and Herculez Gomez (again!) found the scoresheet in stoppage time for a final 3-1 score. Both sides seemed to be playing the match in second or third gear. Still, head coach Bob Bradley left Landon Donovan in the game for the entire 90 minutes, needlessly exposing the team’s best field player to injury on a shoddy pitch. Vote in the poll on Bradley’s substitution policies:
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Match Facts

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs Australia Friendly
Date: June 5, 2010
Venue: Ruimsig Stadium; Roodepoort, South Africa
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET)
Weather: Fair, 66 degrees

Scoring Summary:

USA – Edson Buddle 4th minute
AUS – Tim Cahill (Luke Wilkshire) 19
USA – Edson Buddle (Steve Cherundolo) 31
USA – Herculez Gomez (Landon Donovan) 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (23-Marcus Hahnemann, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo, 15-Jay DeMerit, 21-Clarence Goodson (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 61) , 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (12-Jonathan Bornstein, 55); 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (9-Herculez Gomez, 82); 20-Robbie Findley, 14-Edson Buddle (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 78)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 2-Jonathan Spector, 11-Stuart Holden, 16-José Torres, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Benny Feilhaber
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

AUS: 1-Mark Schwarzer; 8-Luke Wilkshire, 2-Lucas Neill (capt.), 3-Craig Moore, 11-Scott Chipperfield; 19-Richard Garcia, 13-Vince Grella, 4-Tim Cahill (16-Carl Valeri, 46), 5-Jason Culina (22-Dario Vidosic, 61), 23-Mark Bresciano; 9-Josh Kennedy (17-Nikita Rukavytsya, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Adam Federici, 18-Brad Jones, 6-Michael Beauchamp, 7-Brett Emerton, 10-Harry Kewell, 14-Brett Holman, 15-Mile Jedniak, 20-Mark Milligan, 21-David Carney
Head Coach: Pim Verbeek

Stats Summary:
USA / AUS
Shots: 11 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 8
Fouls: 10 / 6
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Clint Dempsey (caution) 37th minute
AUS – Craig Moore (caution) 37
AUS – Vince Grella (caution) 76

Officials:

Referee: Addul Ebrahim (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Luyanda Somi (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Reezers (RSA)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bennett (RSA)

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