Brady brace leads Ireland to 4-1 win over US
Dublin, Nov 19 (AP) - Robbie Brady scored twice to lead a second-string Ireland side to a 4-1 win over the United States in a friendly on Tuesday. Ireland, which changed all 11 starters from Friday's 1-0 defeat by Scotland in European Championship qualifying, went ahead in the seventh minute when Anthony Pilkington chipped U.S. goalkeeper Bill Hamid. David McGoldrick, making his international debut, provided the through pass as Pilkington made his run. Mix Diskerud equalized in the 39th after Jozy Altidore's lofted cross into the penalty area fell to Chris Wondolowski. He dropped a cushioned header to Diskerud, who used the outside of his right foot to flick the ball low into the right corner of the net as chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" rang out in Aviva Stadium. Brady restored Ireland's lead in the 55th after he got behind the defense and scored from seven yards out, and James McClean made it 3-1 in the 82nd with a shot that deflected off defender Geoff Cameron. Brady scored his second of the night with a 25-yard (meter) free kick in the 86th that curled into the top left corner - extending the Americans' winless streak to four games. "It's good to finish the year on a high," Brady said. "The Americans have had a good year. We knew it was going to be a tough game, because they're no pushovers. So we're delighted to get the win, and for a lot of our lads who don't normally get a chance to play to do so well." Ireland is battling to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France. Friday's defeat meant the Irish slipped to fourth place in Group D behind Poland, Germany and Scotland - although they are level on points with the Germans and Scots. "We scored 4 goals tonight and it was nice to regain momentum from Friday night," said Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, whose squad faces its next European test against Poland at home in March. Coming off Friday's 2-1 defeat to Colombia in London, the Americans have lost consecutive games for the first time since late 2011, while the four-game winless streak is their longest since Jurgen Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley as coach in July 2011. In a worrisome trend for the defense, the U.S. has conceded 10 goals from the 80th minute onward in their last nine games. On Tuesday, the U.S. team also narrowly missed several scoring chances. Fabian Johnson hit the right post in the 22nd minute with a long-range shot and Altidore's effort from the edge of the penalty area ricocheted off the crossbar in the 43rd. "We controlled the first half and we should have scored a second goal before going in at halftime," Klinsmann said. "We didn't do it and then we gave away the second goal, and that obviously kind of broke the game." He said the U.S. team needed to introduce young players, even at the cost of victories, to develop the squad ahead of 2018 World Cup qualifying. He highlighted the need to give a second cap for goalkeeper Hamid, who wasn't even listed in the official match program and was a surprise starter ahead of Brad Guzan. "Obviously it always looks bad if you concede four goals," Klinsmann said of Hamid. "But those four goals were not his fault." Jordan Morris, a 20-year-old forward who is a Stanford sophomore, made his debut in the 76th minute. The U.S. Soccer Federation says no college player has appeared for the national team since Ante Razov in 1995, the year before Major League Soccer started.