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Tickets Selling Fast for WNT and MNT Games in April

CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2015) – Two hours into the public sales window, tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team match in St. Louis and Men’s National Team game in San Antonio during the month of April are selling fast.

As of 12 p.m. CT today, more than 23,500 tickets have been sold for the WNT match against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, requiring the upper level sections to be opened.

Attendance is already projected to be the largest for a U.S. Women’s National Team home game in over 11 years (since 25,253 watched the WNT beat Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup third-place match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Oct. 11, 2003). Meanwhile, more than 33,000 tickets have been purchased for the MNT’s game against CONCACAF rival Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Tickets for the WNT match can be purchased through ussoccer.com, by phone at 314-345-9000 and at the 8th Street ticket windows at Busch Stadium (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 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. WNT match in St. Louis will be the team’s first domestic contest after starting the year with six matches in Europe and is the first of four final preparation matches, and the only appearance in the Midwest, before the team departs for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The match against New Zealand kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

For the MNT match against Mexico, Presented by AT&T, tickets are still available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Groups of 30 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. MNT opened up its 2015 schedule with a 3-2 defeat to Chile on Jan. 28. Next, the team returns to the U.S. to open its domestic schedule with a game against Panama on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS). After two away matches during the international window in March against Denmark and Switzerland, the spotlight will turn to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer when the U.S. faces Mexico.

The match against Mexico kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the game at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp

Photo Gallery: MNT vs. Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 3-2 loss to Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua in the team's opening match of 2015. 

MNT vs. Chile: Highlights - Jan. 28, 2015

The U.S. MNT fell to Chile 3-2 in the first match of 2015.

Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Chile - Klinsmann, Altidore, Shea, Birnbaum

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

Opening comments:
“I think after minute 65 a lot of the players had very, very heavy legs, which in a certain way is logical when you are two and a half weeks into preseason and you play a team that is in a full swing and goes high tempo.  This is the tempo you go internationally. I thought it was an open game, it was entertaining, and it was full of chances for both sides. I think we could have easily scored a third or fourth goal; they could have scored also another one. Overall, I thought it was a very good test for us to see where everyone is at. But definitely the physical side of it made kind of a turn towards negative for us and it’s a bummer, but it’s understandable.”

On whether switching to a 4-4-2 in the second half led to the loss:
“The formation had nothing to do with the fact that we then conceded two goals in the second half. We wanted them to play a simple back four and had Jermaine [Jones] in midfield to get more kind of pushing it higher up the field. Maybe there was a little bit more space on the outsides then, especially on DeAndre’s (Yedlin) side, he got caught a couple of times then, but you could clearly see it after minute 65 that it was getting hard for the guys. Some are in a good shape already and some need to catch up. It’ll take them a couple of weeks to get into match fitness, and when you have three or four guys not having match fitness at all, you just struggle.”

On choosing to play in a 3-5-2 formation in the first half:
“It’s a little bit based on what we have in this camp and what players you have that you are going to hopefully see down the road being part of the senior group. That kind of also guides you into a certain system that you think OK, with these players we might be better off in a 3-5-2 than in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. Often it’s looking at your roster and saying, ‘What is the best solution now?’ With a 3-5-2, we have to change to bring Clint [Dempsey] a little bit further behind and have him feed into two strikers and have a role for Jermaine in the center of the back three line and Michael Bradley being the connector in midfield. So these are all kind of ideas floating around, and we keep on working on different ways on doing it. But the key issue is they need to build their [physical] systems, build their stamina and build the foundation for a hopefully good, long season but also to the international level. This is the biggest challenge for us. After the World Cup a lot of players dropped their levels 30-40 percent when they came back from vacation. It doesn’t matter if they are in Europe or the U.S., you can’t do that at the international level. You get exposed after minute 65 if you can’t go the speed anymore both ways. There is a lot of work ahead of us and ahead of the players, first of all.”

On the positives he took away from the game:
“I saw a lot of things that are encouraging and positive. DeAndre was going forward and connecting well. I thought Michael Bradley had overall a very strong performance. Brek Shea coming through the flanks, he’s intimidating, he can go at people, he has pace, and he has the physical presence and is going to score, so I think it’s great. We tried to break in younger players step-by-step, but it’s not going to happen overnight. They need to have more time on the field. I think Gyasi [Zardes] inspired things a little bit. He had a couple of shots and made good runs. Jozy gave everything he had until that point but he was just dead. So there was good stuff out there for over 60 minutes – very promising. Obviously if you can’t get the tempo anymore, go with them at the same tempo, you’ll give them opportunities and they’ll put them in. It was a close game, it was exciting and a good test at the beginning of the season.”

On the deciding factor in the game:
“The key moment was on the fitness side. We’ve only trained for two weeks. Our worry was that after minute 60-65 that players make mistakes because they get tired legs. You lose the focus, you lose the vision because you’re not fresh anymore, and this kind of changed the game. Chile did very well keeping the tempo, the speed, the combinations that they played through with a lot of energy … it’s nice to see this team. They did very well. They kind of caught us on two, three occasions and scored these two goals, even if I thought we could have scored one more to even it out and 3-3 would have been a nicer result for us. But the key moment was after minute 60-65 when it has to do with the fitness.”

On the team’s time in Chile:
“The people here were fantastic. We were welcomed at the hotel and at the stadium. Everyone was super friendly. We really appreciated these couple of days in Chile. We had a fantastic time in Rancagua and also in Santiago where we stayed for a couple of days. The Chileans are just wonderful people. Thanks a lot for having us.”

On whether he is seeing the consistency he feels is necessary for the team to reach the next level:
“Consistency comes from the foundation of the physical capabilities of a team when you play international football. If you don’t have that physical foundation, you can’t have consistency. After an hour we looked like the winning team. We had more chances. We could have scored maybe a third goal, and then the game changed because we couldn’t keep the speed up anymore. We saw a very good and energetic Chilean side. Before you talk about consistency you have to have the foundation fitness-wise for an international level, which we don’t have at the moment.”

On what he has seen from the work of Chile national team coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli:
“I think coaches like Bielsa obviously with his amazing experience, and now Sampaoli … we coaches look at the best teams in the world, at the speed of the game, the speed of thought going both ways.  We always want to compete with the best in the world. In order for us, the American team now, to learn to kind of deal with that speed of thought, speed of game and the tempo, and start to compete with the bigger nations, is a learning process. That’s why we need these games like coming here and seeing where we are. Today we were at 65 minutes. That process needs to continue. We need to explain to the players that it takes a lot, lot more work and dedication off the field as well in order to get that foundation to play consistently with the top teams. That’s what we coaches like to do. We like to push it that way, so hopefully down the road when the big moments come like the World Cup, Copa America and for us this summer the Gold Cup, then we want to deliver results. We look at the best teams in the world right now – Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Spain – and we want to catch up with them. Chile wants to play and beat them, and we want that too.”

U.S. MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On what the U.S. took away from the game:
“I think when you look at today the biggest thing was a lot of the guys are in preseason so we don’t have those legs yet. I thought for most part of the game we did OK; still getting the legs back, still getting the sharpness back in. At the end, I think it’s just a hard one to swallow as we did pretty well in a lot of parts of the game, but I don’t think we should hold our heads down too long, and try to pick up a win against Panama.”

On his goal:
“It was a good buildup from DeAndre [Yedlin] to get the throw-in, I remember that. Mix [Diskerud] getting in, he laid off a fantastic ball for me and I just tried to pick my spot and tried to slide it home.”

On the experience in Chile:
“It’s been good. Chile received us really well and it’s been really nice to be here. It was a great experience for a lot of us to play against a team like Chile, who has a lot of quality players in their system, so it was a good experience for us and a good way to start 2015. Obviously you want to win, but I think the base is there for a good year.”

On looking ahead to Panama:
“I’m excited to play at home, it’s always fun. It’s my first time playing in California in a long time so I look forward to it, but most important we need to win that game. I think it’s a game where everything is kind of in our favor and hopefully we can start our first game at home with a win.”

U.S. MNT midfielder BREK SHEA
On his goal:
“[Matt] Besler had the ball on the left and I kind of just checked to him and made a run behind, and he played a great ball and I just hit it first time.”

On being back with the National Team:
“Yeah I’ve been away for a long time. I’m very excited to be playing for the National Team again, start the game and get a goal. Obviously, it’s not the result we want but I think we learned a lot and it was a great experience.”

On playing the 3-5-2:
“It’s a new system we just started. There are a lot of positives with it that we need to work on, but first half we were ahead twice in that system. Obviously they had a lot of good chances, they scored a goal, but I think we learned a lot and we can use it in the future.”

U.S. MNT defender STEVE BIRNBAUM
On earning his first cap:
“It was a great feeling. Anytime you get to play for your country is awesome. I was really happy to get the start.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”

U.S. MNT Opens 2015 with 3-2 Road Loss against Chile

RANCAGUA, Chile (Jan. 28, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the new year with a 3-2 loss against No. 14 FIFA-ranked Chile at Estadio El Teniente. 

Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the USA, but Chile’s Mark Gonzalez countered with two of his own, including the game-winner in the 75th minute. Roberto Gutierrez scored Chile’s other goal. 

The match included the MNT debut for three players: Steve Birnbaum who started in defense, midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes.

The USA will now prepare for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network (TICKETS). 

Chile out-shot the USA 12-10 and both teams were even with five shots on goal. 

Chile had an opportunity late in the first half to find the equalizer in the opening 45 minutes, but Roberto Gutierrez was just offside when Marco Medel crossed the ball in from the left side. Gutierrez headed the ball into the net, but the chance was nullified. 

Five minutes before Chile scored its game-winning goal, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley unleashed a blistering shot from nearly 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and would have given the USA a two-goal lead at the time.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), 6th minute: Left back Besler looped his left-footed pass in between a pair of Chile defenders to Shea on the left side of the box. Shea one-timed his left-footed shot from a difficult angle past Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera and just inside the right post for the USA’s first goal of the year. Shea now has three goals in his MNT career. USA 1, CHI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez), 10th minute: Chile was quick to respond, working the ball to the left side where Gonzalez had some space near the sideline for the long cross. Gutierrez snuck between USA defenders Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler and headed the ball into the right side of the frame to tie the score. USA 1, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), 31st minute: The USA attack began with DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in to Diskerud, who passed back and forth with Yedlin on the right side. Diskerud then dribbled to just outside the six-yard box and cut a pass back to the left toward Altidore. Altidore, with ample space, carved his right-footed shot inside the left post and the U.S. regained the lead. USA 2, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel), 66th minute: Medel pushed the attack down the left side with a well-timed leading ball to Gonzalez who got behind the USA defense and unleashed his high-paced shot past U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Rimando had leaned a little to his left in anticipation of the shot, but Gonzalez shot over Rimando’s right shoulder. USA 2, CHI 2 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez, 75th minute: Chile’s attack originated with a well-struck, left-footed shot from Marco Medel from approximately 25 yards out. Nick Rimando stretched to his right for the save, but Gonzalez followed up the rebound from the left side. Gonzalez drove his left-footed attempt inside the right of the frame as Rimando could not do anything to prevent Chile’s go-ahead score. USA 2, CHI 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 37th minute: Chile had a golden opportunity after intercepting the ball from the USA’s back line. Diego Valdes dribbled uncontested inside the left side of the box, one-on-one against Rimando. Rimando ultimately came up trumps with a left-armed save as Valdes was attempting to find the far right side of the frame. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 80th minute: The USA worked the ball quickly from right to left, with Wil Trapp and Michael Bradley setting up Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski attempted to find the right side of the frame, but Herrera reacted quickly with the save to his left to maintain the Chile lead. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 90+2 minute: Lee Nguyen set up USA second-half sub Gyasi Zardes down the right side. Zardes tried to sneak his shot inside the near right post past Herrera, but the Chile goalkeeper had the space covered to deny the LA Galaxy product. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey played in his 111th game, moving into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list, and moving ahead of Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110). Dempsey is now one cap behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 games from 1994-2006).
  • Wednesday’s game marked Dempsey’s 100th-career start.
  • Jozy Altidore scored his 26th-career goal in his 77th cap. Altidore ranks fifth on the MNT all-time goal scoring list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT prepares for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT. (TICKETS)
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 3-5-2 all-time against Chile.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann rolled out a 3-5-2 formation against Chile. Anchored by goalkeeper Nick Rimando, the three-man defensive line included Matt Besler at left back, Steve Birnbaum’s senior team debut at right back and Jermaine Jones at center back.
  • In the midfield, Brek Shea and DeAndre Yedlin were featured on the left and right side, respectively. Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey played centrally, with Dempsey in the attacking role and serving as the team captain.
  • Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore were paired up front. The game marked Wood’s first MNT started and his sixth cap.
  • The USA opened the first half with Lee Nguyen entering for Wood. Dempsey pushed up to play alongside Altidore in the attack.
  • Wil Trapp made his senior team debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 60tht minute. Trapp was the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and a former member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • In the 68th minute, Gyasi Zardes made his MNT debut, replacing Dempsey, who passed along the captain’s armband to Jones.
  • In the second half, the USA changed its formation to a 4-4-2 with Shea on the left side, Yedlin on the right and Birnbaum and Besler in central defence.
  • Rimando previously had been unbeaten throughout his MNT tenure. Wednesday marked his first loss as he is now 10-1-2 all-time. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,420
Weather: 88 degrees; clear 

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 0 2
CHI                          1 2 3 

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                     6th minute
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez)    10
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)             31
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel)            66
CHI – Mark Gonzalez                                     75 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Head coach:
Jorge Sampaoli 

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 /9
Fouls: 20 / 19
Offside: 0 / 6 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)      36th minute
CHI – Jose Rojas (caution)                 43
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)           45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (caution)             50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)        52
USA – Matt Besler (caution)              71 
USA – Brek Shea (caution)                88 

Officials:
Referee: Patricio Loustau  (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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