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Landon Donovan Caps Off Memorable International Career as U.S. MNT Draws Ecuador 1-1

Donovan Plays 40 Minutes in 157th Match before 36,265 Fans at Rentschler Field;
Diskerud Nets Fifth-Minute Goal, but Ecuador Equalizes in Closing Minutes

  • DateFriday, October 10, 2014
  • VenueEast Hartford, Conn.
  • Kickoff7:00 PM ET
  • Attendance36,265
  • Weather54 degrees; Clear
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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: October 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 36,265
Weather: 54 degrees, clear 

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

USA – Mix Diskerud (DeAndre Yedlin)          5th minute
ECU – Enner Valencia (Cristhian Noboa)      88

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco (3-Omar Gonzalez, 62), 6-John Brooks (5-Tim Ream, 62), 14-Greg Garza; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Alfredo Morales, 62), 8-Mix Diskerud, 7-Joe Gyau (23-Bobby Wood, 22); 10-Landon Donovan (capt.) (15-Joe Corona, 41), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 76)
Subs Not Used: 9-Miguel Ibarra, 20-Luis Gil, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

ECU: 1-Maximo Banguera; 4-Juan Carlos Paredes (16-Mario Pineida, 90+3), 20-Luis Canga, 3-Frickson Erazo (19-Luis Fernando Leon, 86), 10-Walter Ayovi (capt.); 6-Cristhian Noboa, 14-Segundo Castillo (8-Carlos Gruezo, 86), 5-Renato Ibarra (18-Jonathan Gonzalez, 44), 11-Juan Cazares (17-Junior Sornoza, 85), 9-Cristian Penilla (7-Joao Plata, 46), 13-Enner Valencia
Subs Not Used: 2-Arturo Mina, 12-Hamilton Piedra, 15-Cristian Ramirez, 21-Johnny Uchuari, 22-Alexander Dominguez
Head Coach: Sixto Vizuete Toapanta 

Stats Summary: USA / ECU
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 4 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 0 / 4 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Orozco (caution)       32nd minute
ECU – Frickson Erazo (caution)        54
USA – Joe Corona (caution)              61 

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Keyzell Corrales (NCA)
4th Official: Ricardo Cerdas (CRC) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

Defending Champion U.S. MNT Placed Atop Group A for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (Dec. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team has been placed atop Group A for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup as it seeks to defend its Gold Cup title and qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. 

The U.S. will play the tournament’s opening match on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, followed by a July 10 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Three days later, the USA will complete the group phase at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. 

Complete groups and schedule, including selection of dates and assignment of matches for the knockout round and the awarding of the final, will be announced in early 2015. Fans interested in learning about a special, holiday season gift package and exclusive presale ticket offer can find more information at www.concacaf.com

CONCACAF's top-ranked teams – the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico – will headline the 12-nation tournament from July 7-26, along with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Haiti and Cuba. Honduras and French Guiana will meet in March with the playoff winner securing the final berth in the 2015 Gold Cup. 

A total of 13 North American cities will host matches throughout the event – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Toronto. 

As defending champion from the 2013 competition, a Gold Cup championship this summer would guarantee the United States as the CONCACAF representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. If the USA is unable to defend its title, it would then face the 2015 champion in a playoff. 

The team’s opening match will be the USA’s first Gold Cup match in Frisco. Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-1 record at the home of FC Dallas, last appearing in the venue in 2007. 

Foxborough has a storied history hosting the USA in the confederation championship, with the United States boasting an unbeaten 6-0-2 record dating back to 2003. Ten different U.S. goal scorers are on the books in games from Gillette Stadium, which has welcomed the MNT for five group games and three quarterfinal matchups. 

The MNT holds a perfect 3-0-0 record at Sporting Park, with all three matches coming in official competition against CONCACAF opponents. The U.S. made its debut appearance there in 2011 with a Jozy Altidore goal securing a 1-0 win against Guadeloupe and a first-place finish in Group C of the 2011 Gold Cup.

Four-Time FIFA World Cup Defender DaMarcus Beasley Retires from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Dec. 15, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender DaMarcus Beasley has announced his retirement from international soccer. Beasley caps off a stellar career that spanned 14 years and included 121 appearances.

This past summer, Beasley became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). He joined Kasey Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) and Claudio Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) as the only USA players to be a part of four World Cup teams.

Beasley’s 11 caps in the World Cup tie for second-most in U.S. MNT history, and his 121 appearances rank fifth on the all-time list since debuting in 2001.

In 2014, Beasley started in six of seven games while logging 530 minutes. He was one of seven MNT players to start in all four games during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Beasley was one of only four players to play in every minute during the tournament.

Beasley tallied 17 international goals, which ties for ninth on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart. Beasley’s 13-career assists tie for eighth on the all-time list with Clint Dempsey.

During his tenure, Beasley won four CONCACAF Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the latter serving as the team captain. His 2013 campaign included a career-high 17 appearances and 1,469 minutes.

Beasley first made his name known among the U.S. Under-17 and U-20 Men’s National Teams, playing in FIFA World Cups at both age levels. He won the Silver Ball at the 1999 FIFA U-17 Youth World Championship as the tournament’s second-best player as the USA advanced to the semifinal stage of that event. Beasley also played in every minute of the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was named the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2001.

Professionally, Beasley became the first American to score in the Champions League for two teams – Rangers and PSV Eindhoven – and holds the MNT record with 22 Champions League appearances overall. Beasley won two Dutch league championships with PSV and two Scottish titles with Rangers.

Beasley has had two stints in Major League Soccer, first with the Chicago Fire and then most recently with the Houston Dynamo. Beasley won the 2000 and 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with the Fire.

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I will never forget our bus ride to the Loftus Versfeld, the Pretoria stadium where we’d play our win-or-go-home match against Algeria. All along the route, American fans stood on the road, waving and cheering. By the time Loftus came into view, the bus had to roll to a stop. A sea of supporters stretched out in all directions. Some wrapped themselves in American flags, others had painted stars and stripes on their faces, and everyone rocked the national colors—red, white, and blue. They held up scarves like one might see at a Premier League match except these said LAND OF THE FREE. They held up signs proclaiming ONE NATION. ONE TEAM, and DIVERSE. HUNGRY. UNITED. AMERICA. Fans were rapping on the windows screaming “USA!” They also held up our bus—not that anyone minded. We were so far from home, and yet all these fans made us feel like were home. “Holy crap,” said Carlos. “This is awesome.” 

The game was scoreless for 90 minutes. A draw wouldn’t be good enough for us; to advance we had to win. At a certain point, tactics went out the window. Defensive principles? Gone. The notion that a soccer game might be a chess match? Forget about it. With the clock ticking down and the prospect of our World Cup ending, there was no time for rhyme or reason. If we had a strategy, it was this: throw everything we have at them and hope they break. 

We attacked with three strikers and a midfield that marauded forward with only one thing on its mind: putting the ball in the back of their net. Algeria massed as many as nine players in front of their goal. Still we had chance after chance. We hit the post. We had a goal called back for offsides. We did everything but score. I watched on full alert, thinking, All we need is one play, one moment of inspiration where we catch them on their heels. And then, a minute into stoppage time, it arrived.

Algeria’s Rafik Saïfi had a clear header at goal but it was weak and straight at me. The ball bounced and I caught it. I had to move fast. There was no time to survey the field and pick out a safe outlet. There wasn’t time to even look up. I had to operate on instinct. My instincts were formed on the fields of New Jersey with my goalkeeping coach Tim “Mulch” Mulqueen hammering certain lessons into my brain. When the ball comes in from the left, look to the right. A split second after catching that ball, I knew—I just knew—that Landon would be tearing down the right flank. And because the game had been stretched wide open in those final frantic minutes, all those players abandoning their positions in their desperation to score, I also knew there’d be acres of green grass in front of him. So I hurled that ball as far as I could to where Landon would be by the time it landed. It came to rest at his feet, like Mulch always insisted it would.

Landon set off toward the Algeria goal, 10 yards, 20 yards, 30 yards, chewing up the space as he searched for an open teammate. He pushed the ball ahead to Jozy, who picked out Clint across the box. I thought Clint would finish it but at the exact moment that he reached Jozy’s pass, the Algerian goalkeeper Raïs M’Bolhi threw himself bravely at Dempsey’s feet. The ball ricocheted off their keeper and away from goal. For a moment, it looked to most of the world like we were going home.

But my eyes were on Landon. He was still running, accelerating as he moved closer to the ball. I’m not even sure the Algerian defenders knew he was there. That’s the thing about Landon. He doesn’t broadcast his presence like some of the flashier players. He glides in, cool-as-you-like, and no matter how high the stakes, no matter how pressurized the situation is, he does what Landon always does—executes the finish with flawless precision.

There were 92 minutes on the clock. The ball had traveled from goal line to goal line in a few historic seconds before Landon buried it in the back of their net.

Landon raced toward the corner flag. He stretched out his arms and dove, bodysurfing along the grass. Benny Feilhaber slid behind him. Then everyone got in on it. All the guys on the field. All the guys on the bench. The coaches. The staff. Everyone. They ran toward Landon and threw themselves on top of him, one after another. Jozy flew onto the pileup like he was Superman. Jay DeMerit finished it off with a rolling somersault over the whole delirious gang. I watched the jubilation from the far end of the field. I kneeled down and touched the grass, five precise touches. I stood. I kissed my goalkeeper’s gloves, and raised my arms toward the sky.

“Thank you,” I said, looking up. “Thank you.”

U.S. Soccer Announces Ambitious Schedule for MNT in First Half of 2015

CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will embark on arguably its most challenging schedule of friendly matches in team history with seven top quality friendlies in the first half of 2015, highlighted by a string of three matches against regional rival Mexico, 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany and fifth-ranked Netherlands. 

The United States will face five teams ranked in the top 20 in the world and compete on three continents in advance of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup that will take place from July 7-26 in the United States. Additional friendlies will be announced in the near future. 

The U.S. will open at Chile on Jan. 28 before facing Panama in its first home match a little more than a week later on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS). After two away matches during the international window in March against Denmark and Switzerland, the concentration will turn to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer when the U.S. faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at a location still to be announced. 

In final preparations for the Gold Cup, the U.S. will face two of the top three finishers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On June 5, the U.S. will travel to face third-place finisher Netherlands before heading to Cologne, Germany, to face the world champion at Rhein Energie Stadion. 

U.S. Soccer’s new partnership agreements with ESPN, FOX and Univision begin in 2015, providing unprecedented coverage of the National Teams. Every match will be broadcast by either ESPN or FOX Sports, as well as simulcast on UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. 

“We want to consistently benchmark ourselves against the top teams in the world, and to give new and different challenges to our players. Competition gives your team an opportunity to grow, and this schedule allows us to do that,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “At the same time, our most important goal for the senior National Team in 2015 is to win the Gold Cup and qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017, and these games will be excellent preparation.” 

Date

Opponent

Venue

Television

Jan. 28

Chile

Away (TBD)

FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN

Feb. 8

Panama

StubHub Center; Carson, California

ESPN Network, UniMas, UDN

March 25

Denmark

Away (TBD)

ESPN Network, UniMas, UDN

March 31

Switzerland

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

April 15

Mexico

Home (TBD)

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

June 5

Netherlands

Away (TBD)

ESPN Network, UniMas, UDN

June 10

Germany

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Tickets for USA-Panama on Feb. 8 go on sale to the general public Monday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. PT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Friday, Dec. 12, and runs from 10 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. PT at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply. 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Netherlands earned a third-place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup after a comprehensive 3-0 shutout against Brazil.
  • Chile advanced out of one of the most difficult groups in Brazil, defeating Spain and Australia before losing to Brazil in penalties in the Round of 16. This will be the USA’s first friendly on South American soil since its last visit to Chile in 2000.
  • Switzerland was one of seven seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • The USA-Mexico match, presented by AT&T, comes off two historic results for the U.S. against El Tri during the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying in 2013, including earning its first road point from Mexico since 1997.
  • Denmark is currently in first place of Group I ahead of Portugal in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.
  • Goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson in second-half stoppage time snatched a spot in the World Cup away from Panama and gave the U.S. a first-place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for Brazil.
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