US beat Venezuela 2-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Brian Ching scored in the 36th minute and Clint Dempsey in the 69th for the United States to beat Venezuela 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.

US beat Venezuela 2-0

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Brian Ching scored in the 36th minute and Clint Dempsey in the 69th for the United States to beat Venezuela 2-0 in a friendly on Friday. The Americans finished a man short after Carlos Bocanegra was ejected in the 82nd for getting his second yellow card. US coach Bruce Arena had rested many of his regulars, who started in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Morocco at Nashville, Tennessee. Only defender Oguchi Onyewu and forward Josh Wolff remained in the starting 11. Ching, who some thought would be bypassed in favour of Taylor Twellman for the World Cup roster, put the United States ahead with his fourth goal in 19 internationals. Bobby Convey, who has added offensive spark, took the ball down the left side and crossed around Hector Gonzalez. Ching, at the top of the box, got a toe on it and beat goalkeeper Javier Toyo. Ching nearly got another in the 54th, off a sharp cross from Chris Albright, but Toyo dove left to punch the ball away. Tim Howard then made a leaping save in the 64th to push Juan Arrango's shot over the crossbar. Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley entered midway through the second half, replacing Convey and Wolff. Donovan immediately provided the spark which created the second goal, a Dempsey header. (AP)

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