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U.S. falls to Ireland

Ireland's Dave Meyler (white jersey) battles Jozy Altidore of the visiting USA during their friendly on November 18, 2014, in Dublin. (Photo: John Dorton/isiphotos.com)

DUBLIN, Ireland -- The United States extended its winless streak to four straight games, dropping a 4-1 decision to host Ireland in an international friendly at Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

Mix Diskerud's struck in the 39th minute for the Americans, who surrendered three unanswered goals in the second half before a crowd of 33,332. 

Robbie Brady tallied a pair of second-half goals for the winner, while Anthony Pilkington and James McClean added one apiece.

Ireland took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on a counter as David McGoldrick played a through pass to Pilkington between center backs Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid left his to get to the ball, but the Cardiff City winger got there first and chipped the D.C. United standout into the right side of the net.

The visitor equalized in the 39th minute after Ireland captain David Meyler lost the ball in the midfield.  Alfredo Morales' pass deflected toward the left side of the box to Jozy Altidore.  The striker crossed back in, connecting with Chris Wondolowski, who headed the ball to Diskerud. The midfielder slotted into the right side.

The Irish went ahead to stay in the 55th minute after the U.S. defense lost the ball near the corner flag. McGoldrick made a back-heel pass to Brady and the Hull City defender fired a six-yard shot between Hamid's legs.

McClean put the game out of reach in the 82nd minute, netting from distance off an attempt that deflected off U.S. defender Geoff Cameron as Hamid dived the wrong way. 

Four minutes later, Brady put the finishing touches on the win by connecting on a 25-yard free kick over a five-man wall.

 
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