|Jurgen Klinsmann is pumped up after Robbie Rogers pulls the US even late in the game. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)|
Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his US coaching debut without saying a word. He stripped the names off the back of the jerseys and assigned Nos. 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves.
He wanted the Americans to know that all that mattered was representing their country.
His first game was bolstered by Robbie Rogers’s tying goal in the 73d minute to help the Americans salvage a 1-1 draw against Mexico last night in Philadelphia.
“It was a special moment,’’ Klinsmann said. “It was a special moment before the game, listening to the anthem and feeling the energy from the stadium and the players.’’
Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico in a rematch of the Gold Cup final.
Rogers tied it when he tapped in a nice crossing pass from the 21-year-old Brek Shea. Rogers had just subbed in for Michael Bradley, playing for the US for the first time since his father was fired.
“We wanted to see a performance with energy and excitement and with the goal that the fans were really going to enjoy their team,’’ Klinsmann said.
Italy 2, Spain 1 - Italy substitute Alberto Aquilani scored a late goal in a friendly between the last two World Cup winners at Bari, Italy.
Back with Liverpool after a season on loan at Juventus, Aquilani’s decisive shot was deflected in by Spain defender Raul Albiol in the 84th minute.
Germany 3, Brazil 2 - Germany ended an 18-year wait for a win over Brazil in a friendly at Stuttgart.
Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle also netted for the hosts.
Robinho and Neymar scored for five-time World Cup winner Brazil, which hosts the 2014 tournament.
Northern Ireland 4, Faeroe Islands 0 - Northern Ireland climbed to third in Group C qualifying for the European Championship, 2 points behind Slovenia after beating the Faeroe Islands.
France 1, Chile 1 - After a dismal World Cup, France is showing signs of a resurgence, extending its unbeaten run to 11 matches by drawing with Chile at Montpellier.
Norway 3, Czech Republic 0 - There was a somber tone to Norway’s victory at Oslo, as both teams wore black armbands to honor the 77 people killed last month in a car bomb in Oslo and a shooting rampage at a youth camp outside the capital.
Portugal 5, Luxembourg 0 - Cristiano Ronaldo scored in host Portugal’s rout.
Ivory Coast 4, Israel 3 - Gervinho set up two scores in Ivory Coast’s win at Geneva.
Scotland 2 Denmark 1 - Robert Snodgrass scored his first international goal in his first start as the Scots defeated Denmark for the first time since 1975.
Australia 2, Wales 1 - Tim Cahill and Robbie Kruse scored for the host Aussies.
Major League Soccer games will be televised by NBC’s networks starting next season, doubling the number of homes that dozens of games will be available in.