The United State's first game of the 2010 World Cup against England Saturday was a hectic affair, but fairly clean. Each side was given three yellow cards, but there were no red cards.
When England's Steven Gerrard scored the first goal within the first five minutes, it started to look bad for the U.S. team that has been highly criticized and overlooked. Clint Dempsey on the U.S. team scored with five minutes left in the first half, on a botched block by Robert Green. The ball hit his hands and dropped to the ground, but still maintained some momentum that carried it into the goal.
Those two scores would be the only ones of the match, but England took 18 shots, with 6 on goal, and the U.S. team took 12 shots with 4 on goal. The goalies were busy the entire game, but managed to keep it a low scoring affair.
For the U.S. team, the return of Jozy Altidore was a welcome break. Altidore had been injured in practice, but returned for the World Cup opener with two shots on goal and one that was off target. One of those shots by Altidore was very nearly the winning goal, as it bounced off the goalie's hand and back toward the goal, only to bounce harmlessly back into play off the corner of the goal.
Clint Dempsey's goal in the 40th minute gave him the distinction as being one of only two men that have scored in two World Cup's for the U.S. team, joining Brian McBride who did so in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. McBride also played in 2006, but was injured in group play when he was elbowed by an Italian player who was suspended and fined.
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