Well, well, the U.S. in the moment of truth.
The running blog woke up just in time to see Nigeria score. Now the African team looks confident and is playing some dominant soccer.
One think for sure, the U.S. can't keep depending on Japan to save their scalps.
45 - The U.S. give up a corner. Nigeria get a shot off - Szetela clears off the line! The U.S. barely hung on there.
Halftime: Obviously, Michael Orozco should not have thrown that elbow. And Sacha Klejestan shouldn't have jumped, or Stu Holden committed a foul, or Freddy committed his silly foul - heck, either of them. Or Bradley, for that matter. Even in this game, Rogers is getting beat defensively like a drum and Parkhurst didn't close down the defender who sent in the cross. There's blame lying everywhere.
51 - Holden! The U.S. had a chance there, and Holden wasn't ready, or hesitated, and instead put the ball high and wide of goal. Holden actually started the play. he beat his defender, crossed, Kljestan picked his defender's pocket, passed to Rogers and then Rogers hit a pass to the front of the box. Holden might have thought that McBride would move more aggressively to that ball. He seemed surprised to find it on his foot.
54 - Nigeria corner - shot! It curls wide of the goal.
55 - Stu stand over a FK - he serves it in and Kljestan gets his head on it - pops up over the bar.
The undermanned U.S. team is getting a few chances, though.
56 - Rogers made a defensive play! Wonders not ceasing.
57 - Wynne can't prevent a cross, but Guzan catches it.
58 - I was thinking that Kljestan might attract Euro attention, but perhaps it will be Wynne.
59 - Goal is open! Szetela's shot is weak, though, and the defenders clear the ball out before it even reaches the line.
60 - Benny F. gets a yellow for arguing with the ref - who missed a handball, though it didn't look like a deliberate one.
64 - Guzan watches a shot from distance go wide.
66 - Save! Guzan! The ball deflected off Benny in the box and headed toward goal. The U.S. defenders looked far too lax on a sequence that kept the ball in goal longer than it should have been.
67 - Rogers with another defensive play.
68 - Parkhurst does better on this attack, clearing the ball when he has to. The U.S. spurt looks to be over, though. Now very tired players are just hanging on.
69 - Dax! La Flecha Roja is in for Szetela. He was an alternate who made the team when Sturgis pulled out due to injury.
74 - The Dutch have finally scored against Japan, so the U.S. is out if the results hold.
75 - Nigeria give up a corner as Wynne gets up the wing and gets off a cross. The corner is taken short and Nigeria claim it before the U.S. can get a shot off.
77 - Stu comes out for Charlie Davies. Holden had perhaps the best U.S. chance for a goal.
78 - McCarty nearly gets the ball to a breaking Davies, but Nigeria cuts off the pass.
79 - GOAL! Parkhurst slips in the box and Wynne can't cover in time. It looks like curtains for the U.S. hopes, unless Japan scores. 2-0 Nigeria
82 - MLS representing - Ekpo is getting set to come on for Nigeria.
87 - Davies busts a great move to get into the box. He gets a corner, but Nigeria's goalkeeper catches.
88 - Penalty! The goalkeeper takes down Edu in the box. He gets a yellow, but he wasn't the last man, so no red. Sacha steps up and slams it home. 2-1 Nigeria
89 - FK for the U.S. as Benny is fouled near the top corner of the box. Good chance for the U.S.
90 - Dax sends in a great ball, Davies gets to it - snaps a header - Crossbar! Ooooh, how painfully close.
90+ Davies with a low shot, but the goalkeeper catches.
Nigeria goes the other way, off the crossbar! Wynne goes the other way, beats his defender and draws the foul. Dax sends it in, but Nigeria clear it out. The U.S. is desperately pushing forward, but Nigeria counter again. No goal from Japan, so the U.S. team is eliminated. Tough loss.
Jozy was taken out at the half, by the way.
Well, Sacha could presumably fly back for the SuperClasico now, but I doubt he'd have any legs left. The U.S. was run ragged out there.