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Klinsmann Reflects on October Friendlies

ussoccer.com: Overall, what did you take away from these October friendlies?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “Looking at both games, it was for us really of high value to see how guys are going in their personal curves. We saw a lot of good stuff. For example, we saw Greg Garza trying to establish himself as a real alternative as a left back. We saw another step for Mix Diskerud growing and becoming a bit more dominant in his own game. We are thrilled that Jozy scored and got back on track in his own personal difficult moment because of his club situation. We tried to figure out if Jermaine Jones is a real alternative at center back, which he proved right away. Timmy Chandler got valuable minutes, and we saw a lot of the things we wanted to see from younger players. 

“Obviously when you play friendly games, you want to win those games.  From that point of view, it’s a little bit disappointing because in both games we had late equalizers from our opponents. You want to put those games away and score the second goal before they have a chance to equalize. Overall, two very valuable experiences. It gave us a lot of answers to certain questions about players, so there was a lot of progress.”

ussoccer.com: Going in you said that you wanted to see how the chemistry developed between the veteran players and some of the younger faces in the team. How did that process go?

JK: “I think that mixing it up now with more experienced guys and the guys breaking through, you want to see the dynamic that older players become mentors and leaders, and help the guys grow and push them in a certain way. At the same time, you want to develop a new kind of hierarchy of the team going forward. That’s the message to the younger players – you have to go in there and be confident, have the right body language and be aggressive and make your point. If you look at Alfredo Morales for example, he’s right on the edge now of breaking in there. Obviously DeAndre Yedlin is trying to get his foot in the door even stronger. That’s the only way we can see how far they are in that process, and guys like Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey and Graham Zusi have to help them in that process.”

ussoccer.com: Is giving up two late equalizers in these games just part of the growing process, or do you see this as a concern?

JK: “Giving the results away in the final minutes in both games tells you that we struggle at the moment to go through the 90 minutes physically. We already saw that in the game against Czech Republic. We were a little bit lucky with an amazing Nick Rimando in that game to get the 1-0 win, and now against Ecuador and Honduras they punished us for dropping the physical level in the final 15-20 minutes. This is definitely something we have to address and definitely something of concern. Therefore, it’s a topic that we will talk the players through. We have to be able to go 90 minutes at the high tempo and put the result away. We should have scored a second goal against Honduras early on and put the game away and they wouldn’t have come back. They deserved the equalizer because they had their chances.”

ussoccer.com: What were you hoping to accomplish by putting Jermaine Jones at center back?

JK: “With the experiment of putting Jermaine Jones into the right center back position, we wanted to see how he leads the backline. We wanted to see how disciplined he stayed in that role, because it’s in his nature, he always wants to go forward and join the attack. We wanted to see how verbal he is with other guys around him, and how he can shift the whole back line higher up. I think that experiment really went well. Knowing now that we can always put Jermaine Jones in a center back role - if he is disciplined, if he is pushing us up, if he is vocal - is a huge plus coming out of that Honduras game.”

ussoccer.com: Does having Jermaine as an option at center back open up opportunities for different players in the midfield?

JK: “When you shift a position and put Jermaine Jones from a number eight to a four or five, obviously that opens up another possibility for you in midfield.  It gives you an opportunity to break in another youngster and get him more playing time and a chance to be more consistent in what he’s doing. In this case it was Mix Diskerud, and Mix proved that in both games that he becomes more consistent, more physical, and stronger. We want him to go into one on one challenges and he did that. For us, it was a win-win in both positions.”

ussoccer.com: With the absence of Fabian Johnson, you were able to get time for Timmy Chandler at right back. Were you pleased with his performances?

JK: “With the National Team program it always happens that if someone can’t make it for whatever reason, it opens the possibility for someone else to step in.  Not having Fabian Johnson, who played a fantastic World Cup, in that roster gave the chance for us to see Timmy Chandler in the right back position, which he plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. At the same time, it gave Greg Garza the chance to play left back in both games. This was huge, because it gives them the confidence and the possibility to prove their point and become consistent in our environment. For both players it was huge, and they both played on a very good level. They were focused and played the role way we expect a fullback to play, meaning defense comes first. Cover your side, win your battles one against one, and then go when there is the opportunity go forward as well. They were very disciplined in doing that. It was a bummer not having Fabian Johnson there, but at the same time it was good to give these guys a full run, and I think both Chandler and Garza used that chance to their benefit.”

ussoccer.com: You have asked Alejandro Bedoya to have more of a leadership role, and you have now used him both centrally and as a winger. How do you see that developing?

JK: Having seen Alejandro Bedoya in a more central role is really just another step in the right direction for his own personal development. He plays more of a central role at Nantes; he’s not a winger there. Can he play as a winger? Yes, which he did for us against Honduras.  It’s great to see his growth of how he connects between the defensive line and the forwards.  I think he can develop into a real box to box player similar to what Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones can do.  For us it’s important to have these options on the table that we know we can bring him in from the outside to the inside, and develop some more traditional wingers like a DeAndre Yedlin who maybe becomes a winger over time, or other players in that role. For Alejandro, it was another step in the right direction and for him crucial for him to become more of a center piece for the National Team.”

ussoccer.com: As has been the case many times in your tenure, another player earned his first cap for the Senior National Team. How did Miguel Ibarra fare in his first camp?

JK: “We had the chance to bring in Miguel Ibarra from Minnesota United, and I think it was a very interesting 10 days for him. In the beginning he was a bit nervous, but he calmed down after two or three days and he was very consistent and very proactive in the way he participated in everything we did in training. So when he was able to get on the field against Honduras, even just for a couple of minutes, we just gave him the message to play the way he’s used to playing.

“He tried to fit right in, and I think this is very encouraging. It’s a message to many players out there that no matter what path you decide to go on, there is always a chance to come to the National Team program and to learn.  For Miguel it was a huge step forward. We told him to take this confidence back to his club team and keep growing. Going forward, I think he has a huge chance to come back into our program.”

Seeds of the New Cycle

CHICAGO (Oct. 15) – Playing in front of 14, 805 fans, the U.S. Men’s National Team produced  a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Tuesday night at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

The game revolved around the progression of the young squad U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been trying out in this new cycle leading up the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“I think it was an interesting game, said Klinsmann of the USA 1-1 draw versus Honduras. “We started really well; that goal by Jozy - nice goal. And then maybe after 30, 35 minutes we kind of dropped a little bit, and then on the second half it was difficult to keep the rhythm going and the sharpness. Honduras looked good; they looked energetic, and at the end of the day they deserved the equalizer so I think as a result it was okay a 1-1.”

U.S. MNT midfielder Jermaine Jones, who played as a center back for the first time with the National Team, agreed with Klinsmann when it came to the USA seemingly slowing down in the second half.

“I think the first half- the first 20 minutes; we controlled the game really well,” Jones said of the USA’s fast start. “Then we let Honduras come back into the game, and in the second half Honduras started to level with us, they started to play physical.”

But, the New England Revolution man believes the game’s result will only help improve the team moving forward in the cycle.

“Maybe this is the path to go,” he said. “We have a young team on the field and we will learn on these situations, so it’s not like everything is bad. We have to learn from what happened and we will come back for the next game and learn from the mistakes that we made today.”

One of those younger players is defender Greg Garza who played 180 minutes in both recent friendlies and improved with each game after making his debut with the senior team on Sept. 3 in Prague against the Czech Republic.

“For me, it’s a complete dream come true,” Garza said. “Just being here at the highest level and at such a high intensity from training and the games, I’m just happy to be here with the guys and actually grow that chemistry a little bit more, and hopefully build that for the future.”

While many young stars relished yet another opportunity to play in front of the fans, a couple of veterans were even more excited because the trip down south represented a special kind of game.

“It was awesome to play and represent my country in front of my friends and family,” said midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, a native of South Florida. “I grew up around here, and had a bunch of kids from Weston FC, my former club, come up and say hi, as well as from my high school, Saint Thomas. My family and friends were all over the place cheering me on and supporting me; nothing gets better than that.”

Perhaps there was no one more excited about the trip however than forward Jozy Altidore who was raised and started playing soccer in Boca Raton.

“I played a lot of tournaments here in the front fields of FAU, so it’s kind of surreal to be back here,” Altidore said. “I never thought I’d play a professional game for the National Team here in front of so many people that helped me get to this point. It was really nice for me. I have a lot of emotions in Boca; it’s where it all started for me. It means a lot to me to come back, and to have the fans embrace us as they did was really special.”

 

MNT vs. Honduras: Highlights - Oct. 14, 2014

Highlights of the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-1 tie vs. Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Jozy Altidore scored the goal for the #USMNT.

Photo Gallery: #USAvHON - Oct. 14, 2014

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 14, 2014.

MNT vs. Honduras: Jozy Altidore Goal - Oct. 14, 2014

Jozy Altidore opens the scoring for the USA in their match against Honduras. Michael Bradley had the assist at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

U.S. MNT Earns 1-1 Draw against Honduras in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Florida (Oct. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA  played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium. 

Altidore’s tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday. 

USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando remains unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. He had two saves on the night. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore’s third goal of the year and 24th of his career. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL)

HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez), 86th minute: Izaguirre whipped in a left-footed free kick from the right side, easily eluding the USA’s two-man wall and finding Figueroa in the middle of the box. The Honduras captain fought off Jermaine Jones and redirected with the header past Nick Rimando to earn the equalizer. USA 1, HON 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Luis Garrido, 21st minute: Alejandro Bedoya had a dangerous run down the left side to get behind Honduras’ defense. That created some space to cross into the box, and Garrido came sliding in to intercept a ball that was destined for USA captain Clint Dempsey for a high-percentage scoring chance at close range. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 45th+1 minute: Amid all of Honduras’ first-half set pieces, Honduras’ most threatening chance came in the run of play at the end of the first 45 minutes. Wilmer Crisanto had a perfect left-footed touch, crossing toward the top of the box to try and connect with Alberth Elis. Rimando alertly left his line for the interception and maintain the one-goal lead heading into halftime. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 50th minute: Making his first appearance at center back, Jones was tested by Honduras’ speed on several occasions. He recovered well against Oscar Garcia, who appeared to have a couple of steps on Jones down the left side. Jones lunged in to break up the attack and instead allow Honduras to take its eighth corner kick of the match. 

HON – Wilmer Crisanto and Victor Bernardez, 74th minute: Though the USA offense did not create many scoring chances in the second half, Mix Diskerud looked the most dangerous with an individual effort starting above the box. Diskerud saw a bit of an opening to dribble head-on, but Honduras’ Crisanto and Bernardez did just enough to disrupt Diskerud and the USA. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 78th minute: Though sitting on a yellow card, Jones confidently made a sliding tackle against the speedy Romell Quioto, disrupting Honduras’ attack in a similar fashion as Garcia’s run earlier in the half. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 90th+1 minute: The USA had a difficult time clearing the ball out of the box following a Honduras corner kick, and Honduras’ Juan Rodriguez kept things active in his team’s final third. Rodriguez fired a left-footed shot that went through the U.S. defense and Rimando stayed low for the clutch save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • With goal No. 24, Jozy Altidore ties for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches.
  • Michael Bradley’s assist on Altidore’s goal was the 12th of his career. Bradley moves into sole possession of 10th all-time, passing John Harkes and Alexi Lalas who had 11 assists during their careers.
  • Bradley earned his 91st cap moving past Harkes for 18th place on the USA’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey moved into a tie for seventh place on the U.S. MNT all-time list with his 110th cap, sharing that spot with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri. Dempsey is two appearances behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 caps from 1994-2006). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: TBD
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT moves to 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras.
  • The USA is 17-16-10 all-time in games played in Florida. Tuesday’s match was the team’s first in Palm Beach County.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in goal, making his fourth appearance and third start of the year. It was his first start since the USA’s 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona.
  • In front of Rimando was a defensive line that included Timmy Chandler at right back, Greg Garza at left back and the center back duo of Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler. Jones featured at center back for the first time with the National Team, but he served there previously for club sides Schalke in Germany and Besiktas in Turkey.
  • In the midfield, Mix Diskerud played the holding role, Graham Zusi was on the right, Alejandro Bedoya on the left and Michael Bradley up top in a diamond 4-4-2 formation.
  • Team captain Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • In the 63rd minute, Klinsmann utilized his first three subs. Tim Ream replaced Besler in defense. Bobby Wood earned his third cap as he entered for Dempsey. DeAndre Yedlin returned to the midfield for a second straight game, replacing Zusi.
  • Midfielder Alfredo Morales entered the game in the 75th minute for Bradley.
  • In the 78th minute, Joe Corona earned his 14th cap, replacing Bedoya.
  • Forward Miguel Ibarra, who plays professionally for the NASL’s Minnesota United, made his U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 90th minute.
  • The USA is now 9-5-4 with Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband.
  • The USA is now 33-13-11 all-time under Klinsmann. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET    
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez)      86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Back in Boca

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2014) -- The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to face CONCACAF rival Honduras tonight, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

After a 1-0 victory against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, and a 1-1 draw versus Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut, tonight’s game will mark the third match of the U.S. MNT‘s new cycle focused on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six roster changes following the Ecuador game; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

Klinsmann is eyeing this game as another opportunity to expose some younger players to the level of play expected at the senior level. He is hoping the experience from the newly added veteran leaders will aid this younger team in what is expected to be a tough contest.

“We’re looking forward to that meeting with Honduras and the occasion to have our group together in a way that we can explore more things on the field and keep on developing this new start, this new cycle,” said Klinsmann ahead of tonight’s matchup. “It’s exciting to see the first steps that the players have taken, with that game in Czech Republic and the follow-up in [East] Hartford. This is another occasion to see where certain players are, what they bring to the table.

“You want those more experienced players to take those younger players under their wings. You want almost like a mentor situation. The biggest learning curve they can through is being on the field and getting minutes, so that’s why we purposely brought a very young roster to the Czech Republic, why we had that roster up in (East) Hartford and why we’ll  continue to have that roster (tonight).”

The game against Honduras represents a homecoming of sorts for a few players on the USA roster, especially for Boca Raton native, Jozy Altidore. The U.S. MNT forward is thrilled to return to the place that saw him develop into the player he is today.

“I’ve played a few times in Florida, but Sun Life (Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens) is the closest I’ve been to Boca, so I’m excited to play here,” Altidore said. “I’m going to have a lot of friends and family in the stands; a lot of people who have been around since I started to play soccer here, so I’m excited.”

In addition, goalkeeper Nick Rimando was a 2000 MLS SuperDraft selection by the now defunct Miami Fusion which was based in the nearby city of Fort Lauderdale, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was raised only 40 miles south in the city of Weston.

Photo Gallery: MNT Boca Raton Training

Photos from the U.S. MNT training session on Monday, Oct. 13, in Boca Raton, Florida. The USA is set to play Honduras in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

USA Ready for Honduras Test

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
International Friendly
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Oct. 14, 2014

U.S. MNT FACES HONDURAS FOR SECOND MATCH IN FIVE DAYS: The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in Landon Donovan’s final match, is set to face Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer. This marks the USA’s third match of a new FIFA World Cup cycle looking toward Russia 2018.

SIX CHANGES MADE TO U.S. MNT ROSTER: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six roster changes following the U.S. MNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt),  Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

1-0 W

Bedoya

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

1-1 T

Diskerud

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


Honduras Brings Strong Squad for Florida Showdown

The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in Landon Donovan’s final match, is set to face Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six roster changes following the U.S. MNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 11; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

IN FOCUS: HONDURAS
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Founded: 1951
FIFA affiliation: 1951
Head Coach: Hernan Medford
FIFA World Ranking: 56
Best World Cup Finish: 1982, 2010, 2014 (group stage)

HONDURAS ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España)
DEFENDERS (7): Wilfredo Barahona (Real España), Victor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Javier Portillo (Olimpia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bryan Acosta (Real España), Marvin Chávez (Chivas USA), Jorge Claros (Sporting Kansas City), Edder Delgado (Real España), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo), Mario Martínez (Barcelona SC), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Juan José Rodríguez (Parrilas One)
FORWARDS (3): Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Roger Rojas (Ettifaq)

HONDURAS ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players from Honduras’ 2014 FIFA World Cup team are on this roster: Victor Bernárdez, Marvin Chávez, Edder Delgado, Maynor Figueroa, Oscar Boniek García, Luis Garrido, Emilio Izaguirre, Mario Martínez and Andy Najar.
  • Five players compete in MLS: Bernárdez for the San Jose Earthquakes, Chávez at Chivas USA, Jorge Claros for Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo teammates García and Garrido.
  • Andy Najar played for D.C. United from 2010-13. He is a product of D.C. United’s Development Academy program and was the second player from its Academy system to sign a first-team contract. The first was USA goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
  • Najar was the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year, voted ahead of U.S. defender Tim Ream.
  • Four players compete for Honduran organization Olimpia in Liga Nacional de Honduras: Donis Escober, Javier Portillo, Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto.
  • Honduras has played in the past two FIFA World Cups (South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014). It marked the first time Honduras’ history that the team has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles.
  • Honduras dropped all three games in Group E and was unable to advance, falling to France, Ecuador and Switzerland.

LAST TIME:
On the field against Honduras:
July 24, 2013 – Cowboys Stadium – Dallas, Texas – 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Semifinal) 

USA                3          Eddie Johnson 11; Landon Donovan 27, 53
HON               1          Nery Medina 52 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 67), 11-Stuart Holden; 20-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Chris Wondolowski, 72), 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 67); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 6-Joe Corona,12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 22-Bill Hamid, 24-Omar Gonzalez, 27-Alan Gordon
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escobar; 3-Brayan Beckeles, 2-Osman Chavez (capt.), 13-Nery Medina, 6-Juan Carlos Garcia; 23-Edder Delgado, 20-Jorge Claros, 16-Alexander Lopez (9-Jerry Palacios, 46); 14-Andy Najar, 21-Roger Rojas (11-Rony Martinez, 69), 7-Diego Reyes (17-Marvin Chavez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jose Mendoza, 5-Jose Velasquez, 8-Gerson Rodas, 10-Mario Martinez, 12-Orlin Peralta, 15-Mario Berrios, 18-Kevin Hernandez, 19-Wilmer Fuentes, 24-Erick Norales
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez

Klinsmann Reflects on October Friendlies

ussoccer.com: Overall, what did you take away from these October friendlies?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “Looking at both games, it was for us really of high value to see how guys are going in their personal curves. We saw a lot of good stuff. For example, we saw Greg Garza trying to establish himself as a real alternative as a left back. We saw another step for Mix Diskerud growing and becoming a bit more dominant in his own game. We are thrilled that Jozy scored and got back on track in his own personal difficult moment because of his club situation. We tried to figure out if Jermaine Jones is a real alternative at center back, which he proved right away. Timmy Chandler got valuable minutes, and we saw a lot of the things we wanted to see from younger players. 

“Obviously when you play friendly games, you want to win those games.  From that point of view, it’s a little bit disappointing because in both games we had late equalizers from our opponents. You want to put those games away and score the second goal before they have a chance to equalize. Overall, two very valuable experiences. It gave us a lot of answers to certain questions about players, so there was a lot of progress.”

ussoccer.com: Going in you said that you wanted to see how the chemistry developed between the veteran players and some of the younger faces in the team. How did that process go?

JK: “I think that mixing it up now with more experienced guys and the guys breaking through, you want to see the dynamic that older players become mentors and leaders, and help the guys grow and push them in a certain way. At the same time, you want to develop a new kind of hierarchy of the team going forward. That’s the message to the younger players – you have to go in there and be confident, have the right body language and be aggressive and make your point. If you look at Alfredo Morales for example, he’s right on the edge now of breaking in there. Obviously DeAndre Yedlin is trying to get his foot in the door even stronger. That’s the only way we can see how far they are in that process, and guys like Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey and Graham Zusi have to help them in that process.”

ussoccer.com: Is giving up two late equalizers in these games just part of the growing process, or do you see this as a concern?

JK: “Giving the results away in the final minutes in both games tells you that we struggle at the moment to go through the 90 minutes physically. We already saw that in the game against Czech Republic. We were a little bit lucky with an amazing Nick Rimando in that game to get the 1-0 win, and now against Ecuador and Honduras they punished us for dropping the physical level in the final 15-20 minutes. This is definitely something we have to address and definitely something of concern. Therefore, it’s a topic that we will talk the players through. We have to be able to go 90 minutes at the high tempo and put the result away. We should have scored a second goal against Honduras early on and put the game away and they wouldn’t have come back. They deserved the equalizer because they had their chances.”

ussoccer.com: What were you hoping to accomplish by putting Jermaine Jones at center back?

JK: “With the experiment of putting Jermaine Jones into the right center back position, we wanted to see how he leads the backline. We wanted to see how disciplined he stayed in that role, because it’s in his nature, he always wants to go forward and join the attack. We wanted to see how verbal he is with other guys around him, and how he can shift the whole back line higher up. I think that experiment really went well. Knowing now that we can always put Jermaine Jones in a center back role - if he is disciplined, if he is pushing us up, if he is vocal - is a huge plus coming out of that Honduras game.”

ussoccer.com: Does having Jermaine as an option at center back open up opportunities for different players in the midfield?

JK: “When you shift a position and put Jermaine Jones from a number eight to a four or five, obviously that opens up another possibility for you in midfield.  It gives you an opportunity to break in another youngster and get him more playing time and a chance to be more consistent in what he’s doing. In this case it was Mix Diskerud, and Mix proved that in both games that he becomes more consistent, more physical, and stronger. We want him to go into one on one challenges and he did that. For us, it was a win-win in both positions.”

ussoccer.com: With the absence of Fabian Johnson, you were able to get time for Timmy Chandler at right back. Were you pleased with his performances?

JK: “With the National Team program it always happens that if someone can’t make it for whatever reason, it opens the possibility for someone else to step in.  Not having Fabian Johnson, who played a fantastic World Cup, in that roster gave the chance for us to see Timmy Chandler in the right back position, which he plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. At the same time, it gave Greg Garza the chance to play left back in both games. This was huge, because it gives them the confidence and the possibility to prove their point and become consistent in our environment. For both players it was huge, and they both played on a very good level. They were focused and played the role way we expect a fullback to play, meaning defense comes first. Cover your side, win your battles one against one, and then go when there is the opportunity go forward as well. They were very disciplined in doing that. It was a bummer not having Fabian Johnson there, but at the same time it was good to give these guys a full run, and I think both Chandler and Garza used that chance to their benefit.”

ussoccer.com: You have asked Alejandro Bedoya to have more of a leadership role, and you have now used him both centrally and as a winger. How do you see that developing?

JK: Having seen Alejandro Bedoya in a more central role is really just another step in the right direction for his own personal development. He plays more of a central role at Nantes; he’s not a winger there. Can he play as a winger? Yes, which he did for us against Honduras.  It’s great to see his growth of how he connects between the defensive line and the forwards.  I think he can develop into a real box to box player similar to what Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones can do.  For us it’s important to have these options on the table that we know we can bring him in from the outside to the inside, and develop some more traditional wingers like a DeAndre Yedlin who maybe becomes a winger over time, or other players in that role. For Alejandro, it was another step in the right direction and for him crucial for him to become more of a center piece for the National Team.”

ussoccer.com: As has been the case many times in your tenure, another player earned his first cap for the Senior National Team. How did Miguel Ibarra fare in his first camp?

JK: “We had the chance to bring in Miguel Ibarra from Minnesota United, and I think it was a very interesting 10 days for him. In the beginning he was a bit nervous, but he calmed down after two or three days and he was very consistent and very proactive in the way he participated in everything we did in training. So when he was able to get on the field against Honduras, even just for a couple of minutes, we just gave him the message to play the way he’s used to playing.

“He tried to fit right in, and I think this is very encouraging. It’s a message to many players out there that no matter what path you decide to go on, there is always a chance to come to the National Team program and to learn.  For Miguel it was a huge step forward. We told him to take this confidence back to his club team and keep growing. Going forward, I think he has a huge chance to come back into our program.”

Seeds of the New Cycle

CHICAGO (Oct. 15) – Playing in front of 14, 805 fans, the U.S. Men’s National Team produced  a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Tuesday night at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

The game revolved around the progression of the young squad U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been trying out in this new cycle leading up the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“I think it was an interesting game, said Klinsmann of the USA 1-1 draw versus Honduras. “We started really well; that goal by Jozy - nice goal. And then maybe after 30, 35 minutes we kind of dropped a little bit, and then on the second half it was difficult to keep the rhythm going and the sharpness. Honduras looked good; they looked energetic, and at the end of the day they deserved the equalizer so I think as a result it was okay a 1-1.”

U.S. MNT midfielder Jermaine Jones, who played as a center back for the first time with the National Team, agreed with Klinsmann when it came to the USA seemingly slowing down in the second half.

“I think the first half- the first 20 minutes; we controlled the game really well,” Jones said of the USA’s fast start. “Then we let Honduras come back into the game, and in the second half Honduras started to level with us, they started to play physical.”

But, the New England Revolution man believes the game’s result will only help improve the team moving forward in the cycle.

“Maybe this is the path to go,” he said. “We have a young team on the field and we will learn on these situations, so it’s not like everything is bad. We have to learn from what happened and we will come back for the next game and learn from the mistakes that we made today.”

One of those younger players is defender Greg Garza who played 180 minutes in both recent friendlies and improved with each game after making his debut with the senior team on Sept. 3 in Prague against the Czech Republic.

“For me, it’s a complete dream come true,” Garza said. “Just being here at the highest level and at such a high intensity from training and the games, I’m just happy to be here with the guys and actually grow that chemistry a little bit more, and hopefully build that for the future.”

While many young stars relished yet another opportunity to play in front of the fans, a couple of veterans were even more excited because the trip down south represented a special kind of game.

“It was awesome to play and represent my country in front of my friends and family,” said midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, a native of South Florida. “I grew up around here, and had a bunch of kids from Weston FC, my former club, come up and say hi, as well as from my high school, Saint Thomas. My family and friends were all over the place cheering me on and supporting me; nothing gets better than that.”

Perhaps there was no one more excited about the trip however than forward Jozy Altidore who was raised and started playing soccer in Boca Raton.

“I played a lot of tournaments here in the front fields of FAU, so it’s kind of surreal to be back here,” Altidore said. “I never thought I’d play a professional game for the National Team here in front of so many people that helped me get to this point. It was really nice for me. I have a lot of emotions in Boca; it’s where it all started for me. It means a lot to me to come back, and to have the fans embrace us as they did was really special.”

 

Photo Gallery: #USAvHON - Oct. 14, 2014

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 14, 2014.

Back in Boca

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2014) -- The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to face CONCACAF rival Honduras tonight, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

After a 1-0 victory against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, and a 1-1 draw versus Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut, tonight’s game will mark the third match of the U.S. MNT‘s new cycle focused on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six roster changes following the Ecuador game; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

Klinsmann is eyeing this game as another opportunity to expose some younger players to the level of play expected at the senior level. He is hoping the experience from the newly added veteran leaders will aid this younger team in what is expected to be a tough contest.

“We’re looking forward to that meeting with Honduras and the occasion to have our group together in a way that we can explore more things on the field and keep on developing this new start, this new cycle,” said Klinsmann ahead of tonight’s matchup. “It’s exciting to see the first steps that the players have taken, with that game in Czech Republic and the follow-up in [East] Hartford. This is another occasion to see where certain players are, what they bring to the table.

“You want those more experienced players to take those younger players under their wings. You want almost like a mentor situation. The biggest learning curve they can through is being on the field and getting minutes, so that’s why we purposely brought a very young roster to the Czech Republic, why we had that roster up in (East) Hartford and why we’ll  continue to have that roster (tonight).”

The game against Honduras represents a homecoming of sorts for a few players on the USA roster, especially for Boca Raton native, Jozy Altidore. The U.S. MNT forward is thrilled to return to the place that saw him develop into the player he is today.

“I’ve played a few times in Florida, but Sun Life (Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens) is the closest I’ve been to Boca, so I’m excited to play here,” Altidore said. “I’m going to have a lot of friends and family in the stands; a lot of people who have been around since I started to play soccer here, so I’m excited.”

In addition, goalkeeper Nick Rimando was a 2000 MLS SuperDraft selection by the now defunct Miami Fusion which was based in the nearby city of Fort Lauderdale, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was raised only 40 miles south in the city of Weston.

Photo Gallery: MNT Boca Raton Training

Photos from the U.S. MNT training session on Monday, Oct. 13, in Boca Raton, Florida. The USA is set to play Honduras in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

Photo Gallery: #USAvECU - Oct. 10, 2014

Photos from the USA's 1-1 draw with Ecuador at Rentchler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, on Oct. 10, 2014. The match was the final game of Landon Donovan's illustrious career with the U.S. Men's National Team.

#LegenD: Landon Donovan Lightbox Jersey

Goal: To create a piece of artwork that told the story of Landon Donovan’s career and would have a nostalgic feel to be displayed

Early concept: Team sketched many ideas before agreeing on a fragmented jersey concept.

Creation process:

  • Took 19 jerseys from Donovan’s career at U.S. Soccer, cut each jersey apart and mounted them to half-inch wood fragments that were cut using a CNC machine
  • Upholstery techniques were used to create the jersey fragments
  • Pieces were arranged and mounted to an oak background (oak being the state tree of Connecticut, the final location of Donovan’s National Team career)
  • Donovan’s National Team teammates’ names are etched into the oak
  • The jersey fragments were mounted to the oak background and illuminated with white LED to create a “halo” effect to illuminate the teammate names and highlight the floating jersey
  • The shadow box that encases the jersey installation was built using redwood, California’s state tree and the birthplace of Donovan

End product: A creation that represented Donovan’s jersey from start to finish

The gift was the work of Bird Dog Creative, a premier event design, interior design and custom fabrication firm based in Portland, Oregon. 

U.S. MNT Players Look Forward to Finale Alongside Donovan

Landon Donovan, the top scorer in U.S. Soccer history, bids farewell to the sport he helped a nation fall in love with Friday night against Ecuador. U.S. Men’s National Team members Jozy Altidore, Mix Diskerud and DeAndre Yedlin took some time to reflect on what it has meant (and what it will mean) to play alongside Donovan on his last game sporting the Red, White and Blue.

U.S. MNT Forward JOZY ALTIDORE:
“Landon was always a positive guy; he was grounded and focused on what was coming. He was a pleasure to play with. He was a good passer of the ball, and a player who seemed to pick up the right pass and the right moment. It was nice to be on the receiving end of those passes and score some nice goals. We will miss him.”

U.S. MNT Defender DEANDRE YEDLIN:
“It’s amazing. Landon’s been a guy that I’ve watched since I was young, so just to be part of his last game is something really special and a moment that I will never forget.”

U.S. MNT Midfielder MIX DISKERUD:
“It’s a little bit crazy. There’s been a lot of press around the whole game and Landon. I can’t wait for the last 30 minutes Landon is going to play with U.S. Soccer. It’s going to be memorable. I’ve learned a lot from Landon, both on and off the pitch. We’ve shared some special and fun moments together.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Hartford Training - Oct. 9, 2014

Photos from the #USMNT's Thursday training session and press conference at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, ahead of the USA's game against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10.

Donovan Dazzled with 2007 Hat Trick Against Ecuador

The USA will be facing Ecuador for the 12th time this Friday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Ecuador has had the better of the series, but in recent years the USA has had some success against the South American side.

Standing out among these games is Landon Donovan’s hat trick on March 25, 2007. Donovan led the USA to a 3-1 win against Ecuador at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Donovan tallied from just outside the box in the first minute with his left foot for the 1-0 lead. After Ecuador’s Felipe Caicedo equalized in the 11th minute, Donovan responded with two more in the 66th and 67th minutes, the latter a blast from 22 yards out into the upper left corner of the frame.

“Throughout this camp, you could tell that he had really stepped things up in terms of his role on the team,” former U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley said after that match. “He was our captain, and more than that, he really came through with the goals and good movement off the ball, which is something that he does really well.”

U.S. MNT Earns 1-1 Draw against Honduras in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Florida (Oct. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA  played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium. 

Altidore’s tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday. 

USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando remains unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. He had two saves on the night. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore’s third goal of the year and 24th of his career. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL)

HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez), 86th minute: Izaguirre whipped in a left-footed free kick from the right side, easily eluding the USA’s two-man wall and finding Figueroa in the middle of the box. The Honduras captain fought off Jermaine Jones and redirected with the header past Nick Rimando to earn the equalizer. USA 1, HON 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Luis Garrido, 21st minute: Alejandro Bedoya had a dangerous run down the left side to get behind Honduras’ defense. That created some space to cross into the box, and Garrido came sliding in to intercept a ball that was destined for USA captain Clint Dempsey for a high-percentage scoring chance at close range. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 45th+1 minute: Amid all of Honduras’ first-half set pieces, Honduras’ most threatening chance came in the run of play at the end of the first 45 minutes. Wilmer Crisanto had a perfect left-footed touch, crossing toward the top of the box to try and connect with Alberth Elis. Rimando alertly left his line for the interception and maintain the one-goal lead heading into halftime. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 50th minute: Making his first appearance at center back, Jones was tested by Honduras’ speed on several occasions. He recovered well against Oscar Garcia, who appeared to have a couple of steps on Jones down the left side. Jones lunged in to break up the attack and instead allow Honduras to take its eighth corner kick of the match. 

HON – Wilmer Crisanto and Victor Bernardez, 74th minute: Though the USA offense did not create many scoring chances in the second half, Mix Diskerud looked the most dangerous with an individual effort starting above the box. Diskerud saw a bit of an opening to dribble head-on, but Honduras’ Crisanto and Bernardez did just enough to disrupt Diskerud and the USA. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 78th minute: Though sitting on a yellow card, Jones confidently made a sliding tackle against the speedy Romell Quioto, disrupting Honduras’ attack in a similar fashion as Garcia’s run earlier in the half. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 90th+1 minute: The USA had a difficult time clearing the ball out of the box following a Honduras corner kick, and Honduras’ Juan Rodriguez kept things active in his team’s final third. Rodriguez fired a left-footed shot that went through the U.S. defense and Rimando stayed low for the clutch save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • With goal No. 24, Jozy Altidore ties for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches.
  • Michael Bradley’s assist on Altidore’s goal was the 12th of his career. Bradley moves into sole possession of 10th all-time, passing John Harkes and Alexi Lalas who had 11 assists during their careers.
  • Bradley earned his 91st cap moving past Harkes for 18th place on the USA’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey moved into a tie for seventh place on the U.S. MNT all-time list with his 110th cap, sharing that spot with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri. Dempsey is two appearances behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 caps from 1994-2006). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: TBD
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT moves to 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras.
  • The USA is 17-16-10 all-time in games played in Florida. Tuesday’s match was the team’s first in Palm Beach County.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in goal, making his fourth appearance and third start of the year. It was his first start since the USA’s 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona.
  • In front of Rimando was a defensive line that included Timmy Chandler at right back, Greg Garza at left back and the center back duo of Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler. Jones featured at center back for the first time with the National Team, but he served there previously for club sides Schalke in Germany and Besiktas in Turkey.
  • In the midfield, Mix Diskerud played the holding role, Graham Zusi was on the right, Alejandro Bedoya on the left and Michael Bradley up top in a diamond 4-4-2 formation.
  • Team captain Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • In the 63rd minute, Klinsmann utilized his first three subs. Tim Ream replaced Besler in defense. Bobby Wood earned his third cap as he entered for Dempsey. DeAndre Yedlin returned to the midfield for a second straight game, replacing Zusi.
  • Midfielder Alfredo Morales entered the game in the 75th minute for Bradley.
  • In the 78th minute, Joe Corona earned his 14th cap, replacing Bedoya.
  • Forward Miguel Ibarra, who plays professionally for the NASL’s Minnesota United, made his U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 90th minute.
  • The USA is now 9-5-4 with Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband.
  • The USA is now 33-13-11 all-time under Klinsmann. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET    
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez)      86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

USA Ready for Honduras Test

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
International Friendly
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Oct. 14, 2014

U.S. MNT FACES HONDURAS FOR SECOND MATCH IN FIVE DAYS: The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in Landon Donovan’s final match, is set to face Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer. This marks the USA’s third match of a new FIFA World Cup cycle looking toward Russia 2018.

SIX CHANGES MADE TO U.S. MNT ROSTER: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six roster changes following the U.S. MNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt),  Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

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Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

1-0 W

Bedoya

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

1-1 T

Diskerud

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


Honduras Brings Strong Squad for Florida Showdown

The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in Landon Donovan’s final match, is set to face Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six roster changes following the U.S. MNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 11; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

IN FOCUS: HONDURAS
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Founded: 1951
FIFA affiliation: 1951
Head Coach: Hernan Medford
FIFA World Ranking: 56
Best World Cup Finish: 1982, 2010, 2014 (group stage)

HONDURAS ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernández (Real España)
DEFENDERS (7): Wilfredo Barahona (Real España), Victor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Wilmer Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Javier Portillo (Olimpia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Bryan Acosta (Real España), Marvin Chávez (Chivas USA), Jorge Claros (Sporting Kansas City), Edder Delgado (Real España), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Luis Garrido (Houston Dynamo), Mario Martínez (Barcelona SC), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Juan José Rodríguez (Parrilas One)
FORWARDS (3): Alberth Elis (Olimpia), Romell Quioto (Olimpia), Roger Rojas (Ettifaq)

HONDURAS ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players from Honduras’ 2014 FIFA World Cup team are on this roster: Victor Bernárdez, Marvin Chávez, Edder Delgado, Maynor Figueroa, Oscar Boniek García, Luis Garrido, Emilio Izaguirre, Mario Martínez and Andy Najar.
  • Five players compete in MLS: Bernárdez for the San Jose Earthquakes, Chávez at Chivas USA, Jorge Claros for Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo teammates García and Garrido.
  • Andy Najar played for D.C. United from 2010-13. He is a product of D.C. United’s Development Academy program and was the second player from its Academy system to sign a first-team contract. The first was USA goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
  • Najar was the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year, voted ahead of U.S. defender Tim Ream.
  • Four players compete for Honduran organization Olimpia in Liga Nacional de Honduras: Donis Escober, Javier Portillo, Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto.
  • Honduras has played in the past two FIFA World Cups (South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014). It marked the first time Honduras’ history that the team has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles.
  • Honduras dropped all three games in Group E and was unable to advance, falling to France, Ecuador and Switzerland.

LAST TIME:
On the field against Honduras:
July 24, 2013 – Cowboys Stadium – Dallas, Texas – 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Semifinal) 

USA                3          Eddie Johnson 11; Landon Donovan 27, 53
HON               1          Nery Medina 52 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 67), 11-Stuart Holden; 20-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Chris Wondolowski, 72), 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 67); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 6-Joe Corona,12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 22-Bill Hamid, 24-Omar Gonzalez, 27-Alan Gordon
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escobar; 3-Brayan Beckeles, 2-Osman Chavez (capt.), 13-Nery Medina, 6-Juan Carlos Garcia; 23-Edder Delgado, 20-Jorge Claros, 16-Alexander Lopez (9-Jerry Palacios, 46); 14-Andy Najar, 21-Roger Rojas (11-Rony Martinez, 69), 7-Diego Reyes (17-Marvin Chavez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jose Mendoza, 5-Jose Velasquez, 8-Gerson Rodas, 10-Mario Martinez, 12-Orlin Peralta, 15-Mario Berrios, 18-Kevin Hernandez, 19-Wilmer Fuentes, 24-Erick Norales
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez

Klinsmann Makes Six Changes as Several World Cup Veterans Added for #USAvHON

CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2014) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six changes to the squad that tied Ecuador 1-1 on Oct. 10, adding several veterans to the roster who will make their first appearance for the MNT since the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States will host Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer. (TICKETS

U.S. captain Clint Dempsey leads the list of added players who saw time in Brazil this summer, including Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson rounds out the new arrivals.

Returning to their clubs are John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, and Joe Gyau. The 22-year-old Gyau is being evaluated today after spraining his knee against Ecuador, and will return to Dortmund for treatment.

The match marks a homecoming for Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is a native of nearby Weston, Florida.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich) 

U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES

  • Jozy Altidore was given the captain’s armband following the departure of Donovan from Friday’s game, marking the second straight time Altidore has served in that role. The forward also captained the U.S. in its 1-0 win against the Czech Republic.
  • Jermaine Jones, who scored a mesmerizing goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, will be with the MNT for the first since signing for the New England Revolution this summer.
  • Nick Rimando has never lost a game for the Senior National Team, the former Miami Fusion goalkeeper posting a near-perfect 10-0-1 record.
  • Timmy Chandler enters having started the season with a new Bundesliga club. Chandler moved from Nurnberg to his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.
  • With a place in the first XI against Ecuador, Mix Diskerud has reached double digits starts for the Senior National Team. After scoring his fourth career goal, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-4 record when Diskerud steps on the field.
  • Joe Corona made the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Corona and Michael Orozco made their first appearances of 2014 against the Czech Republic in Prague. Both players now have 13 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table, appearing in all nine matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense by his club.
  • Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his second appearance for the MNT, having made his debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U-14 Boys National Team.
  • Bill Hamid has backstopped D.C. United to an historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS. Hamid will play with D.C. United against Houston on Sunday and then rejoin the squad in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has played five matches to start the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra becomes the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the Senior National Team. The 24-year-old was voted the NASL Player of the Month for September.
  • Several players from the 1-0 win against Czech Republic were called into duty for the U.S. U-23 MNT, which will hold a four-day camp in Brazil culminating in a match against the host U-23 team on Monday, Oct. 13, in Brasilia: Cody Cropper, Emerson Hyndman, Jordan Morris and Rubio Rubin.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: USA vs. Ecuador – Altidore, Diskerud, Guzan, Gonzalez

U.S. Men’s National Team forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On playing with Landon Donovan for his last National Team game:
“The whole day will stick with me. What he represents for this team - I remember watching him as a little kid - and to share this moment with him is unbelievable. He built a lot of what you see today and we all know how special today was, how special he’s been to the program. We wanted to go out there and play as well as possible.

“I tried to set him up a few times and do what he’s always done for me. He’s such a good player, you can still see that right away, and he has a smell for the game that other Americans don’t have. We’re going to miss that.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder MIX DISKERUD
Thoughts on the match:
“Our first half was our half. We created a lot of chances and could have had a few more goals. In the second half, they showed why they’re a good team. They’ve had a few good results - against Bolivia and Brazil - so we knew they were going to be good. They held the ball and we ended up conceding a goal. Overall we had a nice performance and it’s something to move forward with.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
Thoughts on the match:
“Overall in the first half we were ok. In the second half sat off and probably defended for too long a stretch. In the end we were punished for it. I couldn’t see it come off his foot and as soon as it came over Tim Ream I had taken a step to my right and it was going the other way. Nine times out of 10 that probably gets blocked or you can make a save but unfortunately tonight it wasn’t to be.”

U.S. Men’s National Team defender OMAR GONZALEZ
Thoughts on the match:
“Tonight we wanted to win and we had the chances but it ended up as a tie. Seeing Landon out there playing was awesome. I wish he had been able to score or get an assist. and he definitely got close. The emotional part for me was at the end watching the video, seeing him tear up and just cheering for him. It was a great night.

On playing with Landon Donovan:
“I’ve been teammates with Landon for six years now [with the Galaxy]. I’ve seen what kind of a professional he is. I’ve been luck to be able to play with him and watch him. He’s always trying to help out young guys and obviously he’s leaving some big shoes to fill on the National Team.”

On being a part of a team with new faces:
“It’s a bunch of young guys looking to impress and that’s what you want when you’re looking to build a team. There’s competition, nobody is relaxed, everybody is fighting for their spots and so they have to be great every single training session, every single game. That’s the way Jurgen is building this team.”

Landon Donovan Caps Off Memorable International Career as U.S. MNT Draws Ecuador 1-1

Donovan Plays 40 Minutes in 157th Match before 36,265 Fans at Rentschler Field;
Diskerud Nets Fifth-Minute Goal, but Ecuador Equalizes in Closing Minutes

Donovan, USA Set for Ecuador on Friday in East Hartford

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
International Friendly
Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Connecticut
Oct. 10, 2014

U.S. MNT HONORS DONOVAN IN HIS FINALE AGAINST ECUADOR ON FRIDAY: The U.S. Men’s National Team is preparing for its first home match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle when it hosts Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. With the new cycle being one focal point, the other will be paying tribute to USA legend Landon Donovan, who is set to play in his final match for the National Team. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. ESPN's coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.

In addition to this international friendly, the USA will then host Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas), followed by its 2014 finale on Nov. 18 against the Republic of Ireland at Aviva Stadium. Kickoff for that match is at 2:45 p.m. ET and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

1-0 W

Bedoya

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

7 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup

DONOVAN TO CAPTAIN TEAM IN FINALE: Landon Donovan has been named the captain for his final game on Friday. It will mark Donovan’s 157th-career appearance in his 15-year international career. He debuted for the U.S. MNT at 18 years old on Oct. 25, 2000, tallying a goal and an assist in the USA’s 2-0 win against Mexico . This will be Donovan’s 19th time wearing the captain’s armband. The USA is 11-3-4 when he is the captain.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Jurgen Klinsmann initially named a 21-player roster and then added forward Chris Wondolowski to the USA’s camp on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to bring the roster to 22 players. Heading into Friday’s game, the MNT is back down to 21 players as Julian Green traveled back to Hamburg because he is not fully 100 percent due to a rib injury.
  • Jozy Altidore captained the U.S. in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. He had previously earned that captaincy role before, during the USA’s dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Alejandro Bedoya played for Boston College before signing his first professional contract with Örebro in 2009.
  • Timmy Chandler started the season with a new Bundesliga club, moving from Nurnberg to his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Mix Diskerud is one start shy of reaching double digits for the Senior National Team. With 21 caps and three goals, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-3 record when Diskerud steps onto the field.
  • Joe Corona made the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Corona and Michael Orozco made their first appearances of 2014 in Prague. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Tim Ream earned his eighth cap in that game, and made his first appearance since the USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the table, appearing in all nine matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund when he entered as a sub in the 2-2 draw against Stuttgart on Sept. 24, and has since become a regular on the game-day roster. Gyau, who played the full 90 minutes during his MNT debut against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3, spent three semesters in the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Greg Garza made his senior MNT debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U-14 Boys’ National Team.
  • Bill Hamid has backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in the league.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has played five matches to start the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra becomes the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the Senior National Team. The 24-year-old was voted the NASL Player of the Month for September.
  • Several players from the 1-0 win against Czech Republic were called into duty for the U.S. U-23 MNT, which is holding a four-day camp in Brazil culminating in a match against the host U-23 team on Oct. 13 in Brasilia: Cody Cropper, Emerson Hyndman, Jordan Morris and Rubio Rubin.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Landon Donovan enters Friday’s game as the U.S. MNT’s all-time leader with 57 goals, 58 assists, 172 points and 12,813 minutes played. His 156 games rank second only to Cobi Jones (164 from 1992-2004). Donovan is also the U.S. MNT’s all-time leader with 12 appearances and five goals in the FIFA World Cup.
  • Jozy Altidore is sixth all-time on the U.S. MNT goal scoring list with 23 goals in 72 appearances. He is one goal behind fifth-place Joe-Max Moore, who had 24 goals in 100 games during his tenure from 1992-2002. Altidore is also tied for sixth all-time with Cobi Jones for career points (52).
  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando rank fifth and sixth, respectively, on the U.S. MNT’s all-time wins list. Guzan has 12 wins in 26 appearances while recording nine shutouts (ranked sixth all-time). Six clean sheets were earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the National Team (10-0-1).
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied for 21st on the all-time list with nine goals in 23 games, sharing that placing with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. Wondolowski is one goal behind 20th-place Eddie Lewis (10 goals from 1996-2008).
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (33-13-9) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

USA IN CONNECTICUT:

  • The USA is 7-3-1 all-time in Connecticut, including 3-1-0 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
  • The U.S. MNT’s last match in the state and at Rentschler Field was a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on July 16, 2013, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Second-half sub Brek Shea scored his first international goal off of a Landon Donovan assist the 82nd minute.
  • The USA’s other two victories at Rentschler Field included a 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Aug. 17, 2005, led by Brian McBride’s second-minute goal in World Cup Qualifying, and a 1-0 victory against Latvia on May 28, 2006, which featured McBride’s 30th international goal in the Send-Off Series before the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • The USA’s first match in Connecticut was a 1-0 victory against Poland on Aug. 12, 1973, at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in New Britain. Midfielder Al Trost, playing in his first game, scored his only National Team goal in that match.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Career shutouts by Brad Guzan
  • 17: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 21: Ecuador’s FIFA ranking
  • 23: Career goals by Jozy Altidore, sixth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 33: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 57: Career goals for Landon Donovan (U.S. MNT record)
  • 58: Career assists for Donovan (U.S. MNT record)
  • 156: Career caps for Donovan; second all-time behind Cobi Jones’ 164
  • 12,813: Career minutes for Donovan (U.S. MNT record)

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-13-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (33), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-2-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 3, 2014 – Generali Arena – Prague, Czech Republic – International Friendly

USA   1   Alejandro Bedoya 39
CZE   0

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Fellow World Cup Side Ecuador Presents Test for MNT

The U.S. Men’s National Team, in its early preparations for a new FIFA World Cup cycle, will face some stiff competition when it goes up against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Ecuador, ranked No. 25 in the world, was among the field at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team showed some flashes of brilliance, such as the Alexander Domínguez’s 13 saves to earn a scoreless draw against France or West Ham striker Enner Valencia carrying Ecuador’s offense throughout the tournament.

USA-Ecuador kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes. ESPN’s coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. ET.

IN FOCUS: ECUADOR
Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (Ecuadorian Football Federation)
Founded: 1925
FIFA affiliation: 1926
Head Coach: Sixto Vizuete (interim)
FIFA World Ranking: 21
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (Round of 16)

ECUADOR ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Máximo Banguera (Barcelona), Alexander Domínguez (LDU de Quito), Hamilton Piedra (Deportivo Cuenca)
DEFENDERS (8): Walter Ayoví (Pachuca), Luis Cangá (LDU de Quito), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Luis Fernando León (Independiente del Valle), Arturo Mina (Independiente del Valle), Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford), Mario Pineida (Independiente del Valle), Cristian Ramírez (Nuremberg)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal), Jonathan González ( Independiente del Valle), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse), Christian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Junior Sornoza (Independiente del Valle), Jonny Uchuari (LDU de Loja)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Cazares (Banfield), Cristian Penilla (Barcelona), Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake), Enner Valencia (West Ham)

Enner Valencia

ECUADOR ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sixto Vizuete is managing the team on an interim basis. He replaced Reinaldo Rueda, who was dismissed following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Ecuador could not advance past the group stage, posting a 1-1-1 record in Group E play.
  • Enner Valencia scored all three of Ecuador’s goals at this year’s FIFA World Cup, including a brace during a 2-1 victory against Honduras on June 20. Valencia scored the opening goal during Ecuador’s 2-1 loss to Switzerland on to open the group stage on June 15.
  • Goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez started in all three World Cup matches for Ecuador. He made eight saves during Ecuador’s 2-1 win on June 20 against Honduras and followed that up with a 13-save performance during a scoreless draw against France on June 25.
  • Ecuador was unable to advance out of Group E at the World Cup, finishing third with a 1-1-1 record. France (2-0-1) and Switzerland (2-1-0) moved to the knockout round.
  • Ecuador most recently played Brazil on Sept. 9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brazil, which advanced to the semifinals of this year’s World Cup, earned a 1-0 victory against Ecuador.

LAST TIME:
On the field against Ecuador:
Oct. 11, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, New Jersey – International Friendly

USA   0
ECU   1   Jaime Ayovi 79

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo (13-Jonathan Spector, 46), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Tim Ream, 72), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Kyle Beckerman; 7-Danny Williams (17-Edson Buddle, 65), 8-Maurice Edu (15-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brek Shea (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU: 1-Maximo Banguera; 2-Eduardo Morante, 3-Fricson Erazo, 18-Gabriel Achilier, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia (13-Cristian Suarez, 63), 8-Edison Mendez (19-Luis Saritama, 69), 14-Segundo Castillo, 9-Jefferson Montero (17-Jaime Ayovi, 60); 11-Christian Benitez (15-Jairo Campos, 90), 7-Michael Arroyo (4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 86)
Subs Not Used: 6-Michael Quiñonez, 12-Adrian Bone
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

MNT Midfielder Julian Green Returns to Hamburg due to Injury

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has elected to send midfielder Julian Green back to Hamburg to continue his recovery from a rib injury. 

Green trained with the team on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was determined that he was not 100 percent heading into Friday’s match against Ecuador (7 p.m. ET kickoff) in East Hartford, Connecticut. The USA roster now stands at 21 players. 

Approximately 33,000 tickets have been sold, with only 4,000 remaining for the game at Rentschler Field (TICKETS). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. ESPN’s coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

This will be Landon Donovan’s testimonial match. Donovan will wear the captain’s armband and make his 157th and final appearance with the National Team.

Donovan to Be Captain for Final USA Match

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan will wear the captain’s armband when the USA hosts Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. ESPN coverage will begin at 6:40 p.m. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer. (TICKETS)

Donovan is making his 157th and final appearance with the U.S. MNT. He first debuted for the National Team at 18 years old, scoring a goal and an assist during the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico on Oct. 25, 2000.

This will be the 19th time that Donovan will wear the captain’s armband. The USA is currently 11-3-4 when Donovan is the captain. He captained the U.S. earlier this year during the team’s 2-0 win against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), minutes played (12,813), FIFA World Cup appearances (12) and World Cup goals (5), and he is second in all-time appearances behind only Cobi Jones (164 games from 1992-2004).

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MNT vs. Honduras: Jozy Altidore Goal - Oct. 14, 2014

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U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan developed several good scoring chances during his 40 minutes of play and the USA drew Ecuador 1-1 in Donovan’s final international match in front of 36,115 fans at Rentschler Field.

#LegenD: Donovan's Final Bow

Landon Donovan exits the match for the final time for the U.S. Men's National Team.

MNT vs. Ecuador: Mix Diskerud Goal - Oct. 10, 2014

Mix Diskerud finished a sharp sequence started by great wide play from Landon Donovan to give the U.S. an early lead.

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Klinsmann's Compliments for Altidore

The U.S. Soccer world was thrilled to see Jozy Altidore back on the field for the Men’s National Team after returning from injury, and no one more so than head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. The MNT boss felt the on-field presence of the 24-year-old striker during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would have made a huge difference. Now with a fresh start in the new cycle, Altidore will be given greater responsibility, symbolized when Klinsmann handed him the captain’s armband for the 1-0 win against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. According to Klinsmann, with his contributions on and off the field, Altidore looked more than ready to answer that call.

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In this classic highlight, the U.S. MNT took on Ireland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin in the final match prior to the announcement of the 2002 World Cup roster. Despite a first-half goal from U.S. defender Eddie Pope and stellar play from U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, the USA fell 2-1.
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