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U.S. loses to Paraguay, 1-0, in soccer

Oscar Cardozo's goal in the 18th minute keeps the Americans winless in 2011 as they prepare for the Gold Cup in June.

March 29, 2011|By Grahame L. Jones
  • U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, left, controls the ball in front of Paraguay midfielder Marcelo Estgarribia during the first half of the United States' 1-0 loss on Tuesday.
U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, left, controls the ball in front of Paraguay… (Don McPeak / U.S. Presswire )

Having tied Argentina, 1-1, in New Jersey on Saturday, the U.S. national soccer team had been expected to achieve a little more against less-powerful Paraguay in Nashville on Tuesday.

Instead, it achieved a little less.

A goal by Oscar Cardozo off a corner kick by Hernan Perez that the American defense failed to clear gave the South Americans a 1-0 victory in front of an LP Field crowd of 29,059, a record for soccer in Tennessee.

Cardozo's goal came in the 18th minute, and Paraguay was able to make the slender lead hold up for the remaining 72 minutes. On-target shots by Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones that were well saved by Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar were the extent of the American attack.

The loss left the U.S. winless with an 0-1-2 record in 2011 as it prepares to play host to the Gold Cup, soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean championship, in June.

The U.S. is 2-2-2 all-time against Paraguay, dating to the 1930 World Cup. Paraguay is preparing for the Copa America, or South American championship, set for July 1-24 in Argentina.

The next scheduled match for the U.S. is against world and European champion Spain in Foxborough, Mass., on June 4, just days before it opens play in the June 5-25 Gold Cup.

grahame.jones@latimes.com

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