JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The United States hopes the 2010 World Cup ends this way.
Steve Cherundolo scored in the 27th minute, and the U.S. beat World Cup host South Africa 1-0 Saturday in an exhibition game that closed the Americans' first year under coach Bob Bradley.
"We had a fantastic experience and are looking forward to coming back," Cherundolo said.
At 28, the oldest player on the U.S. roster, Cherundolo scored his second goal in 43 international appearances. The defender ran onto a pass from Maurice Edu along the right flank and put the ball over goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez on an angled shot from about 7 yards.
"I saw the opportunity to make a run. Maurice Edu played a great ball in and we are able to expose them," Cherundolo said. "As far as the finish goes, you hit it and hope a little bit, and tonight I got a little lucky."
South Africa outshot the Americans 12-3 in a match billed as the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, and the victory improved Bradley's record to 12-5-1 since he replaced Bruce Arena last December.
"We're looking forward to coming back here for the Confederations Cup in 2009 and the World Cup in 2010," Bradley said.
FEDERER, FERRER ADVANCE: Roger Federer looked sharp in dominating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1 Saturday to advance to the Masters Cup final against David Ferrer, who cruised past Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-3.
The second-ranked Nadal was 8-5 against Federer and played well early, but the top-ranked Swiss star found another gear while serving at 4-4 in the first set. After Nadal pulled ahead 15-30, the defending champion ran off 20 of the next 21 points, including 15 straight in an 11-minute span.
KAHNE INVESTIGATED: Police are investigating an incident that took place Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway involving NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and an unidentified security guard.
A spokesman for Kahne said the Nextel Cup star was rushing to his motorhome in a secure lot at the track following Friday's final practice when he was stopped by the guard, who refused to let Kahne through the entrance without a credential.
Kahne, still in his driving uniform, attempted to walk around the guard and, according to the spokesman, the two bumped and, when Kahne turned around, the guard was on the ground. Police were called and Kahne spent several minutes in handcuffs before being released.
KIM EARNS 8TH SPOT: Christina Kim watched her pro-am partners do football-style body bumps, and they told her to do the same celebration on the 18th hole during the ADT Championship. She couldn't think of a better occasion than Saturday afternoon.
Kim hit a 7-iron that stopped 2 feet behind the hole for a birdie to claim the eighth and final spot in the final round, giving her just as much of a chance as anyone to win the $1 million prize.
With a bleacher full of sun-baked fans still cheering, Kim charged over to caddie Donna Southam and leaped with a twist, bumping each other to celebrate the clutch moment.