A speculative left-footed shot from 22 yards out from United States attacker Clint Dempsey was let in by goalkeeper Robert Green despite the shot being hit right to him.
Dempsey was given room outside the area to let the shot goal. The ball went along the ground to Green, kneeing in the middle of goal. The ball hit Green’s gloves just above the field, but the West Ham United keeper still allowed the ball through him, into goal.
It was as soft a goal as you could see in professional soccer. Regardless, the United States equalized at the 40 minute mark
Robert Green’s status as the starting goalkeeper was not verified until today’s line-up. David James, another potential starter, continued to struggle with a knee injury while Joe Hart, England’s Professional Football Writers best goalkeeper last season, Fabio Capello’s third option.