Olsen, Moore provide goals; U.S. dominates lifeless Germany 2-0.GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Friday, July 30, 1999) -- Ben Olsen and Joe-Max Moore scored beautiful goals, helping the United States stun Germany for the second time this year with a 2-0 victory tonight to advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup before 53,000 at Jalisco Stadium.
The United States (2-1), the Group B runnerup will face host Mexico, the Group A winner Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) in Mexico City with a crowd approaching 115,000 expected at Azteca Stadium. In the second semifinal, Brazil (3-0), which finished atop Group B, will meet Saudi Arabia.
In 16 matches played between the two teams in Mexico City, Mexico has won all but one contest, but that 0-0 draw came on Nov. 2, 1997 during qualifications for World Cup ’98 in France. The Americans’ second shutout of Germany in 1999 helped further erase the bad taste of the ’98 World Cup, where Germany beat the U.S. 2-0. On February 6, the U.S. defeated Germany 3-0 in Jacksonville, Fla.
"We're very happy with the result," U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. "We prepared well, and we had a great game. I'm proud and satisfied with my players . . . I think we'll have trouble with Mexico, because it's one of the favorites. But we're going to prepare ourselves well."
Two days after losing to Brazil 1-0, Arena used only five starters from that match to face Germany, knowing a tie or victory would mean advancement to the semis. Goalkeeper Kasey Keller, midfielder John Harkes and midfielder Cobi Jones did not play tonight. Strikers Brian McBride (15 minutes) and Ernie Stewart (25 minutes) came on as late reserves. Defender Carlos Llamosa suffered a leg injury against Brazil and did not play tonight.
"My rationale (for the changes) was that I knew we could advance, but in order to play well in the semifinal on Sunday we couldn't afford to use the same players for three games in five days," Arena explained. "We felt that this group could at least get one point and maybe even the victory, so we're obviously pleased with the outcome of the match."
Surviving defensive disorganization in the first 20 minute, the Americans went on to dominate this match with the Germans showing increasing frustration as time wore on.
The U.S. took the lead 1-0 in the 24th minute. Midfielder Frankie Hejduk carried deep into right corner and crossed to Paul Bravo outside near post. Bravo, with his back to the goal, touched the ball with outside of right foot a yard back to midfielder Ben Olsen who used the outside of his right foot to drive the ball eight yards just inside the right post.
After Bravo was fouled badly six yards above top left of penalty area. Joe-Max Moore beautifully curled a right-footed free kick over four-man wall perfectly into the top left corner just beyond the fingertips by Jens Lehmann for a 2-0 advantage in the 50th minute.
United States 2, Germany 0Line-ups: United States: Brad Friedel (captain), Jeff Agoos, Marcelo Balboa, C.J. Brown, Frankie Hejduk, Matt McKeon, Richie Williams, Eddie Lewis, Ben Olsen (Ernie Stewart 65), Joe-Max Moore (Jovan Kirovski 83), Paul Bravo (Brian McBride 77); Germany: Jens Lehmann, Thomas Linke, Christian Worns, Lothar Matthaeus (captain), Joerg Heinrich (Mustafa Dogan 42), Heiko Gerber (Ronald Maul 75), Dariusz Wosz, Bernd Schneider, Horst Heldt (Paulo Rink 60), Oliver Neuville, Michael Preetz.
Shots: United States 6, Germany 9. Saves: United States 4, Germany 3. Corner kicks: United States 3, Germany 4. Offside: United States 2, Germany 3. Yellow card caution: United States - Olsen 33, Hejduk 39, Agoos 47+; Germany - Gerber 60, Worns 75, Matthaeus 81, Rink 92+.
Referee: Gilberto Alcala (Mexico). Assistant referees: Awni Hassouneh (Jordan), Domingo Pequenino. Attendance: 53,000 at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy.