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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

Richie Williams Names 29 Players to U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team 2014 Fall Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Sept. 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 29 players to the 2014 Fall Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

Twenty players return from the 2014 Spring Semester. The nine newcomers include defenders Tyler Adams and Miles Stray, midfielders Keegan Kelly and Luka Prpa, and forwards Lucas Del Rosario, Ronaldo Escudero, Joe Gallardo, Lagos Kunga and Nick Taitague.

Gallardo is the leading goal scorer on the roster with nine tallies in 11 games with the U-17s. He has four goals and three assists in seven matches in 2014. The most-capped player among this roster at the U-17 level is defender Hugo Arellano, who has played in 16 internationals, including 13 games in 2014.

This group features 26 players who are currently registered with clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-17s recently competed in the Nordic Tournament and the third Copa Mexico, and 24 of the players on the Fall Residency roster played in either one of these tournaments or both.

The next major event for the U.S. U-17 MNT is the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The tournament, hosted by Honduras from Feb. 27-March 14, serves as the qualification process for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 30-June 20 in New Zealand.

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Nikkye De Point (Empire Revolution; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (9): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Atlanta, Ga.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)

Romain Gall, Luis Martir Join U-20s in Argentina

CHICAGO (Sept. 1, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has brought in Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir for the USA’s international camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner, who were originally to join the U-20s, have stayed with their club teams. Thompson is staying with his MLS side purely for club duties, while Turner is unavailable because of a quad injury.

In addition to the roster changes, the U-20 MNT has scheduled two more matches in its itinerary. On Thursday, Sept. 4, the USA will face Racing Club Reserves, and on Saturday, Sept. 6, the U.S. takes on the Defensa y Justicia Reserves.

The USA caps off its 10-day trip to Buenos Aires with a Sept. 9 game against Argentina’s U-20s.

Gall rejoins the U-20s after playing in all three games during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in mid-July. Martir earns his first call-up with the U-20s.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Luis Martir (Chivas de Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund; Manassas Park, Va.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (3): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)

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.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster Named for September Camp in Argentina

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 19-player roster for a Sept. 1-10 international training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The highlighted game of the trip will include a matchup against Argentina’s U-20s on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The U-20 MNT also could play potentially two matches against two first division reserve teams. Details will be announced in the future.

This marks the fifth camp or tournament of the year for this age group and the squad’s first international trip in 2014. The U-20s had domestic camps in January and May, took second place at the 2014 Dallas Cup in April and most recently competed at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in July in Carson, California.

Nine players among this current roster saw the pitch during the U-20 MNT’s first international competition of the year at the NTC Invitational. The tournament was capped off by a scoreless draw against Australia on July 18 in front of a boisterous fan base that featured the American Outlaws in attendance at StubHub Center. The USA went 2-0-1 in the tournament, with Zach Pfeffer contributing the most offensively with two goals and an assist in only 107 minutes of play.

Six players are on Major League Soccer squads, including New York Red Bulls teammates Santiago Castaño and Matthew Miazga, the LA Galaxy’s Bradford Jamieson IV, Pfeffer from the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown.

Seventeen players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy.

The trip will be a short trek for midfielder Joel Soñora, who plays for Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. The Argentine-American made his YNT debut with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in 2012 and scored a goal in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Evan Louro (Michigan; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (Orlando City; Milford, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube; Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)

Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Series Tickets for CONCACAF Women’s Championship Games in Chicago and D.C. Available Starting Sept. 5

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Tickets for first-round games of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Bridgeview, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., go on sale to the public Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. local time. The tournament will directly qualify three teams to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Due to the expected high demand, purchases at this time are limited to series tickets only. A series ticket includes all the games played at a specific venue.

Fans can purchase series tickets for the Oct. 17-18 doubleheaders at Toyota Park near Chicago and the Oct. 20-21 twin-bills at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., starting at 10 a.m. local venue time through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the host cities. [Note: Tickets will not be sold at the RFK Stadium ticket office except on the days of the event.]

Toyota Park, home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, hosts four sides from Group A (including the USA) on Oct. 17 and four teams from Group B on Oct. 18. All eight teams then travel to RFK Stadium, home of D.C. United, where the Group A teams will play their final group games on Oct. 20, while Group B teams close out the first round with games on Oct. 21.

Ticket availability for the semifinals on Oct. 24 and the third-place and championship matches on Oct. 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, will be announced in the near future. The tournament opens at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with first-round doubleheaders Oct. 15-16. Tickets for the Kansas City series go on sale to the public Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. CT (TICKETS).

The eight countries which will compete in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship are the United States and Mexico from North America, Guatemala and Costa Rica from Central America, and Caribbean sides Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago. The Final Draw to place the teams in two groups of four will take place in Miami on Sept. 5.

The tournament format will see the top two teams in each group advance to Philadelphia for the semifinals on Oct. 24, when the winner of each group will face the runner-up of the opposite group. The third-place and championship games will be held on Oct. 26.

The top three finishers – the semifinal winners and the winner of the third-place match -- will qualify directly for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

The U.S. previously hosted a Women's World Cup qualifying tournament in 2006.

Up next for the U.S. WNT is a two-game set against Mexico on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT kickoff; TICKETS), followed by a Sept. 18 rematch at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET; TICKETS). The Sept. 13 game will be live on ussoccer.com and the Sept. 18 game will be live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for First Match of 2018 FIFA World Cup Cycle

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2014) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into camp for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, the USA’s first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle. 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 NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

“We look at this as the start of our project towards Russia in 2018, and in this first step we get to look at many of our talented young players based in Europe,” said Klinsmann. “We have some great youngsters coming through the ranks that are starting to break through with their clubs teams and are ready to challenge for spots on the Senior Team, and even most of our World Cup veterans from Brazil on this roster will be coming into the prime of their careers in the next four years, so this is an exciting opportunity.”

The match is the first in the new cycle, and Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to look at young talent. Of the 22 players coming to Prague, 15 are age 24 or younger. There are 11 players with 10 caps or less, and six looking to make their debut for the Senior National Team.

A total of 10 players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster. Fabian Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Alejandro Bedoya appeared in every game and started three. Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, and 19-year-old Julian Green pulled the U.S. within one goal of Belgium when he scored in the second extra time of the 2-1 defeat.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), 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)


Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 4, 2009 MNT vs Grenada 4-0 W CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash. 15,387 Adu, Holden, Rogers, Davies
July 8, 2009 MNT vs Honduras 2-0 W RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 26,079 Quaranta, Ching
July 11, 2009 MNT vs Haiti 2-2 D Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. 24,137 Arnaud, Holden
July 18, 2009 MNT vs Panama 2-1 W Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa. 31,087 Beckerman, Cooper
July 23, 2009 MNT vs Honduras 2-0 W Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. 55,173 Goodson, Cooper
July 26, 2009 MNT vs Mexico 0-5 L Giants Stadium; E. Rutherford, N.J. 79,156 --
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