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US Men’s Soccer Team Draws with Ninth-Ranked Russia, Wins Cold War

Take that, Gorbachev.

(Photo: J. Meric / Getty Images | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012)

As Rocky IV Twitter references abound, a very young US men’s soccer team took to the field in Krasnodar, Russia, and left with a 2-2 draw thanks to a Mix Diskerud equalizer in the 93rd minute. In the last friendly before the next stage of World Cup qualifying, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann explored the depth of his squad, trotting out speedster Josh Gatt for his first national team appearance, and Timmy Chandler, whose commitment to the team has been about as consistent as the Sean Combs’ nickname of the moment. Young-gun Juan Agudelo came off the bench and provided the assist on the first goal, heading down a long ball for Michael Bradley to finish.

Though ugly at times, the result ended up favorable for the US, who walked out of the stadium with confidence, swagger, and the assurance that, because of their performance, communism will never occur anywhere on Earth again.

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