November 18, 2014
Outplayed US men fall 4-1 to Ireland
DUBLIN, Ireland--The United States got off to a shaky start against a reserve-laden Ireland team on Tuesday and never recovered, falling 4-1 at Aviva Stadium.
|Mix Diskerud scored the USA's lone goal against Ireland on Tuesday.
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Mix Diskerud's lone goal left the US in a 1-1 tie at halftime, but Robbie Brady's second-half brace, including the second of two Ireland goals within the last eight minutes, helped seal the Americans' fate.
The US were set on their heels early when Anthony Pilkington outran defender Matt Besler and chipped charging netminder Bill Hamid to send his first international goal rolling inside the lower right corner in the seventh minute.
Although defensive disorganization continued to plague the US through much of the first half, Ireland were unable to capitalize, and Fabian Johnson nearly leveled the score with a 21-yard shot off the post in the 22nd minute. Five minutes later, Hamid came up with a huge save after Daryl Murphy split defenders Geoff Cameron and Besler for an open shot off an Ireland free kick.
Diskerud finally managed to knot the score in the 39th minute. After picking off a poor clearance outside the arc, Diskerud poked the ball into the box for Chris Wondolowski, who was knocked over but still managed to pop a return ball back to the top of the six-yard box. Diskerud jumped and used the outside of his right foot to redirect the ball into the net.
The US narrowly missed taking a lead into the intermission, but Jozy Altidore's 43rd-minute attempt hit the crossbar. Just on the other side of the break, Altidore sent netminder Shay Given diving to stop another dangerous attempt. But it wasn't long before the young Irish team seized the momentum.
In the 54th minute, Pilkington broke down the right wing before squaring a ball across the goalmouth for Murphy at the far post. Chandler headed it out for the short reprieve of a corner kick, but the Americans were unable to clear the ball completely, and David McGoldrick picked up his second assist of the match by stripping the ball from Fabian Johnson and dishing off for Brady, who beat Hamid from close range.
Pilkington almost notched his second goal of the match just two minutes later, but Hamid saved his low shot.
Bobby Wood, a halftime substitute for Wondolowski, showed spark for the US in the 67th minute, challenging Given one-on-one and narrowly missing out on his first international goal after the Irish 'keeper barely got the outside of his foot on the youngster's shot, deflecting it wide of the right post. Given came up with another clutch save, on Greg Garza's hard shot in the 81st minute, and then Ireland ran away with the match.
In the 82nd minute, Ireland forward Shane Long brought the ball the length of the field only to hit the right post with a dangerous shot from deep on the left side. Seconds later, James McClean sent a hard 19-yarder deflecting off the leg of US defender Geoff Cameron and out of Hamid's reach to make the score 3-1. Four minutes after that, Brady piled on with a 25-yard free kick that curled over the US wall and inside the left post.
The loss left the US team winless in four games, a first under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.