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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MNT Mar 5, 2014

- 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)

Jordan Morris One Year Later: "I made the right choice"

Perspective is a powerful thing.

A year ago, forward Jordan Morris was coming off an NCAA College Cup title with Stanford and found himself in January Camp weighing his professional future.

Having already earned seven caps and scoring a goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team, the highest touted collegiate prospect in some time had the option of signing with his hometown club Seattle Sounders FC or making the jump to Europe with German side Werder Bremen.

Taking both under serious consideration, Morris actually left MNT training camp to check out the Bundesliga club. Eventually he made the decision to start his career at home in Seattle.

A Rookie of the Year award and M.L.S. Cup trophy followed, and as he finds himself back in MNT camp one year later, Morris thinks he took the right path.

“I’m 100 percent happy with the choice I made,” he told ussoccer.com. “I have no regrets -- it was an awesome season playing in Seattle. Obviously it went well for us, but it’s just so good being around family and being able to play in my hometown. It’s been awesome.”

Morris was a clutch performer for Sounders FC, helping the club rebound from being Western Conference cellar dwellers last July to earning a spot in the M.L.S. Cup Playoffs. Once there, Morris put the club on his back, scoring in both legs of the Western Conference Final against Colorado Rapids before Seattle defeated Toronto FC on penalty kicks in the M.L.S. Cup Final.

In total, Morris tallied 18 goals and five assists through 40 matches for the Sounders last year and credited his early National Team experience with preparing him for his rookie campaign.

“It helps getting your first games, and then towards the end of the season when the stakes are high it definitely helps to have that experience. I was very fortunate and lucky to have played in some of those games before entering my professional career.”

With 12 total caps to his name, the 22-year-old striker has more international experience than 17 players on the January Camp roster, including club teammate Chad Marshall. Currently taking part in his first MNT camp since 2010, Marshall has collected 11 caps. Morris thinks it’s an opportunity well deserved.

“That can be a little funny,” Morris said of his 32-year-old teammate. “I think Chad is such a great player and I think he deserved to be in the pool. Obviously he was before, but he’s been out for a little bit. He’s such a great player and 100 percent deserves to be here.”

Though injuries and time spent with the U-23 MNT limited him to just five senior caps last year, Morris has his sights set one firming up his role with the full team in 2017.

“The goal is to keep working and continue to have that confidence. Being in camps before definitely helps me come in and feel more comfortable. It’s just having that confidence to go out and prove that I can play and hopefully get more minutes on the field.”

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Gallery: WNT Turns Up The Intensity with Early Morning Weight Lifting Session

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team weight lifting session on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Carson, California. After a day off, the WNT was back at it with an early morning gym session to get the blood flowing and the adrenaline pumping. January Camp is in full effect as Jill Ellis continues to evaluate young players looking forward to the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in March.

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