U.S. Takes on Top-Ranked Spain in Gold Cup Tuneup
The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off a huge summer of competition with a high-profile friendly against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No.1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision.
June 3, 2011
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U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Spain
June 4, 2011
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
U.S. TAKES ON TOP-RANKED SPAIN IN GOLD CUP TUNEUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team kicks off a huge summer of competition with a high-profile friendly against 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No.1-ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The game falls three days before the U.S. begins the quest for its fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and a coveted berth in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. The team spent the first week together in Cary, N.C. before traveling June 2 to Foxborough.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), José Manuel Reina (Liverpool), Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
DEFENDERS (7): Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Villarreal), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Borja Valero (Villarreal)
FORWARDS (7): David Villa (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Pedro Rodríguez (Barcelona), Manu Del Moral (Sevilla), Álvaro Negredo (Sevilla)
- Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals; Dempsey will hit No. 20 with his next strike. Third most? U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who has a dozen.
- Sixteen players on the roster are plying their trade overseas in ten different countries.
- Dempsey finished a fantastic season at Fulham where he set both the single-season record for an American scoring in the English Premier League (12 goals) and set the club mark for career goals in the EPL (33).
- Howard backstops the U.S. defense, carrying 58 caps and 20 career shutouts into this summer. He earned Man of the Match honors in the USA’s 2-0 win against Spain in the semifinal of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Cherundolo makes his debut for the U.S. in 2011, having captained Hannover to a fourth-place finish in the Bundesliga and a place in the playoff round of the Europa League.
- Three other U.S. players are assured a crack at European competition next year. Edu (Rangers) enters the playoff round of Champions League qualifying. Kljestan (Anderlecht) enters the playoff round of Europa League qualifying, while Dempsey (Fulham) begins the first round of Europa League qualifying.
- The New York Red Bulls are the only team to contribute two players in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. With that appearance, Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team.
- Chris Wondolowski, the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, currently ranks third on the MLS scoring charts with five goals in ten matches. That’s two behind league leader Landon Donovan.
- Adu has been included in the full team for the first time since the 2009 Gold Cup.
U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 26.6 Average Caps: 33.9
Most Caps:130 (Landon Donovan) Least Caps: 1 (Chris Wondolowski)
Oldest: 38 (Marcus Hahnemann) Youngest: 18 (Juan Agudelo)
Play professionally in: England (6), United States (5), Turkey (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), France (1), Germany (1), Holland (1), Mexico (1), Scotland (1), Sweden (1)
Hometown by state and country: California (9), Illinois (3), Florida (2), Maryland (2), New Jersey (2), Missouri, Texas, Virginia, Washington, (1 each)
- The U.S. and Spain have met just four times previously, with Spain holding a 3-1-0 edge.
- This is the first meeting between the countries on U.S. soil.
- The USA’s lone victory is the most famous of the encounters. Facing a Spain team that had been on an international record setting run of 15-consecutive victories and a 35-game unbeaten streak, goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory and a place in their first final of a major FIFA tournament.
- The USA’s lineup that day: Tim Howard; Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey (Jonathan Bornstein, 88); Charlie Davies (Benny Feilhaber, 69), Jozy Altidore (Conor Casey, 84)
- It will be three years ago to the day that the U.S. traveled to Spain, the teams remaining scoreless through 78 minutes before a goal from Xavi carried Spain to a 1-0 victory.
- The USA’s lineup in Santander: Tim Howard (Brad Guzan, 46); Steve Cherundolo (Frankie Hejduk, 46), Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), Heath Pearce; Clint Dempsey (Pablo Mastroeni, 86), Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, Eddie Lewis (Josh Wolff, 70); Eddie Johnson, Freddy Adu (DaMarcus Beasley, 46)
- A total of ten players were available on the first day of training on May 27 in Cary, N.C., the second consecutive time the U.S. has trained at WakeMed Soccer Park in advance of friendly matches. It took until the morning of May 31 for the full complement of players to be on the training field.
- The first arrival was Oguchi Onyewu, the last Clarence Goodson.
- Alejandro Bedoya was called into camp May 29 after Benny Feilhaber injured his ankle in New England’s 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy on May 28. No official change was made to the USA’s roster for the 2011 Gold Cup.
- More than 60 members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club attended training on Memorial Day.
TAKING ON THE TOP: The U.S. has a 2-7-1 record against teams atop the FIFA World Rankings. Besides the victory against Spain, the other win came against Brazil in 1998 at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a 1-0 win. All seven of the losses were to Brazil, and the tie was against Argentina on June 8, 2008.
THE GOLD CUP COMETH: This year’s first major competition for the United States hits in the summertime with the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. will compete in Group B against Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe. The U.S. has captured the crown four times, and has appeared in the last three Gold Cup finals, collecting back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2007 while facing Mexico in the last two championship matches. Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the World Cup. The U.S. team continues to hold the impressive distinction of never having lost a match in the group phase of the tournament, holding a lifetime record of 23-0-2 in round-robin play.
THE BOB BRADLEY FACTFILE: As Bob Bradley continues the beginning of his second four-year cycle, a look at the stats from the first go around reveal an impressive list of achievements. In the four year cycle culminating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States:
- Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 (that's more than 80 years ago), and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
- Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
- Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time ever, earning a 1-0-2 record.
- Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Posted a 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35 match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
- Only one of two teams to beat Spain since November of 2006.
- Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
- Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
- Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than ten games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008.
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 at Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 at South Africa and March 26, 2008 at Poland).
- Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 125
Goals Against: 87
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-8-4, 11 GF, 24 GA
UEFA: 7-8-3, 26 GF, 26 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 4-1-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 3-10-4
Tied at half: 14-9-6
By year …
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MNT IN ENGLAND: ussoccer.com is launching the exclusive web series “MNT in England”, a collection of video features that chronicle the professional and personal experiences of U.S. Men’s National Team players in the English Premier League. From the training grounds at Blackburn to flying nearly 3,000 feet in the air, Studio 90 went from London to Manchester and everywhere in between to look at life abroad with several of the key members of the U.S. team. The 15-episode series will run throughout the Gold Cup. Fans can tweet their comments using the #MNTinENG hashtag.
FANS CAN “CHECK IN” ON FOURSQUARE AT SATURDAY’S MATCH: The U.S. Men's National Team is partnering with foursquare to engage U.S. Soccer fans, and reward those at Saturday’s match against Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium. All of foursquare's nearly eight million users can follow the U.S. MNT to get branded tips, and fans checking into NMS during the game on Saturday will unlock a special badge featuring the new Nike red jersey that the team will wear for the first time. The MNT will be offering one of the largest Swarm Specials on foursquare to date, providing discount codes for home and away jerseys if more than 500 fans check into NMS. Also, one lucky winner that checks in will be chosen to receive a free jersey and a post-game VIP experience.
GOLD CUP 101: Looking for the ultimate cheat sheet for the Gold Cup? The Gold Cup 101 infographic is a great way to educate new fans and inform experienced followers on the most important tournament for the U.S. outside of the World Cup.
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BY THE NUMBERS
0 – Games the U.S. has played against Spain on home soil. This is Spain’s first ever friendly in the United States
4 – Total number of losses for Spain since November of 2006. The U.S. has one of those victories, along with Argentina, Portugal and Switzerland
8 – Goals scored by David Villa in two FIFA World Cups, the most of any player in Spain's history
9 – Players on the roster who played in the game when the United States defeated Spain 2-0 in the semifinal of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, ending Spain’s 35-match unbeaten streak
16 – Total number of Champions League titles won by players on the roster. Andrés Iniesta, Victor Valdés and Xavi have three each
11 – Players from European Champion Barcelona and Real Madrid on the roster
17 – Players that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
28 – Total number of Spanish League titles won by players on the roster. Andrés Iniesta and Victor Valdés have five each, and Xavi has six
29 – Total number of months Spain has been ranked No. 1 since July of 2008. The defending European champions have been at the top of the rankings table for the last ten months straight
46 – International goals scored by David Villa, making him Spain’s all-time leader
2 – Players who have won honors this season. Edu won his third straight Scottish Premier League title as well as the Scottish League Cup, and Onyewu won the Dutch FA Cup with FC Twente
9 – Players on the roster who played in the 2-0 victory against Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, including both goalscorers (Altidore, Dempsey) and the Man of the Match (Howard)
10 – Players on the roster who have won at least one Gold Cup title
11 – Players on the roster with 30 caps or more
12 – Goals scored by Clint Dempsey this year for Fulham, a record for an American in the English Premier League
13 – Players from the U.S. team that won its group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
116 – Total number of international goals scored by 14 players on the roster
130 – Caps for Donovan, the USA’s third all-time leader
UPCOMING U.S. MILESTONES
1) Carlos Bocanegra is one goal away from tying Marcelo Balboa (13) for the most goals by a U.S. defender.
2) Clint Dempsey is two goals away from tying Bruce Murray (21) for the fifth most goals scored in U.S. history.
3) Landon Donovan is four caps away from tying Jeff Agoos (134) for the second most caps in U.S. history.
FOCUS ON FOXBOROUGH
U.S. SUCCESS: In an area already rich in history, the U.S. team has added a tiny chapter to the success story here. Since 1990, the USA has posted a combined 16-1-5 record at Foxboro and Gillette Stadium. What's more, a total of 15 matches have been in official competitions between World Cup qualifying and the Gold Cup (seven and eight, respectively). The area has hosted games against the likes of England, Holland, Ireland and Mexico.
LANDON LIGHTS IT UP: Two players on the roster have scored here, and Landon has done it big time. With a total of seven goals in four matches, he became one of four players in U.S. history to pot four in a game in the 5-0 victory against Cuba on July 19, 2003 in the Gold Cup. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra got on the scoresheet in one of the same games as Donovan, a 2-0 victory against Panama on June 16, 2007, in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Gold Cup.
RECORD SETTER FOR ATTENDANCE: With more than 60,000 tickets sold already for the Spain game, fans at Gillette Stadium will be part of the largest crowd ever at a U.S. Soccer event in New England. The previous record was set April 20, 1997, when 57,407 witnessed the U.S. and Mexico draw 2-2 at Foxboro Stadium in a World Cup qualifier. This will be the fourth time in history the attendance for a U.S. game has surpassed 50,000 in Foxborough dating back to 1991. Some other Foxborough attendances goodies:
- On Sept. 12, 2007, the men’s national teams of Brazil and Mexico played before a record crowd of 67,684 – the largest soccer crowd ever at the stadium and in New England.
- Attendance for the 2002 MLS Cup final reached 61,316 as host New England lost to Los Angeles in overtime.
- Foxboro Stadium had a lower capacity at the time of the 1994 World Cup – Argentina v. Greece produced a sold-out crowd of 54,456 fans.
IN FOCUS: SPAIN
Real Federación Española de Fútbol
Founded: 1909 (Joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: Vicente del Bosque
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 13
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champion (2010)
Most Caps: Andoni Zubizarreta (126)
Most Goals: David Villa (46)
SPAIN’S SIT-REP: The defending European champions are in the midst of qualifying for the 2012 tournament and cruising through Group 1, carrying an unblemished 5-0-0 record into their final three matches this fall. Seventeen players from the World Cup-winning squad travel to the United States, including David Villa, their leading scorer in South Africa, and Andrés Iniesta, the man who scored the game-winning goal in the World Cup final against Holland. A total of 11 players from powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid are on the roster, including six players from the Barcelona side that captured both the Champions League title and Spain’s La Liga.
SUPERIOR MACHINE: Since November of 2006, Spain’s results have been nothing short of superior. A 35-match unbeaten streak was ended by the United States at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup – they were 32-0-3 at the time – but that proved only to be a bump in the road. Having won the 2008 European Championship by getting past teams like Germany, Italy and Russia, the Spaniards were equally impressive on their march to their inaugural World Cup title. Falling to Switzerland in their opening match of the tournament, they reeled off six straight wins in South Africa to capture the crown. With only four losses in nearly four years, Spain has compiled a record of 56-4-4 during that span, felling teams like England (twice), France (twice) and Argentina.
DEL BOSQUE IN CHARGE: Taking the reins after the Euro 2008 victory, Vicente del Bosque has carried the torch of those before him that emphasized quick passing and movement while maintaining the same core group of players. He brought an impressive resume to the job that included two UEFA Champions League titles (2000, 2002), two La Liga titles (2001, 2003), a Spanish Super Cup (2001) a UEFA European Super Cup (2002) and the Intercontinental Cup (2002).
USA-SPAIN AT THE YOUTH LEVEL: The U.S. has twice faced Spain at the youth level, in the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with several current FIFA Confederations Cup squad members seeing time against Spanish teams that finished champions and runners-up in those tournaments, respectively. In 1999, the U.S. U-20s, which included starting goalkeeper Tim Howard and defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Danny Califf, battled to a 3-2 loss in the Round of 16. Spain’s Xavi scored the game-winner in that game ten years ago. In 2003, Cesc Fabregas was starring for Spain at the U-17 level as they faced the Americans in the third and final game of the group phase with the top seed up for grabs. A U.S. team that included Jonathan Spector and Freddy Adu put up a good fight before eventually succumbing to the European giants in a 2-0 loss.
On the field for USA
March 29, 2011 – LP Field – Nashville, Tenn. – International Friendly
|Paraguay||1||Oscar Cardozo 18|
USA: 23-Marcus Hahnemann (18-David Yelldell, 46); 21-Timmy Chandler (2-Jonathan Spector, 80),15-Jay DeMerit (3-Carlos Bocanegra, 41), 6-Tim Ream, 12-Jonathan Bornstein (16-Sacha Kljestan, 77); 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-Maurice Edu (13-Jermaine Jones, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan (capt.); 17-Jozy Altidore (19-Eric Lichaj, 60), 9-Juan Agudelo
Subs not used: 20-Mixx Diskerud
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
PAR: 1-Justo Villar; 3-Marcos Caceres, 21-Victor Hugo Mareco, 14-Paulo Da Silva, 4-Miguel Samudio; 13- Enrique Vera (2-Dario Veron, 79), 6-Osmar Molinas (15-Marcos Riveros, 63), 16- Cristian Riveros; 9-Hernan Perez (11-Osvaldo Martínez, 68), 7-Oscar Cardozo (19-Lucas Barrios, 79), 18-Marcelo Estigarribia (17-Aureliano Torres, 90+1)
Subs not used: 5-Antolín Alcaraz 8-Edgar Barreto, 10-Edgar Benítez, 12- Diego Barreto, 20- Néstor Ortigoza Head Coach: Gerardo Martino
On the field for Spain
March 29, 2011 – Dariaus ir Girėno Stadionas – Kaunas, Lithuania – 2012 European Championship qualifier
|Lithuania||1||Marius Stankevicius 57|
|Spain||3||Xavi 19, Tadas Kijanskas 70 (og), Juan Mata 83|
LTU: 1-Zydrunas Karcemarskas; 23-Marius Stankevicius, 5-Andrius Skerla, 6-Marius Zaliukas, 4-Tadas Kijanskas; 7-Mindaugas Panka, 8-Edgaras Cesnauskis, 2-Deividas Semberas, 13-Saulius Mikoliunas (3-Ramunas Radavicius 71); 10-Darvydas Sernas(19-Tadas Labukas 74), 9-Tomas Danilevicius (21-Dominykas Galkevicius 85)
Subs not used: 22-Vytautas Cerniauskas, 11-Tomas Razanauskas, 15-Tomas Zvirgzdauskas, 16-Kestutis Ivaskevicius
Head Coach: Raimondas Zutautas
ESP: 1-Iker Casillas; 5-Andoni Iraola, 2-Raul Albiol, 3-Gerard Pique (15-Sergio Ramos 90), 17-Alvaro Arbeloa; 8-Xavi, 14-Xabi Alonso, 18-Javi Martinez, 20-Santi Cazorla (13-Juan Mata 67); 19-Fernando Llorente, 7-David Villa (21-David Silva 54)
Subs not used: 12-Victor Valdés, 6-Andrés Iniesta, 9-Fernando Torres, 16-Sergio Busquets
Head Coach: Vicente del Bosque
June 24, 2009 – Free State Stadium – Bloemfontein, South Africa – FIFA Confederations Cup, Semifinal
|USA||2||Jozy Altidore 27, Clint Dempsey 74|
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Jay DeMerit, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (2-Jonathan Bornstein, 88); 9-Charlie Davies (22-Benny Feilhaber, 69), 17-Jozy Altidore (4-Conor Casey, 84)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 23-Luis Robles, 6-Heath Pearce, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Marvell Wynne, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 19-Freddy Adu, 20-Jose Francisco Torres
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
ESP: 1-Iker Casillas (capt.); 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carlos Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 10-Cesc Fabregas (20-Santi Cazorla, 68), 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi Hernandez, 18-Albert Riera (22-Juan Manuel Mata, 77); 7-David Villa, 9-Fernando Torres
Subs not used: 13-Diego Lopez, 23-Pepe Reina, 2-Raúl Albiol, 4-Carlos Marchena, 6-Pablo Hernandez, 12-Sergio Busquets, 16-Fernando Llorente,17-Daniel Güiza, 19-Alvaro Arbeloa, 21-David Silva
Head Coach: Vicente del Bosque