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Though dressed for celebration — where else do guys wear star-spangled suspender pants and painted torsos? — the home crowd was surprisingly subdued in the first half. In terms of scoring, so were the players.
There were a couple of early choruses of “USA!” but little else.
But eventually things improved for the USMNT. It failed on a header in the 56th minute. A goal was disallowed on an offside call. Two more header attempts at the goal were denied. Clint Dempsey missed in the 68th minute from outside the box. Makeable shots were missed, others blocked.
By then the audience had begun to stir.
Jozy Altidore — who has scored a goal in each of the last four matches — finally won it in the 73rd minute on a left-footed kick from the center of the box. Yes, it’s starting to look like Altidore vs. the World.
“You could smell it — it’s coming,” USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.
Streamers. Music. Drums. Craziness.
The crowd could finally celebrate like contestants on a game show.
Which isn’t far from how it would be if an overseas soccer league were to take American soccer to its heart.
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