U.S. soccer team held fancied England 1-1, thanks to the fumble by England goalkeeper Robert Green. In a high profile FIFA World Cup Group C encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at Rustenburg, South Africa on Saturday, Coach Bob Bradley’s boys got an early shock when Steven Gerrard scored for England just four minutes into the game.
Gerrard’s goal, with his trademark run and perfect execution, was an absolute beauty that exposed the weakness of American defense.
The U.S. found the lucky equalizer 40 minutes in the first half when a tame shot by Clint Dempsey left goalkeeper Robert Green fumbling into his own net, letting the ball trickle in. As if that was not enough, Jozy Altidore made a spirited run with the ball beating England defender Jamie Carragher only to be saved by England goalkeeper. Green, already facing media and fan ire over the mistake, runs the risk of being blamed should England fail to qualify into the round of 16.
Half an hour into the game, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard hurt his ribs in a clash with England forward Emile Heskey, casting a doubt over his appearance in the next tie with Slovenia. Commenting on his chances, Bradley said, “We’ll assess over the next few days how he’s feeling.”
In the forthcoming game as well as the one with Algeria next, the U.S. will start off as favorites. Many consider half the work done with the team securing an unlikely point in the difficult game with England.