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U.S. MNT Opens New Cycle Against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
International Friendly
Generali Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 3, 2014

U.S. MNT OPENS NEW CYCLE AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its new cycle toward Russia 2018 with an international friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kickoff at Generali Arena in Prague is at 2:15 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Following this trip, the USA hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (ESPN, WatchESPN), followed by Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas). The USA is scheduled to close out the 2014 campaign on Nov. 18 against the Republic of Ireland. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The USA has posted a 5-3-2 record in 2014, including a 1-2-1 mark during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil while advancing out of the “Group of Death” against Ghana, Portugal and eventual World Cup champion Germany.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

2:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, UniMas

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

7 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • The United States is seeking its first victory against the Czech Republic. The USA is 0-3-0 in the all-time series that began at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, a 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1990, in Florence, Italy.
  • In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic earned a 3-0 win in the opening group match on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen.
  • Most recently, the teams met in the Send-Off Series for South Africa 2010, when the U.S. fell 4-2 on May 25, 2010, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez scored for the USA. Brad Guzan started in goal and Alejandro Bedoya was a second-half sub.


U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Jozy Altidore makes his return to the U.S. MNT after seeing his 2014 FIFA World Cup cut short because of a hamstring injury in the opening 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The Sunderland striker leads this U.S. roster with 71 appearances.
  • Defender Geoff Cameron, who was originally named to this roster, will not be available after suffering a groin injury during Stoke City’s Aug. 27 match against Portsmouth.
  • Nine players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster: Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Nick Rimando.
  • Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Bedoya appeared in every game and started three.
  • Hertha Berlin defender Brooks scored the USA’s game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16.
  • Green, 19, scored in the second extra time of the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 game on July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.
  • Chandler and Johnson started the season with new Bundesliga clubs, with Chandler moving from Nurnberg to Eintracht Frankfurt and Johnson moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Joe Corona was on the USA’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to a solid start, appearing in the first XI in all three games and scoring the opening goal of the club’s campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has started all three matches to open the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin signed with Utrecht in July. The U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Joe Gyau spent three semesters in the U-17 Residency program. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Cropper participated in the MNT training camp in Stanford ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil.
  • Emerson Hyndman is the youngest player on the roster, the 18-year-old having begun the League Championship campaign as a starter for Fulham. The grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was a part of the U-17 Men’s National Team and signed his first contract with Fulham in 2013, scoring three goals in its run to the FA Youth Cup final.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the all-time U.S. MNT caps list for goalkeepers. Guzan (11 wins) has also earned nine shutouts in his career. Rimando has yet to record a loss with the USA, posting a 10-0-1 record.
  • Guzan’s nine clean sheets rank sixth all-time, one behind Arnie Mausser (10 shutouts from 1975-1983).
  • Jozy Altidore ranks sixth all-time with 23 goals since debuting for the USA in 2007. He is one goal behind National Soccer Hall of Famer Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 appearances from 1992-2002.
  • Last year, Altidore set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games. He earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-13-9) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).


USA IN CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • Wednesday’s match marks the first time the two sides have played each other on the Czech Republic’s home turf.
  • The first two matchups were on neutral ground in the 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the 2010 meeting on May 25 took place in East Hartford, Connecticut.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Career shutouts by Brad Guzan
  • 18: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 23: Career goals by Jozy Altidore, sixth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 32: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 35: Czech Republic’s FIFA ranking


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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-13-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-2-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: CZECH REPUBLIC
Fotbalova Asociace Ceske Republiky (Football Association of the Czech Republic)
Founded: 1901
FIFA affiliation: 1907
Head Coach: Pavel Vrba
FIFA World Ranking: 35
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (group stage)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bicik (Sparta Praha), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Tomas Vaclik (Basilej)
DEFENDERS (7): Pavel Kaderabek (Sparta Praha), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce Istanbul), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Vladimir Darida (Freiburg), Borek Dockal (Sparta Praha), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Praha), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (1): Matej Vydra (Watford)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech leads this roster with 107 international appearances, followed by Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky (94) and defender Michal Kadlec (53).
  • Cech is the only returning player from the Czech Republic roster that defeated the USA 4-2 on May 25, 2010, the last time the two sides faced each other.
  • Rosicky is the top goal scorer on the Czech Republic roster with 22 goals. Kadlec has eight tallies in his international career and Matej Vydra with four. Everyone else on the Czech roster has scored three or fewer goals.
  • Vydra has scored twice this year for the Czech Republic – one goal during a 2-2 draw against Norway on March 5 in Prague and another during a 2-2 draw against Finland on May 21 in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Seven players represent Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic’s Gambrinus Liga, where the club earned first place twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and was runner-up this past 2013-14 season.
  • Two players are in search of their first international cap – goalkeeper David Bicik and defender Radim Reznik.
  • The Czech Republic has qualified once for the FIFA World Cup, posting one win and two losses in group play in 2006. Prior to its dissolution, Czechoslovakia qualified for eight FIFA World Cups from 1930-1994, earning runner-up to Italy in 1934 and Chile in 1962.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
July 1, 2014 – Estadio Fonte Nova – Salvador, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16

USA   1   Julian Green 107
BEL   2   Kevin De Bruyne 93, Romelu Lukaku 105

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 32), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Geoff Cameron, 4- Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Julian Green,105+2), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (18-Chris Wondolowski, 72)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Jozy Altidore, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL: 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Jan Vertonghen, 15-Daniel Van Buyten; 6-Axel Witsel, 7-Kevin De Bruyne, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 10-Eden Hazard (22-Nacer Chadli, 111), 14-Dries Mertens (11-Kevin Mirallas, 60); 17-Divock Origi (9-Romelu Lukaku, 91)
Subs Not Used: 3-Thomas Vermaelen, 12-Simon Mignolet, 13-Sammy Bossut, 18-Nicolas Lombaerts,19-Mousa Dembele, 20-Adnan Januzaj, 23-Laurent Ciman
Not Available: 16-Steven Defour (red card), 21-Anthony Vanden Borre (injury)
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots

On the field against Czech Republic:
May 25, 2010 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. – International Friendly

USA   2   Maurice Edu 17, Herculez Gomez 65
CZE   4   Tomas Sivok 44, Jan Polak 58, Martin Fenin 78, Tomas Necid 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (28-Alejandro Bedoya, 65), 21-Clarence Goodson, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (20-Heath Pearce, 46); 22-Stuart Holden, 26-Jose Torres (14-Sacha Kljestan, 46), 19-Maurice Edu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (25-Robbie Rogers, 46); 9-Eddie Johnson (11-Brian Ching, 46), 29-Edson Buddle (30-Herculez Gomez, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Chad Marshall, 27-Robbie Findley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Ondrej Kusnir, 5-Jan Rajnoch, 6-Tomas Sivok, 7-Libor Sionko (19-Jan Moravek, 85), 8-Jan Polak (12-Mario Holek, 90), 11-Daniel Pudil, 13-Jaroslav Plasil (18-David Limbersky, 90), 17-Tomas Hubschman, 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 78), 20-David Lafata (9-Tomas Necid, 67)
Subs not used: 10-Tomas Pekhart, 14-Rudolf Skacel, 16-Michal Danek, 21-Jaroslav Cerny, 23-Jan Lastuvka
Head Coach: Michal Bilek

Geoff Cameron ruled out of U.S. MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron has been ruled out of the training camp ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic and will not travel to Prague. Further consultations with the Stoke City medical staff confirmed that Cameron’s injury – suffered in the 37th minute of the match against Portsmouth on Aug. 27 – would prevent him from participating in the game.

No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, meaning 21 players will train in Prague in advance of Wednesday’s match.

Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT Hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including Walmart stores) and at the Wally Sanger Owl Club Center ticket office on the Florida Atlantic University campus (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). [Note: Tickets will be sold at FAU Stadium only on the day of the event.]

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.

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Four days before the game in Boca Raton, the U.S. welcomes Ecuador to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (TICKETS). Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, making all players available for selection by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” said Klinsmann. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the Men’s National Team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”

Honduras competed in the last two FIFA World Cups (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014), the first time in team history where it has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles. The United States holds a 14-4-3 lifetime record against the Catrachos, including an 11-2-2 record on home soil. The teams last met in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the USA collected a 3-1 win on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Palm Beach County will host the Men’s National Team for the first time. The area, however, is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team has twice played at FAU Stadium for games against China PR in December of 2012 and Russia in February of 2014. U.S. Soccer also hosted a match at the same venue between the men’s national teams of Germany and Ecuador in May 2013.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann Gives Youth Opportunity for U.S. MNT Trip to Czech Republic

In the first international match of the new cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing together a roster that includes several newcomers to the mix to look forward to the next cycle.

The 22-player roster for the Sept. 3 game against the Czech Republic includes five players in search of their first cap in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Greg Garza, midfielder Emerson Hyndman and forwards Joe Gyau and Rubio Rubin.

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up-and-coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment.”

While it remains to be seen as to whether they will get game time, the experience of taking part in the USA’s camp in Prague will bode well for them as they make their case in front of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players, young players, breaking into the cycle as possible,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you will always give them the space to continue their good work, but also you want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program and give them time on the training field, and in the real games and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent and be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up now in the next couple of games, it’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well.”

Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).

"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."

Landon Donovan

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

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 four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.

Donovan's next and final appearance for the U.S. MNT will be the 157th of his illustrious career.

Landon Donovan

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard Takes Break from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.

Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.

“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations prior to the decision, and the U.S. coach is supportive of the approach.

“We had a very good and productive conversation,” said Klinsmann. “I totally understand Tim’s situation. He was very straight forward and honest in his approach, and I admire him for that. He has a wish to take a step back to take care of his family, and we came to the conclusion that it’s absolutely fine that he takes time off from international soccer until after next summer’s Gold Cup, and then we reevaluate. I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.”

Howard will miss as many as eight friendly matches as well as the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, giving Klinsmann the chance to see other goalkeepers in action. He will continue in his starting role for Everton of the English Premier League, which is now in the second week of the 2014-15 season that runs through May.

Howard has amassed 104 caps and is the USA’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in appearances and wins (55). The 35-year-old has played every minute for the United States in the last two FIFA World Cups. In Brazil this past summer, he twice earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors, including the 2-2 draw against Portugal and the Round of 16 game against Belgium in which he posted a World Cup-record 15 saves.

“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tim Howard

Q&A with U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard said Thursday that he will be taking a break from MNT duties to spend additional time with his family. After a lengthy conversation with USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Howard vows to make himself available for selection starting in the fall of 2015.

ussoccer.com caught up with the star goalkeeper about this decision.

What prompted you to make this decision to take a year off from international duty?
Tim Howard: “Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time. I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

ussoccer.com: How do you feel physically at this stage of your career?
TH: “Physically and mentally I feel as strong as ever. I’m also 35 years old and it’s four years before the next World Cup. If I want to be able to get to the next World Cup, I also have to be smart about managing my body. I will get a bit of extra time off during the international windows, and this will also be the first real summer break that I have had in 12 years.”

ussoccer.com: Do you want to play in another World Cup?
TH: “Right now my heart, mind and body all say yes, but it’s difficult to predict the situation in four years. I will always be upfront about my intentions, and of course the manager has to select you. I am fully committed to the cause, and it’s important to me that my teammates understand that.”

Have you been assured the No. 1 spot when you return?
TH: “Absolutely not. Jurgen has always been upfront with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with. Every player makes their own choices for their own reasons. In my case, this is a decision for my family. For me, it’s important that my teammates and my coaches have a clear understanding of where I’m coming from. I hope by now they know what I am about. I’ve had honest conversations with Jurgen and Roberto Martinez, and I appreciate their understanding. It doesn’t change the fact that I have to earn my spot, and I look forward to doing that.”

U.S. Soccer to Offer VIP Experiences for International Friendly in Ireland

CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2014) – U.S. Soccer is offering a special VIP Experience for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s international friendly on Nov. 18 in Dublin, Ireland.

VIP Experience guests enjoy the matches and the culture of the host countries as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation, providing them with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and a unique travel opportunity.

There are two different packages available for the VIP Experience. U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day trip from Nov. 16-19 to watch the U.S. take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin (the match is on Tuesday, Nov. 18). In addition, guests can also ask about an eight-day “Extended Tour” with U.S. Soccer, which includes an additional match in England. Space is limited in both packages

The Premium Package Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations at the official U.S. Team Hotel and breakfast each morning
  • Premium match tickets
  • Tours to enjoy the best of local culture and history
  • Ground transportation to and from all scheduled activities, including airport arrival and departure
  • Behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. National Team training session
  • VIP Welcome Dinner
  • Premium U.S. Soccer gifts, and more

Round-trip international airfare is not included in the package, though guests will receive complimentary assistance with flight bookings using U.S. Soccer’s Travel Agency.

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting between the two since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where Ireland collected a 2-1 win. The match falls on an international fixture date, which means U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has the option to select any player he chooses for the match.

U.S. Soccer is a registered 501c3 non-profit. The minimum donation to enjoy the four-day VIP Experience is $5,395. A portion of your donation is tax deductible, and proceeds from these VIP Experiences will support important soccer development programs, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance national team programming and coaching instructors.

To reserve your VIP Experience tickets, contact U.S. Soccer today at vip@ussoccer.org.

Tim Howard’s MNT Roots Trace Back to Ecuador Shutout Win in 2002

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to host Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, marking the first home appearance post-2014 FIFA World Cup.

It is without question that goalkeeper Tim Howard was the rock star from the USA’s World Cup team, especially after recording a tournament-record 15 saves against Belgium in the knockout stage.

The upcoming USA-Ecuador matchup serves as a time capsule moment of sorts for Howard, seeing as how Ecuador was his first international opponent on March 10, 2002.

Howard earned a clean sheet during his 90-minute debut as the USA defeated Ecuador 1-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Howard made three saves, including a noteworthy first-half stop against Edison Mendez in the 33rd minute. The USA also had to play shorthanded for much of the second half following a Clint Mathis red card in the 58th minute.

“It was a real challenge for our players,” former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “We dealt with a lot of adversity with the red card early in the second half, but I think our team showed a lot of maturity and composure.”

Tim Howard

Howard was playing professionally for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at the time, and the 23-year-old told the New York Times that he was honored for the opportunity.

“I was a little bit anxious at the beginning, but once I got into it, I felt very comfortable,” Howard said. “I’m very pleased that we were able to get the win, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities. I just have to keep working hard and keep learning.”

More than 12 years later, Howard is now the USA record holder for goalkeeper wins (55), starts (103), caps (104), and is the most-capped U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup with eight appearances.

Prior to his MNT debut, Howard was a member of the Youth National Team system, appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams, including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Howard

U.S. MNT Homecoming set for Oct. 10 Against Ecuador in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2014) – Fresh off capturing the imagination of the U.S. public with its performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, fans will have their first opportunity to welcome the U.S. Men’s National Team home when the USA hosts Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office starting Monday, Aug. 25 (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

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

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

“We are really excited to get our first chance to play at home after the World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “The support from our fans in the United States and everyone that traveled to Brazil was awesome, and we want to build on that energy. We have an exciting four years ahead of us, and this is just the beginning. The U.S. team has a great history at Rentschler Field, so we are hoping for another big crowd against Ecuador.”

The United States holds a 2-5-4 record against Ecuador in a series dating back to 1984. Both of the USA’s victories came on U.S. soil, including a 1-0 win on March 10, 2002, in Birmingham, Alabama, that saw U.S. goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard earn his first cap and first shutout.

Led by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups, (2002, 2006 and 2014) and just missed the South American playoff spot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Drawn into Group E along with France, Switzerland and Honduras, La Tricolor compiled a 1-1-1 record in Brazil.

Rentschler Field has hosted big-time matches for the MNT, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005 , against Trinidad & Tobago in final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, then Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann Gives Youth Opportunity for U.S. MNT Trip to Czech Republic

In the first international match of the new cycle for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing together a roster that includes several newcomers to the mix to look forward to the next cycle.

The 22-player roster for the Sept. 3 game against the Czech Republic includes five players in search of their first cap in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Greg Garza, midfielder Emerson Hyndman and forwards Joe Gyau and Rubio Rubin.

“It’s an especially good opportunity for us to look at the younger players based in Europe, which we don’t get to do very often because of their schedules,” Klinsmann said. “We can’t bring them into the January camp where we get to work with a lot of the up-and-coming talent, so for players like Joe Gyau, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and Bobby Wood, it’s a great chance for them to experience our environment.”

While it remains to be seen as to whether they will get game time, the experience of taking part in the USA’s camp in Prague will bode well for them as they make their case in front of the U.S. MNT coaching staff.

“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players, young players, breaking into the cycle as possible,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously you always respect your established players and you will always give them the space to continue their good work, but also you want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program and give them time on the training field, and in the real games and prove a point. Show us what you have. Show us your talent and be confident and go for your next level. This is what comes up now in the next couple of games, it’s about young players coming in and hopefully doing well.”

Q&A with U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard said Thursday that he will be taking a break from MNT duties to spend additional time with his family. After a lengthy conversation with USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Howard vows to make himself available for selection starting in the fall of 2015.

ussoccer.com caught up with the star goalkeeper about this decision.

What prompted you to make this decision to take a year off from international duty?
Tim Howard: “Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time. I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

ussoccer.com: How do you feel physically at this stage of your career?
TH: “Physically and mentally I feel as strong as ever. I’m also 35 years old and it’s four years before the next World Cup. If I want to be able to get to the next World Cup, I also have to be smart about managing my body. I will get a bit of extra time off during the international windows, and this will also be the first real summer break that I have had in 12 years.”

ussoccer.com: Do you want to play in another World Cup?
TH: “Right now my heart, mind and body all say yes, but it’s difficult to predict the situation in four years. I will always be upfront about my intentions, and of course the manager has to select you. I am fully committed to the cause, and it’s important to me that my teammates understand that.”

Have you been assured the No. 1 spot when you return?
TH: “Absolutely not. Jurgen has always been upfront with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with. Every player makes their own choices for their own reasons. In my case, this is a decision for my family. For me, it’s important that my teammates and my coaches have a clear understanding of where I’m coming from. I hope by now they know what I am about. I’ve had honest conversations with Jurgen and Roberto Martinez, and I appreciate their understanding. It doesn’t change the fact that I have to earn my spot, and I look forward to doing that.”

Tim Howard’s MNT Roots Trace Back to Ecuador Shutout Win in 2002

The U.S. Men’s National Team is set to host Ecuador on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, marking the first home appearance post-2014 FIFA World Cup.

It is without question that goalkeeper Tim Howard was the rock star from the USA’s World Cup team, especially after recording a tournament-record 15 saves against Belgium in the knockout stage.

The upcoming USA-Ecuador matchup serves as a time capsule moment of sorts for Howard, seeing as how Ecuador was his first international opponent on March 10, 2002.

Howard earned a clean sheet during his 90-minute debut as the USA defeated Ecuador 1-0 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

Howard made three saves, including a noteworthy first-half stop against Edison Mendez in the 33rd minute. The USA also had to play shorthanded for much of the second half following a Clint Mathis red card in the 58th minute.

“It was a real challenge for our players,” former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “We dealt with a lot of adversity with the red card early in the second half, but I think our team showed a lot of maturity and composure.”

Tim Howard

Howard was playing professionally for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at the time, and the 23-year-old told the New York Times that he was honored for the opportunity.

“I was a little bit anxious at the beginning, but once I got into it, I felt very comfortable,” Howard said. “I’m very pleased that we were able to get the win, and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities. I just have to keep working hard and keep learning.”

More than 12 years later, Howard is now the USA record holder for goalkeeper wins (55), starts (103), caps (104), and is the most-capped U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup with eight appearances.

Prior to his MNT debut, Howard was a member of the Youth National Team system, appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams, including the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tim Howard

Conference Call Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard

On the attention he has received and how he is dealing with it:
“I think when you get in the public eye, you just try and figure out a way to deal with it. I’m old, so I’ve been dealing with it for a while. I keep my feet on the ground and just figure out a way to deal with it. Like I said, it’s nothing new when you’re in the public eye. It’s nice that America knows about soccer. I think that’s what’s most important.”

On being the subject of social media praise and photos:
“In today’s day and age with social media and all the rest of it, nothing surprises me. There are some very creative and funny individuals out there. If it makes them happy, I think it’s quite funny.”

On if he prepared differently or knew the game against Belgium would be different:
“That’s a good question. I’ve been asked that a couple times today. I always try and do the same things every day. I eat the same way, I train the same way, and I’ve found success doing that. I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for those types of performances. You just hope that if you work hard enough for long enough, you’ll get a little bit of luck.”

On his future with the U.S. Men’s National Team:
“I signed an extension which is a four-year contract with Everton. That excites me, all the good things that are going on at that club, which obviously is a club that I love. What happens going forward with the National Team? I don’t know. The emotions are too raw at the moment so I’ll let everything die down. I’ll speak to people who are close to me and the manager and decide what my future looks like. I don’t think it’s very black and white to be honest, so I need to figure all that out.”

On the attention the U.S. MNT gets and competing with the other sports in the U.S.:
“I tell you what, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Every four years, America gets behind this team, obviously we have a good following anyway, but gets behind this team and really drives us forward. I live in Europe and there are a lot of European countries that don’t. They’re very cynical. Their team goes to the World Cup and they don’t do very well and everyone says ‘I told you so.’ I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that all the attention is on us every four years and that people take notice. It’s hard to sustain that every day. Around the world in Europe and Africa and Asia and South America, soccer is either the No. 1 sport or the only sport. In America, we’re competing with football, basketball, baseball, hockey. It’s not as easy a question as that, but the support has been immense.”

On whether or not he might retire:
“There’s a lot that goes into the decision and right now emotions are high so I want to let things settle. There’s no doubt, barring injury, that I’ll be fit and willing to keep going, but there are a lot more things that go into that decision than just my physical health. It’s something that, in time, I’ll decide.”

On whether he was more tired after making a record-setting 16 saves than after a normal game:
“No, physically I was fine. Physically, I was great. I think when you’re active and you’re in the match a lot, you just go into a zone, your body goes into autopilot. I mean, those guys in front of me are incredible. How they run that long and that hard is beyond me. I’m driving them on, I’m cracking the whip and I can see they don’t want to do it but they keep pushing themselves and their performance was absolutely miraculous. It’s very tough to do what they did for 120 minutes.”

On the influence of Roberto Martinez on his goalkeeping and playing the ball out of the ball back with his feet more:
“That’s a great observation. I think it’s laughable that I find myself in the games sometimes thinking, ‘I’m only doing this because Roberto wants it done, you know?’ He’s just been incredible. He has given me the confidence to not only play out of the back but to control the rhythm and to see how the build-up works from a goalkeeping standpoint. He’s been fabulous. He and I were introduced to each other at 34 and I thought that was it, I thought I had learned everything I needed to learn. He’s been a breath of fresh air in his style and the way he has encouraged me to play.”

On his thoughts regarding the young talent coming into the Men’s National Team:
“The talent pool is rich. This was a very young team and even if guys didn’t play serious minutes, they were a part of this experience and they’ll be so much better for it in the coming years whether that be Copa America, Gold Cup, Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifying and on to the next World Cup. As we saw with Julian Green last night who came on with a goal that we desperately needed, but I think more so DeAndre Yedlin has just put a big smile on my face. He comes into the game and faces Eden Hazard and he never looked back, and Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League, or was one of them last year, and he’s a threat to anyone and DeAndre got his head down and dared him to come at him. I think it’s very exciting for U.S. Soccer.”

Altidore on Alert

SALVADOR, Brazil – In the mid-day heat, the U.S. Men’s National Team began its training session as it normally does: with a huddle around head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

On Monday, though, the crowd gathered around another old friend. Greeted with hoops and hollers from his teammates, Jozy Altidore stepped into the middle of the circle as his teammates jumped around him. A round of applause followed. Officially speaking, Altidore is available for selection after a hamstring injury suffered in the team's opening game of the World Cup.

Vai dar Tudo Certo

The term “Vai dar tudo certo” is used by Brazilian locals to mean “It’ll all work out.” This is what USA fan Oscar Choi used to describe the upcoming challenges that face the U.S. MNT as the players head into their Round of 16 game against Belgium.

Choi is not alone.

More than 1,500 fans supporting the USA gathered together at Fan HQ in Salvador with one familiar thought in mind: “I believe that we will win.” With the event RSVP list maxing out in less than two hours, excited fans arrived early to the event sporting red, blue and white.

Many fans bought tickets to the Round of 16 match in hopes that the USA would advance out of the “Group of Death” and play at the Arena Fonte Nova on July 1.

Familiar cheers, hollers and chants could be easily heard over the booming sound of the speakers. A giant banner that read “Uma Nacão. Uma Equipe.” encompassed the idea of national unity with a Brazilian culture splash. Fans took turns posing next to the sign, with their family, friends or strangers who they had just met but shared a connection with through the USMNT.

With the success of fan parties in Natal, Manaus and Recife, this event was hastily put into works when the news of USA’s advancement was finalized. With uncertainty being a key factor when purchasing tickets for matches after the group stage of the tournament, many USA fans optimism was repaid by the success of this young American team.

Most individuals bought tickets before the start of the tournament, gambling that their team of choice would make it through the group stage. Chelsea Glavin was one of the lucky fans.

The 29 year old from Vancouver, Washington, mapped out her entire trip of teams and cities they would play in and booked her plane tickets after. She attended the England- Uruguay, England-Costa Rica, USA-Germany and Costa Rica- Greece matches.

“My parents are from England, and obviously, I’m American so I looked up where England would be playing and where the U.S. would be playing and mapped it out from there,” Glavin said. “Everything else I just guessed and did off of tourist information of what the best cities would be and then I just got really lucky with tickets.”

Glavin plans on going to a quarterfinal match as well as the final in Rio de Janeiro. She was excited to see the U.S. advance and would love to see the team make it to the quarterfinals.

“It’s a huge deal that we made it to the Round of 16. Even though we lost the last game, it was like we still won because it’s creating history in the U.S. for this sport and progressing it through to an even high level; now we will gain more popularity; more fans.”

A few of these fans will be in attendance for the USA game. However, this could easily be coined as a mere coincidence because most purchased their tickets during the FIFA lottery. Tom Pellet from San Francisco was given advice by South Africa World Cup fans who told him to go into the lottery for the Round of 16 and quarterfinal games.

“We actually had these tickets before we found out it was a U.S. game. We lucked out. We have, what may be, their second game in Brasilia,” Pellet said. “We got in the lottery months ago, and we got a quarterfinal game and a Round of 16 game and these happened to be the two.”

Some fans made spontaneous trips to Salvador for the sole purpose of seeing their team play. Trey Porter from San Antonio, Texas, decided last minute after the U.S. MNT advanced that he would buy a ticket to see the team play at Arena Fonte Nova.

“I just did everything I could. I got here four hours ago, got tickets three hours ago, so yeah I’m thrilled,” Porter said. “I just got lucky at the last minute because I wasn’t going to come to the World Cup and not get to see them play.”

Like many fans, Porter believes this World Cup is a huge step forward for the growth of soccer in America. He already purchased a plane ticket to Brasilia in hopes that he will be able to follow the team there.

Hope was in the air, as many fans had their Arena Fonte Nova tickets previously purchased with the confidence that the U.S. MNT would advance to that location. Anyan Owens planned his trip to attend the USA vs. Germany game and the Round of 16 match. He plans on making an effort to follow the team as long as they advance in the tournament.

“It’s absolutely huge. This is two World Cup’s in a row,” he said. “I think this idea with the deep run, with the time-zones, great media coverage, high definition everywhere, everything is just set up that this is going to catapult soccer everywhere to a place that it hasn’t been in the States, which is where people will care about it.”

By taking one look at the hundreds of fans at the event, this is an easy conclusion. USA supporters present at FanHQ freely share a firm belief that the team has proven itself and will appear once again on the 2014 World Cup stage.

 Oscar Cantu, 29, of San Francisco, is another fortunate American soccer fan who is impressed and optimistic about the future of the 2014 U.S. squad and is prepared to follow them around the country if they continue in the tournament.

“I knew that there was a good chance they would be here. If they make it to the next match — even though I’m scheduled to be in Rio — I’ll go to Brasilia to watch them,” Cantu said. “I think it’s amazing. I think that despite what any American will tell you, I don’t think anyone really thought they’d get out of the “Group of Death”. To see them get out with such class shows that there is something to be said about U.S. Soccer and what we are today.”

U.S. MNT Opens New Cycle Against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Czech Republic
International Friendly
Generali Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 3, 2014

U.S. MNT OPENS NEW CYCLE AGAINST CZECH REPUBLIC: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off its new cycle toward Russia 2018 with an international friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kickoff at Generali Arena in Prague is at 2:15 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Following this trip, the USA hosts Ecuador at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (ESPN, WatchESPN), followed by Honduras at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas). The USA is scheduled to close out the 2014 campaign on Nov. 18 against the Republic of Ireland. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The USA has posted a 5-3-2 record in 2014, including a 1-2-1 mark during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil while advancing out of the “Group of Death” against Ghana, Portugal and eventual World Cup champion Germany.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

2:15 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, UniMas

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

7 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • The United States is seeking its first victory against the Czech Republic. The USA is 0-3-0 in the all-time series that began at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, a 5-1 loss to Czechoslovakia on June 10, 1990, in Florence, Italy.
  • In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic earned a 3-0 win in the opening group match on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen.
  • Most recently, the teams met in the Send-Off Series for South Africa 2010, when the U.S. fell 4-2 on May 25, 2010, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez scored for the USA. Brad Guzan started in goal and Alejandro Bedoya was a second-half sub.


U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Jozy Altidore makes his return to the U.S. MNT after seeing his 2014 FIFA World Cup cut short because of a hamstring injury in the opening 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The Sunderland striker leads this U.S. roster with 71 appearances.
  • Defender Geoff Cameron, who was originally named to this roster, will not be available after suffering a groin injury during Stoke City’s Aug. 27 match against Portsmouth.
  • Nine players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster: Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson and Nick Rimando.
  • Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Bedoya appeared in every game and started three.
  • Hertha Berlin defender Brooks scored the USA’s game-winning goal against Ghana on June 16.
  • Green, 19, scored in the second extra time of the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16 game on July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.
  • Chandler and Johnson started the season with new Bundesliga clubs, with Chandler moving from Nurnberg to Eintracht Frankfurt and Johnson moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Monchengladbach.
  • Joe Corona was on the USA’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to a solid start, appearing in the first XI in all three games and scoring the opening goal of the club’s campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has started all three matches to open the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U-23 MNT against Bahamas last month, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin signed with Utrecht in July. The U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Joe Gyau spent three semesters in the U-17 Residency program. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Cropper participated in the MNT training camp in Stanford ahead of the team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil.
  • Emerson Hyndman is the youngest player on the roster, the 18-year-old having begun the League Championship campaign as a starter for Fulham. The grandson of former FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was a part of the U-17 Men’s National Team and signed his first contract with Fulham in 2013, scoring three goals in its run to the FA Youth Cup final.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the all-time U.S. MNT caps list for goalkeepers. Guzan (11 wins) has also earned nine shutouts in his career. Rimando has yet to record a loss with the USA, posting a 10-0-1 record.
  • Guzan’s nine clean sheets rank sixth all-time, one behind Arnie Mausser (10 shutouts from 1975-1983).
  • Jozy Altidore ranks sixth all-time with 23 goals since debuting for the USA in 2007. He is one goal behind National Soccer Hall of Famer Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 appearances from 1992-2002.
  • Last year, Altidore set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games. He earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-13-9) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).


USA IN CZECH REPUBLIC:

  • Wednesday’s match marks the first time the two sides have played each other on the Czech Republic’s home turf.
  • The first two matchups were on neutral ground in the 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the 2010 meeting on May 25 took place in East Hartford, Connecticut.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Career shutouts by Brad Guzan
  • 18: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 23: Career goals by Jozy Altidore, sixth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 32: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 35: Czech Republic’s FIFA ranking


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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-13-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-2-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: CZECH REPUBLIC
Fotbalova Asociace Ceske Republiky (Football Association of the Czech Republic)
Founded: 1901
FIFA affiliation: 1907
Head Coach: Pavel Vrba
FIFA World Ranking: 35
Best World Cup Finish: 2006 (group stage)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bicik (Sparta Praha), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Tomas Vaclik (Basilej)
DEFENDERS (7): Pavel Kaderabek (Sparta Praha), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce Istanbul), David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Prochazka (Viktoria Plzen), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Radim Reznik (Viktoria Plzen)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Vladimir Darida (Freiburg), Borek Dockal (Sparta Praha), Tomas Horava (Viktoria Plzen), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), Ladislav Krejci (Sparta Praha), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Plzen), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Plzen), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
FORWARDS (1): Matej Vydra (Watford)

CZECH REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech leads this roster with 107 international appearances, followed by Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky (94) and defender Michal Kadlec (53).
  • Cech is the only returning player from the Czech Republic roster that defeated the USA 4-2 on May 25, 2010, the last time the two sides faced each other.
  • Rosicky is the top goal scorer on the Czech Republic roster with 22 goals. Kadlec has eight tallies in his international career and Matej Vydra with four. Everyone else on the Czech roster has scored three or fewer goals.
  • Vydra has scored twice this year for the Czech Republic – one goal during a 2-2 draw against Norway on March 5 in Prague and another during a 2-2 draw against Finland on May 21 in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Seven players represent Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic’s Gambrinus Liga, where the club earned first place twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and was runner-up this past 2013-14 season.
  • Two players are in search of their first international cap – goalkeeper David Bicik and defender Radim Reznik.
  • The Czech Republic has qualified once for the FIFA World Cup, posting one win and two losses in group play in 2006. Prior to its dissolution, Czechoslovakia qualified for eight FIFA World Cups from 1930-1994, earning runner-up to Italy in 1934 and Chile in 1962.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
July 1, 2014 – Estadio Fonte Nova – Salvador, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16

USA   1   Julian Green 107
BEL   2   Kevin De Bruyne 93, Romelu Lukaku 105

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 32), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Geoff Cameron, 4- Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Julian Green,105+2), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (18-Chris Wondolowski, 72)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Jozy Altidore, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL: 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Jan Vertonghen, 15-Daniel Van Buyten; 6-Axel Witsel, 7-Kevin De Bruyne, 8-Marouane Fellaini, 10-Eden Hazard (22-Nacer Chadli, 111), 14-Dries Mertens (11-Kevin Mirallas, 60); 17-Divock Origi (9-Romelu Lukaku, 91)
Subs Not Used: 3-Thomas Vermaelen, 12-Simon Mignolet, 13-Sammy Bossut, 18-Nicolas Lombaerts,19-Mousa Dembele, 20-Adnan Januzaj, 23-Laurent Ciman
Not Available: 16-Steven Defour (red card), 21-Anthony Vanden Borre (injury)
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots

On the field against Czech Republic:
May 25, 2010 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. – International Friendly

USA   2   Maurice Edu 17, Herculez Gomez 65
CZE   4   Tomas Sivok 44, Jan Polak 58, Martin Fenin 78, Tomas Necid 90+2

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (28-Alejandro Bedoya, 65), 21-Clarence Goodson, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (20-Heath Pearce, 46); 22-Stuart Holden, 26-Jose Torres (14-Sacha Kljestan, 46), 19-Maurice Edu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (25-Robbie Rogers, 46); 9-Eddie Johnson (11-Brian Ching, 46), 29-Edson Buddle (30-Herculez Gomez, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 13-Ricardo Clark, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 24-Chad Marshall, 27-Robbie Findley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CZE: 1-Petr Cech; 2-Ondrej Kusnir, 5-Jan Rajnoch, 6-Tomas Sivok, 7-Libor Sionko (19-Jan Moravek, 85), 8-Jan Polak (12-Mario Holek, 90), 11-Daniel Pudil, 13-Jaroslav Plasil (18-David Limbersky, 90), 17-Tomas Hubschman, 15-Martin Fenin (4-Milan Cerny, 78), 20-David Lafata (9-Tomas Necid, 67)
Subs not used: 10-Tomas Pekhart, 14-Rudolf Skacel, 16-Michal Danek, 21-Jaroslav Cerny, 23-Jan Lastuvka
Head Coach: Michal Bilek

Geoff Cameron ruled out of U.S. MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron has been ruled out of the training camp ahead of the friendly against the Czech Republic and will not travel to Prague. Further consultations with the Stoke City medical staff confirmed that Cameron’s injury – suffered in the 37th minute of the match against Portsmouth on Aug. 27 – would prevent him from participating in the game.

No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, meaning 21 players will train in Prague in advance of Wednesday’s match.

Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 2:15 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT Hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will continue its new cycle for Russia 2018 when it hosts Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout South Florida (including Walmart stores) and at the Wally Sanger Owl Club Center ticket office on the Florida Atlantic University campus (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). [Note: Tickets will be sold at FAU Stadium only on the day of the event.]

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

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 a.m. ET at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

Four days before the game in Boca Raton, the U.S. welcomes Ecuador to Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut (TICKETS). Both matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, making all players available for selection by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“Honduras has proved that they are one of the top teams in CONCACAF,” said Klinsmann. “As we begin our preparation for the Gold Cup, this is a great opportunity for our players to see the type of opponent they will face next summer. We continue to find huge support around the country, so it’s exciting to bring the Men’s National Team to a place it’s never played before. We are looking forward to a great crowd at FAU Stadium.”

Honduras competed in the last two FIFA World Cups (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014), the first time in team history where it has reached the tournament in consecutive cycles. The United States holds a 14-4-3 lifetime record against the Catrachos, including an 11-2-2 record on home soil. The teams last met in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the USA collected a 3-1 win on the way to capturing the tournament title.

Palm Beach County will host the Men’s National Team for the first time. The area, however, is no stranger to U.S. Soccer. The U.S. Women’s National Team has twice played at FAU Stadium for games against China PR in December of 2012 and Russia in February of 2014. U.S. Soccer also hosted a match at the same venue between the men’s national teams of Germany and Ecuador in May 2013.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Landon Donovan to Make Final Appearance for U.S. MNT on Oct. 10 in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2014) – After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when the team plays against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

“For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati). “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home National Team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”

Donovan announced in August that he would retire from soccer at the end of the Major League Soccer season. He holds several records for the National Team, including most goals (57) and assists (58).

"Playing for the U.S. National Team has been a huge part of my career and I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to play for my country one last time,” said Donovan. “I'm so grateful to all the fans that have supported me and this game will give me the chance to say thank you to all of them. I look forward to a great evening and I'm thankful to U.S. Soccer for making this happen."

Landon Donovan

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

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 four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year was an inaugural member of the U-17 Residency Program in 1999. He began his Senior Team career on Oct. 25, 2000, against Mexico, scoring in the 2-0 win and setting the tone for a remarkable tenure. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country.

Donovan's next and final appearance for the U.S. MNT will be the 157th of his illustrious career.

Landon Donovan

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard Takes Break from International Soccer

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2014) – Three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Tim Howard has asked to take a break from duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team until next fall, and after discussions with U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the Everton goalkeeper will not be considered for selection to the U.S. roster until September of 2015.

Howard is not retiring from international play. The decision is driven mainly by the desire to spend more time with his family.

“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” said Howard. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”

Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations prior to the decision, and the U.S. coach is supportive of the approach.

“We had a very good and productive conversation,” said Klinsmann. “I totally understand Tim’s situation. He was very straight forward and honest in his approach, and I admire him for that. He has a wish to take a step back to take care of his family, and we came to the conclusion that it’s absolutely fine that he takes time off from international soccer until after next summer’s Gold Cup, and then we reevaluate. I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. He knows that he has to prove that he deserves to be back.”

Howard will miss as many as eight friendly matches as well as the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, giving Klinsmann the chance to see other goalkeepers in action. He will continue in his starting role for Everton of the English Premier League, which is now in the second week of the 2014-15 season that runs through May.

Howard has amassed 104 caps and is the USA’s all-time leader for goalkeepers in appearances and wins (55). The 35-year-old has played every minute for the United States in the last two FIFA World Cups. In Brazil this past summer, he twice earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors, including the 2-2 draw against Portugal and the Round of 16 game against Belgium in which he posted a World Cup-record 15 saves.

“This gives us a huge opportunity to see Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando going forward and fighting for the No. 1 spot,” said Klinsmann. “We have young talented goalkeepers with Sean Johnson and Bill Hamid, who have been brought along the last couple years, so this may give them a chance here and there to get some game time. Always when somebody steps aside for a moment, it gives an opportunity for the next ones in line.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tim Howard

U.S. Soccer to Offer VIP Experiences for International Friendly in Ireland

CHICAGO (Aug. 19, 2014) – U.S. Soccer is offering a special VIP Experience for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s international friendly on Nov. 18 in Dublin, Ireland.

VIP Experience guests enjoy the matches and the culture of the host countries as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation, providing them with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and a unique travel opportunity.

There are two different packages available for the VIP Experience. U.S. Soccer will offer a four-day trip from Nov. 16-19 to watch the U.S. take on Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin (the match is on Tuesday, Nov. 18). In addition, guests can also ask about an eight-day “Extended Tour” with U.S. Soccer, which includes an additional match in England. Space is limited in both packages

The Premium Package Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations at the official U.S. Team Hotel and breakfast each morning
  • Premium match tickets
  • Tours to enjoy the best of local culture and history
  • Ground transportation to and from all scheduled activities, including airport arrival and departure
  • Behind-the-scenes access to a U.S. National Team training session
  • VIP Welcome Dinner
  • Premium U.S. Soccer gifts, and more

Round-trip international airfare is not included in the package, though guests will receive complimentary assistance with flight bookings using U.S. Soccer’s Travel Agency.

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting between the two since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where Ireland collected a 2-1 win. The match falls on an international fixture date, which means U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has the option to select any player he chooses for the match.

U.S. Soccer is a registered 501c3 non-profit. The minimum donation to enjoy the four-day VIP Experience is $5,395. A portion of your donation is tax deductible, and proceeds from these VIP Experiences will support important soccer development programs, including need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance national team programming and coaching instructors.

To reserve your VIP Experience tickets, contact U.S. Soccer today at vip@ussoccer.org.

U.S. MNT Homecoming set for Oct. 10 Against Ecuador in East Hartford

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2014) – Fresh off capturing the imagination of the U.S. public with its performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, fans will have their first opportunity to welcome the U.S. Men’s National Team home when the USA hosts Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff at Rentschler Field is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office starting Monday, Aug. 25 (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). [Note: Tickets are not sold at Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]

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

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

“We are really excited to get our first chance to play at home after the World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “The support from our fans in the United States and everyone that traveled to Brazil was awesome, and we want to build on that energy. We have an exciting four years ahead of us, and this is just the beginning. The U.S. team has a great history at Rentschler Field, so we are hoping for another big crowd against Ecuador.”

The United States holds a 2-5-4 record against Ecuador in a series dating back to 1984. Both of the USA’s victories came on U.S. soil, including a 1-0 win on March 10, 2002, in Birmingham, Alabama, that saw U.S. goalkeeper and New Jersey native Tim Howard earn his first cap and first shutout.

Led by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia, Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups, (2002, 2006 and 2014) and just missed the South American playoff spot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Drawn into Group E along with France, Switzerland and Honduras, La Tricolor compiled a 1-1-1 record in Brazil.

Rentschler Field has hosted big-time matches for the MNT, including a World Cup qualifier, two Send-Off Series games and a CONCACAF Gold Cup group match. Brian McBride scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 17, 2005 , against Trinidad & Tobago in final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, then Brek Shea made his first international goal count as the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and won its group on the way to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup title. Overall, the United States holds a 3-1-0 record at the venue.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

U.S. Men's National Team to Close Out 2014 Campaign on Nov. 18 Against Ireland in Dublin

CHICAGO (Aug. 12, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will close out a memorable 2014 campaign when it travels to the Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18 in Dublin.  Kickoff at Aviva Stadium is set for 8:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET). Broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the match on twitter @ussoccer.

“We are absolutely thrilled to finish our work in 2014 with a game against Ireland,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They are consistently a difficult team to play against, and we welcome these types of challenges as we continue to move our team forward towards the Gold Cup next year.”

U.S. Soccer is offering a special VIP Experience for guests travelling to support the team in Ireland. VIP Experience guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation, including deluxe accommodations at the official U.S. Soccer hotel, behind-the-scenes access to a Men’s National Team Training, VIP dinner, premium tickets, gifts, ground transportation and more. Email vip@ussoccer.org for pricing and details.

Ireland has been drawn into Group D of qualifying for the 2014 European Championship, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany. The Irish will face Scotland in qualifying action four days prior to hosting the United States. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is the team’s captain and its all-time leader in appearances (134) and goals (62).

The USA holds a 2-4-2 record against Ireland in a series dating back to 1924. This is the first meeting since April 17, 2002, in Dublin, where the Irish collected a 2-1 win.

The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, advancing out of the “Group of Death” with a second-place finish behind tournament champion Germany. Overall, the USA has posted a 5-3-2 record this year.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to face the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, marking the first match for the United States following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Landon Donovan Retirement Announcement Quote Sheet – Aug. 7, 2014

U.S. Soccer Federation President SUNIL GULATI
“When the story of the growth of U.S. Soccer is told, Landon Donovan will be one of the central figures. As a player, and as an ambassador, he is incredibly committed to the growth of the sport in this country. Landon achieved unprecedented success as he emerged as the face of U.S. Soccer, and helped bring the game to another level. His extraordinary accomplishments on the field are admired and respected both here and abroad.  We look forward to celebrating his legacy.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
“Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow. As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished.”

U.S. Soccer Federation CEO and Secretary General DAN FLYNN
“Landon Donovan has been an integral part in the success of soccer in this country for the last 15 years. He has an impressive passion and commitment to the game on and off the field, and his career accomplishments for U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer have been extraordinary. We are all incredibly thankful for everything he's done to help advance the sport to new levels.”

LA Galaxy head coach BRUCE ARENA
“It’s an unbelievable legacy. I have a hard time thinking that there’s another American player that’s accomplished as much as Landon has. He’s been a champion at the club level, he’s been a force in the National Team programs, and he’s been really the focal point of this game in our country for so many years. He’s accomplished everything an American player can accomplish at this point in time. That’s quite a legacy. We all know the statistics and those kinds of accomplishments, but on top of that he’s a first-class person. That’s an unbelievable legacy to have.” 

U.S. Men’s National Team Forward LANDON DONOVAN
“After careful deliberation and many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last year as a professional soccer player. It has been more than anything I could have dreamed of to represent the LA Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, Everton, U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer throughout my career.”

On who he would like to thank:
“There are so many people I want to thank who have inspired me, guided me and helped me on this incredible journey. I simply could not have accomplished what I did during my playing career without an overwhelming amount of support from my family, my friends and many others. I plan to express my gratitude to everyone in a more detailed manner at a later date; however, for now, I want to single out the fans. You are the lifeblood of this sport and, without you, none of us would be fortunate to call ourselves professional soccer players in MLS.”

On his future with soccer and working with the LA Galaxy Development Academy:
“I absolutely want to work with kids. I spoke to (Chris) Klein extensively about working with the Academy. That for me would be a really good way to come full circle. I fully expect that that will happen at some point.”

On what he hopes his legacy entails:
“I hope that my teammates will say I was a good teammate. I hope that my coaches will say they enjoyed working with me and having me on their team. I hope that the fans enjoyed watching and could see how much I gave to this sport over the last 16 years. That’s really it, because at the end of the day, the goals and the assists and accolades and that stuff, in the end they don’t mean a whole lot to me. But the relationships matter. I've always prided myself in being someone that guys wanted to be around.”

On the growth of soccer in the U.S.:
“The growth is slow but it’s significant. Now, when you wake up and it’s 2014, you see what’s going on and you see what’s happened this summer with the World Cup and the people paying attention; it’s fascinating. And I know we live in a society that tells us we need to be the best now, but I think we should all be very proud of what we have accomplished over the 18 years of this league.”

U.S. MNT Wins Best Moment at 2014 ESPY Awards

CHICAGO (July 16, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team won Best Moment at the ESPYs this evening for its 2-1 victory against Ghana in the team’s opening group match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Natal, Brazil.

U.S. MNT defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to give the U.S. the dramatic victory after a hard-fought match that the U.S. had led for most of the way. Captain Clint Dempsey scored the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history when he tallied just 30 seconds into the match, but Ghana tied the game in the 82nd minute. The victory marked the first for the USA against Ghana, which had defeated the U.S. in the previous two World Cups.

Dempsey accepted the ESPY for Best Moment along with seven of his teammates live on stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Joining Dempsey on stage were Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin.

Other nominees in the category were Mariano Rivera’s final game and Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech.

The U.S. Men’s National Team also won Best Moment at the 2010 ESPY Awards for the dramatic 1-0 victory against Algeria in its final group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ESPY Awards have been given out annually since 1993 and are determined by fan vote.

MNT vs. Republic of Ireland: Highlights - April 17, 2002

In this classic highlight, the U.S. MNT took on Ireland at Lansdowne Road in Dublin in the final match prior to the announcement of the 2002 World Cup roster. Despite a first-half goal from U.S. defender Eddie Pope and stellar play from U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, the USA fell 2-1.

Landon Donovan Tribute

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan announced today he will retire from professional soccer at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Donovan, 32, is the Men’s National Team all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (57) among a host of other records. Here are a few of his top highlights with the U.S. MNT!

Jurgen Klinsmann Recaps World Cup and Previews Final

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recaps the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and previews the final between Germany and Argentina.

USA vs. Belgium: #AreYouReady

The USA meets Belgium in a second round match in Salvador on July 1, 2014. Watch live on ESPN, Univision and WatchESPN from 4 p.m. ET. Jurgen Klinsmann and the USA go for a victory against the Group H winners, Belgium as the MNT looks to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2002.

#USMNT Travels to Salvador for Round of 16 Clash Against Belgium

The U.S. Men's National Team travels from São Paulo to Salvador for Round 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The USA takes on Belgium on Tuesday, July 1 with live coverage on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision at 4 p.m. ET.

Tim Howard Does Morning Shows in São Paulo

After qualifying for the second round and helping the USA advance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Tim Howard got up early to do the rounds with U.S. morning shows at the team hotel in São Paulo. In addition to GMA, CNN and CNBC, Tim also talked to Natalie Morales of the Today Show.

Around São Paulo!

São Paulo's famous motorcycle riders are starting to get behind the #USMNT at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We gave two "Motoboys" (well actually a motoboy and a motogirl) some #USMNT jerseys and filmed them darting and weaving through Brazil's biggest city! São Paulo traffic is the real deal!!

Lupe Fiasco - Stellar Light / #USMNT Journey

Lupe Fiasco's new song "Stellar Light" has been released as the USMNT's official rallying anthem for the 2014 World Cup. Emotive, energetic, and boastful, "Stellar Light" parallels the dynamic rhythms of the world's most-beautiful game. Building off of the USMNT's courageous World Cup journey, "Stellar Light" celebrates the beating heart of the USMNT, and pays respect to the dedication of the team's diehard fans. A portion of the song is used against the a video backdrop of USMNT highlights; the full-length version of "Stellar Light" will be available in the coming weeks.

Art Crediting:
Art Direction:
 Chuck Anderson (NoPattern.com)

'Lupe Fiasco' type and US Soccer Designs: Futura (futura2000.com)

'Stellar Light' Type: David Rudnick (DavidRudnick.org)

Will Ferrell Crashes #FanHQ in Recife

U.S. MNT Secret Weapon Will Ferrell and national hero Teddy Goalsevelt teamed up to inspire the crowd at #FanHQ in Recife.
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