August 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM
USMNT comes back vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina behind Altidore hat trick, Johnson goal
Make it 12.
The U.S. men’s national has indeed won 12 straight games — the longest active streak in world soccer — following a 4-3 comeback victory Wednesday in a road friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The hero of the day? Jozy Altidore, who scored three goals to up his career total to 20, seventh in federation history.
But there was significant Sounders FC involvement, as well. Eddie Johnson, after making an error that led to Bosnia’s opener, kicked off the U.S. comeback with a goal in the 55th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1. That was his third goal in the last four USMNT games and the 18th of his international career (eighth best in American soccer history). Johnson, who has played a team-high 13 games for the U.S., never scored in Europe and had only one previous goal against a non-CONCACAF opponent.
There was also Brad Evans, who started and played 87 minutes at right back. By many accounts, it was another solid effort toward him holding onto the starting spot for upcoming World Cups qualifiers — Sept. 6 at Costa Rica and Sept. 10 vs. Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. Evans has started the last five international games of which he’s been available.
In other notes, defender John Brooks started and forward Aron Johannsson came off the bench in their USMNT debuts. Altidore notched his second career hat-trick and has scored in five-straight international games, a new U.S. record. Tim Howard earned his 50th win, closing on Kasey Keller‘s record of 53.
The Americans had never come from behind to win a game in Europe.
Back to the Sounders, Evans is expected to join the team in Houston ahead of Saturday’s road game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Johnson is suspended due to yellow-card accumulation and won’t be available.
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