United States 2, Germany 0
Jul. 31, 1999
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) _ Ben Olsen and Joe-Max Moore scored goals Friday night to lead the United States to a 2-0 victory over Germany and into the semifinals of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament.
Olsen took a pass from Marcelo Balboa in the 23rd minute and shot it to the left of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. In the 49th minute, Moore drove a free kick into the top right corner of the goal.
Brazil faced New Zealand in the final game of the tournament's first round later Friday. Brazil was all but assured of finishing first in the Guadalajara group, which would allow it to stay in Guadalajara and face Saudi Arabia in a semifinal game on Sunday.
The Americans would have only one day to travel to Mexico City and prepare for Sunday's semifinal against Mexico, the top team in the Mexico City group. The final will be played Wednesday in Mexico City.
The game Friday night was slow and characterized by missed passes and little offensive flair. Each side pressed the other closely, and Germany didn't make a single offensive play until the 14th minute.
The Americans mounted a strong defense in the penalty box, and Balboa repeatedly cleared the ball during German offensives.
It was also a rough game and referee Gilberto Alcala doled out seven yellow cards, four to the Germans.
The Americans played without many of their usual starters, saving players like Cobi Jones, John Harkes and Kasey Keller for Sunday's semifinal. Forward Brian McBride entered only in the 76th minute and Jovan Kirovski in the 82nd.
The United States showed surprising strength against Germany, traditionally one of the world's best teams. The Americans upset the Germans 3-0 in February in Florida, and many had said another loss to the Americans would be humiliating.