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Zusi Aims for Impactful Return to MNT

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

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

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

Knee Injury Rules Brad Davis Out of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) — Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF  to allow for a replacement.

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

Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 33,000, ensuring a record crowd for a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.

 

Q&A: Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup Roster Approach: “Do everything possible to win this competition.”

ussoccer.com: How did you go about assembling this roster?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition. Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the Senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve chosen a lot of players with a lot of experience. How important is experience in a tournament?
JK: “Going into a Gold Cup, especially in our region here, experience means a lot. You need players that stay calm in very emotional and very difficult and very tough battles. It can get nasty, things might not go your way in some moments, so you have to stay cool and you have to always be on top of things. I think the experience that players like Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, Nick Rimando have, just to name a few of them, those guys bring the experience with them to stay calm and get the job done. The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

ussoccer.com: Do the type of opponents that the U.S. will face in the Gold Cup impact the roster decisions?
JK: “In the Gold Cup obviously you’ll deal with different types of opponents than if you maybe went to Europe to play European sides, or to South America to play South American sides like last year in the World Cup in Brazil. It’s very different now in the Gold Cup where our main rivals are from Central America and they play a specific way. They’re all different in their own terms, but you need to put that in consideration when you put the pieces together in terms of your roster. You need to have guys that are experienced in dealing with teams like that. If you look at our group, it’s a very difficult with Panama and Honduras and also Haiti is a team that’s a little unpredictable, so you need to have guys in your team right now that can deal with surprises, that can deal with issues, and can deal with maybe being a goal down and turn things around. That’s why we chose a really good mixture of experience and also younger guys that bring really good energy to the table.”

ussoccer.com: How will you approach the possibility of changing up the six players after the group stage?
JK: “I think having the opportunity to change players already after the group stage is something that we took advantage of two years ago when we won the Gold Cup with six consecutive wins.  So it’s important to have that option, but it’s also important to tell the initial group, ‘Hey, you’re in the driver’s seat here, you set the tone.’ And then depending on what happens - if it’s suspensions, if it’s god forbid injuries or whatever, we have the chance to make high quality subs. We will definitely have that in the back of our minds.  But first and foremost comes the group stage, and that is a very difficult group that we have as I mentioned with Panama, Honduras, and Haiti, so first we have to go through there and then we can think about maybe making some changes after the group phase.”

ussoccer.com: What was your reaction to the situation with Clint Dempsey?
JK: “The situation with Clint Dempsey, obviously, is something that I saw basically on the internet.  I was in Europe still after our games against Holland and Germany.  It’s something that nobody wants to see. It’s a mistake, and mistakes happen.  So, obviously when he comes in next week to Nashville in preparation for our friendly game with Guatemala, we’ll sit down and talk through that and we’ll go from there.  It’s something that nobody wants to go through. Nobody wants to get red carded. Nobody wants to get suspended and be in discussion by the fans and the media for a mistake you make. But it’s on the other hand, it’s part of the game too. So we’ll take a little bit of a step back and we’ll discuss it in person in a relaxed way and go from there. “

ussoccer.com: How are you handling the European-based players that have been on break?
JK: “Well the tricky part of this Gold Cup is that because it’s in July, which ideally like Copa America or the Women’s World Cup would have been in June, the players coming from Europe are all done with their seasons, so they went on quick vacations and had a tightened vacation phase and now we have to shoot them up for the Gold Cup. It’s not easy for them, but it is doable and its part of their job. They have a training plan and work out plans in order to stay in shape. We’ll take it from there in Nashville in preparation for the friendly with Guatemala, and get them one step at a time into the Gold Cup because we want to have the strongest team possible with us. Our biggest rival Mexico will come with their strongest group also with European-based players, so we want to meet them face to face and make sure that they stay behind us. I’m sure our players were conscientious in their vacation periods. They are conscious that there is a lot at stake and they’re going to be well prepared.”

ussoccer.com: How important will fan support be during this tournament?
JK: “I think the biggest part that were hoping to get from this summer’s Gold Cup, because it’s a crucial competition because it qualifies us for the Confederations Cup in Russia, is our fans. We need our fans to be behind us. We need the American Outlaws to be organizing in every venue that we go to and we want to show to everybody throughout the country that we have the most amazing fans in the world. We had hundreds or even thousands of fans in Holland when we played Holland in Amsterdam. We had a whole block of fans in Cologne against Germany when we beat the number one team in the world. We want to take that energy into the Gold Cup. We need their support a lot, and the players feel really privileged to see them there and see them behind the goal, especially when things are not working the way you want them to wok and in a tournament like the Gold Cup that is always full of surprises. You might be a goal down, two goals down, but it’s all about belief, about keeping  on going, keeping on pushing and turning things around. We did it in Holland. We did it in Germany. We came from behind and we beat them.  It might happen to us in the Gold Cup, too, so hopefully we’ll have thousands and thousands of our fans in the stadium giving us that support.”

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title

CHICAGO (June 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will defend the USA’s title at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The roster includes 17 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Ten players from this group have been a part of USA teams that have won a Gold Cup in the past, including six from the squad that won in 2013.

The MNT will take the pitch for a final Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Ticket sales for that game have already exceeded 25,000 and it is on track to break the record for attendance at a soccer game in Tennessee. (TICKETS)

Four days later, the five-time Gold Cup champions will begin their quest at title defense in the 13th edition of the tournament with the opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. (GOLD CUP SCHEDULE)

Twelve CONCACAF teams will compete for the Gold Cup trophy: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean. The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal that features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia).

With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup, which is the ultimate goal for Klinsmann and the team.

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition," said Klinsmann. "Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

The MNT is coming off two huge road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany, and is riding a four-match unbeaten streak against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world (3-0-1). The USA is 4-2-1 on the year.

After the Group Stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round may replace up to six players on the roster.

U.S. Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seventeen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players on the roster with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, of which 10 have lifted the trophy
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time participant.
  • Brad Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout versus Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup Final.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • The win against Germany its last time out was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champion
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as the Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. Also picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi and Davis were both part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and are the only players on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist. 

 


To the Gold Cup and Beyond

Every training session and every game this year for the U.S. Men’s National Team has built to this point. It’s time for the U.S. MNT to defend its title. It’s time for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is a biennial tournament of CONCACAF teams; a tournament to crown the best of the Caribbean, North and Central American nations. As always, 12 countries will vie for the prize: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean.

The winning team will hoist the 35-pound golden trophy, be declared the region’s best team and qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate at the FIFA Confederations Cup - a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion.

The CONCACAF playoff for the Confederations Cup is a matchup of the Gold Cup winners from the two Cups that led into it. The U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2013 and has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance as Gold Cup champions would make its berth in the Confederations Cup automatic.

 For the USA, a team that has gone through a transition period and has featured a number of new players in the months since last summer’s World Cup, the experimentation will come to a stand still for this tournament. The goal laid out by Jurgen Klinsmann has been direct: Win.

This summer, the U.S. Men will go for Cup number six and will try to earn their way back to the Confederations Cup. The MNT excelled in the 2009 edition in South Africa, beating then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals, and advancing to the final to finish as the runner-up. It was the USA’s first trip to a FIFA tournament final.

The experience of a Confederations Cup provides players with an opportunity of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. They play in the same stadiums they’ll play in in the following summer and they get a chance to experience the climate and the culture, things that surely helped the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 in South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. Success in the tournament also sends a message to viewers worldwide of which teams are poised to be contenders in the World Cup.

"The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017," said Klinsmann. "That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

The United States and Mexico have been the most successful nations in Gold Cup history. El Tri has six trophies and the U.S. has five of the 12 total tournaments that have been contested. Canada is the only other Nation with a trophy, when it pulled off a shocking win in 2000. The U.S. has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and in six of the last seven.

The MNT is currently riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak against FIFA top 20-ranked opponents. It all began in March when the MNT drew 1-1 with then No. 12 FIFA-ranked Switzerland in Zurich, even while playing with 10 men down the stretch. In April, the U.S. followed with 2-0 win over arch-nemesis Mexico, and in June it traveled back to Europe to take down sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, and the reigning World Cup champion Germany, 2-1.

Each result was an important one as well as a stepping stone in preparation for the year’s zenith that is now realized in the form of the Gold Cup, the confederation championship. The United States, the reigning champion, will now look to defend its title and its holding as CONCACAF’s best team. A spot in Russia in 2017 is also on the line, making this tournament a welcomed opportunity for a nation carving its path on a continued quest to be the best.

Experienced MNT Roster Ready to Defend Gold Cup Crown

Nearly a year on from the U.S. Men’s National finishing its run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the team tackles its first true hurdle of the 2018 World Cup cycle as they look for a second consecutive regional title at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken a “win now” approach with this summer’s competition, hoping to directly qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederation’s Cup and nullify the need for a future playoff with another nation. 

With that in mind, the final roster Klinsmann named for the Gold Cup on Tuesday is heavy on veteran players that bring big-game experience to the table. 

Together, the 23 players on Klinsmann’s roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT. Seventeen players were also part of the U.S. team at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). 

The U.S. returns six players from the 2013 championship-winning side: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski. 

Having made three previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters in 2005, 2007 and 2011, Clint Dempsey leads the list of 13 players that have previously played in the confederation championship, of which 10 have lifted the Gold Cup and eight played in a previous final. Dempsey has played in all three finals in which he’s been part of the roster and is the only two-time winner on the 2015 Gold Cup squad. 

From an attacking perspective, Dempsey and Wondolowski each have five career goals in the Gold Cup, tied for fifth on the USA’s all-time list. Wondo, shared the Golden Boot in 2013. Though technically speaking someone named Chris Wondowlowski scored three of those! 

Klinsmann will also have Jozy Altidore at his disposal, who at 25 years old is already fifth on the all-time U.S. scoring chart with 27 goals, and if penalties are needed at any point, Klinsmann can turn to Brad Davis, who, in just his second cap, scored the game-winning spot kick in the USA’s shootout win vs. Panama to win the 2005 Gold Cup Final. 

In goal, while Brad Guzan has never played in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match, the Aston Villa ‘keeper brings big tournament experience, posting a career record of 5-1-1 and five shutouts in World Cup Qualifying.  He backstopped the U.S. in the 3-0 win against Egypt at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the team’s recent friendly wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and current world champions Germany. Guzan will be backed by one of the heroes of the 2013 U.S. Gold Cup squad in Rimando, who shined during the U.S. team’s run to its fifth regional title. 

Coming off strong back-to-back performances against the Netherlands and Germany, midfielder Michael Bradley looks set to become the 16th player in U.S. history to achieve the 100 cap milestone. Sitting on 98 appearances, Bradley would become the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to reach the century mark, behind only Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Marcelo Balboa.

USWNT Faces Colombia on Anniversary of MNT 1994 World Cup Win

Tonight, the U.S. Women’s National Team squares off against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coincidentally, the game falls on the 21st anniversary of the U.S. Men’s National Team historic win against Colombia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

On that night of June 22, 1994, midfielder Earnie Stewart tucked in the game-winning goal to lead the USA to a 2-1 victory. With the win, along with the team’s draw against Switzerland, the U.S. was able to reach the knockout round of the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Through the dogged efforts of the U.S. players, and particularly the defensive efforts of captain Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas and Marcelo Balboa, the team was able to upset one of the dark horse candidates to win the tournament in front of 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Balboa nearly added to triumph with a spectacular bicycle kick effort from a corner that missed the Colombia net by mere inches. The USA’s other goal came on an own goal from Andrés Escobar, who was tragically killed in the aftermath of the game.

When the match ended and the U.S. nabbed the victory, the stadium erupted with jubilation. Balboa recalls the moment fondly, “We celebrated – and if you go back to that game – there’s flags wrapped around players. We’re doing victory laps. We won the World Cup that day, that’s what it felt like.” Later the u

Alexi Lalas

The performance by the United States and the success of the tournament overall marked a new era for the sport in this country. For players dreaming to wear the red, white, and blue, the win was an experience they would never forget.

“I watched a ton of games during that World Cup and the tournament in 1990 as well,” remembers former U.S. defender Eddie Pope. “I can picture Earnie scoring that goal, and I remember thinking what a great moment it was for the U.S. team."

Tonight, it will be the USWNT’s turn to take on Colombia, and the team will be playing to make sure a U.S. win on the world’s biggest stage is once again the outcome. 

MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Ticket Sales for USA-Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville Surpass 25,000

CHICAGO (June 19, 2015) – Tickets sales have surpassed 25,000 for the USA’s Gold Cup preparation match against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 25,000 tickets sold, the U.S. MNT is on track to break the record attendance for a match in Nashville, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. In the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The MNT is coming off road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup  against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger and Walmart stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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 U.S. and Guatemala last met on July 5, 2013, in a game that served as final preparation ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA prevailed by a 6-0 score line, improving its all-time record against Guatemala to 14-4-6.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, 2-1, sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, archenemy Mexico, 2-0, and a 1-1 draw with then No. 12 Switzerland in Zurich. 

Gallery: Remembering the Biggest Dos A Cero

It was 13 years ago, but the memory of the win is still as sweet as ever. The U.S. Men’s National Team played its way through to a berth in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and waiting for them was their arch nemesis and rival Mexico. In what would be the most important match in the 70 years of competition between the next-door nations, goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan sparked the MNT to a 2-0 triumph and a score line that has become a dream for the U.S. and a nightmare for Mexico in the years that followed.


Zusi Aims for Impactful Return to MNT

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

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

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

Q&A: Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup Roster Approach: “Do everything possible to win this competition.”

ussoccer.com: How did you go about assembling this roster?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition. Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the Senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve chosen a lot of players with a lot of experience. How important is experience in a tournament?
JK: “Going into a Gold Cup, especially in our region here, experience means a lot. You need players that stay calm in very emotional and very difficult and very tough battles. It can get nasty, things might not go your way in some moments, so you have to stay cool and you have to always be on top of things. I think the experience that players like Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, Nick Rimando have, just to name a few of them, those guys bring the experience with them to stay calm and get the job done. The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

ussoccer.com: Do the type of opponents that the U.S. will face in the Gold Cup impact the roster decisions?
JK: “In the Gold Cup obviously you’ll deal with different types of opponents than if you maybe went to Europe to play European sides, or to South America to play South American sides like last year in the World Cup in Brazil. It’s very different now in the Gold Cup where our main rivals are from Central America and they play a specific way. They’re all different in their own terms, but you need to put that in consideration when you put the pieces together in terms of your roster. You need to have guys that are experienced in dealing with teams like that. If you look at our group, it’s a very difficult with Panama and Honduras and also Haiti is a team that’s a little unpredictable, so you need to have guys in your team right now that can deal with surprises, that can deal with issues, and can deal with maybe being a goal down and turn things around. That’s why we chose a really good mixture of experience and also younger guys that bring really good energy to the table.”

ussoccer.com: How will you approach the possibility of changing up the six players after the group stage?
JK: “I think having the opportunity to change players already after the group stage is something that we took advantage of two years ago when we won the Gold Cup with six consecutive wins.  So it’s important to have that option, but it’s also important to tell the initial group, ‘Hey, you’re in the driver’s seat here, you set the tone.’ And then depending on what happens - if it’s suspensions, if it’s god forbid injuries or whatever, we have the chance to make high quality subs. We will definitely have that in the back of our minds.  But first and foremost comes the group stage, and that is a very difficult group that we have as I mentioned with Panama, Honduras, and Haiti, so first we have to go through there and then we can think about maybe making some changes after the group phase.”

ussoccer.com: What was your reaction to the situation with Clint Dempsey?
JK: “The situation with Clint Dempsey, obviously, is something that I saw basically on the internet.  I was in Europe still after our games against Holland and Germany.  It’s something that nobody wants to see. It’s a mistake, and mistakes happen.  So, obviously when he comes in next week to Nashville in preparation for our friendly game with Guatemala, we’ll sit down and talk through that and we’ll go from there.  It’s something that nobody wants to go through. Nobody wants to get red carded. Nobody wants to get suspended and be in discussion by the fans and the media for a mistake you make. But it’s on the other hand, it’s part of the game too. So we’ll take a little bit of a step back and we’ll discuss it in person in a relaxed way and go from there. “

ussoccer.com: How are you handling the European-based players that have been on break?
JK: “Well the tricky part of this Gold Cup is that because it’s in July, which ideally like Copa America or the Women’s World Cup would have been in June, the players coming from Europe are all done with their seasons, so they went on quick vacations and had a tightened vacation phase and now we have to shoot them up for the Gold Cup. It’s not easy for them, but it is doable and its part of their job. They have a training plan and work out plans in order to stay in shape. We’ll take it from there in Nashville in preparation for the friendly with Guatemala, and get them one step at a time into the Gold Cup because we want to have the strongest team possible with us. Our biggest rival Mexico will come with their strongest group also with European-based players, so we want to meet them face to face and make sure that they stay behind us. I’m sure our players were conscientious in their vacation periods. They are conscious that there is a lot at stake and they’re going to be well prepared.”

ussoccer.com: How important will fan support be during this tournament?
JK: “I think the biggest part that were hoping to get from this summer’s Gold Cup, because it’s a crucial competition because it qualifies us for the Confederations Cup in Russia, is our fans. We need our fans to be behind us. We need the American Outlaws to be organizing in every venue that we go to and we want to show to everybody throughout the country that we have the most amazing fans in the world. We had hundreds or even thousands of fans in Holland when we played Holland in Amsterdam. We had a whole block of fans in Cologne against Germany when we beat the number one team in the world. We want to take that energy into the Gold Cup. We need their support a lot, and the players feel really privileged to see them there and see them behind the goal, especially when things are not working the way you want them to wok and in a tournament like the Gold Cup that is always full of surprises. You might be a goal down, two goals down, but it’s all about belief, about keeping  on going, keeping on pushing and turning things around. We did it in Holland. We did it in Germany. We came from behind and we beat them.  It might happen to us in the Gold Cup, too, so hopefully we’ll have thousands and thousands of our fans in the stadium giving us that support.”

To the Gold Cup and Beyond

Every training session and every game this year for the U.S. Men’s National Team has built to this point. It’s time for the U.S. MNT to defend its title. It’s time for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is a biennial tournament of CONCACAF teams; a tournament to crown the best of the Caribbean, North and Central American nations. As always, 12 countries will vie for the prize: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean.

The winning team will hoist the 35-pound golden trophy, be declared the region’s best team and qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate at the FIFA Confederations Cup - a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion.

The CONCACAF playoff for the Confederations Cup is a matchup of the Gold Cup winners from the two Cups that led into it. The U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2013 and has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance as Gold Cup champions would make its berth in the Confederations Cup automatic.

 For the USA, a team that has gone through a transition period and has featured a number of new players in the months since last summer’s World Cup, the experimentation will come to a stand still for this tournament. The goal laid out by Jurgen Klinsmann has been direct: Win.

This summer, the U.S. Men will go for Cup number six and will try to earn their way back to the Confederations Cup. The MNT excelled in the 2009 edition in South Africa, beating then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals, and advancing to the final to finish as the runner-up. It was the USA’s first trip to a FIFA tournament final.

The experience of a Confederations Cup provides players with an opportunity of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. They play in the same stadiums they’ll play in in the following summer and they get a chance to experience the climate and the culture, things that surely helped the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 in South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. Success in the tournament also sends a message to viewers worldwide of which teams are poised to be contenders in the World Cup.

"The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017," said Klinsmann. "That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

The United States and Mexico have been the most successful nations in Gold Cup history. El Tri has six trophies and the U.S. has five of the 12 total tournaments that have been contested. Canada is the only other Nation with a trophy, when it pulled off a shocking win in 2000. The U.S. has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and in six of the last seven.

The MNT is currently riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak against FIFA top 20-ranked opponents. It all began in March when the MNT drew 1-1 with then No. 12 FIFA-ranked Switzerland in Zurich, even while playing with 10 men down the stretch. In April, the U.S. followed with 2-0 win over arch-nemesis Mexico, and in June it traveled back to Europe to take down sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, and the reigning World Cup champion Germany, 2-1.

Each result was an important one as well as a stepping stone in preparation for the year’s zenith that is now realized in the form of the Gold Cup, the confederation championship. The United States, the reigning champion, will now look to defend its title and its holding as CONCACAF’s best team. A spot in Russia in 2017 is also on the line, making this tournament a welcomed opportunity for a nation carving its path on a continued quest to be the best.

Experienced MNT Roster Ready to Defend Gold Cup Crown

Nearly a year on from the U.S. Men’s National finishing its run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the team tackles its first true hurdle of the 2018 World Cup cycle as they look for a second consecutive regional title at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken a “win now” approach with this summer’s competition, hoping to directly qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederation’s Cup and nullify the need for a future playoff with another nation. 

With that in mind, the final roster Klinsmann named for the Gold Cup on Tuesday is heavy on veteran players that bring big-game experience to the table. 

Together, the 23 players on Klinsmann’s roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT. Seventeen players were also part of the U.S. team at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). 

The U.S. returns six players from the 2013 championship-winning side: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski. 

Having made three previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters in 2005, 2007 and 2011, Clint Dempsey leads the list of 13 players that have previously played in the confederation championship, of which 10 have lifted the Gold Cup and eight played in a previous final. Dempsey has played in all three finals in which he’s been part of the roster and is the only two-time winner on the 2015 Gold Cup squad. 

From an attacking perspective, Dempsey and Wondolowski each have five career goals in the Gold Cup, tied for fifth on the USA’s all-time list. Wondo, shared the Golden Boot in 2013. Though technically speaking someone named Chris Wondowlowski scored three of those! 

Klinsmann will also have Jozy Altidore at his disposal, who at 25 years old is already fifth on the all-time U.S. scoring chart with 27 goals, and if penalties are needed at any point, Klinsmann can turn to Brad Davis, who, in just his second cap, scored the game-winning spot kick in the USA’s shootout win vs. Panama to win the 2005 Gold Cup Final. 

In goal, while Brad Guzan has never played in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match, the Aston Villa ‘keeper brings big tournament experience, posting a career record of 5-1-1 and five shutouts in World Cup Qualifying.  He backstopped the U.S. in the 3-0 win against Egypt at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the team’s recent friendly wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and current world champions Germany. Guzan will be backed by one of the heroes of the 2013 U.S. Gold Cup squad in Rimando, who shined during the U.S. team’s run to its fifth regional title. 

Coming off strong back-to-back performances against the Netherlands and Germany, midfielder Michael Bradley looks set to become the 16th player in U.S. history to achieve the 100 cap milestone. Sitting on 98 appearances, Bradley would become the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to reach the century mark, behind only Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Marcelo Balboa.

USWNT Faces Colombia on Anniversary of MNT 1994 World Cup Win

Tonight, the U.S. Women’s National Team squares off against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coincidentally, the game falls on the 21st anniversary of the U.S. Men’s National Team historic win against Colombia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

On that night of June 22, 1994, midfielder Earnie Stewart tucked in the game-winning goal to lead the USA to a 2-1 victory. With the win, along with the team’s draw against Switzerland, the U.S. was able to reach the knockout round of the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Through the dogged efforts of the U.S. players, and particularly the defensive efforts of captain Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas and Marcelo Balboa, the team was able to upset one of the dark horse candidates to win the tournament in front of 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Balboa nearly added to triumph with a spectacular bicycle kick effort from a corner that missed the Colombia net by mere inches. The USA’s other goal came on an own goal from Andrés Escobar, who was tragically killed in the aftermath of the game.

When the match ended and the U.S. nabbed the victory, the stadium erupted with jubilation. Balboa recalls the moment fondly, “We celebrated – and if you go back to that game – there’s flags wrapped around players. We’re doing victory laps. We won the World Cup that day, that’s what it felt like.” Later the u

Alexi Lalas

The performance by the United States and the success of the tournament overall marked a new era for the sport in this country. For players dreaming to wear the red, white, and blue, the win was an experience they would never forget.

“I watched a ton of games during that World Cup and the tournament in 1990 as well,” remembers former U.S. defender Eddie Pope. “I can picture Earnie scoring that goal, and I remember thinking what a great moment it was for the U.S. team."

Tonight, it will be the USWNT’s turn to take on Colombia, and the team will be playing to make sure a U.S. win on the world’s biggest stage is once again the outcome. 

Gallery: Remembering the Biggest Dos A Cero

It was 13 years ago, but the memory of the win is still as sweet as ever. The U.S. Men’s National Team played its way through to a berth in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and waiting for them was their arch nemesis and rival Mexico. In what would be the most important match in the 70 years of competition between the next-door nations, goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan sparked the MNT to a 2-0 triumph and a score line that has become a dream for the U.S. and a nightmare for Mexico in the years that followed.


Happy Goalversary Clint Dempsey and John Brooks!

It was the first game for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was a matchup with Ghana, the team that had eliminated the USA in the previous two World Cups and the MNT’s first opponent in the “Group of Death.” It was John Brooks, one year ago today, that a headed in a heart-stopping goal in the 86th minute to give the U.S. a 2-1 win. A dream scenario for Brooks had become reality.

The game began with a historic strike, when the USA took an immediate 1-0 lead off a Clint Dempsey goal that came 29 seconds into the match. It was the fastest goal in World Cup history for the U.S. and a goal that made Dempsey the first MNT player to score in three World Cups.

The defense stifled a number of attacks from Ghana in the minutes that followed, but in the 82nd, the African nation broke through with an equalizing goal. With eight minutes left, the U.S. pushed ahead, battled for a scoring opportunity and earned corner kick, which set the stage for Brooks.

“I had a dream,” Brooks said in the pandemonium that followed the win. “I told some teammates that I dreamed that I scored in the 80th minute and we win the game. Now it was the 86th minute, and we won.”

The 21-year-old, playing in his first World Cup game overwhelmed by the moment and the realization of his dream fell to his knees on the pitch as his teammates embraced him.


Q&A: Klinsmann Reflects on Wins Against Netherlands and Germany

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with ussoccer.com about the USA’s win against Germany and the look ahead toward the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

ussoccer.com: What did this win against Germany and the way the team played show you about your team?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “I think the win against Germany has been a great signal by a team that has tremendous chemistry and spirit to go closer to the big nations and challenge them to go at their tempo in their half, trying to get eye-to-eye and just learn. Obviously it’s a nicer learning curve when you win a game at the end of the day, but still it was about just taking the game to them and not looking like an away team. I think the way the team looked at the end of the first half and also at the end of the second half, it didn’t look like an away team. We were in the No. 1 team’s nation and stadium and we played this game open with them, and so I think from a learning perspective it was a huge step forward.”

ussoccer.com: There were a lot of USA fans in the building tonight. How important was their support for the team and what does there being there say about the growing interest in U.S. Soccer?

JK: “It was unbelievable. We already had tremendous support from our fans in Amsterdam and they took it to an even higher notch in Cologne. I think the German crowd was surprised. The German crowd didn’t really know what to think. They probably thought ‘did they all fly over from the United States’? It shows that they’re paying more and more respect to what we’re doing. They follow what we’re doing in Europe. They look at our results and they actually give us compliments and they see that we are progressing as a soccer nation in all levels. Things are improving. We still have a long way to as we always say. We are not there yet, but it’s not getting unnoticed. People now look at what we’re doing, and they’re curious and I think after this game against the world champions a lot more people will be curious about our work and our progress and ask questions.”

ussoccer.com: How do you assess the performance of Michael Bradley during the last two games?

JK: “I think if there’s one player that deserves a very special or additional comment in these games, it’s Michael Bradley because he just took it to another level. The people in Europe know him. Obviously he played in the Bundesliga, he played in Serie A and they know about his qualities and about his capabilities. But one thing is you show that in your club environment wherever you play in the world, and the other thing is you show it in your national team jersey and he was captain which I think is something very special as well. People were just thinking, ‘holy moly, this guy is unstoppable,’ and he’s just taking it to Germany and giving the team so much energy and so much belief that you can actually make a surprise happen. We kind of made two surprises happen within a couple of days.”

Leading the Charge

There’s plenty of praise to go around to the entire U.S. National Team for its back-to-back wins this past week away to Netherlands and Germany.

And while Bobby Wood’s pair of game-winning-goals will certainly be the most memorable takeaways, one player that earned more pointed praise was veteran midfielder Michael Bradley, who Jurgen Klinsmann said, “took it to another level” the last two matches.

“He was the absolute best player on the field tonight,” Klinsmann said of his performance against Germany. “With his experience, he played all over in Europe and back in MLS now, the players really looked at him and said we’re going to turn this in the other direction. The people in Europe know him -- obviously he played in the Bundesliga and played in Serie A. They know about his qualities and capabilities. One thing is you show that in your club environment, the other thing is you show it in the national team jersey.”

Bradley showed those in Europe he could do it on the international level, bossing the U.S. midfield in both contests while bringing his team creativity and composure at crucial moments.

Down 3-1 in the second half against Holland, Bradley made a play to spark the U.S. comeback. In the 70th minute he threaded a perfectly-weighted through ball to DeAndre Yedlin on the right. The Spurs defender centered for John Brooks who finished from close range to pull the side back within a goal.

Bobby's World

If anyone was to take bets on a player who would score game-winning goals against both Netherlands and Germany prior to the U.S. MNT’s friendlies this past week, 22-year-old striker Bobby Wood might have had some of the longest odds.

That’s because the Hawaiian-born forward’s 2014-15 season was rocky to say the least. Despite starting to get consistent call-ups from Jurgen Klinsmann last fall, Wood’s club situation with 2.Bundesliga side 1860 Munich was murky, with the striker making just six appearances before the New Year as the club battled to stay in the German second division.

In need of playing time, Wood moved to fellow relegation rivals Erzgebirge Aue in February where he began to play consistently and even scored a brace in his second appearance, a 3-2 win at Fortuna Dusseldorf, before an injury to his right knee threw out another hurdle. On the shelf for nearly two months, Wood returned to the side in late April and finished the season strong, but couldn’t keep the club from avoiding the drop to the third division.

A call to Men’s National Team camp for the June friendlies provided a nice avenue for Wood to cap his club season, and the substitute striker made the most of his initial opportunity as his stoppage time strike helped the United States to a 4-3 win away to the No. 6-ranked team in the world last Friday.

Knee Injury Rules Brad Davis Out of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) — Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF  to allow for a replacement.

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

Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 33,000, ensuring a record crowd for a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.

 

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title

CHICAGO (June 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will defend the USA’s title at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The roster includes 17 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Ten players from this group have been a part of USA teams that have won a Gold Cup in the past, including six from the squad that won in 2013.

The MNT will take the pitch for a final Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Ticket sales for that game have already exceeded 25,000 and it is on track to break the record for attendance at a soccer game in Tennessee. (TICKETS)

Four days later, the five-time Gold Cup champions will begin their quest at title defense in the 13th edition of the tournament with the opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. (GOLD CUP SCHEDULE)

Twelve CONCACAF teams will compete for the Gold Cup trophy: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean. The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal that features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia).

With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup, which is the ultimate goal for Klinsmann and the team.

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition," said Klinsmann. "Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

The MNT is coming off two huge road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany, and is riding a four-match unbeaten streak against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world (3-0-1). The USA is 4-2-1 on the year.

After the Group Stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round may replace up to six players on the roster.

U.S. Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seventeen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players on the roster with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, of which 10 have lifted the trophy
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time participant.
  • Brad Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout versus Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup Final.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • The win against Germany its last time out was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champion
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as the Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. Also picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi and Davis were both part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and are the only players on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist. 

 


Ticket Sales for USA-Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville Surpass 25,000

CHICAGO (June 19, 2015) – Tickets sales have surpassed 25,000 for the USA’s Gold Cup preparation match against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 25,000 tickets sold, the U.S. MNT is on track to break the record attendance for a match in Nashville, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. In the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The MNT is coming off road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup  against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger and Walmart stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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 U.S. and Guatemala last met on July 5, 2013, in a game that served as final preparation ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA prevailed by a 6-0 score line, improving its all-time record against Guatemala to 14-4-6.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, 2-1, sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, archenemy Mexico, 2-0, and a 1-1 draw with then No. 12 Switzerland in Zurich. 

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Germany

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
International Friendly 
Cologne, Germany
June 11, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On the win:
“I think the team realized after 20-25 minutes that there’s a whole game to play. I think the leadership, especially of Michael Bradley, was tremendous. He was the absolute best player on the field tonight. With his experience, he played all over in Europe and back in MLS now, the players really looked at him and said we’re going to turn this slowly in the other direction and the ball shifted. At halftime we made a couple changes, bringing in Kyle Beckerman, who calmed things down defensively and is I think the most underrated player coming out of the last World Cup. Kyle Beckerman is really just there for the team. He cleans things up and he makes everyone around him look better because he’s doing the dirty work and that makes it easier for us. So I think the shape was better the second half. We were kind of more compact to close down the passing lanes because when they start playing one-two touches it’s very, very difficult. We got the momentum in the second half and turned it into our half and it was pretty exciting.”

On Bobby Wood:
“Obviously we are thrilled at the development of the young players. Bobby Wood is a work in progress. He’s a kid that came over here to Germany at the age of 14. He’s from Hawaii and then he played youth soccer in California then he went to 1860 Munich when he was fourteen years old and then he sort of worked his way up. He had a very difficult season. He didn’t break through at 1860, but he moved on at the end to Aue and got injured. We worked him back.  Erzgebirge Aue helped him a lot in this process. I just gave him the feeling that it’s a process. We are trying to educate our player on what it really means to play in a place like we played tonight, what it means to be a 24/7 professional on the field and off the field. That learning curve for our 19-, 21-, 22-year old players will be still a couple of years. But when you see certain things in training and certain talent then as a coach you just wish they can do it day in and day out. He’s not able to do that yet, but now he gets more confidence and he really deserves a nice vacation break now.”

On capitalizing on opportunities against the world’s top teams:
“I think the important thing is when you try to play with the big teams in the world, you need to have the courage to try and create something and we actually did that in the first 15 minutes. We had some sequences in the first 15 minutes where we there was a shot for Mix Diskerud, and Aron Johansson got a nice shot off there. It’s that learning curve to be courageous and to just go for it and do it, so it’s a different mindset you develop. It’s a lot of psychological work right now that we’re doing with the players because they need to believe we can go to Europe and we can have a game. We also know that games can go the other way as well and we get a lesson and so be it, but I think we’re growing a higher confidence level and we’re learning how to grind down things like we did. Obviously it helps more to have some wins in that process to keep things balanced and calm.”

U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY
On what these wins over Netherlands and Germany do for the team heading into the Gold Cup:
It was a good week for us, for sure. It's the start of a big summer. Certainly these two results will give us some confidence and we should feel like as we head into big, important games in the Gold Cup that we have nothing to be afraid of and we can step on the field against any team and can cause anybody trouble and can beat anybody.”

On the game:
I thought the for the first 20-25 minutes it took us a little while to tactically understand exactly the best way to go about it. I thought once we made a few little changes we were able to kind of put the game on our terms a little bit more. And so obviously the goal at the end of the first half helps in terms of getting it back to 1-1, and then the second half I thought we handled very well. In the end, I think the second goal is deserved.”

On the USA fans in the stadium:
We have unbelievable fans. As the game continues to grow in our country, the fan support does as well. We're so lucky that we can be in Cologne, Germany, playing a game like this and can have 1,000 fans in the corner of the stadium. Especially in the second half, it was all you could hear.”

On the team coming together at the right time:
“That's certainly the goal that now as we move into the summer that we're really firing on all cylinders and really coming together in a good way. And certainly the work that went into these 10 days and into these two games will go a long way.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
On the game:
It's a great result in a tough place, obviously against a really good Germany team. I think over the last couple days our confidence and our ability to play against tough teams has really come through, and it shows that we're not afraid to go up against the big teams. We know they are friendly games. We know essentially nothing is on the line, but obviously it's good going forward, especially into the Gold Cup.”

On what the win does for the team’s confidence heading into the Gold Cup:
“Like I said earlier, it's important that we build some momentum going into the Gold Cup. We know ultimately this summer is about us winning the Gold Cup. That's our No. 1 goal. These two games we're able to use in terms of confidence, in terms of our belief, in terms of our team spirit, and so yeah, it's good to be able to get two huge, huge results.”

U.S. MNT midfielder MIX DISKERUD
On his goal:
Just a regular kind of half-American, half-Norwegian volley. A little extra jump there.”

On what this win means to the team:
It shows that everything is possible. Not a lot of people thought that we were going to win two games in a row against these two teams, Holland and Germany, and it happened. I've got to give credit to all the guys out there. It's really an honor to play with them because every single tackle, every single dual, they give 100 percent.”

On the wins heading into the Gold Cup:
You want to wins games and that's what we're doing right now. Gold Cup is where it really matters. These are friendlies, but it's certainly nice to have the confidence when we're moving forward now.”

On the USA crowd support:
“We can do anything if you believe and get the support from back home. Today, there were a lot of American fans. It's incredible really, and it helps. It is really the 12th man. We could hear them and their voices over the German songs and everything. So it gives you the chills, and it's incredible.”

U.S. MNT forward BOBBY WOOD
On his goal and having gone through the sequence that lead to it in practice:
I think we did that like 20 times yesterday. It's kind of funny that it happened that exact way. But I'm happy that it worked. It was awesome. I'm happy that Jurgen after such a tough year, he just kept calling me back. And I'm happy that I got to repay him and the team. I'm just going to enjoy the moment right now.”

Wood's Late Strike Downs World Champs in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (June 10, 2015) – For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Once again, it was Bobby Wood who scored the game-winner for the USA, netting his tally in the 87th minute, after entering the game in the second half. Mix Diskerud was the other goal scorer for the USMNT and the one responsible for equalizing the match before the halftime mark after Germany got on the board early in the game.

Wood’s strike was the second of his international career with the senior team, and the second consecutive game-winner in five days. He also scored the tally that lifted the U.S. to a 4-3 win over No.-6 ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam.

This is the USA’s fourth victory against Germany and the first victory for the United States against Die Mannschaft on German soil. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.

Next, the MNT returns to the USA for one final tune-up match before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Hermann) 12th minute:
Patrick Hermman attacked from the right side and weaved through the U.S. defense to open himself up for a pass that he sent across to Mario Goetze. Goetze received it and sent it back across the mouth of the goal into the right corner to give Germany an early lead. USA 0, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41st minute: It all started with Michael Bradley, who received a pass from just inside the midfield line, took a turn and sent a beautiful cross to Mix Diskerud, who had sprinted open on the left. Inside the box, Diskerud brought the ball down with his chest, took a touch and then snapped a leaping right-footed shot past Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler into the center of the net. USA 1, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans), 87th minute: Second half sub Brad Evans sent a ball through the right side of the midfield toward the box where Jordan Morris pretended to field it but instead allowed it to zip past him to Bobby Wood. Wood received the ball and sharply turned to the center of the pitch, ridding his marker in the process and sent a powerful strike with his left foot inside the left post and just outside the outstretched arms of the German ‘keeper. USA 2, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Germany accelerated from the right side and Hermann whipped a hard cross all the way across the pitch to Mario Goetze who chested it down near the upper left corner of the box. Goetze moved a few steps toward the goal and then elected to play the ball back to an open Mesut Ozil. Ozil snapped off a left-footed shot on goal, but Guzan dove and caught it.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 31st minute: A giveaway at midfield sent Germany on a break. Hermann attacked from the center and lofted the ball over to Goetze, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Guzan. Guzan proved the winner, making a quick kick-save and knocking the ball to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Goetze again was at the center of another German chance, this time lofting in a cross from the left to a breaking Andre Schurrle in the box and in front of goal. Schurrle jumped and met the ball with a soft header, but Guzan saved again, jumping and snagging the ball out of the air.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will be back in the U.S. for one final tune-up match before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup begins when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
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Milestone Watch:

  • Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of 2015 and the sixth of his career. His last goal came in the USA’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Juan Agudelo made his first start with the MNT since June 22, 2011, when the U.S. played Panama at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 14th win for the U.S. and sits in fifth place on the list for all-time wins.

Additional Notes:

  • The win is the first for the USA on German soil and the fourth overall victory against Germany. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Four players that saw action against Germany on June 26, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, also took the field tonight against the World Cup champs. They were: Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Today’s game marked the third matchup between the U.S. and Germany during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach for the USA. He’s gone 2-1-0 against his former side, with one game coming during World Cup play and the other two in friendlies.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • This was the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015; the U.S. has compiled a record of 3-1-1 during that span.
  • This is the USA's first result against the world's No. 1 team since defeating No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The last time the USA scored two or more goals in back-to-back games in Europe was in 1979 when the U.S. beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on goals from Nanchoff and DiBernardo, then lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with DiBernardo and Villa scoring for the U.S.
  • The last time the U.S. scored consecutive victories against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when the USA beat No. 5 Portugal 3-2, in group play, and No. 7 Mexico 2-0 in the first knockout round.
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA’s seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games: Zardes and Yedlin.
  • Danny Williams made his first start for the U.S. in 2015 in today’s match. His last start came on Nov. 14, 2012 in a 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.
  • Brad Evans had the assist on Wood’s game-winning goal tonight. Evans was a starter in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; Bradley and Fabian Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has now appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date:  June 10, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff:  2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance:  40,348
Weather:  73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)     12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22- William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)     
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:            Kevin Blom (NED)     

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

MNT Faces Biggest Test Yet against World Cup Champion Germany

Following its 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands, the U.S. MNT takes on its greatest challenge yet when it takes on reigning World Cup champion and FIFA No. 1-ranked Germany. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp.

The match with Germany will serve as a part of the team’s continued preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. This will be the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015, having a compiled a record of 2-1-1 during that span.

The MNT last went head-to-head with Germany in the final Group G matchup of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Thomas Muller punched in a goal in the 55th minute to lead the German side to a 1-0 victory as both teams advanced on to the Round of 16. Three players on the U.S. roster – Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, and Fabian Johnson – started in that match, while DeAndre Yedlin came on as a late substitute.

The 22-player U.S. roster is a hybrid of youth and experience as nine players have earned 11 caps or less, while 11 have made 20 or more international appearances. The U.S. is without the services of three key players as Jozy Altidore recovers from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from a knee issue, while team captain Clint Dempsey remains in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child.

Since defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win World Cup, Germany has gone 4-2-2 and is unbeaten in its last five matches most recently defeating Georgia 2-0 on March 29 in a qualifier for the 2016 European Championship. Germany currently sits in the second position of Group D behind Poland.

USA vs. GERMANY:

  • The United States is 3-7-0 all-time against Germany. All three of the American wins have come on North American soil, and represent the most by a U.S. team against a World champion. Die Mannschaft has outscored the U.S. 22-15 in the 10 matches.
  • The teams last met in friendly competition during the MNT's Centennial Celebration match in honor of U.S. Soccer’s 100-year anniversary. On June 2, 2013 in Washington D.C., the U.S ran out 4-3 winners.
  • The U.S. beat Germany twice in 1999, earning its first win on Feb. 6, 1999 in a friendly in Jacksonville, Fla. Later that year, they met in official competition in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Mexico, the U.S. posting a 2-0 shutout on goals from Ben Olsen and Joe-Max Moore in Guadalajara.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was in March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann the Germans won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • The first meeting between the teams – a 4-3 win on June 13, 1993 in Chicago - was broadcast on ABC and became the first U.S. MNT match televised without commercial interruption.
  • The teams have met three times in the World Cup, with Germany winning each match. Besides the game in Recife last summer, the Germans recorded a 2-0 win on June 15, 1998, in the teams’ Group F opener in Paris (in which Klinsmann scored a goal), and a 1-0 victory on June 21, 2002, in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Ulsan, Korea Republic.
  • Germany head coach Joachim Low was Klinsmann’s assistant when he led the team to a third-place finish at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made 80 appearances and scored 38 goals from 1990-98 as a member of the German National Team. He won a World Cup title with Germany in 1990, starting at forward and scoring three goals in the tournament. He scored five goals in the 1994 World Cup tournament and three in 1998, becoming the first player in history to score at least three goals in three-consecutive World Cups. He still stands as the third highest scoring German in the tournament with 11 goals overall.
  • This will be the third matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach.
  • Klinsmann also managed Germany from 2004-06, leading Die Mannschaft to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup.
  • U.S. midfielder Fabian Johnson is club teammates with Kristoph Cramer, Max Kruse and Patrick Hermann at Borussia Monchengladbach. As a group the foursome helped ‘Gladbach to a third place finish in Bundesliga, which earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Against Netherlands, Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood each scored their first career goals with the MNT.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Williams, Wood and Zardes.
  • The win against Netherlands was the third victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Against Netherlands, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's six matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all six games in 2015: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Bradley has started as the team’s captain in four-straight matches.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Brad Evans started at right back in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Bradley and Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in four-straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL
  • Jordan Morris joined the squad on June 3 in Amsterdam from Toulon, France, where he participated in the 2015 Toulon Tournament with the U.S. U-23 MNT. Morris assisted on Wood’s game-winning goal in the game against Netherlands.
  • Cody Cropper joined the MNT in Cologne from Toulon, France, where he helped the U-23 MNT finish in third place in the Toulon Tournament. He fills in as the third goalkeeper with Nick Rimando returning to Real Salt Lake.
  • Eight leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 97 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley, who assisted on Juan Agudelo’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15, moved into a three-way tie for eighth on the U.S. MNT all-time list for assists with 13. His 13 goals rank him No. 13 all-time.
  • Following the win over Netherlands, Brad Guzan moved into fifth on the all-time wins list with 13.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (36-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43). 

U-23 AND U-20 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAMS ALSO IN ACTION:
Eight hundred miles south of Cologne, the U-23 Men’s National Team completed its run in the Toulon Tournament, capping with a 2-1 win over England to take third place. It was the USA’s 10th appearance in the tournament and the finish was its best since the team finished in third in 1989.

Meanwhile in New Zealand the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT will look to advance to the Quarterfinals at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup when it meets Colombia on Wednesday, June 10 at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, Telemundo and NBC Universo with kickoff set for 3:30 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter at @usscocer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.   

IN FOCUS: GERMANY
Deutscher Fußball-Bund
Founded: 1889
FIFA Affiliation: 1904
Head Coach: Joachim Löw
FIFA World Ranking: 1
Best World Cup Finish: Champions: 1990, 1974, 1954, 2014
Leading Cap-Winner: Lothar Matthaus (150)
Leading Goalscorer: Miraslov Klose (71)

Germany Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).
DEFENDERS (6): Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (FC Cologne), Shkodran Mustafi (FC Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim), Antonio Rüdiger (Stuggart)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Patrick Hermann (Borussia Monchengladbach) Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan), André Schürrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
FORWARDS (2): Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach)

GERMANY NOTES:

  • Joachim Low is the head coach of the German side. Having led Germany to the World Cup title in 2014, Low served as Klinsmann’s protégé in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
  • Thirteen players on the roster were part of Germany’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster.
  • Forward Mario Gotze scored the game-winning goal in extra time in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. Midfielder Andre Schurrle assisted on that goal.
  • Seven players were a part of clubs that played in UEFA Champions League group stage matches this year: Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid).
  • Max Kruse has recorded a point in three of the last five games.
  • Germany is unbeaten in its last five games, including a 1-0 win against No. 10-ranked Spain on Nov. 18.
  • Mario Gotze earned six caps in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and scored two goals. Andre Schurrle played in six matches and scored three goals.
  • Fifteen players from the roster play for Bundesliga clubs, with Boateng, Scweinsteiger and Gotze playing for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.
  • 22-year-old Rüdiger is the youngest player on the roster.
  • German defender Jonas Hector will be familiar with his surroundings, with RheinEnergieStadion being the home stadium for his club FC Cologne.

LAST TIME 
On the field against Germany:  
June 26, 2014 – Arena Pernambuco – Recife, Brazil – World Cup, Group G 

USA                0         
Germany        1          Thomas Muller 55

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones; 14-Brad Davis (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 4- Michael Bradley, 19- Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 84) 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Not Available: 17-Jozy Altidore
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 1-Manuel Neuer; 4-Benedikt Howedes, 5-Mats Hummels, 17-Per Mertesacker, 20-Jerome Boateng; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (19-Mario Gotze,76), 16-Phillip Lahm, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil (9-Andre Schurrle, 89), 10-Lukas Podolski (11-Miroslav Klose, 46), 13-Thomas Muller
Subs not used: 2-Kevin Grosskreutz, 3-Matthias Ginter, 6-Sami Khedira, 12-Ron-Robert Zieler, 14-Julian Draxler, 15-Erik Durm, 21-Shkodran Mustafi, 22-Roman Weidenfeller, 23-Christoph Kramer
Head coach: Joachim Low

Post-Game Quotes: Guzan, Williams, Wood, Zardes Talk Win over Netherlands

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On the team’s performance:
I think the start of the game was obviously a good start for us. We created some chances. I thought we were a little bit unlucky not to be up earlier on, but I think overall it showed our spirit and our fight to find a way to get a result. Any time you play a team like Holland, especially in Amsterdam, it’s going to be a long game and it’s going to be a difficult game. But credit to the guys, because the spirit and the determination to find a way to win was really good.”

On his performance tonight in his first appearance of 2015:
“I know from a personal standpoint I just wanted to help the guys in front of me. It’s normally not a good day when you concede three goals, but in saying that, again the result was important for us and I just wanted to play my part and I was able to make a few saves late on in the game and ultimately it was at the other end where we went and scored goals and that allowed us to win the game.”

On what this win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam does for the team:
“It’s a big factor for us. It gives us some confidence going into the Germany game on Wednesday, but I think more than anything it gives us that belief that when we do play tough teams and when we do play in difficult venues away from home and outside of the United States that we can go and get wins. We can go and put together a performance even on a day when it wasn’t our best soccer. We still found a way to win and when you do that, that’s important.”

U.S. MNT forward BOBBY WOOD

On his game-winning goal:
I don’t remember much I just know that Jordan [Morris] gave me a great cross. I can’t complain about that cross and I just tapped it in.”

On what it’s like to have his first goal with the National Team be a game-winner in a big game:
It hasn’t really hit in yet. I still can’t believe that I scored. It’ll be amazing once it kicks in.”

On what the message from the coaching staff was when he entered the game:
Just be strong and play like I did in training and just give it all and be confident.”

On what the celebration of his goal was like:
“I was just shocked. I didn’t really celebrate. I was in shock. I thought maybe I might have been offside, but I was just shocked and I enjoyed it.”

On what he did when he scored:
“I ran to the corner and just kind of embraced it and said thank you to Jordan Morris. It was exciting.”

U.S. MNT forward GYASI ZARDES
On his goal:
I think I saw Fabian Johnson just wind up to cross the ball in and I was behind the defender and I noticed the defender was lacking on getting back so I knew the ball was going to come across so I lunged out and I just kept my eyes on the ball and just tried to make contact with my right foot and put it on frame and sure enough it went in the goal. I watched it because it looked like the keeper had it in his hands but I saw him bobble it inside the goal and that’s when I was just like, ‘yes!’ It was like a since of relief. We were down one-nil and just to get a goal to get us back into it was phenomenal. It was like, ‘we’re back in this thing.”

On if getting his first goal in a game like this gives it more significance:
Of course. It’s definitely a blessing just to be on the field with these guys and not only that, on this stage against Holland, who finished third in the World Cup. It’s just amazing to be on the pitch and to get a goal.”

On the young strikers taking advantage of their opportunity:
I feel like the young strikers grasped every single opportunity that was out there on that field. We were all hungry for a goal and sure enough we all gave it our all.”

On what a result like this does for the team:
“Personally speaking I feel like a result like this shows character. We didn’t give up. We were down 3-1 and for the full 90 minutes we were fighting.  Moving on forward to playing Germany, I feel like if we have the same characteristics and the same mentality and attitude I think it will be a positive atmosphere and a positive chemistry within the team going into that game.”

On if he’s ever had a soccer experience like this before:
“No, because I’ve never scored against a top, elite team like this before. Just having teammates on the field that are just fighting for each other and banging in goals one after the other just to get a result. 4-3, like I said, it shows character and it’s just amazing to be a part of this team.”

U.S. MNT midfielder DANNY WILLIAMS

On his goal:
I think Michael Bradley took the corner and I saw one guy head it away and I was thinking, please head it to me. The ball came to me and I had a good first touch and I shot it toward the goal and I think it had a bit of a deflection and I just followed the ball with my eyes and hoped it would go in. Obviously the moment after you could see how I felt.”

On what the coaches told him when he came in:
It was 3-1 and I think the Dutch team thought they were winning comfortably and Jurgen [Klinsmann] just told me, ‘Danny, do your thing.’ I tried to put everything in I had and I tried my best and I thank God I could help with a goal, but I think it’s more important that we got the three points at the end because to turn this thing around after 3-1 in Amsterdam where no one was expecting us to win against the team that finished third in the World Cup. Big credit to our team.”

USA Records Win for the History Books with 4-3 Victory against Netherlands

AMSTERDAM (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team completed an astonishing second-half comeback in the last two minutes of the game to defeat No.6-ranked Netherlands 4-3 at Amsterdam Arena for the first time in five meetings between the two teams.

Danny Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. Gyasi Zardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks’ goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match.

For Zardes, Williams and Wood, the goals were the first of their international careers, while Brooks’ strike was his first since his momentous game-winner against Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Next, the U.S. MNT face 2014 FIFA World Cup champion and No.1-ranked Germany in Cologne on June 10. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter ( @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay), 27th minute:
From the left side, Memphis Depay played the ball past Gyasi Zardes to send a cross to Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who escaped both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks to head the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. USA 0, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson), 33rd minute: Aaron Johannsson passed the ball outside of the Netherlands box to Fabian Johnson, who was looming on the upper right side corner. Johnson controlled the pass and sent a cross to the far post where Gyasi Zardes awaited. Calm and collected, Zardes gave the ball a great touch with his right foot, tipping it in from a sharp angle inside the near post past the Dutch goalkeeper to even matters before half. USA 1, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

NED – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Van der Wiel), 49th minute: Second half sub Van der Wiel outpaced his marker before sending a long cross toward Huntelaar. The Dutch striker outjumped his defender and once again headed it home for his second of the game. USA 1, NED 2

NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar), 53rd minute: Huntelaar drove a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off Depay and past Guzan towards the far post where it banked in off the woodwork into the opposite corner. USA 1, NED 3

USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin), 70th minute: Michael Bradley came running into the right side of the box where he found DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin gave the ball a single touch before crossing it to the middle where John Brooks used the inside of his left foot to guide a shot inside the near post for his second career MNT strike. USA 2, NED 3 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Danny Williams, 88th minute: Following a corner from Michael Bradley that sent the ball to the middle of the box, Netherlands’ Lukk De Jong headed it clear to the top of the box. Danny Williams was waiting above the half circle to collect the short clearance and took a shot with his right foot that deflected off Dutch forward Luuk de Jong to tie the game. USA 3, NED 3 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris), 90th minute: Michael Bradley gained possession of the ball after a defensive recovery and ran it through the midfield into attacking territory. Bradley found a patient Jordan Morris on the right side and sent him a pass that he smartly crossed to Bobby Wood, who tapped it in with the inside of his right foot for the game-winner in the last-minute. USA 4, NED 3 (FINAL) ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 3rd minute: Robin Van Persie scooted into the box after a bit of miscommunication from the USA defense. His attempt was blocked by Brad Guzan and despite another Netherlands player getting the rebound to try again, the USA No. 1 was prepared and corralled the ball to keep the U.S. out of trouble. 

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 15th minute: In the clearest scoring opportunity for the USA until that point, Michael Bradley served a corner kick into the box, where it bounced around before finding Gyasi Zardes. He fired a bullet from eight yards away toward the net but Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ready and made a point-blank save to deny the goal.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 22nd minute: Brek Shea had a fantastic run on the left flank after a midfield pass from Michael Bradley, and got himself into position to face Cillessen one-on-one. Shea’s shot from about five yards out went straight into Cillessen’s legs, which ricocheted the ball out and avoided any further attacking chance from the USA.

USA – Kyle Beckerman, 39th minute: Netherlands had a clear shot at a goal during a scramble inside the USA box, when Kyle Beckerman tracked back to make a vital interception before kicking the ball out of play, allowing the U.S. to reset.

USA – Brad Guzan and Kyle Beckerman, 47th minute: Robin Van Persie volleyed over John Brooks to head toward the net, but Guzan had a quick reaction and blocked the attempt. Van Persie tried again but this time it was Beckerman who cleared it off the line.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 64th minute: Gyasi Zardes had a free path into the goal, sending a shot with his left foot towards the far post. Cillessen wasn’t caught off guard and stepped up to make the block with his left leg.

USA – Fabian Johnson, 83rd minute : Netherlands got inside the box and past Brad Guzan. Fabian Johnson came from behind and cleared the ball off of the missed attempt from the Dutch player, getting some help from the post to send it out of bounds.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90th minute: Luuk De Jong turned a ball goalward but Guzan expertly sprung across to keep the match tied. The follow up fell to De Jong once again but his second attempt hit the crossbar.

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 97 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list and is the only player on this roster that played against the Netherlands in 2010.
  • The goals from Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood were their first goals with the MNT.


Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT will travel to Germany, to play the 2014 FIFA World Cup Champion at RheinEnergiesSTADION in Cologne. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The United States is 1-4-0 all-time against Netherlands. The teams have played twice in the U.S. and now three times in Amsterdam. The Netherlands has outscored the U.S. 10-5 in the five-game series. Before today’s game, the USA had been outscored 7-1.
  • This was the first matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach and the first victory for the USA against the European soccer power.
  • Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015.
  • Guzan earned his 13th win with the MNT.
  • Ventura Alvarado, who made his first start for the USA the last time out against Mexico, made his second consecutive start for the USA tonight.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley wore the captain’s armband for the fourth-straight match.
  • It was the second time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman started together.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's six matches so far in 2015. The two other MNT players that have appeared in all six games in 2015 are Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Yedlin nabbed his first point of 2015 after providing the assist on John Brooks’ goal late in the second half.
  • Williams, who scored the game-tying goal in today’s match, was the first new player that Klinsmann capped when he became the MNT head coach.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Williams, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes.
  • It was Wood’s second appearance of 2015. He was last on the field on Jan. 28 during the USA’s 3-2 loss to Chile.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date:  June 5, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kickoff:  2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Attendance:  46,000
Weather:  68 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
NED                          1          2          3

NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay)                     27th minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)                               33
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Ven Der Wiel)             49
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas Jan Huntelaar)                     53
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin)                                 70
USA – Danny Williams                                                       88
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris)                                    90

Lineups:
USA:   1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado (15-Michael Orozco, 46), 6-John Brooks, 11-Brek Shea (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 57); 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 63), 7-Alfredo Morales (10-Mix Diskerud, 56); 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Bobby Wood, 65), 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 80)
Subs Not Used : 3-Brad Evans, 12-Nick Rimando, 13-Juan Agudelo, 16-Miguel Ibarra
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NED:  1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Daryl Janmaat (12-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 46), 3-Jeffrey Bruma, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Jordy Clasie (24-Wesley Sneijder, 78), 7-Quincy Promes, 10-Robin Van Persie (capt.) (18-Davy Propper, 57), 11-Memphis Depay, 8-Georgino Wijnaldum; 9-Klaas Jan Huntelaar (19-Luuk De Jong, 78)           
Subs Not Used: 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Karim Rekik, 15-Jetro Willems, 16-Stefan De Vrij, 17-Luciano Narsingh, 20-Tjaronn Chery, 21-Steven Berghuis, 23-Tim Krul
Head coach: Guus Hiddink

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 17 / 21
Shots on Goal: 11 / 10
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
NED – Gregory Van Der Wiel (caution)         85th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant  1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant  2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
4th Official: Richard Liesveld  (NED)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

MNT Takes Aim at Netherlands in Amsterdam

USA SET TO SQUARE OFF WITH NO. 6-RANKED NETHERLANDS IN AMSTERDAM: For the second time in 2015, the U.S. MNT is on European soil and set to play international friendlies against two top opponents: World No. 6 Netherlands and reigning World Cup-Champion Germany. The USA will begin against the Netherlands on Friday June 5 at Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow along on Twitter via @ussoccer and @usssoccer_esp.

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has 21 players in Amsterdam for the match-up with the Dutch team that finished third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. roster is a hybrid of youth and experience as eight players have earned 10 caps or less, while nine have made 20 or more international appearances. The U.S. will be without the services of three key players as Jozy Altidore recovers from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from a knee issue, while team captain Clint Dempsey remains in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child.

The matches against the Netherlands and Germany will serve as a part of the team’s continued preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and will be the fourth and fifth games for the U.S. against teams ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015.

The MNT last went head-to-head with the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 3, 2010. In that match, Holland jumped ahead 2-0, but the U.S. battled back with a bevy of chances in the game’s final minutes. One of those chances found the back of the net, off the foot of Carlos Bocanegra, for the MNT’s first and only goal in its four-game history against the Dutch, but time ran out and the U.S. dropped to 0-4-0 all-time against the Netherlands.

Since defeating Brazil 3-0 to take third place in the World Cup, the Netherlands have gone 3-4-1 and are unbeaten in their last three, most recently defeating tenth-ranked Spain 2-0 at Amsterdam Arena on March 31. The Netherlands currently sit in the third position of Group A in 2016 European Championship qualifying behind the Czech Republic and Iceland.

USA vs. NETHERLANDS:

  • The United States is 0-4-0 all-time against Netherlands. The teams have played twice in the U.S. and twice in Amsterdam. The U.S. scored its first goal against the Dutch in the most recent game, March 3, 2010. The Netherlands has outscored the U.S. 7-1 in the four game series.
  • The matchup in 2010 served as a tune-up ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, in which the Netherlands finished as tournament runner-up. Klass Jan Huntelaar scored the game-winning goal in that game and appears on the roster for this game against the U.S. as well.
  • This will be the first matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach.
  • U.S. forward Aron Johannsson and Netherlands’ midfielder Steven Berghuis both play for Dutch Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar, while Brad Guzan and Dutch defender Ron Vlaar are teammates at English Premier league club Aston Villa.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Brad Guzan returns to the U.S. fold for the first time in 2015. He missed the two fixture dates in March due to the birth of his first child.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Aron Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Michael Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Juan Agudelo, Bradley, Johannsson, Jordan Morris and Brek Shea are the five goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015 on the roster.  Morris and Agudelo tallied in the “dos a cero” against Mexico on April 15. Bradley netted an "Olimpico" in the USA's second game of the year, a 2-0 win over Panama at StubHub Center in February. Johannsson grabbed the MNT's second goal in the 3-2 loss to Denmark in the team's first European trip of the year. And, Shea has recorded a pair, including a stunning free kick in the USA’s 1-1 draw against No. 12-ranked Switzerland.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Brad Evans started at right back in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Bradley and Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in three straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • John Brooks and Michael Orozco have been paired four times in central defense since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Kyle Beckerman started in the victory against Mexico in April before departing in the 69th minute with a thigh contusion.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL
  • Jermaine Jones, who was initially announced as a part of the roster, was ruled out after suffering a left groin injury in the first half of New England Revolutions 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy on May 31.
  • Eight leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 96 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is tied with Alexi Lalas for 16th on the MNT all-time list and is the only player on this roster that played against the Netherlands in 2010.
  • Michael Bradley, who assisted on Juan Agudelo’s goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15, moved into a three-way tie for eighth on the U.S. MNT all-time list for assists with 13. His 13 goals rank him No. 13 all-time.
  • Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are tied for fifth on the all-time wins list with 12. Rimando has started in all five games in 2015 and has been a part of two shared shutouts, with Sean Johnson in February against Panama and William Yarbrough in April against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (35-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43). 

BY THE NUMBERS:
4                Games all-time between the U.S. and Netherlands
5                Top-20 teams the U.S. has faced since the World Cup
6                Number of different countries represented in which U.S. players on the current roster play for club teams
6                Netherlands current FIFA World Ranking
11              Players on the U.S. MNT roster that played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
28              USA’s current FIFA World Ranking

IN FOCUS: NETHERLANDS
Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Founded: 1889
FIFA Affiliation: 1904
Head Coach: Guus Huddink
FIFA World Ranking: 6
Best World Cup Finish: Runners-up, 1974, 1978, 2010
Leading Cap-Winner: Edwin van der Sar (130)
Leading Goalscorer: Robin van Persie (49)

Netherlands Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jasper Cillessen (FC Groningen); Tim Krul (Newcastle United); Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord)
DEFENDERS (10): Jeffrey Bruma (PSV); Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord); Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United); Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto); Karim Rekik (PSV); Joël Veltman (Ajax); Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa); Stefan de Vrij (Lazio); Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain); Jetro Willems (PSV)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Daley Blind (Manchester United); Tjaronn Chery (FC Groningen); Quincy Promes (Spartak Moskou); Davy Pröpper (Vitesse); Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray); Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
FORWARDS (8): Steven Berghus (AZ Alkmaar); Memphis Depay (PSV); Bas Dost (Wolfsburg); Klass Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04); Luuk de Jong (PSV); Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev); Luciano Narsingh (PSV); Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

NETHERLANDS NOTES:

  • Guus Hiddink has been the head coach of the Netherlands since he replaced Louis Van Gaal on August 1, 2014 following the World Cup.
  • Hiddink is one of the world’s most experienced managers having coached since 1987, when he got his start at PSV Eindhoven. Along the way he’s managed the likes of Netherlands (1994-98), Real Madrid (1998-99), Australia (2005-05), and Russia (2006-10).
  • Fourteen players on the roster were part of the Netherlands 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster.
  • Wesley Sneijder has recorded an assist in each of the last two matches for the Netherlands.
  • Klaas Jan Huntelaar leads the way for Netherlands with four goals in the eight games since the World Cup.
  • The Netherlands is unbeaten in four of its last five home games. The lone loss came in a 3-2 defeat to Mexico in Amsterdam Arena on Nov. 12, 2014.
  • Seven players on the Dutch roster come from the Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven.
  • 20-year-old defender Karim Rekik is the youngest player on the roster and earned his first and only cap in the Netherlands 0-2 loss to France in March 2014.
  • Wesley Sneijder is the most experienced player on the roster with 113 career caps and ranks second on the all-time list behind Edwin van der Sar (130).
  • Robin Van Persie is the nation’s all-time top goalscorer with 49 goals. Huntelaar ranks third all-time and has scored an impressive 39 goals in 3,957 career minutes, which is 3,069 less than van Persie’s 7,026. At that rate Huntelaar is averaging nearly a goal per 90 minutes (.89).
  • The Dutch side is very familiar with one another as fifteen players from the roster have at least one other player from the national team playing with them on their club team.
  • Five players played in UEFA Champions League group stage matches this year: Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto), Klass Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Joël Veltman (Ajax). Eleven belong to clubs that have qualified for the group stage of next year’s Champions League.

LAST TIME 
On the field against Netherlands:  

Feb. 24, 2010 – Amsterdam Arena – Amsterdam, Netherlands – International Friendly 
USA                1          Carlos Bocanegra 88
Netherlands   2          Dirk Kuyt 40, Klaas Jan Huntelaar 73

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector, 15-Jay DeMerit (11-Heath Pearce, 70), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein (21-Clarence Goodson, 86); 22-Stuart Holden (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 34), 14-Jose Torres (16-Maurice Edu, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan (9-Eddie Johnson, 76); 12-Jozy Altidore, 19-Robbie Findley (17-Alejandro Bedoya, 63)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

NED: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen (20-Ron Vlaar, 46), 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst (capt.) (15-Edson Braafheid, 67); 7-Arjen Robben (19-Klaas jan Huntelaar, 46), 8-Nigel de Jong (23-Rafael van der Vaart, 60), 10-Wesley Sneijder, 6-Mark van Bommel (17-Ibrahim Afellay, 74); 11-Eljero Elia, 9-Dirk Kuyt (21-Ryan Babel, 81)
Subs not used: 12-Andre Ooijer, 13-Piet Velthuizen, 14-Demy de Zeeuw, 16-Sander Boshker, 18-Orlando Engelaar, 22-Stijn Schaars
Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk

Jordan Morris Added to U.S. MNT Roster for Friendlies against Netherlands and Germany

U.S. Men's National Team forward Jordan Morris has been added to the roster for the USA’s friendlies against Netherlands and Germany. He joined the squad Wednesday morning in Amsterdam from Toulon, France, where he participated in the 2015 Toulon Tournament with the U.S. U-23 MNT.  

Morris appeared in all four matches in Toulon, starting three. He scored a goal and earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors against host France.

The striker has made three appearances for the senior team, his first career goal proving the game-winner in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio.

The U.S. meets No. 6-ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam (2:30 p.m. ET - ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). The United States is seeking its first result in the series, having suffered four losses while scoring only a single goal.

Five days later, the USA faces 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany on June 10 in Cologne (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). The teams played in their final group game in Brazil last summer, with the Germans earning a 1-0 win. It’s been nine years since the last meeting on German soil, when the hosts then led by former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, cruised to a 4-1 win in Dortmund.

MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Highlights: MNT Earns Historic First Win Against Germany in Cologne

Mix Diskerud and Bobby Wood scored as the U.S. earned a historic win over Germany in Cologne.

GOAL: Bobby Wood Blasts Brilliant Game-Winner Past Germany

Bobby Wood notched his second game winning goal in five days as his 87th minute goal gave the #USMNT a late winner over Germany.

GOAL: Mix Diskerud Hauls the U.S. Level with Germany

Michael Bradley's long pass found Mix Diskerud, who found the back of the net to cap off a slick 35-pass move for the USA.

MNT Beats Netherlands, Prepares for Germany

Watch behind the scenes as the #USMNT beat Netherlands with an incredible second-half fight back. Michael Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann also preview the match against no. 1 ranked Germany.

Jurgen Klinsmann Wishes the #USWNT Good Luck in Canada

MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent his best wishes to Jill Ellis and the #USWNT as they begin their question in Canada. Watch #USAvAUS live on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 & NBC Universo

Highlights: MNT Fights Back to Claim 4-3 Win Over Netherlands

After trailing 3-1 early in the second half, the U.S. MNT made a furious comeback with late goals from John Brooks, Danny Williams, and Bobby Wood to earn a historic first win over the Netherlands.

MNT Gathers in Amsterdam for Match against the Netherlands

The #USMNT is in Amsterdam for a June 5 match with the Netherlands. Jurgen Klinsmann's team re-assembles with two big friendlies in the immediate future and the Gold Cup on the horizon.

MNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up another #DosACero vs. Mexico

The USA beat Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,369 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored for the U.S.
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