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Klinsmann: "It's a sign of consistency"

ussoccer.com: The primary goal for this camp was to win the Gold Cup, and that was mission accomplished. How did you feel about the progress of this group?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “Overall it was a very exciting Gold Cup for us because we had the goal starting it to develop a special chemistry, a really good spirit. We wanted to get better game by game and peak towards the end of the tournament. We put in a lot of hard work with a lot of double sessions, and set things out that the players had to execute at the end of the day. It worked out because they had an enormous discipline, they had a focus, they were committed to win this trophy, and we wanted to see every player improve personally. That’s what we saw towards the end of the tournament. Every player, even players on the bench that didn’t come on, the players that didn’t get enough playing time, they improved throughout those four weeks. It’s just fun to watch that.”

ussoccer.com: The other goal of the tournament was to give players a chance to “prove their point.” Which players did you see prove their point during the Gold Cup?
JK: “When you bring players in, you hope that they will leave this camp with a huge improvement, with another gear that they have to now challenge themselves to reach. You saw players like Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud step up. You saw a maturing process in our young goalkeepers in Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson; Sean when he got that opportunity to play that Costa Rica game. Alejandro Bedoya is a different player than he was six months ago. You saw Wondo (Chris Wondolowski) kind of finally break in to the international level and finally score goals on the international scene. You saw Landon Donovan coming back and reintegrating himself and being ready for World Cup Qualifying and the higher stage where you expect him to be. We got a lot of answers. We’re thrilled with the process Stuart Holden was going through. He was ready for the Premier League now and to go back to England to prove a point, and then the shock in the final with his injury that hurt us a lot. Everything worked out the way we hoped it would work out, bringing him through both camps and have him peak towards the end of this tournament, which he proved in the semifinal. In a lot of individual performances where you hope they will prove that point, actually they did.”

ussoccer.com: When you bring together a group like this with not a lot of experience both individually and as a group, it’s hard to know how things will all come together. Are you surprised at how well this group stepped up?
JK: “I don’t know surprised, but we were just happy, we were pleased. We were also pleased how the more experienced players like Clarence Goodson, like Nick Rimando, Landon, how they kind of took this team and guided them. Beas [DaMarcus Beasley] as the captain really took this very seriously. He looked after the lads, he looked after everyone involved, and he looked after problems and approached me often during the tournament and asked ‘Can we do maybe this or that?’ or ‘The guys maybe need half a day off.’ And I said sure. You have the sense for it, you’re an experienced player, and you run the show in a certain way. They did it. The younger ones, they took the advice, they tried to step it up, and they took every comment seriously. Young players that we integrated like Jack McInerney or Corey Ashe grew in the group. Will Bruin gave you a thousand percent in every training session, and he’s hungry to get to the next level. That mixture of experienced ones and the younger ones worked out great, but only because they respected each other, were respectful to each other and because they knew that it goes only through hard work.”

ussoccer.com: The business of qualifying for the World Cup still isn’t done, and we look to Brazil a year from now. What did you see from this tournament that helps you build moving forward?
JK: “It helps you tremendously because you can see now with this group how they deal with high expectations, how they deal with the daily grind or how they deal with a very intense training session. What is their attitude, what is their willingness to go through all that sacrifice? That gives us a deeper player pool; that gives us more quality. It also means they bring that type of quality back to their club teams, and now are more ready to challenge themselves there and become leaders in their clubs and step it up there. Overall it helps everyone involved, if it’s MLS, if it’s their club environment, if it’s wherever they are in Europe. At the end of the day we want to improve the product in this country. It makes it not easier for us coaches then going toward Brazil with more options because at the end of the day you can only take 23 to the tournament. It is a good challenge. it is a good thing to have now. It keeps everybody on their toes, no matter where they play. You think about a lot of the Europeans not being part of the Gold Cup. They know now there are a bunch of other players trying to break into this group. It makes it more interesting for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Costa Rica and against Mexico to know exactly who you want to have there on board, which is a good thing for us coaches.”

ussoccer.com: Eleven games won in a row, four more than ever has been done by this National Team. Streak aside, numbers aside, what does that say about the progress of the program with this accomplishment?
JK: “It’s a sign of consistency. It’s a sign that the guys are willing to take things seriously and become 24/7 professionals. It’s a sign that they want to go to Brazil in 2014 and be a part of that. And it’s a reward of a lot of hard work we’ve put in there since two years. When I took over, I was given a very good foundation by Bob Bradley, and I said my goal is to add to that. What Bob built, I want to improve and give them even more cards to play where they are on the field. It starts to pay off, that players start to understand that international music is a different type of music. Therefore, in one word, it’s consistency, this winning streak, even if sooner or later it will end. It’s also a reward for all the hard work everybody, including the staff. It’s a compliment for it.”

ussoccer.com: Today is the two year anniversary of the day you were hired by U.S. Soccer. For you personally, how has the journey been?
JK: “For me personally, it’s just a joy to work with everybody involved. If it’s the federation, if it’s the staff, the inner circle, or the players, and I think they realize that. I’m not here to run a one-man show - that’s not me. I want to build a group of people who are very focused and successful in the long run. I want to help everybody involved in soccer in this country to get better. With a bit of my knowledge, with a lot of knowledge of other people, I just want to see the game improve in the United States, and I want to see us compete with the best in the world one day. It only comes through a lot of hard work. I’m kind of a bit of a workaholic when I start in the morning until I go to bed. I’m dedicated to my role, and I love it. I want to see a certain confidence being built over the long run that people believe what you can achieve at the end of the day at a big tournament. A big tournament when you go in it is a lot about chemistry, spirit and the belief that you can compete with the best nations in the world. It’s not going to go the easy way. You will have some defeats and you will have some lessons like we did with Belgium this year. Then you’ve got to swallow those lessons, you’ve got to learn and keep going. Everybody involved in the program can be proud of where we are right now, but there’s a lot still to improve.”

ussoccer.com: Kyle Beckerman is a guy you’ve relied upon since you took over as coach, sometimes on the field, sometimes off. You even brought him in to training before the game in Salt Lake just to bring up the level there. What does Kyle Beckerman bring and what did he do in this tournament for you?
JK: “Kyle Beckerman really is the face of this group that won this Gold Cup because he knew exactly how to step it up when it really matters. He’s somebody that you put your trust in because you know always what you get from Kyle is one thousand percent commitment. He gives you everything. The last two games he had, the semifinal and the final, he was absolutely outstanding. He really put his stamp on those two games and made sure we were going to come off as winners. He’s a pure giver as I’ve often said. I wish I could have had Kyle ten or twelve years ago because as a player I could have helped him reach higher levels, even going to Europe and playing in Europe. We are happy with where he is. He’s in a very good environment in Salt Lake, he’s the leader there, and he’s the captain there. He deserved to be man of the match in the final, the final match of Gold Cup 2013, and he deserves a special compliment.”

ussoccer.com: Brek Shea is a young player that you’ve also been mentoring since you took over in 2011. It’s been a long process for him. How did you manage Brek over the last two months and how did he come along?
JK: “When you have special talent coming through like Break or Joe Corona or Bill Hamid or Sean Johnson or Juan Agudelo, all these kids that have so much talent, it’s about teaching them to become consistent on and off the field. Brek went through a lot of rollercoasters, all the Olympic team guys went through a roller coaster, and we’ve got to help them become more consistent. With this move to England and the challenge there of breaking into Stoke City, there are mountains ahead of him. He looks at those mountains and sometimes he doesn’t know how to climb them. We’ve got to patient with him and help him in that process. He takes those lessons, he takes the advice. He came twice on now and decided games. He decided the Gold Cup final through his goal, through his instinct to be there. It’s not about putting that ball in from half a yard away; it’s that he was there. He has that smell, he has that instinct, he has what it takes to get to the real top level, but he’s not consistent enough yet. (FC Dallas head coach) Schellas Hyndman helped him so much in Dallas, and now it’s about Mark Hughes at Stoke going through those learning years of really becoming a consistent threat to the opponent. That’s where we see Brek, and we’re going to keep helping him like we help everyone coming through the ranks. It’s down to him to take those lessons and advices, and also take the bad moments and learn out of those. We are thrilled for him that he put that ball in the net.”

ussoccer.com: One of the players who has played his way into the picture in the last year has been Eddie Johnson, a guy that you brought in after the group stage. He made an impact as soon as he came in, but also you played him through the final. What did he do well and what do you like about him as a player?
JK: “With a lot of U.S. based players, it’s about consistency. We got Eddie into this group and suddenly he’s right on focus and he’s ready to deliver to the group. Not only scoring a goal, but to make those runs and hold the ball, to occupy the opponent’s defense and do a lot of work. He’s done a tremendous job. Similar to Kyle Beckerman, you wish had this player when he was 20 or 21 so you could say here is the international level and we’ll help you to get there. Eddie has a lot in his tank. He has four, five, six years at the highest level. What we expect now is for him to go to Seattle and improve there too. Be there for (Seattle head coach) Sigi (Schmid) and the Sounders and make things happen before you come back to the next world Cup Qualifiers with Costa Rica and Mexico. Become consistent, look after yourself, and look after your body. Just really focus and become that athlete that you can be.

ussoccer.com: This was the third Gold Cup final for Clarence Goodson, a guy whose name you don’t always hear very often because he’s unassuming and just goes about his business, but he’s a guy you would say could count on. How happy are for Clarence to get this trophy?
JK: “I was thrilled for Clarence because the last two months I could see in the previous camp how badly he wanted this title and how badly he wants this competition. If you haven’t won it yet and were in two finals, you know you’re missing something here. He’s a very balanced, very focused top professional. He’s a giver. He’s calm, quiet and he leads through example. He took this team under his wings. With Nick Rimando, with DaMarcus Beasley, with Landon, they made sure the younger guys are not too nervous and the younger ones are not too worried about things. He ran it from day one to the very last day. That’s why I was extremely happy for him when he raised the cup up in the air. And I said ‘Clarence you deserve that’.”

ussoccer.com: Six players on this roster came from Liga MX, the first time we’ve had that many players at one time from the Mexican league. What was the influence of those guys and what they bring?
JK: “The influence of all our guys coming from Mexico is huge. It’s huge because they’re coming from a top league. They get challenged from a different way. They have to stand their man in a country that is our biggest rival. They did well for us. If you look at Jose Torres and how he played his games, for me it was difficult to leave him out of the starting lineup in the final. Michael Orozco, until the moment that Matt Besler came back, he did a tremendous job. Herculez Gomez throughout the whole stretch of the last two months with injuries was not at his peak, but a pure giver. You see Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo coming through the system there. Obviously DaMarcus Beasley is becoming the new mayor of Puebla. You see their influence on the field and off the field. They are focused and hungry. They live in an environment where they are accountable for what they are doing because it’s a soccer crazy environment south of the border, and we benefit from that. We benefit from their professionalism and focus and their qualities. Jose playing at Tigres, they have a tremendous crowd always behind them; they have 20,000 fans follow their team to away games. It builds you and makes you accountable for the fans and the people that follow you. Tijuana playing in the Copa Libertadores against Brazilian big clubs, this forms you. The more players that can compete there the better it is for us. As long as we keep beating them as well in international play!”

ussoccer.com: One of the players you chose to have in both camps this summer was Michael Parkhurst, and he got his opportunity to play throughout this tournament. How was his performance and what he brought you the last two months?
JK: “His performance throughout the tournament was outstanding, and that’s why he’s playing in the Bundesliga. He hasn’t played much for Augsburg because of injury issues and then internal issues. They didn’t give him enough playing time before he came into the May/June camp, but we had a plan just like we had a plan with Stuart Holden, saying we’re going to go through May/June, you might not play that much, but you’re going to be a starter probably in the Gold Cup and one of the leaders with your experience and the way you play the game. It paid off. He got almost all the games and got it at a very high level and at a consistent level. Now he goes back to Europe confident and saying I want to break in there now as well. It was really fun to watch Parky play his right side because his vision on the field and his technique is exceptional. That’s why he is in Europe and he plays in the Bundesliga. I hope now that gives him enough confidence to push whoever is in front of him out of the way an become a regular in Augsburg as well.”

U.S. MNT Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0 Victory against Panama

  • Substitute Brek Shea Scores Winning Goal in 69th Minute, 42 Seconds After Entering the Match
  • USA Wins Gold Cup for Fifth Time as Landon Donovan Wins Tournament MVP
  • U.S. Extends Record Overall Winning Streak to 11 Games and Ties Record For Home Winning Streak at 10

CHICAGO (July 28, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 1-0 on a second half goal from substitute Brek Shea to win the championship of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The hard-fought victory in front of 57,920 fans at Soldier Field marked the fifth time the USA has won the Gold Cup, having previously won the tournament in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The USA also pulled to within one title of tying Mexico for most overall Gold Cup championships.

With the victory, the USA earned a spot in the playoff that will be held between the champions of the 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, with the winner of that match earning a berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. If the USA also wins the 2015 Gold Cup, it will earn an automatic berth to the Confederations Cup.

With U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann watching from a stadium suite high above the action while serving his suspension following his ejection from the semifinal, the USA had the vast majority of possession throughout the match. Still, Panama was well-organized on its defensive end, giving the USA little space in the attacking third.

After a tight first half that produced little in the way of scoring chances for either team, the USA came out of the break connecting more passes at a higher pace, and that opened up some space to work on the flanks. The winning goal came in the 69th minute from the right wing as Alejandro Bedoya, with some space to work after Michael Parkhurst’s overlap froze a defender, cut back into the middle and slipped a pass on the ground into the penalty area. The ball clipped a defender and slipped behind the Panama back line.

Landon Donovan made a run onto the pass and took a swing at the ball with his right foot near the top of the six-yard box. Though Donovan missed, that froze Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to his line. The ball skipped through to the far post, and although it looked headed into the lower left corner, Shea made sure by tapping it into the net from a foot away.

Shea had come into the game just 42 seconds earlier for Joe Corona, and the goal was the second of his career for the U.S. Men’s National Team. It was the third time in the tournament a U.S. substitute had provided instant offense, following Eddie Johnson’s goal 15 seconds after entering the game against El Salvador in the quarterfinal and Shea’s first-ever MNT goal against Costa Rica in group play, when he scored the game-winner five minutes after coming on.

The USA had a legitimate shout for a penalty kick in the 52nd minute as Donovan’s cross from the right side of the penalty area caught the trailing arm of Carlos Rodriguez, but referee Joel Aguilar let the play go on.

Panama had to come out of its shell in search of an equalizer, but the U.S. defense held firm. A 72nd-minute strike after a corner kick from Roberto Chen went wide left, and Panama had some scrambled away clearances, but those were as close as the Central Americans got to tying the score.

The USA could have closed out the game in the 84th minute, but Shea’s cross on the ground from the left flank somehow was clipped over the goal from close range by Eddie Johnson.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to action next in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Additional Notes:

  • There was one change to the U.S. MNT starting lineup from the semifinal victory against Honduras, with Joe Corona earning the start on the left side of the midfield in the 4-2-3-1 formation in place of Jose Torres.
  • The victory extended the USA’s record winning streak to 11 games, four more than its previous high of seven straight wins accomplished in 2007. The USA also improved to 12-2-2 in 2013.
  • Along with its overall winning streak, the USA tied a record for longest U.S. home winning streak at 10, which was set from June 15, 2008, through July 11, 2009.
  • Landon Donovan was the only player on the USA’s Gold Cup roster who started all six matches during this year’s tournament.
  • Donovan finished the tournament with 18 career Gold Cup goals and seven goals in 2013 to lead the team, and he increased his U.S. MNT career record to 56 goals.
  • Donovan shared the tournament’s top scorer award with teammate Chris Wondolowski and Gabriel Torres of Panama. Each player scored five goals in the tournament.
  • All nine goals the USA has scored against Panama in its Gold Cup history have been in the second half.
  • The U.S. won the 2005 Gold Cup against Panama in penalty kicks after tying 0-0.
  • The USA out-scored its opponents 20-3 for the tournament.
  • The U.S. was forced to make an early substitute when Stuart Holden went down with a sprained right knee in the 18th minute and had to be replaced by Mix Diskerud in the 23rd. Holden will be evaluated further after the match.
  • The win marked the third time the USA has won the Gold Cup from the run of play, having also won two titles in penalty kicks.
  • Captain DaMarcus Beasley, who had the honor of lifting the Gold Cup trophy, made his 109th career appearance, moving within one of sixth-place Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110 caps each).
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez made his Gold Cup debut as an 88th-minute substitution for Alejandro Bedoya.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned his first shutout of the tournament and improved to 5-0-0 during the competition. Rimando is now 6-0-0 overall with two clean sheets in 2013.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 28, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Final
Venue: Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 57,920
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Brek Shea (Alejandro Bedoya) 69th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 25-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 23); 20-Alejandro Bedoya (24-Omar Gonzalez, 89), 10-Landon Donovan, 6-Joe Corona (23-Brek Shea, 68); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Will Bruin, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 6-Gabriel Gomez (16-Rolando Blackburn, 74), 7-Blas Perez, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 9-Gabriel Torres (18-Jairo Jimenez, 65), 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 23-Roberto Chen
Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonagas, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Jean Carlos Cedeno, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 17-Roderick Miller, 21-Richard Dixon
Head Coach: Julio Valdez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)   63rd minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (caution)       90
USA – Brek Shea (caution)              90+4
PAN – Jairo Jimenez (caution)         90+4

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman


U.S. Men's National Team vs. Panama: Post-Match Quote Sheet - July 28, 2013

Post-Match Quote Sheet:
USA 1, Panama 0
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup - Final
July 28, 2013


U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On his leadership as a coach after the Gold Cup victory:
“Looking back, whenever you lose a game, that’s just a normal part of football globally. You get criticized if you win the games, things are not nice. It’s just normal. We said that we want to start a path that hopefully guides us to Brazil 2014 with a deeper pool of player that gives us more options. The players learn how to go through difficult moments and challenge themselves every time they come into a National Team environment. They were rewarded today for the fantastic Gold Cup that they played. They put all the energy out there that they had.”

On if the team is where he wanted it to be following the Gold Cup:
“It’s difficult to say. You always want to see progress. You want to see the guys grow and mature, and over the last two games we saw a lot of players reach another level. Personally, in the club environment and in the National Team environment, we keep pushing. We want to see them get to the next level again. They got rewarded for a very consistent and focused performance throughout those four weeks of the Gold Cup. They pushed each other. All 27 players involved. That’s why the four players that left after the group stage were here today. They helped each other. They had an amazing spirit in this group and they badly wanted this competition. They deserved it.

“By far the best team of the tournament was the United States. We all know that there are different benchmarks out there. The global game is played in South America and it’s played in Europe and there are a lot of other benchmarks waiting for us, but it’s time that you see progress from this group of players. They all understand that it takes a lot more to become really good. A month from now we are already talking about World Cup Qualifying and the next benchmark. Today, they deserve the biggest compliment and they gave me a nice champagne shower. We will enjoy this moment because these moments are there to celebrate.”

On the growth of soccer in the U.S.:
“Soccer in this country is unstoppable; you can’t stop it anymore. It will get only better. It will get bigger. The crowds we’ve had at the last three games were 60-70-80 thousand in Dallas, in Baltimore, people buying into this sport. Millions of kids play in this country. Do we need to improve many elements in the game? Yes, we all know that. You can’t stop it anymore. Soccer made it here in the U.S.”

On American finding success in top European leagues:
“You always want to see the player move on to the next highest level, wherever that is. If it’s in Europe, if it’s in South America, if it’s here and you improve through the American system, fine. You want them just to get better and make the most out of their career, make the most out of their potential, and that’s what we’re here for as a National Team coaching staff. We help them understand where the next level is.”

On Mix Diskerud coming on for Stuart Holden and the depth of the team:
“We hope to see a challenging group and competitive group. We saw already in the first couple days in San Diego before our friendly against Guatemala that these four midfielders, Jose (Torres), Mix (Diskerud), Stuart (Holden) and Kyle (Beckerman), they were going for it. Everyone was just challenging. I said it in the team meeting this morning to Jose and Mix that it hurts me as a coach to leave you on the bench, because you deserve it like everybody else to be in the starting eleven. At the end of the day, you can only choose eleven, and they were okay with it.”

On bringing in Brek Shea as a substitute:
“That element with Brek coming in and taking people on and having this surprising element in his game, every opponent would fear that. As a coach you always think that if you do something now what would an opponent fear from your end. You see a guy like Brek, unpredictable for himself and for the opponent. It is a card that you want to play. He knows that he has a way to go, he knows that he’s has a fight for his spot as Stoke, which he will do from tomorrow on. He has this hunger and this willingness to learn. “

On what his first trophy means:
“It’s always nice winning a trophy. You just always want to win it in a way that you have the feeling that you deserve it. This team definitely deserves the trophy, they were by far the best team of the Gold Cup, and that’s what they already said when we had our team talk. You do what you did the last four weeks, you deserve to win this tournament. It’s going to be a nail-biter, it’s going to take patience. It’s a good feeling for everyone, for the coach as well. You win the trophy because you deserve it. Same as 1990, we (Germany) won a World Cup and we deserved it.”

On Landon Donovan joining the team for World Cup Qualifiers:
“He has to prove himself every day, and he does that. He takes this challenge. He deserves every compliment from everybody here about this tournament, about being the MVP of the tournament. Scoring all the goals and making a difference. I’m giving all that energy to the group. There’s a high probability that he joins us for the September games. It’s not a discussion. He also knows that it’s always about the present, it’s about today and tomorrow and he took that very well and he accepted that role.”

On Stuart Holden’s injury:
“We are very concerned about Stuart’s situation. It looks like a very serious injury, but I’m not a doctor and I can’t confirm it. We’re going wait until tomorrow where hopefully things look better. We’ll get an MRI and he’ll have all the tests done. Stu is a player that when something happens, he knows when something happens. Hopefully it’s not as bad, but it’s not looking good right now.”

On what the Gold Cup told him looking forward toward the World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica:
“This Gold Cup showed us that we have a lot of players being ready for the next level. We understand that World Cup Qualifying will be extremely difficult at the next level, but we’re getting ready for that. We’re going to go there and we want to win the game there if possible and we want to give it a very good game. We have developed over the last two months a bigger pool of players that understand what international football is about, and they’re ready and are all hungry for the next opportunity. We have a friendly in Europe with mostly European-based players. Not even a month from now, we’ll be talking about beautiful Costa Rica, and that’s something we’re looking forward to.”

U.S. Forward LANDON DONOVAN
On the goal:
“Alejandro cut onto his left foot, it deflected off one of their defenders, rolled in front of me and I took a mighty swing at it and missed. But it was enough to throw the goalie off and was a tap-in for Brek.”

On the 2013 Gold Cup:
“I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. As far as just having fun, it’s up there. I’m really proud to be a part of what we’ve been through. As I get older the things that matter to me are winning and when you look around and see kids holding the trophy and experiencing something for the first time it makes me really happy.”

On his future after Gold Cup:
“This is not the end. This is just the end of the tournament but hopefully this is just the beginning for a lot of us and we want to be part of the bigger picture.”

On Panama’s strategy:
“It was the story of the tournament. They defended very well and sometimes you get frustrated and you think what I can do better but at the same time you have to give them credit for doing a good job. It was very clear early on that their intention was to close the space to myself and Eddie and they did a good job of that but as time wore on I think broke them down and wore them down.”

On the team’s bench:
“Our subs in this tournament were fantastic. Every time someone got called on they made a difference in the game and that’s a big part of winning the tournament.”

U.S. Goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the upcoming World Cup Qualifying team:
“That is what he wants to do. He told us he wants to have hard decisions and it was hard for him to put guys out there and put out a starting lineup. That’s what coaches do and this was an opportunity for guys to shine and show him what they can do on the field. I thought it was great. What more can you ask for to win a Gold Cup in Chicago?”


U.S. Forward JOE CORONA
On the Gold Cup:
“It’s been a great tournament. It’s been a great experience for me personally. I felt good during the tournament. I think I played well but I still want to set my standard and make it harder for coach to make picks.”

U.S. Defender DAMARCUS BEASLEY
On winning the Gold Cup:
“It’s been great. It’s been a long month; a deserving one. This is what it comes down to, as footballers you strive to win something in your career and to be champions of the Gold Cup is great. This group came together very fast. It’s a young group, inexperienced but at the same time we did the job to become champions. It was great group, a great month and I’m very proud of everybody.”

On winning the Gold Cup in Chicago:
“This is my second home. This is where I started my professional career and I still have so much love for the fans of the Chicago Fire. It’s my first real club. To win it here, it’s a special moment for myself and to be captain and hold up the trophy for the first time. It was a great moment that I will never forget. I’m honored to be captain of this team and very grateful for the opportunity.”

On the effect winning the Gold Cup has on World Cup Qualifying:
“You want to catch a good vibe on the last year of qualifying and before the World Cup. Winning 11 games internationally is big. You want to start peaking at this time before World Cup. While we are still in qualifying you want that confidence, and right now in the USA we have that confidence; the confidence that we can beat anybody and hopefully it stays until Brazil.”

By the Numbers: U.S. MNT’s 10-Game Winning Streak

The U.S. Men’s National Team has kept the party going since its 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 – U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match, which was held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

That game marked the start of a record-breaking run that has now led the USA to the final of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Panama on Sunday, July 28, against Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago.

As the USA shoots for its fifth straight Gold Cup crown, here are some interesting numbers and trends by the team over this stretch:

  • Altidore fuels start: Jozy Altidore scored one goal in each of the first four games of this winning streak.
  • Donovan’s stellar return: Landon Donovan has scored seven goals and assisted seven others during this winning streak to lead the team in both categories in 2013. The seven assists tie for second-best in Donovan’s career, and the seven goals rank second only to his record-setting 10-goal performance in 2009. Donovan also has a chance with his next goal or assist to tie a career high for goals/assist production – he was involved in 15 goals (10 goals, 5 assists) in 2009, and he sits at 14 (7 goals, 7 assists) for 2013. Donovan now has 56 career goals and 56 career assists, comfortably holding the all-time record in each category.
  • Wondolowski heats up: Entering the year with eight caps and zero goals to his name, Chris Wondolowski proved that his heavy MLS scoring arsenal is no fluke. During the streak he has scored six goals, including a first-half hat trick during the USA’s 6-1 win against Belize on July 9.
  • 3.4 per game: That is the USA’s scoring average during the winning streak as the team has outscored its opponents by an impressive 34-8 margin. Thirteen different players have scored a goal during this stretch.
  • Four clean sheets: The U.S. blanked Panama 2-0 on June 11, shut out Honduras 1-0 on June 18, garnered its most lopsided victory of the year with a 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5, and topped Costa Rica 1-0 on July 16.
  • Staying ahead: During this winning streak, the U.S. MNT has trailed for less than 10 minutes of regulation time. Its only deficit came when Cuba scored a 36th-minute goal to take a 1-0 lead on July 13. Donovan found the equalizer with a first-half stoppage time penalty kick and the USA would score three second-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory.
  • First career goals: Four U.S. MNT players will fondly look back on this run when they notched their first career tallies. This group includes Alejandro Bedoya (1), Joe Corona (2), Brek Shea (1) and Wondolowski (6).

U.S. MNT Advances to 2013 Gold Cup Final with 3-1 Victory Against Honduras

  • USA Faces Panama-Mexico Winner in Gold Cup Final at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 28, at Soldier Field in Chicago
  • U.S. Increases Record Winning Streak to 10 Games; Gold Cup Final Will Give USA Opportunity to Tie Record Home Winning Streak of 10
  • Landon Donovan Scores Two Goals, Assists on Eddie Johnson Tally

DALLAS (July 24, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team advanced to its ninth CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and will be shooting for its fifth title following a 3-1 semifinal victory against Honduras at Cowboys Stadium.

Landon Donovan scored twice and assisted on Eddie Johnson’s opening goal to lead the Americans to their fifth straight Gold Cup Final appearance.

With the victory, the USA increased its record winning streak to 10 games, three more than its previous high of seven straight wins accomplished in 2007. The USA also improved to 11-2-2 in 2013.

The U.S. now faces the winner of Wednesday night’s late semifinal matchup between Panama and Mexico in the Gold Cup Championship Game on Sunday, July 28, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on FOX and Univision. Fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA previously won the tournament in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. With four runner-up finishes, the U.S. has now reached the championship game in nine of the 12 editions of the Gold Cup. Only three countries have won the tournament, with Mexico leading the way with six championships and Canada earning the 2000 title.

The USA put the pressure on Honduras early and got on the score sheet first in just the 11th minute. Clarence Goodson threaded a pass Donovan just past the center circle and one-touched a perfect pass into the path of Johnson, who took two excellent touches of his own at high speed to stay ahead of the chasing Honduras defenders before spinning a well-struck right-footed shot past goalkeeper sliding goalkeeper Donis Escobar.

It was the seventh assist of the tournament for Donovan, who playing in his 150th career game. His seven assists in 2013 also tie his highest total for a calendar year, trailing only his record-setting 10-assist performance in 2009. He also increased his U.S. record total to 55 career assists.

It was Johnson’s 17th career goal, moving him into a seventh-place tie with Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Earnie Stewart.

The USA doubled its lead in the 27th minute after Johnson headed a long ball down the right side to Alejandro Bedoya who out-hustled his defender to win the ball and lifted a pass to Donovan inside the penalty area. With a perfectly-fluid finish, the USA’s all-time leading scorer brought the ball down with his chest and then deftly flicked a sublime half-volley with his right foot past the stranded Escobar to make it 2-0.

Nery Medina got Honduras back into the match in the 52nd minute, pounding home a header from a Marvin Chavez free kick from the right side, but the USA immediately answered back. In the 53rd minute, defender Clarence Goodson sent a long ball that led Bedoya into the right side of the penalty box. With Donovan making a hard and unmarked run straight up the middle, Bedoya found him with a short cross in the air and Donovan touched the ball into the open net from close range.

The match featured more than a few chippy tackles from Honduras and in the 87th minute U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was sent off by referee Walter Quesada after DaMarcus Beasley was fouled hard at the near sideline.

Additional Notes:

  • Landon Donovan is the only player on the USA’s Gold Cup roster to have started in all five matches during this year’s tournament, and he had played 432 straight minutes before being subbed out by Chris Wondolowski in the 72nd minute. He now has 33 career Gold Cup appearances.
  • Donovan has at least one assist in three straight games and with an assist in the championship game would match the U.S. record of four, set by Donovan on two previous occasions in 2004 and 2009.
  • Donovan now has 18 career Gold Cup goals, seven goals in 2013 to lead the team and increased his U.S. MNT career record to 56 goals.
  • Along with its overall winning streak, the USA will have a chance to tie its U.S. home record winning streak of 10, which was set from June 15, 2008, through July 11, 2009.
  • Alejandro Bedoya’s two assists were the first two of his international career.
  • Captain DaMarcus Beasley made his 108th career appearance, moving within two of sixth-place Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110 caps each).
  • Nick Rimando became the fifth U.S. goalkeeper in the modern era to post five victories during a calendar year, improving to 5-0-0 in 2013. The other four goalkeepers to earn five or more wins in a year are: Tim Howard (five times), Kasey Keller (four times), Tony Meola (four times) and Troy Perkins (one time).
  • Jurgen Klinsmann made three starting lineup changes from the USA’s quarterfinal victory against El Salvador on July 21. Midfielders Stuart Holden and Alejandro Bedoya earned the start ahead of Mix Diskerud and Joe Corona, while forward Eddie Johnson got the call ahead of Chris Wondolowski to play up front in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Honduras.
  • The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff against the winner of the 2015 tournament to determine the CONCACAF entrant in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
  • The U.S. moved to 14-4-3 all-time against Honduras and 11-2-2 against Honduras on U.S. soil.
  • Honduras is one of only two teams to have beaten the United States this year, along with Belgium. Honduras rallied for a 2-1 victory against the U.S. on Feb. 6 in San Pedro Sula. It was the teams’ first meeting in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Clint Dempsey had the USA’s lone goal to give his side a 1-0 lead.
  • Wednesday’s match marked the fourth time the U.S. and Honduras have met in the knockout phase of the Gold Cup. The United States down Honduras in penalties after a scoreless draw to capture the inaugural championship in 1991. The USA earned 2-1 semifinal victories against Honduras in 2005 and 2009.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: July 24, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Semifinal
Venue: Cowboys Stadium – Dallas, Texas
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance:
Weather: Indoors

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
USA                            2      1      3
HON                           0      1      1

USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan)              11th minute
USA –Landon Donovan (Alejandro Bedoya)           27
HON – Nery Medina (Marvin Chavez)                    52
USA – Landon Donovan (Alejandro Bedoya)          53

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 67), 11-Stuart Holden; 20-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Chris Wondolowski, 72), 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 67); 26-Eddie Johnson
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 6-Joe Corona,12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 22-Bill Hamid, 24-Omar Gonzalez, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escobar; 3-Brayan Beckeles, 2-Osman Chavez (capt.), 13-Nery Medina, 6-Juan Carlos Garcia; 23-Edder Delgado, 20-Jorge Claros, 16-Alexander Lopez (9-Jerry Palacios, 46); 14-Andy Najar, 21-Roger Rojas (11-Rony Martinez, 69), 7-Diego Reyes (17-Marvin Chavez, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Jose Mendoza, 5-Jose Velasquez, 8-Gerson Rodas, 10-Mario Martinez, 12-Orlin Peralta, 15-Mario Berrios, 18-Kevin Hernandez, 19-Wilmer Fuentes, 24-Erick Norales
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez 

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 18 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 18
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Eddie Johnson (caution)                     90+2nd minute

Officials:
Referee: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Jeffery Solis (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

U.S. Men's National Team Advances to Semifinals with 5-1 Win against El Salvador

  • Landon Donovan Assists on First, Third and Fifth Goals, Sets Up the Second and Scores the Fourth
  • Substitute Eddie Johnson Seals Game with 16th International Goal on His First Touch of Match after Just 15 Seconds on the Field
  • USA’s Semifinal Opponent on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET at Cowboys Stadium Will be Winner of Honduras-Costa Rica Match

BALTIMORE, Md. (July 21, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team advanced to the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 5-1 victory against El Salvador as defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud and forwards Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored for the Americans in front of a huge crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.

With the win, the USA moves on to the final four of the tournament where it will face the winner of the Honduras-Costa Rica match, which is the second quarterfinal of the day. The USA’s semifinal will be held at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday, July 24 with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox Soccer. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. Men’s National Team also extended its record winning streak to nine games, a mark initially broken after the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 on July 16 for its eighth win in a row. The five goals also upped the USA’s total for the tournament to 16, the most scored in a CONCACAF Gold Cup by a U.S. team, beating its previous high of 13 scored in 2003 (accomplished in five games) and in 2007 (six games).

The USA had the vast majority of possession throughout the match, and if not for a fantastic first-half performance from El Salvador goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo, the game would have been decided well before the break.

Donovan started his fifth consecutive match since returning to the U.S. National Team and once again he proved to be a difference-maker.

The USA capitalized on its territorial advantage in the 21st minute, scoring its first goal off a perfectly executed set play from a short corner kick. Midfielder Jose Torres played the corner short to Donovan, who passed back to Michael Parkhurst above the right corner of the penalty area. Donovan then made a sneaky run behind the Salvadoran defenders and was rewarded with a perfect chip from Parkhurst. Donovan took the ball down on his chest near the end line and cut a cross back into the middle, through the legs of defender Jose Henriquez and right to Goodson, who smashed his first-time shot into the open net from six yards out.

U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to the nets after giving way to Sean Johnson during the USA’s final group game and came up with a fantastic double save in the 26th minute to keep the USA ahead. Rodolfo Zelaya got free down the left to cross on the ground to Mark Blanco, but Rimando made a point blank kick save on the wide-open attempt and then was up on his feet in an instant to scramble across the goal and make a diving save at the left post, pushing the second shot – a strike from 18 yards out – just outside the post for a corner kick, which he promptly grabbed in traffic.

Donovan was the catalyst for the second goal as well, taking a pass on the left side and turning toward goal at speed. A nifty feint to the inside created some space, and he made a short square pass along the top of the top of the penalty area to Chris Wondolowski, who in turn squared the ball to Corona. The U.S. midfielder put his defender on the ground with a sharp fake and then slid his shot into the lower left corner of the net from 16 yards out for his second goal of the tournament and second international goal.

El Salvador pulled a goal back in the 39th minute after Zelaya’s dynamic run eluded three U.S. defenders with a lateral dribble across the penalty area. It ended when U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley stepped in front of the fast-moving Zelaya, who bundled into him, resulting in a penalty kick. Zelaya stepped up to take the kick himself, sending a soft chip up the middle as Rimando dove to his left.

El Salvador came out of the break with extra energy and initially put some dangerous pressure on the U.S. back line, but a 60th minute substitute of Johnson for Wondolowski immediately paid off. Johnson entered the game at 59 minutes and 30 seconds as the USA was setting up for a corner kick and headed the ball home just 15 seconds later. Donovan took the corner short to Torres, who stopped the ball, allowing Donovan to bend a service into the middle. Johnson, who had jogged from the sideline into the pack of players in the penalty area, sliced through to crush his header into the upper left corner.

As a hard rain began to fall in Baltimore, Donovan added the fourth goal in the 78th minute, and it originated off a long kick from Rimando. Johnson flicked the ball on with his head into the path of the streaking Donovan, and the USA’s all-time leading scorer did the rest, rounding Portillo to the right on the breakaway and slipping his shot into the open net.

On a night when the USA could have scored more than a few more goals, Mix Diskerud added the last score in the 84th minute with a well-placed six-yard header off a short chipped cross that came from Donovan in the right side of the penalty area.

Additional Notes:

  • With the win, the USA has now advanced to the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the seventh consecutive time, and 11 times out of 12 total.
  • Clarence Goodson, a University of Maryland product who was enjoying a homecoming of sorts, scored his fifth goal in a U.S. uniform. He has scored three of those five in the Gold Cup, and has now scored in three different Gold Cup tournaments (2009, 2011 and 2013).
  • The one-goal, three-assist night gave Donovan 54 goals and 55 assists for his career. Donovan now has five goals and seven assists in five matches since his return to the National Team.
  • Matt Besler, who was one of four players added to the roster after the group stage, started in central defense with Clarence Goodson before giving way to Michael Orozco in the 75th minute.
  • Nick Rimando played his third career game against El Salvador, including his debut for the MNT, a 2-1 win Nov. 17, 2002, in Washington, D.C.
  • The victory extended the USA’s overwhelming advantage to 16-1-5 in the lifetime series against El Salvador dating back to 1977. The U.S. has scored 51 goals in those matches.
  • This was the fifth meeting in the Gold Cup between the two teams (1996, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2013), and the first time the Central Americans have scored on the USA.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: July 21, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Md.
Kickoff: 4:06 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 87 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            2 3 5
SLV                             1 0 1

USA – Clarence Goodson (Landon Donovan)        21st minute
USA – Joe Corona (Chris Wondolowski)               29
SLV – Rodolfo Zelaya (penalty kick)                     39
USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan)             60
USA – Landon Donovan (Eddie Johnson)             78
USA – Mix Diskerud (Landon Donovan)                84

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler (4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 75), 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud; 6-Joe Corona, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 66), 10-Landon Donovan; 19-Chris Wondolowski (26-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 11-Stuart Holden, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 20-Alejandro Bedoya,22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

SLV: 1-Dagoberto Portillo; 2-Moises Garcia, 3-Victor Turcios, 23-Jose Henriquez, 16-Marcelo Posadas; 12-Andres Flores, 6-Richard Menjivar, 7-Darwin Ceren, 8-William Romero (9-Rafael Burgos, 46); 17-Mark Blanco (10-Kevin Santamaria, 46), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (19-Gerson Mayen, 73)
Subs not used: 4-Steven Purdy, 5-Jose Granadino, 13-Alexander Larin, 14-Dustin Corea, 15-Darwin Bonilla, 18-Benji Villalobos, 20-Josue Flores, 21-Nestor Renderos, 22-Derby Carrillo
Head Coach: Alberto Agustin Castillo

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 20 / 12
Shots on Goal: 10 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Clarence Goodson (caution)           15th minute
SLV – Darwin Ceren (caution)                  68

Officials:
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan


U.S. MNT Stays Perfect in Group C with 1-0 Victory Against Costa Rica

  • Brek Shea’s First International Goal is 82nd Minute Game-Winner
  • USA Sets All-Time Record for Consecutive Wins at Eight in a Row
  • USA Will Face El Salvador in Quarterfinal on Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. ET at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Live on FOX and Univision

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (July 16, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team clinched first place in Group C of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica at Rentschler Field. Midfielder Brek Shea, a late substitute who came on in the 77th minute, scored his first international goal off a breakaway with eight minutes left in regulation time.

The victory gave the USA eight wins in a row, setting an all-time record for consecutive wins for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

With the win, the United States upped its record to 13-12-6 all-time against Costa Rica while ending the Ticos’ shutout streak at 785 minutes. The last time Costa Rica allowed a goal was Clint Dempsey’s strike on March 22, 2013, during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match in a snowy Commerce City, Colorado.

The U.S. will now face El Salvador, the third-place finisher in Group B, in the quarterfinal on Sunday, July 21. Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is 4 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

The game appeared headed for a 0-0 stalemate as legitimate chances were in short supply for both sides, but in the 82nd minute Costa Rica earned a corner kick on the left side of the field that would trigger a wild sequence and lead to the U.S. goal. Celso Borges sent his service to the far post where Carlos Johnson powered a header towards the upper right corner. U.S. goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who was making his first start and seeing his first minutes of the tournament, made a spectacular leaping save, just getting a piece of the ball to push it off the crossbar.

The USA scrambled to clear their penalty area, and the ball eventually got to the feet of Joe Corona on the right side. He then sent a perfect long service to the streaking Landon Donovan down the wing. With the scrambling Costa Rica defense pulled out of shape, the USA’s all-time leading scorer Donovan used a marvelously efficient first-time touch into the middle of the field to spring Shea behind the last defender with a perfectly weighted pass.

Shea ran onto the ball, settled with one touch and struck a low shot with his preferred left foot to the left of Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton, who was coming off his line to cut down the angle. Pemberton got a piece of the ball but could not keep it out of the net as it tucked nicely into the lower left corner.

Costa Rica pushed hard for an equalizer, firing two shots on goal in the last two minutes of stoppage time, but Johnson was up to the task with two solid grabs and earned the clean sheet.

Additional Notes:

  • Brek Shea is the seventh player on this U.S. roster to score his first international goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Shea joins Corona as the second player to score his debut goal in the 2013 edition of the regional championship.
  • The match marked the first start in official competition for Sean Johnson, who now has three caps. Johnson started in the 0-0 draw against Canada on January 29 in Houston earlier this year.
  • Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya got his first start in the 2013 Gold Cup. He played in five matches in the 2011 edition, including all three games in the knockout phase. Bedoya scored his first international goal in the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: July 16, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group C
Venue: Rentschler Field  – East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 8:06 p.m. ET
Attendance: 25,432
Weather: Sunny, 90 degrees

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

USA – Brek Shea (Landon Donovan)          82nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-Sean Johnson; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 11-Stuart Holden, 8-Mix Diskerud; 20-Alejandro Bedoya (6-Joe Corona, 80), 10-Landon Donovan, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 77); 19-Chris Wondolowski (9-Herculez Gomez, 77)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Nick Rimando, 2-Edgar Castillo, 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 13-Tony Beltran, 14-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton (capt.); 16-Carlos Johnson, 3-Giancarlo González, 4-Michael Umaña, 15-Junior Diaz;8-Kenny Cunningham, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 19-Roy Miller (14-Christopher Meneses, 68); 20-Rodney Wallace (10-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 71), 22-Jairo Arrieta (9-Alvaro Saborio, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Leonel Moreira, 2-Kendall Watson, 6-Juan Madrigal, 7-Mauricio Castillo, 11-Michael Barrantes, 12-Yendrick Ruiz,13-Ariel Rodriguez, 21-Esteban Granados, 23-Luis Torres
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto 

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 7 / 5
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 8
Offside: 5 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Patrick Pemberton (caution)           55th minute
CRC – Kenny Cunningham (caution)         56
USA – Stuart Holden (caution)                 60
CRC – Jairo Arrieta (caution)                   76
USA – Michael Parkhurst (caution)            90+2

Officials:
Referee: Courtney Campbell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Fletcher (CAN)
Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clarence Goodson

MNT vs. Costa Rica: Post-Game Quotes

Post-Game Quote Sheet:
U.S. Men's National Team vs. Costa Rica
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 16, 2013

U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN:
On the game overall:
“I think we saw an entertaining game, a game that we pushed to the end in order to win it. The team really deserves a huge compliment because we could have taken the easy way in saying, ‘We are first anyway in the group and the tie is fine.’ A tie is not fine with us. The team pushed it and grinded until the last minute and deserved another goal. A beautiful combination there, and obviously happy – first place, nine points, and you can see that there’s a chemistry there that’s fun to watch.”

On showing faith in guys such as Brek Shea and Sean Johnson:
 
“We’re happy for them because they deserve opportunities. A lot of young players coming through the ranks that we saw last year in the Olympic qualifiers, and having that disappointment, or going younger to Tab Ramos’ group, they played in Turkey, tied the World Champions and were in the Group of Death. All these players, we need to carefully build them and help them, and support them when things go wrong. Sooner or later it will pay off. When there is an opportunity like today where there is not much at stake in terms of we were qualified and Costa Rica was qualified for the quarterfinals, it’s still giving them a taste of these important battles, even if it’s for 20 or 25 minutes. Especially for Brek, coming off that game in Salt Lake where a couple of balls slipped away from his feet, he actually had a couple of moments there, two crosses that could have been two goals, and then had bad moments. We’ve got to build them and keep on building them, and give those opportunities whenever possible and making them understand that they only get better through a lot of work.”

On the budding rivalry with Costa Rica:
“It was pretty obvious starting the game that they had a back-five line, pretty compact. They didn’t allow any space there to go through. It will end up in a grind; it will end up in a battle. You’ve got to win your one-on-one situation; you’ve got to sooner or later hope there is an opening moment and break through and score a goal. We said it at halftime that you’ve got to be patient and you’ve got to keep working there and we’ve got to shift over to the other side whenever possible. Stuart Holden did that very well with a lot of diagonal balls, taking them over, getting them tired eventually.”

On Landon Donovan in the Gold Cup:
“Landon with his experience is so valuable for us. He can guide the front line first with Wondo [Chris Wondolowski] up front and then with Herc [Herculez Gomez] coming in. He was always communicating with Alejandro [Bedoya] and Jose [Torres] on the flanks. The ball that he played into Brek is just a perfect ball. His leadership in that moment is very important to the team, and he understands that moment. He’s a player that understands the importance of certain games. There was nothing at stake in a certain way, but I made it clear to the team that it is important because it’s Costa Rica. We want a benchmark, and we made that clear before. We want to send them a signal because we might meet them again in this tournament. One step at a time, but the things that we asked Landon to do, he did them.”

On Costa Rica playing such a defensive game:
“We saw when we got the lineup in that previous game they had played a back-five already. That shows a lot of respect for us. That’s what we told the players. They’re making it really compact, they’re going to sit deep, and they want to counter break us, which they had opportunities to do so. They have quality players that can always hurt you in a specific moment. They’re coming out for a very defensive-minded shape, so we’ve got to find ways, we’ve got to move the ball quickly and wait for those moments when they make a mistake and open up some things. It ends up in a lot of work. It’s good that they have five days until Sunday to recover from that game, but it was worth it to put the extra work in there. It also builds the spirit, it builds the chemistry. They understand that it’s only going to get more difficult. In the knockout stage, you have to be sharp 90 minutes or even longer. If you look at our back line, especially our two center backs, it was just wonderful to see. Michael Orozco [Fiscal] is there like a rock and Clarence [Goodson] with his leadership, pushing that line up and not dropping deep. It helped a lot for the midfielders to get the balls in the upper areas and not too deep.”

On the quality of the pass from Donovan to Shea:
The pass was perfect. There’s no other word for it. It was a wonderful ball into Brek.”

On the play of Stuart Holden:
“Stuart is a work in progress. We started with that after his season was over in England and we had many talks and we said we’d take it one day at a time. He’s a workaholic and he can’t get enough. We’ve got to build him and that’s what we’re doing. Today, going 90 minutes, and even in the last 10 minutes chasing down people, it was great to see. It gives us a very valuable option going forward at midfield. I’m glad about his progress.”

On the play of Michael Parkhurst:
“We observe the players over longer stretches of time. We talk to them whenever they are in camp. If they’re not in camp, we still communicate with them and follow they’re situation with the club teams. We’re there to help. He had a very tough couple of months because he made that big move into the Bundesliga and then couldn’t play because when he got there he was injured and then someone else took the spot and then they didn’t switch anymore. He’s a very smart player, how he reads the game. He has a wonderful first touch. He can chip the ball into dangerous areas over their back line and over their side. Every player on this team has specific qualities, and it’s our job as coaches to put those qualities into the team. We’re glad we were patient with him as well during the May/June period and talked a lot and said you will see it’s worth it, and a performance like tonight proved it.”

On making changes before the quarterfinals:
“We’re in contact with the clubs already. You’ve got to give me a couple more hours until tomorrow because I want to first talk to the players, but we’re going to make some changes.”

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper SEAN JOHNSON:
On getting the start in goal:
“It felt good to be back out there. Anytime you can represent your country it’s a special thing. To go out there and get a result, and a shutout, was fantastic. The guys in front of me did an amazing job and made my job easier, and we were able to come away with the result.”

On winning Group C:
“That was our objective coming in. We wanted to make sure we got three points in every game of the first part of this tournament and we were able to execute.”

On the save that led to the counter and goal:
“It was just a corner that was floated back post and I was able to get across. I think the guy did well to reach back and get a head on it, and I was able to get a fingertip on it, push it off the bar. Luckily it turned into a break for us. It was huge to come away with a goal and be able to close the game out from that point.”

On how he saw the goal and sequence unfold:
“I was watching it all develop. It was special from my position to see the transition. We talk about being quick in transition to get out to Landon, and Landon to play a ball first across to Brek. Fantastic play by us and we were able to attack on the counter and come away with the goal.”

On the difficulty of playing against Costa Rica:
“It was the toughest game of the group so far, as a test personally and as a team. We knew it was going to be tough. We had to fight and grind, but not every win is going to be pretty. You have to grind out sometimes, and we were able to fight tonight. The guys really battled, and credit to the guys in front of me who did a fantastic job and we were able to come away with a result.”

U.S. MNT Midfielder LANDON DONOVAN:
On winning eight straight games:
“For any National Team in the world, to win eight straight games is pretty impressive, regardless of the competition. To do it in some qualifiers, to do against Germany and then a few games in the Gold Cup is pretty special, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

On winning Group C outright:
“The goal always in the Gold Cup is to win our group and then we go from there. That was the objective tonight. We didn’t want to just get through the group, we wanted to win it, and win it in style. I thought we did a good job. We scored a bunch of goals. I thought we were great defensively tonight. A big one moving forward against El Salvador and hopefully we’re on our way to getting back to the final.”

On the counter that led to the goal:
“This tournament is about 23 players and we’re fortunate enough to have a team where guys can step in and take over when called upon. Sean was great tonight, he made a great save. I saw the ball bounce around. Herc  did a good job challenging it, it fell to Joe [Corona], Joe played me a great ball, and I saw Brek streaking, so I wanted to make sure that I put it in a good spot for him. I know Brek felt bad about his performance the other night, so we were all happy for him to get the chance, score the goal and win the game for us.”

U.S. MNT Midfielder BREK SHEA:
On the victory:
“There were a lot of good moments throughout the game. Costa Rica kind of sat back, we did a lot of things right and kind of broke them down. By the time I got in, I just had an opening and good thing I took advantage of my chance.”

On winning the group outright:
“It’s good to get first place. It’s what we wanted. We talked about it from the beginning. Now it’s over and we have to move on to the next game and hopefully win that one.”

On his goal:
“Sean made a great save and we countered. I can’t really remember who found Landon (Donovan). I just saw him there, and I saw the space and I was going to make the run and hopefully he sees me, and he did. It just went in. I wanted to get my first touch and try to put it in the back of the net.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Qualifies for Quarterfinals of 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with 4-1 Victory against Cuba

  • U.S. MNT Equals Longest Consecutive Winning Streak of All Time at Seven Games; Previous Record Set from June 2-24, 2007
  • Chris Wondolowski Becomes Only U.S. Player in History to Score Five Goals in One Gold Cup Tournament
  • U.S. MNT Faces Costa Rica in Third Group C Match at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer

SANDY, Utah (July 13, 2013) - After going down a goal in the first half, the U.S. Men's National Team scored four consecutive goals to defeat Cuba 4-1 and seal its spot in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Landon Donovan, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski, with two, provided the scoring touch for the Americans at Rio Tinto Stadium.

With the victory, the United States has tied the longest winning streak in team history at seven in a row. The previous mark was set from June 2-24, 2007, beginning with a 4-1 win against China that led to six straight wins in the 2007 Gold Cup and a championship title.

Wondolowski now has five goals from two games in the tournament and is the only U.S. player in history to score that many in a single Gold Cup tournament. He is the second U.S. striker to score in three straight games this year, along with Jozy Altidore.

The U.S. will be back in action for their third group game against Costa Rica at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., on July 16 at 8 p.m. ET. The match will be televised on FOX Soccer with live coverage provided via Twitter @ussoccer and on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

Corona provided the first threat on goal in the match with a glancing header from a Landon Donovan corner kick in the 14th minute. However, the first half languished a bit as Cuba mounted a stout defensive effort and U.S. was unable to break the deadlock.

In fact, it would be Cuba that scored first as a counter attack lead to Jose Ciprian's strike from 10 yards which the Caribbean nation the lead. With the U.S. attacking on down the right, a turnover allowed Cuba to switch fields and spring an attack down the left sideline. Ariel Martinez beat Edgar Castillo around the corner and pulled it back to the spot for Ciprian to one-time past Rimando.

The U.S. would draw level on 44 minutes as a Donovan and Castillo combination at the top of the area earned a penalty kick when Castillo was chopped down as he burst free from the last line of defense. Donovan stepped up to the spot and tucked away his penalty into the left corner as the goalkeeper went the wrong way. The spot kick increased Donovan's career Gold Cup goal scoring record to 15.

The second half saw the U.S. pull away as Corona struck 12 minutes after the restart with a curling half strike from 20 yards. It was young midfielder's first goal for the senior U.S. side.

Substitute Wondolowski would then stamp his name on the match, providing goals in the 66th and 85th minutes to help Jurgen Klinsmann's men amass a three goal lead. His first goal was a touch of class as he clipped a one-time effort over goalkeeper Odelín Molina from a well-flighted Kyle Beckerman cross. His second was an opportunistic strike as he deftly lifted the ball over a defender's foot at the top of the goal box and pounded his chance home with his left foot.

Additional Notes:

  • Oguchi Onyewu captained the team for the second time in his career. The first came Oct. 12, 2010, in the 0-0 draw against Colombia in Chester, Pa.
  • In that same game, Stuart Holden made his last start for the National Team prior to today.
  • For the first time ever, the MNT starting lineup featured three players from the same club in Liga MX as Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez all play for Club Tijuana.
  • The U.S. also started three players from host Real Salt Lake: Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando.
  • Beltran, Castillo and Gomez earned their first Gold Cup caps.
  • Landon Donovan increased his team record of Gold Cup appearances to 30 all-time.
  • Corona becomes sixth U.S. player on this roster to score his first goal for the MNT in the Gold Cup.
  • Donovan increases his career goal total in the Gold Cup to a team-record 15 with his second penalty of the tournament.
  • The MNT equaled the most goals scored in three consecutive matches at 16, but set the mark for most goals scored in two consecutive Gold Cup matches.


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

Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Cuba
Date: July 13, 2013
Competition: 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group C
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 1:36 p.m. MT
Attendance: 17,597
Weather: 80 degrees, scattered showers

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

CUB - Jose Ciprian Alfonso (Ariel Martinez)         36th minute
USA - Landon Donovan (penalty)                       45+2
USA - Joe Corona                                             57
USA - Chris Wondolowski (Kyle Beckerman)        66
USA - Chris Wondolowski (Edgar Castillo)           85

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 13-Tony Beltran, 5-Oguchi Onyewu (capt.), 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 2-Edgar Castillo; 14-Kyle Beckerman; 6-Joe Corona, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 58) 23-Brek Shea (16-Jose Torres, 46); 10-Landon Donovan, 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 58)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Corey Ashe, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 20-Alejandro Bedoya, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CUB: 1-Odelín Molina; 15-Renay Malblanche, 14-Alianne Urgelles Montoya, 5-Jorge Clavelo (capt.), 13-Jorge Corrales, 6-Joel Colome; 11-Ariel Martinez, 20-Alberto Gomez (18-Liban Perez, 67), 8-Jaime Colome (10-Miguel Sanchez, 78), 3-Yenier Marquez; 9-Jose Ciprian Alfonso (17-Alexey Zuasnabar, 62)
Subs not used: 2-Michel Marquez, 4-Yasmany Lopez, 7-Armando Coroneaux, 12-Julio Ramos, 16-Angel Horta Lopez, 19-Dayron Blanco, 21-Disovelis Guerra, 22-Yoandir Puga 23-Jesús Rodriguez
Head coach: Walter Benitez

Stats Summary: USA / CUB
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 10 /2
Saves: 1 / 6
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CUB - Yenier Marquez (caution)                45+2nd minute
CUB - Joel Colome (caution)                     75

Officials:
Referee: David Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Joseph Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Chris Wondolowski


Wondolowski First-Half Hat Trick Leads U.S. MNT to 6-1 Victory in Gold Cup Opener Against Belize

  • Striker Becomes Third USA Player to Tally Hat Trick in Gold Cup
  • Landon Donovan Becomes First U.S. Player to Join 50/50 Club, Recording 50th and 51st Career Assists and Notching 52nd Career Goal
  • USA Resumes Gold Cup Play Against Cuba on July 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; Game Kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT with Live Broadcast on FOX and Univision

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 9, 2013) – Chris Wondolowski scored three first-half goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it opened Group C play of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 6-1 victory against Belize at JELD-WEN Field.

In the first-ever meeting between the two countries, Wondolowski became the third U.S. player to tally a hat trick in a Gold Cup match, joining Brian McBride and Landon Donovan. It also marked the 15th time a MNT player has notched three or more goals in a game.

Donovan became the first MNT player to record 50 career goals and 50 assists when he recorded an assist on Stuart Holden’s goal in the second half. The midfielder notched another assist on Michael Orozco header goal later in the half and also converted a penalty kick for his 52nd career goal.

With the victory, the U.S. took the Group C lead based on goal differential ahead of Costa Rica, which defeated Cuba 3-0 earlier in the night.

The U.S. resumes Gold Cup action when it faces Cuba on Saturday, July 13, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on FOX and Univision. Fans can also follow the live action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. attacked from the flanks heavily in the early going, and the team’s persistence paid off with Wondolowski’s unassisted tally in the 12th minute. Jose Torres crossed the ball from the left side and it was headed toward the goal by Joe Corona. Belize’s Trevor Lennen blocked the shot near the goal line, but Wondolowski buried the rebound from close range for his second career international goal after opening his U.S. account four days earlier against Guatemala in San Diego.

Wondolowski doubled the lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute with a diving header off of Kyle Beckerman’s cross from the right. Belize’s defense was caught flat-footed as Wondolowski timed his run perfectly before launching his body to head the service into the lower right corner.

Belize responded with a set piece goal from Ian Gaynair in the 40th minute when he was left unmarked on Elroy Smith’s free kick attempt from the right side. Gaynair did not need to leave his feet as he found space in between Michael Parkhurst and Kyle Beckerman to head home the cross from eight yards out and cut the U.S. lead in half.

It took just seconds for the Americans to get the two-goal lead back as Parkhurst came right back to launch a cross from the right side to Wondolowski, who rushed in front of Smith and headed in his third goal of the half at the near right post to send the USA into halftime with a 3-1 cushion.

Holden, who came on at halftime, got into the scoring act in the 58th minute. Joe Corona drove the ball to Donovan in the left side of the box and Donovan calmly headed the ball back to the top of the six-yard box, where Holden finished smartly with his right foot for his third career goal and a 4-1 lead. All three of Holden’s international goals have come in Gold Cup competition, adding to his two scores in the 2009 tournament.

In the 72nd minute, Donovan recorded his second assist of the match with a left-sided free kick that sailed over Belize’s Daniel Jimenez to Orozco. The central defender, who was making his first appearance of the year, skied for the header to tally his second career goal.

The USA increased its lead to 6-1 after Belize’s Ashley Torres was called for a handball in the box. Donovan took the subsequent penalty kick in the 76th minute, slotting his shot into the right side of the net as Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio guessed the opposite direction.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. improved to a perfect 12-0-0 in Gold Cup openers. Overall, the USA moved to 7-2-2 this year.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured eight of the same players that opened the USA’s 6-0 victory against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego, which served as the team’s tune-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The three changes included forward Chris Wondolowski earning the start in place of Herculez Gomez, paired alongside Landon Donovan in the USA’s 4-1-3-2 formation. The other adjustments from the Guatemala win were Michael Orozco starting in place of Oguchi Onyewu at center back alongside Clarence Goodson, and Mix Diskerud starting in place of Edgar Castillo.
  • Six USA players made their Gold Cup debuts: Nick Rimando, Orozco, Joe Corona, Diskerud, Jose Torres and second-half substitution Brek Shea.
  • With his start, the Norwegian-born Diskerud is now officially tied to the United States for his international career.
  • Donovan made his 146th career appearance and is now 18 caps behind all-time leader Cobi Jones (164). Donovan also played in his team-high 29th career Gold Cup game.
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who is wearing the captain’s armband for the 2013 Gold Cup, played in his 105th career game on Tuesday and will tie eighth-place Eric Wynalda (106) with his next appearance. The game also marked Beasley’s 18th career Gold Cup appearance.
  • Stuart Holden made his sixth career Gold Cup appearance when he started the second half in place of Kyle Beckerman.
  • The 12 goals over the span of two games tied for the second most scored in consecutive matches in U.S. history. The record is 15, set in two games in 1993 against the Cayman Islands (8-1 W) and El Salvador (7-0 W). The U.S. scored 12 goals in two consecutive games in their first two home games in 1925 and 1926, both 6-1 victories against Canada.  

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belize
Date: July 9, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group C
Venue: JELD-WEN Field – Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 8:06 p.m. PT
Attendance: 18,724
Weather: 75 degrees and sunny

Scoring Summary:    1      2      F
USA                            3      3      6
BLZ                             1      0      1

USA – Chris Wondolowski                                       12th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Kyle Beckerman)             37
BLZ – Ian Gaynair (Elroy Smith)                              40
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Parkhurst)          41
USA – Stuart Holden (Landon Donovan)                   58
USA – Michael Orozco Fiscal (Landon Donovan)         72
USA – Landon Donovan (penalty kick)                       76

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 66), 8-Mix Diskerud, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 61); 10-Landon Donovan, 19-Chris Wondolowski
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo; 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Herculez Gomez, 12-Sean Johnson, 13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BLZ: 27-Shane Orio; 3-Trevor Lennen (28-Harrison Tasher, 64), 6-Evan Mariano, 7-Ian Gaynair, 8-Elroy Smith, 9-Deon McCaulay, 10-Harrison Roches (2-David Trapp, 46), 16-Ashley Torres (11-Michael Salazar, 77), 18-Evral Trapp, 20-Daniel Jimenez, 23-Tyrone Pandy
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Woodrow West, 5-Kahlil Velasquez, 12-Elroy Kuylen, 13-Dalton Eiley, 14-Andres Makin, 22-Frank Lopez, 24-Lennox Castillo, 25-Devon Makin, 30-Luis Torres
Head coach: Ian Mork

Stats Summary: USA / BLZ
Shots: 26/7
Shots on Goal: 18/4
Saves: 4/1
Corner Kicks: 8/5
Fouls: 7/13
Offsides: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
BLZ – Trevor Lennen (caution)                      46th minute

Officials:
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ramon Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: Courtney Campbell (JAM) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Chris Wondolowski  

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
July 9, 2013 MNT vs Belize 6-1 W JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore. 18,724
July 13, 2013 MNT vs Cuba 4-1 W Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah 17,597
July 16, 2013 MNT vs Costa Rica 1-0 W Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn. 25,432
July 21, 2013 MNT vs El Salvador 5-1 W M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Md. 70,540
July 24, 2013 MNT vs Honduras 3-1 W Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas 81,410
July 28, 2013 MNT vs Panama 1-0 W Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. 57,920
PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
DaMarcus Beasley D 5-8 145 5/24/82 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Puebla (Mexico)
Kyle Beckerman M 5-10 165 4/23/82 Crofton, Md. Real Salt Lake
Alejandro Bedoya M 5-10 160 4/29/87 Weston, Fla. Nantes (France)
Tony Beltran D 5-9 155 10/11/87 Claremont, Calif. Real Salt Lake
Matt Besler D 6-0 170 2/11/87 Overland Park, Kan. Sporting Kansas City
Will Bruin F 6-2 195 10/24/89 St. Louis, Mo. Houston Dynamo
Edgar Castillo D 5-7 145 10/8/86 Las Cruces, N.M. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Joe Corona M 5-10 165 7/9/90 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Mix Diskerud M 6-0 150 10/2/90 Oslo, Norway Rosenborg (Norway)
Landon Donovan F 5-8 160 3/4/82 Redlands, Calif. LA Galaxy
Omar Gonzalez D 6-5 210 10/11/88 Dallas, Texas LA Galaxy
Clarence Goodson D 6-4 180 5/17/82 Alexandria, Va. San Jose Earthquakes
Alan Gordon F 6-3 190 10/16/81 Long Beach, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes
Bill Hamid GK 6-3 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. D.C. United
Stuart Holden M 5-10 160 8/1/85 Houston, Texas Bolton Wanderers (England)
Eddie Johnson F 6-0 180 3/31/84 Palm Coast, Fla. D.C. United
Sean Johnson GK 6-3 215 5/31/89 Lilburn, Ga. Chicago Fire
Michael Orozco D 5-11 160 2/7/86 Orange, Calif. Puebla (Mexico)
Michael Parkhurst D 5-11 155 1/24/84 Providence, R.I. Columbus Crew
Nick Rimando GK 5-11 180 6/17/79 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake
Brek Shea M 6-3 180 2/28/90 Bryan, Texas Stoke City (England)
Jose Torres M 5-7 135 10/29/87 Longview, Texas Tigres (Mexico)
Chris Wondolowski F 6-0 165 1/28/83 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
PAN
3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 7
MEX
3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 6
MTQ
3 1 2 0 2 4 -2 3
CAN
3 0 2 1 0 3 -3 1

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
HON 3 2 1 0 3 2 +1 6
TRI 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
SLV
3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
HAI 3 1 2 0 2 3 -1 3

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 3 0 0 11 2 +9 9
CRC 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 6
CUB
3 1 2 0 5 7 -2 3
BLZ 3 0 3 0 1 11 -10 0

Group A

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
July 7 Canada vs. Martinique 0-1 Rose Bowl;
Pasadena, Calif.
July 7 Mexico vs. Panama 1-2 Rose Bowl;
Pasadena, Calif.
July 11 Panama vs. Martinique 1-0 Centrury Link Field;
Seattle, Wash.
July 11 Mexico vs. Canada 2-0 Centrury Link Field;
Seattle, Wash.
July 14 Martinique vs. Mexico 1-3 Sports Authority Field;
Denver, Colo.
July 14 Panama vs. Canada 0-0 Sports Authority Field;
Denver, Colo.

Group B

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
July 8 El Salvador vs. Trinidad & Tobago 2-2 Red Bull Arena;
Harrison, N.J.
July 8 Haiti vs. Honduras 0-2 Red Bull Arena;
Harrison, N.J.
July 12 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Haiti 0-2 Sun Life Stadium;
Miami, Fla.
July 12 Honduras vs. El Salvador 1-0 Sun Life Stadium;
Miami, Fla.
July 15 El Salvador vs. Haiti 1-0 BBVA Compass Stadium;
Houston, Tex.
July 15 Honduras vs. Trinidad & Tobago 0-2 BBVA Compass Stadium;
Houston

Group C

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
July 9 Costa Rica vs. Cuba 3-0 Jeld-Wen Field;
Portland, Ore.:
July 9 USA vs. Belize 6-1 W Jeld-Wen Field;
Portland, Ore.
:
July 13 USA vs. Cuba 4-1 W Rio Tinto Stadium;
Sandy, Utah
July 13 Costa Rica vs. Belize 1-0 Rio Tinto Stadium;
Sandy, Utah
July 16 Cuba vs. Belize 4-0 Rentschler Field;
Hartford, Conn.
July 16 USA vs. Costa Rica 1-0 W Rentschler Field;
Hartford, Conn.

Quarterfinals

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
July 20 Panama vs. Cuba 6-1 Georgia Dome;
Atlanta, Ga.
July 20 Mexico vs. T&T
1-0 Georgia Dome;
Atlanta, Ga.
July 21 USA vs. El Salvador 5-1 W M&T Bank Stadium;
Baltimore, Md.
July 21 Honduras vs. Costa Rica
1-0 M&T Bank Stadium;
Baltimore, Md.

Semifinals

Date Match Kickoff (ET) / Result Venue
July 24 USA vs. Honduras  3-1 W Cowboys Stadium;
Arlington, Tex.
July 24 Panama vs. Mexico  2-1 Cowboys Stadium;
Arlington, Tex.

Final

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue
July 28 USA vs. Panama 1-0 W Soldier Field;
Chicago, Ill.
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