News

Altidore shines as US men beat Nigeria in final World Cup friendly

Altidore shines as US men beat Nigeria in final World Cup friendly

World Cup soccer ball Photo: Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans’ World Cup send-off match.

Altidore tapped in Fabian Johnson’s cross in the 31st minute, stopping a 27-match scoreless streak for club and country with his first goal since Dec. 4 for Sunderland against Chelsea.

He doubled the lead in the 68th, running onto Michael Bradley’s looping 30-yard pass over the defense, taking a touch with each foot as he cut inside of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo and beating goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

The Americans were undefeated in their send-off series for the first time, beating the African champions following a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan and a 2-1 win over Turkey.

Making their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans head to Brazil on Sunday night and open June 16 against Ghana, the team that eliminated them from the last two tournaments.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 21

Fresh
elton-john

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

in Sports

Steelers rally past stunned Texans 30-23

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers plays during an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Pittsburgh needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead

in Local Sports

WWU ahead after first day at Sonoma State Invitational

western washington logo generic copy/wwu

Vikings’ Jenn Paul holds medalist lead by three strokes as Western women lead at Sonoma State Invitational.

in Sports

US tops Haiti to advance in World Cup qualifying

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) signs autographs following the team's international friendly soccer match against Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. The United States won 8-0.

The U.S. women's soccer team completed Part I of its trip to the 2015 World Cup by doing the expected, dominating play in a win over Haiti to finish unbeaten in group play in the CONCACAF championship.

in Sports

Florida AD: season evaluated as it plays out

Florida head coach Will Muschamp paces the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Missouri won 42-13.

The Gators (3-3, 2-3 SEC) are coming off losses to LSU and Missouri. The 42-13 debacle against Mizzou on Saturday night, was one of the most embarrassing losses in Muschamp's three-plus years in Gainesville.