Green scores again, US settles for 1-1 draw vs New Zealand
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 12, 2016 11:14 AM
U.S. forward Julian Green (19) celebrates his goal with midfielder Michael Bradley (4) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Green scored his second goal in two matches, before Monty Patterson's equalizer forced the United States to settle for a 1-1 draw in an exhibition against New Zealand on Tuesday night.
Lynden Gooch made his U.S. debut as a second-half substitute in a match played exactly a month before the Americans face Mexico to open their final round of World Cup qualifying.
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough kept New Zealand scoreless over 45 minutes in his first international start and third overall appearance.
David Bingham couldn't do the same in the second half, though he could hardly be blamed for Patterson's strike.
After U.S. forward Jozy Altidore failed to clear a corner kick aimed at New Zealand's Michael Boxhall, Patterson popped up to thump the loose ball into the net from about 5 yards out.
The 21-year-old Green scored his third career goal for the U.S. despite being only on the fringes of the team over the past two years.
Green has made just five appearances since his first goal for the U.S., which came very late in overtime of a 2-1 second-round loss to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
But he earned an invite from coach Jurgen Klinsmann to camp after repeatedly making the 18-man roster for German power Bayern Munich.
After scoring the second goal in a 2-0 exhibition win at Cuba on Friday, Green put the U.S. ahead Tuesday in the 27th minute when he reached Altidore's knock-down header on the left flank.
Green dribbled to goal while defender Liam Graham retreated, cut to his right, and then fired a low, 18-yard shot that snuck between wrong-footed goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic and the left post.
Gooch, a 20-year-old who has appeared seven times this season for Sunderland of England's Premier League, came on in the 59th minute.
The California native — whose Irish mother and English father give him three international options — created several lively sequences on the right, drawing chants of "Gooooch!" from the announced crowd of 9,012 at RFK Stadium.
In the 64th minute, his cross found Green, who lofted a shot well high of the goal. And in the 89th, his corner found Omar Gonzalez, whose header also soared above the crossbar.
The U.S. continued to press, with Michael Bradley denied by Marinovic's diving stop in the 90th minute, and Gonzalez missing wide on another header in stoppage time.