US Tops Germany 4-3 in Friendly

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Greg Fiume/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For the first time since 1999, the U.S. men’s soccer team defeated Germany.

The Americans received two goals from forward Clint Dempsey in a five minute period in the second half, as the U.S. edged the Germans in a friendly Sunday, 4-3.

While the win is nice, Germany basically played its second-stringers, with only one player from their previous World Cup qualifier on the pitch.

Still, the win is nice for an American team that is coming off a 4-2 loss to Belgium in a friendly played last Wednesday.

The Americans started the scoring quickly with Jozy Altidore scoring in the 13th minute.

The U.S. went up 2-0 when it got lucky as the Germans scored on their own goal just three minutes later.

The Germans got one back in the 51st minute of the second half when Heiko Westermann scored, but Dempsey answered with his two goals in the 60th and 65th minute to make it 4-1.

The Americans held on from there to get the win.

Next up for the U.S., a World Cup Qualifier against Jamaica in Jamaica on Friday.

The U.S. (1-1-1) is currently in third place in the six-team final round of qualifying for the North and Central America and Caribbean region. The top three teams will qualify for next years World Cup in Brazil, with the team that finishes fourth having to play New Zealand in a home-and-home playoff to make the tournament.

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