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Greg Garza added to U.S. Roster for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) —  U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Greg Garza to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, following approval from CONCACAF after completing the application process. Garza replaces Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who was ruled out with a knee injury.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Garza played in the last five games of 2014, starting three. He has two starts in 2015, including one in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio. The Atlas-based left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 36,000 for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2013/2011), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

Red Bulls, Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy Advance to Open Cup Quarterfinals

CHICAGO (July 1, 2015) – The second night of 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 action started with goals galore before tighter results out west provided a bit more drama.

Dom Dwyer’s four-goal outburst led Sporting Kansas City to a 6-2 rout of FC Dallas, while second-half goals on the Wasatch Front saw Real Salt Lake past the Portland Timbers. Additionally, both the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy won regional derbies to earn their first Quarterfinal appearances since 2011.

U.S. Soccer will announce the dates and times for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday morning.

USA Takes on Guatemala in Final Gold Cup Tune-Up

The U.S. Men’s National team will face off with Guatemala in a final friendly before the team embarks on its title defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The game will be played at Nissan Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 33,000 tickets sold, it will be the most-attended soccer game ever in the state of Tennessee, breaking the MNT’s own record, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. Over the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The USA is coming off road wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

The 23-player U.S. roster is an experienced group. Sixteen players were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, making the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). Additionally, six players on the roster were a part of the team that won the Gold Cup in 2013. All together, the 23 players average 30 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, sixth-ranked Netherlands, archrival Mexico, and a 1-1 draw with then No.-12 ranked Switzerland in Zurich. 

Guatemala and the United States have met 24 times. The U.S. is unbeaten in the last 20 matches between the two (14-0-6), its longest unbeaten streak against any nation.

USA vs. Guatemala:

  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the MNT’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • All four of the USA’s losses to Guatemala have been on the road in Guatemala City, and three of the four ties were also away from U.S. soil. In the USA, the MNT’s record against Guatemala is 14-0-1.
  • The USA has outscored the Guatemala 39-17.
  • The teams’ last meeting was also a Gold Cup tune-up ahead of the 2013 edition of the tournament. On July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California, the U.S. rolled to a 6-0 win. Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski each contributed a goal.
  • In 2012 the team’s met for a pair CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The first took place in June in Guatemala City, where the two tied 1-1. In that game Fabian Johnson assisted Clint Dempsey for the USA’s goal. Guatemala’s Marco Pappa bent in a stunning free kick in the 83rd minute of the game to level it and secure the only point for the Guatemalans against the U.S. in the last eight years.  Later that year in October, Dempsey would find the net against Guatemala two more times, notching a brace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win. Michael Bradley assisted on Dempsey’s second score.
  • Pappa is teammates with Dempsey and Brad Evans at Seattle Sounders FC, while Guatemala defender Elias Enoc Vasquez plays alongside Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake.
  • This will be the third matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach (2-0-1). 

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)
*Years listed after players’ clubs denote inclusion in previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sixteen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Twelve players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, nine of whom have lifted the trophy.
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time Gold Cup participant on the U.S. roster.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • The win against Germany in its most recent match was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as Bolton Wanderers’ Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. After picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is now a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club an automatic spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi was a part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and is the only player on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. In recent seasons he marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist.  

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley, who assisted on Mix Diskerud’s equalizer in the 2-1 win against Germany on June 10, is now tied for sixth on the U.S. MNT all-time list for assists with 14. His 13 goals rank him No. 13 all-time.
  • Following the win over Germany, Brad Guzan moved into fifth on the all-time wins list with 14.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (37-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).  

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
National Football Federation of Guatemala
Founded: 1919
FIFA Affiliation: 1946
Head Coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno
FIFA World Ranking: 93
Best World Cup Finish: Never Qualified
Leading Cap-Winner: Carlos Ruiz (116)
Leading Goalscorer: Carlos Ruiz (57)

Guatemala Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Victor Ayala (Antigua GFC), Ricardo Jerez (Alianza Petrol), Paulo Motta (Municipal)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Stefano Cincotta (Chemnitzer), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas), Wilson Lalin (Comunicaciones), Deniss Lopez (Municipal), Ruben Morales (Comunicaciones), Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jorge Aparicio (Comunicaciones), Gerardo Arias (Petapa), Jose Contreras (Comunicaciones), Carlos Figueroa (Comunicaciones), Kendel Herrarte (Comunicaciones), Brandon De Leon (Comunicaciones), Jonathan Marquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Mejia (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS (4): Jairo Arreola (Comunicaciones), Edgar Chinchilla (Antigua GFC), Minor Lopez (Atlético CP), Carlos Ruiz (Municipal/Guatemala)

GUATEMALA NOTES:

  • Carlos Ruiz is the oldest player (35) on the roster, and is the leading cap-winner (116) and goalscorer (57) in Guatemala national team history
  • Ivan Sopegno became the head coach of the Guatemalan side on May 21, 204. Prior to taking the reins, the former Argentine goalkeeper coached Guatemalan club CSD Comunicaciones to five titles between 2008-2014
  • Eleven players from this roster play for Comunicaciones
  • The roster is almost entirely domestic. Only four of the 23 players come from non-Guatemalan clubs: Ricado Jerez (Alianz Petrol/Colombia); Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas); Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake), and Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • Guatemala closed out 2014 with wins in five of its last seven games, but has only won once in 2015 (1-0, vs. Bermuda, June 15) with a 1-3-2 record
  • 22-year-old Jorge Aparicio is the youngest player on the roster. 

LAST TIME 
On the field for USA against Guatemala:  
July 6, 2013 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, California – International Friendly  

USA                6          Herculez Gomez 43, Landon Donovan 55, 72; Chris Wondolowski 71,
                                   Clarence Goodson 84, Alejandro Bedoya 88
Guatemala     0         

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 46), 16-Jose Torres (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Will Bruin, 73), 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 2-Edgar Castillo (23-Brek Shea, 59); 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 18-Jack McInerney
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann


GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Carlos Castrillo, 3-Enoc Vasquez, 13-Victor Hernandez (14-Luis Cardona, 59), 5-Carlos Gallardo (6-Milton Leal, 78); 24-Jonathan Lopez (17-Enrique Miranda, 76), 8-Sergio Trujillo (9-Wilber Perez, 59), 16-Jonathan Marquez, 22-Edward Santeliz; 18-Minor Lopez Campollo (19-Angelo Padilla 85), 10-Jose Contreras (capt.) (7-Marlon Sequen, 86)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Kevin Arriola, 12-Victor Ayala
Head coach: Victor Monzón

Zusi Aims for Impactful Return to MNT

The USMNT was playing some pleasing soccer during their memorable run at the 2014 World Cup.  Having played a big role in Brazil last summer, Graham Zusi has been sidelined with a variety of injuries in the year since. After playing in 10 games for the U.S. in 2014, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder has yet to appear in a match for the USA in 2015. Now fully fit, Zusi is back in the mix with the MNT just in time for the year’s biggest undertaking, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“It feels fantastic to be back,” Zusi said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in with the guys, and walking into the hotel and seeing some familiar faces was really nice. It’s been a little frustrating with a slew of injuries for the past six months, but I feel good now and it’s great to be back.”

The Orlando, Florida, native first made an impact on the international scene during the final round of qualifying in 2013, providing the killer strike against Panama that knocked the Central American nation out of running for a spot at the 2014 World Cup. 

Philadelphia, Orlando, Chicago and Houston Advance on Opening Night of 2015 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – Some big performances highlighted the first night of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 as four Quarterfinal participants emerged.

Brazilian star Kaka scored in his U.S. Open Cup debut for Orlando City, 10-man Philadelphia Union pulled an impressive comeback, Mike Magee made a strong return for the Chicago Fire and Joe Willis stood tall for the Houston Dynamo.

The Round of 16 closes with four matches on Wednesday night all of which can be seen live on ussoccer.com. Quarterfinal dates and times will be announced Thursday morning July 2.

U.S. Soccer to Host Women's World Cup Viewing Party and FanHQ Event in Chicago's Lincoln Park

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will host a U.S. Women’s National Team Viewing Party for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final against the England-Japan winner on Sunday, July 5 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

With support from the Chicago Park District, U.S. Soccer will kick off the festivities at 3 p.m. with a FanHQ event in Lincoln Park near the intersection of Stockton Drive and LaSalle Drive, just south of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

FanHQ will include various fan-focused activities, while U.S. Soccer merchandise, along with food, soft drinks, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

The viewing party will feature FOX’s live feed of the match displayed on a giant 19-by-33 foot, high-definition screen. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. CT. The Final match against England or Japan will be played at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. The events are free and open to the public. 

Last summer U.S. Soccer hosted four viewing parties with inspiring success. The last Viewing Party at Soldier Field drew over 28,000 fans to the lakefront park.

The U.S. qualified for the Final after winning its group – which included Australia, Sweden and Nigeria – and then defeating Colombia 2-0 in the Round of 16, China 1-0 in the Quarterfinals and Germany 2-0 in the Semifinals.

Media are invited to the event, and all media requests should be directed to Sinhue Mendoza at smendoza@ussoccer.org, O: (312) 528- 1237, M: (224)-715-0387 or Alex Prosperi Alexander.Prosperi@fleishman.com (847) 830-0284.  Television affiliates are invited for live shots at the park and parking instructions will be sent out at a later date. U.S. Soccer asks that if you are looking to park your TV truck to please inform us in advance because parking will likely be restricted.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States.  U.S. Soccer has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for more than 100 years.  U.S. Soccer is headquartered in two refurbished mansions in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue Historical District. Since dubbed U.S. Soccer House, on the corner of 18th Street and Prairie Avenue it now serves as the American home of the world’s most popular sport.

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