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.
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.Read more
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).
NÓMINA POR POSICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS:
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)
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.”
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.Read more