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USA vs. Nigeria: Clint Dempsey plays 87 minutes in Americans' 2-1 win

United States men's national team has easily its best performance in its final game before the World Cup.

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Clint Dempsey was held off the scoresheet despite getting several good looks, but got through the United States' final pre-World Cup tuneup match mostly unscathed. The Americans were the better team, at least until the reserves started entering around the 75th minute, and won 2-1 behind a pair of Jozy Altidore goals on Saturday.

Dempsey did have one scary moment, though, when he clashed knees at midfield and needed some attention from the team trainer before re-entering the match.

Aside from that, Dempsey will mostly remember the match for several good looks that he was unable to put away. His best came on the break when Altidore put him through for a one-on-one in the 80th minute, but the Nigeria goalkeeper came up with a big save to keep it 2-0. A couple minutes later, Dempsey had another chance for a one-on-one, but he pulled up in order to avoid a collision. In a meaningful match, it's unlikely Dempsey would have done the same thing. Dempsey finished with a team-high three shots, including two on frame.

DeAndre Yedlin did not play after appearing as a substitute in the United States' first two tuneup matches.

The United States' next match will be on June 16 against Ghana, the first of three group stage matches in the World Cup.

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