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Late goal gives U.S. a draw

Jurgen Klinsmann’s debut is out of the way. All he needs now is a win.

Klinsmann’s debut coaching U.S. soccer was bolstered by Robbie Rogers’ tying goal late in the second half to help the Americans salvage a 1-1 draw against Mexico in a friendly in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

“We saw, especially in the second half, a very exciting game, and it was an amazing learning process the players went through in just 90 minutes,” Klinsmann said.

Oribe Peralta scored for Mexico in a rematch of the Gold Cup final.

“It was fun to watch,” Klinsmann said.

Klinsmann kicked off a new era in American soccer less than two weeks after he was hired.

He needs more time to make his mark. Klinsmann held only three practices since he took over a program that clearly needs a jolt after years of mediocre results.

ELSEWHERE

The Premier League will decide today whether any of the opening matches of the season this weekend will be postponed because of the disorder in England. Wednesday’s friendly between England and Netherlands was postponed. … Germany ended an 18-year drought by beating Brazil, 3-2, in a friendly in Stuttgart. …

World Cup champion Spain lost to Italy, 2-1, in a friendly in Bari, Italy. … FIFA has banned three Hungarian and three Bosnian match officials for life after they helped fix two international friendlies. …

U.S. men’s assistant coach Jesse Marsch has signed a three-year deal to coach the Montreal Impact when the club makes the jump to Major League Soccer next season. … Carlos Costly scored twice in a 10-minute span to help Honduras beat Venezuela, 2-0, in a friendly in Four Lauderdale, Fla.

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