United States beats Switzerland to snap losing streak

Oct 17, 2007 - 8:29 PM BASEL, Switzerland (Ticker) - Michael Bradley gave his father the win he has been craving.

Bradley scored in the 86th minute to give the United States and coach Bob Bradley their first win in six games as the Americans beat Switzerland, 1-0, in a friendly in Basel.

Bradley finished from close range after Clint Dempsey had got on the end of Danny Szetela's cross to draw Swiss goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuhler off his line. It was the midfielder's first senior international goal.

The game got off to a rough start when DaMarcus Beasley was chopped down by David Degan in the fourth minute. The winger tried to continue but would eventually be replaced by Heath Pearce after half an hour.

Debutant Maurice Edu had an early shot but the Toronto FC midfielder fired wide from the edge of the area.

The Americans continue to attack and should have taken the lead just before the break. Eddie Lewis had a great chance from inside the area but a heavy touch closed the angle and Zuberbuhler made the save.

From the resulting corner, Taylor Twellman saw two headers blocked before Edu fired in a shot which Carlos Bocanegra deflected into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Substitute Danny Califf headed over early in the second half for the United States, but Switzerland soon began to impose themselves.

In the 65th minute, Tranquillo Barnetta used a neat turn to get away from Steve Cherundolo but then slipped as he shot and missed the target.

The best chance for the hosts was a late free-kick, given when substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan misjudged a longball and handled outside the area, was fiercely struck by Hakan Yakin, but saved by Guzan.

Teenager Freddy Adu came on to earn his second senior cap in the 77th minute, and almost scored in the 88th minute, stretching to reach Dempsey's pass but turning the ball over.

It was the first time the United States has ever beaten Switzerland in the seventh meeting between the teams.






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