U.S. Soccer

U.S. Men's National Team Falls 2-0 to Ukraine in Cyprus

  • Ukraine Tallies One Goal in Each Half to Hand USA its First Loss of 2014
  • U.S. MNT Drops Two-Goal Decision for First Time Since Last Year’s World Cup Qualifier Against Costa Rica on Sept. 6
  • Next up for MNT is USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, at 11 p.m. ET on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) 

LARNACA, Cyprus (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team dropped a 2-0 decision against Ukraine at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium. Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic each scored a goal to hand the USA its first two-goal loss since falling 3-1 to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 6, 2013, at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The U.S. next faces Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the U.S. MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Ukraine, the highest-ranked team (No. 18) not competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, challenged the USA defense from the start.

The U.S. fell behind early as Denys Garmash went unmarked when he received the ball in the offensive third. Despite the distance from U.S. defenders John Brooks and Edgar Castillo, Garmash could not finish his first attempt as Tim Howard dove to his left for the initial save. Garmash quickly got the rebound and dished to a wide-open Yarmolenko, whose left-footed tap-in goal gave Ukraine the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

The USA avoided a big scare and potential two-goal deficit, when Sacha Klejstan lost the ball to Yarmolenko in the midfield in the 32nd minute, leading to a breakaway chance for Artem Fedets’kiy. Instead of attacking one-on-one against Howard, Fedets’kiy held on to the ball, waited for additional help, and the U.S. was bailed out by a Ukraine offside call.

The U.S. started the second half with several close scoring chances in the opening 10 minutes. Alejandro Bedoya ripped a shot from the left side of the box, only to have it blocked by Fedets’kiy for a U.S. corner kick in the 49th minute. Two minutes later, Geoff Cameron crossed from the right side and connected with Jozy Altidore, whose header sailed over the crossbar. Then, Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov made an errant pass in the 53rd minute that was intercepted by Bedoya, but when he tried to catch Pyatov off-guard, Bedoya bent the shot wide right.

Despite the USA’s improved attack, Ukraine struck against the run of play in the 68th minute. Second-half sub Devic, two minutes after he entered the match, made a run in between the U.S. defense and cut quickly to his left. Howard stayed low for a clutch save, but similar to the first goal, the USA allowed for a rebound as Devic slotted his second attempt into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Second-half sub Aron Johannsson nearly got one back with a left-footed volley off of Bedoya’s corner kick in the 87th minute, but Oleh Gusiev blocked the crisp shot from the goal line to maintain Ukraine’s two-goal advantage.

Howard made five saves for the USA and Ukraine’s Pyatov had two saves for the clean sheet.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT is still winless against Ukraine, moving to 0-2-1 all-time in the series.
  • The USA is now 28-11-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann is two wins away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list.
  • The U.S. moved to 6-3-1 with Clint Dempsey as the team captain.
  • Dempsey earned his 102nd cap, the most among players on this current U.S. MNT roster. He is now tied with former goalkeeper Kasey Keller for 10th on the all-time list.
  • Tim Howard earned his 97th-career cap and is now five games behind Keller’s goalkeeping record of 102 appearances for the U.S. MNT.
  • Klinsmann’s starting back line featured Edgar Castillo, John Brooks, Oguchi Onyewu and Geoff Cameron from left to right.
  • Onyewu made his first appearance and start since he captained the team during its 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. The win qualified for the USA for the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Brooks earned his third-career cap, and he has started in every match he has played in during his young National Team tenure.
  • Midfielders Sacha Klejstan and Jermaine Jones started alongside each other in Klinsmann’s 4-2-3-1 formation. In front of them were Fabian Johnson, Dempsey and Alejandro Bedoya, with Jozy Altidore up top.
  • Klinsmann made two substitutions in the 63rd minute, bringing in forward Aron Johannsson for Sacha Klejstan and Brek Shea for Castillo. Johnson dropped down to the left back slot for the final half hour.
  • Danny Williams replaced Jones in the 80th minute and forward Juan Agudelo entered the match for Altidore in the 85th minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine
Date:
March 5, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus
Kickoff:
2 p.m. ET
Attendance:
1,573
Weather:
62 degrees, clear

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

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups:
USA:
1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85)
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR
Shots: 7 / 9
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials:
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ukraine 
Date: 
March 5, 2014 
Competition: 
International Friendly 
Venue: 
Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus 
Kickoff: 
2 p.m. ET 
Attendance: 
1,573 
Weather: 
62 degrees, clear

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

UKR – Andriy Yarmolenko (Denys Garmash)             12th minute 
UKR – Marko Devic (unassisted)                               68

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson;17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85) 
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5-Olexander Kucher, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46) 
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11-Yevhen Seleznyov, 16- Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18- Mykola Morozyuk, 20- Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24- Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Piliavskiy, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskiy 
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

Stats Summary: USA / UKR 
Shots: 7 / 9 
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6 
Saves: 5 / 2 
Corner Kicks: 5 / 5 
Fouls: 6 / 9 
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary: 
UKR – Artem Fedetskiy (caution)        65th minute 
UKR – Roman Bezus (caution)           84

Officials: 
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP) 
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP) 
Fourth Official: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

Gallery: WNT Travels to Brazil

After almost 24 hours of travel, the  U.S. WNT touched down in Belo Horizonte full of excitement to kick off the 2016 Olympic Games against New Zealand.

Group G play gets underway on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Universo. 

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Five Things to Know about Middlesbrough

U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan will remain in the English Premier League this season after securing a move from Aston Villa to newly promoted Middlesbrough FC on Friday.

Here are five things to know about Guzan’s new English club:

Established: 1876
Formed in 1876 by members of the Middlesbrough Amateur Cricket Club who were looking to stay fit during the winter, Middlesbrough FC is one of the oldest active clubs in the English Football League.

After some acrimony, some members of the club split to form the competing Middlesbrough Ironopolis and both organizations went professional in 1889. An application to reunite the clubs three years later was rejected by the Football League, and after Middlesbrough found more success by winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and 1898, Middlesbrough returned to professional status in 1899 where they’ve played between different divisions of English football ever since.

To the northeast he goes…
Brad Guzan can expect a slightly colder climate as Middlesbrough is located in North Yorkshire in the northeast of England. Part of a three-club cluster in the region, Middlesbrough sits just south of Sunderland and Newcastle on the south bank of the River Tees.

After a number of different locations in the club’s early years, Middlesbrough called Ayersome Park home beginning in 1903. The ground hosted matches during the 1966 FIFA World Cup, but following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and the ensuing Taylor Report, many clubs in England were forced to upgrade their stadiums or move to new ones.

‘Boro elected to build a new ground and moved into the Riverside Stadium in 1995. The all-seater stadium has a capacity of 33,746 and has been a regular site for the England U-21 side.

Roll Call
Middlesbrough has been home to a number of successful English and Scottish players. Having played 15 seasons for the club in the 1920s and 1930s, Englishman George Camswell is Boro’s all-time leading goal scorer with 345 goals in 453 appearances.

Brian Clough, who surprisingly led Nottingham Forest to back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, is Boro’s third all-time leading scorer with 204 goals in 222 appearances, while well-known Scottish manager Graeme Souness got his start with the northeast club before a legendary career at Liverpool.

More recently, Brazilian maestro Juninho Paulista pulled the strings in the Boro midfield, even making the championship-winning Brazil squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Former England defender Gareth Southgate ended his career with the club in 2006, while prolific strikers Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka enjoyed spells at Riverside.

Guzan will be the first U.S. international to play for Boro.

Movin’ on up with Aitor Karanka
After spending 11 seasons in the Premier League, Middlesbrough was relegated to the English Championship in 2009. The club’s attempt to return to the English topflight came up short in the following years, leading to former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka’s appointment as Boro manager in 2009. The first non-British manager in club history, the Spaniard brought the club close to promotion in 2015, but fell 2-0 to Norwich City in the Championship Promotion Final.

This past season, Middlesbrough ran rampant in the Championship and earned the league’s second automatic promotion spot on the final day. Tied with third-place Brighton & Hove Albion on 88 points, Boro held on for a 1-1 home draw to return to the English Premier League.

Goalkeeping Competition
Brad Guzan enters an interesting goalkeeping landscape at Middlesbrough. The MNT backstop is the second goalkeeper signed by the club this offseason, along with long-time FC Barcelona and Manchester United netminder Victor Valdes.

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, who has been the team’s starter for much of the past few seasons, remains in the fold, while former Real Madrid product Tomás Mejías rounds out the goalkeeping corps.

Boro goalkeeper coach Leo Percovich will be familiar with Guzan. The former Uruguay international spent a number of seasons as an assistant in Major League Soccer, working with the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Toronto FC and Chicago Fire before joining Karanka and Middlesbrough towards the end of 2013.

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MNT Jul 29, 2016

MNT on TV: MLS, Liga MX Cruise Right Along

Coming off the league’s All-Star Game on Thursday night, a total of 29 MNT players are potentially available to see on TV as MLS swings right back into action along with Liga MX this weekend.

Here are some key matchups to catch:

On Friday, Greg Garza, Michael Orozco and Paul Arriola kick off the weekend south of the border when Club Tijuana hosts Guadalajara to begin the third week of the Liga MX season (10 p.m. ET – Azteca America).

Two screens will be required to track MNT players much of Saturday. Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones get back to work as the Colorado Rapids look to return to the top of the Western Conference when they visit the East’s top team, New York City FC (3 p.m. ET – MLS Live). At the same time, MNT defender Matt Miazga and Chelsea take on Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (3 p.m. ET – ESPN). The match represents a stop on the road to what might have been for Miazga, who committed to play collegiate soccer at Michigan before signing a Homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls in 2013.

Later in the evening, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca will try to make it three wins in a row during the young Liga MX season as Los Tuzos take on newly promoted Necaxa (8 p.m. ET – NBC Universo). Meanwhile, left back Edgar Castillo and Monterrey look for their first win of the Apertura as they welcome Cruz Azul to Estadio BBVA Bancomer (8 p.m. ET – Univision).

A full slate of MLS action kicks off Sunday with a marquee matchup as Darlington Nagbe and Portland Timbers visit Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City in the first meeting of the season. (2 p.m. ET – FOX). That game is followed up by another intriguing clash as Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC begin a new era after the departure of Sigi Schmid, hosting Gyasi Zardes and the high-flying LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field (4 p.m. ET – ESPN).

Cap off Sunday with the decisive Trillium Cup match between Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC. The game provides another glimpse at TFC forward Jozy Altidore’s comeback from a hamstring injury, while Ethan Finlay hopes to help Crew SC to a difficult cup win at BMO Field in Toronto.

Check out the full television schedule for MNT players this weekend:

All Times Eastern

Friday, July 29

Michael Orozco, Greg Garza, Paul Arriola

Club Tijuana vs. Guadalajara

10 p.m.

Azteca America

Saturday, July 30

Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, Mix Diskerud

New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids

3 p.m.

MLS Live

Matt Miazga

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid

3 p.m.

ESPN

Edgar Castillo

Monterrey vs. Cruz Azul

8 p.m.

Univision

Omar Gonazlez

Pachuca vs. Necaxa

8 p.m.

NBC Universo

Ventura Alvarado

Club America vs. Tigres UANL

10 p.m.

Univision

Sunday, July 31

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra

Pumas UNAM vs. Club Leon

1 p.m.

UDN

Darlington Nagbe, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi

Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers

2 p.m.

FOX

Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Jordan Morris

Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy

4 p.m.

ESPN

Steve Birnbaum, Bill Hamid

D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact

6:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando

Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

7 p.m.

MLS Live

Brek Shea, Lee Nguyen

Orlando City SC vs. New England Revolution

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Ethan Finlay, Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC vs. Columbus Crew SC

7:30 p.m.

MLS Live

Chris Wondolowski, David Bingham

Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes

9 p.m.

MLS Live

 

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MNT Jul 29, 2016

U-20 MNT Heads to Basking Ridge for Training Camp and Friendlies

CHICAGO (July 29, 2016) - The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will head to Basking Ridge, New Jersey for a 20-player training camp between July 30-Aug. 8.

Head coach Tab Ramos will lead the team in two domestic friendlies, starting with a match against the New York Cosmos on Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. ET at the Cosmos’ training facility, and finishing against New York Red Bulls II on Aug. 7 at 12 p.m. ET at the Red Bull’s training facility.

The 20-player roster is made up of 19 players born in 1997, with one player born in 1998. Twelve players compete at the collegiate level, while three players are in MLS league, and five players play for their local clubs teams.

The team recently won the 2016 Under-20 Men’s NTC Invitational after defeating Japan 2-1. Nine players who competed in the NTC Invitational will be returning to camp, while 11 players will be welcomed.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Robert Castellanos (Nomads SC; Palmdale, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana; Bloomington, Ind.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Andrew Lombard (Ohio State; Montclair, N.J.), Chad Poarch (Continental FC Delco; Middletown, Dela.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Cameron Lindley (North Carolina; Carmel, Ind.), Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro, F.C.; Orange County, Calif.), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6): Sebastian Elney (Maryland; West Chester, Pa.), Jeremy Kelly (North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jonathan Lewis (Kendall SC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Yosef Samuel (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.)

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