U.S. Defense is Bolstered by a New Man in the Middle

As the teams played on a rain-drenched field, Germany pelted the mouth of the U.S. goal with a succession of speculative services. But Omar Gonzalez was there to allay the danger, finishing with a game-high 10 clearances.

updated: June 27, 2014 08:58 IST
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Omar Gonzalez produced a robust performance against one of the tournament's most dynamic attacking teams.

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Recife: Because the memory of Portugal's fifth-minute goal against them last Sunday was still so fresh, the last thing the United States players and fans needed to see Thursday afternoon was another early defensive miscue.

But there it was.

Less than 10 minutes into the team's Group G game at Arena Pernambuco, Jerome Boateng of Germany swerved a dangerous cross in front of the United States' goal, and Omar Gonzalez whiffed at it, letting the ball go through his legs.

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