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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

March 31, 2015
SWISS-CHEESED
Another late goal drops USA to 1-1 tie in Switzerland


Brek Shea scored the US goal in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
Brek Shea scored the US goal in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.
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ZURICH - It didn't cost them a win, but another late second-half goal meant another blown lead as Switzerland rallied against a United States team playing with 10 men for the final 23 minutes of a 1-1 tie at Stadion Letzigrund.

Brek Shea's free kick in first-half extra time provided a 1-0 USA lead, but a red card to Jozy Altidore opened the door for a frenzied Swiss attack that tied the game in the 80th minute.

Altidore clipped the ankle of a Swiss player, and when he saw the yellow card of the Italian referee, he let him know what he thought. You didn't have to be a professional lip reader to catch the two words which he said once, then repeated. Out came a second yellow followed by a red, and Altidore was gone.

Seven minutes later, Switzerland had a series of corners, and the tieing goal finally came on a short corner. Granit Xhaka lifted the ball to the center of the box. It fell to the feet of Valentine Stocker, who rolled it past goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the 1-1 tie.

For the U.S. it was the 12th second-half goal it had allowed in nine games played since last summer's World Cup.

Shea's goal in first-half extra time was a thing of beauty, a free kick from 23 yards which he left-footed high and curved into the right corner of the Swiss net for his second international goal of 2015.

"I've been working on that lately," Shea said. "I told Jozy (Altidore) it was for a left-footer and he let me take it."

Before that goal, the Americans had dominated the first half, with Alejando Bedoya setting up several chances with crisp crosses into the penalty area. But no one could connect for a clean shot at the Swiss goal.

The USA's next game will be at home, sort of, when it meets Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio.
   
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