Work in Sports
Late U.S. goal downs Argentina 1-0 in D.C.
Posted: Saturday January 22, 2000 06:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe-Max Moore's goal ensured that Kasey Keller's penalty-kick save didn't go for naught.
Or was it the other way around?
Moore scored in the 88th minute and Keller blocked a first-half penalty kick Sunday, leading the United States past Argentina 1-0 in an exhibition game.
Moore, who entered the game as a substitute in the 60th minute for a hobbling Eddie Lewis, ran toward the top of the penalty area and accepted a backheel feed from Ernie Stewart.
In front of an RFK Stadium crowd of 40,119, Moore's left-footed shot easily beat goalkeeper German Burgos to the upper left corner. It was Moore's 19th goal in international competition.
"It was planned," joked U.S. coach Bruce Arena. "I told [Moore] to go score a goal ... We're a little thin outside in the midfield. I told Joe to be prepared to play in any of those positions."
Keller snuffed Gustavo Lopez's penalty kick in the 42nd minute. Keller made the most critical of his seven saves after referee Rodrigo Badilla penalized defender C.J. Brown for a slide tackle against Gustavo Lopez on the edge of the penalty box.
Lopez sent a low shot to Keller's left. Keller tricked him into shooting there by stutter-stepping to his right, then gobbling up the shot with a quick move the other way.
"With the rule changes that allow the goalkeeper to move, all you try to do is keep them guessing," Keller said. "If he had to take it over, I'm sure he'd put it further in the corner."
The United States had three victories, a loss and three ties since Bruce Arena took over as coach in November 1998. The Americans next play in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico in July.
Argentina, preparing for the upcoming Copa America in Paraguay, tied Mexico 2-2 in Chicago Wednesday.
Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, whose team outshot the Americans 17-14, complimented the rebuilding U.S. team as "very good and challenging." But he sounded disappointed about his makeshift squad's inability to finish their chances.
"There were some very obvious missed opportunities," he said. "We could not capitalize on 13 goals we could have possibly had."
Kasey Keller; Robin Fraser (Gregg Berhalter, 69th), Jeff Agoos, C.J. Brown; Eddie Lewis (Joe-Max Moore, 60th), Chris Armas, Claudio Reyna, Tonny Sanneh, Jovan Kirovski; Cobi Jones (Roy Lassiter, 77th), Ernie Stewart.
German Burgos; Robertop Ayala, Javier Zanetti, Hugo Ibarra; Diego Simone, Mauricio Ponchettino, Anders Guglielminpietro, Claudio Husain; Pablo Aimar (Christian Gonzalez, 60th), Gustavo Lopez, Julio Cruz (Fernando Pandolfi, 78th).
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla, Costa Rica.