The U.S. Men's National Team had a strong year in 2013. They qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for the seventh consecutive time, kept their greatest rival, Mexico, alive for a chance at 2014, and won 16 games in all competitions, including a 12-game winning streak. But had to rain on the USMNT parade today with a 1-0 defeat of the Yanks in Vienna thanks to a Marc Janko goal in the 32nd minute.
The US looked they took the lead in the 17th minute when right back Geoff Cameron won a header from a corner that appeared to not only strike an Austrian defender's arm but also appeared to go over the goalline before Austrian goalkeeper Robert Almer palmed it out.
Austria responded through Bayern Munich star David Alaba found Gyorgy Garics on the right wing. Garcis then hit a cross that went past Martin Harnik and fooled 20-year-old American defender John Brooks before finding Janko, who was unmarked, to fire home from close range.
The U.S. didn't wilt and tried to push the issues after the restart. Forward Jozy Altidore had the best chance to level the score in the 74th minute after Omar Gonzalez laid a pass off to the unmarked striker in the Austrian penalty area, but Altidore's poor club form for Sunderland continued on this day and he was unable to get anything past Almer.
Overall, it was a lackluster performance by the USMNT. While owning much of the possession in the first half, the US showed a lack of creativity and bite in the final-third. Jurgen Klinsmann made some changes in the second-half, notable bringing on Eddie Johnson for Brek Shea, who was poor, Terrence Boyd for Jermaine Jones, who enjoyed passing to Austrian's instead of Americans, and Mix Diskerud for Aron Johannsson. The mix-up game the United States a different look and Boyd's physicality and pace helped Altidore work the Austrian defense.
The loss, along with the 0-0 draw last week with Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, moved the USMNT's winning percentage for 2013 from .795 to .761, which is still a record for the Yanks.