USA fired their way back into contention for a place in the last 16 at Egypt 2009 with a spirited 4-1 win over Cameroon in Suez. Goals either side of half-time from Bryan Arguez and Tony Taylor set the Americans on the road to a victory that was secured by a goal of the tournament contender from Dilly Duka and a late Brian Ownby breakaway.
This was a game that only came to life in the second half after an opening period that offered plenty of commitment but few chances and precious little quality. Taylor missed arguably the best of those rare opportunities on 33 minutes, volleying over from 12 yards after the ball had dropped loose inside the area.
Yet, in first half stoppage time, the little forward more than made amends, unselfishly teeing up Arguez, who stabbed the ball into the roof of the net from close range. That gave the US a vital half-time lead and it was an advantage they doubled within three minutes of the re-start. This time Taylor was the man to profit from some selfless set-up play, tapping home from all of five yards after Duka had raced through, drawn the keeper and slipped the ball across.
USA were visibly growing in confidence at this stage and Brek Shea could have made the points safe on the hour-mark with a 20-yard drive that was kept out by some alert goalkeeping from Francois Beyekol. However, the Cameroon keeper was left helpless eight minutes later when the Americans moved out of sight with a goal of genuine quality.
Like everyone in the stadium, Beyekol was preparing for a cross when Duka looked up from the left touchline, but instead the US No10 ignored his team-mates to weight a brilliantly executed chip just inside the far post. The Stars and Stripes were home and dry, but it wasn't all plain sailing in the 23 minutes remaining. Taylor was stretchered off and, with 15 minutes remaining, Banana Yaya slotted home a penalty to spark a nervy finale.
However, the writing was already on the wall by the time Ownby raced clear to fire home a fourth US goal in injury time, angling a low drive beyond Beyekol's outstretched grasp. The result keeps Germany top of Group C and leaves all four sides in with a chance of claiming a top two spot ahead of the final round of matches.