U.S. Edges Saudi Arabia 2-0
Aug. 04, 1999
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) _ The United States defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 Tuesday to take third place in soccer's Confederations Cup.
The victory capped a strong performance in the tournament by the U.S. team, which defeated Germany 2-0 and came close to tying Brazil _ the favorite against Mexico in Wednesday's finals _ in a 1-0 match.
Saudi Arabia's Abdullah Bin Shehan knocked a pass into the U.S. goal with his arm at the 23-minute mark, and officials quickly disallowed the goal.
The U.S. opened the scoring at 26 minutes on a break by forward Paul Bravo, who beat defensemen and Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al Deayea to slice a clean shot into the goal.
The U.S. played most of the second period down one player, after Matt McKeon was ejected at the 64-minute mark on penalties.
Brian McBride headed a pass into the Saudi goal in the 79th minute mark to seal the U.S. victory.
The U.S. squad allowed the Saudi's very few shots and kept the quicker Saudi forwards from penetrating.