With serious embarrassment and a World Cup nightmare looming, the United States men's national team was saved on Friday by perhaps the two most maligned players on its squad.
Eddie Johnson's pair of goals against Antigua & Barbuda, including the game-winner in the final minute, sealed a 2-1 win and rescued the side from a dismal draw that would have left it in serious trouble in CONCACAF regional qualifying for soccer's biggest showcase.
A strong 20th-minute header and another to clinch it late on is exactly the sort of thing a goal scorer is supposed to do. But USA fans long ago gave up hope of Johnson being its striking savior, after he followed a spectacular start to his international career eight years ago with an equally-dramatic nosedive that saw him fail to make the grade in Europe.
The second goal, with the U.S. on the cusp of a disastrous draw against an opponent ranked 106 in the world, came courtesy of the most timely of assists from a colleague who neither mostRead More »from Eddie Johnson's late goal keeps USA from brink of World Cup elimination