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MNT Earns Hard-Fought 1-1 Draw against No.-12 Ranked Switzerland

ZURICH (March 31, 2015) – Defender Brek Shea’s first-half, free-kick goal helped steer the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against No.-12 ranked Switzerland at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich on Tuesday.

The U.S. had to play the final 20 minutes of the match with 10 men after forward Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute for protesting being called for a foul by head referee Luca Banti. Although, Valentin Stocker notched the equalizer for Switzerland in the 80th minute, the USA was able to repel Switzerland’s pressure to earn a result.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea, 45th minute:
After Alfredo Morales was fouled in the closing moments of the first half, the U.S. was set up for a free kick from 20 yards out. Both Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea stood behind the ball but it was Shea that took the kick and bent it perfectly over the wall and into the top right corner. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL)

SUI – Valentin Stocker, 80th minute: Following a short corner, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka played in a cross from the left side. A group of players went up for it and the ball bounced off Silvan Widner into the path of Stocker, who poked home a shot from four yards out. USA 1, SUI 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Milestone Watch:

  • The U.S. MNT now has an all-time record of 1-3-4 against Switzerland.
  • Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his international debut for the USA, entering as a second half sub for Nick Rimando in the 46th minute.
  • Brek Shea’s goal was his second of the year and fourth of his career.
  • Jozy Altidore earned his 80th cap against Switzerland. The red card was the first he has received in his career with the USMNT.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Additional Notes:

  • Michael Bradley recorded his second start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark.
  • Bradley is the only player to have played the full 90 in all four matches for the USMNT so far this year.
  • Danny Williams made his first start since Feb. 6, 2013, when he took the field against Honduras, and his first appearance since the U.S. played Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
  • With Shea’s goal, the USMNT has now scored in the first half of its last nine matches (the last time the team did not score a first-half goal was against Belgium in last summer’s World Cup). This is the fifth 1-0 lead the U.S. has taken into halftime over that stretch and the seventh lead overall.
  • The U.S. has not trailed at halftime of a match since playing Portugal at the 2014 World Cup when it went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
  • Jordan Morris came into the game in the 89th minute. Morris was called into the MNT squad on March 29 after playing with the Under-23 MNT against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 when he scored the opening goal in a 5-2 win.  
  • Brek Shea’s free-kick goal was the first direct free kick score for the U.S. since Jozy Altidore scored from a free kick on Aug. 14, 2013 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Attendance: 16,100
Weather: 48 degrees, cloudy 

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

USA – Brek Shea                                            45th minute
SUI – Valentin Stocker (Silvan Widner)        80

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks, 13-Brek Shea; 14-Danny Williams, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 76), 7-Alfredo Morales (5-Tim Ream, 89), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 89), 17-Jozy Altidore (sendoff, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Greg Garza, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 18-Rubio Rubin
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

SUI: 21-Roman Burki; 2-Stephan Lichsteiner (6-Silvan Widner, 46), 22-Fabian Schar, 5-Steve von Bergen, 3- Jacques Fracois Moubandje; 8-Gokhan Inler (capt.) (10-Granit Xhaka, 46), 16-Gelson Fernandes (9-Haris Seferovic, 72), 7-Fabian Frei (17-Pajtim Kasami, 46), 23-Xherdan Shaqiri; 19- Josip Drmic (15-Breel Embolo, 56), 18-Admir Mehmedi (14-Valentin Stocker, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yann Sonner, 4-Fabian Lustenberger, 11-Valon Behrani, 12-Marwin Hitz, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez, 20-Johan Djourou
Head coach: Vladimir Petkovic

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)             68th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (ejection)            68

Officials: 
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Brek Shea

GOAL: Brek Shea Smashes Home First Half Free Kick Versus Switzerland

Break Shea scored from a kick kick to give the U.S. a lead just before halftime. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.

Morris and Rubin Zig Zag to Zurich

As the U.S. Men’s, U-23 and U-20 National Teams near the end of their coinciding European camps, the continuity and unity between the three sides has played out in the movement of players this week.

With a desire to build more chemistry as the U.S. U-20 squad heads to New Zealand for this summer’s FIFA World Youth Championships, Utrecht forward Rubio Rubin was named to both that squad as well as Jurgen Klinsmann’s senior team last week.

Rubin began camp with the full National Team in Aarhus, coming on as a 67th-minute sub for Aron Johannsson in the team’s 3-2 defeat to Denmark. He then headed west to join Tab Ramos and the U-20s, captaining the side and playing 75 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to England at Home Park in Plymouth on Sunday.

Rubio Rubin
Striker Rubio Rubin has seen regular time in full USMNT camps, yet is still age-eligible for this summer's U-20 World Cup.

The 19-year-old then turned right around and rejoined the senior team Sunday night in Zurich ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.
Twice capped by the senior side, Rubin had a strong desire to be a part of both camps this week and he credited the plan Klinsmann and Ramos devised with helping him make an easy transition. 

“Jurgen managed it well with Tab,” he said. “I was happy to go in and play against England and coming back now to get ready for Switzerland, it’s kind of cool to do both things. I want to prepare myself for the U-20 World Cup – that’s big for me and for the team – but being with the senior team is important so we can develop chemistry as well.”

While the Beaverton, Oregon, product’s travel plans were set and discussed before the camp, those of fellow forward Jordan Morris altered unexpectedly Sunday. 

In camp with the U.S. U-23s, the Stanford striker scored the opening goal in the side’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. Expecting to prepare for the team’s second friendly versus Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Morris instead was summoned to Zurich to replace Johannsson, who was ruled out of the Switzerland match with an infection.

“It was a great experience in Bosnia,” Morris said from Zurich, where he arrived Sunday. “I think it’s good in gearing up toward the Olympics to get a core group of guys together. We had a great game there and continue to play well. That said, it’s an honor to get called up to the full team and something I dream about all the time. It’s tough leaving those guys [in Demark] because I want to play with them as well, but it’s such an honor to come here, continue to work hard and grow as a player.”

Like Rubin, Morris’s call isn’t the first for the Seattle, Washington product. He made headlines last September when he was invited to camp ahead of a friendly against the Czech Republic and became the first collegiate player to earn a senior team cap since Ante Razov in 1995, coming on as a substitute in last November’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.


College forward Jordan Morris is part of the U-23 MNT's plans for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers this fall as well as a potential long-term striker for the full MNT.

Having previously played with both the U-20 and U-23 sides, Morris said that having the teams on the same page creates continuity but also helps to set goals for players.

“When you’re on the U-20s or U-23s there’s always something to strive for,” Morris added. “That gives players something to work on, when they’re not in camp, they have stuff to work on to make that next jump to the full team. That unity is very special because it gives them that desire to grow as a player. That can be making the first team, getting into these camps and hopefully getting some playing time.”

aVentura Única para Alvarado y Yarbrough

Para dos jugadores de la Liga MX, los partidos amistosos de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos en Europa representan más que una oportunidad de preparación con la Selección.

Para el arquero del Club León, William Yarbrough y el defensa de América, Ventura Alvarado, estar con el la Selección representa un sentimiento de orgullo especial que ambos tienen planeado aprovechar al máximo.

Ésta es la primera experiencia con la selección mayor para los dos jugadores tras ser convocados por el director técnico Jurgen Klinsmann el 22 de marzo.

“Ha sido una experiencia increíble,” comentó Yarbrough acerca de esta oportunidad.  “Cada día que pasa voy conociendo mejor y mejor al cuerpo técnico y a los jugadores. Voy aprendiendo mucho cada día.”

Por su parte, Alvarado considera este momento uno muy especial que le está permitiendo continuar con su carrera y con una motivación inesperada.  

“Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí,” dijo Alvarado. "Es un orgullo representar a Estados Unidos y estoy contento, y más que nada motivado, para seguir trabajando y seguir ganado más minutos. Es un orgullo grande representar a este país. Es donde crecí y estoy motivado a seguir creciendo en mi carrera de fútbol.”

A pesar de ser dos nuevos miembros en la Selección Nacional, Yarbrough y Alvarado consideran que el proceso de adaptación ha sido fácil, principalmente por el hecho de tener a otros jugadores de Liga MX en el grupo, los cuales incluyen a los defensas Michael Orozco de Puebla y a Greg Garza de Club Tijuana.

William Yarbrough

“Estar compartiendo esta convocatoria con jugadores mexicanos ayuda en el sentido de la confianza,” dijo Yarbrough.  “Llegar y conocer a dos o tres jugadores, ayuda a integrarte más rápido al grupo. Eso es lo más importante cuando llegas a un grupo nuevo-  la integración, la adaptación. Eso ha ayudado bastante.”

“Toda la experiencia que ellos tienen me ayuda bastante a familiarizarme con ellos y es bastante bueno tener a jugadores de México aquí,” añadió Alvarado.

Mientras que Alvarado ya experimentó un poco de acción al entrar como suplente en el minuto 80 en el partido contra Dinamarca el 25 de marzo, Yarbrough aún espera el momento en que Klinsmann lo llame a comandar la portería. Por el momento, ambos continúan trabajando duro y reconociendo esta oportunidad como una muy especial en sus carreras como jugadores y junto a sus familias.

“Es un honor y un privilegio formar parte de la Selección de Estados Unidos,” dijo Yarbrough acerca de su convocatoria. “Mis padres son de Estados Unidos y ellos llegaron a México como misioneros hace 30 años y es la razón por la que yo nací en Aguascalientes. Yo a cada rato voy de vacaciones a Estados Unidos porque ahí se encuentra toda mi familia, así que cuando recibí la convocatoria fue un verdadero privilegio y honor.”

“Mis papas fueron a comprar sus playeras de Estados Unidos y fue un momento muy alegre,” contó Alvarado acerca del momento en que fue convocado.  “Me motivó verlos de que me apoyan también con Estados Unidos y verlos muy felices.”

MNT Continues Tough Gold Cup Prep against Switzerland

After a tough loss in Denmark, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against Switzerland in Zurich, for the second leg of its European training. Kickoff at Stadion Letzigrund is set for Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp

The Americans are coming off a 3-2 loss to Denmark on March 25 after Niklas Bendter completed a hat trick with a game-winning goal in stoppage time. Switzerland, ranked No. 12 in the world, was one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will provide another test for the U.S. MNT in a year of challenging matches, which include facing CONCACAF rival Mexico on April 15, meeting No. 5-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 5, and a matchup against 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne on June 10.

Klinsmann has 22 players in Zurich, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster. U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain in training on Monday, March 23 and was ruled out for both matches. Fellow striker Aron Johannsson is undergoing treatment for a toe infection and will also be out against Switzerland. Klinsmann added U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris to the roster on March 29.

Tuesday’s game marks just the second time in the last 20 years the USA has met Switzerland. In their previous meeting on Oct. 17, 2007, Michael Bradley scored the only goal of the match – his first international tally – to give the USA the 1-0 shutout victory in Basel. Overall, the U.S. is 1-3-3 all-time against Switzerland, and unbeaten in its last three. 

In the meantime, the Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 5-2 on March 27 in Tuzla, earning Andi Herzog a win in his first game as head coach, as the team continues preparations for Olympic qualifying this October. The U-23s kick off the second match of their European training camp against Denmark tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow @ussoccer_ynt for updates on the U-23s and all U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams.

USA VS. SWITZERLAND:

  • The United States is 1-3-3 all-time against Switzerland and undefeated in the last three matches between the two teams. In seven games, the pair has combined to score 13 goals, with five coming from the U.S. and the other eight from the Swiss.
  • The most recent encounter between the two was the USA’s 1-0 victory on Oct. 17, 2007, at St. Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland. On a rainy night, Michael Bradley broke a scoreless tie in the 86th minute to give the U.S. its first win against the Swiss.
  • The U.S. and Switzerland met twice in 1994. In January, they played to a 1-1 draw in Fullerton, California in a World Cup warm-up. They faced off again in June at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where they again drew 1-1 in front of 77,000 fans in the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.
  • U.S. defender John Brooks and Switzerland’s Fabian Lustenberger and Valentin Stocker all play for Bundesliga club team Hertha Berlin. Midfielder Julian Green is teammates with Johan Djourou and Valon Behrami at Hamburg. Defender Timmy Chandler plays with Haris Seferovic at Frankfurt, while midfielder Fabian Johnson is teammates with Switzerland’s Yann Zommer and Granit Xhaka at Borussia Monchengladbach. 

U.S. Men’s National Team by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club León)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Two firsts occurred for the USA in its last game against Denmark: defender Timmy Chandler earned his first point with the MNT with an assist on Jozy Altidore’s goal, and Ventura Alvarado earned his first international cap for the U.S. when he entered in the 80th minute, replacing fellow Liga MX defender Michael Orozco.
  • A total of nine players in the squad were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including two goalscorers (John Brooks and Julian Green).
  • Michael Bradley was the only player who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Bradley is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 94, and is in line to reach the century mark soon.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States.
  • Altidore has two goals in three matches to start 2015 for the MNT, while Bradley and Brek Shea are the other goal scorers on the roster. At the club level, Altidore netted a pair of goals in his debut match for Toronto FC to start the 2015 MLS season.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando boasts an impressive 11-2-2 career record with four shutouts. He got his first start and appearance on European soil in the match against Denmark.
  • Greg Garza played in the last five games of 2014 and started three following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.
  • Danny Williams has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he appeared against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin, who earned his first MNT cap and start on Nov. 14, 2014, against No. 3-ranked Colombia, spent the weekend with the U-20 MNT and captained the team in its friendly against England on March 29. At 19 years old, Rubin is age-eligible for this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • William Yarbrough was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. This is Yarbrough’s first call up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Jozy Altidore is fifth on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 27 goals, adding two in three games so far this year. Altidore is now three goals behind fourth-place Brian McBride (30 goals from 1993-2006).
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 94 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list, one appearance behind McBride.
  • Bradley ranks 13th on the all-time goals scored list with 13 goals, and is tied with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez.
  • Nick Rimando ranks fifth on the all-time wins list with 11. The Real Salt Lake man is 11-2-2 all-time with the USA.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (34-17-11) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:
2                Players on the U.S. MNT seeking their first international cap
4                Players on the U.S. MNT roster playing in Mexico’s Liga MX
12              Switzerland’s current FIFA ranking
27              Career goals by Altidore, which is fifth on the USA’s all-time scoring list
32              USA’s current FIFA ranking
34              Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann 

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

2-3 L

Shea, Altidore

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

2-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

2-3 L

Altidore, Johannsson

NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 10

Germany

2:45 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

July 7

Honduras

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

July 10

Haiti

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

July 13

Panama

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th head 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 34-17-11 record, third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include: Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (34), 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 17-0-3 in its past 20 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 2-3-2 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
    • 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 Germany’s 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 1981-98 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.

IN FOCUS: SWITZERLAND
Swiss Football Association (Schweizer Nati)
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1904
Head Coach: Vladimir Petković
FIFA World Ranking: 12
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 1934, 1938, 1954 

SWITZERLAND ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Roman Burki (SC Freiburg), Yann Sommer (VfL Broussia Monchengladbach), Marvin Hitz (FC Augsburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Stephen Lichsteiner (Juventus), Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha BSC Berlin), Jacques Fracois Moubandje (Toulouse FC), Ricardo Rodriguez (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Schar (FC Basel), Steve Von Bergen (FC Zurich), Silvan Widmer (Udinese Calcio),
MIDFIELDERS (9): Valon Behrami (Hamburger SV), Blerim Dzemaili (Galatasary SK), Gelson Fernandes (Stade Rennais FC), Fabian Frei (FC Basel 1893), Gokahn Inler (SSC Napoli), Kasami Pajtim (Olympiacos FC), Xheridan Shaqiri (Inter Milan), Valentin Stocker (Herta VSC Berlin), Granit Xhaka (VfL Borussia Monchengladbach
FORWARDS (3): Josip Drmic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg), 

SWITZERLAND ROSTER NOTES:

  • Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic has coached six games for the Swiss and has gone 3-1-2 in that span.
  • Switzerland qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from UEFA by winning its group. In the group stage in Brazil, the Swiss went 2-0-1 and advanced to the Round of 16, where they lost to eventual World Cup runner up Argentina, conceding a goal in the match’s 118th minute.
  • Sixteen players from its 2014 FIFA World Cup roster appear on this roster.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri recorded three assists in Switzerland’s game against Estonia last week. He has recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists in Switzerland’s last four matches, in which the team has gone an unbeaten 3-0-1.
  • Of this Swiss roster, Shaqiri is the leading goalscorer with 15 tallies in 42 games played. Gokhan Inler is the team’s international cap-leader with 81.
  • All but one player, goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, have earned at least one cap.
  • Silvan Widmer is the youngest player on the roster at 21 years old.

LAST TIME:

On the field for the USA against Switzerland:
Oct. 17, 2007 – St. Jakob Park; Basel, Switzerland – International Friendly 

USA                1          Michael Bradley 86
SUI                 0          

Lineups: 
USA: 24-Marcus Hahnemann (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo, 22-Oguchi Onyewu (2-Dan Califf, 46), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 7-Eddie Lewis (9-Danny Szetela, 84); 5-Benny Feilhaber, 13-Maurice Edu, 4-Michael Bradley,17-DaMarcus Beasley (11-Heath Pearce, 31); 20-Taylor Twellman (25-Freddy Adu, 77), 8-Clint Dempsey (29-Robbie Findley, 90) 
Subs not used: 23-Jay DeMerit 
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
 

SUI: 1-Pascal Zuberbühler; 2-Johan Djourou (25-Steve Von Bergen, 17), 3-Ludovic Magnin (Capt.), 5-Xavier Margairaz (22-Hakan Yakin, 46); 11-Marco Streller (31-Blaise Nkufo, 46), 13-Stephane Grichting, 14-David Degen, 16-Tranquillo Barnetta (17-Christoph Spycher, 75), 27-Gokhan Inler, 29-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 35-Fabio Celestini (33-Gelson Fernandes, 46) 
Subs not used: 12-Diego Benaglio, 37-Germano Vailati 
Head Coach: Jakob Kuhn
 

Short, Short, Long: MNT Friendlies in Europe Serve Dual Purpose

The U.S. MNT's friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in Europe have provided head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the squad an opportunity to try out some new faces alongside the team's core group in the short term. In the long-term, this international window has helped broaden the pool of players who can help the USA win this summer's important edition of the Gold Cup.

Gallery: From Aarhus to Zurich, USMNT's European Training Camp

Ahead of its next match, the U.S. MNT has traveled and trained across Europe from Aarhus, Denmark to its base camp in Zurich, Switzerland. The USA faces Switzerland on March 31 at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. Fans can also get all the latest on the U.S. MNT on social media. 

              

A New Adventure

For young defender Ventura Alvarado, getting the call as a regular starter at Liga MX powerhouse Club América was significant. Yet, it was the call he wasn’t expecting that was even bigger.

“I was surprised,” Alvarado said about the call he recently received from U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “I was about to go to Phoenix for a vacation and an assistant let me know that a call from the U.S. National Team might be coming Ten minutes later coach Klinsmann called me and I was just surprised!”

Phoenix was where it all started for Alvarado 22 years ago. Born to Mexican parents in the United States, the maturing center back is eligible to represent both the U.S. and Mexico on the international soccer stage. For the moment, he is a U.S. player, and his parents, who had initially thought Mexico might be the better place for him, have enjoyed seeing him in the U.S. jersey.

“My family was really excited when I got called up for the U.S. National Team,” he said. “They were happy when I started playing for Club América, and now they’re really happy. They sent me a picture of my nieces and they were holding a newspaper that said ‘Ventura Alvarado goes to the U.S. National Team,’ and they are all smiling. They’re just partying over there right now. They’re so happy, and just hearing them makes me really happy too.”

Ventura Alvarado
USMNT Defender Ventura Alvarado makes his international debut against Denmark in the rain of Aarhus.

While still one of the team’s newer players, Alvarado was glad to come in and see some familiar faces like Michael Orozco and Greg Garza, his opponents in Liga MX, who are now his U.S. teammates.

“Guys like Michael Orozco, he has more experience than me. He’s been here a lot of years, and Greg Garza, he has a lot of experience too and has been playing very well in Tijuana. Everything they say to me, it just gives me confidence,” Alvarado said. “It’s nice to have them because we have so much in common, players they know, clubs and coaches. They are my friends. It helps me out a lot.”

Flash forward to last week in Aarhus, Denamrk. Michael Orozco had to come out of the USA’s international friendly against the Danes with a knee injury, handing Alvarado his chance to get on the pitch.

“Earning my first cap, it was an incredible experience,” Alvarado said. “They said, ‘you’re going in,’ and I was just excited!”

Making his first appearance for the USA may be just the first step in Alvarado’s international career. The athletic defender hopes to work his way up to one day to play on soccer’s biggest stage, and so far he’s relishing the opportunity he’s been given with the U.S MNT.

“I hope to work and little by little start getting more minutes, getting more games,” he said. “Little by little, work my way towards being a starter and being known and getting the confidence up of the fans and the coaches and everybody. My ultimate goal is to go to the World Cup. It’s a dream for every player.”

American Opportunity

Thirty years ago, Lee Yarbrough and Stacy Story moved from the United States to Mexico and they never left. William Yarbrough was born in Mexico four years later and brought up there. Two weeks ago, his family history collided with his personal past when he received his first ever call-up to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“My parents moved to Mexico as missionaries and they’ve been there ever since,” Yarbrough told ussoccer.com. “At an early age I knew what I wanted to do, which was play soccer.”

Yarbrough has played professionally in Liga MX since 2010, when he began his professional career with Pachuca before moving to his current club León in 2012. At León, Yarbrough has backstopped the team to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. Beyond the club level, he knew he wanted to play international soccer, and as a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he always thought there might be a choice to make one day.

His performances with León caught the eye of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who sent scouts to Mexico City before sending the invitation. Ultimately, Klinsmann elected to call up the goalkeeper, and so far, he likes what he sees.

“William has a wonderful positive character,” Klinsmann said. “He’s highly motivated and wants to learn. Chris Woods, our goalkeeper coach, is full of compliments already so we are really glad to have him in camp.”

William Yarbrough
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough makes a save on the training pitch in his first camp with the USMNT.

At the moment, Yarbrough is just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to be in camp with the Men’s National Team.

“I like living day-by-day and doing my best every day,” Yarbrough said. “Right now, I’m just looking to give coach Klinsmann and the rest of the teammates a good impression of myself. I want them to know that I’m a person who’s going to give everything on and off the field, who truly shows passion and a commitment to the meaning of representing the United States.”

It certainly helps to have familiar faces on board, and with fellow Liga MX members Ventura Alvarado, Greg Garza, and Michael Orozco also in Zurich, Yarbrough has been able to draw on their experience as he gets adjusted to the new environment.

“It’s been great to talk to those guys that I’ve played with and against in Mexico, and they’ve all been hugely helpful to me, as have the rest of the guys.” Yarbrough said. “My experience with this first call-up has been great. I’ve learned a lot of things. Everyone helps you adapt in a very quick way. Coach Klinsmann has been very helpful with that, too.”

Yabrough has always been a follower of soccer in the United States, but his first real moment of pride in the colors of the National Team came as a 10-year-old watching the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“When the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup in a penalty shootout, I was pretty young,” Yarbrough recalled. “I was up in Montana when that happened, and just seeing the reaction of so many people to a sport that was just growing in the United States was something that caught my attention in a big way.”

His first time with the group has already been a thrill while the prospect of earning his first cap looms as a huge reward for the work he’s put in for so long.

“It’s just an honor,” Yarbrough said. “It’s a privilege to be representing the United States, and I’m trying to take advantage of this opportunity because I don’t want it to be just one time. I want there to be many to come. I think what’s helped is the way the rest of the team helps you feel like you’ve been a part of this group for a really long time.”

Aron Johannsson Unavailable for USA-Switzerland; Jordan Morris Added to MNT Roster

CHICAGO (March 29, 2015) — U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson has been sidelined while undergoing treatment for an infection and will not be ready in time for the match against Switzerland. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris to the roster. Morris joins the Senior Team after scoring the opening goal in the U-23 MNT’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. 

The United States will face Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich at 12 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). 

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

Morris and Rubin Zig Zag to Zurich

As the U.S. Men’s, U-23 and U-20 National Teams near the end of their coinciding European camps, the continuity and unity between the three sides has played out in the movement of players this week.

With a desire to build more chemistry as the U.S. U-20 squad heads to New Zealand for this summer’s FIFA World Youth Championships, Utrecht forward Rubio Rubin was named to both that squad as well as Jurgen Klinsmann’s senior team last week.

Rubin began camp with the full National Team in Aarhus, coming on as a 67th-minute sub for Aron Johannsson in the team’s 3-2 defeat to Denmark. He then headed west to join Tab Ramos and the U-20s, captaining the side and playing 75 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to England at Home Park in Plymouth on Sunday.

Rubio Rubin
Striker Rubio Rubin has seen regular time in full USMNT camps, yet is still age-eligible for this summer's U-20 World Cup.

The 19-year-old then turned right around and rejoined the senior team Sunday night in Zurich ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.
Twice capped by the senior side, Rubin had a strong desire to be a part of both camps this week and he credited the plan Klinsmann and Ramos devised with helping him make an easy transition. 

“Jurgen managed it well with Tab,” he said. “I was happy to go in and play against England and coming back now to get ready for Switzerland, it’s kind of cool to do both things. I want to prepare myself for the U-20 World Cup – that’s big for me and for the team – but being with the senior team is important so we can develop chemistry as well.”

While the Beaverton, Oregon, product’s travel plans were set and discussed before the camp, those of fellow forward Jordan Morris altered unexpectedly Sunday. 

In camp with the U.S. U-23s, the Stanford striker scored the opening goal in the side’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. Expecting to prepare for the team’s second friendly versus Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Morris instead was summoned to Zurich to replace Johannsson, who was ruled out of the Switzerland match with an infection.

“It was a great experience in Bosnia,” Morris said from Zurich, where he arrived Sunday. “I think it’s good in gearing up toward the Olympics to get a core group of guys together. We had a great game there and continue to play well. That said, it’s an honor to get called up to the full team and something I dream about all the time. It’s tough leaving those guys [in Demark] because I want to play with them as well, but it’s such an honor to come here, continue to work hard and grow as a player.”

Like Rubin, Morris’s call isn’t the first for the Seattle, Washington product. He made headlines last September when he was invited to camp ahead of a friendly against the Czech Republic and became the first collegiate player to earn a senior team cap since Ante Razov in 1995, coming on as a substitute in last November’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.


College forward Jordan Morris is part of the U-23 MNT's plans for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers this fall as well as a potential long-term striker for the full MNT.

Having previously played with both the U-20 and U-23 sides, Morris said that having the teams on the same page creates continuity but also helps to set goals for players.

“When you’re on the U-20s or U-23s there’s always something to strive for,” Morris added. “That gives players something to work on, when they’re not in camp, they have stuff to work on to make that next jump to the full team. That unity is very special because it gives them that desire to grow as a player. That can be making the first team, getting into these camps and hopefully getting some playing time.”

aVentura Única para Alvarado y Yarbrough

Para dos jugadores de la Liga MX, los partidos amistosos de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos en Europa representan más que una oportunidad de preparación con la Selección.

Para el arquero del Club León, William Yarbrough y el defensa de América, Ventura Alvarado, estar con el la Selección representa un sentimiento de orgullo especial que ambos tienen planeado aprovechar al máximo.

Ésta es la primera experiencia con la selección mayor para los dos jugadores tras ser convocados por el director técnico Jurgen Klinsmann el 22 de marzo.

“Ha sido una experiencia increíble,” comentó Yarbrough acerca de esta oportunidad.  “Cada día que pasa voy conociendo mejor y mejor al cuerpo técnico y a los jugadores. Voy aprendiendo mucho cada día.”

Por su parte, Alvarado considera este momento uno muy especial que le está permitiendo continuar con su carrera y con una motivación inesperada.  

“Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí,” dijo Alvarado. "Es un orgullo representar a Estados Unidos y estoy contento, y más que nada motivado, para seguir trabajando y seguir ganado más minutos. Es un orgullo grande representar a este país. Es donde crecí y estoy motivado a seguir creciendo en mi carrera de fútbol.”

A pesar de ser dos nuevos miembros en la Selección Nacional, Yarbrough y Alvarado consideran que el proceso de adaptación ha sido fácil, principalmente por el hecho de tener a otros jugadores de Liga MX en el grupo, los cuales incluyen a los defensas Michael Orozco de Puebla y a Greg Garza de Club Tijuana.

William Yarbrough

“Estar compartiendo esta convocatoria con jugadores mexicanos ayuda en el sentido de la confianza,” dijo Yarbrough.  “Llegar y conocer a dos o tres jugadores, ayuda a integrarte más rápido al grupo. Eso es lo más importante cuando llegas a un grupo nuevo-  la integración, la adaptación. Eso ha ayudado bastante.”

“Toda la experiencia que ellos tienen me ayuda bastante a familiarizarme con ellos y es bastante bueno tener a jugadores de México aquí,” añadió Alvarado.

Mientras que Alvarado ya experimentó un poco de acción al entrar como suplente en el minuto 80 en el partido contra Dinamarca el 25 de marzo, Yarbrough aún espera el momento en que Klinsmann lo llame a comandar la portería. Por el momento, ambos continúan trabajando duro y reconociendo esta oportunidad como una muy especial en sus carreras como jugadores y junto a sus familias.

“Es un honor y un privilegio formar parte de la Selección de Estados Unidos,” dijo Yarbrough acerca de su convocatoria. “Mis padres son de Estados Unidos y ellos llegaron a México como misioneros hace 30 años y es la razón por la que yo nací en Aguascalientes. Yo a cada rato voy de vacaciones a Estados Unidos porque ahí se encuentra toda mi familia, así que cuando recibí la convocatoria fue un verdadero privilegio y honor.”

“Mis papas fueron a comprar sus playeras de Estados Unidos y fue un momento muy alegre,” contó Alvarado acerca del momento en que fue convocado.  “Me motivó verlos de que me apoyan también con Estados Unidos y verlos muy felices.”

Gallery: From Aarhus to Zurich, USMNT's European Training Camp

Ahead of its next match, the U.S. MNT has traveled and trained across Europe from Aarhus, Denmark to its base camp in Zurich, Switzerland. The USA faces Switzerland on March 31 at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. Fans can also get all the latest on the U.S. MNT on social media. 

              

A New Adventure

For young defender Ventura Alvarado, getting the call as a regular starter at Liga MX powerhouse Club América was significant. Yet, it was the call he wasn’t expecting that was even bigger.

“I was surprised,” Alvarado said about the call he recently received from U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “I was about to go to Phoenix for a vacation and an assistant let me know that a call from the U.S. National Team might be coming Ten minutes later coach Klinsmann called me and I was just surprised!”

Phoenix was where it all started for Alvarado 22 years ago. Born to Mexican parents in the United States, the maturing center back is eligible to represent both the U.S. and Mexico on the international soccer stage. For the moment, he is a U.S. player, and his parents, who had initially thought Mexico might be the better place for him, have enjoyed seeing him in the U.S. jersey.

“My family was really excited when I got called up for the U.S. National Team,” he said. “They were happy when I started playing for Club América, and now they’re really happy. They sent me a picture of my nieces and they were holding a newspaper that said ‘Ventura Alvarado goes to the U.S. National Team,’ and they are all smiling. They’re just partying over there right now. They’re so happy, and just hearing them makes me really happy too.”

Ventura Alvarado
USMNT Defender Ventura Alvarado makes his international debut against Denmark in the rain of Aarhus.

While still one of the team’s newer players, Alvarado was glad to come in and see some familiar faces like Michael Orozco and Greg Garza, his opponents in Liga MX, who are now his U.S. teammates.

“Guys like Michael Orozco, he has more experience than me. He’s been here a lot of years, and Greg Garza, he has a lot of experience too and has been playing very well in Tijuana. Everything they say to me, it just gives me confidence,” Alvarado said. “It’s nice to have them because we have so much in common, players they know, clubs and coaches. They are my friends. It helps me out a lot.”

Flash forward to last week in Aarhus, Denamrk. Michael Orozco had to come out of the USA’s international friendly against the Danes with a knee injury, handing Alvarado his chance to get on the pitch.

“Earning my first cap, it was an incredible experience,” Alvarado said. “They said, ‘you’re going in,’ and I was just excited!”

Making his first appearance for the USA may be just the first step in Alvarado’s international career. The athletic defender hopes to work his way up to one day to play on soccer’s biggest stage, and so far he’s relishing the opportunity he’s been given with the U.S MNT.

“I hope to work and little by little start getting more minutes, getting more games,” he said. “Little by little, work my way towards being a starter and being known and getting the confidence up of the fans and the coaches and everybody. My ultimate goal is to go to the World Cup. It’s a dream for every player.”

American Opportunity

Thirty years ago, Lee Yarbrough and Stacy Story moved from the United States to Mexico and they never left. William Yarbrough was born in Mexico four years later and brought up there. Two weeks ago, his family history collided with his personal past when he received his first ever call-up to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team.

“My parents moved to Mexico as missionaries and they’ve been there ever since,” Yarbrough told ussoccer.com. “At an early age I knew what I wanted to do, which was play soccer.”

Yarbrough has played professionally in Liga MX since 2010, when he began his professional career with Pachuca before moving to his current club León in 2012. At León, Yarbrough has backstopped the team to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. Beyond the club level, he knew he wanted to play international soccer, and as a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he always thought there might be a choice to make one day.

His performances with León caught the eye of U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who sent scouts to Mexico City before sending the invitation. Ultimately, Klinsmann elected to call up the goalkeeper, and so far, he likes what he sees.

“William has a wonderful positive character,” Klinsmann said. “He’s highly motivated and wants to learn. Chris Woods, our goalkeeper coach, is full of compliments already so we are really glad to have him in camp.”

William Yarbrough
Goalkeeper William Yarbrough makes a save on the training pitch in his first camp with the USMNT.

At the moment, Yarbrough is just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to be in camp with the Men’s National Team.

“I like living day-by-day and doing my best every day,” Yarbrough said. “Right now, I’m just looking to give coach Klinsmann and the rest of the teammates a good impression of myself. I want them to know that I’m a person who’s going to give everything on and off the field, who truly shows passion and a commitment to the meaning of representing the United States.”

It certainly helps to have familiar faces on board, and with fellow Liga MX members Ventura Alvarado, Greg Garza, and Michael Orozco also in Zurich, Yarbrough has been able to draw on their experience as he gets adjusted to the new environment.

“It’s been great to talk to those guys that I’ve played with and against in Mexico, and they’ve all been hugely helpful to me, as have the rest of the guys.” Yarbrough said. “My experience with this first call-up has been great. I’ve learned a lot of things. Everyone helps you adapt in a very quick way. Coach Klinsmann has been very helpful with that, too.”

Yabrough has always been a follower of soccer in the United States, but his first real moment of pride in the colors of the National Team came as a 10-year-old watching the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“When the U.S. Women’s National Team won the World Cup in a penalty shootout, I was pretty young,” Yarbrough recalled. “I was up in Montana when that happened, and just seeing the reaction of so many people to a sport that was just growing in the United States was something that caught my attention in a big way.”

His first time with the group has already been a thrill while the prospect of earning his first cap looms as a huge reward for the work he’s put in for so long.

“It’s just an honor,” Yarbrough said. “It’s a privilege to be representing the United States, and I’m trying to take advantage of this opportunity because I don’t want it to be just one time. I want there to be many to come. I think what’s helped is the way the rest of the team helps you feel like you’ve been a part of this group for a really long time.”

Q&A: Klinsmann Plans for Switzerland and Discusses MNT Player Pool

ussoccer.com: You had a chance to review the game against Denmark. What were your impressions on the second look?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “It’s frustrating because you put so much work into it. We don’t want to lose. We want to win, but these are also important experiences. We want to make progress in managing the game and taking the game to the opponent and winning away from home and not being in our comfort zone. We were out of our comfort zone [in Denmark], and were pretty much in the game until the last couple of minutes before the end. After Michael’s beautiful pass and Aron’s goal, we looked in control. We controlled the next 10-15 minutes completely, but then with the equalizer, it became a little bit shaky. Still, we had a good opportunity with John Brooks to level the game. At the World Cup he put it in the net, this time he put it just a little bit wide.”

ussoccer.com: What does it mean in a game like that, where we don’t necessarily have more possession, but are still playing well?

JK: “I think it’s an interesting learning curve for us playing a team like Denmark, which is known for having a high amount of possession. They’re really good without necessarily putting too much pressure in the final third. They want to move the ball around. They make it hard for you to get the ball back, and then they are pretty smart to quickly regain the ball because that’s what they’ve done for years under Morten Olsen, who’s one of the longest serving national team managers in the world. So for us, the challenge was how do you manage the game once we get the ball? Here and there we did really well, and here and there we gave the ball away too early.

ussoccer.com: So you planned for the fact that Denmark would have a lot of the possession?

JK: “We knew that Denmark with its style would kind of move us into a style where we would try to get them in transition, because that’s where they’re vulnerable; that’s where they leave space behind its fullbacks. We needed to get a way to find those spaces and feed into our strikers. We prepared that tactical approach, and for most of the time it was good.”

ussoccer.com: With the issue of the late goals, how do you correct that?

JK: “Part of the transition is developing chemistry and gaining experience, and over time this will happen. You build that strength to grind it out, and for younger players they learn the little things you need to do in order to finish off a game. To be up 2-1 on the road to Denmark said a lot, and even if we came away with a tie it would have been an accomplishment. But when you lose the game at the end like this, it’s a disappointment for everyone. So that’s the process that we’ve got to go through. We’ve got to grind through it and also build chemistry. Still, we are not satisfied not getting a result.

ussoccer.com: Three of the four starters on the back line were 24 years old and under. Are you trying to give those guys an opportunity to grow?

JK: “Right now, these games are to see if players can break into the inner circle and into the starting lineup. Are they consistent? That’s why we want to have players showing us where they are at, a couple of months away from the Gold Cup, when we have to make the decisions. At times, it looked good. At times, they looked composed; they looked confident, they stayed calm on the ball and they combined well into midfield. However, at the end of the day when you have a couple of individual mistakes against an experienced team like Denmark, you pay the price for it, and we did, even if we could have equalized the game still in the last minute.”

Teammates Last Week, Opponents Today

When the U.S. MNT and Denmark face off on Wednesday, it will be a matchup of a USA squad coming off a 2-0 win against Panama in February, and a Danish team that leads its 2016 European Cup qualification group.

It will also be a collision of club teammates. DeAndre Yedlin and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen both play for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur; Aron Johannsson is teammates with defender Simon Busk Pouslen at AZ Alkmaar; and Alejandro Bedoya and Kian Hansen play together at Nantes.

For the players, bragging rights are on the line.

 “It’s definitely a lot of mind games.” Bedoya said of playing against his Nantes teammate Hansen. “We’ve been talking since before we came here about who the better team is. It’s fun getting to play against a teammate of yours. He’s a good guy. I hang around with him a lot on the field, but as we all know, once the game starts and the whistle blows, we’re enemies. We’re all going to try and do whatever it takes to win. Denmark’s a good team.”

Yedlin also spoke highly of his Spurs teammate and (temporary) opponent.

“He’s (Eriksen) a great player and I’ve learned a lot from getting to play alongside him.” Yedlin said. He also added however, that he’d love to be able to go home and have a USA win of which to remind Eriksen when they’re training in Tottenham.

Johansson echoed similar words for his teammate Pouslen, whom he called one of the best. 

“It’s always great going up against a teammate. Hopefully we’ll walk away with the win.” 

North Star: Miguel Ibarra's Journey to the USMNT

When Minnesota United FC midfielder Miguel Ibarra received his first U.S. Men’s National Team call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann last fall, it turned some heads, including his own.

“I was caught off-guard. I didn't know if it was a prank or not,” he told media last October.

Given history, the reaction is understandable.

Selected late in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers, Ibarra was cut before the season began, only to be picked up later by Minnesota in the North American Soccer League.

Though his Portland turn served an early blow, United head coach Manny Lagos showed faith in his abilities early during his tenure with the club. The Lancaster, California product repaid it in droves, going on to amass 14 goals and 13 assists in 81 appearances during his first three seasons in the Twin Cities.

Of those, his four goals and an assist last September won him the league’s Player of the Month award and was likely determining factor when Klinsmann named him to the U.S. squad for friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras the following month.

Miguel Ibarra training
Miguel Ibarra prepares a running volley while in training with the MNT in Zurich, Switzerland.

“While it was surprising, the call-up was well-earned,” Lagos told ussoccer.com. “There was a lot of pride from this organization, a lot of pride that he deserved this because he’s a good guy, a good person and he worked so hard.”

Preparing to enter U.S. camp, Ibarra leaned on Lagos, who had his own run with the U.S. team leading up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, for advice.

“Since the first time I went to Minnesota, Manny’s given me confidence,” Ibarra said. “He knew I could play. He’s always telling me do what I do best. When I got called up he said, ‘just do what you do in Minnesota, you’ll be fine.’ Him giving me confidence and telling me to take advice from players, listen to Jurgen - I’ve taken every piece that he’s given me.”

With the summons, Ibarra became the first U.S. second division player to earn a look with the MNT since Clyde Simms, then with the Richmond Kickers, took part in two camps and earned a single cap in a friendly with England in May 2005.

Like Simms that day in Chicago, Ibarra made a stoppage time cameo in the USA’s 1-1 draw with Honduras last October 14 in Boca Raton. Having achieved his first cap before ever playing in the American top-flight, Ibarra returned to Minnesota where he was named to his second straight NASL Best XI and also won the league’s Golden Ball as Most Valuable Player.

While Simms did utilize his U.S. soiree to earn an MLS contract with D.C. United, the appearance against England was the end of his international career. Conversely, the 24-year-old Ibarra was called into his fourth-straight National Team camp on Sunday after earning his first start in the team’s 2-0 victory against Panama last month.

Miguel Ibarra vs. Panama
Miguel Ibarra takes on Panama's Leonel Parris in the USA's 2-0 win at StubHub Center on Feb. 8, 2015.

“He has a lot of cards in his pockets,” Klinsmann told reporters in the lead-up to that match. “He's an endless runner, he can tie up [defenders], he's technically very gifted, he has a great vision, he sees through people to play the killer balls, he's not afraid in front of the goal to finish things himself. There's a huge amount of talent there, and while he's in the middle of that process, he's developing a personality.”

As Ibarra has adjusted to being a big fish in the smaller NASL pond, Lagos said he’s handled the extra attention and responsibility that comes with it like a true pro.

“You try to get them to be able to look short-term and long-term and stay focused on what a soccer career is. It’s both National Team and club, and both are going really well for Miguel right now. He’s had to absorb new stresses from an expectation standpoint and from a leadership standpoint, and he’s done very well.”

“It’s important for him to stay focused to always try to get better. There are times when you get accolades and you can become complacent. The biggest thing for him is to use these call ups and the growth of our team to continue to get better.”

While the new-found attention brought with it offseason rumors that Ibarra may be off to an MLS club this season, nothing came of it. Instead, he’ll kick off his fourth season with Minnesota United once he returns from the pair of friendlies in Europe this week.

Ibarra remains under contract with the NASL side through the 2016 season and Lagos acknowledges that having a U.S. international player on his roster is special. But if Ibarra continues to earn calls from Klinsmann, it may be difficult to keep him from an MLS debut.

“It’s an exciting time for him and for our club,” Lagos said. “The reality is, this is how a lot of players in different leagues get noticed by working really hard and doing well. Ultimately for us as a club, and along with Miguel, we’re going to be open and honest and try to navigate the growth of soccer with the umbrella of the global game in mind and hopefully whatever transpires in the future, it’s a win-win for the club and player.” 

Q&A: Michael Bradley "Everybody Realizes What a Big Year It Is"

Michael Bradley is the most experienced player on the roster going into Wednesday’s game in Aarhus, and along with Jozy Altidore played with the U.S. MNT the last time it matched up with Denmark in 2009. He discusses the importance of this camp as the team builds toward the Gold Cup this summer.

ussoccer.com: Where does this camp fit in the building process towards the Gold Cup this summer?

Michael Bradley: I think it’s a good opportunity for us to have more of our full group together. Obviously January camp was a good period for the MLS-based players, and I think the work that got put in, certainly the two games, were really helpful for us as we got going into our seasons and as we started to build into an important year with the National Team. I think the opportunity to have 10 days together in Europe, with two more good games, means that process can continue. It’s an exciting time because I think everybody realizes what a big year it is.

ussoccer.com: It’s a quick turnaround from arrival to the first game in Denmark. What are the things players need to do mentally and physically to be ready?

MB: It’s getting here and getting yourself settled as quickly as possible. Getting good rest, making sure you’re doing the right things off of the field in terms of treatment, eating, drinking and obviously using the few training sessions we have to make sure that the group is ready to go.

ussoccer.com: Denmark is an opponent that many people in the U.S. may not understand as a very competitive team. What does Denmark bring to the table?

MB: It’s a very, very good team. Maybe not the biggest name in Europe, but a team that has big players who play at really good clubs across Europe. It’s a team that on their day has always been able to not only play with, but also beat some of the best teams. So I think for us it’s a great test. Going to play in Denmark certainly will make it even more difficult and like I said, it’s an exciting game for us.

ussoccer.com: The U.S. has several big friendlies in Europe before the Gold Cup this summer. Are there different things to be gained playing in Europe as opposed to at home?

MB: Absolutely. I think the experiences gained playing in these types of games in Europe are really important ones. I can remember for myself as a young player, as a guy trying to find my way in the National Team, that these friendlies at the beginning of a cycle where you’re playing against good teams in their home stadiums and their country, I think they provide big tests. And I think the guys that are able to use them in the right way, push themselves, and know that every play isn’t going to be perfect, every game isn’t going to be perfect, but kind of understand that you need to have a strong mentality and a commitment to keep going, they are able to really us these as helpful games along the way. It means that a few years down the line when we get to a Confederations Cup, when we get to a World Cup, and that spotlight comes on even brighter, we have a group of guys that are used to playing in these types of games. You have a group of guys that are battle-hardened in a way. These are important steps.

Michael Bradley is tracked by SUI Gokhan Inler and Hakan Yakin during a 1-0 U.S. win in Basel in 2007
A young Michael Bradley evades Switzerland's Gokhan Inler (left) and Hakan Yakin (right) during a 1-0 U.S. win in Basel in 2007.

ussoccer.com: After a post-World Cup period where there has been a lot of transition going on and results weren’t exactly what you were looking for, does it add importance to these games?

MB: You always want to win. We step on the field every time to get a result, to play well and push ourselves to improve and to ultimately win the game. Obviously depending on the timing of a game, depending on where you are in a cycle, there can be a little more or less emphasis placed on some of those things. For us this is a period where now some new guys have been brought in, some new guys have been given opportunities and shown confidence to play and play big roles, and we have to understand that we have to be patient with that. Obviously it’s up to the older players, the leaders, the coaches, to make sure the right balance is found, to make sure that we are holding everybody to as high a standard as we normally do, and to make sure that the level doesn’t drop. We have to make sure that we’re still coming away with the results that we need, but there also has to be an understanding this is still a part of it and the biggest games are still to come.

Aron Johannsson: Going back to Aarhus

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Aron Johannsson when the USA takes the field against Denmark. The 2014 FIFA World Cup veteran spent four years (2010-2013) with Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus, which plays its home matches at NRGi Park, the site of Wednesday’s match. The forward said that playing there was instrumental in his development as a soccer player. 

“That was my first club as a professional soccer player and it had a huge influence on my career. Maybe if I hadn’t gone there, who would know where I would be today?” 

In 65 games with AGF, Johannsson scored 23 goals, and in 2011 he played a big part in the team’s promotion to the Danish Superliga. The 24-year old views this as a return to his roots and is excited to take the field in a familiar setting, and share the city and the experience with his teammates. 

“For me personally it’s a really nice city. I hope [my teammates] are going to enjoy it. Obviously it’s not a 10 million-person city, but it’s just a nice small city and it was very nice to live there. I can’t wait to be back.” 

It will not be the first time Aarhus will welcome in a familiar American face. Former U.S. MNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber also played for AGF (2008-11) and started in his own Danish homecoming match the last time the USA played at NRGi Park in 2009.

Sept. 5, 2009 - Benny Feilhaber - Gold Cup qualifier vs. El Salvador
USMNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber earned 41 caps during his USA tenure.

MNT Earns Hard-Fought 1-1 Draw against No.-12 Ranked Switzerland

ZURICH (March 31, 2015) – Defender Brek Shea’s first-half, free-kick goal helped steer the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against No.-12 ranked Switzerland at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich on Tuesday.

The U.S. had to play the final 20 minutes of the match with 10 men after forward Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute for protesting being called for a foul by head referee Luca Banti. Although, Valentin Stocker notched the equalizer for Switzerland in the 80th minute, the USA was able to repel Switzerland’s pressure to earn a result.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea, 45th minute:
After Alfredo Morales was fouled in the closing moments of the first half, the U.S. was set up for a free kick from 20 yards out. Both Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea stood behind the ball but it was Shea that took the kick and bent it perfectly over the wall and into the top right corner. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL)

SUI – Valentin Stocker, 80th minute: Following a short corner, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka played in a cross from the left side. A group of players went up for it and the ball bounced off Silvan Widner into the path of Stocker, who poked home a shot from four yards out. USA 1, SUI 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Milestone Watch:

  • The U.S. MNT now has an all-time record of 1-3-4 against Switzerland.
  • Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his international debut for the USA, entering as a second half sub for Nick Rimando in the 46th minute.
  • Brek Shea’s goal was his second of the year and fourth of his career.
  • Jozy Altidore earned his 80th cap against Switzerland. The red card was the first he has received in his career with the USMNT.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Additional Notes:

  • Michael Bradley recorded his second start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark.
  • Bradley is the only player to have played the full 90 in all four matches for the USMNT so far this year.
  • Danny Williams made his first start since Feb. 6, 2013, when he took the field against Honduras, and his first appearance since the U.S. played Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
  • With Shea’s goal, the USMNT has now scored in the first half of its last nine matches (the last time the team did not score a first-half goal was against Belgium in last summer’s World Cup). This is the fifth 1-0 lead the U.S. has taken into halftime over that stretch and the seventh lead overall.
  • The U.S. has not trailed at halftime of a match since playing Portugal at the 2014 World Cup when it went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
  • Jordan Morris came into the game in the 89th minute. Morris was called into the MNT squad on March 29 after playing with the Under-23 MNT against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 when he scored the opening goal in a 5-2 win.  
  • Brek Shea’s free-kick goal was the first direct free kick score for the U.S. since Jozy Altidore scored from a free kick on Aug. 14, 2013 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Attendance: 16,100
Weather: 48 degrees, cloudy 

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

USA – Brek Shea                                            45th minute
SUI – Valentin Stocker (Silvan Widner)        80

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks, 13-Brek Shea; 14-Danny Williams, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 76), 7-Alfredo Morales (5-Tim Ream, 89), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 89), 17-Jozy Altidore (sendoff, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Greg Garza, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 18-Rubio Rubin
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

SUI: 21-Roman Burki; 2-Stephan Lichsteiner (6-Silvan Widner, 46), 22-Fabian Schar, 5-Steve von Bergen, 3- Jacques Fracois Moubandje; 8-Gokhan Inler (capt.) (10-Granit Xhaka, 46), 16-Gelson Fernandes (9-Haris Seferovic, 72), 7-Fabian Frei (17-Pajtim Kasami, 46), 23-Xherdan Shaqiri; 19- Josip Drmic (15-Breel Embolo, 56), 18-Admir Mehmedi (14-Valentin Stocker, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yann Sonner, 4-Fabian Lustenberger, 11-Valon Behrani, 12-Marwin Hitz, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez, 20-Johan Djourou
Head coach: Vladimir Petkovic

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)             68th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (ejection)            68

Officials: 
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Brek Shea

MNT Continues Tough Gold Cup Prep against Switzerland

After a tough loss in Denmark, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face off against Switzerland in Zurich, for the second leg of its European training. Kickoff at Stadion Letzigrund is set for Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and univisiondeportes.com. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp

The Americans are coming off a 3-2 loss to Denmark on March 25 after Niklas Bendter completed a hat trick with a game-winning goal in stoppage time. Switzerland, ranked No. 12 in the world, was one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will provide another test for the U.S. MNT in a year of challenging matches, which include facing CONCACAF rival Mexico on April 15, meeting No. 5-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 5, and a matchup against 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne on June 10.

Klinsmann has 22 players in Zurich, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster. U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain in training on Monday, March 23 and was ruled out for both matches. Fellow striker Aron Johannsson is undergoing treatment for a toe infection and will also be out against Switzerland. Klinsmann added U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris to the roster on March 29.

Tuesday’s game marks just the second time in the last 20 years the USA has met Switzerland. In their previous meeting on Oct. 17, 2007, Michael Bradley scored the only goal of the match – his first international tally – to give the USA the 1-0 shutout victory in Basel. Overall, the U.S. is 1-3-3 all-time against Switzerland, and unbeaten in its last three. 

In the meantime, the Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 5-2 on March 27 in Tuzla, earning Andi Herzog a win in his first game as head coach, as the team continues preparations for Olympic qualifying this October. The U-23s kick off the second match of their European training camp against Denmark tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can follow @ussoccer_ynt for updates on the U-23s and all U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams.

USA VS. SWITZERLAND:

  • The United States is 1-3-3 all-time against Switzerland and undefeated in the last three matches between the two teams. In seven games, the pair has combined to score 13 goals, with five coming from the U.S. and the other eight from the Swiss.
  • The most recent encounter between the two was the USA’s 1-0 victory on Oct. 17, 2007, at St. Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland. On a rainy night, Michael Bradley broke a scoreless tie in the 86th minute to give the U.S. its first win against the Swiss.
  • The U.S. and Switzerland met twice in 1994. In January, they played to a 1-1 draw in Fullerton, California in a World Cup warm-up. They faced off again in June at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where they again drew 1-1 in front of 77,000 fans in the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.
  • U.S. defender John Brooks and Switzerland’s Fabian Lustenberger and Valentin Stocker all play for Bundesliga club team Hertha Berlin. Midfielder Julian Green is teammates with Johan Djourou and Valon Behrami at Hamburg. Defender Timmy Chandler plays with Haris Seferovic at Frankfurt, while midfielder Fabian Johnson is teammates with Switzerland’s Yann Zommer and Granit Xhaka at Borussia Monchengladbach. 

U.S. Men’s National Team by Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club León)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Two firsts occurred for the USA in its last game against Denmark: defender Timmy Chandler earned his first point with the MNT with an assist on Jozy Altidore’s goal, and Ventura Alvarado earned his first international cap for the U.S. when he entered in the 80th minute, replacing fellow Liga MX defender Michael Orozco.
  • A total of nine players in the squad were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including two goalscorers (John Brooks and Julian Green).
  • Michael Bradley was the only player who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Bradley is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 94, and is in line to reach the century mark soon.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States.
  • Altidore has two goals in three matches to start 2015 for the MNT, while Bradley and Brek Shea are the other goal scorers on the roster. At the club level, Altidore netted a pair of goals in his debut match for Toronto FC to start the 2015 MLS season.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando boasts an impressive 11-2-2 career record with four shutouts. He got his first start and appearance on European soil in the match against Denmark.
  • Greg Garza played in the last five games of 2014 and started three following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.
  • Danny Williams has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he appeared against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin, who earned his first MNT cap and start on Nov. 14, 2014, against No. 3-ranked Colombia, spent the weekend with the U-20 MNT and captained the team in its friendly against England on March 29. At 19 years old, Rubin is age-eligible for this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • William Yarbrough was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles. This is Yarbrough’s first call up to the U.S. Men’s National Team.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Jozy Altidore is fifth on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with 27 goals, adding two in three games so far this year. Altidore is now three goals behind fourth-place Brian McBride (30 goals from 1993-2006).
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 94 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list, one appearance behind McBride.
  • Bradley ranks 13th on the all-time goals scored list with 13 goals, and is tied with Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez.
  • Nick Rimando ranks fifth on the all-time wins list with 11. The Real Salt Lake man is 11-2-2 all-time with the USA.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (34-17-11) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:
2                Players on the U.S. MNT seeking their first international cap
4                Players on the U.S. MNT roster playing in Mexico’s Liga MX
12              Switzerland’s current FIFA ranking
27              Career goals by Altidore, which is fifth on the USA’s all-time scoring list
32              USA’s current FIFA ranking
34              Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann 

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

2-3 L

Shea, Altidore

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

2-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

2-3 L

Altidore, Johannsson

NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands

June 10

Germany

2:45 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás, univisiondeportes.com

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

July 7

Honduras

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

July 10

Haiti

8:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

July 13

Panama

9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMás

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th head 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 34-17-11 record, third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include: Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (34), 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 17-0-3 in its past 20 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 2-3-2 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
    • 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 Germany’s 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 1981-98 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.

IN FOCUS: SWITZERLAND
Swiss Football Association (Schweizer Nati)
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1904
Head Coach: Vladimir Petković
FIFA World Ranking: 12
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinal, 1934, 1938, 1954 

SWITZERLAND ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Roman Burki (SC Freiburg), Yann Sommer (VfL Broussia Monchengladbach), Marvin Hitz (FC Augsburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Stephen Lichsteiner (Juventus), Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha BSC Berlin), Jacques Fracois Moubandje (Toulouse FC), Ricardo Rodriguez (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Schar (FC Basel), Steve Von Bergen (FC Zurich), Silvan Widmer (Udinese Calcio),
MIDFIELDERS (9): Valon Behrami (Hamburger SV), Blerim Dzemaili (Galatasary SK), Gelson Fernandes (Stade Rennais FC), Fabian Frei (FC Basel 1893), Gokahn Inler (SSC Napoli), Kasami Pajtim (Olympiacos FC), Xheridan Shaqiri (Inter Milan), Valentin Stocker (Herta VSC Berlin), Granit Xhaka (VfL Borussia Monchengladbach
FORWARDS (3): Josip Drmic (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg), 

SWITZERLAND ROSTER NOTES:

  • Switzerland head coach Vladimir Petkovic has coached six games for the Swiss and has gone 3-1-2 in that span.
  • Switzerland qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from UEFA by winning its group. In the group stage in Brazil, the Swiss went 2-0-1 and advanced to the Round of 16, where they lost to eventual World Cup runner up Argentina, conceding a goal in the match’s 118th minute.
  • Sixteen players from its 2014 FIFA World Cup roster appear on this roster.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri recorded three assists in Switzerland’s game against Estonia last week. He has recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists in Switzerland’s last four matches, in which the team has gone an unbeaten 3-0-1.
  • Of this Swiss roster, Shaqiri is the leading goalscorer with 15 tallies in 42 games played. Gokhan Inler is the team’s international cap-leader with 81.
  • All but one player, goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, have earned at least one cap.
  • Silvan Widmer is the youngest player on the roster at 21 years old.

LAST TIME:

On the field for the USA against Switzerland:
Oct. 17, 2007 – St. Jakob Park; Basel, Switzerland – International Friendly 

USA                1          Michael Bradley 86
SUI                 0          

Lineups: 
USA: 24-Marcus Hahnemann (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 6-Steve Cherundolo, 22-Oguchi Onyewu (2-Dan Califf, 46), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 7-Eddie Lewis (9-Danny Szetela, 84); 5-Benny Feilhaber, 13-Maurice Edu, 4-Michael Bradley,17-DaMarcus Beasley (11-Heath Pearce, 31); 20-Taylor Twellman (25-Freddy Adu, 77), 8-Clint Dempsey (29-Robbie Findley, 90) 
Subs not used: 23-Jay DeMerit 
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
 

SUI: 1-Pascal Zuberbühler; 2-Johan Djourou (25-Steve Von Bergen, 17), 3-Ludovic Magnin (Capt.), 5-Xavier Margairaz (22-Hakan Yakin, 46); 11-Marco Streller (31-Blaise Nkufo, 46), 13-Stephane Grichting, 14-David Degen, 16-Tranquillo Barnetta (17-Christoph Spycher, 75), 27-Gokhan Inler, 29-Stephan Lichtsteiner, 35-Fabio Celestini (33-Gelson Fernandes, 46) 
Subs not used: 12-Diego Benaglio, 37-Germano Vailati 
Head Coach: Jakob Kuhn
 

Aron Johannsson Unavailable for USA-Switzerland; Jordan Morris Added to MNT Roster

CHICAGO (March 29, 2015) — U.S. Men’s National Team forward Aron Johannsson has been sidelined while undergoing treatment for an infection and will not be ready in time for the match against Switzerland. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added U-23 MNT forward Jordan Morris to the roster. Morris joins the Senior Team after scoring the opening goal in the U-23 MNT’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. 

The United States will face Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich at 12 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). 

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

Former World Cup Champion Berti Vogts Appointed U.S. MNT Technical Advisor

CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – U.S. Soccer has appointed former World Cup winner Berti Vogts to be a Technical Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team.

A member of the German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, Vogts brings a tremendous track record of success to the Men’s National Team. Additionally, he coached the German squad to the 1996 European Championship – on which U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was team captain – and is one of only three coaches to lead Germany to a trophy in the last 25 years.

“We had a fantastic experience with Berti during the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us. With Andi Herzog having a big focus on qualifying the U-23 team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Berti will make an even more important contribution.”

In his role as Technical Advisor, Vogts will oversee the development of players in Europe, working with Herzog and Matthias Hamann on scouting, building and improving club relationships and identifying talent. Vogts will serve as a resource for technical development initiatives and coaching education. 

Vogts earned 96 caps for Germany, playing a total of 19 matches in three World Cups. Nicknamed “Der Terrier,” he famously marked Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in the 1974 World Cup final that Germany won 2-1 in Munich. He served as team captain from 1977-79, taking over for Franz Beckenbauer.

During a 14-year professional career in which he was twice named Germany Footballer of the Year, Vogts was an integral part of the Borussia Moenchengladbach squad that won five Bundesliga titles (1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77) and two UEFA Cups (1974–75, 1978–79).

Vogts coached Germany from 1990-98, compiling a record of 66-12-24. In addition to the title in 1996, he had a second-place finish in the 1992 European Championship and led the Germans to the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Having coached the national teams of Scotland (2002-04) and Nigeria (2007-08), he served as the manager for Azerbaijan from April of 2008 to the end of 2014.

Quote Sheet: Klinsmann, Johannsson, Altidore, Bradley and Alvarado on Denmark

MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:

On tonight’s game:
“I think overall this was a very even and entertaining game. I think we gave them an eye-to-eye game and we could have won it, but we didn’t. We saw a lot of good things that we wanted to see on our end. Obviously, we’ve got to correct a couple things because we conceded three goals, and overall it’s just a little bit frustrating when you lose in the last minute.”

On what he liked and disliked from tonight’s game:
“Obviously, what you don’t like is late goals. Maybe it’s just losing focus for a second, losing your mark or because of heavy legs getting tired a little bit. You never want to give a game away that you’re up 2-1. I think a tie probably would have been a fair result, but as I said a lot of positives. I think the backline overall did a very good job. From the left to the right, they were all on top of things as much as they could be. I think Michael Bradley was present in the midfield trying to organize a lot. You’re always happy for your strikers when they score. You hope then for a third one if there’s an opportunity and we had it with John Brooks’ header in the last second. There’s a lot of good stuff taken away from this game, definitely. We have to step it up in terms of managing the game all 90 minutes. You lead in Denmark 2-1? Get the job done and go home with three points. At least tie it. That’s all the stuff to improve, but overall we did a lot of good stuff.”

On the struggle to maintain possession in the first half and how they planned to fix it at half:
“We knew that Denmark is a very good possession-oriented team. That’s part of their style that Morten Olsen developed over many, many years here, and they do it really well with their technical capabilities. They move off of the ball really well. So what we had problems with the first half was to get pressure on the ball, to get closer to them in midfield and shut them down in terms of their passing lanes and the space that they find. I think it was a little bit better in the second half. We got closer to them. We denied them those little passes between the lines and that’s stuff we’re going to have to deal with and do better.”

On bringing in Ventura Alvarado for his first cap in place of Michael Orozco:
Michael Orozco was giving us a signal that he was just simply exhausted and that led to Ventura’s first cap, which was something special for him.”

On Denmark’s captain and playmaker Christian Eriksen:
“I said yesterday to the media here that he obviously is a huge talent. He’s fun to watch and at a young age already taking over so much responsibility on the field, leading his team and keeping the rhythm going. It’s really fun to watch him, so it will be interesting to see how he continues his career.”

On Nicklas Bendtner’s performance:
If you make three goals then you get all the compliments in the world, and he deserves them for that performance absolutely.”

MNT forward ARON JOHANNSSON

On his goal:
“Michael Bradley played Jozy [Altidore] a fantastic ball in the box, and Jozy showed he’s a very good team player; he played it to me, and I was the one against an open goal.”

On his return to Aarhus, where he played professionally for AGF Aarhus:
“It was amazing. It was a great experience to come back to the stadium where my career kicked off. It was good to be back, but on the other hand we lost the game, so I’m pretty disappointed right now. I felt like we could’ve gotten something from the game so this is pretty disappointing.”

On what to take moving forward to the Switzerland game next Tuesday:
“Obviously today we had a lot of positives, and now we have to look at those positives and learn from them and make sure that we’re winning games in the final period of the game and make sure that we don’t lose games in the last couple of minutes.”

On the warm reception he received from the Denmark crowd:
“Obviously it’s great for me that they still know my name back here and they still cheer for me. It’s a great city and I’m very happy to be back, but on the other hand, the result kind of killed it.”

MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE

On scoring his goal:
“It was a great ball from Timmy [Chandler]. It looked like the defenders were confused a little bit, and I just tried to kind of stay with the play. Then, I tried to hit it first time and get it on target and it went in.”

On losing a game where the team twice had the lead:
“Yeah it’s annoying because it seems to be a trend over the last five or six games and it’s just not good enough at this level. Too many lapses at critical points in the game, and maybe it’s a little bit of lack of experience as well, but it’s something we’ll have to cut out getting closer now to a competition in the Gold Cup. We need to get better.”

On the cold, damp playing conditions:
“Yeah it was weird, it was a cold one. It was a typical spring day; it was cold and wet. But look, everybody at this level has experienced extreme temperature, so it’s no excuse.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“Switzerland’s another tough game.  It’s another good opponent. It’s another opportunity for us to work on things, but we have to take these chances seriously now, because there’s not many left until we start a competition and that’s where it counts.”

MNT midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY

On playing his first game as captain:
“It was a tremendous honor. Obviously Clint’s [Dempsey] the captain and he’s done an incredible job, but for me to have the opportunity to be captain on the night that he’s not here was very special and not something that I’ll soon forget. Growing up you dream for these kind of nights, so it was very special.”

On the frustration of losing another game late:
“It’s very frustrating. We knew it was going to be a difficult night with the conditions; the field’s not great, it’s wet, windy, and we knew it was going to be a game where more balls were going to get played forward and  it was going to be about moving our lines and getting to second balls. I thought we handled things for the most part pretty well, but if you don’t see the game out, if you don’t take care of things in the last few minutes then you’re not going to ever get what you deserve. I think the frustrating thing is that it’s not the first time that that’s happened to us, where we’ve not been able to see a game out and we’ve got to start to learn our lesson.”

On preparing for Switzerland:
“There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ll get back to Zurich tomorrow and physically start to recover and get ourselves mentally right. Obviously it’s another big chance to step on the field against a good team.”

MNT defender VENTURA ALVARADO

On earning his first cap:
“I’m real happy and proud to be here and motivated to keep working and getting more minutes. I’m going to remember this, and it’s going to be a good memory. We lost, but it’s alright, we just need to keep working.”

MNT Upended by Nicklas Bendtner Hat Trick in 3-2 Loss to Denmark

AARHUS, Denmark (March 25, 2015) – Jozy Altidore tallied his 27th goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team and added an assist on Aron Johannsson’s third career tally, but it was not enough to offset Nicklas Bendtner’s hat trick in a 3-2 loss to Denmark on Wednesday at NRGi Park.

The USA now returns to Zurich, where it will continue training camp ahead of next week’s match against Switzerland. The U.S. MNT will play its second consecutive road match in Europe on March 31 at 12 p.m. ET live on Fox Sports 1, UniMás and UDN.

The USA twice took the lead in each half first through Altidore and then Johannsson. Denmark responded on each occasion through Bendtner, who eventually scored the game winner in the 91st minute.

The USA had a chance to equalize in the game’s final moments when midfielder Michael Bradley whipped a beautiful cross into the box, but John Brooks guided his header just wide in the last action of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler), 19th minute:
Timmy Chandler played a one-two passing combination with Altidore, launching the ball to the far post from the right side. Altidore outmuscled his defender and blasted in a half-volley at the near post with his left foot. It was Chandler’s first assist for the USA. USA 1, DEN 0 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe), 33rd minute: After a long build up, the ball ended up with Denmark’s Daniel Wass. He flashed a cross toward Rimando, where it was backheeled by Lass Vibe into the path of Bendtner, who easily tapped it home from close range. USA 1, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore), 66th minute: Michael Bradley dropped an exquisite long ball into the Denmark box to a streaking Altidore. The U.S. striker took a beautiful first touch to cushion the pass and draw the attention of Denmark goalkeeper Stephan Andersen before, poking the ball to Johannsson, who tapped home into the vacated goal well with smart first touch and a defender on his back. USA 2, DEN 1 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner, 83rd minute: A chip from Martin Braithwaite on the left side was deflected and looped toward the far post of the U.S. goal. Denmark’s Lasse Schöne and the USA’s Timmy Chandler challenged for the deflected ball, which ultimately fell to Bendtner, who lashed a first-time volley low past screened U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. USA 2 DEN 2 (SEE GOAL)

DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen), 90+1 minute: A Nick Rimando goal kick was allowed to bounce around the midfield stripe and Denmark won the second ball, moving it to Eriksen wide in the left channel. The Denmark captain directed a long ball over the top to Bendtner, who cradled the pass with a fluid first touch before smacking a low shot past Rimando into the far side netting from 16 yards out. USA 2, DEN 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando (Save) 16th minute:
Denmark curled in a cross from the left channel to the far post which just skipped by striker Nicklas Bendtner, before Rimando turned it around the post with a diving save.

USA – Nick Rimando & Michael Orozco (Save), 48th minute: A defensive mix-up led to an opening for Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who snapped a wide open shot from the right side, which Rimando expertly beat away. However, the ball continued to roll toward the U.S. goal before Michael Orozco was able to clear it to safety.

Milestone Watch:

  • Timmy Chandler scored his first career point for the U.S. MNT with his assist in the first half.
  • Jozy Altidore’s first-half goal was the 27th of his career and his second this year. He is three goals behind Brian McBride for fourth on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
  • Ventura Alvarado earned his first cap for the U.S. MNT, entering in the 80th minute to replace Michael Orozco.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Switzerland at 12 p.m. ET on March 31 in Zurich.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram

Additional Notes:

  • Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley, making his first start as captain for the USA, were the only two players to feature for the MNT during the last time it faced Denmark in this stadium in 2009.
  • Nick Rimando made his first appearance and start in Europe for the USA.
  • Greg Garza has now started four of the last six matches for which he was available.
  • The two at the top of the USA’s 4-4-2 were Altidore and Johannsson, who were previously teammates at AZ Alkmaar. Altidore assisted on Johannsson’s goal in the 68th minute.
  • Before the match, the Denmark crowd gave Aron Johannsson, who had played at NRGi park before as a member of the Danish club AGF Aarhus, a warm reception when his name was called. It was his first start since 2013, and his first appearance since entering for Jozy Altidore in the 2-1 win against Ghana in the USA’s opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: March 25, 2015
Tournament: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park; Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,505
Weather: 41 degrees; Cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
DEN                            1          2          3 

USA – Jozy Altidore (Timmy Chandler)         19th minute
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Lasse Vibe)           33
USA – Aron Johannsson (Jozy Altidore)        66
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner                                83
DEN – Nicklas Bendtner (Christian Eriksen) 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 80), 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza; 20-Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 67) 11-Alejandro Bedoya (7-Alfredo Morales, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (13-Brek Shea, 46); 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Rubio Rubin, 67)
Subs not used: 5-Tim Ream, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 14-Danny Williams, 16-Julian Green, 22-Williams Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

DEN: 16-Stephan Andersen; 2-Daniel Wass, 3-Simon Kjar, 4-Erik Sviatchenko, 5-Nicolai Bollesen (17-Simon Busk Poulsen, 53); 7-William Kvist (23-Anders Christiansen, 46), 18-Jakob Poulsen (19-Thomas Delaney, 46), 21-Lasse Vibe (8-Martin Braithwaite, 74), 10-Christian Eriksen (capt.); 9-Michael Krohn-Dehli (14-Lasse Schöne, 78), 11-Nicklas Bendtner
Subs not used: 1-Kasper Schmeichel, 6-Las Jacobsen, 12-Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, 13-Kian H. Hansen, 22-Jonas Lössl
Head Coach: Morten Olsen
 

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 4 / 12
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
DEN – William Kvist (caution)                    25th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                     78       
USA – Ventura Alvarado (caution)              89

Officials:
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

Hamstring Strain Sidelines U.S. captain Clint Dempsey for Europe Friendlies

CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. 

No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The match at NRGi Park in Aarhus will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, and UDN. Fans can follow all the action from the USA’s Zurich-based training camp on Twitter @ussoccer

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) 
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht) 

Six days after the Denmark match, the USA meets No. 12-ranked Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (FOXSports 1, UniMás, UDN). In June, the United States takes on two top-five ranked teams, meeting fifth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam before facing 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne.  

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for Important Tests against Denmark and Switzerland

CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).

The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.

Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.

Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.

“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”

The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.

Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

ROSTER NOTES  

  • A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
  • Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
  • Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
  • Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015.  Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
  • Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
  • Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
  • Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
  • Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.

MNT Grouped with Panama, Haiti and Honduras/French Guiana Playoff Winner for 2015 Gold Cup

CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin its title defense and open Group A action of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against the winner of the Honduras/French Guiana playoff on Tuesday, July 7, at 9:30 p.m. ET, at Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas.

The winner of the two-game playoff between Honduras and French Guiana will be determined after the two teams face each other on March 25 and 29.

Following the tournament’s opening match on July 7, the U.S. will go on to play Haiti on Friday, July 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three days later, it will wrap up group play against Panama on Monday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. CT at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

As defending champion from the 2013 event, a win this summer would guarantee the United States as the CONCACAF representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. Otherwise, the U.S. would face the 2015 winner in a playoff. The format and schedule will be announced in the future.

“Right away it puts you on your toes and you have to start the competition focused, concentrated and determined from the first game on,” said USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Having Panama in there – who we played the final against in the last Gold Cup – and most likely Honduras are very strong teams. We also have a close look at Haiti. We badly want to win this tournament because we want to qualify for Russia 2017. This is huge to us. The best way to do this is to win this summer so we avoid a playoff game in October.”

U.S. MNT’s 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule

Date

Opponent

Time (Local/ET)

Venue

July 7

Honduras/French Guiana

8:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.

Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

July 10

Haiti

8:30 p.m.

Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.

July 13

Panama

8:30 p.m./9:30 p.m.

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

A total of 13 North American cities will host matches throughout the event – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Toronto.

If the U.S. advances out of the group stage in first or second place, its quarterfinal match would take place on Saturday, July 18, at either 5 or 8 p.m. ET, at M&T Bank Field in Baltimore, Maryland. A third-place finish would see the United States at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, July 19, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The semifinals will take place on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The third place match and final will be held in Philadelphia, with the third place game taking place on Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m. ET at PPL Park, and the Gold Cup Final on Sunday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field.

The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup will run from July 7-26, with the 12 participating nations divided into three groups. Group B consists of Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Jamaica, while Group C is made up of Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, along with the two of the three third-place finishers.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup five times, second behind Mexico’s six titles.
  • The U.S. has reached the final in the past five competitions.
  • The U.S. has an all-time record of 5-6-5 against Haiti, with 22 goals scored and 19 goals against. Of their 16 games, 13 took place from 1954-1983. In the three most recent games against Haiti (2000, 2004, 2009), the MNT holds a 1-0-2 record.
  • The last time the USA faced Haiti, a 2-2 draw, the teams also met at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
  • The MNT has faced Panama in the knockout phase of the last five Gold Cups, including twice in the final. On July 28, 2013, a goal by Brek Shea lifted the U.S. to a 1-0 victory in the championship match. Panama holds the distinction of handing the U.S. its only defeat in Gold Cup group play, a 2-1 loss on June 11, 2011, in Tampa, Florida. A total of 13 of the 15 meetings between the two teams have come in either the CONCACAF Gold Cup or FIFA World Cup Qualifying. In those games, the U.S. holds a 10-1-2 record.
  • The U.S. and Haiti have not faced each other since the 2009 Gold Cup when both teams were placed into Group B and played on July 11 in Foxborough. After an early goal from Davy Arnaud gave the U.S. the 1-0 lead, the U.S. fell behind 2-1 early in the second half. However, Stuart Holden was able to score the equalizer in the second minute of stoppage time to allow the USA to clinch first place in the group with a 2-2 draw and advance to the quarterfinals . Their only other matchup in a Gold Cup came on Feb. 12, 2000, in Miami. The USA won the group stage game 3-0 with goals from Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda and Jovan Kirovski. 
  • Against Honduras, the U.S. holds a 14-4-4 record and the two sides have faced each other six times in CONCACAF Gold Cup play. In those games, the U.S. holds a dominant 5-0-1 record. The last Gold Cup matchup came on July 24, 2013, when the MNT defeated Honduras 3-1 in the semifinal behind two goals from Landon Donovan and one from Eddie Johnson to advance to the title game against Panama. Most recently, both sides met in Boca Raton, Florida, on Oct. 14, 2014. Jozy Altidore was the sole scorer for the U.S. during the 1-1 draw.
  • The United States and French Guiana have never faced each other.

Lewis, Roberts and Sahaydak Visit Indonesia as U.S. Soccer Sport Envoys


CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team defenders Eddie Lewis and Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak traveled to Indonesia as members of the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy Program.

The program runs through March 18 and will consist of clinics and talks with sports journalists, coaches and players across the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Serang and Solo. Before each clinic, Envoys will address the participants and speak about the connection between team sports and life skills, as well as the importance of physical activity for boys and girls.

Roberts Sahaydak is currently the head coach at the University of Central Florida. She earned 110 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team between 1994-2003, winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Roberts Sahaydak was also a member of the third-place U.S. team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Norway. She is a veteran of the Sports Envoy program, having visited several countries since 2007.

Lewis and Roberts Sahaydak will be joined by Tim Sahaydak, who played for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team and is currently the associate head coach at UCF. It is the first Sports Envoy trip for both Sahaydak and Lewis.

Also a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, Lewis earned 82 caps and scored 10 goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1996-2008. Lewis was a part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002, before heading to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. He is widely renowned for assisting on Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on June 17, 2002.

In partnership with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Soccer players, coaches and administrators have visited more than 79 countries since 2005. The athletes have offered soccer clinics for thousands of boys, girls and coaches. Athletes and coaches use sport as a tool to teach important values and life skills such as respect, teamwork, inclusion, acknowledgement of rules, discipline, and self-confidence.

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