KRIS LINDSAY - Sunday, June 8, 2014
The United States ended their send off series with three victories, defeating Nigeria 2-1 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
Forward Jozy Altidore scored his first two goals of the calendar year, as the Americans dominated the day, despite allowing a late penalty from Victor Moses.
Altidore gave the Americans in the 32nd minute, following a terrific run from fullback Fabian Johnson. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya sent in a pass from the right side to Johnson, who broke into the box and laid a pass right by the Nigerian keeper for an easy tap in from Altidore.
The USA added to their tally in the 68th minute. Michael Bradley played a ball over the top to Altidore, who chested the ball into his own path, turned, and buried a blast to the near post. It was Jozy's second goal of the match, and second goal out of the last 27 matches.
Nigerian striker Moses was taken down in the box late in the 86th minute by Matt Besler, and the referee pointed to the spot. Moses converted cooley past keeper Tim Howard.
The Americans now head to Brazil for the World Cup. There will be one more friendly behind closed doors between the US and Belgium Thursday night, which coincides with the opening night of the FIFA World Cup.
The United States are now the only team in their group to win all of their games in the send off series. Ghana looms for the US now, and the two teams will meet on Monday, June 16th.