The USA caused a major upset at the Confederations Cup when they beat Spain 2 – 0 to advance to the final.
Before Wednesday’s match, Spain had gone 35 matches unbeaten with the last 15 games all wins, a world record.
Anything else but victory for the European Champions looked unlikely, particularly as the USA had started the tournament with a 3 – 1 loss to Italy followed by a 3 -0 defeat to Brazil. But they reached the last four courtesy of a 3 – 0 win over Egypt.
The USA went close on a couple of occasions before taking the lead on 27 minutes. Jozy Altidore out muscled his new Villarreal team mate Jean Capdevila and shot home despite the best efforts of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The goal was the first conceded by Spain in over 450 minutes of football.
Tim Howard was then forced in to a string of fine saves from Torres, Fabregas and Ramos' before the underdogs sprung forward for about the only time in the second half.
Landon Donovan rolled a ball across the 6 yard box and Clint Dempsey robbed Ramos to double his team’s advantage.
Wth a meeting against Brazil or South Africa in the final awaiting them, the USA team were thrilled at their achievement and coach Bob Bradley said:
It’s exciting, a great team effort. To beat an amazing team like Spain and make the final, it’s big.
We played as hard as we could and that’s what it took. Every guy contributed, so it’s a very good feeling.