Team U.S. is up 2-1 at the half with mixed results. On the one hand, we took an early lead, lost it, but quickly managed to pull back up front. That has to be encouraging after a trend of falling behind in so many recent games. In the negative ledger is the continued concern with poor defensive play.
Buddle had a great header at the 31 minute mark to pull the U.S. up 2-1. Buddle is easily the man of the match at this point with two goals. Dempsey missed an earlier opportunity, as the Australian keeper just managed to push the ball past the post. I do not really know much about Australia, but getting chances against any team is a lovely sight to behold.
The defense just looks so shaky. While the U.S. missed their share of chances in the first half, we also gave the Australians too many opportunities. Hopefully this can just be attributed to Onyewu being out.
On another note, I really like the spunk Dempsey showed when he received a hard hip check; however if the yellow carries over under international rules, I have a feeling it will be one that he later regrets picking up.