The United States soccer team beat the Republic of Korea 2-0 in a friendly prior the the Brazil World Cup, which will be played later this year.
Team USA is getting ready and looked pretty good, as they move forward with their preparations to face one of the toughest groups — dubbed the “Group of Death” — in the tournament, which includes Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.
Chris Wondolowski scored both goals for United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, to propel the team to victory.
The game between the United States and South Korea took place in Los Angeles as the end to the January camp for out-of-season Major League Soccer (MLS) players.
Neither team is the one that will actually travel to Brazil wearing their respective national jerseys since there are many players still competing in Europe and other places, but some of the stars that play in the American leagues were present.
The United States showed promise as it prepares for the very difficult task of facing the superpower that is Germany, plus they have been pitched against the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is eager and determined to give Portugal its first World Cup trophy.
Just three minutes into the game, Landon Donovan got the ball out wide to Graham Zusi, who swung from the right to the far post, where Brad Davis slid into it, forcing a parry from Jung Sung-Ryong.
However the goalkeeper wasn’t able to push the ball away and instead batted it right at Wondolowski, who had an unstoppable header from a few yards out.
Even though the United States dominated with 61 percent of the possession time in the first half, South Korea remained dangerous off the wings.
The second goal didn’t come until the 60th minute to the delight of Team USA fans dressed in the red, white, and blue.
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“We wanted to take this opportunity in a friendly to be confident and try to play up,” Donovan said. “We could go to Brazil and sit back three games for 90 minutes and pray for results, but that’s not how we’re going to progress as a soccer nation, so we’re going to go with confidence.”
“The guys showed a lot of quality, a lot of effort,” United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “Wondo is a wonderful example of (what happens) if you are committed, if you’re hungry, if you give everything you have over a long period of time,” he added. “Sooner or later, you’re going to get rewarded for it. It’s nice to see a player like him is still hungry.”
In their opener at the World Cup the United States faces Ghana, as they are the clear underdogs of Group G, but nothing is impossible in the eyes of Team USA.