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East Texan Helps U.S. Soccer Stun Spain in Confederations Cup

By: Joshua White

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (KLTV) -- It took a miracle just to advance to the semifinals for U.S. soccer.

Today, the U.S. squad faced world's number one ranked team Spain.

Spain came into the semifinal match unbeaten in 15 games, but that changed today.

The U.S. came out swinging, showing the intensity needed for this team to rise to a level equal to Spain's.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore led off the scoring with a shot in the first half that deflected off the gloves of the Spanish keeper into the corner of the goal.

The half ended with the score 1-0 in favor of the U.S.

However, Spain didn't go away quietly.

Starting off the second half, Spain came out firing, forcing U.S. goalie Tim Howard to the limit of his abilities.

It seemed as though the U.S. defense would collapse and Spain would even the match, but despite their exhaustion the team rallied together.

On a break down the field, U.S. midfielder Landon Donavan drove the ball into Spanish territory.

Donavan had a chance to shoot on goal, but instead found native East Texan Clint Dempsey for the second and deciding goal of the match.

The U.S. played down a man during the final six minutes of the game after a questionable red card on Michael Bradley.

Despite being down a man, the U.S. finished the match strong, shutting out Spain and ending their winning streak with a 2-0 victory.

The U.S. will play the winner of the Brazil v.s. South Africa semifinal on June 28.

 

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