ZURICH (March 31, 2015) – Defender Brek Shea’s first-half, free-kick goal helped steer the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against No.-12 ranked Switzerland at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich on Tuesday.
The U.S. had to play the final 20 minutes of the match with 10 men after forward Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute for protesting being called for a foul by head referee Luca Banti. Although, Valentin Stocker notched the equalizer for Switzerland in the 80th minute, the USA was able to repel Switzerland’s pressure to earn a result.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea, 45th minute: After Alfredo Morales was fouled in the closing moments of the first half, the U.S. was set up for a free kick from 20 yards out. Both Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea stood behind the ball but it was Shea that took the kick and bent it perfectly over the wall and into the top right corner. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL)
SUI – Valentin Stocker, 80th minute: Following a short corner, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka played in a cross from the left side. A group of players went up for it and the ball bounced off Silvan Widner into the path of Stocker, who poked home a shot from four yards out. USA 1, SUI 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
- The U.S. MNT now has an all-time record of 1-3-4 against Switzerland.
- Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his international debut for the USA, entering as a second half sub for Nick Rimando in the 46th minute.
- Brek Shea’s goal was his second of the year and fourth of his career.
- Jozy Altidore earned his 80th cap against Switzerland. The red card was the first he has received in his career with the USMNT.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
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- Michael Bradley recorded his second start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark.
- Bradley is the only player to have played the full 90 in all four matches for the USMNT so far this year.
- Danny Williams made his first start since Feb. 6, 2013, when he took the field against Honduras, and his first appearance since the U.S. played Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
- With Shea’s goal, the USMNT has now scored in the first half of its last nine matches (the last time the team did not score a first-half goal was against Belgium in last summer’s World Cup). This is the fifth 1-0 lead the U.S. has taken into halftime over that stretch and the seventh lead overall.
- The U.S. has not trailed at halftime of a match since playing Portugal at the 2014 World Cup when it went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
- Jordan Morris came into the game in the 89th minute. Morris was called into the MNT squad on March 29 after playing with the Under-23 MNT against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 when he scored the opening goal in a 5-2 win.
- Brek Shea’s free-kick goal was the first direct free kick score for the U.S. since Jozy Altidore scored from a free kick on Aug. 14, 2013 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Weather: 48 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SUI 0 1 1
USA – Brek Shea 45th minute
SUI – Valentin Stocker (Silvan Widner) 80
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks, 13-Brek Shea; 14-Danny Williams, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 76), 7-Alfredo Morales (5-Tim Ream, 89), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 89), 17-Jozy Altidore (sendoff, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Greg Garza, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 18-Rubio Rubin
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
SUI: 21-Roman Burki; 2-Stephan Lichsteiner (6-Silvan Widner, 46), 22-Fabian Schar, 5-Steve von Bergen, 3- Jacques Fracois Moubandje; 8-Gokhan Inler (capt.) (10-Granit Xhaka, 46), 16-Gelson Fernandes (9-Haris Seferovic, 72), 7-Fabian Frei (17-Pajtim Kasami, 46), 23-Xherdan Shaqiri; 19- Josip Drmic (15-Breel Embolo, 56), 18-Admir Mehmedi (14-Valentin Stocker, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yann Sonner, 4-Fabian Lustenberger, 11-Valon Behrani, 12-Marwin Hitz, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez, 20-Johan Djourou
Head coach: Vladimir Petkovic
Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 68th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (ejection) 68
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Brek Shea
ZURICH (31 de marzo, 2015) - La Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos empató 1-1 con Suiza en el Stadion Letzigrund de Zurich con un gol de Brek Shea en el primer tiempo.
Estados Unidos ahora tiene un registro de 1-3-4 contra Suiza. El gol de Shea fue el primero de EE.UU. en una jugada de balón parado desde el gol de Jozy Altidore contra Bosnia y Herzegovina el 14 de agosto, 2013.
Con más de 20 minutos por jugarse, Jozy Altidore cometió una falta contra Francois Moubandje y el árbitro sacó la tarjeta amarilla para el jugador, pero después de un intercambio de palabras terminó por expulsarlo.
La Selección Masculina de EE.UU. tiene siete victorias o empates en 12 partidos en Europa bajo el mando del director técnico de EE.UU. Jurgen Klinsmann. Anteriormente había recopilado siete victorias o empates en 26 partidos en Europa de 1992-2010.
Estados Unidos renueva su rivalidad contra México, presentado por AT&T, el 15 de abril, a las 7:30 p.m. CT, en el Alamodome en San Antonio, Texas.
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Resumen de Goles:
USA - Brek Shea, minuto 45: Una falta contra Alfredo Morales dejó a Estados Unidos con una oportunidad a balón parado justo antes del medio tiempo. Brek Shea aprovechó la oportunidad y envió el balón por un lado de la barrera e hizo retumbar la red. El portero de Suiza no alcanzó el balón, que entró por el lado derecho de la portería. USA 1, SUI 0 (VER GOL)
SUI - Valentin Stocker, minuto 80: Granit Xhaka jugó un tiro de esquina corto con Haris Seferovic. Éste se lo volvió a dejar a Xhaka, quien envió un centro al borde del área chica. Dos juagadores suizos, Silvan Widner y Valentin Stocker brincaron por el balón. Widner cabeceó el balón hacia abajo y terminó cayendo a los pies de Stocker, quien la tocó al fondo de la red de tan corta distancia que Yarbrough no tuvo tiempo de reaccionar. USA 1, SUI 1, FINAL (VER GOL)
- Fabian Johnson no estuvo disponible para el partido debido a una enfermedad.
- Jordan Morris se unió al conjunto en lugar de Aron Johannsson, quien está siendo tratado por una infección en el dedo del pie.
- Michael Bradley encabezó la nómina en partidos con la Selección, jugando en su partido No. 95 contra Suiza.
- El partido fue el debut del portero William Yarbrough, quien milita en el Club León de la Liga MX.
- El gol de Brek Shea fue su cuarto con la Selección y su segundo del año.
- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -
Encuentro: Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos vs. Suiza
Fecha: 31 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Amistoso Internacional
Sede: Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Suiza
Inicio: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. hora local)
Clima: 48 grados Fahrenheit, nublado
Resumen de anotaciones: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SUI 0 1 1
USA - Brek Shea minuto 45
SUI - Valentin Stocker 80
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 13-Brek Shea, 6-John Brooks, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 21-Timmy Chandler; 7-Alfredo Morales (5-Tim Ream, 89), 14- Danny Williams, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 76); 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 89)
Suplentes no utilizados: 3-Greg Garza, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 18-Rubio Rubín
Director Técnico: Jurgen Klinsmann
SUI : 21-Roman Bürki; 3- Jacques Francois Moubandje, 5-Steve von Bergen, 22-Fabian Schar, 2-Stephan Lichsteiner (6-Silvan Widner, 46); 7-Fabian Frei (17-Pajtim Kasami, 46), 8-Gokhan Inler (capt.) (10-Granit Xhaka, 46), 23-Xherdan Shaqiri, 16-Gelson Fernandes (9-Haris Seferovic, 72); 18-Admir Mehmedi (14-Valentin Stocker, 46), 19- Josip Drmic (15-Breel Embolo, 56)
Suplentes no utilizados: 1-Yann Sonner, 12-Marwin Hitz, 4-Fabian Lustenberger, 11-Valon Behrani, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez, 20-Johan Djourou
Director Técnico: Vladimir Petkovic
Resumen estadístico: USA / SUI
Tiros: 6 / 12
Tiros a Gol: 3 / 2
Atajadas: 1 /2
Tiros de Esquina: 1 / 8
Faltas: 14 / 13
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 2
Resumen de penalidades:
USA - Jozy Altidore (amonestación) minuto 68
USA - Jozy Altidore (expulsión) 68
Árbitro: Luca Banti (ITA)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Cuarto Oficial: Alain Bieri (SUI)
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (March 30, 2015) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team scored a goal in the last 10 seconds of regulation to top Barbados 4-3 in its second group match of the 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship at Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol in San Salvador, El Salvador.
An intense matchup of back-and-forth between the two nations resulted in a scoreless first period that saw excellent defensive performances from both teams, especially Barbados goalkeeper Romayne Primus who blocked every strike sent his way.
In the second period, Lewie Valentine directed a throw-in from the left sideline to the far post where U.S. captain Nick Perera was able to bring down the ball, control it and send it in with the inside of his right foot into the right corner of the net in the 14th minute. Primus was able to get a touch on the ball but was unable to make the save.
The USA had two other good opportunities in the period when U.S. goalkeeper Aldo Balsano sent a shot from his own net directly to the other side, but Primus stepped up to the task again and jumped high to punch it over the crossbar. In the dwindling seconds of the second period, Jason Santos also had a clear shot at a goal but his attempt hit the right post.
The final 12 minutes were non-stop as six goals were scored in that span. Barbados struck first, finding the equalizer in the 26th minute with a shot from its captain, Tito Beckles, from 12 yards out that went into the left upper corner of the net. A minute later, Perera put the U.S. on top again with a perfectly placed bicycle-kick goal that he sent to the upper right corner for the 2-1 lead. Jason Leopoldo extended the U.S. lead with a shot from the left side inside the far post in the 27th.
The lead didn’t last long as Barbados’ Jamar Grazette notched the first of his brace in the 30th minute to keep his team alive. He tied it all up again with about 54 seconds to go. Perera however completed his hat trick in dramatic fashion, clinching the game-winner for the USA with under 10 seconds left in the game.
The USA will conclude Group C play against the Bahamas on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Beach Soccer Worldwide will be streaming the tournament live. For game results and updates you can also visit ussoccer.com or follow on Twitter @ussoccer.
The 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship runs from March 28-April 4, and for the first time in its history, it will feature a record 16 nations vying for two qualifying spots for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from July 9-19.
- U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Beach Soccer National Team vs. Barbados
Date: March 30, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Venue: Estadio de Fútbol de Playa Costa del Sol; San Salvador, El Salvador.
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary: 1 2 3 F
USA 0 1 3 4
BRB 0 0 3 3
USA Nicholas Perera 14th minute
BRB Tito Beckles 26
USA Nicholas Perera 27
USA Jason Leopoldo 29
BRB Jamar Grazette 30
BRB Jamar Grazette 35
USA Nicholas Perera 36
USA: Aldo Balsano, Lewie Valentine, Jason Leopoldo, Nicholas Perera (capt.), Alessandro Canale
Subs: Harry Abraham, Andrew Feld, Ryan Futagaki, Max Griffin, Jason Santos, Chris Toth, Chris Cummings
Head Coach: Eddie Soto
BRB: Romayne Primus, Tito Beckles (capt.), Elvin Griffith, Jamar Grazette, Andre Pinder
Subs: Tito Grazette, Reshawn Boxill, Jabari Branford, Nicholas Jones, Akeem Bourne
Head Coach: Christopher King
USA – Andrew Feld (caution) 10th minute
USA – Ryan Futagaki (caution) 18
USA – Elvin Griffith (caution 18
USA – Nicholas Perera (caution) 20
BRB – Tito Grazette (sent off) 27
With a desire to build more chemistry as the U.S. U-20 squad heads to New Zealand for this summer’s FIFA World Youth Championships, Utrecht forward Rubio Rubin was named to both that squad as well as Jurgen Klinsmann’s senior team last week.Rubin began camp with the full National Team in Aarhus, coming on as a 67th-minute sub for Aron Johannsson in the team’s 3-2 defeat to Denmark. He then headed west to join Tab Ramos and the U-20s, captaining the side and playing 75 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to England at Home Park in Plymouth on Sunday.
Striker Rubio Rubin has seen regular time in full USMNT camps, yet is still age-eligible for this summer's U-20 World Cup.
The 19-year-old then turned right around and rejoined the senior team Sunday night in Zurich ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.
Twice capped by the senior side, Rubin had a strong desire to be a part of both camps this week and he credited the plan Klinsmann and Ramos devised with helping him make an easy transition.
“Jurgen managed it well with Tab,” he said. “I was happy to go in and play against England and coming back now to get ready for Switzerland, it’s kind of cool to do both things. I want to prepare myself for the U-20 World Cup – that’s big for me and for the team – but being with the senior team is important so we can develop chemistry as well.”
While the Beaverton, Oregon, product’s travel plans were set and discussed before the camp, those of fellow forward Jordan Morris altered unexpectedly Sunday.
In camp with the U.S. U-23s, the Stanford striker scored the opening goal in the side’s 5-2 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 in Tuzla. Expecting to prepare for the team’s second friendly versus Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday, Morris instead was summoned to Zurich to replace Johannsson, who was ruled out of the Switzerland match with an infection.
“It was a great experience in Bosnia,” Morris said from Zurich, where he arrived Sunday. “I think it’s good in gearing up toward the Olympics to get a core group of guys together. We had a great game there and continue to play well. That said, it’s an honor to get called up to the full team and something I dream about all the time. It’s tough leaving those guys [in Demark] because I want to play with them as well, but it’s such an honor to come here, continue to work hard and grow as a player.”
Like Rubin, Morris’s call isn’t the first for the Seattle, Washington product. He made headlines last September when he was invited to camp ahead of a friendly against the Czech Republic and became the first collegiate player to earn a senior team cap since Ante Razov in 1995, coming on as a substitute in last November’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
College forward Jordan Morris is part of the U-23 MNT's plans for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers this fall as well as a potential long-term striker for the full MNT.
Having previously played with both the U-20 and U-23 sides, Morris said that having the teams on the same page creates continuity but also helps to set goals for players.
“When you’re on the U-20s or U-23s there’s always something to strive for,” Morris added. “That gives players something to work on, when they’re not in camp, they have stuff to work on to make that next jump to the full team. That unity is very special because it gives them that desire to grow as a player. That can be making the first team, getting into these camps and hopefully getting some playing time.”