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MNT Opens Gold Cup With 2-1 Win Over Honduras in Frisco

FRISCO, Texas (July, 7 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team, began its quest to defend its Gold Cup title with a 2-1 win against Honduras in front of a sell-out crowd of 22,357 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. In his 16th Gold Cup appearance Clint Dempsey notched a double and Michael Bradley, on the night of his 100th MNT cap, tallied an assist to lead the MNT to victory. 

Demspey headed in the USA’s first score off a rebound in the 25th minute and again found the net by rising above the defense to head in a Bradley free kick in the 64th minute. The Texas-native has scored at least one goal in four different editions of the tournament and his seven career Gold Cup tallies put him in fourth place on the MNT’s all-time list. 

In his first Gold Cup start, goalkeeper Brad Guzan picked up the win, which was his fourth in as many games in 2015. 

The MNT is an unbeaten 13-0-0 in Gold Cup openers and improved its record against Honduras to 6-0-1 in Gold Cup play. 

In Group A’s other game, Haiti and Panama tied 1-1, a combination of results that sees the U.S. sit atop the group. The tournament continues for the MNT on Friday, July 10, with a match against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey 25th minute: DeAndre Yedlin tapped over to Michael Bradley, who sent in a short corner. Jozy Altidore jumped and tried to flick on, but the ball passed through into the center of the box. There it rebounded off the defense and back to a recovering Altidore, who fired a shot at goal. The ball again deflected out in front where Clint Dempsey was in prime position to head the ball into the back of the net for the game’s first goal. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 64th minute: From a free kick on the left, Michael Bradley bent in a beautiful ball that Clint Dempsey rose to and headed in for his second goal of the game. USA 2, HON 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carlos Discua (Crisanto), 70th minute: Crisanto split two defenders with a ball that rolled to Carlos Discua who jetted towards the box from the right. Discua took a good touch to get past U.S. defender Ventura Alvarado and slammed a shot past Guzan into the upper right corner from eight yards out. USA 2, HON 1 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 3rd minute: Anthony Lozano broke through on the right side and burst past the defense into the box. As the U.S. caught up and pressured from behind, Honduras broke through on the right and fired a shot that Guzan dove and pawed away with his right hand. 

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 6th minute: Honduras pressured quickly on a counter attack down the left side. Bryan Acosta elected to let a shot fly from 25 yards out and hit it well, but Guzan was there, jumping and punching it over the crossbar. 

HON – Donis Escober, (save) 78th minute: From a free-kick on the right Michael Bradley curved a dipping shot a goal that short-hopped in front of Escober, who slid and smothered the ball for the save. 

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT continues play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley became the fourth youngest MNT player to reach 100 caps.
  • Eight MNT players made their Gold Cup debuts: Brad Guzan, Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Graham Zusi.
  • Clint Dempsey made his 16th Gold Cup appearance tonight, the most on the team. Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman are tied for second with 12 Gold Cup caps each.
  • Dempsey scored his sixth and seventh career Gold Cup goals, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time Gold Cup scoring list. Dempsey has now scored at least one goal in four editions of the tournament. (2005, 2007, 2011, 2015) His first Gold Cup game goal came exactly 10 years ago.
  • Dempsey has now scored in each of the last two MNT matches and has increased his career total to 43 international goals.
  • The sell-out crowd of 22,357 was the largest to ever view an international soccer match in Toyota Stadium.

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT is 13-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup openers.
  • With his start, Ventura Alvarado is now officially cap tied to the USA.
  • The USMNT is 10-2-8 in Texas and with tonight’s win, extended its unbeaten streak in the Lone Star State to 19 games.
  • The USA is 6-0-1 all-time against Honduras in CONCACAF Gold Cup play.
  • This was the sixth matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenur  (4-1-1).
  • The United States is 15-4-4 all-time against Honduras and is unbeaten in the last four matchups.
  • The U.S. is 6-0-0 all-time in CONCACAF Gold Cup play in the Dallas metro area.
  • Clint Dempsey’s last double came in the MNT’s 4-3 win against Germany in the Centennial match played in Washington D.C. in 2013.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: July 7, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group A
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 22,357 (sellout)
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy 

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

USA – Clint Dempsey                                    25th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)       64
HON – Carlos Discua (Wilmer Crisanto)       69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler (16-Brad Evans, 62), 13-Ventura Alvarado, 6-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Gyasi Zardes (19-Graham Zusi, 87), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Greg Garza, 15-Tim Ream; 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 7-Alfredo Morales, 10-Mix Diskerud, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 2-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.) , 23-Johnny Palacios, 5-Henry Figueroa (13-Eddie Hernandez, 75), 21-Brayan Beckeles; 10-Mario Martínez (7-Carlos Discua, 69), 6-Bryan Acosta, 19-Alfredo Mejía, 17-Andy Najar (11-Romell Quioto, 62); 9-Antony Lozano
Subs Not Used: 1-Luis Lopez, 18-Orlín Vallecillo, 4-Luis Garrido, 8-Rubilio Castillo, 12-Bryan Garcia, 14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 15-Erick Andino, 16-Johnny Leveron, 20-Jorge Claros
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 5 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 9
Fouls: 13 / 15
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – John Brooks (caution)             16th minute
HON – Johnny Palacios (caution)      86

Officials: 
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
4th Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

GOAL: Clint Dempsey Notches Game Winner Against Honduras

Michael Bradley's free kick found Clint Dempsey on the back post, who headed in to double the USA lead.

GOAL: Clint Dempsey Heads Home Against Honduras

Clint Dempsey headed in a rebound from Jozy Altidore's shot and gave the U.S. a first half lead in Frisco.

Guzan Aims to Cement No. 1 GK Position for MNT in His First Gold Cup

U.S. MNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan has gone to two World Cups. He’s gone 5-1-2 in eight World Cup qualifiers and played brilliantly in an important match against Egypt in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

A solid backup behind Tim Howard throughout his National Team career, the 30-year-old ‘keeper is only now making his CONCACAF Gold Cup debut in Tuesday’s tournament opener against Honduras and he’s grasped what the chance to start in the competition means for the future.

“This being my first real Gold Cup if you want to call it that, it’s an opportunity to hopefully establish myself as the number one goalkeeper, hopefully play well and help the team do well,” Guzan, who holds 31 U.S. caps, told ussoccer.com. “On an individual level, it’s an important tournament for me because I haven’t played as many games for the National Team as I would have liked.”

When Guzan makes his Gold Cup debut Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas, he’ll be doing so in the same place he made his international debut for the U.S. in a 4-0 friendly win against Guatemala on February 19, 2006.

As a goalkeeper, Guzan said he’s always felt a sense of pride about being called to U.S. camp, but the opportunity to start is unlike nothing else. “It’s different when you get to step out on the field, you’re playing in the big games and you’re the guy that’s going to be called on to make a big save, help the team win and do well.

“That’s a responsibility you cherish – you want that responsibility.”

NYC to Host Friday Parade for 2015 Women's World Cup Champs

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) - The City of New York will host a ticker tape parade for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team on Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. ET. All fans are invited to celebrate along the parade route which will be the Canyon of Heroes, along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall.

A special program will be held at City Hall following the parade, and fans can visit nyc.gov/parade for a chance to attend.

The parade will honor the USA following its historic run at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that culminated with a 5-2 victory against Japan on July 5 to give the country its third title, and become the only nation to achieve that feat. 

Behind The Crest: Ep. 1 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After defeating Guatemala in its only tuneup game for the Gold Cup, the U.S. MNT travels to North Texas ahead of its opening group stage match against Honduras.

On This Date: MNT Scored Important Pair of Gold Cup Wins

The U.S. MNT has collected its share of memorable Gold Cup moments over the years. Throughout this summer’s tournament, check back to ussoccer.com for historical #OTD (On This Date) stories about the MNT’s past success in CONCACAF’s regional championship.

Back in the USA! The Champs Celebrate with Fans in LA

The WNT is finally back in the USA! The team's first stop was in Los Angeles at L.A. Live for a fan rally on Tuesday.  More than 10,000 fans gathered to show their support for the World Champions, some getting there as early as 4:30 AM.  Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez stole the show when they stepped in as emcees to introduce each of the 23 players. Other players that spoke included Golden Glove winner Hope Solo, Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd, legendary forward Abby Wambach, veteran defender Christie Rampone, and the impressive backline made up by Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston, Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger.


Next up for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champions is a a pair of friendly matches against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively, before embarking on a nationwide celebration tour (details to be announced).

U-18 MNT in Carson for Camp and NTC Invitational Tournament

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team’s first domestic training camp of the year is underway in Carson, California. The camp, which runs from July 6-14, will also see the team participate in the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Invitational Tournament.

U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Javier Perez has selected a 20-player roster currently in camp that will represent the USA at the 2015 U-18 Men’s NTC Tournament.

U.S. Soccer will stage the three-team international tournament from July 11-15, with the USA, Uruguay and the Czech Republic competing for the title. Additionally, there will be a pair of friendly matches for Uruguay and the Czech Republic against Xolos of Tijuana’s U-18 side.

The U.S. will play a preparation game during camp on July 7 against PSA Elite before kicking off the NTC Invitational against Uruguay on July 11 at 4 p.m. PT, followed by the match against Czech Republic on July 13 at 5 p.m.

All the NTC Invitational matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored.

Admission to the matches is free to the public. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

The U-18 MNT most recently returned from its first training camp of the year in Bosnia this past April, where they split a pair of friendly matches against Bosnia’s U-19 National Team.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcincowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.),
FORWARDS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

2015 U-18 NTC Invitational Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, July 11:

 

Czech Republic vs. Xolos (friendly)

1 p.m. PT

USA  vs. Uruguay (Game 1)

4 p.m. PT

 

Monday, July 13:

 

Uruguay vs. Xolos (friendly)

2 p.m. PT

USA vs. Czech Republic (Game 2)

5 p.m. PT

 

Wednesday, July 15:

 

Czech Republic vs. Uruguay (Game 3)

5 p.m. PT

Ticket Sales Surge Past 30,000 Mark as Pittsburgh Gets Set to Host World Cup Champs

CHICAGO (July 7, 2015) – More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s first post-Women’s World Cup match against Costa Rica on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Following the U.S. WNT’s historic Women’s World Cup victory on July 5, ticket sales increased rapidly, forcing the upper level stands of Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, to be opened in order to accommodate the large number of fans  wanting to see the World Cup Champions live. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Tickets are still available. (TICKETS)

The return to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who hails from nearby Gibsonia. Klingenberg was one of five players who played every minute during the USA’s run to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title, as well as part of the backline that shut down opponents for 540 consecutive minutes, the second-best streak in WWC history. Over the course of seven games, the U.S. Women only allowed three goals.

The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004, following the USA’s Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The USA has played 15 times previously in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Three days after facing Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, the World Cup Champs will play a second friendly against its CONCACAF rival in front of over 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Tickets for that match are sold out, with the number setting a WNT attendance record in the state.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
June 12, 2010 MNT vs England 1-1 D Royal Bafokeng Stadium; Rustenburg, South Africa 38,646 Dempsey
June 18, 2010 MNT vs Slovenia 2-2 D Ellis Park; Johannesburg 45,573 Donovan, Bradley
June 23, 2010 MNT vs Algeria 1-0 W Loftus Versfeld; Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa 35,827 Donovan
June 26, 2010 MNT vs Ghana 1-2 L Royal Bafokeng Stadium; Rustenburg, South Africa 34,976 Donovan
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