Dempsey goal gives U.S. 1-1 tie against England
(AP) - Clint Dempsey scored on ablunder by goalkeeper Robert Green in the 40th minute, and theUnited States came from behind to tie England 1-1 in the Americans'World Cup opener Saturday.
Steven Gerrard put England ahead in the fourth minute, blowingpast Ricardo Clark to beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from short range.
But Dempsey tied the score when his 25-yard shot skipped off thegrass twice and bounced in off Green's hand, yet another in a longline of shocking gaffes by England goalkeepers. It made Dempseyonly the second American to score in two World Cups, joining BrianMcBride.
The result was a thrill for the U.S. and a disappointment forEngland, which is looking for its first World Cup title since 1966.
Jozy Altidore nearly put the Americans ahead in the 65th minutewith a shot that went off Green's hand and the upper corner of thegoal. Howard then withstood a late barrage by the English, and wasnamed man of the match for saving the U.S. from its defensivelapses.
While not a shocking win to match the 1-0 American upset overEngland at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. earned a hugepoint its quest to reach the second round for the first time since2002.
Next come two opponents who appear to be easier challenges:Slovenia on June 18 and Algeria on June 23. Those two teams meetSunday in the other initial game in Group C.
It was a relatively quiet crowd until the final minutes at RoyalBafokeng Stadium, set in the platinum-rich high veld of northernSouth Africa. But there were chants of "USA!" after the match.