U.S. Lucky to Snag Tie in Russia Friendly

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Three thoughts on the U.S.' 2-2 tie against Russia in Wednesday's friendly in Krasnodar ...

• The U.S. got a tie despite being largely outplayed. This was just a friendly, so there's little reason to make much of the result, just as there was little reason to do so when the U.S. won at Italy and Mexico in friendlies earlier this year.

• Mistakes in key moments hurt the Americans. On the whole Russia outplayed the U.S. except for a good American stretch midway through the second half. 

• Josh Gatt deserves more call-ups. The big surprise in Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup was the inclusion of Gatt, a speedy 21-year-old right midfielder who just won his second title in Norway with Molde and earned his first U.S. cap...

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