Bravo, McBride score, U.S. beats Saudi Arabia 2-0 to take third place.GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Tuesday, August 3, 1999) -- Forwards Paul Bravo and Brian McBride found net as the United States finished third in the Confederations Cup with a 2-0 decision over Saudi Arabia before 35,000 at Jalisco Stadium tonight.
The third-place finish equals the top overall finish for the senior men's team in a competition of world governing body FIFA. The 1930 U.S. World Cup team finished third in Uruguay. "We earned everything we received in this tournament," said U.S. coach Bruce Arena. "It's been a great experience for these players to come into this tournament and perform as well as they did under some tough conditions."
The U.S. went ahead 1-0 in the 28th minute on Bravo’s tally. A long entry pass from left touch line by Gregg Berhalter skipped past defender Mohsin Harthi, who whiffed on his attempt to clear. The bouncing ball wound up on the foot of a wide-open Bravo who buried it low into the near left corner from about seven yards for his first international goal.
McBride put the match away with his goal in the 80th minute. Playing a man down for the final 26 minutes when midfielder Matt McKeon was ejected with two yellow cards in a seven minute span, the Americans made a rare foray on attack. Ben Olsen touched ball left to fellow midfielder Eddie Lewis standing on sideline. His cross to the far post was headed by the unmarked McBride seven yards off inside of right post and into goal.
Earlier in the day, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller was named to the Confederations Cup's All-Star Team, the only American to be named to the team of 16 players despite finishing third in the eight-team tournament. Keller edged out Mexico's Jorge Campos and Brazil's Dida as the top goalkeeper in the Cup.
The U.S. concluded the tournament with a 3-2 record and is now 7-3-1 this year
United States 2, Saudi Arabia 0Line-ups: United States: Brad Friedel (captain), Gregg Berhalter (Robin Fraser 75), Marcelo Balboa, C.J. Brown, Frankie Hejduk, Matt McKeon, Eddie Lewis, Ben Olsen, Jovan Kirovski (Richie Williams 68), Paul Bravo (Cobi Jones 59), Brian McBride; Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Al Deayea, Abdullah Zubromawi, Mohammed Al Khilaiwi, Mohsin Harthi, Hussein Sulimani, Ibrahim Al Harbi (Khaled Gahwji 70), Addullah Al Shahrani, Mohammed All Jahani (Fahad Al Subaie 60), Nawaf Al Temyat, Abdullah Bin Shehan, Marzouk Al Otaibi.
Shots: United States 16, Saudi Arabia 8. Saves: United States 3, Saudi Arabia 4. Corner kicks: United States 6, Saudi Arabia 2. Fouls: United States 25, Saudi Arabia 14. Offside: United States 4, Saudi Arabia 4. Yellow card caution: United States - Bravo 9, Brown 26, Hejduk 43, McKeon 57; Saudi Arabia - Bin Shehan 24, Al Temyat 26. Red card ejection: McKeon (second yellow card) 64; Saudi Arabia - none.
Referee: Ubaldo Aquino (Paraguay). Assistant referees: Manuel Neira (Peru), Peter Kelly (Trinidad & Tobago). Attendance: 35,000 at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.