KENYA BROWN - Thursday, April 2, 2015
The United States national team once again allowed a goal late in the second half but were able to hold on for a 1-1 tie with Switzerland on Tuesday in Zurich.
After giving up two late goals in a loss to Denmark last week, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a number of changes to the lineup, with Brek Shea coming in at left back for Greg Garza and Danny Williams and Alfredo Morales taking up duties in the midfield in place of Fabian Johnson and forward Aron Johannsson. The team also changed the formation of the midfield as it reverted to a diamond formation in place of a flat four.
The visitors would open the scoring in the 45th minute when Shea would send a curling left-footed free kick over the Swiss wall and past goalkeeper Roman Burki.
Despite starting the second half positively, things would change in the 68th minute as forward Jozy Altidore received a yellow card for a foul and then a red card for dissent from Italian referee Luca Banti. The Toronto FC man's sending off gave the Swiss an advantage and they took control of matters for the rest of the game.
The attacking pressure brought on by Switzerland paid off in 80th minute as midfielder Valentin Stocker was able to score from close range to even the score. Midfielder Granit Xhaka started the play after receiving the ball from a corner kick on the left side. The U.S. defense failed to clear the it and an open Stocker was there to poke it past goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
The tie now puts the United States' record at 1-2-1 in 2015. The team will return to action on April 15 when they take on cross border rivals Mexico at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
William Yarbrough made his debut for the U.S. national team coming on as a second half substitute for Nick Rimando.