USA tops Nigeria 2-1 in front of record crowd

Published On: Jun 07 2014 09:35:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2014 10:19:54 PM EDT

AP photo by John Raoux

More than 52,000 fans cheer on the United States team during
Saturday night's international friendly soccer match.


A record crowd of 52,033 were on hand at Everbank Field to watch Team USA beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final tune-up of the Send-Off Series for the 2014 World Cup. It was the largest crowd ever to watch a U.S. soccer friendly in the southeast.

Jozy Altidore snapped a 27-match scoreless streak with a pair of goals. He tapped in a cross from Fabian Johnson in the 31st minute to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. In the 68th minute, Altidore beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

"The second goal was world class, no doubt about it," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "You heard the other coaches of the last friendlies, especially the Turkish coach who said, 'This (guy) is a handful.' Hopefully we can keep him as a handful going down to Brazil now."

Team USA was undefeated in its send-off series for the first time since it started in 2002. The team will leave for Brazil on Sunday evening for the 2014 World Cup. Their first match is set for June 16 against Ghana.


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