An American soccer dream comes true

i-d6e5845063c40240ff03e3c3463e9033-juancelebrates.jpgDoes Juan Agudelo believe he scored for the U.S. on his debut in South Africa? By the look of this shot, barely (AP Photo).

Read the U.S.-South Africa game story here.

Incidentally, the game story doesn’t really do the goal justice.

Diskerud’s poise and patience in calmly supplying the assist was key, while Agudelo once again showed maturity beyond his years in putting away the goal.

The U.S. has players with years of pro experience incapable of making such a play, frankly.

Here’s the goal:

Notable: The U.S. starting lineup averaged just 10.5 caps per player.

Lineup: 18-Brad Guzan (capt.);13-Eric Lichaj, 21-Clarence Goodson (22-Gale Agbossoumonde, 87), 5-Tim Ream (6-Nat Borchers, 67), 12-Jonathan Bornstein (2-Jonathan Spector, 46); 15-Logan Pause, 16-Brian Carroll; 8-Robbie Rogers (17-Juan Agudelo, 61), 11-Eddie Gaven, 7-Alejandro Bedoya (14-Mikkel Diskerud, 79); 20-Robbie Findley (9-Teal Bunbury, 46)

Said Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers (who perhaps had the best other U.S. chance on goal in another rather listless offensive performance from the Americans) on Facebook:

Squeezed it out! Awesome! Meeting Nelson Mandela tomorrow morning then heading home!

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Yow. What a goal. Imagination and skill in the moment, facing the corner flag with a man on and no space or time to turn. More like this, please.

  • UCLABZ

    Very nice… that one touch shot, is a quality sorely missing on the US roster. Hopefully scoring a goal in the stars and stripes will lock him down for the US.

    I imagine Agudelo and Diskerud will be here for the January camp. I am excited to see them live. I’d really like to see how our young defenders are doing, but I can’t imaging Lichaj will be here in January. Perhaps Gale will make it.

  • http://www.americansoccerdream.com Ken Jones

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