BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico (May 22, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team eased to 3-1 win against Puerto Rico thanks to goals from Tim Ream, Bobby Wood and senior team debutant Paul Arriola in its first warm-up match ahead of the upcoming Copa America Centenario [TICKETS].
The USA jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of Ream’s first international goal for the USA and Bobby Wood’s fifth strike for his country, a goal that turned out to be the game winner as Puerto Rico’s Luis Betancur hit a stunner just before the break to narrow the lead to 2-1.
After Puerto Rico went close to equalizing to open the second 45 minutes, Arriola added the final goal for the U.S., tapping in a pass from Alejandro Bedoya, who wore the captain’s armband for the first time. As the half wore on, U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used the full complement of his six substitutions, bringing on forward Fabrice Picault for his international debut. Picault and fellow second- half sub Emerson Hyndman both went close to scoring as the USA finished with a flurry of chances in the comfortable win.
The MNT continues preparations for this summer’s Copa America Centenario on Wed., May 25 when it meets South American foe Ecuador at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 7 p.m. CT with the game broadcast on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN [TICKETS].
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tim Ream, 20th minute: After some good hold-up play, Bobby Wood found Alfredo Morales just outside the Puerto Rico area and the Ingolstadt midfielder rifled a long-range effort toward the top right corner of the goal. Puerto Rico goalkeeper Matthew Sanchez did well to make the initial save, but the rebound fell to Ream who snapped a cool, left-footed half volley into the far side netting for his first international goal. USA 1, PUR 0 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Bobby Wood (Paul Arriola), 34th minute: After end-to-end action, the USA was able to hit Puerto Rico on the break with Arriola sending Wood through on goal after a nifty run. With defenders converging and Puerto Rico’s ‘keeper rushing out of the net, the newly unveiled Hamburg striker kept his cool to lift a deft chip over Sanchez and into the back of the net to give the USA a two-goal advantage. USA 2, PUR 0 (SEE GOAL)
PUR – Luis Betancur (Joseph Marrero), 42nd minute: As the first half neared its close, Puerto Rico got on the board through a stunning strike by Florida International University attacker Luis Betancur. A U.S. turnover was sent to Joseph Marrero in the central channel and the Puerto Rico midfielder one-timed a pass into the path of Betancur, who was able to get the ball out of his feet and hit a half volley from distance the dipped under the cross bar into the top left corner. USA 2, PUR 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Paul Arriola (Alejandro Bedoya), 56th minute: Bedoya latched on to a great pass from near the midfield stripe that sent him into the Puerto Rico box, where he was able to outpace his defender and send a low cross past the onrushing ‘keeper to the back post where Arriola tapped the ball into the roof of the net for his first goal in his first senior team cap. USA 3, PUR 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Tim Howard, 73rd minute: Puerto Rico gained control of the ball in the midfield and moved it to Emanuel Sanchez who sent a long, low drive along the ground from 25 yards out toward the bottom right corner of Tim Howard’s goal, but the veteran U.S. ‘keeper got down to smother the shot.
PUR – Sanchez, 77th minute: Second half sub Julian Green worked his way free in the Puerto Rico area and sent a point blank shot from close range right at Sanchez, who parried it up in the air then tracked its flight and punched clear.
PUR – Matthew Sanchez, 82nd minute: The Puerto Rico gloveman was repeatedly called into action as a U.S. flurry saw the visitors put three close range shots on target. Sanchez displayed strength to deny a blast from Fabrice Picault, acrobatics to keep out an Emerson Hyndman drive and courage to rush out to meet an on rushing Paul Arriola.
Next on the Schedule: The MNT hosts Ecuador in an international friendly at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday, May 25 (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN) [TICKETS]. The MNT is 2-4-5 all-time vs. Ecuador on home soil, but holds an unbeaten 2-0-1 record at Toyota stadium.
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- Former U.S. youth international Paul Arriola scored his first goal for the senior MNT in his first cap. The Club Tijuana midfielder also logged his first assist, providing the final pass on Bobby Wood’s game winner.
- In addition to Arriola, 25-year-old forward Fabrice Picault also received his first cap for the U.S., playing 20 minutes in the second half as a sub for Wood.
- Tim Ream scored his first international goal in his 21st cap for his country.
- Bobby Wood’s goal was his fifth in 17 caps for the USA. After becoming the single-season highest scoring American in either of Germany’s top two divisions with 17 goals for 2. Bundesliga’s Union Berlin, Wood secured a move to German Bundesliga side Hamburg.
- Alejandro Bedoya wore the captain’s armband for the first time for either club or country. The Nantes midfielder has collected 46 caps and two goals for the Senior Team.
- Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks made his return to the USA lineup for the first time since Sept. 4, 2015, against Peru. Injuries prevented him from participating in National Team duty while he became a regular starter for Hertha.
- Danny Williams got the start, his first appearance since the friendly against Costa Rica last October.
- Having moved to Heart of Midlothian in Scotland this March, Perry Kitchen got his first start for the USA in his fourth cap.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Puerto Rico
Date: May 22, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium; Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
PUR 1 0 1
USA – Tim Ream 20th minute
USA – Bobby Wood (Paul Arriola) 34
PUR – Luis Betancur (Joseph Marrero) 42
USA – Paul Arriola (Alejandro Bedoya) 56
USA: 1-Brad Guzan (12-Tim Howard, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 14-Michael Orozco, 6-John Brooks (3-Matt Miazga, 46), 5-Tim Ream (16-Julian Green, 63); 15-Perry Kitchen (8-Emerson Hyndman, 46), 10-Danny Williams, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (capt.) (21-Eric Lichaj, 63), 9-Alfredo Morales; 7-Bobby Wood (19-Fabrice Picault, 71), 17-Paul Arriola
Subs Not Used: 4-Caleb Stanko, 13-Amando Moreno
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
PUR: 1-Matthew Sanchez; 22-Patrick Lopez (6-Alexis Rivera, 46), 2-Juan Velez, 8-Emmanuel D’Andrea (capt.), 4-Marcos Martinez; 7-Christopher Clark (5-Michael Fernandez, 58), 19-Jeremy Hall; 10-Joseph Marrero (11-David Caban, 85), 18-Jorge Rivera (21-Samuel Soto, 68), 15-Emanuel Sánchez (3-Darren Rios, 78), 17-Luis Betancur (16-Olvin Ortiz, 67)
Subs Not Used: 2-Elior Velez, 12-Christian Abreu, 13-Jose Arroyo, 20-Bryant Velazquez
Head coach: Jack Stefanowski
Stats Summary: USA / PUR
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 8 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 2
Offside: 4 / 1
Referee: Kimball Ward (SKN)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ike Innis (SKN)
Fourth Official: Javier Santos (PUR)
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CHICAGO (May 21, 2016) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will compete in the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario.
The roster includes 15 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, and a total of 18 who have already appeared in Qualifying for Russia 2018. Veterans like team captain Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey marshal the group boasting loads of experience. With an average of 37 caps, there are five players with 50 or more and an equal number with five or less. Meantime, John Brooks, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin lead a youth contingent that includes five players who are 23-years-old or younger.
"This roster really was put together based on what we saw over the last year, and it’s one that makes us the strongest team possible to compete in Copa America and to hopefully surprise a lot of people,” said Klinsmann. “We feel that these 23 going into the very special Copa America, they really deserved to be there,” said Klinsmann. “Obviously when you get down and you decide on the final 23-man roster, there are very close, tight decisions to make. The moment when you decide, it’s about definitely who you feel the strongest about.”
The MNT opens the tournament facing fourth-ranked Colombia on June 3 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Four days later, the U.S. Takes on regional rival Costa Rica in Chicago at Soldier Field. The team completes Group A play against Paraguay on June 11 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. All of the USA matches will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMas and UDN.
The U.S. will play three warm-up games heading into the Copa America Centenario, beginning with its first meeting against Puerto Rico on May 22 in Bayamon (12 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas, UDN). Following the trip to Puerto Rico, the USA will face Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN) [TICKETS] and Bolivia on May 28 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision networks) [TICKETS].
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), 12-Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 22-Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)
DEFENDERS (8): 5-Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 3-Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), 6-John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), 20-Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 21-Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), 23-Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), 14-Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (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)
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- Clint Dempsey is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 122 appearances. His 49 career goals are good for second on the USA’s all-time scoring list.
- Bobby Wood finished the 2. Bundesliga season with 17 league goals for Union Berlin, setting a single-season record for a U.S. international in Germany. His performance led to a May 15 transfer to Hamburg SV in the German Bundesliga.
- Brad Guzan boasts a 10-4-4 record in official competition for the United States, which includes matches in World Cup Qualifying, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup and Copa America.
- Fabian Johnson completed the Bundesliga campaign with Borussia Monchengladbach with six goals, including two in the Champions League. ‘Gladbach finished the season in fourth place and earned a spot in Champions League qualifying for next year.
- Weston, Fla., native Alejandro Bedoya finished the second half of the Ligue 1 season with four goals and two assists for Nantes.
- Geoff Cameron completed the year with 30 appearances for Stoke City, helping the club finish in the top half of the Premier League.
- DeAndre Yedlin capped off a successful loan spell at Sunderland by helping the Black Cats retain their place in the Premier League. Having spent 237 days in the relegation zone, the team secured another year in the top flight on the second-to-last matchday of the season.
- After extending his contract with Hertha Berlin, John Brooks dealt with nagging injuries at the end of the campaign. The capital club finished in seventh place, meaning the road to the Europa League will begin with qualifying in late July.
- Tim Howard joins the squad after having played his final match as a member of Everton. Having ended his 10-year career at the club, he will join the Colorado Rapids following the Copa America Centenario.
- Kyle Beckerman has played in six competitions for the senior team. He and Guzan are the only two players on the roster to have participated in a previous Copa America, having played in the 2007 edition.
- Jermaine Jones is back in the U.S. fold after a fine run of form with his new club. Since joining the Rapids, he has tallied three goals in six games.
- Chris Wondolowski sits in fourth place on the MLS scoring charts this season, his seven goals are just one behind the league leaders.
- Gyasi Zardes recorded a team-high 19 appearances in 2015.
- Christian Pulisic is the youngest player in the squad at 17 years old. He made his senior team debut in the 4-0 win against Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying in March. After breaking into Dortmund’s first team in January, he scored against Hamburg in April, becoming the fourth youngest player to score a Bundesliga goal. He also made three appearances in Dortmund's run to the Europa League quarterfinals.
- Timmy Chandler returns to the fold for the first time since the 2015 Gold Cup. Having played seven of the last nine games for Eintracht Frankfurt, he will join the group May 24 in Dallas following the second leg of the relegation playoff on May 23 against Nurnberg.
- Steve Birnbaum has earned three of his four career caps this year. His first career goal proved to be the game-winner in the 3-2 victory against Iceland, then he earned his first World Cup Qualifying start against Guatemala in Columbus.
- Perry Kitchen made the most of his winter move to Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premier League, appearing in all 10 of the club’s league matches following his arrival in March.
- Ethan Horvath makes his debut in a senior National Team squad. The 20-year-old has played at every level for the United States beginning at the U-14 level. Playing for Molde in Norway after honing his skills at U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Real Colorado, he backstopped Molde FK in their first-place finish in Group A of the Europa League ahead of legendary clubs Ajax and Celtic and on to the knockout phase.
- Sporting KC and Colorado Rapids each send two players to the squad, both World Cup veteran duos in Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, and Howard and Jones.
- The United States has played four games in 2016, and five of the six USA scorers are on the roster.
- Five players from the state of California are on the roster: Steve Birnbaum, Michael Orozco, Wondolowski, Wood and Zardes.