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Williams makes USA comeback in draw with Swiss

1 April 2015

Midfielder's first start in over two years

Danny Williams made his first start for the USA in more than two years last night in their 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

The midfielder’s 14th international cap saw him play all 90 minutes and line up alongside Michael Bradley in the centre of Jurgen Klinsmann’s side’s engine room.

The USA went ahead in the first half through Brek Shea’s well-placed free-kick but they were dealt a blow on 66 minutes when former Premier League player Jozy Altidore was sent off.

And the Swiss, who are in the same Euro 2016 qualification group as England, then levelled 10 minutes from time when Valentin Stocker poked home from close range.

The USMNT face three more friendlies, one in April and two in June, before they get their summer Gold Cup campaign underway.

Kwesi Appiah came off the bench to play the final 23 minutes for Ghana in their 1-1 draw against Mali. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu put the Black Stars in front on 52 minutes but Wolves’ Bakary Sako netted the equaliser midway through the second half.

Ryan Edwards and the Australia U23s picked up their third win in five days by beating Myanmar 5-1 in their final Championship Qatar Qualifier.

The Olyroos’ latest victory added to their 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei and 6-0 thumping of Hong Kong, with Edwards featuring for 80 minutes of their latest success.

Aaron Kuhl and Rob Dickie’s England U19s missed out on a place at this summer’s European Championships following a 2-1 defeat to France.

Goals from Sehrou Guirassy and Gnaly Cornet put the hosts in control before Fulham’s Patrick Roberts netted a consolation for the Three Lions.  Kuhl and Dickie were both unused substitutes for the fixture.

Following a 1-1 draw with Croatia, Scotland also missed out on a place at the finals, despite ending their qualification group unbeaten. Reading’s Harry Cardwell played the opening 45 minutes against the Croats for Scotland, who had drawn with Italy and beaten Austria in their previous two games.  

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