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U.S. Ties England 1-1 at World Cup

The U.S. plays to a draw against England after English goalie Robert Green fails to contain a shot by American Clint Dempsey.
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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (TheStreet) -- The U.S. tied England 1-1 Saturday in the World Cup.

Although England's Steven Gerrard scored a point early in the game, American Clint Dempsey evened the score when English goalie Robert Green fumbled Dempsey's shot.

"It was a difficult game," Gerrard was quoted saying by the

Associated Press

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. "I think the important thing in the first game is not to lose. Unfortunately we've let a poor goal in and we couldn't go on and get the winner."

U.S. goalie Tim Howard provided a strong defense in the second half of the game, making multiple saves.

Late in the game, American Jozy Altidore came close to scoring a game-winning goal, but Green managed to get his hand on the ball, which bounced off the corner of the goal.

The U.S. is hoping to get into the second round in this World Cup after a first-round elimination in 2006. The team will play first-round games against Slovenia on Friday and Algeria on June 23.

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