Robinson and Donovan lead U.S. over Sweden
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan drew closer to the U.S. career goal record, and Eddie Robinson scored his first international goal in the Americans' 2-0 exhibition victory over Sweden on Saturday night.
"The guys are happy because we had a tough two weeks," Robinson said of the extended training camp. "There was a lot of fitness, a lot of running because none of us have played in a couple of months."
Robinson, making his international debut, gave the United States a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Pat Noonan deflected Brad Davis's corner kick off Swedish goalkeeper Rami Shaaban, and Robinson converted from five yards.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley attributed his team's success in the first half to Donovan.
"He helped set the tone early with his aggressivness," Bradley said. "His all-around contribution was very important."
Donovan scored in the 48th minute on a penalty kick after Sweden's Mattias Bjarsmyr fouled Josmer Altidore from behind in the penalty area.
Normally, Donovan's goal would make him the United States' leading goal scorer, with 35 in 97 games. Eric Wynalda, who played in three World Cups, scored 34 in 106 appearances between 1990 and 2000.
But the Danish soccer federation recently protested to FIFA that Denmark's 3-1 loss to the United States on Jan. 20, 2007, in which Donovan scored, did not count as a full international. FIFA has yet to rule.
"I don't need to have a certain amount of goals," Donovan said. "What I've worked hard at is consistently contributing, not just making the odd pass that gives us a chance but being a real part of the game for 90 minutes.
"I think if I do that, the other things will come, and I think they'll come fast."
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan made two leaning saves in the 33rd minute to keep Sweden scoreless. Guzan blocked Pontus Wernbloom's 2-yard shot with his left arm, then used his left knee to stop Wernbloom from point-blank range.
"We started really well in the first half keeping the play at their end and squashing pretty much all the opportunities they had," Robinson said.
Guzan, Major League Soccer's goalkeeper of the year for Chivas USA last season, made four saves for his first shutout in international play.
Clarence Goodson and Jeremiah White also made their national-team debuts Saturday night. Goodson replaced Jimmy Conrad to begin the second half and White came in for Donovan in the 81st minute.