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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

November 19, 2013
FRUSTRATING LOSS
USA claims ball was over the goal line for a goal in 1-0 defeat in Austria


VIENNA -- The United States walked out of Ernst-Happel-Stadion frustrated, frustrated with itself and the game officials after losing their 2013 finale to the Austria in an international friendly

The Americans felt they should have walked out with a tie, claiming that a goal should have been awarded to them.

Marc Janko scored the lone goal in the 33rd minute for the Austrians, who failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The USA went winless on their final European trip of year after playing Scotland to a scoreless draw in Glasgow Friday.

The visitors claimed they should have had a goal and a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

Aron Johannsson smacked a shot from outside the penalty area that goalkeeper Robert Almer knocked out of bounds.

On the ensuing corner kick by Michael Bradley, when Geoff Cameron's six-yard header appeared to have gone over the goal line. Almer swiped the ball out of the goalmouth. The Americans also felt an Austrian defender handled the ball on the play, but the referee and his assistant ruled otherwise.

The hosts broke the ice in the 33rd minute. A nice through ball set Gyorgy Garics on the right flank and he sent a cross into the area that Marc Janko flicked past goalkeeper Tim Howard from seven yards into the high near post.

Bradley had a close-range shot in the 43rd minute, but an Austrian defender blocked his attempt.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann tried to get some fresh legs into the lineup in the 56th minute as he replaced midfielder Brek Shea, who had a relatively silent match, and Johnannsson with Mix Diskerud and Eddie Johnson, respectively.

Terrence Boyd, who replaced Jermaine Jones in the 67th minute, powered an 18-yard blast over the crossbar four minutes later before striker Jozy Altidore could not get a good piece of the ball and kicked his effort from 10 yards right to Almer in the 74th minute.

The visitors had one last gasp in the 90th minute, but Altidore booted a 22-yard free kick wide left.

Only seconds prior to the final whistle in the third minute of stoppage time, Howard stopped an onrushing Andreas Ivanschitz on the left side of the box.

The Americans completed 2013 with their most successful season as the U.S. qualified for its seventh successive World Cup, while winning the hexagonal for the third time in a row, winning back the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time since 2007, and finishing with a 16-3-4 mark, the 16 wins a record for a calendar year.

   
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