Young enough to justify a permission slip joke, 17-year-old Juan Agudelo has come on for Robbie Rogers, making his senior national team debut. The 61st minute substitution means both Agudelo and Teal Bunbury are on, giving optimistic U.S. Men's National Team supporters are glimpse into the team's future.
Through eight minutes, Agudelo's been quiet, but Bunbury's had a decent start. The Kansas City Wizards' striker trapped and turned on a ball from 17 yards out in the 54th minute, giving the United States their second solid shot of the match. While the `keeper wasn't severely tested, it was a nice piece of skill to put the ball on his left foot and turning into a quick shot.
The chance was part of the United States attack that's woken-up for the second half. While the States have not been as controlling as the Bafana Bafana were in the first half, they've been the slightly better of the side through the half's first 20 minutes. The States are actually holding some possession, something they're not accustomed to doing even with a full squad.
South Africa seems to be adjusting to this more prescient States team, but as the second half moves forward, the States look slightly more likely to find a goal.