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2014 World Cup Send-Off Series Game 3 live blog: U.S. vs. Nigeria

For its final test before flying to Brazil, the USMNT hosts Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on ESPN.


  1. Stay tuned for more coverage on Planet Fútbol from SI's Grant Wahl, who is on the scene in Jacksonville.
  2. FT — United States 2-1 Nigeria | That's it from EverBank Field. The best U.S. performance building up to the World Cup has been this final one, in the last (public) tune-up match. A flight to São Paulo and a closed-doors friendly against Belgium awaits before the match against Ghana in Natal on June 16.
  3. Chris Wondolowski comes on for Clint Dempsey, who didn't have a great game.
  4. 86' | GOAL — Victor Moses makes it 2-1, rolling the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. 85' | Diskerud gets a second chance at a shot after muffing his first, but Enyeama saves. Nigeria charges down the field and earns a penalty. Looks like Howard will have to earn that shutout...
  6. 83' | Tim Howard comes up with his best save of the night — and one of the only ones he's made — in the last 10 minutes. He wants that clean sheet in cap No. 100.
  7. Omar González comes on for Jozy Altidore.
  8. 80' | It's been positive today for the U.S. If Klinsmann could fast-forward the last 10 minutes and ensure nobody else gets injured, he'd take it.
  9. 75' | DaMarcus Beasley is off, and Timmy Chandler is on.
  10. 73' | Mix Diskerud comes on for Kyle Beckerman. Two subs down, four remaining (if Klinsmann chooses to use them).
  11. 69' | GOAL — Altidore scores his second of the game, and this one was much more of an individual effort. He turns a Nigerian defender inside-out on the left side of the penalty area and slams the ball home at the near post.
  12. 65' | Dempsey through on goal with Altidore on his left, wide open. Enyeama comes up with a big save one-on-one.
  13. Meanwhile, Graham Zusi comes on for Alejandro Bedoya. That's the U.S.'s first of six available substitutions.
  14. 60' | Now, it's Clint Dempsey down on the ground. Referee Mark Clattenburg asks him if he needs a trainer, and Dempsey's response was enough to get him to blow the whistle immediately and wave on the training staff.
  15. 55' | Matt Besler goes down and then gets back up. Every time a player goes down, the crowd holds its collective breath. With the long list of injuries around the world heading into Brazil, any injury of any severity at this point could be devastating.
  16. 53' | Nigeria nearly getting in a couple times to begin the second half, but the U.S. defense holding still, despite some missed clearances all game. Some technical issues to sharpen up in the back.
  17. 49' | U.S. counterattack just lacking that little bit of incisiveness right now. Nobody making the right decision quick enough with the final ball. Sharpen that up, and it could be 2-0 or 3-0 by now.
  18. 46' | Second half underway. No substitutions for the U.S.
  19. Jürgen Klinsmann to ESPN: "We like it a lot. ... It looks really good. We had to improve after 20, 25 minutes especially the playing out of the back."