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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Late equaliser for USA

A late Robbie Rogers goal has earned the United States a 1-1 draw with Mexico in Philadelphia in Jurgen Klinsmann's first game as USA boss.

Oribe Peralta latched onto an Andres Guardado cross from the right to score for Mexico in the 17th-minute to give the visitors the ideal start as Mexico dominated early on.

The US clicked into gear after the half-time interval, though, with skipper Carlos Bocanegra going close from a header on 56 minutes. Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa did well to parry the effort away.

Klinsmann then made a number of influential changes midway through the second stanza, bringing on Rogers along with Brek Shea and Juan Agudelo, all of whom played a part in the equaliser.

Agudelo initiated the 73rd-minute move by swinging the ball to Shea, who slipped into the area and fired a low pass across goal to the unmarked Rogers for the simplest of finishes.

"We felt that it was coming," Klinsmann said after the match. "We put more pressure on them and could feel something was coming and it came at the right time.

"They are one of the top 10 teams in the world and with very good individual players and it took us time to get into the game. We tried to pass from the back and that is pretty complicated against Mexico but we had the confidence to do that.

"In the last half hour it was really our time to get them into trouble. I had a lot of fun, a lot of fun with the coaching staff and players and felt the energy out there and the fans really got into the game. It was a really nice feeling," said Klinsmann.

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