BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, February 3, 2014
The U.S national team opened its 2014 schedule with a win over South Korea on Saturday at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California.
It did not take the U.S team long to get on the board as Chris Wondolowski opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute when he headed home a rebound off a Brad Davis shot from close range. The play began with Graham Zusi getting open on the right flank and sending in a perfect cross to Davis.
Follow the goal, South Korea would begin to press forward and nearly equalized in the 12th minute off a corner kick which Nick Rimando was able to pull off the line before it crossed. In the 35th minute, South Korea had another good chance when Brad Evans was beaten on the wing but Matt Besler was able to intercept the cross.
Just before the half-time whistle, the U.S team almost found the back of the net again when Chris Wondolowski got behind the South Korean defense on the right side and sent in an a low cross that narrowly missed Landon Donovan who had an open net in front of him.
In the second half, the U.S team found its second goal when Matt Besler's long throw-in found his Sporting Kansas City teammate Graham Zusi behind the Korean defense. His subsequent cross was deflected but it found an on-rushing Chris Wondolowski who made no mistake with the finish.
Following the second goal, the U.S team made a series of substitutions which included former 2-13 U.S. U-20 teammates Luis Gil and DeAndre Yedlin each earning their respective first caps. With the U.S team adopting a defensive approach from that point, South Korea rarely threatened the U.S goal.
Next up for the U.S team will be a friendly against the Ukraine on March 5th.