Germany rolls past U.S. soccer team

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2002

ROSTOCK, Germany (AP) -- Germany scored three goals in a 7-minute span to beat the United States 4-2 Wednesday night in an exhibition game to prepare the teams for the World Cup.

Clint Mathis scored both goals for the Americans, but their defense could not hold a German team depleted by injuries.

Mathis scored the first goal in the 17th minute, but Christian Ziege tied it in the 44th. Oliver Neuville, Oliver Bierhoff and Torsten Frings scored in quick succession starting in the 61st minute. Mathis got his second goal in the 70th minute.

''I thought the Germans played well, they dominated us physically,'' U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. ''A couple of our guys bailed out on plays. ... They moved better, they thought better, they beat us in all phases of the game.''

Germany was missing about half its likely World Cup roster because of injuries and other reasons.

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