WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 4, 2015) – Led by a pair of goals from the night’s captain Jozy Altidore, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Peru 2-1 in front of a crowd of 28,896 at RFK Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 after the first half, the U.S. came out strong on the attack in the second. After a series of chances Altidore earned a terrific equalizing opportunity when he was tripped up in the box. The captain stepped up to take the PK, and while his shot was blocked, Altidore collected and buried the rebound. Nine minutes later, and after a brilliant series of saves by goalkeeper Brad Guzan that kept the game level, Altidore broke the tie with another goal that proved to be the game-winner.
As the clock ticked away, the MNT defense stood stout against the Peru attack to preserve the 2-1 score line through to the final whistle. With the victory the USA improved to 3-2-1 all-time against Peru.
The match was the first of two tune-up games for the MNT ahead of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico on Oct. 10. The USA will be back on the field in four days when it takes on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
PER– Daniel Chavez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute: Andre Carrillo pushed towards the USA box, before he suddenly turned on the jets and cut inside, centering the ball in to Daniel Chavez. Chavez was able to turn and from just outside the box took a shot that glanced off MNT defender Omar Gonzalez. The deflection spun wickedly and dipped just over U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s outstretched arm and into the goal. USA 0, PER 1
USA– Jozy Altidore (penalty kick) 59th minute: Geoff Cameron made a long throw-in to the box where Jozy Altidore backed down his defender and flicked the ball over the top. As he muscled past his defender, Altidore’s trailing leg was clipped, setting up the penalty. Altidore took the PK and blasted it to the right, where the Peru ‘keeper made a diving block. Altidore followed his shot and jumped to kick in the rebound to level the game. USA 1, PER 1
USA– Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68th minute: DeAndre Yedlin rocketed down the right hand side to catch up with a long through ball. The fleetfooted attacker evaded his marker and squared the ball in the Peru box for an arriving Altidore, who was beaten to it by a defender. However, the ball ended up at the feet of Gyasi Zardes on the opposite side of the pitch. Zardes cut in and powered a low cross through the six yard box. A deflection through the legs of a Peru defenseman saw the ball find an unmarked Altidore, who volleyed home the game winner. USA 2, PER 1 FINAL (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
PER– Diego Penny (save) 39th minute: Jermaine Jones broke for the USA’s first big chance of the game. He dribbled from midfield aggressively to the left, shielding off his defender with his right arm. From 25 yards out, he blasted a left-footed shot that brought back memories of his goal against Portugal in the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, for Jones and the U.S., Peru’s ‘keeper Diego Penny reached it, coming out to cut down the angle and narrowly tip the strike over the bar.
USA- Brad Guzan (save) 67th minute: A well bent free kick found a jumping Carlos Zambrono, who sent a sharp header at goal that was saved by a diving Guzan. The ball bounced off the ‘keepers hands and to the crashing Renato Tapia, who’s shot was saved again by Guzan as he trapped it tightly between his outstretched legs. (SEE SAVE)
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Location: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
Date: September 8, 2015
- Jozy Altidore scored the 28th and 29th goals of his career. It was Altidore’s first multi-goal game since he tallied a double in the MNT’s match against Nigeria in the USA’s 2014 Send-Off Series. Altidore is now one goal behind Brain McBride (30), who ranks fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal-scoring list.
- Jermaine Jones returned to the USA starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 8 when he played as a center back in a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
- Jozy Altidore made the start as the team’s captain. It was his first time wearing the armband since he captained the squad on Nov. 18, 2014, when the team dropped a 4-1 result to Ireland in Dublin. The MNT is now 3-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s arm band.
- Geoff Cameron came on at the start of the second half, earning his first cap of 2015 with his first appearance since the USA’s match against Ireland on Nov. 14, 2014.
- Matt Besler, who came on as a sub in the second half , made his first USMNT appearance since Feb. 8 when he helped the team to a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
- Omar Gonzalez and John Brooks paired in central defense for the third time in 2015. In the three matches the duo has started in the center of the defense together, the MNT has allowed only two goals while scoring seven.
- Bobby Wood made just his second international start of his career in tonight’s game. His first came against Chile in the MNT’s opening match of 2015.
- Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin each made their 14th appearances of the year in tonight’s match. That total ties the young attacking pair with Michael Bradley for the most MNT caps so far in 2015.
- The U.S. now holds a 3-2-1 record all-time against Peru.
- This matchup was the first between the teams in more than 15 years. The U.S. defeated Peru 1-0 in Miami in the group stage of the 2000 Gold Cup, with Cobi Jones scoring the game-winner in the previous matchup.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
PER 1 0 1
PER – Daniel Chávez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore 59
USA – Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 15-Michael Orozco (20-Geoff Cameron, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (5-Matt Besler, 63), 23-Tim Ream; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 46), 21-Gyasi Zardes; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 18-Bobby Wood (9-Aron Johannsson, 71)
Subs Not Used: 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 26-Andrew Wooten
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
PER: 1-Pedro Gallese; 5-Carlos Zambrano, 6-Juan Manuel Vargas, 8-Christian Cueva (13-Edison Flores, 82), 10-Jefferson Farfan, 16-Carlos Lobaton (capt.) (19-Victor Yotun, 72), 17-Luis Advincula, 18-Andre Carrillo (7-Paolo Hurtado, 64), 21-Josepmir Ballon (24-Renato Tapia, 64), 22-Carlos Ascues, 23-Daniel Chavez (14-Ivan Bulos Guerrero, 82)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jair Cespedes, 3-Hansell Riojas, 4-Pedro Requena, 9-Jose Paolo Guerrero, 12-Diego Penny, 15-Christian Ramos, 20-Joel Sanchez
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca
Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 16 / 15
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1
USA – John Brooks (caution) 48th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 86
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Angel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Rangel (MEX)
4th Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD
CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2015) – Tickets for the semifinal and final rounds of the 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, will go on sale on Sept. 11.
The semifinal round will kick off on Oct. 10, while the final and third-place games will be played on Oct. 13.
Tickets for the doubleheader events in Utah go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. MT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 801-727-2700 (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and at the Rio Tinto Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
The winners of the semifinal matches at Rio Tinto Stadium will qualify for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and advance to the Oct. 13 final, while the losers will meet in the third-place match. The third-place winner will qualify for the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL playoff, where it will face Colombia in a final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.
A total of eight teams will compete in the Olympic Qualifying Championship: three from North America (direct qualifiers: Canada, Mexico and the United States), three from Central America (Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica) and two from the Caribbean (Haiti, Cuba). The USA was seeded as the tournament host in Group A where it will be joined by Canada, Panama and Cuba. The U.S. opens group play against Canada on Oct. 1, then faces Cuba on Oct. 3 and Panama on Oct. 10. The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to the semifinals.
2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Schedule
Location [Click for Tickets]
Group A Doubleheader*
5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT
Group B Doubleheader**
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT
Group A Doubleheader*
1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. CT
Group B Doubleheader**
1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT
Group A Doubleheader*
5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT
Group B Doubleheader**
5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. MT
Third Place & Final
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. MT
* USA to play in second match
** Mexico to play in second match
RFK Stadium History
Though originally built in 1961 to house Washington, D.C.’s National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, RFK Stadium has become a cathedral of sorts for soccer in the United States.
Having served as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, RFK has been a center piece of international soccer in the United States for more than two decades.
Outside those competitions, the U.S. MNT has its own storied history at the venue that dates back to a 1-1 draw with China on Oct. 6, 1977. The 22 Men’s National Team matches hosted at the old ground are more than any other stadium, and along the way some very memorable MNT moments have been made.
Here’s a few:
- Former captain Claudio Reyna’s standout arrival on the international scene in a 4-0 win over Mexico at the 1995 U.S. Cup.
- Joe-Max Moore’s late blast in a 1-0 upset over Argentina in 1999.
- Important World Cup qualifying victories against Guatemala in 1996 and 2000.
- Jonathan Bornstein’s dramatic stoppage time equalizer to eliminate Costa Rica from World Cup qualifying in 2009.
- And most recently, the team’s 4-3 win over then No. 2-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Centennial Celebration match.
Check out some of the best moments throughout the years at RFK Stadium.
The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team began its camp in England with a narrow 1-0 defeat against England at Deepdale Stadium in Preston, England.
A hard fought defensive effort was spoiled when England’s winning goal came after the Young Lions played a quick free kick and beat the recovering U.S. defense down the left side.
England a strong attack, bolstered by a number of Premier League regulars, but for most of the match the U.S. defenders proved equal to their counterparts.
The U.S. offense responded with a handful of strong attacks, with its best chance coming on a blast from Mario Rodriguez that England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford finger-tip saved on a dive.
The U-23’s will conclude their final camp before the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament when they play Qatar at Gigg Lane in Bury, England on sept. 8.
- Emerson Hyndman, Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Rubio Rubin and Matt Miazga, who each participated in the 2015 U-20 World Cup for the U.S., made appearances for the U-23’s in tonight’s match.
- Shane O’Neill made the start as captain.
- Gboly Ariyibi, Matt Polster, Eric Miller, Steffen, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Hyndman and Wil Trapp made their first appearances with the U-23’s in 2015.
-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: United States U-23 vs. England U-21
Date: September 3, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Deepdale Stadium; Preston, England
Kickoff: 2:40 p.m. ET (7:40 p.m. Local)
Weather: 55 degrees cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
ENG 0 1 1
ENG-James Wilson 72nd minute
USA: 1-Cody Cropper (12-Zack Steffen, 46); 3-Boyd Okwuonu (20-Oscar Sorto, 61), 19-Matt Miazga, 4-Shane O’Neill (capt.) (2-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 62), 15-Eric Miller (7-Dillon Serna, 86); 17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 8-Emerson Hyndman (21-Matt Polster, 63), 6-Wil Trapp, 13-Marc Pelosi (9-Gboly Ariyibi, 86) 18-Mario Rodriguez (23-Rubio Rubin, 63), 11-Alonso Hernandez (10-Luis Gil, 61)
Subs Not Used: 14-Benji Joya, 5-Will Packwood, 24-Maki Tall
Head Coach: Andi Herzog
ENG: 1-Jordan Pickford (13-Angus Gunn, 61); 2-Joe Gomez (12-Dominic Iorfa, 61), 5-Calum Chambers, 6-Eric Dier (15-Jack Stephens, 61), 3-Matt Targett (14-Kortney Hause, 61), 4-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 8-James Ward Prowse (16-Nathaniel Chalobah, 61), 7-Jordon Ibe (19-Duncan Watmore, 61), 10-Dele Alli (10-Jake Foster-Caskey); 11-Nathan Redmond (Solly March, 61), 9-Cauley Woodrow (20-James Wilson, 61)
Subs Not Used: None
Head Coach: Gareth Southgate
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 3 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 16 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0
Mario Rodriguez (caution) 18th minute
Referee Alan Mario San (MLT
Referee 2 Roberto Vella (MLT)
Referee 3 Luke Portelli (MLT)
4th official Steve Martin (ENG)
While the prime focus among players in Men’s National Team camp is preparing for next month’s CONCACAF Cup, four players in the group have recently settled their club situations for the newly started European campaign.
Winger DeAndre Yedlin was the latest player to clarify his club situation after finalizing a loan move from Tottenham Hotspur to fellow Barclays Premier League side Sunderland on Monday morning. After a month of uncertainty about where he’d be spending the season, the 22-year-old admitted relief at finding a landing spot.
“This last month has been tough,” he said Tuesday. “It’s been pretty stressful. There have been so many different teams that have come up and then gone. A lot of it is out of my control, that was tough, but I’m relieved it’s over.”
After seeing the young American attacking talent fail to get first team minutes during his initial time with Spurs, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsman told reporters he was pleased with the loan move.
“Hopefully it gives him more playing time,” Klinsmann, himself a former Tottenham striker, said. “It looked pretty much that he didn’t get that playing time with Spurs because of their roster situation. With that move to Sunderland, things open up for him and hopefully they give him more opportunities to be on the field, to play Premier League minutes and that’s why we’re happy for him.”
DeAndre Yedlin will look to get a long run of games when he returns to English club Sunderland after the USMNT's friendlies against Peru and Brazil.
While there were rumors of suitors for Yedlin outside of the Premiership, the player agreed with Klinsmann about the opportunity to get Premier League minutes this season.
“I think it’s a league that you really have to get used to,” Yedlin said. “I think getting the experience playing in a Premier League team and hopefully getting consistent games is huge for me.”
Elsewhere in England, defender Tim Ream recently transferred from Bolton Wanderers to fellow English Championship side Fulham FC, despite being closely courted by the Cottagers’ cross-London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
“The move to Fulham came about pretty quick,” Ream told ussoccer.com. “QPR was interested and then Fulham kind of jumped in at the very last minute.”
What made the difference in Ream’s choice of destination? He admitted the past exploits of players like Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra at the club went a long way.
“Comparing the two clubs and knowing the American guys that have played there before and seeing the success they’ve had, it kind of pushed it over the top for me. It just seemed like a good fit not only for me personally and professionally, but it felt like a family club and that was something that was important to me.”
Despite going to a club that seems to have an affinity for American players, Ream admitted that it was difficult to leave Bolton.
“It was hard. There’s no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years there. Had some lows, had some highs, got relegated and struggled in my first year in the Championship, but all of a sudden things change and you have two really good seasons, the fans vote you Player of the Year two years in a row.
“My last day there, I was the very last one to leave the training ground that Thursday before the transfer went through. I choked up. It was home for me for three-and-a-half years and we met some really great people along the way.”
Having only secured his move a few weeks ago, Ream admitted he hasn’t fully settled at his new locale, but it didn’t take him long at all to make his way into the team.
“I’ve only been there 10 days now, but off the field stuff takes a bit. On the field, I feel good. I’ve trained four or five days and was thrown right into a Cup game, played 80 minutes and we won 3-0 against Sheffield United and then 90 minutes a few days later when we won 3-1 at Rotherham on Saturday. I’m right back to where I want to be and once camp is done here, I’m looking forward to getting back to Fulham.”
Tim Ream is the next MNT player to follow the well-trodden path of U.S. internationals at Fulham.
Perhaps the highest profile of the MNT moves this summer saw striker Aron Johannsson, whose late season goals helped AZ Aklmaar qualify for the UEFA Europa League, move from the Dutch side to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.
Because of Gold Cup duty, Johannsson didn’t get a full preseason with his new club, but has begun to find his way of late after starting the team’s last two matches and scoring his first goal – a 39th minute penalty kick – in Bremen’s 2-1 victory over Monchengladbach on Sunday.
“It was difficult not to get a full preseason with the team and sort of get thrown in with my teammates rather than get to play with them more and show them,” Johannsson told ussoccer.com. “This is football, this is life. It’s more challenging now and it’s been nice. Of course I need some more time to adjust 100 percent with the team, but with every game and every training session things get better and better.”
U.S. forward Bobby Wood returned to camp this week, hoping to replicate the strong showings he put in with game-winning goals in the early summer friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany.
Rather than continue with the team at July’s Gold Cup, Wood and Klinsmann agreed it would be best for him to stabilize his club situation over the offseason, with the 22-year-old forward eventually signing for 2.Bundesliga side Union Berlin.
“I think it’s really important that I got my move,” Wood told ussoccer.com. “It was a chaotic last season and it was good to be able to start fresh. It was important for me mentally to set myself up for a new beginning and I was thankful for the chance to do so.”
The decision to focus on his club situation over the summer seems to have worked out so far, with Wood starting each of the club’s five league matches thus far and scoring his first goal two weeks ago in a 2-2 draw with Kaiserslautern.
“Everything is going good, I’m settled in and I’m trying to make my way and hopefully that translates here with the National Team.”