Diskerud goal gives US 2-2 tie at Russia
Mix Diskerud gave the US soccer team a thrilling end to 2012 No big bash for Afridi, Ajmal and Umar: PCB
Playing just his third game for the Americans, the 22year-old midfielder scored his first international goal on a 20yard shot 2:50 into four minutes of injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Russia on late Wednesday in an exhibition game at Krasnodar.
Michael Bradley, who scored in the 76th minute, sent a long ball into the penalty area toward Terrence Boyd. Defender Sergei Ignashevich tied to clear the ball but his header went on one hop to Diskerud. His right-footed shot took a bounce and spin in off the left hand of goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.
''It was a long ball and I was hoping with all my heart that it would come back to me and it did,'' Diskerud said. ''I got a nice strike.''
Diskerud's whose mother is from Arizona and whose father is from Norway, was a member of the American under-23 team that failed to qualify for the London Olympics.
''We can compete with very good teams in the world,'' U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. ''The way our team fought back twice after being down a goal was great. It showed a lot of personality. It showed a lot of character. This is a young team, and a team that is growing.''Fedor Smolov, making his Russian national team debut, gave the hosts the lead in the ninth minute following a giveaway by Danny Williams, who mishit the ball trying for a quick free kick in his own half.
Bradley tied it on a 19yard volley, his 11th international goal. Maurice Edu passed to Juan Agudelo in the penalty area, and Agudelo headed the ball back to an open Bradley for a right-footed shot that clanked in off the post to Gabulov's right.
Roman Shirokov put Russia back ahead 2-1 when he converted a penalty kick in the 84th minute after a foul by Clarence Goodson, who pushed over Artem Dzyuba in front of goalkeeper Tim Howard following a free kick.
''I think we came in at halftime frustrated with ourselves,'' Bradley said. '' We were too casual from the start and good teams make you pay. Maybe we were a little lucky after the first 15 minutes that it was only 1-0.''
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi permission to play this season's Big Bash League (BBL), the Australia Twenty20 league, to ensure the trio's participation in their domestic Twenty20 tournament ahead of the tour of India. Akmal had signed with Sydney Sixers and Ajmal with Adelaide Strikers for the season, while Afridi would have moved from Melbourne Renegades to Sydney Thunder. The PCB had earlier issued the players No Objection Certificates to play in the BBL that begins on December 7. The PCB's national T20 championship is set to be played between December 2 and 10, and will be followed by a week- long conditioning camp.