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Danny’s USA held by Kiwis in friendly

12 October 2016

Williams features for the USA against Cuba and New Zealand

Reading’s Danny Williams featured for the USA in the small hours of Wednesday morning as they were held to a 1-1 draw with New Zealand in Washington, D.C.

Last week’s historic friendly with Cuba ended in a 2-0 win to the USA thanks to goals from Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green. Williams played just over 20 minutes for the Stars & Stripes in Havana helping his side see out the victory.

It was a nervy start for the US against New Zealand however, with the home side taking a while to settle in the capital. Just short of the half hour mark the States found their feet, with Green firing them into the lead scoring his second goal in as many matches. Former Hull City and Sunderland man Jozy Altidore set Green up with a cushioned header, before the latter fired a low shot which sneaked inside the post.  
Royals man Williams was introduced just after the hour for teammate Perry Kitchen, but the USA were unable to hold on to their narrow lead, with Monty Patterson pulling the visitors level. Patterson was quickest to react from a corner, prodding home at the near post through the goalkeeper’s legs to put the Kiwis back in the game.

Williams almost won the match for his country when his fierce strike forced a fine save from New Zealand keeper Stefan Marinovic, and captain Michael Bradley also denied by the opposition glovesman late on as his well-struck volley was parried away.

The USMNT embark on their 10-game final round of World Cup qualifying next month beginning with a potentially heated clash against neighbours Mexico at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, which Williams will be hoping to be involved in.

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