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Timmy Chandler Talks First International Goal

With the entire U.S. MNT Gold Cup roster gathered in Nashville on Thursday, U.S. Soccer ran players through a photo and video shoot ahead of this month’s regional championship. About halfway through the shoot the day before the game against Guatemala, defender Timmy Chandler arrived at the photo station and was told to replicate a regular goal celebration for the cameras.

“I don’t have one. I never score,” said the veteran right back who has just five goals in over 100 Bundesliga appearances.

“If I ever score --,” he tried to explain, before being cut off by team photographer John Dorton.

“It’s not a matter of if you ever score, it’s when you score,” he said.

Chandler would have done well to take that wisdom to heart going into Friday’s friendly. With the U.S. already leading 2-0 in the 58th minute, the 25-year-old received a pass from DeAndre Yedlin on the right and took the space in front of him to unleash a lethal, left-footed strike inside the far left post.

In the immediate moments following the goal, Chandler showed he hadn’t thought much about that celebration still. Instead of pumping his first or jumping in the air, Chandler got mobbed by his teammates about 25 yards from goal.

It was the celebration he preferred anyway.

“I didn’t have time to think,” he said Saturday morning. “I was very shocked -- it was a very nice goal. I was just happy to see all the guys come to me, congratulate me and laugh. The day before they asked me to do a celebration and I told them I didn’t have one because I never score. The next day I score. It’s a funny story, but I’m just happy to score my first goal for the National Team – it meant a lot for me.”

Following the match, the right-footed Chandler told reporters that four of his five professional goals had come with his left foot. Aside from the obvious reason of a right back cutting inside to shoot, Chandler told ussoccer.com Saturday his left peg just feels stronger to take shots with.

I feel confident in my left. I’m better crossing inside with my right, but I think I have a better, harder strike with my left. It has happened a few times in the Bundesliga. I’ve tried it a few times, but not every time as good as yesterday. The goal gave me some confidence, for sure.”

Chandler’s goal helped put the game out of reach for Guatemala before Chris Wondolowski added a fourth late in the match. While he earned praise from Jurgen Klinsmann post-game, Chandler agreed with the U.S. manager’s assessment that the team needed to improve upon its performance ahead of Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.

“The first 10-20 minutes we didn’t play a very good game. We let the ball go a little bit. It’s not the best we’ve played in the last few months. After the second goal we did well, but we take Jurgen’s comments to heart. We know we need to do more to win against Honduras.”  

MNT v. GUA Post-game Quotes

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
International Friendly 
Nashville, Tennessee
July 3, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Thoughts on the match:
“Well first of all, we all would like to thank Nashville and this crowd. What amazing support. What an amazing atmosphere – 44,000 in a friendly at this time when our women’s team will play in the World Cup a few days from now, it was really wonderful to see. A big thank you to everyone for coming out there today.

Result? Nice. Obviously 4-0 sounds really nice. Performance? Not so nice. I’m not happy with that performance. I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency … things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed. We were lucky to not get a tie, certainly at the beginning of the second half. If it’s 1-1, it’s a whole different ball game. It looks really nice at 4-0, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

On the importance of the friendly before the Gold Cup:
“It was very, very useful. I’m really glad that we had the opportunity to go out there tonight and see where everybody is. We had some very positive performances in some ways and some not so positive performances. We have to talk to the players in a team context and also talk to them on an individual basis and take it from there. We have four days to prepare for a game against Honduras. If you guys had a chance to watch them play Mexico two days ago, you can expect a very, very nasty game from Honduras, a very aggressive and difficult game. We’ll talk through that the next couple of days. We have to step it up. We have to step it up in order to get three points on Tuesday night.”

On issues the team had against Guatemala:
"I think we gave some chances away that we can’t afford at the international level – too easy, just too easy. Also, we didn’t create enough. We didn’t find ways to play quickly with our forwards. The forwards were not able to combine with the midfield, make themselves available, and move off the ball more and to cause more issues at the back. It’s all connected. Every piece is connected and that’s where we have to improve over the next couple of days.

On if he has his lineup set for Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener vs. Honduras:
“We have a very good roster together here and a clear idea of how we’ll approach Honduras on Tuesday night. As I said before, it was extremely important for us to see the guys out there and give them all their minutes. It was important to get a clear picture right away where everybody stands. It’s a very tricky preparation for the competition because our European and Mexican-based players are coming from a break and MLS is in full swing, but also our MLS players had a couple issues. This is what we’ve got to go through, and the next couple of days we’ll get everyone on the same page and face a very tough Honduran team on Tuesday night.

On Clint Dempsey’s goal boosting his confidence heading into the Gold Cup:
“Well for strikers, it’s always about getting the goal. He got the goal. I think that kind of helped and lifted him. We saw that after the goal, he kind of got a better rhythm and he was more mobile, but as I said at the beginning, both strikers – Jozy and Clint – were not really connected for most of the game until the second or third goal came. Until then it wasn’t really the case.”

On individual performances that stuck out:
“There were definitely some players that looked sharp, looked focused, looked in very good shape and knew what was coming up. Coming up is three and a half weeks that’s a grind that will get more difficult every game than the one before. I think Fabian Johnson had a couple very positive runs down the left. Timmy Chandler had a good game. John Brooks is growing. He’s becoming far more mature, he’s becoming a leader. Ventura Alvarado, when he came in, played a solid game. Michael Bradley was all over the place trying to connect the pieces. Gyasi Zardes had a lot of good energy going forward, but defensively we try to teach him, which is a work in progress. There are definitely good things. and there are things we need to work on.

On why Kyle Beckerman and Alejandro Bedoya didn’t appear in the match:
“I needed to see some players. I don’t need to see Kyle. Kyle gives you always 1000 percent. He knows his role. He just proved it in Holland and Germany. I wanted to see different pieces there. Alejandro is still coming from a longer break and still has a lot of work ahead of him physically to get in the same condition as some other guys. We’ll work that as much as we can in training.

U.S. MNT forward CLINT DEMPSEY
On putting his penalty kick up the middle:
“I’ve done it sometimes. Sometimes you can see the ‘keeper cheating a little bit going early. It’s always something to have in your locker when you feel it’s going to be on to try it. It worked.”

On playing his first game following suspension:
“It’s always good to play. It’s always good to be with the National Team. I’m excited to play in the Gold Cup. I want to make sure we win it and qualify for the Confederations Cup.”

On Michael Bradley being named captain for the Gold Cup:
"It’s cool. Michael is a great leader. He deserves to be captain, and for me I’m just excited to be part of the team that is trying to push to win the Gold Cup and be a part of the Confederations Cup. I got to experience being captain during the World Cup, and for me that was something special and I’ll always remember it, but it’s never been a big thing for me to be captain. Even with my club team in Seattle I’m not the captain. For me it’s just about the team and just trying to win and win games and trying to do something special.”

On his suspension:
“That’s something I’ve put behind me. I’ve talked with my teammates, talked with coaches. I’m just focused on moving forward, focused on the Gold Cup and making sure we win it and putting ourselves in a position to make sure we’re qualifying for the Confederations Cup.”

On the team’s overall performance:
“It’s always good to win, always good to get goals, always good to get a shutout, but we expect a lot of our team. We know that we can be better. We know that we’re going to have to be sharper to win the Gold Cup and make sure we hit the ground running the first game against Honduras.”


U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY
On what the team got out of the match:
“It’s important to get 90 minutes under our belt, and the result was certainly good. Now we can get ourselves to Dallas and get ready for the tournament. These games are always tricky. The most important thing is to get through it and everybody’s healthy and it’s still a good result. We scored some goals, and we understand that there are some things that need to be better and need to be improved on and they will be.”

On the MNT being the perceived favorite to win the Gold Cup:
“We don’t pay too much attention to what gets said on the outside. We understand that to win this tournament we’re going to need to improve as the tournament goes on, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to do that.”

On being the captain:
“I said before the game, it’s a huge honor. It’s a big responsibility and one that I’m very, very excited about, but who I am and what I’m about on the field and off the field with this team doesn’t change whether I’m captain or not. We’re always lucky with this team that we have a number of guys who come in and are big personalities and are ready to take responsibility: myself, Clint [Dempsey], Jozy [Altidore], Brad Guzan, and encourage some of the younger ones who now have started to get a taste of all this to take a bigger role. There’s a feeling amongst the entire group that we’re in something together and that’s how it should be.”

U.S. MNT defender TIMMY CHANDLER
On his goal:
“I just got the ball back from DeAndre [Yedlin] and then I tried to finish with my left foot. I just tried to finish and the ball flew very well and it was a nice feeling when I saw the ball go into the goal.”

“That was definitely one of my better all time goals. I have scored five goals in my career and four with the left. It was an amazing feeling to score my first goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team. I’m proud that we won this game today and now we have to go to the Gold Cup and move forward.”

On how the game went for the team:
“I think good. We needed like 10-15 minutes to come into the game, but after that I think we played very well together. We had a lot of new players that changed after the last camp, but we got into the game and we played well and we scored four goals, which was very important and we did not give up a goal, so we’ll try to carry those positives over into the Gold Cup.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
Thoughts on the match:
“I think all of us as players, we’re not naïve to think that we were unbelievable tonight. We know there are areas where we need to sharpen things up. We know there are areas where we need to clean things up.  In saying that, going forward from here on out it’s about results. I think winning is a mentality – it’s contagious. It was important that we kept that going from two great wins in Europe. Although it wasn’t our best performance, it was important that we found a way to win, which we did. We created a number of chances which was obviously a credit to our strikers and attacking players and on top of it, we did get a clean sheet. Although it wasn’t our best performance, we found a way to get a win. In this type of tournament, you need to do that sometimes.”

On Guatemala’s attack early in the second half:
“Obviously they brought on some good players at halftime and we knew they would at some point. Guys like Carlos Ruiz, [Marco] Pappa, these guys, we know them.  We know what they’re about. They bring an element of quality to their team and we knew the second half was going to be different from the first half, especially with them making changes. We weathered that storm a little bit and at the same time we were able to go down to the other end and score some goals.”

On the team’s defending on set pieces:
“From my point of view we’ll want to look at that and make sure we’re organized. If teams are going to sit back and look to counter and look to get set pieces and fouls and put balls into the box, we need to make sure we’re sharp and organized. If I’m being completely honest, there were times I thought we weren’t as organized as we should have been and we got away with one or two. We’ll definitely look at the video, we’ll iron that out, and from my point of view that’ll be one of the areas we’ll want to look at.”

On the atmosphere in Nashville:
“Unbelievable. I was fortunate enough to come here in ’09. The atmosphere was awesome and this tonight surpassed that. The fans were unbelievable, the atmosphere was great and every time we’ve come here we’ve been welcomed with open arms. Especially with the forecast for tonight, to have the support that we did was phenomenal.”

On his communication with the back four:
“Obviously there are a lot of us that are coming from different parts. Whether it’s European players that are coming off a two-week break, whether it’s MLS guys that are now coming back into the picture. It’s just a matter of ironing out those details. Obviously communication helps, but at the same time you try to understand what guys are about and what their strengths are. You try to play towards certain guys’ strengths and going forward we’ll try to do that.”

On earning the clean sheet:
“Obviously you read the reports from you guys. We went through a spell last fall when we were playing games in Europe and we conceded late goals and everyone was making a big deal about it. For us as players, whether it’s the first minute or the 90th minute, we try to be solid and hard to play against and mentally we have to be focused and switched on to make sure we don’t concede late, especially in a game like this because as scoring goals is contagious and winning is a habit, so are clean sheets. You want to start picking those up in terms of not conceding goals. It’s nice to not have to pick the ball out of the back of the net.”

 

MNT Completes Gold Cup Prep With 4-0 Win Against Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July, 3 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.

Dempsey has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler’s goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.

The stage is now set for MNT’s run in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the team will look to defend its 2013 title. The USA starts group play on Tuesday, July 7, with a match against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal) 19th minute: Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Castillo stooped to head the ball back to his ‘keeper, but put his clearance past a scrambling Paulo Motta and into the bottom right corner of the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Timmy Chandler 58th minute: DeAndre Yedlin cut back in the wide right channel  and passed to Timmy Chandler, who was open in support. Chandler took a controlling dribble to his left and sent an absolute rocket into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out. USA 2, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 73rd minute: Michael Bradley was fouled in the box to set the USA up with its second penalty of the game. Dempsey stepped up to take it and calmly chipped it in over the diving goalkeeper. USA 3, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes) 86th minute: Gyasi Zardes fielded a Dempsey lob on the left side of the box and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range. USA 4, GUA 0  FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Guatemala’s Carlos Mejia sent in a dangerous cross in front of goal where Jairo Arreola was finishing his run. Guzan, sensing the danger, took a quick step and slid in front, denying he opportunity.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 39th minute: Guatemala earned a free kick on the right side. A high, looping cross found Wilson Lalin on the back post. Lalin sent a header back across the mouth of the goal, but Guzan was ready, smothering the shot and falling on it safely.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 46th minute: Guatemala broke away at the start of the second half with an early attack. A cross in from the right side bounced around and ended up at the feet of Carlos Ruiz, who quickly ripped a left-footed shot at goal. Guzan dove and brought down the shot for the save.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT begins play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is just a game away from the century cap mark. He now has 99 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal in his 22nd appearance with the USA.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 10th career shutout, to move into a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 41st goal, affirming his standing in the No. 2 position on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. The goal was his fifth against Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson was 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi made his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the team’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • The U.S. has outscored Guatemala 10-0 in its last two matches.
  • The MNT is unbeaten against Guatemala on U.S. soil, improving their record to 15-0-1
  • Chris Wondolowski also scored against Guatemala in the MNT’s last matchup with Central Americans in 2013.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date:  July 3, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff:  6 p.m. CT
Attendance:  44,835
Weather:  76 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
GUA                          0          0          0

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal)                  19th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (DeAndre Yedlin)      58
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty)                     72
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes)      86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (13-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (15-Tim Ream, 61), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Greg Garza, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (20-Gyasi Zardes, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 68)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Brad Evans, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta (capt.), 2-Ruben Morales, 4-Wilson Lalin, 13-Carlos Castrillo (19-Carlos Figueroa, 74), 15-Deniss Lopez; 6-Carlos Mejia (18-Aslinn Rodas, 84), 14-Kendel Herrarte (10-Jose Contreras, 46), 17-Brandon De Leon (8-Jonathan Marquez, 69), 23-Jorge Aparicio, 7-Jairo Arreola (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Minor Lopez (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Victor Ayala, 21-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Jose Pinto, 11-Gerardo Arias
Head coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            35th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       48
GUA – Carlos Castrillo (caution)        71
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (caution)              71
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)      81

Officials: 
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
4th Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Timmy Chandler

GOAL: Dempsey Chips in A Classy PK

Clint Dempsey converted from the penalty spot for a 3-0 U.S. lead.

GOAL: Timmy Chandler Puts USA Up 2-0 with A Thunderbolt

Timmy Chandler lashed in a left-footed blast from outside the area to give the USA a 2-0 lead in Nashville.

GOAL: Carlos Castrillo Heads the Ball into His Own Net

DeAndre Yedlin's quick cross found Guatemala's Carlos Castrillo, who headed into the back of the net for an own goal.

#USAvGUA XI Fast Facts

  • Tonight marks the 50th time that Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will appear in the same match for the MNT.
  • Four of Clint Dempsey’s 40 international goals have come against Guatemala.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson marks the 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi makes his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his international debut against Guatemala in a 4-0 friendly win on Feb. 19, 2006.
  • Making his 99th international appearance, Michael Bradley is the only player to start all eight MNT matches in 2015.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the MNT’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • All four of the USA’s losses to Guatemala have been on the road in Guatemala City, and three of the four ties were also away from U.S. soil. In the USA, the MNT’s record against Guatemala is 14-0-1. The USA has outscored the Guatemala 39-17.
  • The teams’ last meeting was also a Gold Cup tune-up ahead of the 2013 edition of the tournament. On July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California, the U.S. rolled to a 6-0 win. Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski each contributed a goal.
  • In 2012 the team’s met for a pair CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The first took place in June in Guatemala City, where the two tied 1-1. In that game Fabian Johnson assisted Clint Dempsey for the USA’s goal. Guatemala’s Marco Pappa bent in a stunning free kick in the 83rd minute of the game to level it and secure the only point for the Guatemalans against the U.S. in the last eight years.  Later that year in October, Dempsey would find the net against Guatemala two more times, notching a brace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win. Michael Bradley assisted on Dempsey’s second score.
  • Pappa is teammates with Dempsey and Brad Evans at Seattle Sounders FC, while Guatemala defender Elias Enoc Vasquez plays alongside Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake.

MNT Ready for Final Test in Nashville Ahead of Gold Cup

The U.S. MNT touch down in Nashville for some final preparation ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

What to Watch for in Tonight's MNT friendly with Guatemala

New Tune in Nashville
Friday’s friendly against Guatemala marks the fourth time the U.S. Men’s National Team will play in the “Music City”. Though the team is just 1-2-0 all-time in Nashville, the city does hold a few memorable moments for a couple of the current crop of players.

Gold Cup captain Michael Bradley actually saw his name on a game-day roster for the first time here as a guest player with the side in their send-off friendlies prior to leaving for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Bradley was an unused sub in the team’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco on May 23, 2006, before earning his first U.S. cap three days later in a 2-0 win vs. Venezuela in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s now just two away from joining the Century Club.

Of course, the biggest U.S. moment in Nashville came when then 19-year-old Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in MNT history to score a hat trick, bagging all three goals in the side’s 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

Beyond the individual memories, every time the U.S. MNT has come to Nashville, the support has been strong and the crowds have grown larger. That’ll be no different on Friday night as more than 37,500 tickets have already been sold, smashing Nashville’s previous best attendance record of 29,059 on March 29, 2011 against Paraguay.

Bradley/Altidore/Dempsey Together Again
Jurgen Klinsmann has made no secret of the fact that his approach to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is to win now so the team can directly qualify for a place at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A big part of that is calling in an experienced roster that has an average of 30.5 caps, including the three most seasoned players on the roster: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

Friday night will likely be the first time since February’s 2-0 win against Panama that the trio will appear together on the field after injuries and the birth of Clint Dempsey’s child kept it from happening more recently. Should all three appear against Guatemala, it would mark the 50th time the trio has played together with the National Team. 

Captains…Leaders on the Gold Cup Roster
While Klinsmann has international experience in his squad heading into the Gold Cup, he’s also got leadership, with four players on the roster captaining their club teams: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Guatemala Milestones
Current U.S. number one goalkeeper Brad Guzan received the first of his 30 international caps during the team’s 4-0 rout of Guatemala in a friendly on February 19, 2006.

It’s not quite déjà vu, but Friday’s falls almost two years to the day of midfielder Alejandro Bedoya’s first U.S. MNT goal, which also came in a Gold Cup warmup against Guatemala. With the U.S. already laying a 5-0 thumping on Los Chapines, Bedoya popped up with his first strike in the 88th minute to close the scoring at 5-0. 

Bedoya joined Jeff Agoos (June 13, 1988), Brian McBride (November 3, 1996) and Frankie Hejduk (December 21, 1996) as notable U.S. players that scored their first international goal against Guatemala.

Jurgen on the Friendly
The 2013 friendly win ran the U.S. MNT’s unbeaten streak against Guatemala to 20 matches, the team’s longest-ever unbeaten run against any nation. Despite having handily defeated Guatemala last time out, Klinsmann said the Central American side will provide a tough final test for his team Friday ahead of the Gold Cup.

“It’s definitely a different Guatemala [team] than we played two years ago. Two years ago we played them in San Diego and it was 6-0 -- they basically came off vacation -- they were not qualified for the Gold Cup. This is a different Guatemala team. This is a Guatemala team that wants to do well in this Gold Cup. We expect some difficulties, a tight game and a lot of work.

We have respect for their individual qualities. All Central American teams are technically different and can put you into some problems in a split second with a set piece or a counter break. They will also have respect for us. They see what we did over the last couple of years. That’s why I said a few weeks ago, we will face teams that will play extremely defensive-minded against us. [The team] has to find ways to solve it. They have to find ways to create chances and put them in the back of the net.”

Greg Garza added to U.S. Roster for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) —  U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Greg Garza to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, following approval from CONCACAF after completing the application process. Garza replaces Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who was ruled out with a knee injury.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Garza played in the last five games of 2014, starting three. He has two starts in 2015, including one in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio. The Atlas-based left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 36,000 for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2013/2011), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

Timmy Chandler Talks First International Goal

With the entire U.S. MNT Gold Cup roster gathered in Nashville on Thursday, U.S. Soccer ran players through a photo and video shoot ahead of this month’s regional championship. About halfway through the shoot the day before the game against Guatemala, defender Timmy Chandler arrived at the photo station and was told to replicate a regular goal celebration for the cameras.

“I don’t have one. I never score,” said the veteran right back who has just five goals in over 100 Bundesliga appearances.

“If I ever score --,” he tried to explain, before being cut off by team photographer John Dorton.

“It’s not a matter of if you ever score, it’s when you score,” he said.

Chandler would have done well to take that wisdom to heart going into Friday’s friendly. With the U.S. already leading 2-0 in the 58th minute, the 25-year-old received a pass from DeAndre Yedlin on the right and took the space in front of him to unleash a lethal, left-footed strike inside the far left post.

In the immediate moments following the goal, Chandler showed he hadn’t thought much about that celebration still. Instead of pumping his first or jumping in the air, Chandler got mobbed by his teammates about 25 yards from goal.

It was the celebration he preferred anyway.

“I didn’t have time to think,” he said Saturday morning. “I was very shocked -- it was a very nice goal. I was just happy to see all the guys come to me, congratulate me and laugh. The day before they asked me to do a celebration and I told them I didn’t have one because I never score. The next day I score. It’s a funny story, but I’m just happy to score my first goal for the National Team – it meant a lot for me.”

Following the match, the right-footed Chandler told reporters that four of his five professional goals had come with his left foot. Aside from the obvious reason of a right back cutting inside to shoot, Chandler told ussoccer.com Saturday his left peg just feels stronger to take shots with.

I feel confident in my left. I’m better crossing inside with my right, but I think I have a better, harder strike with my left. It has happened a few times in the Bundesliga. I’ve tried it a few times, but not every time as good as yesterday. The goal gave me some confidence, for sure.”

Chandler’s goal helped put the game out of reach for Guatemala before Chris Wondolowski added a fourth late in the match. While he earned praise from Jurgen Klinsmann post-game, Chandler agreed with the U.S. manager’s assessment that the team needed to improve upon its performance ahead of Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.

“The first 10-20 minutes we didn’t play a very good game. We let the ball go a little bit. It’s not the best we’ve played in the last few months. After the second goal we did well, but we take Jurgen’s comments to heart. We know we need to do more to win against Honduras.”  

What to Watch for in Tonight's MNT friendly with Guatemala

New Tune in Nashville
Friday’s friendly against Guatemala marks the fourth time the U.S. Men’s National Team will play in the “Music City”. Though the team is just 1-2-0 all-time in Nashville, the city does hold a few memorable moments for a couple of the current crop of players.

Gold Cup captain Michael Bradley actually saw his name on a game-day roster for the first time here as a guest player with the side in their send-off friendlies prior to leaving for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Bradley was an unused sub in the team’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco on May 23, 2006, before earning his first U.S. cap three days later in a 2-0 win vs. Venezuela in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s now just two away from joining the Century Club.

Of course, the biggest U.S. moment in Nashville came when then 19-year-old Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in MNT history to score a hat trick, bagging all three goals in the side’s 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

Beyond the individual memories, every time the U.S. MNT has come to Nashville, the support has been strong and the crowds have grown larger. That’ll be no different on Friday night as more than 37,500 tickets have already been sold, smashing Nashville’s previous best attendance record of 29,059 on March 29, 2011 against Paraguay.

Bradley/Altidore/Dempsey Together Again
Jurgen Klinsmann has made no secret of the fact that his approach to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is to win now so the team can directly qualify for a place at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A big part of that is calling in an experienced roster that has an average of 30.5 caps, including the three most seasoned players on the roster: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

Friday night will likely be the first time since February’s 2-0 win against Panama that the trio will appear together on the field after injuries and the birth of Clint Dempsey’s child kept it from happening more recently. Should all three appear against Guatemala, it would mark the 50th time the trio has played together with the National Team. 

Captains…Leaders on the Gold Cup Roster
While Klinsmann has international experience in his squad heading into the Gold Cup, he’s also got leadership, with four players on the roster captaining their club teams: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Guatemala Milestones
Current U.S. number one goalkeeper Brad Guzan received the first of his 30 international caps during the team’s 4-0 rout of Guatemala in a friendly on February 19, 2006.

It’s not quite déjà vu, but Friday’s falls almost two years to the day of midfielder Alejandro Bedoya’s first U.S. MNT goal, which also came in a Gold Cup warmup against Guatemala. With the U.S. already laying a 5-0 thumping on Los Chapines, Bedoya popped up with his first strike in the 88th minute to close the scoring at 5-0. 

Bedoya joined Jeff Agoos (June 13, 1988), Brian McBride (November 3, 1996) and Frankie Hejduk (December 21, 1996) as notable U.S. players that scored their first international goal against Guatemala.

Jurgen on the Friendly
The 2013 friendly win ran the U.S. MNT’s unbeaten streak against Guatemala to 20 matches, the team’s longest-ever unbeaten run against any nation. Despite having handily defeated Guatemala last time out, Klinsmann said the Central American side will provide a tough final test for his team Friday ahead of the Gold Cup.

“It’s definitely a different Guatemala [team] than we played two years ago. Two years ago we played them in San Diego and it was 6-0 -- they basically came off vacation -- they were not qualified for the Gold Cup. This is a different Guatemala team. This is a Guatemala team that wants to do well in this Gold Cup. We expect some difficulties, a tight game and a lot of work.

We have respect for their individual qualities. All Central American teams are technically different and can put you into some problems in a split second with a set piece or a counter break. They will also have respect for us. They see what we did over the last couple of years. That’s why I said a few weeks ago, we will face teams that will play extremely defensive-minded against us. [The team] has to find ways to solve it. They have to find ways to create chances and put them in the back of the net.”

Q&A: Klinsmann Readies Group for Final Gold Cup Tune-Up Against Guatemala

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with ussoccer.com about the USA’s July 3 friendly against Guatemala and the Gold Cup, which begins July 7

ussoccer.com: How have the first few days of camp gone?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “We are really excited to be in Nashville and to get the whole Gold Cup preparation going. It’s a very short preparation because it’s only a one week window before we move over to Dallas for the first game in the Gold Cup, so things are going smoothly. The big challenge is to get the European-based players and also the Mexican-based players on the same page with the MLS players because they had a different schedule. They had a quick break, a quick vacation and we have to get them up to speed as quickly as possible, so that’s kind of the key goal here in Nashville, to get everybody on the same page and play a good game. We are very, very excited to be in Nashville. We’re expecting a huge crowd, which excites us all, and hopefully we get the right start into a very busy Gold Cup.”

Zusi Aims for Impactful Return to MNT

The USMNT was playing some pleasing soccer during their memorable run at the 2014 World Cup.  Having played a big role in Brazil last summer, Graham Zusi has been sidelined with a variety of injuries in the year since. After playing in 10 games for the U.S. in 2014, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder has yet to appear in a match for the USA in 2015. Now fully fit, Zusi is back in the mix with the MNT just in time for the year’s biggest undertaking, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“It feels fantastic to be back,” Zusi said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in with the guys, and walking into the hotel and seeing some familiar faces was really nice. It’s been a little frustrating with a slew of injuries for the past six months, but I feel good now and it’s great to be back.”

The Orlando, Florida, native first made an impact on the international scene during the final round of qualifying in 2013, providing the killer strike against Panama that knocked the Central American nation out of running for a spot at the 2014 World Cup. 

Q&A: Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup Roster Approach: “Do everything possible to win this competition.”

ussoccer.com: How did you go about assembling this roster?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition. Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the Senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve chosen a lot of players with a lot of experience. How important is experience in a tournament?
JK: “Going into a Gold Cup, especially in our region here, experience means a lot. You need players that stay calm in very emotional and very difficult and very tough battles. It can get nasty, things might not go your way in some moments, so you have to stay cool and you have to always be on top of things. I think the experience that players like Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, Nick Rimando have, just to name a few of them, those guys bring the experience with them to stay calm and get the job done. The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

ussoccer.com: Do the type of opponents that the U.S. will face in the Gold Cup impact the roster decisions?
JK: “In the Gold Cup obviously you’ll deal with different types of opponents than if you maybe went to Europe to play European sides, or to South America to play South American sides like last year in the World Cup in Brazil. It’s very different now in the Gold Cup where our main rivals are from Central America and they play a specific way. They’re all different in their own terms, but you need to put that in consideration when you put the pieces together in terms of your roster. You need to have guys that are experienced in dealing with teams like that. If you look at our group, it’s a very difficult with Panama and Honduras and also Haiti is a team that’s a little unpredictable, so you need to have guys in your team right now that can deal with surprises, that can deal with issues, and can deal with maybe being a goal down and turn things around. That’s why we chose a really good mixture of experience and also younger guys that bring really good energy to the table.”

ussoccer.com: How will you approach the possibility of changing up the six players after the group stage?
JK: “I think having the opportunity to change players already after the group stage is something that we took advantage of two years ago when we won the Gold Cup with six consecutive wins.  So it’s important to have that option, but it’s also important to tell the initial group, ‘Hey, you’re in the driver’s seat here, you set the tone.’ And then depending on what happens - if it’s suspensions, if it’s god forbid injuries or whatever, we have the chance to make high quality subs. We will definitely have that in the back of our minds.  But first and foremost comes the group stage, and that is a very difficult group that we have as I mentioned with Panama, Honduras, and Haiti, so first we have to go through there and then we can think about maybe making some changes after the group phase.”

ussoccer.com: What was your reaction to the situation with Clint Dempsey?
JK: “The situation with Clint Dempsey, obviously, is something that I saw basically on the internet.  I was in Europe still after our games against Holland and Germany.  It’s something that nobody wants to see. It’s a mistake, and mistakes happen.  So, obviously when he comes in next week to Nashville in preparation for our friendly game with Guatemala, we’ll sit down and talk through that and we’ll go from there.  It’s something that nobody wants to go through. Nobody wants to get red carded. Nobody wants to get suspended and be in discussion by the fans and the media for a mistake you make. But it’s on the other hand, it’s part of the game too. So we’ll take a little bit of a step back and we’ll discuss it in person in a relaxed way and go from there. “

ussoccer.com: How are you handling the European-based players that have been on break?
JK: “Well the tricky part of this Gold Cup is that because it’s in July, which ideally like Copa America or the Women’s World Cup would have been in June, the players coming from Europe are all done with their seasons, so they went on quick vacations and had a tightened vacation phase and now we have to shoot them up for the Gold Cup. It’s not easy for them, but it is doable and its part of their job. They have a training plan and work out plans in order to stay in shape. We’ll take it from there in Nashville in preparation for the friendly with Guatemala, and get them one step at a time into the Gold Cup because we want to have the strongest team possible with us. Our biggest rival Mexico will come with their strongest group also with European-based players, so we want to meet them face to face and make sure that they stay behind us. I’m sure our players were conscientious in their vacation periods. They are conscious that there is a lot at stake and they’re going to be well prepared.”

ussoccer.com: How important will fan support be during this tournament?
JK: “I think the biggest part that were hoping to get from this summer’s Gold Cup, because it’s a crucial competition because it qualifies us for the Confederations Cup in Russia, is our fans. We need our fans to be behind us. We need the American Outlaws to be organizing in every venue that we go to and we want to show to everybody throughout the country that we have the most amazing fans in the world. We had hundreds or even thousands of fans in Holland when we played Holland in Amsterdam. We had a whole block of fans in Cologne against Germany when we beat the number one team in the world. We want to take that energy into the Gold Cup. We need their support a lot, and the players feel really privileged to see them there and see them behind the goal, especially when things are not working the way you want them to wok and in a tournament like the Gold Cup that is always full of surprises. You might be a goal down, two goals down, but it’s all about belief, about keeping  on going, keeping on pushing and turning things around. We did it in Holland. We did it in Germany. We came from behind and we beat them.  It might happen to us in the Gold Cup, too, so hopefully we’ll have thousands and thousands of our fans in the stadium giving us that support.”

To the Gold Cup and Beyond

Every training session and every game this year for the U.S. Men’s National Team has built to this point. It’s time for the U.S. MNT to defend its title. It’s time for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is a biennial tournament of CONCACAF teams; a tournament to crown the best of the Caribbean, North and Central American nations. As always, 12 countries will vie for the prize: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean.

The winning team will hoist the 35-pound golden trophy, be declared the region’s best team and qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate at the FIFA Confederations Cup - a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion.

The CONCACAF playoff for the Confederations Cup is a matchup of the Gold Cup winners from the two Cups that led into it. The U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2013 and has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance as Gold Cup champions would make its berth in the Confederations Cup automatic.

 For the USA, a team that has gone through a transition period and has featured a number of new players in the months since last summer’s World Cup, the experimentation will come to a stand still for this tournament. The goal laid out by Jurgen Klinsmann has been direct: Win.

This summer, the U.S. Men will go for Cup number six and will try to earn their way back to the Confederations Cup. The MNT excelled in the 2009 edition in South Africa, beating then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals, and advancing to the final to finish as the runner-up. It was the USA’s first trip to a FIFA tournament final.

The experience of a Confederations Cup provides players with an opportunity of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. They play in the same stadiums they’ll play in in the following summer and they get a chance to experience the climate and the culture, things that surely helped the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 in South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. Success in the tournament also sends a message to viewers worldwide of which teams are poised to be contenders in the World Cup.

"The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017," said Klinsmann. "That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

The United States and Mexico have been the most successful nations in Gold Cup history. El Tri has six trophies and the U.S. has five of the 12 total tournaments that have been contested. Canada is the only other Nation with a trophy, when it pulled off a shocking win in 2000. The U.S. has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and in six of the last seven.

The MNT is currently riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak against FIFA top 20-ranked opponents. It all began in March when the MNT drew 1-1 with then No. 12 FIFA-ranked Switzerland in Zurich, even while playing with 10 men down the stretch. In April, the U.S. followed with 2-0 win over arch-nemesis Mexico, and in June it traveled back to Europe to take down sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, and the reigning World Cup champion Germany, 2-1.

Each result was an important one as well as a stepping stone in preparation for the year’s zenith that is now realized in the form of the Gold Cup, the confederation championship. The United States, the reigning champion, will now look to defend its title and its holding as CONCACAF’s best team. A spot in Russia in 2017 is also on the line, making this tournament a welcomed opportunity for a nation carving its path on a continued quest to be the best.

Experienced MNT Roster Ready to Defend Gold Cup Crown

Nearly a year on from the U.S. Men’s National finishing its run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the team tackles its first true hurdle of the 2018 World Cup cycle as they look for a second consecutive regional title at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken a “win now” approach with this summer’s competition, hoping to directly qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederation’s Cup and nullify the need for a future playoff with another nation. 

With that in mind, the final roster Klinsmann named for the Gold Cup on Tuesday is heavy on veteran players that bring big-game experience to the table. 

Together, the 23 players on Klinsmann’s roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT. Seventeen players were also part of the U.S. team at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). 

The U.S. returns six players from the 2013 championship-winning side: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski. 

Having made three previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters in 2005, 2007 and 2011, Clint Dempsey leads the list of 13 players that have previously played in the confederation championship, of which 10 have lifted the Gold Cup and eight played in a previous final. Dempsey has played in all three finals in which he’s been part of the roster and is the only two-time winner on the 2015 Gold Cup squad. 

From an attacking perspective, Dempsey and Wondolowski each have five career goals in the Gold Cup, tied for fifth on the USA’s all-time list. Wondo, shared the Golden Boot in 2013. Though technically speaking someone named Chris Wondowlowski scored three of those! 

Klinsmann will also have Jozy Altidore at his disposal, who at 25 years old is already fifth on the all-time U.S. scoring chart with 27 goals, and if penalties are needed at any point, Klinsmann can turn to Brad Davis, who, in just his second cap, scored the game-winning spot kick in the USA’s shootout win vs. Panama to win the 2005 Gold Cup Final. 

In goal, while Brad Guzan has never played in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match, the Aston Villa ‘keeper brings big tournament experience, posting a career record of 5-1-1 and five shutouts in World Cup Qualifying.  He backstopped the U.S. in the 3-0 win against Egypt at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the team’s recent friendly wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and current world champions Germany. Guzan will be backed by one of the heroes of the 2013 U.S. Gold Cup squad in Rimando, who shined during the U.S. team’s run to its fifth regional title. 

Coming off strong back-to-back performances against the Netherlands and Germany, midfielder Michael Bradley looks set to become the 16th player in U.S. history to achieve the 100 cap milestone. Sitting on 98 appearances, Bradley would become the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to reach the century mark, behind only Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Marcelo Balboa.

USWNT Faces Colombia on Anniversary of MNT 1994 World Cup Win

Tonight, the U.S. Women’s National Team squares off against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coincidentally, the game falls on the 21st anniversary of the U.S. Men’s National Team historic win against Colombia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

On that night of June 22, 1994, midfielder Earnie Stewart tucked in the game-winning goal to lead the USA to a 2-1 victory. With the win, along with the team’s draw against Switzerland, the U.S. was able to reach the knockout round of the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Through the dogged efforts of the U.S. players, and particularly the defensive efforts of captain Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas and Marcelo Balboa, the team was able to upset one of the dark horse candidates to win the tournament in front of 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Balboa nearly added to triumph with a spectacular bicycle kick effort from a corner that missed the Colombia net by mere inches. The USA’s other goal came on an own goal from Andrés Escobar, who was tragically killed in the aftermath of the game.

When the match ended and the U.S. nabbed the victory, the stadium erupted with jubilation. Balboa recalls the moment fondly, “We celebrated – and if you go back to that game – there’s flags wrapped around players. We’re doing victory laps. We won the World Cup that day, that’s what it felt like.” Later the u

Alexi Lalas

The performance by the United States and the success of the tournament overall marked a new era for the sport in this country. For players dreaming to wear the red, white, and blue, the win was an experience they would never forget.

“I watched a ton of games during that World Cup and the tournament in 1990 as well,” remembers former U.S. defender Eddie Pope. “I can picture Earnie scoring that goal, and I remember thinking what a great moment it was for the U.S. team."

Tonight, it will be the USWNT’s turn to take on Colombia, and the team will be playing to make sure a U.S. win on the world’s biggest stage is once again the outcome. 

Gallery: Remembering the Biggest Dos A Cero

It was 13 years ago, but the memory of the win is still as sweet as ever. The U.S. Men’s National Team played its way through to a berth in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and waiting for them was their arch nemesis and rival Mexico. In what would be the most important match in the 70 years of competition between the next-door nations, goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan sparked the MNT to a 2-0 triumph and a score line that has become a dream for the U.S. and a nightmare for Mexico in the years that followed.


Happy Goalversary Clint Dempsey and John Brooks!

It was the first game for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was a matchup with Ghana, the team that had eliminated the USA in the previous two World Cups and the MNT’s first opponent in the “Group of Death.” It was John Brooks, one year ago today, that a headed in a heart-stopping goal in the 86th minute to give the U.S. a 2-1 win. A dream scenario for Brooks had become reality.

The game began with a historic strike, when the USA took an immediate 1-0 lead off a Clint Dempsey goal that came 29 seconds into the match. It was the fastest goal in World Cup history for the U.S. and a goal that made Dempsey the first MNT player to score in three World Cups.

The defense stifled a number of attacks from Ghana in the minutes that followed, but in the 82nd, the African nation broke through with an equalizing goal. With eight minutes left, the U.S. pushed ahead, battled for a scoring opportunity and earned corner kick, which set the stage for Brooks.

“I had a dream,” Brooks said in the pandemonium that followed the win. “I told some teammates that I dreamed that I scored in the 80th minute and we win the game. Now it was the 86th minute, and we won.”

The 21-year-old, playing in his first World Cup game overwhelmed by the moment and the realization of his dream fell to his knees on the pitch as his teammates embraced him.


MNT v. GUA Post-game Quotes

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
International Friendly 
Nashville, Tennessee
July 3, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Thoughts on the match:
“Well first of all, we all would like to thank Nashville and this crowd. What amazing support. What an amazing atmosphere – 44,000 in a friendly at this time when our women’s team will play in the World Cup a few days from now, it was really wonderful to see. A big thank you to everyone for coming out there today.

Result? Nice. Obviously 4-0 sounds really nice. Performance? Not so nice. I’m not happy with that performance. I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency … things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed. We were lucky to not get a tie, certainly at the beginning of the second half. If it’s 1-1, it’s a whole different ball game. It looks really nice at 4-0, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

On the importance of the friendly before the Gold Cup:
“It was very, very useful. I’m really glad that we had the opportunity to go out there tonight and see where everybody is. We had some very positive performances in some ways and some not so positive performances. We have to talk to the players in a team context and also talk to them on an individual basis and take it from there. We have four days to prepare for a game against Honduras. If you guys had a chance to watch them play Mexico two days ago, you can expect a very, very nasty game from Honduras, a very aggressive and difficult game. We’ll talk through that the next couple of days. We have to step it up. We have to step it up in order to get three points on Tuesday night.”

On issues the team had against Guatemala:
"I think we gave some chances away that we can’t afford at the international level – too easy, just too easy. Also, we didn’t create enough. We didn’t find ways to play quickly with our forwards. The forwards were not able to combine with the midfield, make themselves available, and move off the ball more and to cause more issues at the back. It’s all connected. Every piece is connected and that’s where we have to improve over the next couple of days.

On if he has his lineup set for Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener vs. Honduras:
“We have a very good roster together here and a clear idea of how we’ll approach Honduras on Tuesday night. As I said before, it was extremely important for us to see the guys out there and give them all their minutes. It was important to get a clear picture right away where everybody stands. It’s a very tricky preparation for the competition because our European and Mexican-based players are coming from a break and MLS is in full swing, but also our MLS players had a couple issues. This is what we’ve got to go through, and the next couple of days we’ll get everyone on the same page and face a very tough Honduran team on Tuesday night.

On Clint Dempsey’s goal boosting his confidence heading into the Gold Cup:
“Well for strikers, it’s always about getting the goal. He got the goal. I think that kind of helped and lifted him. We saw that after the goal, he kind of got a better rhythm and he was more mobile, but as I said at the beginning, both strikers – Jozy and Clint – were not really connected for most of the game until the second or third goal came. Until then it wasn’t really the case.”

On individual performances that stuck out:
“There were definitely some players that looked sharp, looked focused, looked in very good shape and knew what was coming up. Coming up is three and a half weeks that’s a grind that will get more difficult every game than the one before. I think Fabian Johnson had a couple very positive runs down the left. Timmy Chandler had a good game. John Brooks is growing. He’s becoming far more mature, he’s becoming a leader. Ventura Alvarado, when he came in, played a solid game. Michael Bradley was all over the place trying to connect the pieces. Gyasi Zardes had a lot of good energy going forward, but defensively we try to teach him, which is a work in progress. There are definitely good things. and there are things we need to work on.

On why Kyle Beckerman and Alejandro Bedoya didn’t appear in the match:
“I needed to see some players. I don’t need to see Kyle. Kyle gives you always 1000 percent. He knows his role. He just proved it in Holland and Germany. I wanted to see different pieces there. Alejandro is still coming from a longer break and still has a lot of work ahead of him physically to get in the same condition as some other guys. We’ll work that as much as we can in training.

U.S. MNT forward CLINT DEMPSEY
On putting his penalty kick up the middle:
“I’ve done it sometimes. Sometimes you can see the ‘keeper cheating a little bit going early. It’s always something to have in your locker when you feel it’s going to be on to try it. It worked.”

On playing his first game following suspension:
“It’s always good to play. It’s always good to be with the National Team. I’m excited to play in the Gold Cup. I want to make sure we win it and qualify for the Confederations Cup.”

On Michael Bradley being named captain for the Gold Cup:
"It’s cool. Michael is a great leader. He deserves to be captain, and for me I’m just excited to be part of the team that is trying to push to win the Gold Cup and be a part of the Confederations Cup. I got to experience being captain during the World Cup, and for me that was something special and I’ll always remember it, but it’s never been a big thing for me to be captain. Even with my club team in Seattle I’m not the captain. For me it’s just about the team and just trying to win and win games and trying to do something special.”

On his suspension:
“That’s something I’ve put behind me. I’ve talked with my teammates, talked with coaches. I’m just focused on moving forward, focused on the Gold Cup and making sure we win it and putting ourselves in a position to make sure we’re qualifying for the Confederations Cup.”

On the team’s overall performance:
“It’s always good to win, always good to get goals, always good to get a shutout, but we expect a lot of our team. We know that we can be better. We know that we’re going to have to be sharper to win the Gold Cup and make sure we hit the ground running the first game against Honduras.”


U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY
On what the team got out of the match:
“It’s important to get 90 minutes under our belt, and the result was certainly good. Now we can get ourselves to Dallas and get ready for the tournament. These games are always tricky. The most important thing is to get through it and everybody’s healthy and it’s still a good result. We scored some goals, and we understand that there are some things that need to be better and need to be improved on and they will be.”

On the MNT being the perceived favorite to win the Gold Cup:
“We don’t pay too much attention to what gets said on the outside. We understand that to win this tournament we’re going to need to improve as the tournament goes on, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to do that.”

On being the captain:
“I said before the game, it’s a huge honor. It’s a big responsibility and one that I’m very, very excited about, but who I am and what I’m about on the field and off the field with this team doesn’t change whether I’m captain or not. We’re always lucky with this team that we have a number of guys who come in and are big personalities and are ready to take responsibility: myself, Clint [Dempsey], Jozy [Altidore], Brad Guzan, and encourage some of the younger ones who now have started to get a taste of all this to take a bigger role. There’s a feeling amongst the entire group that we’re in something together and that’s how it should be.”

U.S. MNT defender TIMMY CHANDLER
On his goal:
“I just got the ball back from DeAndre [Yedlin] and then I tried to finish with my left foot. I just tried to finish and the ball flew very well and it was a nice feeling when I saw the ball go into the goal.”

“That was definitely one of my better all time goals. I have scored five goals in my career and four with the left. It was an amazing feeling to score my first goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team. I’m proud that we won this game today and now we have to go to the Gold Cup and move forward.”

On how the game went for the team:
“I think good. We needed like 10-15 minutes to come into the game, but after that I think we played very well together. We had a lot of new players that changed after the last camp, but we got into the game and we played well and we scored four goals, which was very important and we did not give up a goal, so we’ll try to carry those positives over into the Gold Cup.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
Thoughts on the match:
“I think all of us as players, we’re not naïve to think that we were unbelievable tonight. We know there are areas where we need to sharpen things up. We know there are areas where we need to clean things up.  In saying that, going forward from here on out it’s about results. I think winning is a mentality – it’s contagious. It was important that we kept that going from two great wins in Europe. Although it wasn’t our best performance, it was important that we found a way to win, which we did. We created a number of chances which was obviously a credit to our strikers and attacking players and on top of it, we did get a clean sheet. Although it wasn’t our best performance, we found a way to get a win. In this type of tournament, you need to do that sometimes.”

On Guatemala’s attack early in the second half:
“Obviously they brought on some good players at halftime and we knew they would at some point. Guys like Carlos Ruiz, [Marco] Pappa, these guys, we know them.  We know what they’re about. They bring an element of quality to their team and we knew the second half was going to be different from the first half, especially with them making changes. We weathered that storm a little bit and at the same time we were able to go down to the other end and score some goals.”

On the team’s defending on set pieces:
“From my point of view we’ll want to look at that and make sure we’re organized. If teams are going to sit back and look to counter and look to get set pieces and fouls and put balls into the box, we need to make sure we’re sharp and organized. If I’m being completely honest, there were times I thought we weren’t as organized as we should have been and we got away with one or two. We’ll definitely look at the video, we’ll iron that out, and from my point of view that’ll be one of the areas we’ll want to look at.”

On the atmosphere in Nashville:
“Unbelievable. I was fortunate enough to come here in ’09. The atmosphere was awesome and this tonight surpassed that. The fans were unbelievable, the atmosphere was great and every time we’ve come here we’ve been welcomed with open arms. Especially with the forecast for tonight, to have the support that we did was phenomenal.”

On his communication with the back four:
“Obviously there are a lot of us that are coming from different parts. Whether it’s European players that are coming off a two-week break, whether it’s MLS guys that are now coming back into the picture. It’s just a matter of ironing out those details. Obviously communication helps, but at the same time you try to understand what guys are about and what their strengths are. You try to play towards certain guys’ strengths and going forward we’ll try to do that.”

On earning the clean sheet:
“Obviously you read the reports from you guys. We went through a spell last fall when we were playing games in Europe and we conceded late goals and everyone was making a big deal about it. For us as players, whether it’s the first minute or the 90th minute, we try to be solid and hard to play against and mentally we have to be focused and switched on to make sure we don’t concede late, especially in a game like this because as scoring goals is contagious and winning is a habit, so are clean sheets. You want to start picking those up in terms of not conceding goals. It’s nice to not have to pick the ball out of the back of the net.”

 

MNT Completes Gold Cup Prep With 4-0 Win Against Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July, 3 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.

Dempsey has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler’s goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.

The stage is now set for MNT’s run in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the team will look to defend its 2013 title. The USA starts group play on Tuesday, July 7, with a match against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal) 19th minute: Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Castillo stooped to head the ball back to his ‘keeper, but put his clearance past a scrambling Paulo Motta and into the bottom right corner of the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Timmy Chandler 58th minute: DeAndre Yedlin cut back in the wide right channel  and passed to Timmy Chandler, who was open in support. Chandler took a controlling dribble to his left and sent an absolute rocket into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out. USA 2, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 73rd minute: Michael Bradley was fouled in the box to set the USA up with its second penalty of the game. Dempsey stepped up to take it and calmly chipped it in over the diving goalkeeper. USA 3, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes) 86th minute: Gyasi Zardes fielded a Dempsey lob on the left side of the box and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range. USA 4, GUA 0  FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Guatemala’s Carlos Mejia sent in a dangerous cross in front of goal where Jairo Arreola was finishing his run. Guzan, sensing the danger, took a quick step and slid in front, denying he opportunity.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 39th minute: Guatemala earned a free kick on the right side. A high, looping cross found Wilson Lalin on the back post. Lalin sent a header back across the mouth of the goal, but Guzan was ready, smothering the shot and falling on it safely.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 46th minute: Guatemala broke away at the start of the second half with an early attack. A cross in from the right side bounced around and ended up at the feet of Carlos Ruiz, who quickly ripped a left-footed shot at goal. Guzan dove and brought down the shot for the save.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT begins play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is just a game away from the century cap mark. He now has 99 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal in his 22nd appearance with the USA.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 10th career shutout, to move into a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 41st goal, affirming his standing in the No. 2 position on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. The goal was his fifth against Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson was 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi made his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the team’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • The U.S. has outscored Guatemala 10-0 in its last two matches.
  • The MNT is unbeaten against Guatemala on U.S. soil, improving their record to 15-0-1
  • Chris Wondolowski also scored against Guatemala in the MNT’s last matchup with Central Americans in 2013.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date:  July 3, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff:  6 p.m. CT
Attendance:  44,835
Weather:  76 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
GUA                          0          0          0

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal)                  19th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (DeAndre Yedlin)      58
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty)                     72
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes)      86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (13-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (15-Tim Ream, 61), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Greg Garza, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (20-Gyasi Zardes, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 68)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Brad Evans, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta (capt.), 2-Ruben Morales, 4-Wilson Lalin, 13-Carlos Castrillo (19-Carlos Figueroa, 74), 15-Deniss Lopez; 6-Carlos Mejia (18-Aslinn Rodas, 84), 14-Kendel Herrarte (10-Jose Contreras, 46), 17-Brandon De Leon (8-Jonathan Marquez, 69), 23-Jorge Aparicio, 7-Jairo Arreola (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Minor Lopez (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Victor Ayala, 21-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Jose Pinto, 11-Gerardo Arias
Head coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            35th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       48
GUA – Carlos Castrillo (caution)        71
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (caution)              71
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)      81

Officials: 
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
4th Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Timmy Chandler

#USAvGUA XI Fast Facts

  • Tonight marks the 50th time that Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will appear in the same match for the MNT.
  • Four of Clint Dempsey’s 40 international goals have come against Guatemala.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson marks the 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi makes his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his international debut against Guatemala in a 4-0 friendly win on Feb. 19, 2006.
  • Making his 99th international appearance, Michael Bradley is the only player to start all eight MNT matches in 2015.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the MNT’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • All four of the USA’s losses to Guatemala have been on the road in Guatemala City, and three of the four ties were also away from U.S. soil. In the USA, the MNT’s record against Guatemala is 14-0-1. The USA has outscored the Guatemala 39-17.
  • The teams’ last meeting was also a Gold Cup tune-up ahead of the 2013 edition of the tournament. On July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California, the U.S. rolled to a 6-0 win. Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski each contributed a goal.
  • In 2012 the team’s met for a pair CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The first took place in June in Guatemala City, where the two tied 1-1. In that game Fabian Johnson assisted Clint Dempsey for the USA’s goal. Guatemala’s Marco Pappa bent in a stunning free kick in the 83rd minute of the game to level it and secure the only point for the Guatemalans against the U.S. in the last eight years.  Later that year in October, Dempsey would find the net against Guatemala two more times, notching a brace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win. Michael Bradley assisted on Dempsey’s second score.
  • Pappa is teammates with Dempsey and Brad Evans at Seattle Sounders FC, while Guatemala defender Elias Enoc Vasquez plays alongside Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake.

Greg Garza added to U.S. Roster for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) —  U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Greg Garza to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, following approval from CONCACAF after completing the application process. Garza replaces Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who was ruled out with a knee injury.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Garza played in the last five games of 2014, starting three. He has two starts in 2015, including one in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio. The Atlas-based left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 36,000 for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2013/2011), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

USA Takes on Guatemala in Final Gold Cup Tune-Up

The U.S. Men’s National team will face off with Guatemala in a final friendly before the team embarks on its title defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The game will be played at Nissan Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 33,000 tickets sold, it will be the most-attended soccer game ever in the state of Tennessee, breaking the MNT’s own record, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. Over the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The USA is coming off road wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

The 23-player U.S. roster is an experienced group. Sixteen players were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, making the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). Additionally, six players on the roster were a part of the team that won the Gold Cup in 2013. All together, the 23 players average 30 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, sixth-ranked Netherlands, archrival Mexico, and a 1-1 draw with then No.-12 ranked Switzerland in Zurich. 

Guatemala and the United States have met 24 times. The U.S. is unbeaten in the last 20 matches between the two (14-0-6), its longest unbeaten streak against any nation.

USA vs. Guatemala:

  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the MNT’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • All four of the USA’s losses to Guatemala have been on the road in Guatemala City, and three of the four ties were also away from U.S. soil. In the USA, the MNT’s record against Guatemala is 14-0-1.
  • The USA has outscored the Guatemala 39-17.
  • The teams’ last meeting was also a Gold Cup tune-up ahead of the 2013 edition of the tournament. On July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California, the U.S. rolled to a 6-0 win. Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski each contributed a goal.
  • In 2012 the team’s met for a pair CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The first took place in June in Guatemala City, where the two tied 1-1. In that game Fabian Johnson assisted Clint Dempsey for the USA’s goal. Guatemala’s Marco Pappa bent in a stunning free kick in the 83rd minute of the game to level it and secure the only point for the Guatemalans against the U.S. in the last eight years.  Later that year in October, Dempsey would find the net against Guatemala two more times, notching a brace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win. Michael Bradley assisted on Dempsey’s second score.
  • Pappa is teammates with Dempsey and Brad Evans at Seattle Sounders FC, while Guatemala defender Elias Enoc Vasquez plays alongside Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake.
  • This will be the third matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach (2-0-1). 

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)
*Years listed after players’ clubs denote inclusion in previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sixteen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Twelve players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, nine of whom have lifted the trophy.
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time Gold Cup participant on the U.S. roster.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • The win against Germany in its most recent match was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as Bolton Wanderers’ Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. After picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is now a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club an automatic spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi was a part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and is the only player on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. In recent seasons he marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist.  

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley, who assisted on Mix Diskerud’s equalizer in the 2-1 win against Germany on June 10, is now tied for sixth on the U.S. MNT all-time list for assists with 14. His 13 goals rank him No. 13 all-time.
  • Following the win over Germany, Brad Guzan moved into fifth on the all-time wins list with 14.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (37-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).  

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
National Football Federation of Guatemala
Founded: 1919
FIFA Affiliation: 1946
Head Coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno
FIFA World Ranking: 93
Best World Cup Finish: Never Qualified
Leading Cap-Winner: Carlos Ruiz (116)
Leading Goalscorer: Carlos Ruiz (57)

Guatemala Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Victor Ayala (Antigua GFC), Ricardo Jerez (Alianza Petrol), Paulo Motta (Municipal)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Stefano Cincotta (Chemnitzer), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas), Wilson Lalin (Comunicaciones), Deniss Lopez (Municipal), Ruben Morales (Comunicaciones), Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jorge Aparicio (Comunicaciones), Gerardo Arias (Petapa), Jose Contreras (Comunicaciones), Carlos Figueroa (Comunicaciones), Kendel Herrarte (Comunicaciones), Brandon De Leon (Comunicaciones), Jonathan Marquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Mejia (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS (4): Jairo Arreola (Comunicaciones), Edgar Chinchilla (Antigua GFC), Minor Lopez (Atlético CP), Carlos Ruiz (Municipal/Guatemala)

GUATEMALA NOTES:

  • Carlos Ruiz is the oldest player (35) on the roster, and is the leading cap-winner (116) and goalscorer (57) in Guatemala national team history
  • Ivan Sopegno became the head coach of the Guatemalan side on May 21, 204. Prior to taking the reins, the former Argentine goalkeeper coached Guatemalan club CSD Comunicaciones to five titles between 2008-2014
  • Eleven players from this roster play for Comunicaciones
  • The roster is almost entirely domestic. Only four of the 23 players come from non-Guatemalan clubs: Ricado Jerez (Alianz Petrol/Colombia); Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas); Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake), and Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • Guatemala closed out 2014 with wins in five of its last seven games, but has only won once in 2015 (1-0, vs. Bermuda, June 15) with a 1-3-2 record
  • 22-year-old Jorge Aparicio is the youngest player on the roster. 

LAST TIME 
On the field for USA against Guatemala:  
July 6, 2013 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, California – International Friendly  

USA                6          Herculez Gomez 43, Landon Donovan 55, 72; Chris Wondolowski 71,
                                   Clarence Goodson 84, Alejandro Bedoya 88
Guatemala     0         

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 46), 16-Jose Torres (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Will Bruin, 73), 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 2-Edgar Castillo (23-Brek Shea, 59); 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 18-Jack McInerney
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann


GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Carlos Castrillo, 3-Enoc Vasquez, 13-Victor Hernandez (14-Luis Cardona, 59), 5-Carlos Gallardo (6-Milton Leal, 78); 24-Jonathan Lopez (17-Enrique Miranda, 76), 8-Sergio Trujillo (9-Wilber Perez, 59), 16-Jonathan Marquez, 22-Edward Santeliz; 18-Minor Lopez Campollo (19-Angelo Padilla 85), 10-Jose Contreras (capt.) (7-Marlon Sequen, 86)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Kevin Arriola, 12-Victor Ayala
Head coach: Victor Monzón

Knee Injury Rules Brad Davis Out of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) — Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF  to allow for a replacement.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match due to injury. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 33,000, ensuring a record crowd for a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.

 

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title

CHICAGO (June 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will defend the USA’s title at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The roster includes 17 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Ten players from this group have been a part of USA teams that have won a Gold Cup in the past, including six from the squad that won in 2013.

The MNT will take the pitch for a final Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Ticket sales for that game have already exceeded 25,000 and it is on track to break the record for attendance at a soccer game in Tennessee. (TICKETS)

Four days later, the five-time Gold Cup champions will begin their quest at title defense in the 13th edition of the tournament with the opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. (GOLD CUP SCHEDULE)

Twelve CONCACAF teams will compete for the Gold Cup trophy: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean. The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal that features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia).

With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup, which is the ultimate goal for Klinsmann and the team.

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition," said Klinsmann. "Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

The MNT is coming off two huge road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany, and is riding a four-match unbeaten streak against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world (3-0-1). The USA is 4-2-1 on the year.

After the Group Stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round may replace up to six players on the roster.

U.S. Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seventeen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players on the roster with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, of which 10 have lifted the trophy
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time participant.
  • Brad Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout versus Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup Final.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • The win against Germany its last time out was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champion
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as the Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. Also picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi and Davis were both part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and are the only players on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist. 

 


Ticket Sales for USA-Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville Surpass 25,000

CHICAGO (June 19, 2015) – Tickets sales have surpassed 25,000 for the USA’s Gold Cup preparation match against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 25,000 tickets sold, the U.S. MNT is on track to break the record attendance for a match in Nashville, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. In the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The MNT is coming off road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup  against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Tennessee (including Kroger and Walmart stores) and the LP Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 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.

The U.S. and Guatemala last met on July 5, 2013, in a game that served as final preparation ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA prevailed by a 6-0 score line, improving its all-time record against Guatemala to 14-4-6.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, 2-1, sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, archenemy Mexico, 2-0, and a 1-1 draw with then No. 12 Switzerland in Zurich. 

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Germany

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
International Friendly 
Cologne, Germany
June 11, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On the win:
“I think the team realized after 20-25 minutes that there’s a whole game to play. I think the leadership, especially of Michael Bradley, was tremendous. He was the absolute best player on the field tonight. With his experience, he played all over in Europe and back in MLS now, the players really looked at him and said we’re going to turn this slowly in the other direction and the ball shifted. At halftime we made a couple changes, bringing in Kyle Beckerman, who calmed things down defensively and is I think the most underrated player coming out of the last World Cup. Kyle Beckerman is really just there for the team. He cleans things up and he makes everyone around him look better because he’s doing the dirty work and that makes it easier for us. So I think the shape was better the second half. We were kind of more compact to close down the passing lanes because when they start playing one-two touches it’s very, very difficult. We got the momentum in the second half and turned it into our half and it was pretty exciting.”

On Bobby Wood:
“Obviously we are thrilled at the development of the young players. Bobby Wood is a work in progress. He’s a kid that came over here to Germany at the age of 14. He’s from Hawaii and then he played youth soccer in California then he went to 1860 Munich when he was fourteen years old and then he sort of worked his way up. He had a very difficult season. He didn’t break through at 1860, but he moved on at the end to Aue and got injured. We worked him back.  Erzgebirge Aue helped him a lot in this process. I just gave him the feeling that it’s a process. We are trying to educate our player on what it really means to play in a place like we played tonight, what it means to be a 24/7 professional on the field and off the field. That learning curve for our 19-, 21-, 22-year old players will be still a couple of years. But when you see certain things in training and certain talent then as a coach you just wish they can do it day in and day out. He’s not able to do that yet, but now he gets more confidence and he really deserves a nice vacation break now.”

On capitalizing on opportunities against the world’s top teams:
“I think the important thing is when you try to play with the big teams in the world, you need to have the courage to try and create something and we actually did that in the first 15 minutes. We had some sequences in the first 15 minutes where we there was a shot for Mix Diskerud, and Aron Johansson got a nice shot off there. It’s that learning curve to be courageous and to just go for it and do it, so it’s a different mindset you develop. It’s a lot of psychological work right now that we’re doing with the players because they need to believe we can go to Europe and we can have a game. We also know that games can go the other way as well and we get a lesson and so be it, but I think we’re growing a higher confidence level and we’re learning how to grind down things like we did. Obviously it helps more to have some wins in that process to keep things balanced and calm.”

U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY
On what these wins over Netherlands and Germany do for the team heading into the Gold Cup:
It was a good week for us, for sure. It's the start of a big summer. Certainly these two results will give us some confidence and we should feel like as we head into big, important games in the Gold Cup that we have nothing to be afraid of and we can step on the field against any team and can cause anybody trouble and can beat anybody.”

On the game:
I thought the for the first 20-25 minutes it took us a little while to tactically understand exactly the best way to go about it. I thought once we made a few little changes we were able to kind of put the game on our terms a little bit more. And so obviously the goal at the end of the first half helps in terms of getting it back to 1-1, and then the second half I thought we handled very well. In the end, I think the second goal is deserved.”

On the USA fans in the stadium:
We have unbelievable fans. As the game continues to grow in our country, the fan support does as well. We're so lucky that we can be in Cologne, Germany, playing a game like this and can have 1,000 fans in the corner of the stadium. Especially in the second half, it was all you could hear.”

On the team coming together at the right time:
“That's certainly the goal that now as we move into the summer that we're really firing on all cylinders and really coming together in a good way. And certainly the work that went into these 10 days and into these two games will go a long way.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN
On the game:
It's a great result in a tough place, obviously against a really good Germany team. I think over the last couple days our confidence and our ability to play against tough teams has really come through, and it shows that we're not afraid to go up against the big teams. We know they are friendly games. We know essentially nothing is on the line, but obviously it's good going forward, especially into the Gold Cup.”

On what the win does for the team’s confidence heading into the Gold Cup:
“Like I said earlier, it's important that we build some momentum going into the Gold Cup. We know ultimately this summer is about us winning the Gold Cup. That's our No. 1 goal. These two games we're able to use in terms of confidence, in terms of our belief, in terms of our team spirit, and so yeah, it's good to be able to get two huge, huge results.”

U.S. MNT midfielder MIX DISKERUD
On his goal:
Just a regular kind of half-American, half-Norwegian volley. A little extra jump there.”

On what this win means to the team:
It shows that everything is possible. Not a lot of people thought that we were going to win two games in a row against these two teams, Holland and Germany, and it happened. I've got to give credit to all the guys out there. It's really an honor to play with them because every single tackle, every single dual, they give 100 percent.”

On the wins heading into the Gold Cup:
You want to wins games and that's what we're doing right now. Gold Cup is where it really matters. These are friendlies, but it's certainly nice to have the confidence when we're moving forward now.”

On the USA crowd support:
“We can do anything if you believe and get the support from back home. Today, there were a lot of American fans. It's incredible really, and it helps. It is really the 12th man. We could hear them and their voices over the German songs and everything. So it gives you the chills, and it's incredible.”

U.S. MNT forward BOBBY WOOD
On his goal and having gone through the sequence that lead to it in practice:
I think we did that like 20 times yesterday. It's kind of funny that it happened that exact way. But I'm happy that it worked. It was awesome. I'm happy that Jurgen after such a tough year, he just kept calling me back. And I'm happy that I got to repay him and the team. I'm just going to enjoy the moment right now.”

Wood's Late Strike Downs World Champs in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (June 10, 2015) – For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Once again, it was Bobby Wood who scored the game-winner for the USA, netting his tally in the 87th minute, after entering the game in the second half. Mix Diskerud was the other goal scorer for the USMNT and the one responsible for equalizing the match before the halftime mark after Germany got on the board early in the game.

Wood’s strike was the second of his international career with the senior team, and the second consecutive game-winner in five days. He also scored the tally that lifted the U.S. to a 4-3 win over No.-6 ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam.

This is the USA’s fourth victory against Germany and the first victory for the United States against Die Mannschaft on German soil. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.

Next, the MNT returns to the USA for one final tune-up match before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Hermann) 12th minute:
Patrick Hermman attacked from the right side and weaved through the U.S. defense to open himself up for a pass that he sent across to Mario Goetze. Goetze received it and sent it back across the mouth of the goal into the right corner to give Germany an early lead. USA 0, GER 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley) 41st minute: It all started with Michael Bradley, who received a pass from just inside the midfield line, took a turn and sent a beautiful cross to Mix Diskerud, who had sprinted open on the left. Inside the box, Diskerud brought the ball down with his chest, took a touch and then snapped a leaping right-footed shot past Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler into the center of the net. USA 1, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans), 87th minute: Second half sub Brad Evans sent a ball through the right side of the midfield toward the box where Jordan Morris pretended to field it but instead allowed it to zip past him to Bobby Wood. Wood received the ball and sharply turned to the center of the pitch, ridding his marker in the process and sent a powerful strike with his left foot inside the left post and just outside the outstretched arms of the German ‘keeper. USA 2, GER 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Germany accelerated from the right side and Hermann whipped a hard cross all the way across the pitch to Mario Goetze who chested it down near the upper left corner of the box. Goetze moved a few steps toward the goal and then elected to play the ball back to an open Mesut Ozil. Ozil snapped off a left-footed shot on goal, but Guzan dove and caught it.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 31st minute: A giveaway at midfield sent Germany on a break. Hermann attacked from the center and lofted the ball over to Goetze, who found himself in a one-on-one situation with Guzan. Guzan proved the winner, making a quick kick-save and knocking the ball to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Goetze again was at the center of another German chance, this time lofting in a cross from the left to a breaking Andre Schurrle in the box and in front of goal. Schurrle jumped and met the ball with a soft header, but Guzan saved again, jumping and snagging the ball out of the air.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will be back in the U.S. for one final tune-up match before the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup begins when it takes on Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
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Milestone Watch:

  • Mix Diskerud scored his first goal of 2015 and the sixth of his career. His last goal came in the USA’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Juan Agudelo made his first start with the MNT since June 22, 2011, when the U.S. played Panama at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 14th win for the U.S. and sits in fifth place on the list for all-time wins.

Additional Notes:

  • The win is the first for the USA on German soil and the fourth overall victory against Germany. The U.S. is now 4-7-0 all-time against the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Four players that saw action against Germany on June 26, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, also took the field tonight against the World Cup champs. They were: Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Today’s game marked the third matchup between the U.S. and Germany during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach for the USA. He’s gone 2-1-0 against his former side, with one game coming during World Cup play and the other two in friendlies.
  • The last time the teams played in Germany was March 27, 2006 in a tune-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coached by Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund, going on to finish in third place in the World Cup that summer.
  • This was the fifth game for the U.S. against a team ranked in the top 20 in the world in 2015; the U.S. has compiled a record of 3-1-1 during that span.
  • This is the USA's first result against the world's No. 1 team since defeating No. 1-ranked Spain 2-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The last time the USA scored two or more goals in back-to-back games in Europe was in 1979 when the U.S. beat Hungary 2-0 in Budapest on goals from Nanchoff and DiBernardo, then lost 3-2 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin with DiBernardo and Villa scoring for the U.S.
  • The last time the U.S. scored consecutive victories against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup when the USA beat No. 5 Portugal 3-2, in group play, and No. 7 Mexico 2-0 in the first knockout round.
  • Twelve different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Mix Diskerud, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA’s seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games: Zardes and Yedlin.
  • Danny Williams made his first start for the U.S. in 2015 in today’s match. His last start came on Nov. 14, 2012 in a 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.
  • Brad Evans had the assist on Wood’s game-winning goal tonight. Evans was a starter in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C.; Bradley and Fabian Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has now appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
Date:  June 10, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  RheinEnergieStadion; Cologne, Germany
Kickoff:  2:45 p.m. ET (8:45 p.m. local)
Attendance:  40,348
Weather:  73 degrees; Partly Cloudy

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

GER – Mario Goetze (Patrick Herrmann)     12th Minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Michael Bradley)         41
USA – Bobby Wood (Brad Evans)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans, 46); 14-Danny Williams (5-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 20-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 74), 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 74) 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 9-Aron Johannsson (8-Jordan Morris, 74), 13-Juan Agudelo (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 11-Brek Shea, 15-Michael Orozco, 16-Miguel Ibarra, 22- William Yarbrough
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 12-Ron-Robert Zieler; 4-Sebastian Rudy, 2-Shkodran Mustafi, 16-Antonio Rudiger, 3-Jonas Hector; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger (capt.) (6-Sami Khedira, 46), 21-Ilkay Gundagon (20-Christoph Kramer, 60); 14-Patrick Hermann (11-Karim Bellarabi, 73), 8-Mesut Ozil, 9-Andre Schurrle (10-Lucas Podolski, 46); 19-Mario Goetze (23-Max Kruse, 73)     
Subs Not Used: 22-Roman Weidenfeller,15-Eric Durm, 17-Jerome Boateng
Head coach: Joachim Löw

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 14 /10
Shots on Goal: 6 /5
Saves: 5 /1
Corner Kicks: 1 /4
Fouls: 14 /5
Offside: 4 /1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Danny Williams (caution)        21
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)        70

Officials: 
Referee:                      Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1:   Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:   Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official:            Kevin Blom (NED)     

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

GOAL: Dempsey Chips in A Classy PK

Clint Dempsey converted from the penalty spot for a 3-0 U.S. lead.

GOAL: Timmy Chandler Puts USA Up 2-0 with A Thunderbolt

Timmy Chandler lashed in a left-footed blast from outside the area to give the USA a 2-0 lead in Nashville.

GOAL: Carlos Castrillo Heads the Ball into His Own Net

DeAndre Yedlin's quick cross found Guatemala's Carlos Castrillo, who headed into the back of the net for an own goal.

MNT Ready for Final Test in Nashville Ahead of Gold Cup

The U.S. MNT touch down in Nashville for some final preparation ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Highlights: MNT Earns Historic First Win Against Germany in Cologne

Mix Diskerud and Bobby Wood scored as the U.S. earned a historic win over Germany in Cologne.

GOAL: Bobby Wood Blasts Brilliant Game-Winner Past Germany

Bobby Wood notched his second game winning goal in five days as his 87th minute goal gave the #USMNT a late winner over Germany.

GOAL: Mix Diskerud Hauls the U.S. Level with Germany

Michael Bradley's long pass found Mix Diskerud, who found the back of the net to cap off a slick 35-pass move for the USA.

MNT Beats Netherlands, Prepares for Germany

Watch behind the scenes as the #USMNT beat Netherlands with an incredible second-half fight back. Michael Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann also preview the match against no. 1 ranked Germany.

Jurgen Klinsmann Wishes the #USWNT Good Luck in Canada

MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent his best wishes to Jill Ellis and the #USWNT as they begin their question in Canada. Watch #USAvAUS live on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 & NBC Universo
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