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U.S. MNT Opens Send-Off Series with 2-0 Win Against Azerbaijan, Powered by Yingli Solar

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened its three-game Send-Off Series with a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park as second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson each scored a goal.

The match, powered by Yingli Solar, saw U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tie Kasey Keller’s record of 53 career U.S. MNT victories. Howard also posted his 35th career shutout, making two saves for the clean sheet.

Next up for the USA is a match against Turkey on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (2 p.m. ET). The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

Throughout the first half and into the second, the USA always seemed like the team that would score the first goal and the U.S. finally broke the stalemate in the 75th minute. Substitute Brad Davis delivered a free kick from the left side and Azerbaijan’s Ilkin Girtimov headed the ball up, but not out of danger.

Diskerud got a head on the falling ball it and it bounced to Michael Bradley, whose shot from 13 yards out was alertly blocked by Azerbaijan defender Elvin Yunuszade on the goal line with his left foot. The ball ricocheted to Diskerud, who had entered the match just four minutes earlier, and he finished with skill and powered it into the right side of the net. It was Diskerud’s third career tally and first of 2014. (SEE GOAL)

In the 81st minute, Johannsson doubled the USA lead off a Davis corner kick from the right side. Johannsson was completely unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box and he flicked his header into the upper right corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. It was Johannsson’s first goal of 2014 and second of his young U.S. MNT career. (SEE GOAL)

Though the first half was scoreless, the U.S. created the majority of the scoring chances. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who got the start after Clint Dempsey was a precautionary scratch due to some soreness in his groin, put headers on frame in the fourth and 15th minutes. Both were saved spectacularly by Azerbaijan goalkeeper Kamran Aghayev, the first with his legs and the second with a tremendous tip over the crossbar.

In the second half, the USA had several chances but shot high, including a Michael Bradley took a free kick in the 49th minute that sailed just over the goal. The placement of that free kick carried some controversy as Brad Davis appeared to have been fouled just inside the penalty area, but the free kick was awarded a foot outside the box.

Budweiser Man of the Match Jozy Altidore also had a couple scoring chances, including a 63rd-minute sequence in which he received a pass on the ground from Bradley, held off his defender well on the turn and fired over the crossbar.

Defensively, Howard needed to make only two saves for the clean sheet, the biggest stop coming in the seventh minute against Vagif Javadov after the USA gave up the ball outside the box. In swirling winds, Howard confidently pushed the shot away for a corner kick.

Milestone Watch:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard tied Kasey Keller’s record of 53 victories, and Howard is now 53-28-15 since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2002. Keller was 53-27-18 during his tenure from 1990-2007.
  • Howard is two appearances away from reaching the 100-cap milestone. He now has 98 career appearances as he looks to become the 15th U.S. MNT player to reach the century mark.
  • With Tuesday’s victory, Jurgen Klinsmann (29-11-8) is now one win away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list. Ahead of them are Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is looking to become just the third USA player to appear in four World Cups, earned his 115th career international cap and his first of 2014. He is fifth on the all-time caps list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Turkey in the second game of the Send-Off Series at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision, Univision Deportes Network and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • This was the USA’s first international matchup against Azerbaijan.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-1-1 in 2014.
  • The USA is 2-2-0 at Candlestick Park.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann went with a starting lineup that featured goalkeeper Tim Howard, left back DaMarcus Beasley, right back Fabian Johnson and a center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron.
  • The midfield in Klinsmann’s 4-4-2 included Alejandro Bedoya on the left, Graham Zusi on the right, Jermaine Jones as the holding midfielder and Michael Bradley at the top of the diamond.
  • Chris Wondolowski and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • Howard wore the captain’s armband for the first time in 2014 and the 10th time in his career. The U.S. MNT is 5-4-1 in games when Howard is the captain.
  • Klinsmann made three halftime subs as he readies this 23-player roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made two defensive subs, bringing in center back Omar Gonzalez for Cameron and left back Timmy Chandler for Beasley. In the midfield, Brad Davis replaced Zusi to open the second half.
  • For Chandler, it marked his first appearance with the U.S. MNT since the squad’s 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in World Cup qualifying.
  • With Davis entering the match on the left side of the midfield, Bedoya switched roles to the right side.
  • In the 62nd minute, forward Aron Johannsson entered the game for Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin replaced Johnson. Johannsson made his eighth career appearance and Yedlin his third. Both players also have former ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy – Yedlin with Seattle Sounders FC and Johannsson with IMG Academy.
  • Mix Diskerud was the USA’s final sub, replacing Bedoya in the 71st minute.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Azerbaijan, powered by Yingli Solar
Date: May 27, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT
Attendance: 24,688
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Mix Diskerud                            75th minute
USA – Aron Johannsson (Brad Davis)  81

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 62), 20-Geoff Cameron (3-Omar Gonzalez, 46), 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (21-Timmy Chandler, 46); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 46), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 71); 17-Jozy Altidore, 18-Chris Wondolowski (9-Aron Johannsson, 62)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Julian Green, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AZE: 1-Kamran Aghayev, 3-Rasim Ramaldanov, 4-Mahir Shukurov (capt.) (25-Ilkin Girtimov, 46), 7-Vagif Javadov (13-Dmitrij Nazarov, 60), 8-Gara Garayev, 10-Rufat Dadashov (28-Pardis Fardjad-Azad, 66), 11-Rauf Aliyev, 15-Ruslan Abishov (2-Badavi Guseynov, 46), 20-Ufuk Budak, 24-Abdulla Abasiyev (18-Maksim Medvedev, 71), 29-Elvin Yunuszade
Subs Not Used: 5-Shahriyar Aliyev, 9-Jihan Ozkara, 12-Emil Balayev, 14-Rashad Sadigov, 23-Salahat Aghayev
Head Coach: Berti Vogts

Stats Summary: USA / AZE
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 11 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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MNT May 27, 2014

Next Up: Five Things to Know About Bolivia

Bolivia vs. MNT
No player from either team had earned a cap for his country the last time the U.S. and Bolivia met back in 1999, a 0-0 draw at Stadio de Tahuichi in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The United States has never beaten the visitors, holding a 0-4-2 record overall against La Verde in a series that began with another scoreless friendly in 1993 at Fullerton Stadium in California.

The teams have played once in official competition, in Uruguay during the 1995 Copa America. Although Bolivia won the match 1-0, the United States would go on to win Group C and reach the semifinals for its best finish at the tournament.

Cobi Jones became the first American to score against Bolivia in a 1-1 draw at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Robbie Cup in February 1994. Barely more than two months later, Hugo Perez scored twice against Bolivia in Dallas for a 2-2 draw.

Bolivian Soccer History
Success has never been easy for Bolivia in CONMEBOL, South America’s ultra-competitive FIFA confederation. A group featuring longtime D.C. United stars Jaime Moreno and Bolivian legend Marco “El Diablo” Etcheverry traveled to the United States in 1994 for their country’s only World Cup appearance since 1950.

Bolivia’s “Golden Generation” of the 1990s also featured midfielders Erwin Sánchez, Carlos Borja and current manager Julio César Baldivieso before it came to an end with a Copa America runner-up finish in 1997. La Verde wouldn’t get out of the first round again until a surprise run to the quarterfinals in Chile a year ago. Bolivia has won the tournament only once, as hosts in 1963.

Its most formidable weapon is one it won’t be able to use against the United States, the being one of the world’s most significant (and controversial) home-field advantages. Brazil’s first World Cup Qualifying loss in two decades and a 6-1 rout of Argentina stand as the two most notable of Bolivia’s many positive results at Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, where FIFA briefly banned most matches in 2007 due to its high altitude of nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.

Copa America Outlook
It would be tough to find a bigger underdog than Bolivia in this summer’s Copa America Centenario thanks in large part to the tournament’s difficult schedule. Group D features two of the world’s top three teams, No. 1-ranked Argentina and 2015 Copa America champion Chile.

Bolivia opens June 6 in Orlando against fellow long-shots Panama at the newly renamed Camping World Stadium. Chile will be the opponent at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on June, 10 before Bolivia makes a cross-country trip to face Argentina and Lionel Messi in the final group stage match June 14 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Notable Names
Bolivia would love to see 23-year-old goalkeeper Romel Quiñónez return to the form he showed during a remarkable Copa America run last summer. He missed five months after surgery on a broken wrist before finally returning to start in a 3-2 World Cup Qualifying loss to Colombia last March.

Forward Juan Carlos Arce owns 44 caps for Bolivia and scored two penalty kicks in Qualifying matches. One player on the Bolivia roster who will be familiar to New York Cosmos fans is forward Yasmani Duk, who scored in Qualifying and may see an opportunity.

Indigenous people make up two thirds of the population of 10.6 million in the country known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, a large part of which formerly belonged to the vast Incan Empire. Although Bolivia has more than 20 major languages, Quechua and Aymara are spoken as the major languages in the mountainous, landlocked country along with Spanish.

The ruins of the ancient city of Tiahuanaco, which was colonized about 2,200 years ago, provides a popular attraction for tourists seeking to learn more about the country’s history. Historical evidence shows the Incas and Aymaras rose up to dominate the region after the disappearance of the Tiahuanacotas around 1200 A.D.

Natives in eastern Bolivia never came under complete control of the advanced Incan Empire, and even today many still live much like they did hundreds of years ago. Deep ethnic and regional divides continue to present challenges for Bolivia’s political leaders, including the first indigenous president, Evo Morales.

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MNT May 27, 2016

U.S. Soccer Solicita Cambio a la Nómina para la Copa América Centenario: Castillo por Chandler

CHICAGO (27 de mayo, 2016) – La U.S. Soccer solicitó al Comité Organizador Local agregar al defensa del Monterrey Edgar Castillo a la nómina para la Copa América Centenario en lugar de Timmy Chandler, quien ha sido diagnosticado con un esguince en el cuádriceps derecho, el cual se lastimó jugando con Eintracht Frankfurt.

Según los reglamentos del torneo, un jugador lesionado solamente puede ser remplazado en la nómina oficial hasta 24 horas antes del primer partido del equipo. El remplazo debe provenir de la nómina provisional de 40 jugadores entregada el 29 de abril.

Castillo ha jugado 18 partidos con EE.UU. y fue titular en los últimos dos partidos de eliminatoria mundialista. Se reportará a la concentración después de la serie final de la Liga MX. Monterrey juega hoy de visitante contra Pachuca, con el segundo partido programado para el domingo en la tarde.

Estados Unidos termina sus tres partidos de preparación para la Copa América Centenario contra Bolivia el 28 de mayo en Children's Mercy Park en Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1, UniMás y UDN).

PORTEROS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)

DEFENSAS (8): 5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS/DELANTEROS (12): 15-Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 8-Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), 13-Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 16-Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), 10-Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17-Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), 18-Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), 7-Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), 20-Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 19-Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)


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Espanol May 27, 2016

Newcomers Nagbe, Pulisic Leave Good Impression in 1-0 Win Against Ecuador

In a pre-game interview just before kickoff Wednesday night against Ecuador, ESPN's Taylor Twellman asked U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to name a player in each position who had the most to gain this summer. In midfield, he picked Darlington Nagbe. 

Perhaps Nagbe can hear through walls.

Entering as a second-half substitute, he brought energy, skill and dynamism to the MNT attack, and the effort was rewarded with the last-minute winner when he finished off some fine work from DeAndre Yedlin and Bobby Wood.

"It felt great," said Nagbe of his first goal for the United States. "I’ve been wanting my first goal to come, and in a big game like this before Copa America against a good team, I was happy it was in this game.”

Of his efforts in Ecuador's attacking half, he said that Klinsmann has been encouraging all of his midfielders to play a bigger role.

“He just wants me to get on the ball, same as all," Nagbe said. "For all of his midfielders, he just us to get on the ball and continue to get possession and help create."

One youngster who also heeded those words was former PA Classics midfielder Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old showed poise, confidence and a clean touch in his 27 minutes on the park. Entering only his second match for the senior team, he said Klinsmann's instructions were simple.

“He said to just be dangerous and go do what I do," Pulisic offered. "Of course I have to help the team and try to make a difference in the game.”

As he continues to get integrated into the group, Pulisic is here to contribute however he can going into this huge tournament.

“We have 23 very strong players," he said. "Of course everyone wants to start and that’s the goal, but I just want to be successful with the team. Whether that’s starting or coming off the bench, that’s fine by me. It’s the coach’s decision and I’m just happy to be here.”

Age is just a number for @cmpulisic.

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MNT May 26, 2016

U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel Denies Kraze United and San Francisco City FC First Round Protests

CHICAGO (May 26, 2016) – The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel recently received protests from Kraze United and San Francisco City FC regarding the use of ineligible players by The Villages SC and C.D. Aguiluchos USA during their respective meetings in First Round play on May 11.

According to Open Cup Policy Section 306(a), “A protest related to an Open Cup match must be filed in writing with the Open Cup Commissioner not later than 5:00 p.m. CT, the day after the match.”

In accordance with the regulations, the Panel has denied both protests because they were received after the appropriate deadline.

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USOC May 26, 2016

Gallery: U.S. MNT Defeats Ecuador 1-0 After Nagbe's Late Goal

The U.S. Men’s National Team used Darlington Nagbe’s 90th minute strike and first international goal to earn a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in its second warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario. [TICKETS]. Read more
MNT May 26, 2016