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Parkhurst insists USA defence rock solid after friendly win

Defender Michael Parkhurst is not too concerned that Sweden came back into the game late against the US in Los Angeles. Speaking after his side's 3-2 victory, Parkhurst said: "I thought the game went pretty well overall. We came out pretty strong and had a very good first half. I thought we controlled the game and had a few chances. Sacha did really well on both free kicks. The second half we came out strong again, but didn't finish a couple of chances and ended up letting them back in the game. We controlled most of the game. They scored two good goals, but overall we had enough pressure and enough chances to win the game in the end."

The U.S squad for the first friendly international of 2009 was missing a lot of faces due to European club commitments, but Parkhurst still values the lessons learned.

He added: "The combination of us getting a little tired and them pushing to get back in the game led to a few breakdowns and a couple of goals. Overall, the pressure we put on them was pretty good, and our organization and communication was good as well."

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