Thursday, August 15, 2013

usa comeback win over bosnia-herzegovina.

On Wednesday, at halftime, things looked grim for Team USA. After winning a then-record 11 matches in a row, the Americans ran into a surprisingly good team in Sarajevo: Bosnia-Herzegovina was going to snap Coach Klinsmann's successful streak. However, Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick in the second half and the team rallied around his powerful performance, winning the international friendly 4-3.

While the match did not count toward Olympic qualifying, it sure counted insofar as morale for both the team and the country. Wednesday's match was the first time Team USA has come from behind to win on European soil. Altidore's hat trick - plus an assist on the first goal, a perfect touch for control to Eddie Johnson in the 55th minute. Bosnia is also ranked 15 in the world rankings and, with win number 12, the Americans now have the longest current win streak in the world.

With Landon Donovan firmly entrenched in his comeback mode and Jurgen Klinsmann's model having proven out, it appears as though Team USA is in great position for the World Cup qualifying matches to resume.

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