Aug. 11, 2008
TTIANJIN, China – Former South Carolina goalkeeper Brad Guzan collected two saves, as the U.S. Men’s Olympic Soccer team was just minutes away from clinching a spot in the knockout stage after two games, but a late equalizer from the Netherlands shocked the U.S. for a 2-2 tie on Sunday at the Tianjin Olympic Sports Center Stadium.
The Netherlands took command early on a goal by Liverpool’s Ryan Babel, but the U.S. answered in the second half with a 64th minute goal by Sacha Kljestan and took the lead when Jozy Altidore struck in the 72nd. However, in the third of three minutes of added time to the second half, Netherlands substitute Gerald Sibon drove a low free kick under the U.S. wall from 21 yards out to tie the game.
In the other Group B match, Nigeria topped Japan 2-1. Going into the final day, the U.S. is on top of the group on a tiebreaker with four points. Nigeria also has four points, while the Netherlands is in third place with two points, and Japan is last with no points.
The U.S. will face Nigeria in its final Group B contest. The match, which will be shown live on USA Network and the NBC Olympic Channel, is set to begin at 5 a.m. ET on Aug. 13.
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