The U.S. men's Olympic team fell to Cameroon, 1-0, in their second game of the ING Cup in Hong Kong before heading to the Olympic Games. Coach Peter Nowak used 17 players in the loss.
"As I said before the start of the tournament, the reason we were here was to make progress in the way we play, said Nowak. "Looking at this game maybe we're a still a little bit naïve about international football. Going into games like this we have to expect that they'll be physical, with a lot of contact so we have to prevail. For us, I think the second half we played much better. Progress has been made and we expect to go to Tianjin tomorrow and polish the things that we need to this week."
Cameroon scored in the 24th minute on a penalty by Aurelien Chedjou Fongang, after Michael Bradley was called for a foul in the area.
In other action, the Netherlands drew with the Ivory Coast, meaning the U.S. finished the Olympic tune-up tournament in third place with two points. The Netherlands were crowned champions with seven points from a 2-0 win over Cameroon and a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast.
The U.S. will travel to Tianjin, their Olympic venue, on Sunday, Aug. 3 for four days of preparation before their opening match of the Olympic Games against Japan on Aug. 7. That match will be shown live in the U.S. on MSNBC at 4:30 a.m. ET.