U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan has gone to two World Cups. He’s gone 5-1-2 in eight World Cup qualifiers and played brilliantly in an important match against Egypt in the 2009 Confederations Cup.
A solid backup behind Tim Howard throughout his National Team career, the 30-year-old ‘keeper is only now making his CONCACAF Gold Cup debut in Tuesday’s tournament opener against Honduras and he’s grasped what the chance to start in the competition means for the future.
“This being my first real Gold Cup if you want to call it that, it’s an opportunity to hopefully establish myself as the number one goalkeeper, hopefully play well and help the team do well,” Guzan, who holds 31 U.S. caps, told ussoccer.com. “On an individual level, it’s an important tournament for me because I haven’t played as many games for the National Team as I would have liked.”
When Guzan makes his Gold Cup debut Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas, he’ll be doing so in the same place he made his international debut for the U.S. in a 4-0 friendly win against Guatemala on February 19, 2006.
As a goalkeeper, Guzan said he’s always felt a sense of pride about being called to U.S. camp, but the opportunity to start is unlike nothing else. “It’s different when you get to step out on the field, you’re playing in the big games and you’re the guy that’s going to be called on to make a big save, help the team win and do well.
“That’s a responsibility you cherish – you want that responsibility.”
CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) - The City of New York will host a ticker tape parade for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team on Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. ET. All fans are invited to celebrate along the parade route which will be the Canyon of Heroes, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.
A special program will be held at City Hall following the parade, and fans can visit nyc.gov/parade for a chance to attend.
The parade will honor the USA following its historic run at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that culminated with a 5-2 victory against Japan on July 5 to give the country its third title, and become the only nation to achieve that feat.
The U.S. MNT has collected its share of memorable Gold Cup moments over the years. Throughout this summer’s tournament, check back to ussoccer.com for historical #OTD (On This Date) stories about the MNT’s past success in CONCACAF’s regional championship.
The WNT is finally back in the USA! The team's first stop was in Los Angeles at L.A. Live for a fan rally on Tuesday. More than 10,000 fans gathered to show their support for the World Champions, some getting there as early as 4:30 AM. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez stole the show when they stepped in as emcees to introduce each of the 23 players. Other players that spoke included Golden Glove winner Hope Solo, Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, legendary forward Abby Wambach, veteran defender Christie Rampone, and the impressive backline made up by Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger.
Next up for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions is a a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on a nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced).