October 11, 2016
By Charles Cuttone
Another goal for Julian, but U.S. settles for draw
WASHINGTON D.C.---Julian Green is finally starting to show the promise that made him a controversial selection for the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, the United States Menís National Team squandered the youngsterís goal, settling for a 1-1 draw with New Zealand at RFK Stadium Tuesday night.
|Julian Green scored to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead over New Zealand on Tuesday.
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Greenís goal in the 27th minute gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead, but they gave up a 72nd minute goal on a corner to settle for the tie in the final game before they go into the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, with a November 11th match against Mexico in Columbus.
Green took a long ball that came out of the defensive end and made a long run down the left side of the field. Cutting in toward the middle, he switched the ball before ripping a shot into the net from the top of the 18.
The goal was the second in as many games for Green, who after committing to the U.S. just prior to the 2014 World Cup, has seen action in only eight games. He scored on Friday night in Cuba, and of course scored for the U.S. in the memorable 2-1 World Cup loss to Belgium.
Monty Patterson equalized for New Zealand following a corner kick by Michael McGlinchey. Patterson was able to slam the ball between the near post and goalkeeper David Bingham, who entered the game at the half.
Most of the pressure in the first half was at the opposite end of the field, where starting goalkeeper William Yarbrough, in only his third appearance, seemed to have a problem holding onto the ball. Barely a minute into the game, New Zealandís Chris Wood took a shot from inside the 18. The young goalkeeper, who plays for Liga MX Club Leon, got to the ball, but could not hang onto it. A quick clearance by defender Matt Besler prevented a rebound from going in.
Eight minutes later, Yarbrough went airborne to grab a ball played into the area but again could not hold on to it, colliding with a New Zealand player who was also going up for the ball, and again a defensive clearance saved the U.S.
Green had a chance to add to his tally in the 63rd minute, but lofted a ball from the top of the 18 over the goal.
The U.S. put some pressure on late in the game looking for the go-ahead goal. But other than a corner kick at the start of stoppage time by Michael Bradley, which was bobbled by New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, none presented any real danger.
U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann started only four players, Green, Michael Bradley, De Andre Yedlin and Jozy Altidore, who played on Friday, making wholesale changes to the roster by bringing in seven new players. Notable among Klinsmannís experimentation is the use of three different goalkeepers over the two games, with Ethan Horvath going the full 90 against Cuba, and Yarbrough and Bingham splitting duty against the Kiwis.