U.S. Soccer

U.S. MNT Earns First Victory Against Czech Republic to Open New World Cup Cycle

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a 39th-minute goal, Nick Rimando made four saves in the second half and the U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Generali Arena. It was the USA’s first victory against the Czech Republic.

The match also represented the first of a new cycle, with the USA’s long-term sights set on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Bedoya, who played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, garnered his second goal with the U.S. MNT. Rimando and first-half goalkeeper Brad Guzan shared time in the net, with Guzan earning the 12th victory of his MNT career.

USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s young roster earned valuable international experience as three players made their MNT debuts: Joe Gyau with the start and Greg Garza and Emerson Hyndman as second-half subs. Gyau played the full 90 minutes. Julian Green, who scored a goal against Belgium in this year’s World Cup, earned his first U.S. MNT start.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (unassisted), 39th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vladimir Darida lost the ball in the midfield on Peter Cech’s distribution and Mix Diskerud pounced on it to start the U.S. attack. Diskerud worked the ball just inside the box, shot from 17 yards out and Cech made the initial save to his left. The rebound popped out to Bedoya, who slotted it past Czech Republic defender Michal Kadlec into the open net. USA 1, CZE 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CZE – Petr Cech, 17th minute: USA forward Joe Gyau, who made his MNT debut Wednesday, created the first legitimate scoring chance for either side by fending off Czech Republic midfielder Petr Jiracek and shooting with his right foot from outside the box. The rolling shot was headed to the right side of the frame, but Cech had no issues crouching over the ball for the game’s first save.

USA – John Brooks, 20th minute: Czech Republic midfielder Vaclav Pilar swung the ball to the left side to teammate Ladislav Krejci. Krejci had open space to cross a dangerous ball back across the edge of the six-yard box. Brooks alertly intercepted with a sliding, left-legged stop as the USA eventually cleared.

USA – Brad Guzan, 26th minute: Vaclav Pilar shot left-footed from about 20 yards out with the intention of finding the right side of the goal, but Guzan dove to his left and secured easily for his only save as he split time in goal with Nick Rimando.

USA – Nick Rimando, 60th minute: Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky’s suave chip over the USA defense landed perfectly to Ladislav Krejci on the left side of the box, and Krejci fired toward the far left post. Rimando reacted quickly with a left-footed save.

USA – Nick Rimando, 65th minute: Shortly after a mad scramble where the ball ricocheted between a pair of USA defenders, the Czech Republic had one more solid crack at the goal as Vladimir Darida fired from close range in the middle of the box. Rimando batted away Darida’s strike at the near right post to maintain the one-goal lead.

USA – Nick Rimando, 85th and 89th minutes: The Czech Republic continued to linger around the net, but Rimando come up big twice more down the stretch. In the 85th minute, Rimando turned away a right-footed shot by Radim Reznik that he played on a short hop. Then in the 89th minute, Rimando adjusted his body to deflect a close-range shot by Daniel Pudil.

Milestone Watch:

  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th victory. He ranks fifth on the USA’s all-time wins list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 10, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a match against Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Broadcast information: Oct. 10 – ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio; Oct. 14 – ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Tickets: Oct. 10 vs. Ecuador ; Oct. 14 vs. Honduras

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-2 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT is now 1-3-0 all-time against the Czech Republic and former Czechoslovakia.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal and a defensive line of left back Timmy Chandler, right back Fabian Johnson and center backs John Brooks and Michael Orozco.
  • The midfield in the USA’s 4-3-3 formation featured Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud and Alejandro Bedoya.
  • The front line included Julian Green, Jozy Altidore and Joe Gyau from left to right.
  • To open the second half, Klinsmann brought in Tim Ream for Orozco and goalkeeper Nick Rimando replaced Guzan.
  • In the 63rd minute, Greg Garza made his MNT debut, replacing Chandler. Alfredo Morales earned his second cap and first appearance of 2014 when he entered for Diskerud. Brek Shea made his 27th appearance and second of the year, replacing Corona.
  • In the 67th minute, Emerson Hyndman earned his first cap when he replaced USA goal scorer Bedoya.
  • Altidore wore the captain’s armband. The U.S. MNT is now 2-0-0 in games with Altidore as the captain. His other match with the armband was the USA’s thrilling 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Gyau made his U.S. MNT debut and first start, following in the footsteps of his father Philip who earned six caps with the USA from 1989-91.
  • Green earned his first start and fourth cap.
  • Guzan made his second appearance of the year after splitting time with Tim Howard during a 2-1 victory against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey. Guzan now has 26 caps in his career.
  • Corona and Orozco made their first appearances of 2014. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ream earned his eighth cap and made his first appearance since USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • The USA’s starting lineup featured eight players who represented the USA at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Five players saw time on the pitch during the tournament – Altidore, Bedoya, Brooks, Green and Johnson, who played in all four matches.
  • Johnson earned his 27th cap and his ninth of the year. His nine caps tie for the team lead with Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.
  • The USA is now 33-13-9 all-time under Klinsmann.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
Date: Sept. 3, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic
Kickoff: 2:15 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,642
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Alejandro Bedoya              39th minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Brad Guzan (22-Nick Rimando, 46); 23-Fabian Johnson, 4-Michael Orozco (5-Tim Ream, 46), 6-John Brooks, 21-Timmy Chandler (3-Greg Garza, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (8-Emerson Hyndman, 67), 15-Joe Corona (13-Brek Shea, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (2-Alfredo Morales, 63); 7-Joe Gyau, 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 16-Julian Green
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Jordan Morris, 14-Rubio Rubin, 18-Bobby Wood
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Pavel Kaderabek (17-Radim Reznik, 46), 5-Vaclav Prochazka, 3-Michal Kadlec, 8-David Limbersky; 22-Vladimir Darida (9-Borek Dockal, 79), 19-Petr Jiracek (13-Lukas Vacha, 46), 10-Tomas Rosicky (capt.); 6-Vaclav Pilar (12-Milan Petrzela, 46), 7-Ladislav Krejci (11-Daniel Pudil, 69), 20-Matej Vydra (14-Daniel Kolár, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Marek Suchy, 15-Ondrej Mazuch, 16-Tomás Vaclik, 18-Tomas Horava, 21-Josef Sural, 23-David Bicík
Head coach: Pavel Vrba

Stats Summary: USA / CZE
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alfredo Morales (caution)              90th+1 minute

Officials:
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Róbert Kispál (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Alejandro Bedoya

Auction Underway for Autographed MNT Rainbow-Number Jerseys to Benefit You Can Play Project

CHICAGO (June 27, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the June match vs. Venezuela are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

In recognition of LGBTQ month in June, U.S. Soccer, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association partnered with the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction launched today, Tuesday, June 27 and will last eight days, concluding on Wednesday, July 5. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey. 

The U.S. players wore the pride inspired jerseys during the U.S. MNT game vs. Venezuela on June 3 in a friendly played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The U.S. WNT jersey auction will take place soon. The U.S. Women wore the rainbow-numbered jerseys in its two June friendly matches, first vs. Sweden on June 8, in Gothenburg, and again vs. Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord.

In addition, fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com, and a special “One Nation. One Team.” hat with rainbow lettering is also on sale.

Proceeds from all three opportunities will be donated to the You Can Play Project.

As a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting in June of 2016. U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey

Panini America is the official trading card partner of U.S. Soccer. Through Panini Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, these match-issued and autographed U.S. Soccer jerseys have been authenticated, hologrammed and packaged for this special auction.


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GALLERY: MNT Hits First Day of 2017 Gold Cup Training Camp in Nashville

U.S. MNT players began reporting June 25 into Nashville for pre-Gold Cup training camp. Monday saw the team take to the training field together for the first time ahead of  this weekend's trip to East Hartford, Conn. for a tournament tune-up against Ghana on July 1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium [TICKETS]. Kickoff is set for 4:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN (with a pregame show on UniMas and UDN starting at 4 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

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Hall: We Can Beat LA on Our Day

Sacramento Republic’s Jeremy Hall does so many things well on a soccer field. He harasses opponents, keeps attackers in check, defends like a beast, chases lost causes and puts a team on his shoulders when it’s needed. Scoring goals is nowhere near the top of his list. But the veteran holding midfielder scored the fourth deep in stoppage time of a 4-1 rout of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake in the last round of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. And it’s just that kind of unexpected bonus an underdog needs to get the feeling there’s something special going on.

“I’m not really sure you can call one goal a streak,” chuckled Hall, quick to deflect attention away from his penalty-kick that nudged the Republic a step closer to the 2017 Open Cup Final. In a nine-year MLS career, he scored just twice, which is not to say he hasn’t been an influential player at every club he’s called home. He’s a defender in the truest sense and can fill in at full-back, center-back or play the gatekeeper on the defensive side of central midfield like he does for his new United Soccer League (USL) club in California’s capital. He’s felt right at home since arriving last year and he leaves his mark on every game. “Everything just came together against Real Salt Lake. It just clicked completely and I think it might have jump-started something for us.”

Hall is Sacramento’s wall, a player who loves the dirty business of the game. He plugs up the middle so completely that it frees his teammates to get forward and express themselves. He’s an insurance policy with experience. “The Open Cup is dirty and messy,” Hall said, with obvious relish for the “dog-fights” as he likes to call them. “You know it’s coming and no one gives an inch. You’ve got guys all over the field, and all over the Cup, trying to prove themselves. These games, for me, are the most fun. You have to be into it and on from the opening whistle to the last one.”

Down and Dirty in the Open Cup
It sounds like a cliché, but it isn’t. Hall knows better than most that one slip-up or dogged tackle can send you out of the Cup, a competition with no draws or second chances. The Puerto Rico international with four caps has never gone particularly deep in the Open Cup, despite once winning the Canada Cup (The Great White North’s version on the Open Cup) with Toronto FC. “The Cup’s about a lot of things, but really what it’s most about is going out there and fighting.”

With stints at New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, Toronto FC and New England Revolution, Hall – a former member of the U.S. Soccer Residency program alongside Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley – was as respected as journeymen come in the American top-flight. And now, down in the second tier, he’s a star – an admittedly gritty, no-nonsense one who’d laugh right in your face if you told him so. When Sacramento’s English-born coach Paul Buckle, a keen student of the American soccer scene, found out Hall had been released from his contract with hometown side Tampa Bay Rowdies, he snapped to action.

 

“You need a guy like Jeremy to take the game by the scruff of the neck,” said Buckle, who stacked his side with a clutch of veterans like Scottish midfielder Adam Moffat, Chris Christian, Colombia-born former American youth international Danny Barrera and Montenegro’s Emrah Kliment. “Guys like Jeremy don’t freeze. And they give confidence to the younger guys. You can’t do anything without a few guys like that.”

Hall’s no artist. He’s a worker. A grinder. He’s as rugged and rough on the pitch as he is thoughtful off it. “It’s amazing how fast the years go by,” admitted Hall, now 28 and settling into a post-MLS portion of his career. His affection for his new club is clear. “Everyone really cares here. The fans are amazing and there’s just a genuine love for the team. It’s like a family.”

Big Brother Jeremy
If Sacramento Republic is a family, then Hall is the big brother and he’s always looking out. When he talks about the side’s chances in the Cup, you believe him because his enthusiasm is catchy. Even with five-time MLS champions LA Galaxy in the way in the Round of 16, Hall believes.

“We can beat LA on our day,” he said, admitting to giving little pointers to the Republic’s youngsters like 21-year-old Englishman Harry Williams. Hall passes on small secrets he learned through years sharing locker-rooms with MLS’ best, and coming up against them in the heat of battle. “Everything is lining up. You don’t need to even say anything about it here – the motivation in our team for the Cup is so huge.”

 

You need a lot of things to go right to get on one of those rare and magical Cup runs that leaves multiple MLS teams in your wake. The last time a club from below the top-tier reached the Final was back in 2008, when Charleston Battery lost out by a slim one-goal margin to D.C. United. You need luck to do it. Experience too. Goals, yes. But guts most of all. You need everything to come together and keep coming together one game after another until there’s no one left standing in front of you. According to Hall, the Republic have been riding precisely those waves in this Open Cup.

“We’re sensing a Cup run,” said the battling midfielder, with more guts than most. “Everything is lined up just perfectly and it’s been snow-balling. The run is building on itself.” And when you start to see a name like Hall’s on the scoresheet – a fighter and a worker who’s job is to slam doors and pour water on fires – you don’t have to be superstitious to get the feeling there’s something special going on in Sacramento. 

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Down & Dirty: #USOC2017 Ratchets up the Pressure in Round of 16

And then there were 16. Gone are the romantic amateurs who captured our hearts and most of the second-tier strivers who punched courageously above their weight. What’s left in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is serious business. Eight matches across Tuesday and Wednesday – all with at least one Major League Soccer side in action – will decide who moves on to the Quarterfinals next month, a stone’s throw from the Final of the 104-year-old competition. Join ussoccer.com for a match-by-match preview of the Round of 16. 
    At the top end of the western bracket, Seattle Sounders FC – four-time Open Cup champions – travel south to take on San Jose Earthquakes, who’ve yet to hoist the Dewar Cup despite a long and storied history that dates back to the mid-1970s. While the Sounders haven’t used their first-team yet, opting instead to oust nemesis Portland Timbers with a squad of short-term loanees from their reserve ranks, the Earthquakes used a mix that included long-time ace Chris Wondolowski and young attacker Jackson Yueill, the UCLA Bruin who scored four-minutes into his MLS debut against NASL’s San Francisco Deltas to help lift San Jose to the Round of 16. The Quakes may still be reeling from the recent sacking of coach Dominic Kinnear, and there’s no telling what the state of the locker-room might be. [WATCH

    Five-time Open Cup champs LA Galaxy have their hands full in their second straight home game against Sacramento Republic, one of two remaining clubs from the second-tier United Soccer League (USL). It’s bound to be a close-run thing as both sides won handily in the Fourth Round (LA beating Orange County SC 3-1 and Sacramento pulling off a huge upset with a 4-1 rout of Real Salt Lake). Jeremy Hall, the Republic’s dominant holding midfielder with loads of MLS experience, is fancying his side’s chances. “On our day we can beat LA,” he told ussoccer.com. “I’m convinced of that.” [WATCH]

    Sporting Kansas City travel to Houston Dynamo with their goalkeeper Tim Melia tallying clean sheets for fun in MLS and leading SKC to top spot in the Western Conference. “We know Houston are dangerous at home and don’t lose there much, but in the Open Cup it doesn’t matter how you win. It doesn’t have to be pretty,” said Melia, a former MLS Pool keeper-turned-star-starter who’s coming off a 4-0 shutout of Minnesota United in the Fourth Round. While Houston do have a stellar home record in 2017, they barely survived the last round of the Cup, with a late, late goal from Jose Rodriguez deep in overtime the only difference between themselves and Division II club North Carolina FC. [WATCH]

    Defending champions FC Dallas will be big favorites playing at home against a Colorado Rapids side that resembled Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the previous round. The Denver-based men stormed back from a two-goal deficit at the half to beat OKC Energy 3-2 thanks in large part to a brilliant performance from on-loan Costa Rican defender Dennis Castillo. The Texans, for their part, made heavy lifting of the Tulsa Roughnecks, eventually winning out 2-1. [WATCH]

     

    Back east, New England Revolution line up at Harvard University against D.C. United. Both sides are struggling in the league and eager for the kind of bump the Open Cup can give. “The Open Cup is a way to reset and get your confidence going again,” said United’s Lloyd Sam, who came off the bench to score in a 4-1 win over amateur Cinderella side Christos FC of Baltimore in the Fourth Round. The Revs, who beat ten-man Rochester Rhinos without breaking a sweat, will be without Kelyn Rowe, who was called into the U.S. National Team for their Gold Cup campaign this summer. [WATCH]

    New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union with their confidence a little low following a 0-2 loss at home in their big weekend derby against New York City FC – the same side they beat to book a date with the Union in the  Round of 16. The boys from Philly are in good form in the Cup so far, led by homegrown midfielder Derrick Jones, who scored in the 3-1 rout of Harrisburg City Islanders in the previous round. [WATCH

    Miami FC are the lone remaining North American Soccer League (NASL) team and a decent bet of going a good long way in the Open Cup. Led by coach and former Italian defensive stalwart Alessandro Nesta, the South-Florida side hammered MLS’s Orlando City on the road in the Fourth Round thanks to a hat-trick from Stefano Pinho. “We are a family,” said the Brazilian scoring ace. “That's our strength.” Atlanta United would do well to keep an eye on the in-form striker, especially after looking less than convincing in their Fourth Round win over Charleston Battery, which went back and forth like a rocking porch swing. [WATCH]

    Last but definitely not least is another big one for FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium, where 30,160 turned up to see the home-side – founded only 21 months ago – beat nearby MLS club Columbus Crew 1-0 in the Fourth Round. This time, the USL men – led by striker Djibby Fall who’s scored three goals and three winners so far in the Cup – face Chicago Fire and their raft of big names hoping to keep the big dream alive. Such is the excitement of the match, ESPN decided to give it a national TV exposure, a rare broadcast treat before the later rounds of the Open Cup.

    All eight games (one on Tuesday and seven on Wednesday) will be STREAMED LIVE on ussoccer.com and you can follow all the action and have your say by following along at @opencup on Twitter, #USOC2017.

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