USA Vs. Canada, Gold Cup 2011: Opportunities For Both Teams

The match has finally opened up and it did so on both sides. Ever since Jozy Altidore scored in the 14th minute, the two teams have been content to pass sideways and not really attack the opposing team's back line. It made the match quite boring and neither team really got opportunities to score, but that is over.

The first chance of the second half came for the U.S. when a long cross to Altidore just barely went over his head. Had it been three inches lower, Altidore would have had a glorious chance to head home his second goal of the game to put the U.S. ahead, 2-0.

Canada wasn't going to let the U.S. have all the fun though. They came flying down the other way and Simeon Jackson danced his way around the edge of the U.S. box. One defender missed, another missed, another missed and it looked like Jackson might get a good opportunity at goal, but he waited too long and had the ball taken away.

It's been a lot of boring in this match since Altidore's goal, but it's starting to open up. Fresh legs with upcoming subs will only help that.

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