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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 May, 2005, 20:58 GMT 21:58 UK
USA v England as it happened
England have recorded a Kieran Richardson-inspired 2-1 victory over the USA in Chicago.

Richardson scored both his country's goals, a fourth-minute free-kick and a right-foot shot from outside the box, before going off with an injury.

The USA pulled a deserved goal back with just over 10 minutes to go through Clint Dempsey's header.

England impressed with an experimental side - as Richardson, Zat Knight and Luke Young all made debuts.


Goalflashes and major incidents as they happen (all times BST):

2157: It's all over in Chicago. England have won 2-1 and it's a dream debut for Kieran Richardson, who scored both his country's goals. His debut was spoiled only by a hamstring injury, but was otherwise a perfect bow he will never forget.

2148: England are hanging on here with around eight minutes left. Glen Johnson, who has not had the easiest time, does not clear and Zat Knight has to nip in and snuff out the danger.

2144: GOAL. USA 1-2 England.
The US grab a lifeline as Landon Donovan's free-kick is met by Carlos Bocanegra, whose effort is saved by David James. The ball flies to Clint Dempsey, who heads home his first senior international goal.

2141: Another England debut - the third of the night - as Luke Young comes on to replace Andy Johnson.

2132: Glen Johnson appears to handle inside the penalty area but it is not intentional and play goes on.

2126: Jermain Defoe comes on for Ashley Cole, with Phil Neville filling in at left-back.

2123: Kieran Richardson goes off to be replaced by Phil Neville. West Brom's on-loan Manchester United man is given a rapturous reception by the travelling England fans.

2110: The second half gets started in Chicago, with David James taking the captain's armband from Sol Campbell, who is replaced in defence by Zat Knight, making his debut.

2052: Half-time in the Windy City, with England leading 2-0. What a debut it has been for Kieran Richardson, who has netted both his country's goals.

2050: GOAL. USA 0-2 England
Kieran Richardson is proving the adage of America being the land of opportunities. He has now scored twice on his debut, with the second strike coming after Joe Cole, receiving Andy Johnson's flick, finds his fellow midfielder on the edge of the box.

2048: A flare-up as Glen Johnson and Cory Gibbs exchange views in no uncertain terms. Neither player is booked.

2042: Another near-miss by the US as Josh Wolff presents a nice cushioned header for Landon Donovan who lashes past the post when he might have done better.

2040: Ashley Cole gets the game's first booking for kicking the ball away.

2037: Treatment for Jermaine Jenas after he is felled by Eddie Pope, but the Newcastle man is able to continue.

2031: Kerry Zabagnin tests James again but his rasping effort flies over the bar.

2026: England turn defence into attack as Joe Cole bursts forward and tests Kasey Keller with a shot from outside the box.

2025: A let-off for England and David James as the USA almost equalise with a free-kick that would have matched Richardson's. The effort from a wide angle by Landon Donovan eludes James and hits a post, just at it appeared the ball was going in.

2023: Confirmation arrives that Richardson has not scored England's quickest post-war debut goal. That honour stays with the late Bill Nicolson, who netted after 54 seconds of his bow against Portugal in 1951.

2009: GOAL. USA 0-1 England
It's a dream debut already for Kieran Richardson, who curls home a delightful fourth-minute free-kick. A foul by Eddie Pope on Andy Johnson leads to the free-kick and Richardson wraps it past Kasey Keller.

2006: The game gets under way at Soldier Field.


Team line-ups:

USA: Keller, Cherundolo, Gibbs, Pope, Vanney, Ralston, Zavagnin, Dempsey, McBride, Donovan, Wolff.
Subs: Hahnemann, Berhalter, Bocanegra, Spector, Casey, Convey, Simms.

England: James, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Brown, Campbell, Joe Cole, Carrick, Jenas, Richardson, Andrew Johnson, Smith.
Subs: Young, Green, Neville, Knight, Defoe, Crouch, Carson.

Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez (Mexico)


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