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Boxx, Holiday, Chalupny to End International Careers During October Victory Tour Matches

CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team veterans Shannon Boxx, Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny, all of whom announced their international retirements earlier this year, will play their final matches for the USA during the team’s October’s matches against Brazil. 

Boxx will play her final match on Oct. 21 when the USA faces Brazil at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (6:30 pm PT on ESPN2/WatchESPN). Holiday and Chalupny will play their final matches on Oct. 25 against Brazil at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando (2:30 pm ET on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO). Both games are part of the Women’s National Team Victory Tour. 

All three players will be honored before their respective final matches and Boxx will travel with the team to Orlando. 

“It’s important that we honor these players and celebrate their amazing careers,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. ”All three have played a major role in the writing of this team’s history and have been a part of some of our greatest successes. They will be missed as people and players.” 

Holiday, 28, recently won her second consecutive NWSL title with FC Kansas City, helping her club defeat the Seattle Reign, 1-0, in her final professional club match. She has played 132 games for the USA while scoring 24 goals, none bigger than what turned out to be the game-winner during the 5-2 victory against Japan in 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. 

“It’s been an amazing year and I feel blessed to have had these wonderful experiences at the end of my career,” said Holiday. “The Victory Tour has been fun, but now feels like a good time to say goodbye and it’s great to have the last game be against a quality team like Brazil. I’m going to miss this team, but I’m also super excited about what lies ahead and really looking forward to celebrating this last game with my teammates and the fans.”  

Boxx, 38, has 194 caps and 27 goals and has represented the USA in four Women’s World Cup tournaments and three Olympic Games. She finished third in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2005 and was named to two Women’s World Cup All-Star Teams. She made a remarkable comeback back from the birth of her daughter, as well as from injuries and illness, to make her final Women’s World Cup Team in 2015. 

“I feel like it’s the right time and I’m feeling really comfortable about the end of my career,” said Boxx. “After winning the World Cup, I don’t feel like there is anything left to accomplish and I’m proud I was able to make a final comeback and help the team. I’m just really excited to be on the field one more time with my teammates and play in front of my family. Out of all the big games I’ve played and major tournaments I’ve been a part of, the thing I will miss the most is being around my teammates in such a competitive environment that was also still a family atmosphere. That will be hard to replicate and I’m just thankful to have been a part of that for all these years.” 

Lori Chalupny (center right) and Shannon Boxx (right) with long-time teammates Abby Wambach (left) and Carli Lloyd after winning the 2015 Algarve Cup.

Chalupny, 31, who has 105 caps and 10 goals, made a return to the U.S. team at the end of 2014 after being away for almost five years due to concussion issues. She has yet to make a final decision on continuing to play in the NWSL next season. 

“There is of course some sadness to see this chapter of my life come to an end, but it’s also a happy time to look back at all the fantastic experiences I’ve had through soccer,” said Chalupny. “It’s great to get the opportunity to play one last game with your friends and to be able to go out on your own terms is a cool thing and certainly something to be appreciated.” 


Bringing it All Back Home: Altidore, Howard, Ream Return to Red Bull Arena

As the U.S. Men’s National Team returns to Red Bull Arena for a third time on Tuesday, three players on the roster also come home to a place that helped launch their careers.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, forward Jozy Altidore and defender Tim Ream, at different times, all began their professional careers in New Jersey with either the MetroStars or New York Red Bulls before progressing to European clubs.

Howard began his career with the North Jersey Imperials in 1997 before joining the MetroStars as a 19-year-old late in the 1998 season, doing so while living in his childhood home in North Brunswick, N.J. He’d go on to make 85 appearances for the club, winning back-to-back MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Best XI selections in 2001 and 2002, before making a high-profile move to Manchester United in July 2003.

“I had a great start in professional soccer and my career has been nothing short of a dream for me,” Howard told

Howard has remained in England the last 12 years, moving to his current club Everton in 2006. Though he’s made over 300 appearances in one of the top leagues in the world for the Toffees, returning to play in front of friends and family near ‘the Big Apple’ still makes him anxious.

“It’s always hard for me to come home because I get so nervous playing in front of my hometown crowd,” he said. “I’m just happy to be back here playing in a beautiful stadium. Red Bull Arena was only a dream back when I was playing for the MetroStars. To see the fan base they’ve created is special. I’m a Jersey boy – I always will be and it’s nice to see the hometown team doing well.”

Howard training with the U.S. MNT ahead of its friendly with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 13.

A heralded prospect with the U.S. U-17s following at the World Cup in 2005, Altidore, who was born in nearby Livingston, N.J. began his professional career as a 16-year-old with the Red Bulls the following season, finding early success with the club in 2007 when he scored nine goals in 22 matches.

That summer he also led the U.S. attack at the FIFA World Youth Championships in Canada, where he finished tied for third on the tournament’s Golden Boot list with four goals.

After making his full MNT debut in November 2007, Altidore scored his first international goal the following February in a 2-2 draw with Mexico. After two-and-a-half seasons with the Red Bulls and rising international interest, Altidore made his move to Europe, signing with Spanish club Villareal. After loan moves in Spain, England and Turkey, Altidore found success with AZ Alkmaar in Holland, where he scored 38 goals in 67 matches from 2011-2013. After a move back to England with Sunderland, Altidore returned to MLS this season, signing with Toronto FC.

Being back with both the National Team and Toronto FC affords Altidore numerous trips to Red Bull Arena, which he always looks forward to.

“It’s always great coming back here where it began for me professionally, there are a lot of memories in this city and a lot of good times with the fans,” he said. “It’ll be great to come back here and play a game here in front of a lot of family and friends.”

Following a collegiate career with Saint Louis University, center back Tim Ream was selected 18th overall by the Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Ream would play 58 matches in two seasons with the club, earning his first National Team call-up in his second season before transferring to Bolton Wanderers in early 2012.

After winning back-to-back Player of the Year awards with Bolton, Ream moved to Fulham in August. Now into his fifth season in Europe, Ream credited the Red Bulls with setting him on a path to success in his club career.

For me being a rookie in 2010 and coming into a quality team really set the tone,” he told “Having a manager in Hans Backe who really wanted to play a different style than what was played here before – a more European style – it fit me personally.

“You bring in a guy like Thierry Henry and he automatically brings the level up,” he continued. “That was the foundation for becoming better as a player and a person on and off the field, trying to do the things he’s done throughout his career – obviously from a defender standpoint – it put me in a position to really succeed, not only here but across the pond in Europe as well.”










MNT Readies for World Cup Qualifying with Costa Rica Test

CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to square off with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. in the final preparation friendly before qualifying begins next month for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The match will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

The MNT is coming off of a 3-2 extra-time loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup at The Rose Bowl on Oct. 10. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in five new players to join the MNT for Tuesday’s game against Costa Rica, while eight players have returned to their clubs.

The roster currently stands at 21 players with goalkeeper Bill Hamid, midfielders Mix Diskerud, Lee Nguyen and Brek Shea and forward Andrew Wooten joining the team on Sunday.   Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler, midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi and forwards Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski being released.

The United States has won two of the last three meetings with Costa Rica, a pair of 1-0 wins in official competition. The U.S. shoveled their way to a shutout in the “Snow Clasico”, its first home game of final round World Cup qualifying held in Denver in March of 2013. Four months later, the MNT again earned a shutout in Gold Cup group play in East Hartford, Conn.

Meanwhile in Utah, the Under-23 Men’s National Team faces a third-place game against Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. A win against Canada would qualify the USA for a one-game playoff against Colombia in March of 2016, with a final opportunity to earn a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on the line. The critical match against Canada kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on NBC Universo.

U.S. Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchenglandbach/GER), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham FC/ENG), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City FC/ENG)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Danny Williams (Reading FC/ENG), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland AFC/ENG)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Andrew Wooten (FC Sandhausen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

U.S. Roster Notes

  • Bobby Wood’s 108th minute goal against Mexico was the third of his international career and third of the year. Wood has been a clutch scorer for the MNT in 2015, with all three strikes coming after the 80th minute following late winners in June’s friendlies against Netherlands and Germany.
  • Geoff Cameron scored his second career international goal in the CONCACAF Cup. Cameron has started and played 90 minutes in all of Stoke City’s 2015 Premier League matches. After last appearing for the MNT in last November’s friendlies, Cameron returned to action for the U.S. in last month’s matches against Peru and Brazil.
  • Jozy Altidore has appeared in 10 games for the MNT this year. The forward scored a pair in the team’s 2-1 win against Peru in September, which was the fourth multi-goal game of his international career. With four goals in 2015, he is now just one behind Brain McBride (30) for fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal-scoring list.
  • DeAndre Yedlin has appeared in 16 of the 17 MNT matches in 2015 and tallied four assists, which puts him in a tie for second on the team with Gyasi Zardes behind Michael Bradley (six).
  • Alejandro Bedoya has seven matches under his belt for the United States this year. The French Ligue 1 midfielder tallied an assist in the USA’s 1-1 draw against Panama in the Group Stage of the Gold Cup. Bedoya missed the CONCACAF Cup Match due to illness.
  • Jermaine Jones played all 120 minutes in the CONCACAF Cup. He has been on the road to recovery, making his return from injury for the USA in September in starts against Peru and Brazil.
  • Gyasi Zardes was called in for his first MNT camp last January and has appeared in 16 games, starting in 13. The LA Galaxy forward has scored twice and assisted on four goals.
  • Danny Williams closed the Brazil game off on a high note, scoring a stunning long-range goal to put the USA on the scoreboard. Williams also scored a clutch goal that helped the U.S. knock off then sixth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam earlier in the year.
  • Michael Orozco started against Peru and Brazil in September, taking up both the right back spot and then center back. Orozco – who moved to Club Tijuana this summer - owns a piece of history as the scorer of the game-winning goal in 2012 that led to the USA’s first victory at the Azteca.
  • Brad Guzan earned Golden Glove honors as the top goalkeeper at this summer’s Gold Cup and has posted a 8-4-3 record since September of last year.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in 12 matches this year. The Club America defender made his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark, and he became cap-tied to the U.S. after starting in the first match of the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7.
  • Brad Evans has played in seven games this year, coming on as a late sub in the CONCACF Cup and in the MNT’s 2-0 win against Mexico in April.
  • Tim Ream, who recently completed a transfer to Fulham, earned honors as the Player of the Year for his former club Bolton in each of the last two seasons. Ream has started in the last three MNT matches.
  • Jonathan Spector returns to the squad after being a late add to the roster for the Peru and Brazil friendlies. 


  • The United States is 13-13-6 all-time against Costa Rica and has won two of the last three meetings. All 13 wins have come on U.S. soil.
  • The most recent encounter came Sept. 6, 2013, a 3-1 loss in San Jose.
  • The U.S. has gone 2-2-0 against Costa Rica during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach.
  • Brek Shea scored his first career international goal against Costa Rica in the USA’s 1-0 win in the 2013 Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned a clean sheet in the Snowclasico. Altidore, Cameron and Jones also contributed to the win.

IN FOCUS: Costa Rica
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol (FEDEFUTBOL)
Founded: 1921
FIFA affiliation: 1927
Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez
FIFA World Ranking: 42
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 2014
Leading Cap-Winner: Walter Ceneno (137)
Leading Goalscorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor/Turkey), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid/Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense/Costa Rica) 
DEFENDERS (8): Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge/Belgium), Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich/England), Ronald Matarrita (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Dave Myrie (Herediano/Costa Rica), Bryan Oviedo (Everton/England), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Elías Aguilar (Herediano/Costa Rica), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña/Spain), Mauricio Castillo (Cartagines/Costa Rica), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano/Costa Rica), David Guzman (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Deyver Vega (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Johan Venegas (Impact de Montreal/Canada)
FORWARDS (6): Joel Campbell (Arsenal/England), Daniel Colindres (Saprissa/Costa Rica), Marco Ureña (Midtjylland/Denmark)


  • The Costa Ricans are coming off a 1-0 win defeat at home to South Africa on Thursday
  • In 2014, Costa Rica earned its best-ever result in the World Cup by advancing to the quarterfinals where they fell to the Netherlands in a penalty shootout. A total of 11 players from that squad appear are on the roster that will face the U.S.
  • Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas leads the Costa Rican backline.
  • Celso Borges is the leading goal scorer on the Ticos roster with 19 goals in 84 international matches.
  • At 23 years old, Francisco Calvo is the youngest player on the Costa Rica roster.
  • Two players ply their trade in MLS, both interestingly for Canadian clubs. Kendall Watson is a defender for Vancouver, while Johan Venegas patrols the midfield for Montreal. A total of 11 players on the roster play for Costa Rican club teams, including six from co-league leaders Alajuelense and Herediano.

U.S. MNT Falls on Dramatic Late Goal to Mexico in 2015 CONCACAF Cup

PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Mexico 3-2 after extra time in an intense 120 minutes of action in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup. The match was played in front of a sold-out stadium of 93,723 fans at the Rose Bowl, which was the second largest crowd ever to attend an MNT game. With the victory, Mexico qualifies for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

The U.S. twice came from behind to equalize at 2-2 in the 108th minute, which appeared to be enough to send the game to penalty kicks, but Paul Aguilar’s spectacular volleyed in the 118th proved to be the game-winner. 

Mexico got on the board early with Javier Hernandez finishing an Oribe Peralta cross in the 10th minute. It took only five minutes for the U.S. to respond with Geoff Cameron heading home a Michael Bradley free kick to level the game at 1-1. That score line would hold for the rest of regulation.

In extra time, Mexico was again the first to find the net with Peralta scoring in the 96th minute, but again the U.S. rallied and Bobby Wood scored to tie the game before Auguilar’s dagger.

The U.S. will next travel to New Jersey for a friendly against Costa Rica on Tuesday, Oct. 13, which will serve as preparation for November’s World Cup Qualifying matches against St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX– Javier Hernandez (Oribe Peralta), 10th minute: Mexico threaded a ball up the middle into its attacking third and Oribe Peralta dummied the ball which ran to Raul Jimenez, who back-heeled it to Peralta who had continued his run. Peralta found himself facing U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan as he drove toward the near post, but as Guzan cut down the angle, Peralta pushed the ball across to Hernandez, who tapped it into the open net to put Mexico ahead early. USA 0, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Geoff Cameron (Michael Bradley) 15th minute: DaMarcus Beasley jetted down the left side and was chopped down for a free kick near the sideline. Bradley took the kick and swung it into the penalty area. Cameron beat his defender to the ball and headed a hard shot into the net to level the score.  USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

MEX– Oribe Peralta (Paul Aguilar) 96th minute: Mexico caught the U.S. with a long lofted ball over the top on the right side that found Aguilar in the box. As Jermaine Jones and DaMarcus Beasley closed in, Aguilar lunged to push a cross back to the middle that Peralta ran onto and finished drove through the legs of the sliding Geoff Cameron and past Brad Guzan to put El Tri ahead. USA 1, MEX 2 (SEE GOAL) 

USA– Bobby Wood (DeAndre Yedlin) 108th minute: Two substitutes combined for the goal as Yedlin slipped a lovely ball behind the defender to Wood inside the penalty area. Wood timed his run perfectly to beat the back line and then struck his shot first-time through the legs of the Mexican goalkeeper to tie the game. USA 2, MEX 2 (SEE GOAL) 

MEX– Paul Aguilar (Raul Jimenez) 118th minute: With his back to the goal just above the right side of the U.S. penalty box, Jimenez kicked a loose ball high air and it fell right to the crashing Aguilar who smashed an incredible full volley left side of net to give Mexico the win the closing moments of the game. USA 2, MEX 3 FINAL (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX- Moises Munoz, 44th minute: The U.S. earned a free kick just outside on the penalty box near the left corner. Michael Bradley elected to go at goal, and curled a shot around the two-man wall that was headed for the lower left corner at the near post. Munoz hustled across the line and reached the shot on a dive to keep the score level. 

Coming up Next: #USAvCRC
Location: Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J.
Date: October 13, 2015
Opponent: Costa Rica 

Milestone Watch:

  • Geoff Cameron’s goal was the second of his career. Cameron last scored for the USA in a 2013 friendly against Belgium. Both of his goals for the MNT have come from headers.
  • Bobby Wood’s goal was the third of his career and his third of the year. Wood has been a clutch scorer and the goal was his third to come after the 80th minute. Wood scored late winners against Germany and Netherlands in June. 

Additional Notes:

  • The last time the USA and Mexico went to extra time was in the 1999 Confederations Cup semifinal. This was just the third time the two teams have played into extra time.
  • The loss was the first for the U.S. against Mexico in the last seven matchups (3-1-3).
  • DaMarcus Beasley made his 11th career appearance against Mexico tonight.
  • Brad Guzan made the start at goalkeeper. It was his second career start against Mexico.
  • The U.S. is 13-6-5 against Mexico since 2000.
  • The loss was the first for Jurgen Klinsmann against Mexico in 12 matches as a player and coach. (5-1-5)
  • DeAndre Yedlin’s assist was his fourth of the year. 

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Cup
Venue: Rose Bowl Stadium; Pasadena, Calif.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 93,723
Weather: 91 degrees; Partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:             1          2          1ET    2ET    F
USA                                     1          0          0          1          2
MEX                                    1          0          1          1          3 

MEX – Javier Hernández (Oribe Peralta)            10th minute
USA – Geoff Cameron (Michael Bradley)           15
MEX – Oribe Peralta (Paul Aguilar)                    96
USA – Bobby Wood (DeAndre Yedlin)              108
MEX – Paul Aguilar (Raul Jimenez)                   118 

USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans,111), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyler Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 9- Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (11-Bobby Wood, 98)
Subs Not Used: 6-Tim Ream, 10-Danny Williams, 12-Tim Howard, 14-Ventura Alvarado, 16-Michael Orozco, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Jonathan Spector , 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 12-Moises Muñoz; 22-Paul Aguilar, 15-Hector Moreno, 5-Diego Reyes, 7-Miguel Layun; 18-Andres Guardado (17-Javier Guemez, 80), 4-Rafa Marquez (capt.) (3-Arturo Rivas, 76) 16-Hector Herrera; 9-Raul Jimenez, 14-Javier Hernandez (10-Jesus Corona, 97), 19-Oribe Peralta
Subs Not Used: 1-Alfredo Talavera, 2-Israel Jimenez, 6-Jorge Torres Nilo, 8-Jonathan Dos Santos, 11-Carlos Vela, 20-Javier Aquino, 21-Carlos Esquivel, 23-Elias Hernandez
Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti

Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 13 / 20
Shots on Goal: 5 / 10
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 17
Offside: 2 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Paul Aguilar (caution)                         21st minute
MEX – Oribe Peralta (caution)                       35
MEX – Hector Moreno (caution)                    43
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution)                  52
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)                   87
MEX – Javier Guemez (caution)                    95 

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marlin Mejia (SLV) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

Klinsmann Adds Five Players Ahead of Costa Rica Friendly

CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2015) – U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called up five players to join the Men’s National Team ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid (D.C. United), midfielders, Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC) and forward Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen), will join the squad upon the team’s arrival Sunday.

Following Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup match, Klinsmann released a total of eight players from camp: goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler, midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley and Graham Zusi and forwards Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski.

With the changes, the MNT roster stands at 21 players heading into the USA’s final match before the start of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff for the contest against Costa Rica is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchenglandbach/GER), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), Tim Ream (Fulham FC/ENG), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City FC/ENG)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Danny Williams (Reading FC/ENG), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland AFC/ENG)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Andrew Wooten (FC Sandhausen/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

USA Falls 2-0 in Olympic Qualifying Semifinal to Honduras

SANDY, Utah (Oct. 10, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team lost 2-0 to Honduras in the semifinal of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship at Rio Tinto Stadium. The USA will next face Canada on Oct. 13 in the third place match, the winner of which will take on Colombia in a one-game playoff for a berth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

The U.S. was the attacking side from the get-go, but just could not click to connect for a goal. Honduras, which had fewer chances, made the most of countering opportunities, and Albreth Elis converted on one to put Honduras up 1-0 in the 24th minute. It was the first time in the Olympic Qualifying tournament that the U.S. had to play from behind.

In the 54th minute, it appeared that the U.S. had found an equalizer, when from a corner kick Luis Gil whipped in a beautiful cross that Cameron Carter-Vickers jumped to and headed towards the top right corner of the goal, but Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez made a remarkable save, jumping high and wide to deflect the shot away.

In the 77th minute, Honduras doubled its lead, with Elis again finding the net off a counter attack. 

The U.S. battled to the end, but the closest it could come to scoring came in the form of a disallowed goal from Jordan Morris.

The road to Rio has not ended for the U-23s yet, but it has lengthened. Tuesday's game against Canada is a must win.

-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Honduras
Date: Oct. 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Semifinal
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 1 p.m. MT
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 79 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:             1          2          F                                   
USA                                        0          0          0
HON                                       1          1          2

HON-Albreth Elis (Kevin Alvarez)             24th minute
HON-Albreth Elis (Kevin Lopez)               77

USA:  12-Ethan Horvath; 2-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Gboly Ariyibi, 46), 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 13-Matt Polster, 8-Emerson Hyndman (14-Fatai Alashe, 64), 6-Wil Trapp (capt.); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 10-Luis Gil (11-Alonso Hernandez, 74), 9-Jordan Morris
Subs Not Used: 1-Zack Steffen, 5-Will Packwood, 15-Marc Pelosi, 18-Charlie Horton, 19-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

HON: 1-Luis Lopez; 2-Jonathan Paz, 3-Marcelo Pereira, 15-Kevin Alvarez, 6-Bryan Acosta; 8-Rodolfo Espinal, 10-Oscar Salas (19-Kevin Lopez, 68), 16- Elder Torres, 20-Jhow Benvidez (14-Joshua Nieto, 74); 17-Albreth Elis (11-Alian Banegas, 87), 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 4-Klifox Bernardez, 7-Jose Barralaga, 12-Roberto Lopez, 13-Darwin Espinal, 18-Harold Fonseca
Head Coach: Carlos Tabora

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 13
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4        
Offside: 3 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 12

Misconduct Summary:
USA-Matt Polster (caution)            12th minute
USA-Boyd Okwuonu(caution)      27

Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
1st Referee: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
2nd Referee: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
4th official: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)

Man of the Match: TBA

Personal 'Dos A Cero': General Bradley Bags a Brace vs. Mexico in 2009

A self-admitted fan of the U.S. Men’s National Team long before he ever wore the red, white and blue, Michael Bradley fondly recalls the feeling he had ahead of his first World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus in 2009.

“I remember sitting on the bus, driving to the stadium and letting it all sink in,” said Bradley. “Obviously, games against Mexico need no introduction, especially the qualifier in Columbus and what that has become.” 

A match that has occurred every four years since 2001 has become a rite of passage of sorts for U.S. players, balancing the very pro-American atmosphere in the intimate venue with the chance of challenging weather and the common, “Dos A Cero” score line.

As a heavy down pour gave way to strong winds and cool temperatures, Bradley broke the tension of a back and forth first half in the 43rd minute.

“A corner kick got headed back across the goal by Landon Donovan and then on goal by Gooch (Onyewu),” Bradley said. “The keeper made a save and I think I had run early and drifted back towards the goal. When the goalkeeper saved it, it sat up perfectly for me and I was able to smash it in.”

Having gone into halftime up 1-0, the U.S. gained a man advantage midway through the second half when Mexico defender Rafa Marquez was sent off for a vicious aerial challenge on Tim Howard.

The ejection put the U.S. in the driver’s seat for the rest of the match, but the elusive second goal didn’t come until second half stoppage time.

“They were obviously pushing to see if they could get it to 1-1 and we won a ball and played it forward,” said Bradley. “Jozy did really well to move with it and he ended up getting fouled pretty good. The play kind of kept going because I think the ball rolled to Landon’s path. Without running too hard I was able to move myself forward with the play, he played a pass back to me, I took a good first touch and on a wet night I thought if I could hit a good shot on target it might have a chance. I caught it well, got it moving a bit and that was it.”

Shortly thereafter, the final whistle blew and the third “Dos A Cero” result in Columbus was complete, building the psychological advantage the U.S. holds over Mexico in that special fixture.

“These games against Mexico in Columbus – the way things have played out on certain types of nights – 2001 when it was real cold, 2009 when it was cold, windy and rainy – it adds to it all in a special way,” said Bradley. “By now, when that schedule comes out for the Hex and they know they have to come to Columbus, mentally there’s an edge for us already.”

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Agent of History: Michael Orozco and the MNT's First Win in Mexico

Leading up to the U.S. friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on Aug. 15, 2012, Michael Orozco told himself he wanted to make history.

“If I get five minutes or 90, I was going to give it my all,” he told

Orozco would get around 13 minutes, entering the match with the score locked 0-0 and around the time ESPN commentator Ian Darke mentioned that the U.S. would be pleased to get a draw out of the friendly fixture.

Stormy skies gather over Estadio Azteca ahead of the USMNT's first win on Mexican soil.

A result wouldn’t have been bad. It was something that had only occurred once before, coming in a 0-0 draw during 1997 World Cup Qualifying.

Shortly after Darke’s declaration, Brek Shea nutmegged a Mexican defender, got to the end line and centered for Terrence Boyd. A clever back heel from the U.S. forward put the ball on the doorstep for Orozco, who sneaked in to poke home some U.S. history.

The U.S. would play out the final 10 minutes and stoppage time to earn the 1-0 win, its first victory on Mexican soil in 25 tries (11 of which came at the vaunted Estadio Azteca).

The Confederations Cup: Its Past and Future Importance to the USMNT

Beyond the joys a U.S. win against Mexico brings or the chance to lift a trophy, the biggest prize in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup match is claiming the region’s berth at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Having morphed over the years from a four-team competition to one that moved around the world, since 2005 the Confederations Cup has found its home as a World Cup curtain raiser played the year before in the host nation. It has become an important piece of the international soccer calendar, with the nations that play in it getting a better all-around view towards the country they’re hoping to return to the following year.

“It’s a dry run for the World Cup,” said MNT captain Michael Bradley. “You get to spend time in the country a year before, you play in the stadiums, you stay in the hotels, you get a feel for what the weather is like and the way things work.”

Bradley’s experience came with the MNT at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the team’s mettle was put to the test after opening losses to Italy and Brazil. Looking like they’d head home early, the U.S. defeated Egypt 3-0 in their final group match and Brazil did the same to Italy; an unlikely combination of results that advanced the United States to the semifinals. From there, the team pulled off a stunning 2-0 upset against world No. 1-ranked and defending European champions Spain in the semifinal, and even went up 2-0 on Brazil before losing 3-2 in the final.

USMNT striker Clint Dempsey scores the opening goal against Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup final.

“The biggest thing about the Confederations Cup is the competition you get to play against,” said forward Jozy Altidore, who scored the game-winning goal against Spain. “Those teams you play against are usually the ones in the World Cup.”

“I think it gives you confidence,” said Dempsey, who scored in the semifinal and final. “You get used to the facilities, you get used to the environment, the atmosphere. We were able to advance from our group that year, and we were in a tough group.”

In fact, during the tournament’s three-week span, the MNT played five matches – four of which came against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world – all in a competitive environment.

“Given the region we play in, the opportunity to play games against the best teams in the world typically only comes in the form of friendlies,” added Bradley. “Obviously they are important moments for us, but friendlies aren’t the same as real games. They’re not the same as tournament games where teams are trying to advance and win. For us, the chance to play in a mini-World Cup against the best teams in the world is a huge thing for us to keep pushing ourselves forward.”

Jozy Altidore and strike partner Charlie Davies celebrate Altidore's game winning goal against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal.

Ultimately, 15 of the 23 players that were on the 2009 Confederations Cup roster were part of the 2010 World Cup team which won its group for the first time since 1930.

“In South Africa we arrived for the World Cup feeling like we had been there before and we knew what to expect,” added Bradley. “You can’t understate how important that feeling is.”