U.S. MNT Ready to Face Archrival Mexico in 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
After splitting the last two CONCACAF Gold Cup titles, the U.S. and Mexico face off for a third consecutive final with both a berth to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and bragging rights at stake.
June 24, 2011
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U.S. Men’s National Team Notes
CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
June 24, 2011
GOING BACK TO CALI: After splitting the last two CONCACAF Gold Cup titles, the U.S. and Mexico face off for a third consecutive final with both a berth to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and bragging rights at stake. On Saturday, June 25, the CONCACAF Gold Cup final returns to Southern California for the first time in nine years and the U.S. and Mexico take the field against one another in Southern California for the first time in almost 11 years. For the U.S., it marks the fourth consecutive appearance in the final – a CONCACAF record. Kickoff at the Rose Bowl is slated for 6 p.m. local (9 p.m. ET) and the match will be televised live on FOX Soccer and Univision. Fans can follow the action with updates from ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.United States Gold Cup Schedule and Results
|June 7||Canada||2-0 W||Altidore, Dempsey||Ford Field; Detroit, Mich.|
|June 11||Panama||1-2 L||Goodson||Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.|
|June 14||Guadeloupe||1-0 W||Altidore||LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.|
|June 19||Jamaica (q)||2-0 W||Jones, Dempsey||RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.|
|June 22||Panama (s)||1-0 W||Dempsey||Reliant Stadium; Houston, Texas|
|June 25||Mexico||9 p.m. ET||FOX Soccer / Univision||Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif.|
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- All U.S. players except Jozy Altidore are available for selection on Saturday.
- Altidore suffered a hamstring strain against Jamaica in the quarterfinals that will keep him out four to six weeks.
- No U.S. players face disciplinary sanctions leading into the final. The U.S. made it through the quarterfinal and semifinal picking up only two yellow cards, one by Jermaine Jones against Jamaica and one by Carlos Bocanegra against Panama.
- Mexico is the only CONCACAF team that has beaten the U.S. in the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, beating the U.S. in the 1991, 1998 and 2009 tournaments. Brazil eliminated the U.S. two times in the semifinals and Colombia eliminated the U.S. in penalties in the quarterfinals of the 2000 event.
- The shutout by the U.S. in the semifinals was the third in a row, the most since the U.S. reeled off six consecutive clean sheets from June 8 to Sept. 10, 2008.
- Clarence Goodson has started five consecutive matches, the most consecutive starts in his international career. Previously he started the three games prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes in the semifinal, the first time he has gone the distance in his 12 U.S. appearances.
- Jermaine Jones scored his first international goal for the U.S. against Jamaica.
- Bedoya and Sacha Kljestan made their first starts of the Gold Cup against Jamaica and reprised their roles against Panama in the semifinal.
- Updated stats, lineups and results are available on the U.S. Men’s National Team page on ussoccer.com.
- The U.S. has a 15-31-11 all-time record against Mexico in 57 meetings; however, since 2000 the U.S. has a 10-4-2 advantage in the series.
- At home, the U.S. has a 13-7-9 record including a 9-1-2 mark since 2000. The 2009 loss in the Gold Cup final was the first defeat in the last 12 meetings in the U.S. spanning a decade.
- The U.S. and Mexico have met 13 times in Southern California, with the U.S. holding a 3-5-5 record. One of those meetings was in San Diego, three have been in Pasadena (1-1-1 record), one was at Wrigley Field and eight were at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
- The last meeting between the U.S. and Mexico in the Los Angeles area was a 2-0 win for the U.S. on Oct. 25, 2000. Landon Donovan made his first international appearance and scored a goal after coming on as a sub for an injured Chris Henderson.
- The biggest meeting in series history was a 2-0 victory for the U.S. in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea on June 17, 2002. Brian McBride and Donovan scored in that match.
- Saturday will be the sixth meeting between the U.S. and Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Mexico leading the series 3-2-0.
- This will be the fifth time the teams meet in the Gold Cup final, with Mexico winning three of four meetings.
- Mexico defeated the U.S. in the final in 1993, 1998 and 2009. The U.S. won the 2007 meeting.
- The U.S. and Mexico have played a Southern California Gold Cup final twice, with the U.S. winning the first encounter 2-0 in 1991 and losing the second 1-0 in 1998. Both meetings came in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
- Landon Donovan scored a penalty kick against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final.
2007 GOLD CUP FINAL – June 24, 2007 – Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
USA 2, Mexico 1
Scoring: MEX-Andres Guardado, 43
USA-Landon Donovan, 61; Benny Feilhaber, 73
USA: Howard; Spector (Simek, 72), Onyewu, Bocanegra (capt.), Bornstein; Dempsey (Twellman, 69), Feilhaber, Mastroeni (Clark, 46), Beasley; Ching, Donovan
The U.S. Men’s National Team delivered a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half, behind goals from Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber, while also twice hitting the post. Mexico drew first blood in the 44th minute, sending the Americans down at the half. Brian Ching created a penalty opportunity in the 62nd minute when he was clipped by a Mexican defender in the area. Donovan converted his fourth penalty of the tournament to tie the game. With the goal, Donovan earned a share of the USA’s all-time goal scoring lead along with Eric Wynalda, and also tied Luis Robert Alves of Mexico for the most career goals in the Gold Cup (12). In the 73rd minute, Benny Feilhaber unleashed a one-time, full-volley blast that rocketed past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez to give the U.S. a lead they would not surrender. In addition to laying claim to their third regional crown since 2002, the victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup paves the way for the USA’s invaluable participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
2009 GOLD CUP FINAL – July 26, 2009 – Giants Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0, Mexico 5
Scoring: MEX-Gerardo Torrado, 57 (pk); MEX-Giovani Dos Santos, 64; MEX-Carlos Vela, 70; MEX-Israel Castro, 79; MEX-Guillermo Franco, 90
USA: Perkins; Heaps, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce; Holden, Pause (Quaranta, 64) Beckerman (Cronin, 81), Rogers; Ching (capt.), Arnaud (Cooper, 64)
After marching through the tournament with a group that had only gathered a few days before the tournament and averaged only eight caps, the U.S. team reached its third consecutive Gold Cup final. During the tournament, the U.S. saw seven players earn their first cap and six players score their first goal in a U.S. jersey. Playing their 13th game in 54 days, the U.S. had the better of play in the first half against Mexico, but in the 55th minute Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell awarded Mexico a penalty kick that shifted the momentum. After Gerardo Torrado’s conversion, the U.S. pushed forward in hopes of the equalizer and Mexico was able to capitalize with four more goals for a 5-0 victory.
RIVALRY READY: Eleven of the 22 U.S. players on the Gold Cup roster have taken the field in the U.S.-Mexico rivalry. Landon Donovan leads the way with four goals in 11 appearances – including a goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. Michael Bradley scored twice in the last U.S. home win against Mexico to open the final round of qualifying on Feb. 11, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. The other players on the roster to score against Mexico are Oguchi Onyewu and Jozy Altidore, both of whom scored in a 2008 friendly in Houston that ended as a 2-2 tie. Carlos Bocanegra has seven total appearances, including four of the last five meetings in which he has captained the U.S. side. Tim Howard has played Mexico six times, recording three shutouts. Clarence Goodson and Robbie Rogers know the bitter taste of the 2009 final first hand as the only returning players from the team that appeared in the previous final.
AT THE ROSE BOWL: The U.S. will be making its 16th appearance in the Rose Bowl, the fourth most of any stadium in the U.S. behind RFK Stadium, the LA Coliseum and the Orange Bowl. The U.S. has an 8-4-3 record in Pasadena, including seven matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup where the U.S. is unbeaten with a 6-0-1 record that includes every game of the 2002 Gold Cup won by the U.S. against Costa Rica.
THE 100: Clint Dempsey’s goal against Panama was the 100th scored by the U.S. in the Gold Cup. The first was scored by Bruce Murray in the 85th minute against Trinidad & Tobago in the first-ever U.S. match in the Gold Cup on June 29, 1991, in the Rose Bowl. Coincidentally, Dempsey’s goal against Panama gave him 22 for his career, passing Murray for fifth on the U.S. all-time scoring list.
FAMILIAR FACES: Four U.S. players have played every minute of the Gold Cup through the quarterfinals: Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. Howard, Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones have started all five Gold Cup games in 2011.
BACK TO BACK TO BACK LINE: The U.S. back line of Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra and Eric Lichaj has played three consecutive games together as a starting unit, the first time Bob Bradley has used the same starting defensive unit in three straight games since the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. That group includes three defenders on the Gold Cup roster who have not yet appeared in Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu and Jonathan Bornstein. Jay DeMerit, who was injured on March 29 against Paraguay and did not make it into the squad for the Gold Cup, was the fourth starter to play the first three Confederations Cup games.
SHAPING UP: The U.S. utilized a 4-2-3-1 lineup in both knockout stage games during Gold Cup with the formation debuting against Jamaica in the quarterfinals. Center midfielders Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley were deployed in front of the four defenders and also provided cover and possession as the outside backs, Steve Cherundolo and Eric Lichaj pushed forward. A three man midfield line of Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Clint Dempsey had the ability to interchange, providing difficult matchups, with Jozy Altidore then Juan Agudelo the lone striker. The successful formation wasn't anything new for the U.S. team: Five of the first six games after the 2010 world Cup saw the U.S. use the formation against Brazil, Poland, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. Between the Poland and South Africa games, the U.S. coaching staff opted for a 4-3-3 formation that used midfielder Stuart Holden on the forward line, and against Paraguay and Spain the U.S. used a 4-4-2 that had been successful at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
FAN FAVORITES: The U.S. will play in front of a sold-out stadium for the fourth straight game in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Rose Bowl crowd will also be the fourth larger than 64,000 (and third larger than 70,000) to attend a U.S. match this year. The last time crowds were that large was in 1994 when there were five straight crowds of more than 73,000 (including all four 1994 World Cup games). In nine matches, the average attendance for U.S. Men’s National Team games in 2011 is 42,493, with marquee matches against Argentina and Spain as well as Gold Cup doubleheaders with El Salvador and Mexico helping boost the average to almost 7,000 more than the team’s 2010 average (35,676), which was the second best since 1990. The highest average home attendance game for the U.S. came in 1996, with 35,735 fans per game.
WEDDING PARTIES: Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey we excused from the U.S. camp on Wednesday, June 15, to head to California and Texas, respectively, for their sister’s weddings on Saturday, June 18. Each flew back to join the team early Sunday morning. After evaluating all factors, the decision was made by the coaching staff for Dempsey to start and Donovan to begin the match on the bench. Dempsey played 90 minutes and scored the second U.S. goal while being heavily involved in the U.S. offense. Donovan came into a game as a substitute for the first time since June 9, 2007, and played 25 minutes while exchanging a pair of passes with Juan Agudelo before Agudelo assisted on Dempsey’s goal.
JOZY’S DOZEN: With his highlight-reel strike against Guadeloupe, Jozy Altidore became the second youngest U.S. player to reach 12 career goals and the 16th in U.S. history. Altidore was 21 years, 220 days on June 14, second only to Landon Donovan who scored his 12th international goal at 21 years, 137 days. Of the 16 players with 12 career goals, six had not yet scored their first goal by the age Altidore tallied his 12th. Altidore is also on a scoring pace that matches some of the most prolific strikers in U.S. history, with his average of one goal every 219 minutes fourth among forwards with 10 career goals behind Frank Klopas (1 goal in 182 minutes), Eddie Johnson (1 in 199) and Eric Wynalda (1 in 217).
FROM WORLD CUP TO GOLD CUP: After the conclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, preparations were quickly underway for the U.S. to build toward this summer’s Gold Cup. In the eight games between the Round of 16 in South Africa and the beginning of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. played six teams that were part of the 2010 World Cup and three of the top four ranked teams in the world (Spain, 1; Argentina, 4; Brazil, 3). Here is a breakdown of the U.S. Gold Cup roster’s contribution during that eight-game span:
- Maurice Edu is the only player who started six games during that span. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Jonathan Spector are the only other players on the roster who appeared in six games between the World Cup and the Gold Cup.
- Five players on the Gold Cup roster earned their first cap after the World Cup:
- Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream earned their first caps in the final match of 2010, a 2-1 win in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17. in South Africa.
- Chris Wondolowski is the most recent debutant, appearing for the first time on Jan. 22, 2011, against Chile.
- Jermaine Jones made his long-awaited debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland.
- Eric Lichaj debuted on Oct. 12, 2010, against Colombia.
- Only three players played more than half the minutes between the World Cup and Gold Cup: Bradley (495), Altidore (419) and Edu (405). Clint Dempsey played 360 minutes, exactly half.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 23-Marcus Hahnemann (Out of Contract), 1-Tim Howard (Everton), 18- Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), 12-Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), 6-Steve Cherundolo (Hannover),21-Clarence Goodson (Brondby), 14-Eric Lichaj (Leeds), 5-Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), 15-Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), 2-Jonathan Spector (Out of contract)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 20-Freddy Adu (Rizespor), 22-Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), 4-Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), 8-Clint Dempsey (Fulham), 10-Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), 7-Maurice Edu (Rangers), 13-Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), 16-Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), 19-Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), 17-Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), 11-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Landon Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals. Clint Dempsey is next with 22, followed by defender Carlos Bocanegra and forward Jozy Altidore who have 12.
- Alejandro Bedoya replaced Benny Feilhaber on the roster after Feilhaber, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. in the 2007 Gold Cup final, was injured while playing for the New England Revolution during a May 28 league match against Los Angeles.
- As of the time the roster was named, 17 players ply their trade overseas in 10 different countries.
- Six players had five caps or fewer entering the Gold Cup.
- Dempsey finished a fantastic season at Fulham where he set both the single-season record for an American scoring in the English Premier League (12 goals) and set the club mark for career goals in the EPL (33).
- Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga and a place in the playoff round of the Europa League.
- Three other U.S. players are assured a crack at European competition next year. Maurice Edu (Rangers) enters the playoff round of Champions League qualifying. Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) enters the playoff round of
- Europa League qualifying, while Dempsey (Fulham) begins the first round of Europa League qualifying.
- The New York Red Bulls are the only team to contribute two players in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
- Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team on Nov. 17, 2010, and is the first Academy product to appear in the Gold Cup.
- Chris Wondolowski, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, scored six goals in 11 matches to start the MLS campaign. That’s two behind league leader Donovan (as of June 6).
- Freddy Adu has been included in the team for the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup.
- Third goalkeeper Nick Rimando will remain with Real Salt Lake unless called upon.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
- With his appearance against Panama, Landon Donovan took over second place all-time for the U.S. with 135 caps, trailing only Cobi Jones (164). He is the U.S. all-time leader in goals (45), assists (47) and points (137).
- Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa.
- Clint Dempsey’s goal against Panama moved him into fifth in U.S. history with 22 goals, passing 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Murray (21).
- Dempsey sits tied for fifth all-time in points with Cobi Jones at 52.
- Tim Howard is moving up the goalkeeper record charts, and with 36 wins he is third all-time and one behind Tony Meola. With 24 shutouts he is in tied with Brad Friedel in third place.
IN THE GOLD CUP: ROSTER BY THE NUMBERS
22 players have played in at least one Gold Cup
9 players on the roster have scored in the Gold Cup
10 players on the roster have won at least one Gold Cup
4 players have won at least two Gold Cups
1 player has won three Gold Cups (Landon Donovan)
8 players were part of the 2007 championship team
5 players were part of the 2005 championship team
2 players were part of the 2002 championship team
IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Jose Manuel De La Torre
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Five-Time Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009)
Caps Leader: Claudio Suarez (178)
Top Scorer: Jared Borghetti (48)
Key Players: Javier Hernandez, Rafael Marquez, Giovanni Dos Santos
- Mexico advanced to the final with a 2-0 overtime victory against Honduras in Houston on Wednesday, June 22. Aldo de Negris and Javier Hernandez scored the goals.
- In the quarterfinals, Mexico came from behind to defeat Guatemala. After Carlos Ruiz scored for Guatemala in the fifth minute, Mexico received goals from de Negris and Hernandez to secure their advancement.
- Hernandez has scored seven goals to lead the Gold Cup. He is second only to Luis Roberto Alves for most goals in a single Gold Cup, with Alves netting 12 in 1993. De Negris is second on the team and in the tournament with four goals.
- In group play Mexico put in a dominating performance, winning three straight games while outscoring opponents 14-1.
- Gerardo Torrado has 18 career Gold Cup appearances, tying Carlos Bocanegra for second among players participating in the 2011 Gold Cup behind Landon Donovan.
MEXICO ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Luis Michel (Chivas de Guadalajara), 23-Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey), 12-Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS (9): 17-Paul Aguilar (Club America), 16-Efrain Juarez (Celtic FC), 4-Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls), 21-Hiram Mier (Monterrey), 15-Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), 5-Ricardo Osorio (Monterrey), 2-Héctor Reynoso (Chivas de Guadalajara), 3-Carlos Salcido (Fulham), 20-Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 8-Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), 10-Giovani Dos Santos (Racing Santander), 19-Marco Fabián (Chivas de Guadalajara), 18-Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña), 22-Elias Hernandez (Morelia), 11-Angel Reyna (Club América), 6-Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), 13-Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)
FORWARDS (3): 7-Pablo Barrera (West Ham United), 9-Aldo De Nigris (Monterrey), 14-Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
MEXICO ROSTER NOTES
- Mexico was granted permission by CONCACAF to replace five players on the roster prior to the semifinals, adding Paul Aguilar, Marco Fabian, Luis Michel, Hiram Mier and Hector Reynoso.
- Defender and captain Rafael Marquez is teammates at the New York Red Bulls with the USA’s Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream, with whom he pairs with at center back for his club.
- Defender Carlos Salcido plays his club ball at Craven Cottage along with Clint Dempsey.
- Five players for Mexico who dressed for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final are on the Mexico roster: Gerardo Torrado, Efrain Juarez, Israel Castro, Giovanni Dos Santos and Pablo Barreja.
GOLD CUP SNAPSHOT
- The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title, with prior championships coming in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
- Mexico is seeking its sixth title, winning in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003 and 2009.
- Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- With his appearance against Panama, Landon Donovan extended his CONCACAF record of 27 career Gold Cup matches.
- Nine U.S. players have made their Gold Cup debut in 2011. Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Ream and Chris Wondolowski debuted against Canada. Alejandro Bedoya debuted against Panama, and Eric Lichaj debuted against Guadeloupe.
- In the 2011 Gold Cup, Bob Bradley has used 17 of the 22 players that have been available. Jonathan Bornstein, Marcus Hahnemann, Oguchi Onyewu, Robbie Rogers and Jonathan Spector are yet to appear.
USA’S 2011 RECAP (Complete Gold Cup Standings and Results )
Game 1 - June 7, 2011 – Ford Field – Detroit
USA 2, Canada 0
Scoring: USA-Jozy Altidore, 15; Clint Dempsey, 62.
USA Lineup: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Ream, Bocanegra (capt.); Dempsey, Bradley, Jones (Edu, 79), Donovan; Altidore (Kljestan, 74), Agudelo (Wondolowski, 65)
The U.S. opened group play against a Canadian side gunning for a victory against their southern neighbors. Goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey paced the U.S. while goalkeeper Tim Howard made several superb saves in the second half to earn his 21st career shutout. Seven players – including Altidore – made their first appearance in the Gold Cup for the United States. The U.S. has now won its opening match in all 11 Gold Cups, outscoring opponents by a 27-5 margin and posting seven shutouts.
Game 2 - June 11, 2011 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla. C
USA 1, Panama 2
PAN-Luis Tejada, 19; PAN-Gabriel Gomez, 36
USA-Clarence Goodson 68
USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson (Wondolowski, 78), Ream, Bocanegra (capt.); Dempsey, Bradley, Jones (Kljestan, 60), Donovan; Altidore, Agudelo (Bedoya, 61)
Goals by Luis Tejada and Gabriel Gomez delivered an upset victory for Panama, who had previously never defeated the United States. Clarence Goodson headed home his second career Gold Cup goal and the U.S. created several outstanding scoring chances, but the USA’s incredible unbeaten record in group play came to an end in Tampa. After two matches, the U.S. sat in second place still knowing that a victory in the final game against Guadeloupe would virtually guarantee a place in the knockout phase.
Game 3 – June 14, 2011 – LIVESTRONG Sporting Park – Kansas City, Kan.
USA 1, Guadeloupe 0
Scoring: USA-Jozy Altidore, 9
USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (capt.), Lichaj; Dempsey, Bradley (Edu, 85), Jones, Donovan; Altidore (Kljestan, 78), Wondolowski (Bedoya, 64)
A ninth-minute goal by Jozy Altidore provided the margin as the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals with a thorough 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in their third and final Group C game. The U.S. controlled the entire match against Guadeloupe firing off 21 shots, Altidore’s impressive strike from distance delivering all the scoring the U.S. would need. With Canada and Panama drawing 1-1 earlier in the evening, the U.S. could only finish as high as second, making this the first time they didn’t win their group in Gold Cup history.
Game #4 – June 19, 2011 – RFK Stadium –Washington, D.
USA 2, Jamaica 0
Scoring: USA-Jermaine Jones, 49
USA-Clint Dempsey, 80
USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (capt.), Lichaj; Bradley, Jones (Edu, 75); Bedoya (Donovan, 66), Kljestan, Dempsey; Altidore (Agudelo, 12)
The U.S. put together its best performance in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a dominating 2-0 victory against Jamaica. The U.S. controlled the match and created numerous chances, finally breaking through in the second half when Jermaine Jones’ one-timer from the top of the penalty area found the back on the net. After a red card to Jermaine Taylor, the U.S. used their man advantage to put the game away with an attractive passing sequence the led to a well-composed finish from close range by Clint Dempsey. The victory extended the United States' unbeaten record against Jamaica to 18 matches and was their largest margin of victory in a Gold Cup quarterfinal match since 2005.
Game #5 – June 22, 2011 – Reliant Stadium – Houston
USA 1, Panama 0
Scoring: USA-Clint Dempsey, 76.
USA: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra (capt.), Lichaj; Bradley, Jones; Bedoya, Kljestan (Donovan, 46), Dempsey; Agudelo (Adu, 66)
In a defensive match against Panama that didn’t see many chances for either side, Clint Dempsey scored his third goal of the 2011 Gold Cup in the 76th minute after a great service from Landon Donovan set him up for a sliding finish from close range at the left post. The game-winning goal started innocuously in the USA’s own defensive end, but quickly turned dangerous after second-half substitute Freddy Adu hit a perfectly placed long ball to Donovan who was making a run down the right flank. Donovan collected the ball near the right corner of the penalty area and with space in front of him dribbled towards goal before hitting a low laser through four Panamanian defenders to Dempsey who directed the ball into the net with his left foot from two yards out. Defensively, the U.S. recorded its third consecutive shutout with Tim Howard making two saves.
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ABOUT THE HEAD COACH
THE BOB BRADLEY FACT FILE: As Bob Bradley continues the beginning of his second four-year cycle with a third trip into the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a look at the stats since he took over in January 2007 reveal an impressive list of achievements for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
- Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
- Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
- Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time, earning a 1-0-2 record.
- Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Posted a 1-2-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35-match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
- Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Became the first U.S. coach to lead the U.S. to three consecutive Gold Cup finals.
- Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
- Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
- Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008.
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 at Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 at South Africa and March 26, 2008 at Poland).
- Played eight matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-3).
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 14-2-1
Goals For: 132
Goals Against: 93
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 29-6-5, 81 GF, 34 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-8-4, 11 GF, 24 GA
UEFA: 7-9-3, 26 GF, 30 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 4-1-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 23-3-2
Losing at half: 3-12-4
Tied at half: 16-9-6
By year …
GOLD CUP HISTORY
- The U.S. has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup four times, second only to Mexico who has five titles. The U.S. titles have come in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. Canada is the only other country with a title, winning in 2000.
- Panama finished ahead of the U.S. in Group C play, the first time the U.S. did not win its group in 11 Gold Cups. The U.S., however, eliminated Panama for the fourth consecutive Gold Cup with a 1-0 win in the 2011 semifinals.
- Juan Agudelo is the first U.S. player to appear in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match prior to his 19th birthday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Agudelo (18 years, 196 days) broke the mark held by DaMarcus Beasley in 2002 (19 years, 240 days). He has netted two assists in three appearances.
- In three of the six trips to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup, the U.S. has had a player with a multiple goal performance. Against El Salvador in 2002, Brian McBride scored a hat trick and one year later Landon Donovan had four goals against Cuba. In 2005, DaMarcus Beasley scored twice.
- Four U.S. players have won the Golden Boot as the top scorer: Eric Wynalda (4 goals in 1996), Brian McBride (4-2002), Landon Donovan (4-2003 tied) and DaMarcus Beasley (3-2005).
- Tony Meola (1991), Kasey Keller (1998) and Brian McBride (2002) are the three U.S. players that won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
- U.S. players hold four of the top five spots on the all-time appearance list: Donovan (26), Keller (23), Wynalda (21) and Frankie Hejduk (21). Harold Wallace from Costa Rica also has 21.
- Donovan is tied with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves with a record 12 career Gold Cup goals.
- The U.S. and Mexico are the only teams to participate in all 11 editions of the Gold Cup.
- The U.S. has played the most games at 54 (four more than Mexico) and has the most wins with 42 (five more than Mexico).
- The U.S. has scored 100 goals in the Gold Cup, averaging 1.79 goals per game.
- The U.S. has allowed 36 goals all-time, an average of 0.64 per game.
U.S. GOLD CUP PLAYER REGISTER
|Adu, Freddy||3||1||2009, 2011|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||18||3||2002, 2003, 2007, 2011|
|Bradley, Michael||10||0||2007, 2011|
|Cherundolo, Steve||10||0||2005, 2009, 2011|
|Dempsey, Clint||14||5||2005, 2007, 2011|
|Donovan, Landon||27||12||2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011|
|Goodson, Clarence||9||2||2009, 2011|
|Howard, Tim||9||0||2007, 2011|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||9||1||2005, 2007|
U.S. GOLD CUP ALL-TIME LEADERS
1. Donovan, Landon 27
2. Keller, Kasey 23
3. Hejduk, Frankie 21
4. Wynalda, Eric 21
5. Jones, Cobi 20
1. Donovan, Landon 12
2. Wynalda, Eric 9
3. McBride, Brian 8
4. Beasley, DaMarcus 6
5. Dempsey, Clint 4
On the field for USA
June 22, 2011 – Reliant Stadium – Houston – CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
USA 1 Clint Dempsey 76
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 22-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 8-Clint Dempsey; 9-Juan Agudelo (20-Freddy Adu, 66)
Subs not used: 7-Maurice Edu, 11-Chris Wondolowski, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Tim Ream, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 5-Román Torres, 14-Eduardo Dasent, 17-Luis Henríquez, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.); 6-Gabriel Gómez (20-Anibal Godoy, 86), 10-Nelson Barahona (8-Gabriel Torres, 86), 11-Armando Cooper (16-Luis Renteria, 71), 21-Amilcar Henríquez; 18-Luis Tejada, 19-Alberto Quintero
Subs not used: 3-Harold Cummings, 4-Aramis Haywood, 9-Renan Addles, 12-Luis Mejía, 15-Eric Davis, 22-Eybir Bonaga
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
On the field for Mexico …
June 22, 2011 – Reliant Stadium – Houston – CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
Mexico 2 Aldo de Negris 93; Javier Hernandez 99
MEX: 12-Alfredo Talavera; 3-Carlos Salcido (20-Jorge Torres Nilo, 56), 15-Héctor Moreno, 4-Rafa Márquez, 16-Efraín Juárez; 6-Gerardo Torrado, 8-Israel Castro; 18-Andrés Guardado (9-Aldo de Nigris, 53), 7-Pablo Barrera, 10-Giovani dos Santos; 14-Javier Hernández
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre
HON: 18-Noel Valladares; 21-Juan Carlos García, 5-Víctor Bernárdez (4-Johnny Leverón, 46), 2-Osman Chávez, 16-Mauricio Sabillón; 19-Javier Portillo (10-Ramón Nuñez, 61), 17-Roger Espinoza, 6-Hendry Thomas, 12-Alfredo Mejía; 14-Oscar Boniek García, 9-Jerry Bengtson (13-Carlo Costly, 71)
Head coach: Luis Suarez
USA vs. Mexico
July 26, 2011 – Giants Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J. – CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
Mexico 5 Gerardo Torrado 57 (pk); Giovani Dos Santos 64, Carlos Vela 70, Israel Castro 79,
Guillermo Franco 90
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson, 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause (20-Santino Quaranta, 64), 5-Kyle Beckerman (15-Sam Cronin, 81), 7-Robbie Rogers; 11-Brian Ching (capt.), 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 64)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Brad Evans, 23-Jon Busch
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 15-Juan Antonio Castro, 21-Juan Valenzuela, 2-Jonny Magallón, 5-Fausto Pinto; 6-Gerardo Torrado (capt.), 22-Efrain Juarez, 8-Israel Castro (16-Carlos Esquivel, 89); 17-Giovani Dos Santos, 14-Miguel Sabah (10-Guillermo Franco, 70), 7-Alberto Medina (11-Carlos Vela, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Ismael Rodriguez, 12-Jose Coronoa, 13-Pablo Barreja, 19-Luis Noriega
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre