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)

WNT Rewind: Press Scores Brace; Rapinoe Hat Trick in Wild Game in Seattle

Christen Press scored twice and upped her season tally to eight goals in helping Chicago to a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride, while Megan Rapinoe scored a hat trick – and now leads the NWSL with 12 goals in 2017 – to pull Seattle to a 5-4 win against Sky Blue FC in the highest-scoring and perhaps wildest game of the season. With the weekend games now behind them, the U.S. WNT players will report to the camp today, July 23, in Seattle, as the USA gets set to kick off the 2017 Tournament of Nations that features Australia, Brazil and Japan. Here’s everything that took place for the U.S. WNT players on Saturday:

NWSL
Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride (2-1; Press (2); Kennedy)
It’s been a strong season for Christen Press, and the Chicago Red Stars captain continued her success against the Orlando Pride on Saturday afternoon, scoring twice to lead her team to yet another home victory. Australian Alanna Kennedy scored the lone goal for the Pride in second half stoppage time. As North Carolina game vs. FC Kansas City was postponed due to inclement weather, Chicago’s win pushed them to the top of the NWSL standings.

Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers (1-0; Goal: Prince)
The Houston Dash extended its unbeaten streak to a club record six games, securing a 1-0 win against the Boston Breakers at home on Saturday. Houston’s success in the last few weeks means that with 20 points, it currently sits in sixth place, but is steadily climbing up the standings and continues to make its push into the top four playoff-bound teams.

Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue FC (5-4; Goals: Rapinoe (3), Yanez, OG; O’Hara, Galton, Corboz, Kerr)
After just one goal in the first half via a Megan Rapinoe free kick from distance, it was a wild second half at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday evening as both teams combined to score eight goals after the break, including four in a row from Sky Blue FC in a 17-minutes span. Megan Rapinoe gave Seattle the early lead but the fireworks didn’t start until the second half. Things quickly escalated, first to Seattle’s advantage and then the momentum completely to the visiting side. Rapinoe opened the second half by converting a penalty kick for a 2-0 Seattle advantage in the 46th minute. Beverly Yanez then made it 3-0 in the 48th, and an own goal from SBFC gave the home side a 4-0 lead in 56th minute.

But as the last couple of weeks have shown, SBFC is a team that knows how to make a comeback, and what a comeback it was in Seattle. First, Kelley O’Hara converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute for the 4-1 score line. That followed a series of three more goals from SBFC, with the game-tying fourth courtesy of header from Australian Sam Kerr in the 75th minute – her 11th goal of 2017. But the game wasn’t over yet, and in the 87th minute, Rapinoe completed her hat trick with her 12th of the season, smacking a shot into the upper right corner from just outside the penalty box for what would be a dramatic game-winner in an important win for the Reign.

Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit (2-1; Goals: Long, Weber; Solaun)
An incredible crowd of more than 18,000 fans in Portland saw the Thorns come-from-behind to defeat the Washington Spirit, 2-1 on Saturday evening. Mallory Pugh provided the assist to Havana Solaun for the 1-0 Spirit lead 56th minute but it was Thorns’ Allie Long, who scored the game-tying goal in the 62nd, that began the comeback for Portland. The Thorns scored the game-winning goal a few minutes later as Mallory Weber got her first NWSL tally.

FC Kansas City vs. North Carolina Courage – The match was stopped near the end of the first half and then postponed due to severe weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date. New date: TBD.

WNT Players in NWSL Action
Defender Julie Ertz – 45 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielder Allie Long – 90 minutes, GOAL (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, 2 GOALS (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes, 3 GOALS (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 90 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes, 1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Forward Mallory Pugh –  90 minutes, ASSIST (Washington Spirit)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 60 minutes (Houston Dash)

Did Not Play
Forward Sydney Leroux – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – Game did not take place due to bad weather (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Forward Lynn Williams – Game did not take place due to bad weather (NC Courage)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – Hamstring injury (Boston Breakers)
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris – Quad injury (Orlando Pride)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)

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WNT Jul 23, 2017

Ready When Called: Tim Howard Remains Reliable in Gold Cup

Tim Howard is best known to the public for his record 15-save performance in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 extra time defeat to Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The “Secretary of Defense” stunned the world with stops that ranged from routing to spectacular.

While that performance was no doubt incredible, it’s often when a goalkeeper faces only one or two key moments during 90 minutes where they demonstrate their mettle. The ability to deal with long stretches of inactivity while always staying on the ready when a big save needs to be made is what separates the good from the great.

Howard’s ability in that department has been on display at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The veteran goalkeeper may only have a combined three saves in his two matches in the tournament thus far, but all of them have been nothing short of critical to the USA’s advancement to the Final.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more patient. As a goalkeeper, I try and be ready for those moments,” Howard told ussoccer.com on Sunday.

Those chances can of course come at different times. In Wednesday’s Quarterfinal against El Salvador, Howard was called into action just three minutes in as a soft back pass allowed Rodolfo Zelaya a clear lane to goal before he alertly came off his line to make the save.

Against Costa Rica, the USA’s dominance in possession left Howard largely untested for large portions of the first half. That was until a sizzling run from Bryan Ruiz pushed Marco Ureña through on goal, but again Howard was there to make a sharp kick save on the 37th minute attempt.

With the game still at 0-0 and only 19 minutes remaining before a penalty shootout would determind the winner, Howard was called into action again when Ureña got on the end of a through ball out of the back and beat his mark, only to have the veteran netminder come off his line to make a diving stop. The save kept things level, and within a minute the U.S. MNT was down at the other end celebrating Jozy Altidore’s eventual game-winner.

The performances lifted Howard’s all-time record at the confederation championship to 10-0-2, earning him his seventh and eighth career clean sheets in the process.

Always vocal at the back, Howard said that part of the exercise is communicating with the defenders in front of him, but it’s also to keep himself alert at all times.

“When the ball isn’t nearby, I’m trying to communicate and put guys in the right position. I scream and yell a lot and people think that’s for everyone else, but sometimes that’s for me, to keep me focused and sharp and ready.”

And at the end of the day, Howard says all the routines and preparation only work if the big moments end in a save.

“Ultimately you have to make the big saves. You can do all the other stuff, and if you don’t make the saves it matters for nothing. The keys are being ready, being patient, lots of communication, talking, and understanding danger moments. The easy part, the bread and butter, is making the save.” 

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

U.S. MNT Has Goals From Nine Different Players Going Into Gold Cup Final

In advance of the Semifinal against Costa Rica, head coach Bruce Arena reminded the media that the U.S. MNT had scored the most goals in the tournament so far. While the nine goals in four games deserved mention, equally significant is the range of scorers.

With the goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey against Los Ticos, a total of nine different U.S. players have found the back of the net through five matches in the competition. For comparison’s sake, the next closest is Mexico with six ahead of Sunday night’s Semifinal against Jamaica.

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Results and Goal Scorers

Date

Result

Goal Scorers

Round

July 8, 2017

1-1 D vs. Panama

Dwyer

Group Stage

July 12, 2017

3-2 W vs. Martinique

Morris (2), O. Gonzalez

Group Stage

July 15, 2017

3-0 W vs. Nicaragua

Corona, Rowe, Miazga

Group Stage

July 19, 2017

2-0 W vs. El Salvador

O. Gonzalez, Lichaj

Quarterfinal

July 22, 2017

2-0 W vs. Costa Rica

Altidore, Dempsey

Semifinal

And while the mark is impressive, it isn’t yet unprecedented. In fact, the tournament record was set by the United States during the 2009 tournament, when 10 different players registered goals. Additionally, when the U.S. last won the Gold Cup in 2013, it also had goal-scoring contributions from nine different players.

One of the keys to any team finding success in a tournament setting is receiving contributions from a number of players. During the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena has made it a point to 27 of the 29 players on his roster.

As the team advanced to the Final with Saturday’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica, the obvious payoff has been fresher legs in the deep stages of the tournament.

Check out the team goal-scoring highs from each of the 13 previous CONCACAF Gold Cups below:

Year

Team (Number of goal scorers)

1991

USA (7)

1993

Mexico (7)

1996

Brazil, Mexico, USA (5)

1998

Costa Rica (5)

2000

Peru (6)

2002

USA (6)

2003

USA (7)

2005

Mexico, USA (6)

2007

USA (8)

2009

USA (10)

2011

Mexico (7)

2013

USA (9)

2015

Mexico (6)

2017

USA (9)*

*Still one game to be played

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

WHEN IN TEXAS: Dempsey Ties Donovan as U.S. MNT All-Time Leading Scorer

Growing up in Nacodogches, Texas, Clint Dempsey and his parents used to drive more than three hours each way so he could train and play with elite youth club Dallas Texans. For Dempsey, all the travel and hard work was done with an aim towards one day playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team at a World Cup.

With trips to three different tournaments and a running tally of 135 international caps, he more than achieved that goal. In Saturday's 2-0 Gold Cup Semifinal win vs. Costa Rica, the veteran striker added another major accolade to his decorated career as he drove home an 82nd minute free kick to tally his 57th career international goal, tying Landon Donovan for the most in U.S. MNT history. He accomplished the feat in front of numerous friends and family in Dallas, where his golden years of development occurred.

While the record was something he began aiming for a few years ago, the heart condition that ailed him in the second half of 2016 gave him major doubts. Having overcome that, the record is even sweeter now.

“For me the biggest thing is being able to come back from two heart procedures and to still be playing at this level,” he told ussoccer.com following the USA’s 2-0 Gold Cup Semifinal win vs. Costa Rica. “I didn’t know if I was going to have much time left to be playing the game, and to be able to tell my kids that right now I’m tied for the most goals ever scored for my country -- for me, it was always trying to play in a World Cup and represent your country, but to be able to play in three World Cups and say that I’m one of the leading goal scorers all-time for the U.S., that’s something that’s very special.”

Coming off the bench in the 66th minute, Dempsey didn’t just score the second goal.He also provided the offensive spark and assist which sent the USA on the way to its 10th Gold Cup Final. Just six minutes after entering the match, the veteran forward unlocked the Costa Rica defense with a tidy pass that gave Jozy Altidore a clean lane to goal for the opener in the 72nd minute.

“In the second half I thought Clint did a good job in terms of carving out a quality chance and we took advantage of it,” Altidore said. “It’s definitely a luxury to bring in a guy who is looking to break the record, one of the all-time best players we’ve ever produced. To bring him off the bench when he still has something to give to us, I think that’s pretty big.”

Having managed minutes throughout the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Dempsey said U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena spoke to him about the decision to bring him off the bench against Costa Rica, a role he fully accepted coming off a full 90-minute output in the 2-0 Quarterfinal win against El Salvador just three days prior. 

“It’s always difficult three days after playing 90 minutes to try to start and play another 90 minutes. When you’re at 34 it’s difficult,” Dempsey said. “Bruce told me that he knew the game was going to be tight and the second half it would open up. He thought I could be someone to come on and make a difference and he was right. When I went out there I just tried to play with confidence, tried to move the ball forward, create for others and create for myself and got into good spots tonight.”

The positions he got in helped push the U.S. to a record 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and put Dempsey on the doorstep of some serious MNT history. Dempsey’s 57 career goals place him third among active international goal scorers, sitting behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (75) and Lionel Messi (58). With his next, not only will Dempsey tie the Barcelona and Argentina great, but also surpass former teammate Donovan, setting a new mark that’s unlikely to be broken for some time. At the moment, he's arrived 57 goals in 19 less caps than the U.S. MNT legend did. 

“I couldn’t be happier, could be more proud to be on the field with him,” U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley said of Dempsey’s output. “He’s a guy who leaves his heart and soul on the field every time he plays for the National Team. For me personally, the chance to be on the field with him on so many big days is something that I’ll always remember. I think for all of us, the fact that he was able to get this goal tonight in Texas – I know he had a lot of family here – is really special.

For now, Dempsey and the U.S. MNT’s main focus will be winning the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. While a record-breaking goal in the championship match would be storybook in so many ways, lifting the trophy remains the priority.

“I’ve played in three finals,” Dempsey said. “It’ll be great for us to win a trophy on home soil. It’s an opportunity for us to keep building the confidence going into the next four games of World Cup Qualifying and making sure we put ourselves in a position to qualify for Russia.”

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MNT Jul 23, 2017

La U.S. MNT Avanza a la Final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas (22 de julio, 2017) – En un partido que quedara marcado en la historia de la figura de Clint Dempsey, el U.S. MNT consiguió una victoria de 2-0 sobre Costa Rica frente a 45,516 aficionados en AT& Stadium para clasificarse a su décima final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF en la búsqueda de su sexto título del certamen continental.

El indiscutible hombre clave que abrió el sendero del triunfo, fue Dempsey, quien ingresó de cambio con menos de media hora por jugarse y se encumbró como el héroe de la semifinal con una gran jugada que culminó con una medida asistencia y posteriormente con su histórico gol número 57 que lo empareja con Landon Donovan como los dos máximos goleadores de la historia de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos.

Si bien Dempsey fue la figura, Howard no desmereció con sus intervenciones y Jozy Altidore también tuvo un destacado partido en la generación ofensiva, y además fue quien firmoo el primer gol del encuentro. El tercer máximo goleador de EE.UU. llegó a 38 anotaciones.

Próximamente: Estados Unidos jugará la gran final de la Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017 el próximo miércoles, julio 26 a las 6:30 pm PT. El partido se disputará en el Levi’s Stadium en Santa Clara ante el ganador de la semifinal entre México y Jamaica y será transmitido por la señal de FS1, Univision, y UDN.

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Jozy Altidore, minuto 72: Clint Dempey recibió el esférico en el medio círculo de la media cancha, se quitó a un par de rivales de encima, vio el movimiento de Altidore y le filtró el pase entre dos defensores. Cargado hacia la izquierda del área y ante la salida de Pemberton, definió de zurda por un lado del portero tico.

USA – Clint Dempsey, minuto 82: Tiro libre a favor del Team USA cargado a la derecha. Dempsey disparó directo al arco con un disparo bajo buscando la parte de afuera de la barrera, pero superándola por debajo del último hombre en ella que saltó anticipadamente. El esférico se fue a la red por el segundo poste de Pemberton.

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

USA – Jordan Morris, minuto 1: Jugada colectiva de Estados Unidos casi al arranque del encuentro, Altidore le dejó el balón a Morris dentro del área cargado a la derecha. El delantero de Seattle Sounders sacó un potente disparo que se estrelló en el primer poste.

USA – Kellyn Acosta, minuto 15: Otra jugada de conjunto, con gran movimiento de Jozy Altidore a los espacios. Morris dejó al goleador de Toronto FC en línea de fondo por derecha y saco un centro raso a la llegada de Acosta, quien falló al empujarla con un remate desviado.

CRC– Marco Ureña, minuto 37: Bryan Ruiz le filtró entre líneas un balón a Ureña. El delantero de San Jose Earthquakes le ganó el pique a Omar González, controló de un toque y disparó de derecha cruzado. Tim Howard atajó estirando el pie.

CRC – Giancarlo González, minuto 65: Centro frontal de un tiro libre directo, al cual llegó a rematar de cabeza libre de marca Giancarlo, pero su remate se fue elevado por sobre el travesaño.

USA – Jozy Altidore, minuto 66: Cañonazo de Altidore desde afuera del área, el cual rechazó el arquero costarricense a dos puños.  

USA – Kellyn Acosta, minuto 70: Team USA armó la jugada colectiva por el centro. Clint Dempsey en la media luna le dejó el balón al mediocampista del FC Dallas. Acosta probó al arco de primera antes de que dos defensores le cerraran. Pero su disparo salió al centro donde Patrick Pemberton pudo resolver.

CRC– Marco Ureña, minuto 71: Pase largo filtrado buscando nuevamente que Ureña le ganara por velocidad a González. Lo cual Ureña logró y quedo prácticamente mano a mano con Tim Howard. El portero del Colorado Rapids venia saliendo cuando el atacante tico sacó un remate cruzado por debajo de zurda, Howard se tendió y a una mano detuvo el disparo y posteriormente se quedó con el esférico.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Costa Rica
Fecha: 22 de julio, 2017
Torneo: Copa Oro CONCACAF 2017; Semifinales
Sede: AT&T Stadium; Dallas, Texas
Inicio: 10 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 45,516
Clima: 82 grados, despejado 

Resumen de anotaciones:    1          2          F
USA                                         0          2          2
CRC                                         0          0          0

USA - Jozy Altidore (Clint Dempsey)      minuto 72
USA - Clint Dempsey                            82

Alineaciones:
USA: 24-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 5-Matt Besler, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 20-Paul Arriola (28-Clint Dempsey, 66), 23-Kelly Acosta (13-Dax McCarty, 85), 26-Michael Bradley (capt.), 25-Darlington Nagbe; 8-Jordan Morris, 27-Jozy Altidore (9-Gyasi Zardes, 83)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Bill Hamid, 4-Matt Miazga, 7-Chris Pontius, 10-Joe Corona, 15-Eric Lichaj, 16-Justin Morrow, 18-Juan Agudelo, 21-Matt Hedges, 29-Jesse González
Director Técnico: Bruce Arena

CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton; 6-José Salvatierra (14-Randall Azofeifa, 78), 3-Giancarlo González, 2-Johnny Acosta, 24-Kendall Waston, 15-Francisco Calvo; 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.), 20-David Guzmán (25-José Leitón, 80), 17-Yeltsin Tejeda (5-Kenner Gutiérrez, 74), 7-David Ramírez; 21-Marco Ureña
Suplentes No Utilizados: 23-Dany Carvajal, 1- Leonel Moreira, 16-Christian Gamboa, 26-Jhamir Ordain, 8-Bryan Oviedo, 4-Michael Umaña, 22-Juan Pablo Vargas, 12-Joel Campbell, 27-Jimmy Marín, 19-Ulises Segura, 14-Rodney Wallace, 9-Ariel Rodríguez, 11-Johan Venegas
Director Técnico: Oscar Ramírez 

Resumen estadístico: USA / CRC
Disparos: 10 / 7
Tiros al arco: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 2 / 4
Faltas: 20 / 15
Fueras de lugar: 1 / 2 

Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Omar González (amonestación)         minuto 61
CRC - Giancarlo González (amonestación)   67
USA - Jozy Altidore (amonestación)              72

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Árbitro Asistente 2: William Torres (SLV)
Cuarto Oficial: César Ramos (MEX) 

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Clint Dempsey

 

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