U.S. concede another late goal in Swiss draw

Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:17pm EDT
 
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Valentin Stocker netted an equalizer as United States continued their recent habit of conceding late goals and were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Tuesday.

Brek Shea rifled home a free kick at the end of the first half to give Juergen Klinsmann's team a deserved lead but they were pegged back by with 10 minutes left after poor defending.

The visitors, who have won only two out of nine games since the World Cup as they undergo a rebuilding process, played the last quarter of the match with 10 men after having Jozy Altidore sent off.

Altidore, one of the most experienced players on the U.S. team, clipped an opponent from behind and was sent off as he argued about the decision with referee Luca Banti.

The U.S. conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes in last week's 3-2 defeat to Denmark and also gave away late goals in friendlies against Honduras (1-1), Ecuador (1-1), Colombia (1-2) and Ireland (1-4).

Nevertheless, Klinsmann was encouraged. "We are getting close to the 90 minutes we were playing at the World Cup," he told reporters.

"Overall, I saw a lot of good stuff from the entire group; it was enjoyable to see that everyone was throwing themselves in there to get a result against a good team...

"I told the players at halftime, you can commit fouls but never joke with an Italian referee," he added.   Continued...

 
Valentin Stocker of Switzerland (L) scores against goalkeeper William Yarbrough of the U.S. during their international friendly soccer match at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann