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Klinsmann Names 23-Player U.S. MNT Roster for Friendlies against Chile and Panama

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 23-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster.

The group will travel to Santiago on Saturday morning in advance of the USA’s opening match of 2015 when it takes on Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Rancagua. Kickoff at Estadio El Teniente is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network.

“These guys have put in a lot of work these past two weeks of training for what is essentially their preseason, and now it’s time to focus on getting a result against a difficult opponent in Chile,” said Klinsmann. “We know it’s going to be a challenging situation, but these are the types of opportunities we need to keep growing.”

The camp that began on Jan. 12 at the National Training Center in Carson, California, included 28 players. Jozy Altidore and Matt Hedges were brought into the group, while Brad Evans was forced to depart with tendinitis in his left knee. Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin will meet the team in Chile.

Meanwhile, six players have been released back to their clubs: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dennis Flores (Club Leon) Julio Morales (Tepic) and Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), and Liverpool midfielder Marc Pelosi will remain in the area and rejoin the group when it returns to Los Angeles.

“This was a really important experience for these U-23 players,” Klinsmann said. “They got a great introduction into the senior National Team program, and had the opportunity to work with Andi Herzog and our staff as we build toward Olympic qualifying in the fall. They put in a tremendous amount of work and we learned a lot about them. We appreciate the effort and will continue to monitor them in their club situations.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in Carson. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 1 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow U.S. MNT matches live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT).

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.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Nine players on the camp were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • After Dempsey (110 caps/39 goals), Bradley is the most experienced member of the camp with 91 career caps and 12 goals. Conversely, eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team.
  • Rimando, who is participating in his seventh January camp, has 16 caps in his career and boasts a 10-0-2 record with four shutouts.
  • Gyasi Zardes is making his first camp appearance for the USA.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Luis Gil and Shane O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Wil Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Jon Kempin, O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Sorto, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players have ties to the Development Academy: Steve Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting KC), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

Tickets go on Sale Jan. 30 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T

CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play longtime rival Mexico, presented by AT&T, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets for the match go on sale to the public next Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) (TICKETS)

Supporters Club members and fans following U.S. Soccer on Facebook and Twitter will have access to purchase tickets in advance of the public sale. More information on how to join the Supporters Club and its various levels of membership, as well as links to U.S. Soccer’s Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found on ussoccer.com. For further questions, you may also contact supporters@ussoccer.org.

Groups of 30 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.

The game in San Antonio marks the first time that that USA and Mexico have met on the soccer field in the River City. The previous friendly between the U.S. and Mexico was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The U.S. begins its 2015 campaign Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a match against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN). Following the game in South America, the U.S. returns to host Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in a 1 p.m. PT kickoff at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS).

U.S. Soccer Names Bruce Arena 2014 Werner Fricker Builder Award Winner

CHICAGO (Jan. 22, 2015) – National Soccer Hall of Fame member, former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach and current LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.

The highest honor that an individual can receive from the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Werner Fricker Award is bestowed on an individual who has worked tirelessly on furthering the interest of the sport of soccer without regard to personal recognition or advancement. The award honors those who created or fostered programs that will outlast their own active involvement in the sport and who have established a lasting legacy in the history and structure of soccer in the United States.

“Every year we are presented with examples of extraordinary individuals who have developed the game of soccer in this country and this year we are extremely pleased to honor Bruce Arena with the Werner Fricker Builder Award,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Bruce’s contribution to soccer in the United States began as a coach at Virginia 37 years ago and during that time he has guided college, professional and National Teams to national and international titles. The path he paved certainly set the bar higher and the legacy he created will last for future generations.”

A recently crowned five-time MLS Cup champion, Arena has led the LA Galaxy for seven seasons after taking over as the team’s general manager and head coach in 2008. One of the most successful head coaches in MLS and U.S. National Team history, Arena led the Galaxy to its fifth MLS Cup in 2014, adding to his already hefty resume that includes being the only coach in MLS history to have won five championships and to have been named MLS Coach of the Year on three occasions (1997, 2009 and 2011).

A member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Arena is the winningest all-time head coach in U.S. National Team history, leading the U.S. to two FIFA World Cups, including the best finish in team history at the 2002 event, when the MNT advanced to the quarterfinals.

Arena took over as head coach in Oct. 27, 1998, and was in charge for nearly eight years, collecting a 71-30-29 all-time record, while winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2002 and 2005, the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup Championship, and leading the U.S. MNT to a third-place finish in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico.

“I am honored to receive the Werner Fricker Builder Award from U.S. Soccer,” said Arena. “I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to build the sport of soccer in the United States over the last 40 years. I am humbled by this honor and proud to be amongst the prestigious company of the other Werner Fricker Soccer Builder Award Winners.”

Arena began his professional coaching career when he was appointed as the first coach in D.C. United history, joining the club for its inaugural season in 1996. He would spend three seasons with United, reaching the MLS Cup all three times and winning it twice, in addition to reaching the U.S. Open Cup Final twice and winning the tournament once. He also helped United become the first and only MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Interamerican Cup in 1998. Additionally, Arena spent about a year-and-a-half as head coach of the New York Red Bulls in 2006.

At the collegiate level, Arena was named the head coach at the University of Virginia in 1978. He held that position for 18 years, helping the Cavaliers to five ACC Tournament Championships and five National Championships, including four in a row from 1991-94.

The award is named for Werner Fricker, who is widely credited for his role in bringing the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the United States. Born in Yugoslavia and raised in Austria, Fricker lived his adult life in Pennsylvania, where he was a star midfielder for the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia soccer club from 1954 to 1969 and was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team. He served as U.S. Soccer President from 1984 to 1990 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992.

The President of U.S. Soccer appoints a task force to review the nominations and select a winner.

WERNER FRICKER AWARD
Year Recipient
2002 Werner Fricker Sr.
2003 Sunil Gulati
2005 Gerhard Mengel
2006 Sal Rapaglia
2007 Francisco Marcos
2008 Bob Gansler
2009 Alan Rothenberg
2010 Bob Contiguglia
2011 Kevin Payne
2012 Hank Steinbrecher
2013 Richard Groff
2014 Bruce Arena

MLK Day: One Nation. One Team.

“I have a Dream.” These four words, simple yet profound, echo especially loud today. In an era of great need, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s timeless message of equality and love animated a world previously stuck in black and white. On this MLK Day, U.S. Men’s National Team players took a moment to share how Dr. King’s words left an imprint on their lives, and to honor a man who made it possible for a team of all colors, languages, cultures and creeds to come together to represent one nation as one team.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
 
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Newcomers Get First Taste of Full MNT Camp Day

There are certain perks to waking up in Los Angeles. While January Camp is known to push players’ physical levels to higher ground, Wednesday’s U.S. MNT morning workout began by with a team run in the cool temps, sun, and the sand of Santa Monica. 

As younger players begin each day in camp, every activity provides the opportunity to connect with guys previously only known only as rivals, come together, and start to form some valuable chemistry to take on the field. 

We caught up with some of these guys to give a step-by-step recap of Wednesday’s schedule, from fitness evaluations to dinner on their own, sharing what a day in the life is like in search of their first cap with the full U.S. MNT.

8:45-9:15 a.m.: Beach jog in Santa Monica
“We went for a nice half-an-hour jog on the beach.  I love Santa Monica, so it was pretty cool to just run up the beach and see all the different people doing crazy exercises.  It was really nice weather in the morning, puts you in a nice good mood and chilled-out.” - Shane O’Neill, defender


MNT Resumes Rivalry with Mexico on April 15, Presented by AT&T, in San Antonio

CHICAGO (Jan. 14, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will play its second game in the city of San Antonio, Texas, when it takes on longtime rival Mexico, Presented by AT&T, at the Alamodome on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout San Antonio, as well as the Alamodome ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Groups of 30 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.

The U.S. and Mexico meet for the first time since both teams advanced to the Round of 16 at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The previous friendly between the teams was a 2-2 draw in front of 59,066 fans on April 2, 2014, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

San Antonio’s Alamodome previously hosted U.S. Soccer when the Women’s National Team won 4-0 against Australia on Oct. 20, 2013. The U.S. MNT is no stranger to the state of Texas. The game in April will be the team’s 20th in the state of Texas since 1988, and the fifth against Mexico in the Lone Star State. The U.S. MNT has previously played in Arlington, Dallas, Frisco, Fort Worth, Houston, Irving and one previous time in San Antonio, a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on June 14, 1988.

The U.S. begins its 2015 campaign on Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a match against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2, UniMas, UDN). Following the game in South America, the U.S. returns to host Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8, in a 1 p.m. PT kickoff at StubHub Center in Carson, California (TICKETS).

The game against Mexico comes 15 days after the U.S. closes out a two-game trip to Europe that includes games against Denmark on March 25 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas, UDN) and Switzerland on March 31 (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).

2014 Hall of Fame Induction to be Held Feb. 14 During AGM in San Francisco

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2015) – Former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly, Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride and former U.S. MNT and Major League Soccer head coach Bob Bradley will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 14, during the U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting in San Francisco.

The induction ceremony will take place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis as part of the AGM Anniversary Dinner. McBride and Lilly will be in attendance, but Bradley will be unable to attend due to his responsibilities as the manager of Stabaek in Norway.

Lilly, the sport’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States from 1987-2010, and McBride, who starred in three FIFA World Cups (1998, 2002 and 2006) for the U.S. MNT, are first-ballot Hall of Fame inductees. Bradley enters the Hall of Fame as a Builder after coaching soccer at the highest levels in the United States.

Lilly enters the Hall of Fame after appearing in international competition for 21 different years over a 24-year span. She won two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly played six seasons in domestic professional leagues, including five for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer.

McBride enters the Hall of Fame as one of the most lauded Americans in the history of European club soccer. From 1993-2006, McBride earned 95 caps with the U.S., and his 30 international goals helped the team reach the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, claim the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and reach the quarterfinals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup – the best finish by the team in the modern era. McBride played 11 seasons in MLS with the Columbus Crew (1996-2003) and Chicago Fire (2008-10), as well as seven seasons with three English teams, including five with Fulham, where he was named captain in his final season.

As head coach of the U.S. MNT, Bradley guided the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final and a first-place finish in Group C at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. As an MLS head coach, Bradley brought success to the Chicago Fire from 1998-2002, winning an MLS Cup (1998) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (1998, 2002) before coaching the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 2003-05 and Chivas USA in 2006.

The Colin Jose Media Award nomination committee determined there will not be an award given this year.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame election process is administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

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