USA starts fast, holds on late to beat Germany

Posted by Zachary Rodgers

Clint Dempsey scored twice in the second half to give the United States a 4-3 victory over Germany in Sunday’s international friendly matchup between the two nations. It was a win that had many statistical highlights. Here are five takeaways from the surprise victory.

1-- Dempsey’s two goals gave him 35 in his international career, passing Eric Wynalda for second all-time for the United States. Dempsey now only trails Landon Donovan (49) on the U.S. career goals list.

Dempsey has been an efficient scorer for the United States this year. In his last six international matches, Dempsey has scored seven goals on only 16 shots, including three goals on five shots in the United States’ last two friendlies.

2-- Jozy Altidore got off to a great start for the United States, opening the scoring in the 13th minute. Altidore’s goal was his 14th for the national team, tying him for 10th all-time with Carlos Bocanegra and Eddie Johnson.

Altidore’s involvement up top was noticeable from the opening kick. Altidore had four touches in Germany’s penalty area, after recording only one touch in the penalty area against Belgium on Wednesday.

Altidore’s goal was his first in open play for the United States since June 14, 2011. Altidore also created three chances and recorded an assist on Dempsey’s first goal.

3-- The United States’ offense was much better at getting forward Sunday. The Americans created 15 chances and completed 42.1 percent of their passes into the penalty area against Germany, compared to five chances created and a 26.1 pass completion percentage into the box Wednesday against Belgium.

The United States’ 85.7 pass completion percentage and 15 chances created are both team bests in a friendly under Jurgen Klinsmann.

4-- The United States defense still raised many questions, especially in the second half. In the last two friendlies, the Americans allowed one goal and six chances created in the first half. In the second half, the United States allowed six goals and 16 chances created.

5-- The United States took a 2-0 lead in the 16th minute thanks to an own goal from German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen after he failed to clear a back pass. The own goal was the first Germany allowed since Sami Khedira conceded an own goal in Germany’s 3-1 loss to Argentina in a friendly on August 15, 2012.

Germany’s regular goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, was one of many German players who did not make the trip for the friendly. Neuer, along with other notable German national team members, played Saturday in the DFB Pokal final as Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart 3-2.

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