Game by Game, heading into Russia 2018!
United States vs Iceland
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As the game began, in front of a scant crowd, the rain came down, giving Iceland a familiar field to play on. Many people were uncertain of what to think of old Iceland. After all, they only have a population of 332,000. But, as it turns out, this particular team was up to good things on the field as Iceland had recently qualified for the 2016 European Cup, making them the smallest team in history to join Europe’s finest. Right away, Iceland went ahead 1-0, following a deflection off a US player. Following a nice through ball in tight spaces around the top of the box, Altidore put a little chip over the goalie to tie the score. The first half was well played by the US, keeping good possession, as Iceland also played well, but showing some defensive lapses that the US would take advantage of later in the game.
In the second half, Iceland turned a quick-kick from a foul into a one-on-one at the top of the box, in which the Icelandic player hit a nice shot into the upper corner of the far corner, with the inside of his foot. Orozco would tap in a header following a head ball played across the front of the goal, tying the game at two a piece. Within the last minutes of the game, the US got fortunate to have a free-kick called their way and a head ball from the cross went past the keeper, ending the game 3-2 for a good opening for the USMNT.
As Klinsmann said before the game, the team needed to assess where they stood against the Brazil’s and Argentina’s of the world, noting the Copa America Centenario would be a good place to figure it all out. The games can go by so fast, only lasting ninety minutes, and, to this point, most would agree Klinsmann did an above average job getting the old and new players to merge together into a viable unit on the field, despite the crazy year of 2015.
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