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Soccer: Jozy Altidore scores twice, U.S. beats Nigeria 2-1
Soccer » Americans win 2-1 in their final World Cup warmup.


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Klinsmann inserted midfielder Kyle Beckerman into the starting lineup alongside Jermaine Jones for the first time since the clinching September qualifier against Mexico. Initially a 4-2-3-1 formation, it shifted as Beckerman remained at the base of a midfield diamond at times, with Jones pushing wide left alongside Bradley in the center and Clint Dempsey on the right.

Bedoya, who started last month’s 2-0 win over Azerbaijan and was replaced by Brad Davis for last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Turkey, was back in the lineup. Graham Zusi joined Davis on the bench.

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DaMarcus Beasley returned at left back in place of Timmy Chandler, who started against the Turks.

NOTES: The U.S. Soccer Federation took away what had been credited as a win for Howard against Turkey because Brad Guzan had come in by the time Dempsey scored the go-ahead goal. Because of that, the Nigeria game gave Howard his 54th win, one more than Keller’s previous American record.




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