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United States Beats Spain 2-0 To Secure Place In 2009 Confederations Cup Final



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Nobody expected the United States to beat Spain today. Spain is the #1 ranked team in the world and carried a 35 match unbeaten streak into the meeting. The U.S. was lucky to even advance after defying the odds to get the necessary goal tiebreaker in the opening round. But team USA, a side that on paper should never beat Spain, somehow pulled together and shocked the world.

The match started with open play from both sides, with each team getting a couple of quality chances in the opening minutes. Then the U.S. scored a goal on the foot of Jozy Altidore. In the 2nd half, Spain peppered the U.S. defense with shot after shot, but miraculously Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu and Co. held. A goal from Clint Dempsey gave the USA a bit more security, but Michael Bradley’s red card left them in perilous territory in the final minutes. It was no matter – the defense continued to hold, and the U.S. now has a spot in the Confederations Cup Final against either Brazil or South Africa.

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This win over Spain will be talked about for years to come, unless the U.S. also ends up knocking off Brazil come Saturday. In this pre-World Cup tune-up, the United States has made a powerful statement about their chances next year. But they’re not done yet.

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