U.S. men shock Ger­many in soc­cer

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Bobby Wood scores in the 87th minute in a 2-1 ex­hi­bi­tion win over the World Cup cham­pi­ons.

Five days af­ter beat­ing the Nether­lands for the first time, the United States de­feated Ger­many in Ger­many for the first time.

The Amer­i­cans could not be more con­fi­dent head­ing into next month’s CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup. “It makes us world cham­pi­ons, right?” goal­keeper Brad Guzan joked af­ter the 2-1 victory Wed­nes­day over the Ger­mans.

Bobby Wood, whose 90thminute goal Fri­day gave the U.S. a 4-3 win in Am­s­ter­dam, scored in the 87th minute for the im­prob­a­ble victory in an ex­hi­bi­tion in Cologne against the na­tion that won last year’s World Cup.

U.S. cap­tain Michael Bradley passed to Brad Evans, wide on the right f lank, and Evans made a 25-yard di­ag­o­nal pass to Wood, who had en­tered in the 74th minute. Wood trapped the ball just out­side the arc, swiveled, took a touch and sent a 23yard shot on a hop past goal­keeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Mario Goetze put the topranked Ger­mans ahead in the 12th minute off a pass from Pa­trick Herrmann.

Mix Diskerud tied the score for the 27th-ranked U.S. in the 41st minute when he ran into a pre­cise 20-yard pass from Bradley, and with the laces of his out­stretched right boot kicked it in from about six yards.

U.S. Coach Juer­gen Klins­mann won against the coun­try he led to the 1990 World Cup ti­tle as a player and coached to third place in 2006.

On an­other day of tur­moil for FIFA and the World Cup, the bid­ding con­test for the 2026 tour­na­ment was put on hold.

FIFA Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jerome Val­cke said it would be “non­sense” to begin the next bid­ding process on sched­ule this week amid the Amer­i­can in­ves­ti­ga­tion into soc­cer cor­rup­tion.

While Val­cke spoke in Sa­mara, his staff in Zurich gave more ev­i­dence to Swiss au­thor­i­ties for a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid con­tests won by Rus­sia and Qatar.

“FIFA handed over seized IT data,” the Swiss at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice said in a state­ment.

Ru­bio Ru­bin scored early in the sec­ond half, Zack St­ef­fen saved an 81st-minute penalty kick, and the United States beat Colom­bia, 1-0, in Welling­ton, New Zealand, to reach the Un­der-20 World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

Rob­bie Keane will re­turn for a sixth sea­son with the Galaxy af­ter the reign­ing Ma­jor League Soc­cer cham­pi­ons picked up his con­tract op­tion for 2016. Fi­nan­cial terms were not dis­closed.

Keane is due to make $4.5 mil­lion in the fi­nal year of this con­tract this sea­son.

— Kevin Bax­ter

Simon Hof­mann Bon­gar ts/Getty Images

SE­BAS­TIAN RUDY of Ger­many and Mix Diskerud, left, of the U.S. battle for the ball. Diskerud had a goal in the game.

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