US outlasts El Salvador 2-1

United States v El Salvador

Though the U.S. completely outplayed El Salvador in Wednesday night’s friendly in Tampa, they needed two goals in the last 16 minutes to [squeak out of Raymond James Stadium with a 2-1 win](

After heading into the break scoreless, El Salvador jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the 59th minute when U.S. right back Brad Evans’s attempted header to keeper Nick Rimando was intercepted by Rudy Corrales who calmly slotted home.

The Americans, who fielded a B-squad composed almost entirely of MLS players, responded in the 74th with a goal of their own. Brian Ching equalized for the Nats, diving to head home Heath Pearce’s curling cross from the left wing. The U.S. ratcheted up the pressure after equalizing and nearly scored again soon after, but Robbie Rogers blew a 2 on 1 situation, missing the goal on a close range shot.

Ultimately none of the U.S.’s missed opportunities would matter though, as Sacha Kljestan propelled the Americans to victory with a stoppage time winner. Kljestan stripped an El Salvadoran defender of the ball and completed a nice give-and-go with Ching before putting his shot — and the game — out of reach.

The U.S. plays again next Wednesday, when they take on the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena. Since the game falls on a FIFA international fixture date, the U.S.’s European based players will be available to participate.


I’ll be back later today with coverage of the Fire’s friendly at CD Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico. The game kicks at 12:30, so I should be getting my coverage started around noon time. Until then…

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