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Adding further fervor to Sunday’s contest was its billing as the Centennial Celebration Match for U.S. Soccer, marking 100 years since the federation was founded.

The U.S. supporters created a spirited atmosphere at aging RFK Stadium, which was dressed up with centennial banners, additional seating behind both goals and plenty of American flags. Offering a recorded message on the big screen, President Obama further fired up the crowd.

Once the opening whistle blew, Dempsey, Altidore and that rejuvenated U.S. attack did the rest.

“We fed off their energy,” defender Matt Besler said of the fans. “It was a very loud, pro-American crowd. I thought we gave them a good show.”