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Klinsmann's Compliments for Altidore

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

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

Ticket Sales for USA-Ecuador on Oct. 10 Surpass 20,000

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – Ticket sales have surpassed 20,000 for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s high-profile friendly against Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

The match will be the final opportunity for fans to see USA forward Landon Donovan in international competition. Among those planning to see Donovan off in style will be more than 3,000 fans from organized supporter groups, led by the American Outlaws. The USA’s all-time scoring leader will retire from soccer at the end of the current Major League Soccer season.

“The game in East Hartford with the farewell to Landon Donovan is very special, so we want to give him the most exciting event possible,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Looking towards the October games against Ecuador and Honduras, we definitely look at the strongest squad possible. It’s exciting for the fans and for us. We look at bringing the players back that won in the Czech Republic, and also to mix them with the players here in MLS.”

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office in downtown East Hartford (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.] (TICKETS)

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Rentschler Field has previously hosted big-time MNT matches, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. In the USA’s initial visit, Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005, against Trinidad & Tobago in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the team’s most recent stop, Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 6-3-2 record this year, and is coming off a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague.

Immediately following the match in Connecticut, the U.S. Men will travel to South Florida to take on CONCACAF rival Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (TICKETS).

USA Career Highlights - Carlos Bocanegra

ussoccer.com remembers some of former Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra's best moments with the USA!

Two-Time FIFA World Cup Veteran and Former MNT Captain Carlos Bocanegra to Retire

CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2014) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra has announced that he will retire at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. The two-time FIFA World Cup veteran and Chivas USA center back finishes a 15-year career for club and country as the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer for a defender.

“I’m still hungry for the game and I want to play, but unfortunately you can’t play forever. I was thinking about this in the offseason, and it took me about six months to come to a final decision,” said Bocanegra. “The timing is right for me. I’ve known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I’m happy with it, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.”

Bocanegra, 35, captained the U.S. team 64 times during an international career that began in 2001 and concludes with 110 appearances. He played a total of 9,222 minutes in the USA uniform, the fifth-most of any player in team history. The Alta Loma, Calif., native played in two FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010), appearing in six matches. He is tied for fourth place among U.S. players with 31 games played in World Cup Qualifying with Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna. Bocanegra participated in four CONCACAF Gold Cups and collected two titles, having captained the team to the 2007 championship.

Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore

Bocanegra was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that participated in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria and won bronze with the U-23 team in the 1999 Pan American Games. The defender made his National Team debut against Korea Republic on Dec. 9, 2001, and with 110 career international caps, became the 12th U.S. player to surpass the 100-cap mark.

Bocanegra began his professional career with the Chicago Fire after he was drafted fourth overall out of UCLA in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. He established himself as a starter with the Fire and was named MLS Rookie of the Year. Bocanegra helped lead Chicago to the 2000 MLS Cup final and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship in 2000 and 2003. He added to his list of accolades as one of the league’s premier players by earning back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003.

In January of 2004, Bocanegra took his talents to the English Premier League with Fulham. In his four years with the London side, Bocanegra appeared in 133 games, scoring eight goals while becoming one of the few players in U.S. Soccer history to captain both his club and country simultaneously. After his time in the Premier League, the defender moved on to the French Ligue 1 where he played for Stade Rennais (2008-10) and later AS Saint-Étienne (2010-12) before signing with Rangers. Bocanegra returned to MLS and his native California in July of 2013 when he signed with Chivas USA.

Carlos Bocanegra

Bocanegra Career National Team Highlights

  • With his goal against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, became the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer for defenders with 14
  • Tied for fourth among U.S. players for career World Cup qualifying appearances with 31
  • Became the 12th U.S. player to reach 100 caps when he started in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011
  • One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Appeared in six World Cup matches spanning two tournaments
  • Played in 15 of 18 World Cup qualifiers in the 2010 cycle, notching game-winning goals in Guatemala in the semifinal round and against Honduras in the final phase
  • Captained the U.S. to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, his second regional title after first winning in 2002
  • Became one of the few players in U.S. Soccer history to simultaneously captain both his club side and the national team, which he did after captaining Fulham to a 3-3 draw against Tottenham on Sept. 1, and then took the armband for the USA in its game against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007, in Chicago

Coaches and Players Reflect on Carlos Bocanegra’s Career

Former U.S. Men’s National Team captain and defender Carlos Bocanegra announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. Coaches and players took the time to reflect on Bocanegra’s career:

U.S. Soccer President SUNIL GULATI
“Carlos has been an outstanding ambassador for U.S. Soccer. As a player, a captain and a leader, he has epitomized the best of what it means to be a member of the National Team throughout his career. We are all extremely proud of everything he has accomplished, and look forward to working with him in continuing to help grow the sport in the country.”

U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General DAN FLYNN
“Throughout his career, Carlos has led by example and demonstrated a strong commitment to the U.S. Men’s National Team and the game of soccer. As one of our long-standing captains, he led us to some amazing accomplishments on the international stage. We congratulate him on a great career and thank him for his contributions.”

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
“Carlos deserves a huge, huge compliment for a great career. He proved himself with consistency at a high level for many years, and he was an outstanding captain and role model for the National Team. He was a great player and leader, and we wish him all the best.”

Former U.S. MNT head coach BOB BRADLEY
“From his first days with the Chicago Fire to captaining the National Team, Carlos was always a player that gave everything for the team. His presence and competitiveness were respected by everyone.”

Former U.S. MNT head coach BRUCE ARENA
“Carlos is one of the finest defenders that the United States has ever produced. He is a tremendous competitor, a great leader and the type of person you always wanted on your team. His career and contributions to MLS, U.S. Soccer and abroad are something to be respected. I want to wish Carlos all the best as he takes the next step in his life.”

Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard

U.S. MNT goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
“Carlos is a great friend and someone I have played with since I was 15 years old. What is outstanding about Carlos is what a great captain he was for the National Team. Along with his abilities and consistency, his leadership was brilliant. He was a great defender, one of the best the National Team has seen.”

Former U.S. MNT defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO
“I would like to congratulate my captain, teammate, roommate and friend on an amazing career for club and country. Whether on the road somewhere in Central America or in Southern California, we could always count on ‘Los.’ Thank you for the memories my friend!”

Chivas USA President NELSON RODRIGUEZ
“In many ways, Carlos was the quintessential American player of his generation: effective, resilient, uncompromising, loyal, and a great leader. These are all the attributes you would always associate with a winner.”

Rangers manager ALLY MCCOIST
“On behalf of all the players and staff at Rangers Football, I would like to wish Carlos all the very best as he retires from football. Although he only spent one full season with us, he was a fantastic leader and terrific ambassador for Rangers during his time at Ibrox. He was a fine player for us and the Rangers fans appreciated everything he gave us. He will always be held in the highest regard at this club and the fact he has played at the highest levels of the game for so long is testament to the quality and character he possesses.”

Carlos Bocanegra: USA’s Winningest Captain

From Claudio Reyna to Clint Dempsey, the U.S. Men’s National Team has had – and will continue to have – its share of players who are awarded the role of captaining the squad on a frequent basis.

At the helm of this role is former MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra, who earned the most victories and captained the most games with this distinction.

On Thursday, Bocanegra announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. On the international front, Bocanegra was the impressive foundation of the U.S. MNT for a number of years.

He had a 34-17-13 record (.633 win percentage) while wearing the armband for those 64 games. That constituted more than half of Bocanegra’s 110 appearances overall.

“One of the most special moments was being able to captain the National Team,” Bocanegra said. “It’s a huge honor and it’s something I didn’t take lightly. It’s something that when I can look back on my career I’m very proud of. It’s just something that I’ll cherish forever.”

Bocanegra first debuted for the USA in 2001, but it was not until June 24, 2007, when he wore the armband for the first time during a 4-1 victory against China PR at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. At the time, former USA head coach Bob Bradley admitted that the captaincy could have gone to a variety of players including Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu or DaMarcus Beasley.

Ultimately, Bocanegra solidified himself in this role, beginning a six-year stretch in which he wore the captain’s designation more regularly than any other player.

“Carlos is a player who has earned the respect of all his teammates with his commitment to the game,” Bradley said after Bocanegra’s first cap as captain. “He plays hard. He talks. He organizes. Going forward, he is a key guy in what we are doing.”

Carlos Bocanegra

Bocanegra went on to tally a USA record 14 goals as a defender, ranking higher than Marcelo Balboa’s 13. He broke Balboa’s record with a 10th-minute tally during the USA’s 3-1 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, in FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bocanegra was also a member of two FIFA World Cup teams in 2002 and 2010, earning a combined six caps in those two tournaments. His 110 caps currently ties for seventh all-time with Paul Caligiuri.

His career also included eight assists in 9,222 minutes. Only four other players have logged more minutes than Bocanegra: Landon Donovan (12,813), Cobi Jones (10,592), Jeff Agoos (10,479) and Balboa (10,367).

Carlos Bocanegra: In His Own Words

I was fighting through this decision this past offseason and thinking, “How much longer am I going to play,” and “What do I want to do with my career?” I’m still hungry for the game and I want to play, but unfortunately you can’t play forever. The timing is right for me. It took me about six months to come to a final decision. I’ve known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I’m happy with it, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.

Coming into the National Team at a young age, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you come into a setup where it could be such a scary situation. You had all these incredible veterans, and these guys created an environment and a culture for young guys to come into where they showed you respect and treated you as one of their own. I think that was a big part of my learning experience on how to be a professional, how to be a leader and how to go about your business. That carried me throughout my career. It was invaluable to be brought up in that environment.

I think I’m most proud of my time spent with the National Team. Throughout your career you play for different clubs and have different experiences, but there has been one constant in my life and my career, and that’s the U.S. National Team. I’m just so proud that I got to represent the country for so long and play at the highest level I could.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in my career. One of most special opportunities was being able to captain the National Team. It’s a true honor and something I didn’t take lightly. When I can look back on my career, it’s something I’m very proud of and will cherish forever.

Some of my favorite memories came from just being around the guys. Being in that locker room, fighting together on the field, celebrating the victories, and even sharing the agony of defeat. The National Team was a big, big part of my life. I made so many lifelong friends from my career. I owe so much to U.S. Soccer for all the things I’ve been able to experience. Just being out there with the guys is what I’m going to miss the most.

Carlos Bocanegra

When I think about memorable games, you have to throw in the Spain game in the Confederations Cup that got us to the final. They had some unbelievable winning streak going on, and we knocked them off their post. In 2006, we played Italy in Kaiserslautern. The fans were amazing in that game, it was in a World Cup, and Italy was the eventual champion. The game had everything: red cards, blood, sweat and tears, and we got a draw, so that was cool. And obviously there was the Algeria game in 2010 that advanced us to the knockout stage. We put in so much work and effort, and it came down to almost a walk-off goal, so to speak. You watched the reactions on YouTube around the country – now imagine that feeling going through every player’s body times 10 because of the relief and the joy we all felt.

With my National Team career, I’ve been very fortunate to play under Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann. I learned something from each of them, and I think I grew tremendously as a player and a person.

There are a lot of memories from the different club teams. You are making new friends, seeing new places, and experiencing new cultures. Soccer has shown me the world, and I grew up and became the man I am because of it. One that sticks out was my time at Rangers. It was a fantastic experience at the top club in the country. To have the chance to play in front of 52,000 fans every game at Ibrox was incredible. That showed me how much I love soccer and how much supporters can be a part of a club and even be part of a culture. Those things you never forget.

When I finish my playing career, I’m looking to stay involved with soccer at the top level. I’m eager to be a part of something special. I have the hunger and the drive and the desire to keep being involved, and that’s not going anywhere. I’m excited, and I look forward to what’s coming next.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: USA vs. Czech Republic – Klinsmann, Altidore, Bedoya, Gyau, Hyndman, Rimando

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Opening remarks:
“It was a tremendous experience for a young group of players. I think they did very well. They experienced that a game goes 90 minutes or a few minutes more. Overall it looked very good until the last 20 minutes where you could tell their legs were getting heavy. This is just an experience they have to learn to continue to play the same rhythm and flow until the last minute.”

On the manner of the win:
“It was not a simple win. The Czech team had a lot of chances in the last 20 minutes. If one of these chances go in then we can’t complain. For us it was important to see what is coming through in our talent pool. It was wonderful to see we have young players coming through that have come a long way now. Having the opportunity to play a game here in Prague is big. When you have a young player who faces Tomáš Rosický or Petr Cech that’s huge and therefore they’re going away with a lot of good stuff.”

On the performance of the team’s midfield players:
“They did really well. They are technically very gifted, they are one-, two-touch players and they always have eyes for the wingers or the forwards to play balls into their spaces – to find Jozy that was our goal. Still they have to learn and that’s what they’re doing. That’s why we play them in this way to go into those one-vs.-one challenges, to be more aggressive, to learn how to fight those fights in midfield because eventually you will get into those fights. I think that they raised the bar for themselves. Mix and Joe [Corona] you’re wonderful players but you have to go and raise the bar now in terms of aggressiveness. If here and there a foul [because of] going into a challenge being aggressive that’s their learning curve and that’s what they did today they stepped it up.

“Obviously, once they are in possession of the ball they can play. They can keep the ball, they can play it around quickly and they can create things going forward. It’s the same when you see Alfredo Morales and the process he went through the last two years. It’s wonderful to see, he’s breaking through. He’s showing that now in the [German] second division and trying to guide his team up to the first division. There was definitely a huge step for him the last one-and-a-half years.

“Then you give an opportunity for 25 minutes to Emerson Hyndman. He comes in and plays his game, is calm, does a mistake and corrects it right away. This is how we want them to grow in those games. We want them to leave from here with a lot in their back pack, saying, ‘O.K. I learned this, this, and this.’”

On the positives from the team:
“ For 65-70 minutes it went really well. The transition that we talked about with the players to move the whole thing forward, to keep the ball, to play out of the back, to find ways through midfield and not bang long balls to Jozy and hope for the best. No, it’s getting there and it took a huge step with the younger generation of players on the field. They didn’t get nervous. They got high-pressured by the check team, but they moved the ball around and found solutions when it got critical. Here and there, they stepped up the aggressiveness too and won those battles. Those games are huge from a learning curve perspective. So we will remind them all of this when we get together and you will see a lot of these kids again in October.”

On the young generation of players coming through:
“They can only win, they can only gain in these games. I told all of them that whatever mistakes you make, it’s no problem, we’ll fix it. Gyau is coming to the Dortmund second team, the edge of the first team and now wants to break into the first team roster. Jurgen Klopp is looking at him and you can see what Joe has in his pocket; he has speed, he has technique, he has improvising.  He’s taking people on and if he loses the ball, he chases it back. All these things that we want to see, he’s trying to prove them. He was with us two years ago, so I’ve watched him since then and it’s nice to see that coming along.”

On Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando:
“Perfect from a goalkeeper point of view. They kept it clean, they lead the defense, they were loud, they played out of the back, the kept things calm. And when you get more shots on goal, like what happened to Nick, you can shine a bit more. Both go into the future fighting for the number one spot. It’s a bit easier with friendly games. We can rotate them no big deal. Both have a tremendous amount of respect for one another and Tim Howard and whoever comes through the ranks as well. It just nice to have this group even if it’s only four days here in Prague, it’s wonderful chemistry. There’s so much positive energy in these players, as a coach you want them to get the next step and the next step and I think they’re doing pretty well.”

U.S. Men’s National Team forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On the match:
“It was great. We put in a lot of hard work throughout the week. We added a lot of new young faces and at times the soccer was very good. Naturally we tired towards the end and were a bit exposed, but I thought the game went really well and is something to build on.”

On being named captain:
“It’s my second time now receiving this honor and it’s an amazing opportunity. It’s amazing the feeling you get walking out of the tunnel first, everyone behind you, looking to you to be the first one to dictate how we’re going to play. It’s a great feeling and one I take very serious. I’m very proud of that honor and hopefully it won’t be the last time.”

On bringing in the next generation of players:
“Jurgen has always said he’s going to start looking at younger guys. To be honest, I’m really excited for them. There’s some really good players there. They’ve done some really good things this camp. Not all of them got on the field but I think there are really talented young guys, they have great attitudes and they made this game special and will keep improving.”

On Joe Gyau’s performance:
“He’s got speed to burn. It’s something we can use. Hopefully these guys continue to develop. Joe’s a guy who’s been around the program for a while and I was happy to see him get the cap. Also, Emerson was a great, tidy player. There’s a lot of talent there, so it’s all about harnessing that and making sure they keep their head down, keep working hard and keep developing.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA
On facing the Czech Republic:
“We know they’re a good team. They’re getting ready to start their Euro qualifiers. We knew it was going to be a battle, but we showed some good stuff, some positive stuff. It was a good mixture of some really young players and a totally new team. It’s a working process but there’s definitely some positives to take out of this game which is what we came here for.”

On the team’s positive play:
“It was good. We had Joe and Julian on the wings as well as Mix coming in and playing. John Brooks in the back… it was a mix of some younger guys who came in and did well. You only learn by experience and that’s what this kind of game gives them.”

On how the goal transpired:
“We talked about being aggressive and high pressing. We came out and did that in the first half. Mix pushed up and the guy lost the ball and Mix just took it away. Of course I’m right there to follow the play, finishing it off and was able to get on the end of the rebound.”

On the team’s offensive style:
“We played a 4-3-3 kind of system and Jurgen gave us freedom to mix it around and move off the ball, not really set positions and three in the middle. Just keep moving and if there’s two guys pressing there’s one staying behind. We have to work on that as well and everything’s a working process. There’s some good interchanges, some movement and the goal came off of us pressing up so definitely some positive things.”

U.S. Men’s National Team forward JOE GYAU
On his first game with the senior Men’s National Team:
“It was a great opportunity to get my first cap, first win. Ninety minutes is a real honor to go the full stretch for my country. It was just a great experience. Coach Klinsmann gave me a lot of freedom today. I think in the first half we played very well, we utilized our variability. In the second half our legs were a little tired, they got a few chances but we were able to hold onto the win.”

What he takes away from the experience:
“I’ve been playing in Europe for a little bit now and the thing you take away from games like these, sometimes you get nervous but you just have to believe in yourself and your abilities, know what you do well and try to bring that into the squad.

“Some games aren’t always going to be pretty. You saw that in the second half. You just got to work hard and work together as a team, but overall I think this is a good starting point for the team with a strong squad coming in.”

On being reunited with some guys he played with previously:
“It was great playing with Mix again, Joe Corona, my ex-teammate Fabian Johnson, Brek – all those guys, I’ve known them for a long time. It was also good to see some new faces in there and we came together pretty well in this game.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder EMERSON HYNDMAN
On getting the opportunity to play his first senior international:
“It’s been an honor to work with people like Jurgen Klinsmann all his staff and people that have played in the World Cup that I was watching on TV and learning under them. To come on tonight and play with them was a proud moment for me. Being so young it’s a privilege being brought into a camp like this. I’ll take experience, I’ll take anything that I’ve ever been tough by Klinsmann, by any of the guys the next time I come.”

On his emotions ahead of subbing into the game:
“The heart beats faster that’s for sure. When the name gets called, it was like, ‘Whoa, it’s actually me.’ It happened real quick. As soon as I got in the game I just forgot about it and tried to play. I just remember Klinsmann saying, ‘You’ll do great, don’t worry. That was pretty much it. It was all positive and I tried to carry that on into the game.”

On the reaction of his friends and family:
“They’re all saying how proud they are or look at my friend playing in his first cap, all this stuff, but it’s unbelievable to see how many people wrote to me and I’d like to thank all them for that.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the camp overall:
“Coming into this we wanted to set the tone and make some impressions. We did that with a good team win. All the guys that came in performed well and to pull out a win here in Czech Republic felt great.”

On competition for the No. 1 goalkeeper position:
“There’s a spot open. [Klinsmann] wants to create competition at every position and tonight was an opportunity for both [Brad Guzan and I] to go in and show what we can bring to the team. I think he knows what we’re capable of and for Brad going out tonight and having a great first half then for me to contribute to the team in a win felt good.”

Thoughts on the second half:
“I think being up, away they were going to throw guys forward. At times it felt like they had four, five guys up front and dumping balls. We need to have a little bit more of a mature effort at the end. Keep the ball, possess it and not invite the pressure as much. But, we dealt with it and got the shutout.”

Match Highlights: USA 1, Czech Republic 0

In the first match of the 2018 World Cup cycle, the U.S. MNT got a first half goal from Alejandro Bedoya and held on behind four second half saves from Nick Rimando to earn a 1-0 win over Czech Republic.

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

Coaches and Players Reflect on Carlos Bocanegra’s Career

Former U.S. Men’s National Team captain and defender Carlos Bocanegra announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. Coaches and players took the time to reflect on Bocanegra’s career:

U.S. Soccer President SUNIL GULATI
“Carlos has been an outstanding ambassador for U.S. Soccer. As a player, a captain and a leader, he has epitomized the best of what it means to be a member of the National Team throughout his career. We are all extremely proud of everything he has accomplished, and look forward to working with him in continuing to help grow the sport in the country.”

U.S. Soccer CEO and Secretary General DAN FLYNN
“Throughout his career, Carlos has led by example and demonstrated a strong commitment to the U.S. Men’s National Team and the game of soccer. As one of our long-standing captains, he led us to some amazing accomplishments on the international stage. We congratulate him on a great career and thank him for his contributions.”

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
“Carlos deserves a huge, huge compliment for a great career. He proved himself with consistency at a high level for many years, and he was an outstanding captain and role model for the National Team. He was a great player and leader, and we wish him all the best.”

Former U.S. MNT head coach BOB BRADLEY
“From his first days with the Chicago Fire to captaining the National Team, Carlos was always a player that gave everything for the team. His presence and competitiveness were respected by everyone.”

Former U.S. MNT head coach BRUCE ARENA
“Carlos is one of the finest defenders that the United States has ever produced. He is a tremendous competitor, a great leader and the type of person you always wanted on your team. His career and contributions to MLS, U.S. Soccer and abroad are something to be respected. I want to wish Carlos all the best as he takes the next step in his life.”

Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard

U.S. MNT goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
“Carlos is a great friend and someone I have played with since I was 15 years old. What is outstanding about Carlos is what a great captain he was for the National Team. Along with his abilities and consistency, his leadership was brilliant. He was a great defender, one of the best the National Team has seen.”

Former U.S. MNT defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO
“I would like to congratulate my captain, teammate, roommate and friend on an amazing career for club and country. Whether on the road somewhere in Central America or in Southern California, we could always count on ‘Los.’ Thank you for the memories my friend!”

Chivas USA President NELSON RODRIGUEZ
“In many ways, Carlos was the quintessential American player of his generation: effective, resilient, uncompromising, loyal, and a great leader. These are all the attributes you would always associate with a winner.”

Rangers manager ALLY MCCOIST
“On behalf of all the players and staff at Rangers Football, I would like to wish Carlos all the very best as he retires from football. Although he only spent one full season with us, he was a fantastic leader and terrific ambassador for Rangers during his time at Ibrox. He was a fine player for us and the Rangers fans appreciated everything he gave us. He will always be held in the highest regard at this club and the fact he has played at the highest levels of the game for so long is testament to the quality and character he possesses.”

Carlos Bocanegra: USA’s Winningest Captain

From Claudio Reyna to Clint Dempsey, the U.S. Men’s National Team has had – and will continue to have – its share of players who are awarded the role of captaining the squad on a frequent basis.

At the helm of this role is former MNT defender Carlos Bocanegra, who earned the most victories and captained the most games with this distinction.

On Thursday, Bocanegra announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. On the international front, Bocanegra was the impressive foundation of the U.S. MNT for a number of years.

He had a 34-17-13 record (.633 win percentage) while wearing the armband for those 64 games. That constituted more than half of Bocanegra’s 110 appearances overall.

“One of the most special moments was being able to captain the National Team,” Bocanegra said. “It’s a huge honor and it’s something I didn’t take lightly. It’s something that when I can look back on my career I’m very proud of. It’s just something that I’ll cherish forever.”

Bocanegra first debuted for the USA in 2001, but it was not until June 24, 2007, when he wore the armband for the first time during a 4-1 victory against China PR at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. At the time, former USA head coach Bob Bradley admitted that the captaincy could have gone to a variety of players including Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu or DaMarcus Beasley.

Ultimately, Bocanegra solidified himself in this role, beginning a six-year stretch in which he wore the captain’s designation more regularly than any other player.

“Carlos is a player who has earned the respect of all his teammates with his commitment to the game,” Bradley said after Bocanegra’s first cap as captain. “He plays hard. He talks. He organizes. Going forward, he is a key guy in what we are doing.”

Carlos Bocanegra

Bocanegra went on to tally a USA record 14 goals as a defender, ranking higher than Marcelo Balboa’s 13. He broke Balboa’s record with a 10th-minute tally during the USA’s 3-1 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, in FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Bocanegra was also a member of two FIFA World Cup teams in 2002 and 2010, earning a combined six caps in those two tournaments. His 110 caps currently ties for seventh all-time with Paul Caligiuri.

His career also included eight assists in 9,222 minutes. Only four other players have logged more minutes than Bocanegra: Landon Donovan (12,813), Cobi Jones (10,592), Jeff Agoos (10,479) and Balboa (10,367).

Carlos Bocanegra: In His Own Words

I was fighting through this decision this past offseason and thinking, “How much longer am I going to play,” and “What do I want to do with my career?” I’m still hungry for the game and I want to play, but unfortunately you can’t play forever. The timing is right for me. It took me about six months to come to a final decision. I’ve known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I’m happy with it, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.

Coming into the National Team at a young age, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you come into a setup where it could be such a scary situation. You had all these incredible veterans, and these guys created an environment and a culture for young guys to come into where they showed you respect and treated you as one of their own. I think that was a big part of my learning experience on how to be a professional, how to be a leader and how to go about your business. That carried me throughout my career. It was invaluable to be brought up in that environment.

I think I’m most proud of my time spent with the National Team. Throughout your career you play for different clubs and have different experiences, but there has been one constant in my life and my career, and that’s the U.S. National Team. I’m just so proud that I got to represent the country for so long and play at the highest level I could.

I’ve been pretty fortunate in my career. One of most special opportunities was being able to captain the National Team. It’s a true honor and something I didn’t take lightly. When I can look back on my career, it’s something I’m very proud of and will cherish forever.

Some of my favorite memories came from just being around the guys. Being in that locker room, fighting together on the field, celebrating the victories, and even sharing the agony of defeat. The National Team was a big, big part of my life. I made so many lifelong friends from my career. I owe so much to U.S. Soccer for all the things I’ve been able to experience. Just being out there with the guys is what I’m going to miss the most.

Carlos Bocanegra

When I think about memorable games, you have to throw in the Spain game in the Confederations Cup that got us to the final. They had some unbelievable winning streak going on, and we knocked them off their post. In 2006, we played Italy in Kaiserslautern. The fans were amazing in that game, it was in a World Cup, and Italy was the eventual champion. The game had everything: red cards, blood, sweat and tears, and we got a draw, so that was cool. And obviously there was the Algeria game in 2010 that advanced us to the knockout stage. We put in so much work and effort, and it came down to almost a walk-off goal, so to speak. You watched the reactions on YouTube around the country – now imagine that feeling going through every player’s body times 10 because of the relief and the joy we all felt.

With my National Team career, I’ve been very fortunate to play under Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann. I learned something from each of them, and I think I grew tremendously as a player and a person.

There are a lot of memories from the different club teams. You are making new friends, seeing new places, and experiencing new cultures. Soccer has shown me the world, and I grew up and became the man I am because of it. One that sticks out was my time at Rangers. It was a fantastic experience at the top club in the country. To have the chance to play in front of 52,000 fans every game at Ibrox was incredible. That showed me how much I love soccer and how much supporters can be a part of a club and even be part of a culture. Those things you never forget.

When I finish my playing career, I’m looking to stay involved with soccer at the top level. I’m eager to be a part of something special. I have the hunger and the drive and the desire to keep being involved, and that’s not going anywhere. I’m excited, and I look forward to what’s coming next.

Photo Gallery: U.S. MNT Defeats Czech Republic 1-0

Photos from the USA's 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic in Prague to open the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle.

Klinsmann Gives Youth Opportunity for U.S. MNT Trip to Czech Republic

In the first international match of the new cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing together a roster that includes several newcomers to the mix to look forward to the next cycle.

The 22-player roster for the Sept. 3 game against the Czech Republic includes five players in search of their first cap in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Greg Garza, midfielder Emerson Hyndman and forwards Joe Gyau and Rubio Rubin.

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up-and-coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment.”

While it remains to be seen as to whether they will get game time, the experience of taking part in the USA’s camp in Prague will bode well for them as they make their case in front of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players, young players, breaking into the cycle as possible,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you will always give them the space to continue their good work, but also you want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program and give them time on the training field, and in the real games and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent and be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up now in the next couple of games, it’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well.”

Q&A with U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard said Thursday that he will be taking a break from MNT duties to spend additional time with his family. After a lengthy conversation with USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Howard vows to make himself available for selection starting in the fall of 2015.

ussoccer.com caught up with the star goalkeeper about this decision.

What prompted you to make this decision to take a year off from international duty?
Tim Howard: “Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time. I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

ussoccer.com: How do you feel physically at this stage of your career?
TH: “Physically and mentally I feel as strong as ever. I’m also 35 years old and it’s four years before the next World Cup. If I want to be able to get to the next World Cup, I also have to be smart about managing my body. I will get a bit of extra time off during the international windows, and this will also be the first real summer break that I have had in 12 years.”

ussoccer.com: Do you want to play in another World Cup?
TH: “Right now my heart, mind and body all say yes, but it’s difficult to predict the situation in four years. I will always be upfront about my intentions, and of course the manager has to select you. I am fully committed to the cause, and it’s important to me that my teammates understand that.”

Have you been assured the No. 1 spot when you return?
TH: “Absolutely not. Jurgen has always been upfront with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with. Every player makes their own choices for their own reasons. In my case, this is a decision for my family. For me, it’s important that my teammates and my coaches have a clear understanding of where I’m coming from. I hope by now they know what I am about. I’ve had honest conversations with Jurgen and Roberto Martinez, and I appreciate their understanding. It doesn’t change the fact that I have to earn my spot, and I look forward to doing that.”

Tim Howard’s MNT Roots Trace Back to Ecuador Shutout Win in 2002

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to host Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, marking the first home appearance post-2014 FIFA World Cup.

It is without question that goalkeeper Tim Howard was the rock star from the USA’s World Cup team, especially after recording a tournament-record 15 saves against Belgium in the knockout stage.

The upcoming USA-Ecuador matchup serves as a time capsule moment of sorts for Howard, seeing as how Ecuador was his first international opponent on March 10, 2002.

Howard earned a clean sheet during his 90-minute debut as the USA defeated Ecuador 1-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Howard made three saves, including a noteworthy first-half stop against Edison Mendez in the 33rd minute. The USA also had to play shorthanded for much of the second half following a Clint Mathis red card in the 58th minute.

“It was a real challenge for our players,” former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “We dealt with a lot of adversity with the red card early in the second half, but I think our team showed a lot of maturity and composure.”

Tim Howard

Howard was playing professionally for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at the time, and the 23-year-old told the New York Times that he was honored for the opportunity.

“I was a little bit anxious at the beginning, but once I got into it, I felt very comfortable,” Howard said. “I’m very pleased that we were able to get the win, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities. I just have to keep working hard and keep learning.”

More than 12 years later, Howard is now the USA record holder for goalkeeper wins (55), starts (103), caps (104), and is the most-capped U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup with eight appearances.

Prior to his MNT debut, Howard was a member of the Youth National Team system, appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams, including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Howard

Conference Call Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

On the attention he has received and how he is dealing with it:
“I think when you get in the public eye, you just try and figure out a way to deal with it. I’m old, so I’ve been dealing with it for a while. I keep my feet on the ground and just figure out a way to deal with it. Like I said, it’s nothing new when you’re in the public eye. It’s nice that America knows about soccer. I think that’s what’s most important.”

On being the subject of social media praise and photos:
“In today’s day and age with social media and all the rest of it, nothing surprises me. There are some very creative and funny individuals out there. If it makes them happy, I think it’s quite funny.”

On if he prepared differently or knew the game against Belgium would be different:
“That’s a good question. I’ve been asked that a couple times today. I always try and do the same things every day. I eat the same way, I train the same way, and I’ve found success doing that. I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for those types of performances. You just hope that if you work hard enough for long enough, you’ll get a little bit of luck.”

On his future with the U.S. Men’s National Team:
“I signed an extension which is a four-year contract with Everton. That excites me, all the good things that are going on at that club, which obviously is a club that I love. What happens going forward with the National Team? I don’t know. The emotions are too raw at the moment so I’ll let everything die down. I’ll speak to people who are close to me and the manager and decide what my future looks like. I don’t think it’s very black and white to be honest, so I need to figure all that out.”

On the attention the U.S. MNT gets and competing with the other sports in the U.S.:
“I tell you what, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Every four years, America gets behind this team, obviously we have a good following anyway, but gets behind this team and really drives us forward. I live in Europe and there are a lot of European countries that don’t. They’re very cynical. Their team goes to the World Cup and they don’t do very well and everyone says ‘I told you so.’ I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that all the attention is on us every four years and that people take notice. It’s hard to sustain that every day. Around the world in Europe and Africa and Asia and South America, soccer is either the No. 1 sport or the only sport. In America, we’re competing with football, basketball, baseball, hockey. It’s not as easy a question as that, but the support has been immense.”

On whether or not he might retire:
“There’s a lot that goes into the decision and right now emotions are high so I want to let things settle. There’s no doubt, barring injury, that I’ll be fit and willing to keep going, but there are a lot more things that go into that decision than just my physical health. It’s something that, in time, I’ll decide.”

On whether he was more tired after making a record-setting 16 saves than after a normal game:
“No, physically I was fine. Physically, I was great. I think when you’re active and you’re in the match a lot, you just go into a zone, your body goes into autopilot. I mean, those guys in front of me are incredible. How they run that long and that hard is beyond me. I’m driving them on, I’m cracking the whip and I can see they don’t want to do it but they keep pushing themselves and their performance was absolutely miraculous. It’s very tough to do what they did for 120 minutes.”

On the influence of Roberto Martinez on his goalkeeping and playing the ball out of the ball back with his feet more:
“That’s a great observation. I think it’s laughable that I find myself in the games sometimes thinking, ‘I’m only doing this because Roberto wants it done, you know?’ He’s just been incredible. He has given me the confidence to not only play out of the back but to control the rhythm and to see how the build-up works from a goalkeeping standpoint. He’s been fabulous. He and I were introduced to each other at 34 and I thought that was it, I thought I had learned everything I needed to learn. He’s been a breath of fresh air in his style and the way he has encouraged me to play.”

On his thoughts regarding the young talent coming into the Men’s National Team:
“The talent pool is rich. This was a very young team and even if guys didn’t play serious minutes, they were a part of this experience and they’ll be so much better for it in the coming years whether that be Copa America, Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifying and on to the next World Cup. As we saw with Julian Green last night who came on with a goal that we desperately needed, but I think more so DeAndre Yedlin has just put a big smile on my face. He comes into the game and faces Eden Hazard and he never looked back, and Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, or was one of them last year, and he’s a threat to anyone and DeAndre got his head down and dared him to come at him. I think it’s very exciting for U.S. Soccer.”

Ticket Sales for USA-Ecuador on Oct. 10 Surpass 20,000

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – Ticket sales have surpassed 20,000 for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s high-profile friendly against Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

The match will be the final opportunity for fans to see USA forward Landon Donovan in international competition. Among those planning to see Donovan off in style will be more than 3,000 fans from organized supporter groups, led by the American Outlaws. The USA’s all-time scoring leader will retire from soccer at the end of the current Major League Soccer season.

“The game in East Hartford with the farewell to Landon Donovan is very special, so we want to give him the most exciting event possible,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Looking towards the October games against Ecuador and Honduras, we definitely look at the strongest squad possible. It’s exciting for the fans and for us. We look at bringing the players back that won in the Czech Republic, and also to mix them with the players here in MLS.”

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office in downtown East Hartford (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.] (TICKETS)

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Rentschler Field has previously hosted big-time MNT matches, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. In the USA’s initial visit, Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005, against Trinidad & Tobago in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the team’s most recent stop, Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 6-3-2 record this year, and is coming off a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague.

Immediately following the match in Connecticut, the U.S. Men will travel to South Florida to take on CONCACAF rival Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (TICKETS).

Two-Time FIFA World Cup Veteran and Former MNT Captain Carlos Bocanegra to Retire

CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2014) – Former U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra has announced that he will retire at the end of the current Major League Soccer season. The two-time FIFA World Cup veteran and Chivas USA center back finishes a 15-year career for club and country as the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer for a defender.

“I’m still hungry for the game and I want to play, but unfortunately you can’t play forever. I was thinking about this in the offseason, and it took me about six months to come to a final decision,” said Bocanegra. “The timing is right for me. I’ve known for a little while now in my mind and in my heart. I’m happy with it, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.”

Bocanegra, 35, captained the U.S. team 64 times during an international career that began in 2001 and concludes with 110 appearances. He played a total of 9,222 minutes in the USA uniform, the fifth-most of any player in team history. The Alta Loma, Calif., native played in two FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010), appearing in six matches. He is tied for fourth place among U.S. players with 31 games played in World Cup Qualifying with Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna. Bocanegra participated in four CONCACAF Gold Cups and collected two titles, having captained the team to the 2007 championship.

Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore

Bocanegra was a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that participated in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria and won bronze with the U-23 team in the 1999 Pan American Games. The defender made his National Team debut against Korea Republic on Dec. 9, 2001, and with 110 career international caps, became the 12th U.S. player to surpass the 100-cap mark.

Bocanegra began his professional career with the Chicago Fire after he was drafted fourth overall out of UCLA in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. He established himself as a starter with the Fire and was named MLS Rookie of the Year. Bocanegra helped lead Chicago to the 2000 MLS Cup final and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship in 2000 and 2003. He added to his list of accolades as one of the league’s premier players by earning back-to-back MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2002 and 2003.

In January of 2004, Bocanegra took his talents to the English Premier League with Fulham. In his four years with the London side, Bocanegra appeared in 133 games, scoring eight goals while becoming one of the few players in U.S. Soccer history to captain both his club and country simultaneously. After his time in the Premier League, the defender moved on to the French Ligue 1 where he played for Stade Rennais (2008-10) and later AS Saint-Étienne (2010-12) before signing with Rangers. Bocanegra returned to MLS and his native California in July of 2013 when he signed with Chivas USA.

Carlos Bocanegra

Bocanegra Career National Team Highlights

  • With his goal against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, became the USA’s all-time leading goal scorer for defenders with 14
  • Tied for fourth among U.S. players for career World Cup qualifying appearances with 31
  • Became the 12th U.S. player to reach 100 caps when he started in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011
  • One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Appeared in six World Cup matches spanning two tournaments
  • Played in 15 of 18 World Cup qualifiers in the 2010 cycle, notching game-winning goals in Guatemala in the semifinal round and against Honduras in the final phase
  • Captained the U.S. to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship, his second regional title after first winning in 2002
  • Became one of the few players in U.S. Soccer history to simultaneously captain both his club side and the national team, which he did after captaining Fulham to a 3-3 draw against Tottenham on Sept. 1, and then took the armband for the USA in its game against Brazil on Sept. 9, 2007, in Chicago

Post-Game Quote Sheet: USA vs. Czech Republic – Klinsmann, Altidore, Bedoya, Gyau, Hyndman, Rimando

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Opening remarks:
“It was a tremendous experience for a young group of players. I think they did very well. They experienced that a game goes 90 minutes or a few minutes more. Overall it looked very good until the last 20 minutes where you could tell their legs were getting heavy. This is just an experience they have to learn to continue to play the same rhythm and flow until the last minute.”

On the manner of the win:
“It was not a simple win. The Czech team had a lot of chances in the last 20 minutes. If one of these chances go in then we can’t complain. For us it was important to see what is coming through in our talent pool. It was wonderful to see we have young players coming through that have come a long way now. Having the opportunity to play a game here in Prague is big. When you have a young player who faces Tomáš Rosický or Petr Cech that’s huge and therefore they’re going away with a lot of good stuff.”

On the performance of the team’s midfield players:
“They did really well. They are technically very gifted, they are one-, two-touch players and they always have eyes for the wingers or the forwards to play balls into their spaces – to find Jozy that was our goal. Still they have to learn and that’s what they’re doing. That’s why we play them in this way to go into those one-vs.-one challenges, to be more aggressive, to learn how to fight those fights in midfield because eventually you will get into those fights. I think that they raised the bar for themselves. Mix and Joe [Corona] you’re wonderful players but you have to go and raise the bar now in terms of aggressiveness. If here and there a foul [because of] going into a challenge being aggressive that’s their learning curve and that’s what they did today they stepped it up.

“Obviously, once they are in possession of the ball they can play. They can keep the ball, they can play it around quickly and they can create things going forward. It’s the same when you see Alfredo Morales and the process he went through the last two years. It’s wonderful to see, he’s breaking through. He’s showing that now in the [German] second division and trying to guide his team up to the first division. There was definitely a huge step for him the last one-and-a-half years.

“Then you give an opportunity for 25 minutes to Emerson Hyndman. He comes in and plays his game, is calm, does a mistake and corrects it right away. This is how we want them to grow in those games. We want them to leave from here with a lot in their back pack, saying, ‘O.K. I learned this, this, and this.’”

On the positives from the team:
“ For 65-70 minutes it went really well. The transition that we talked about with the players to move the whole thing forward, to keep the ball, to play out of the back, to find ways through midfield and not bang long balls to Jozy and hope for the best. No, it’s getting there and it took a huge step with the younger generation of players on the field. They didn’t get nervous. They got high-pressured by the check team, but they moved the ball around and found solutions when it got critical. Here and there, they stepped up the aggressiveness too and won those battles. Those games are huge from a learning curve perspective. So we will remind them all of this when we get together and you will see a lot of these kids again in October.”

On the young generation of players coming through:
“They can only win, they can only gain in these games. I told all of them that whatever mistakes you make, it’s no problem, we’ll fix it. Gyau is coming to the Dortmund second team, the edge of the first team and now wants to break into the first team roster. Jurgen Klopp is looking at him and you can see what Joe has in his pocket; he has speed, he has technique, he has improvising.  He’s taking people on and if he loses the ball, he chases it back. All these things that we want to see, he’s trying to prove them. He was with us two years ago, so I’ve watched him since then and it’s nice to see that coming along.”

On Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando:
“Perfect from a goalkeeper point of view. They kept it clean, they lead the defense, they were loud, they played out of the back, the kept things calm. And when you get more shots on goal, like what happened to Nick, you can shine a bit more. Both go into the future fighting for the number one spot. It’s a bit easier with friendly games. We can rotate them no big deal. Both have a tremendous amount of respect for one another and Tim Howard and whoever comes through the ranks as well. It just nice to have this group even if it’s only four days here in Prague, it’s wonderful chemistry. There’s so much positive energy in these players, as a coach you want them to get the next step and the next step and I think they’re doing pretty well.”

U.S. Men’s National Team forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On the match:
“It was great. We put in a lot of hard work throughout the week. We added a lot of new young faces and at times the soccer was very good. Naturally we tired towards the end and were a bit exposed, but I thought the game went really well and is something to build on.”

On being named captain:
“It’s my second time now receiving this honor and it’s an amazing opportunity. It’s amazing the feeling you get walking out of the tunnel first, everyone behind you, looking to you to be the first one to dictate how we’re going to play. It’s a great feeling and one I take very serious. I’m very proud of that honor and hopefully it won’t be the last time.”

On bringing in the next generation of players:
“Jurgen has always said he’s going to start looking at younger guys. To be honest, I’m really excited for them. There’s some really good players there. They’ve done some really good things this camp. Not all of them got on the field but I think there are really talented young guys, they have great attitudes and they made this game special and will keep improving.”

On Joe Gyau’s performance:
“He’s got speed to burn. It’s something we can use. Hopefully these guys continue to develop. Joe’s a guy who’s been around the program for a while and I was happy to see him get the cap. Also, Emerson was a great, tidy player. There’s a lot of talent there, so it’s all about harnessing that and making sure they keep their head down, keep working hard and keep developing.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA
On facing the Czech Republic:
“We know they’re a good team. They’re getting ready to start their Euro qualifiers. We knew it was going to be a battle, but we showed some good stuff, some positive stuff. It was a good mixture of some really young players and a totally new team. It’s a working process but there’s definitely some positives to take out of this game which is what we came here for.”

On the team’s positive play:
“It was good. We had Joe and Julian on the wings as well as Mix coming in and playing. John Brooks in the back… it was a mix of some younger guys who came in and did well. You only learn by experience and that’s what this kind of game gives them.”

On how the goal transpired:
“We talked about being aggressive and high pressing. We came out and did that in the first half. Mix pushed up and the guy lost the ball and Mix just took it away. Of course I’m right there to follow the play, finishing it off and was able to get on the end of the rebound.”

On the team’s offensive style:
“We played a 4-3-3 kind of system and Jurgen gave us freedom to mix it around and move off the ball, not really set positions and three in the middle. Just keep moving and if there’s two guys pressing there’s one staying behind. We have to work on that as well and everything’s a working process. There’s some good interchanges, some movement and the goal came off of us pressing up so definitely some positive things.”

U.S. Men’s National Team forward JOE GYAU
On his first game with the senior Men’s National Team:
“It was a great opportunity to get my first cap, first win. Ninety minutes is a real honor to go the full stretch for my country. It was just a great experience. Coach Klinsmann gave me a lot of freedom today. I think in the first half we played very well, we utilized our variability. In the second half our legs were a little tired, they got a few chances but we were able to hold onto the win.”

What he takes away from the experience:
“I’ve been playing in Europe for a little bit now and the thing you take away from games like these, sometimes you get nervous but you just have to believe in yourself and your abilities, know what you do well and try to bring that into the squad.

“Some games aren’t always going to be pretty. You saw that in the second half. You just got to work hard and work together as a team, but overall I think this is a good starting point for the team with a strong squad coming in.”

On being reunited with some guys he played with previously:
“It was great playing with Mix again, Joe Corona, my ex-teammate Fabian Johnson, Brek – all those guys, I’ve known them for a long time. It was also good to see some new faces in there and we came together pretty well in this game.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder EMERSON HYNDMAN
On getting the opportunity to play his first senior international:
“It’s been an honor to work with people like Jurgen Klinsmann all his staff and people that have played in the World Cup that I was watching on TV and learning under them. To come on tonight and play with them was a proud moment for me. Being so young it’s a privilege being brought into a camp like this. I’ll take experience, I’ll take anything that I’ve ever been tough by Klinsmann, by any of the guys the next time I come.”

On his emotions ahead of subbing into the game:
“The heart beats faster that’s for sure. When the name gets called, it was like, ‘Whoa, it’s actually me.’ It happened real quick. As soon as I got in the game I just forgot about it and tried to play. I just remember Klinsmann saying, ‘You’ll do great, don’t worry. That was pretty much it. It was all positive and I tried to carry that on into the game.”

On the reaction of his friends and family:
“They’re all saying how proud they are or look at my friend playing in his first cap, all this stuff, but it’s unbelievable to see how many people wrote to me and I’d like to thank all them for that.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the camp overall:
“Coming into this we wanted to set the tone and make some impressions. We did that with a good team win. All the guys that came in performed well and to pull out a win here in Czech Republic felt great.”

On competition for the No. 1 goalkeeper position:
“There’s a spot open. [Klinsmann] wants to create competition at every position and tonight was an opportunity for both [Brad Guzan and I] to go in and show what we can bring to the team. I think he knows what we’re capable of and for Brad going out tonight and having a great first half then for me to contribute to the team in a win felt good.”

Thoughts on the second half:
“I think being up, away they were going to throw guys forward. At times it felt like they had four, five guys up front and dumping balls. We need to have a little bit more of a mature effort at the end. Keep the ball, possess it and not invite the pressure as much. But, we dealt with it and got the shutout.”

U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena. It was the USA’s first victory against the Czech Republic.

The match also represented the first of a new cycle, with the USA’s long-term sights set on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Bedoya, who played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, garnered his second goal with the U.S. MNT. Rimando and first-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan shared time in the net, with Guzan earning the 12th victory of his MNT career.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s young roster earned valuable international experience as three players made their MNT debuts: Joe Gyau with the start and Greg Garza and Emerson Hyndman as second-half subs. Gyau played the full 90 minutes. Julian Green, who scored a goal against Belgium in this year’s World Cup, earned his first U.S. MNT start.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (unassisted), 39th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida lost the ball in the midfield on Peter Cech’s distribution and Mix Diskerud pounced on it to start the U.S. attack. Diskerud worked the ball just inside the box, shot from 17 yards out and Cech made the initial save to his left. The rebound popped out to Bedoya, who slotted it past Czech Republic defender Michal Kadlec into the open net. USA 1, CZE 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CZE – Petr Cech, 17th minute: USA forward Joe Gyau, who made his MNT debut Wednesday, created the first legitimate scoring chance for either side by fending off Czech Republic midfielder Petr Jiracek and shooting with his right foot from outside the box. The rolling shot was headed to the right side of the frame, but Cech had no issues crouching over the ball for the game’s first save.

USA – John Brooks, 20th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vaclav Pilar swung the ball to the left side to teammate Ladislav Krejci. Krejci had open space to cross a dangerous ball back across the edge of the six-yard box. Brooks alertly intercepted with a sliding, left-legged stop as the USA eventually cleared.

USA – Brad Guzan, 26th minute: Vaclav Pilar shot left-footed from about 20 yards out with the intention of finding the right side of the goal, but Guzan dove to his left and secured easily for his only save as he split time in goal with Nick Rimando.

USA – Nick Rimando, 60th minute: Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky’s suave chip over the USA defense landed perfectly to Ladislav Krejci on the left side of the box, and Krejci fired toward the far left post. Rimando reacted quickly with a left-footed save.

USA – Nick Rimando, 65th minute: Shortly after a mad scramble where the ball ricocheted between a pair of USA defenders, the Czech Republic had one more solid crack at the goal as Vladimir Darida fired from close range in the middle of the box. Rimando batted away Darida’s strike at the near right post to maintain the one-goal lead.

USA – Nick Rimando, 85th and 89th minutes: The Czech Republic continued to linger around the net, but Rimando come up big twice more down the stretch. In the 85th minute, Rimando turned away a right-footed shot by Radim Reznik that he played on a short hop. Then in the 89th minute, Rimando adjusted his body to deflect a close-range shot by Daniel Pudil.

Milestone Watch:

  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th victory. He ranks fifth on the USA’s all-time wins list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a match against Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Broadcast information: Oct. 10 – ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio; Oct. 14 – ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Tickets: Oct. 10 vs. Ecuador ; Oct. 14 vs. Honduras

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-2 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 1-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic and former Czechoslovakia.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal and a defensive line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs John Brooks and Michael Orozco.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya.
  • The front line included Julian Green, Jozy Altidore and Joe Gyau from left to right.
  • To open the second half, Klinsmann brought in Tim Ream for Orozco and goalkeeper Nick Rimando replaced Guzan.
  • In the 63rd minute, Greg Garza made his MNT debut, replacing Chandler. Alfredo Morales earned his second cap and first appearance of 2014 when he entered for Diskerud. Brek Shea made his 27th appearance and second of the year, replacing Corona.
  • In the 67th minute, Emerson Hyndman earned his first cap when he replaced USA goal scorer Bedoya.
  • Altidore wore the captain’s armband. The U.S. MNT is now 2-0-0 in games with Altidore as the captain. His other match with the armband was the USA’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Gyau made his U.S. MNT debut and first start, following in the footsteps of his father Philip who earned six caps with the USA from 1989-91.
  • Green earned his first start and fourth cap.
  • Guzan made his second appearance of the year after splitting time with Tim Howard during a 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey. Guzan now has 26 caps in his career.
  • Corona and Orozco made their first appearances of 2014. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ream earned his eighth cap and made his first appearance since USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • The USA’s starting lineup featured eight players who represented the USA at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five players saw time on the pitch during the tournament – Altidore, Bedoya, Brooks, Green and Johnson, who played in all four matches.
  • Johnson earned his 27th cap and his ninth of the year. His nine caps tie for the team lead with Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
  • The USA is now 33-13-9 all-time under Klinsmann.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

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

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

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

U.S. MNT Opens New Cycle Against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
International Friendly
Generali Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 3, 2014

U.S. MNT OPENS NEW CYCLE AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its new cycle toward Russia 2018 with an international friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kickoff at Generali Arena in Prague is at 2:15 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Following this trip, the USA hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (ESPN, WatchESPN), followed by Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas). The USA is scheduled to close out the 2014 campaign on Nov. 18 against the Republic of Ireland. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The USA has posted a 5-3-2 record in 2014, including a 1-2-1 mark during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil while advancing out of the “Group of Death” against Ghana, Portugal and eventual World Cup champion Germany.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

2:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, UniMas

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

7 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • The United States is seeking its first victory against the Czech Republic. The USA is 0-3-0 in the all-time series that began at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, a 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1990, in Florence, Italy.
  • In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic earned a 3-0 win in the opening group match on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen.
  • Most recently, the teams met in the Send-Off Series for South Africa 2010, when the U.S. fell 4-2 on May 25, 2010, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez scored for the USA. Brad Guzan started in goal and Alejandro Bedoya was a second-half sub.


U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Jozy Altidore makes his return to the U.S. MNT after seeing his 2014 FIFA World Cup cut short because of a hamstring injury in the opening 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The Sunderland striker leads this U.S. roster with 71 appearances.
  • Defender Geoff Cameron, who was originally named to this roster, will not be available after suffering a groin injury during Stoke City’s Aug. 27 match against Portsmouth.
  • Nine players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster: Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Nick Rimando.
  • Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Bedoya appeared in every game and started three.
  • Hertha Berlin defender Brooks scored the USA’s game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16.
  • Green, 19, scored in the second extra time of the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 game on July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.
  • Chandler and Johnson started the season with new Bundesliga clubs, with Chandler moving from Nurnberg to Eintracht Frankfurt and Johnson moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Joe Corona was on the USA’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to a solid start, appearing in the first XI in all three games and scoring the opening goal of the club’s campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has started all three matches to open the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin signed with Utrecht in July. The U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Joe Gyau spent three semesters in the U-17 Residency program. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Cropper participated in the MNT training camp in Stanford ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil.
  • Emerson Hyndman is the youngest player on the roster, the 18-year-old having begun the League Championship campaign as a starter for Fulham. The grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was a part of the U-17 Men’s National Team and signed his first contract with Fulham in 2013, scoring three goals in its run to the FA Youth Cup final.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the all-time U.S. MNT caps list for goalkeepers. Guzan (11 wins) has also earned nine shutouts in his career. Rimando has yet to record a loss with the USA, posting a 10-0-1 record.
  • Guzan’s nine clean sheets rank sixth all-time, one behind Arnie Mausser (10 shutouts from 1975-1983).
  • Jozy Altidore ranks sixth all-time with 23 goals since debuting for the USA in 2007. He is one goal behind National Soccer Hall of Famer Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 appearances from 1992-2002.
  • Last year, Altidore set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games. He earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-13-9) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).


USA IN CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • Wednesday’s match marks the first time the two sides have played each other on the Czech Republic’s home turf.
  • The first two matchups were on neutral ground in the 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the 2010 meeting on May 25 took place in East Hartford, Connecticut.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Career shutouts by Brad Guzan
  • 18: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 23: Career goals by Jozy Altidore, sixth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 32: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 35: Czech Republic’s FIFA ranking


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

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-13-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-2-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: CZECH REPUBLIC
Fotbalova Asociace Ceske Republiky (Football Association of the Czech Republic)
Founded: 1901
FIFA affiliation: 1907
Head Coach: Pavel Vrba
FIFA World Ranking: 35
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (group stage)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bicik (Sparta Praha), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Tomas Vaclik (Basilej)
DEFENDERS (7): Pavel Kaderabek (Sparta Praha), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce Istanbul), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Vladimir Darida (Freiburg), Borek Dockal (Sparta Praha), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Praha), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (1): Matej Vydra (Watford)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech leads this roster with 107 international appearances, followed by Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky (94) and defender Michal Kadlec (53).
  • Cech is the only returning player from the Czech Republic roster that defeated the USA 4-2 on May 25, 2010, the last time the two sides faced each other.
  • Rosicky is the top goal scorer on the Czech Republic roster with 22 goals. Kadlec has eight tallies in his international career and Matej Vydra with four. Everyone else on the Czech roster has scored three or fewer goals.
  • Vydra has scored twice this year for the Czech Republic – one goal during a 2-2 draw against Norway on March 5 in Prague and another during a 2-2 draw against Finland on May 21 in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Seven players represent Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic’s Gambrinus Liga, where the club earned first place twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and was runner-up this past 2013-14 season.
  • Two players are in search of their first international cap – goalkeeper David Bicik and defender Radim Reznik.
  • The Czech Republic has qualified once for the FIFA World Cup, posting one win and two losses in group play in 2006. Prior to its dissolution, Czechoslovakia qualified for eight FIFA World Cups from 1930-1994, earning runner-up to Italy in 1934 and Chile in 1962.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
July 1, 2014 – Estadio Fonte Nova – Salvador, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16

USA   1   Julian Green 107
BEL   2   Kevin De Bruyne 93, Romelu Lukaku 105

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 32), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Geoff Cameron, 4- Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Julian Green,105+2), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (18-Chris Wondolowski, 72)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Jozy Altidore, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL: 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Jan Vertonghen, 15-Daniel Van Buyten; 6-Axel Witsel, 7-Kevin De Bruyne, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 10-Eden Hazard (22-Nacer Chadli, 111), 14-Dries Mertens (11-Kevin Mirallas, 60); 17-Divock Origi (9-Romelu Lukaku, 91)
Subs Not Used: 3-Thomas Vermaelen, 12-Simon Mignolet, 13-Sammy Bossut, 18-Nicolas Lombaerts,19-Mousa Dembele, 20-Adnan Januzaj, 23-Laurent Ciman
Not Available: 16-Steven Defour (red card), 21-Anthony Vanden Borre (injury)
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots

On the field against Czech Republic:
May 25, 2010 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. – International Friendly

USA   2   Maurice Edu 17, Herculez Gomez 65
CZE   4   Tomas Sivok 44, Jan Polak 58, Martin Fenin 78, Tomas Necid 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (28-Alejandro Bedoya, 65), 21-Clarence Goodson, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (20-Heath Pearce, 46); 22-Stuart Holden, 26-Jose Torres (14-Sacha Kljestan, 46), 19-Maurice Edu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (25-Robbie Rogers, 46); 9-Eddie Johnson (11-Brian Ching, 46), 29-Edson Buddle (30-Herculez Gomez, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Chad Marshall, 27-Robbie Findley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Ondrej Kusnir, 5-Jan Rajnoch, 6-Tomas Sivok, 7-Libor Sionko (19-Jan Moravek, 85), 8-Jan Polak (12-Mario Holek, 90), 11-Daniel Pudil, 13-Jaroslav Plasil (18-David Limbersky, 90), 17-Tomas Hubschman, 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 78), 20-David Lafata (9-Tomas Necid, 67)
Subs not used: 10-Tomas Pekhart, 14-Rudolf Skacel, 16-Michal Danek, 21-Jaroslav Cerny, 23-Jan Lastuvka
Head Coach: Michal Bilek

Geoff Cameron ruled out of U.S. MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron has been ruled out of the training camp ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic and will not travel to Prague. Further consultations with the Stoke City medical staff confirmed that Cameron’s injury – suffered in the 37th minute of the match against Portsmouth on Aug. 27 – would prevent him from participating in the game.

No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, meaning 21 players will train in Prague in advance of Wednesday’s match.

Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT Hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including Walmart stores) and at the Wally Sanger Owl Club Center ticket office on the Florida Atlantic University campus (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). [Note: Tickets will be sold at FAU Stadium only on the day of the event.]

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Four days before the game in Boca Raton, the U.S. welcomes Ecuador to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (TICKETS). Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, making all players available for selection by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” said Klinsmann. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the Men’s National Team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”

Honduras competed in the last two FIFA World Cups (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014), the first time in team history where it has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles. The United States holds a 14-4-3 lifetime record against the Catrachos, including an 11-2-2 record on home soil. The teams last met in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the USA collected a 3-1 win on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Palm Beach County will host the Men’s National Team for the first time. The area, however, is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team has twice played at FAU Stadium for games against China PR in December of 2012 and Russia in February of 2014. U.S. Soccer also hosted a match at the same venue between the men’s national teams of Germany and Ecuador in May 2013.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).

"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."

Landon Donovan

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

The four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.

Donovan's next and final appearance for the U.S. MNT will be the 157th of his illustrious career.

Landon Donovan

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard Takes Break from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.

Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.

“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations prior to the decision, and the U.S. coach is supportive of the approach.

“We had a very good and productive conversation,” said Klinsmann. “I totally understand Tim’s situation. He was very straight forward and honest in his approach, and I admire him for that. He has a wish to take a step back to take care of his family, and we came to the conclusion that it’s absolutely fine that he takes time off from international soccer until after next summer’s Gold Cup, and then we reevaluate. I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.”

Howard will miss as many as eight friendly matches as well as the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, giving Klinsmann the chance to see other goalkeepers in action. He will continue in his starting role for Everton of the English Premier League, which is now in the second week of the 2014-15 season that runs through May.

Howard has amassed 104 caps and is the USA’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in appearances and wins (55). The 35-year-old has played every minute for the United States in the last two FIFA World Cups. In Brazil this past summer, he twice earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors, including the 2-2 draw against Portugal and the Round of 16 game against Belgium in which he posted a World Cup-record 15 saves.

“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tim Howard

U.S. Soccer to Offer VIP Experiences for International Friendly in Ireland

CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2014) – U.S. Soccer is offering a special VIP Experience for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s international friendly on Nov. 18 in Dublin, Ireland.

VIP Experience guests enjoy the matches and the culture of the host countries as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation, providing them with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and a unique travel opportunity.

There are two different packages available for the VIP Experience. U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day trip from Nov. 16-19 to watch the U.S. take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin (the match is on Tuesday, Nov. 18). In addition, guests can also ask about an eight-day “Extended Tour” with U.S. Soccer, which includes an additional match in England. Space is limited in both packages

The Premium Package Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations at the official U.S. Team Hotel and breakfast each morning
  • Premium match tickets
  • Tours to enjoy the best of local culture and history
  • Ground transportation to and from all scheduled activities, including airport arrival and departure
  • Behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. National Team training session
  • VIP Welcome Dinner
  • Premium U.S. Soccer gifts, and more

Round-trip international airfare is not included in the package, though guests will receive complimentary assistance with flight bookings using U.S. Soccer’s Travel Agency.

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting between the two since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where Ireland collected a 2-1 win. The match falls on an international fixture date, which means U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has the option to select any player he chooses for the match.

U.S. Soccer is a registered 501c3 non-profit. The minimum donation to enjoy the four-day VIP Experience is $5,395. A portion of your donation is tax deductible, and proceeds from these VIP Experiences will support important soccer development programs, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance national team programming and coaching instructors.

To reserve your VIP Experience tickets, contact U.S. Soccer today at vip@ussoccer.org.

Klinsmann's Compliments for Altidore

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

USA Career Highlights - Carlos Bocanegra

ussoccer.com remembers some of former Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra's best moments with the USA!

Match Highlights: USA 1, Czech Republic 0

In the first match of the 2018 World Cup cycle, the U.S. MNT got a first half goal from Alejandro Bedoya and held on behind four second half saves from Nick Rimando to earn a 1-0 win over Czech Republic.

MNT vs. Republic of Ireland: Highlights - April 17, 2002

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

Landon Donovan Tribute

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan announced today he will retire from professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Donovan, 32, is the Men’s National Team all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (57) among a host of other records. Here are a few of his top highlights with the U.S. MNT!

Jurgen Klinsmann Recaps World Cup and Previews Final

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recaps the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and previews the final between Germany and Argentina.

USA vs. Belgium: #AreYouReady

The USA meets Belgium in a second round match in Salvador on July 1, 2014. Watch live on ESPN, Univision and WatchESPN from 4 p.m. ET. Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA go for a victory against the Group H winners, Belgium as the MNT looks to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2002.

#USMNT Travels to Salvador for Round of 16 Clash Against Belgium

The U.S. Men's National Team travels from São Paulo to Salvador for Round 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA takes on Belgium on Tuesday, July 1 with live coverage on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision at 4 p.m. ET.

Tim Howard Does Morning Shows in São Paulo

After qualifying for the second round and helping the USA advance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Tim Howard got up early to do the rounds with U.S. morning shows at the team hotel in São Paulo. In addition to GMA, CNN and CNBC, Tim also talked to Natalie Morales of the Today Show.
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