The England squad on tour in the US is not the one we are accustomed to, however the team did fair well here in Chicago. The absence of a number of regulars in the squad, mainly due to injury,
resulted in the coach calling up some unknowns to the senior international scene, such as Peter Crouch, Zat Knight. Kieran Richardson and Luke Young. The young team chalked up a win in the
Windy City and the afternoon belonged to debutant, Keiran Richardson. The Manchester United player, currently on-loan to West Bromwich Albion, scored both England goals, the first with a
wonderful free-kick, after Pope fouled Andy Johnson. The youngster picked the top right corner from 20 yards, and US goalkeeper, Keller, was just unable to reach the ball. A fantastic goal,
which delighted the large contingent of England fans.
The US were unlucky not to equalise in the 19th minute when James mis-judged Landon Donovan's free-kick, but England were saved by the post. Moments later, Keller made a great save from Joe Cole
who had cut inside a US defender and unleashed a great shot, Keller conceded a corner. With nine minutes on the clock in the first half, Donovan again had a chance to score after Wolff headed
the ball down to him, but his shot went wide of the goal.
England wrapped up the first half with another goal from Richardson. Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole exchanged passes and teamed up with Richardson who struck the ball past Keller. During
the interval England were forced to make a change with Zat Knight replacing an injured Sol Campbell.
Injuries mounted up for England during the second half with both Richardson and Ashley Cole having hamstring problems. Another concern was David James' goalkeeping. He raised questions
over his ability to be in the net for England after making a few blunders, which fortunately did not punish his team. As the game wore on, the US looked lively and did have a number of
chances to score. And the home team did get on the score sheet when a cross from LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan met second-half substitute Carlos Bocanegra. The Fulham player's shot bounced off
James and into the path of Clint Dempsey who siezed the opportunity to get his team back into the game with a header. The US continued to pressure England's defence but time ran out and England held on for the win. Now
on to the east coast and an encounter with South Americans, Colombia, in New Jersey.
Keller, Cherundolo, Gibbs, Pope (Bocanegra 73 mins), Vanney, Ralston, Zavagnin, Dempsey (Simms 90 mins), McBride (Casey 81 mins), Donovan, Wolff.
Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, Herhalter, Spector.
James #1, G Johnson #2, A Cole #3 (Defoe 63 mins - #16), Brown #5, Campbell #6 (Knight 46 mins - #15), J Cole #11, Carrick #4, Jenas #7, Richardson #8 (P Neville 59 mins - #14), A Johnson #10 (Young 76 mins - #12),
Subs Not Used: Green #13, Crouch #17, Carson#22. (Full Squad)
USA Goal: Dempsey (78 mins)
England Goals: Richardson (4 & 44 mins)
USA Caution: Pope (31 mins)
England Caution: A Cole (35 mins)
Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez (Mexico)