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Post-Match Quotes: U.S. MNT 2, El Salvador 1

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach BOB BRADLEY

On the match:
“We just talked a little bit to the team and certainly congratulated them on a good win, fighting from behind. I thought there were a lot of positives. There were some good efforts, as a whole, things that we’ve been trying to get at in a camp in January and then into February. There were some positive things on the field tonight and again, in these kind of games, showing the qualities on the field, when you get down, trying to push at the end to get a win, obviously a very good play at the end by Sacha [Kljestan] to get us a result.”

On Conor Casey and Brian Ching:
“Brian has just been in this camp. Brian had a little bit of an injury at the end of the season last year. We talked with him, we talked with Dominic Kinnear, we agreed that January he would work on his own, he would do strengthening, and we would get him into camp in February. I think in this camp, it’s like a preseason. He starts and the first few days, you can see it’s a little bit slow. But Brian has qualities on the field in terms of putting himself in good positions, holding balls, bringing guys into the game. He’s a player that works hard for the team. He puts himself in good positions. I think often he makes players around him better because of the type of honest, dirty work that he does. I thought that was clearly the case in the second half. Had some chances, the goalkeeper made some great saves, but he got himself a goal, and I thought he had a good presence.

“Conor has been in both camps. He came on as a reserve against Honduras and then tonight played the first half. I would say that if you look back to last year, Conor showed that he’s a good finisher. For a big man, still, as a striker, he’s deceptive. He finds a way to go by people. He gets chances. He scores different kinds of goals. He scored two very important goals for us in Honduras. I don’t think that in the early part of this year that we’ve seen the best of Conor, yet. What we just talked about with all these guys as we make some decisions tonight with regards to Holland, and then most importantly as we make decisions that go on and later on factor into the World Cup. We’re going to be watching how they’re playing with their teams. We’re going to be looking for form, fitness, mentality and we hope that they can make the decisions as hard as possible on the coaches by playing real well.”

On selecting players for the match against the Netherlands:
“It’s important to say that decisions for Holland involve many different factors. In some cases we might have an idea that we want to see another guy play, so not bring in a player isn’t necessarily a statement that he has for some reason dropped down a little bit, just that we have two opportunities, this week and the next game to see some guys and we also recognize that we’ve had a number of these players away from their club teams a good amount in January, in the case of a guy like Clarence Goodson, because his team in Norway had actually started doing stuff. MLS guys, it’s just been this last stretch but we factor all those things in.”

On the pressure as the time approaches to name a roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
“There’s always pressure on the coach. It’s okay. We have a good staff. I think we constantly, we watch games, we have discussions, when we’re in camp, every day we’re reevaluating things and as we go forward, we’re confident that we’re going to get a really strong group, a group that will have a great mentality and a group that’s going to go and give it all a great shot.”

On how wide open the roster selection will be:
“If you take injuries out and you hope that certain guys can rehab well, I think that there’s probably a strong nucleus of guys that we’ve seen throughout qualifying that hopefully are going to be there. Again, whether that group is 15, 16, 17 or 18 depends on the discussion at any point. Some days it’s high, some days it’s low and then we just need to continue to watch games and check out rehab and see how it goes.”

On how much he takes into account what goes on in training compared to games:
“All of that gets factored in, but that’s true every time we come in when we have a double fixture date and we have a week of training leading into a game, then we might have an idea as players come in, what we think the lineup might be. But obviously, now, you still need to see when training begins how sharp guys are, are they fit, what’s the mentality, so that’s an on-going thing. You balance opportunities that they get in games with what you see in training. You put it all together and make those kinds of decisions.”

On Jonathan Bornstein:
“I thought Jonny played very well tonight. He has very good defensive qualities. He reads the game well. He’s quick. He’s a very athletic defender even though he’s not that big. We saw him play a lot last year as a centerback for Chivas and he did quite well. We’ve now tried to make sure that he’s comfortable and that in certain situations we can consider that. We thought he played well tonight.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder SACHA KLJESTAN

On scoring in added time after missing a few chances earlier in the match:
“It felt good. It felt like I was doing a lot of the little things right tonight as compared to maybe the game in Honduras where maybe I wasn’t closing down fast enough or making plays in my area or being hard enough to play against. Tonight I think I did those better and that got me in the game more and got me some looks in front of the goal. Obviously, I had two good chances in the first half but I was glad I could make up for it in the end.”

On the goal:
“They were playing around with the ball in the back a lot tonight and at the very end the guy had his head down and I thought he wouldn’t see me coming from his blind side, and I guess I just picked his pocket and Ching played me a good ball back through.”

On whether he feels like he’s putting himself back into a good position with the U.S. MNT:
“I hope so. I feel like in the January and February camps I tried my hardest just to get back in the team. And prove to myself, prove to the teammates and prove to the coaching staff that I want to be here and deserve to be here and can be a positive for the team. I think the game against Honduras wasn’t my best but I think tonight I played a little bit better and I hope to continue to get a chance to move on and be a part of the team.”

On Brian Ching:
“Brian is a guy that makes guys around him better. It’s always easy to play with Ching because he shows up in the tough spots and he puts his body on the line in front of defenders, he holds the ball up well and he brings other guys into the play. When he came on tonight he had a very positive impact. It’s always easy playing with him because he does the tough things in getting a goal and setting off another. I’m just glad we could combine for the last goal.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder EDDIE GAVEN

On his performance:
“I felt good. The team worked really, really hard and it was good to be able to come back after we went down 1-0 to come back and win. It definitely felt good for us tonight.”

On Brian Ching:
“Brian played great. He caused so much havoc for them. He just worked so hard off the ball, created chances and scored a very nice goal. He was very good for us tonight.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Forward JEFF CUNNINGHAM

On the difficulty of working together as a team while competing with teammates for a place on the team:
“The coach reminded that us before the match that we’re still a team. We’re all trying to show our abilities but it’s still a team game and we need to play together and get a result as a team. He knows what he’s looking for and I think we did that tonight. We fought and we deserved to win.”

U.S. Men's National Team Forward BRIAN CHING

Thoughts on tonight's 2-1 victory against El Salvador:
“I thought we played pretty well. We limited their chances and created a lot of chances ourselves. We could have done a better job finishing and put the game away a little earlier, but give credit to the 'keeper; I think he made some great saves.”

On coming onto the field as a second half sub and how he got into the game:
“Sometimes when you sit and watch the first half you kind of get to watch the defense and see how they are reacting. What I wanted to do in the second half was put myself in good positions and I think I did that. I tried to get everybody involved and hold the ball and lay it off and I think that went well today.”

On the experience of coming from behind to get the win:
“It's a young team so to come back from behind is good for us. It's a good learning experience and for a lot of guys, you could see their confidence build as the game went on. There were more and more chances we were getting at the end and everybody believed we could get the win. We went out there and we did it and I think it was a great game for a lot of guys to learn. Sometimes you're going to be in a tough situation and I think we reacted well to it.”

On starting his season off on a positive note:
"Anytime you play well it gives you a little bit of confidence. I hope I can keep that going for whatever my next game is, into the season and hopefully to the World Cup. It's one game so you can't read too much into it, but it was a good start to the season for me and hopefully I can build on that."

U.S. Men's National Team Defender JONATHAN BORNSTEIN

On tonight's 2-1 victory against El Salvador:
"I thought we fought pretty hard to come back. We gave up that goal but I don't think they had many chances other than that. It was a letdown at that moment but the guys showed a lot of character and a lot of heart. We ended up getting two goals in the end and got the W. That makes the game feel a lot better and I thought if we had taken more of our chances we would have been up a lot sooner."

On wearing the captain's armband for the first time:
"It is a tremendous feeling. It was my first game leading the team out onto the field and to get a win in the same game just topped it off. But I thought a lot of the guys showed heart and leadership out there, not just myself. I just tried to do the best job as captain I could."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder GEOFF CAMERON

On earning his first cap with the U.S. Men's National Team:
“It’s what you dreamed of when you were a little kid. It's just one stepping stone, and I want to accomplish a lot more as a player. It was a great experience training with the guys and being with the national team, and it was great to get my first cap.”

On fighting for the victory with teammates who have spent two camps together in January and February:
"You're representing your country and it's a little different level. We spent almost a month together during the last training camp and then this one. It's almost all the same guys fighting for it every day. You get used to the guys playing next to you and the win makes it all worthwhile."


Bob Bradley Names 20-Person Roster For Feb. 24 Match Against El Salvador

  • Twenty Players Will Travel from Carson, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. For Feb. 24 Game with El Salvador
  • Kickoff for Match Set for 7 p.m. ET, with live Coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2010) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players to travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will travel to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game.

The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at's MatchTracker and at

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click Here For Detailed Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

Notes and Statistics: 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Recap

The 16-month FIFA World Cup qualifying process began for the U.S. on June 15, 2008, and concluded 484 days later with the U.S. capturing the top spot in the final round standings in CONCACAF. Along the way there were records set, new talent uncovered, and veterans displaying their leadership both on the scoresheet and through their determined efforts. The U.S. demonstrated both command and resilience during the campaign, combining attacking prowess with defensive mettle to produce some of the most impressive results in their qualifying history. Roughly seven months from now the U.S. will open their pre-World Cup training camp; until then, the statistics and notes included here help tell the journey the U.S. traveled to qualify for its sixth consecutive FIFA World Cup.

CAMPEONES AGAIN: The U.S. Men's National Team finished atop the World Cup qualifying Final Round standings in CONCACAF for the second consecutive cycle, besting Mexico by one point at the summit of the Hexagonal. Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage time goal with only seconds remaining leveled the score with Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., the 2-2 draw giving the USA the vital point it needed. The result at RFK Stadium, coupled with Mexico's draw by the same score with Trinidad & Tobago in Port-of-Spain, kept the U.S. first with El Tri second. The late drama in the nation's capital served to shake up third and fourth spot in the standings as well, with Honduras the beneficiary. Los Catrachos won on the road in El Salvador (the first time in the final round the visitors won in San Salvador) and leapfrogged Costa Rica to claim the third and final automatic berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF Final Round Standings



United States *









Mexico *









Honduras *









Costa Rica ^









El Salvador









Trinidad & Tobago









* Qualified for SA2010 berth    ^ Will play-off against Uruguay for SA2010 berth

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    GAME-WINNERS: With his goal against El Salvador, Jozy Altidore became the fourth U.S. player to record multiple game-winning goals in this World Cup cycle. Michael Bradley has a pair of game-winners to his credit, including the brilliant flick against T & T on Sept. 10, 2008, in the 3-0 win in Bridgeview, Ill., and both goals in the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus. Carlos Bocanegra headed home the lone goal in the 1-0 win on Aug. 20, 2008, at Guatemala to open the semifinal round, then repeated the feat to help the U.S. past Honduras on June 6 in Chicago. Clint Dempsey recorded two game-winning goals in World Cup qualifying last year – against Barbados on June 15, 2008, in Carson, Calif., and in the 1-0 win on Sept. 6, 2008, in Cuba. Overall, nine U.S. scorers have GWG next to their name on the scoresheet in this cycle.

    DONOVAN SNATCHES ANOTHER RECORD: Landon Donovan holds numerous records for the U.S. Men's National Team, and during the 2010 qualifying campaign he added two more to his biography. Already the all-time leader for the U.S. in both caps and goals, he took over the top position in the record books in all-time qualifying caps and goals as well. Donovan surpassed former teammates and national team standouts Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope, and Claudio Reyna in appearances when he started against El Salvador on Sept. 5, 2009 and passed 2002 FIFA World Cup strike partner Brian McBride in scoring with his penalty kick goal on June 6, 2009, against Honduras.

    All-Time Qualifying Cap Leaders
    1. Donovan, Landon 35 2001-2009
    2. Keller, Kasey 31 1996-2005
      Pope, Eddie 31 1996-2005
      Reyna, Claudio 31 1996-2005
    5. Jones, Cobi 30 1996-2004
    Stewart, Earnie 30 1996-2004
    7. Agoos, Jeff 26 1996-2001
    Beasley, DaMarcus 26 2001-2009
    Bocanegra, Carlos 26 2004-2009
    10. McBride, Brian 25 1996-2005

    All-Time Qualifying Goal Leaders
    RankNameCyclesGP/GS  Goals 
    1. Donovan, Landon 2002, 2006, 2010 35/33 12
    2. McBride, Brian 1998, 2002, 2006 25/19 10


    Stewart, Earnie 1998, 2002, 2006 30/27 9
    4. Johnson, Eddie 2006, 2010 9/4 8
    5. Altidore, Jozy 2010 13/8 6
    Beasley, DaMarcus 2002, 2006, 2010 21/20 6
    Ching, Brian 2006, 2010 11/9 6
      Roy, Willy  1966, 1970, 1974 11/11 6 
    9. Bradley, Michael 2010 15/15 5
    Dempsey, Clint 2006, 2010 20/13 5
    Moore, Joe-Max 1998, 2002 20/16 5
    Murphy, Eddie 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970 13/13 5
    Wynalda, Eric 1998 11/11 5

    DON’T GIVE UP: The USA’s ability to rebound from goal deficits proved vital to the successful qualifying campaign. When considering the U.S. finished first in the group by a single point, the unprecedented result away to El Salvador looks that much more meaningful. Here are the numbers on the ‘comeback kids’:

    • The U.S. earned 11 of their 20 total points in the final round of qualifying after surrendering the first goal. In fact, in five of the seven matches in which the opponent scored the first goal, the U.S. earned points -- two come from behind ties and three come from behind wins.
    • The come-from-behind 2-2 tie in El Salvador marked the first time that the team had faced and erased a two-goal deficit on the road.
    • The come-from-behind victory against Honduras on June 6, 2009, was the first in qualifying for the United States in more than 24 years, the last occurring on May 15, 1985 against Trinidad & Tobago in St. Louis.

    ROAD WARRIORS: The U.S. finished qualifying with a 5-3-1 road record, the best in CONCACAF, earning 16 points. That mark also bests the team’s performance from the 2002 cycle, where they finished with a 4-2-3 record away from home. More on that later. Here’s how the Hexagonal teams fared away from home:

      • United States: 5-3-1
      • Costa Rica: 4-3-2
      • Mexico: 2-5-2 *
      • Honduras: 2-5-2
      • Trinidad & Tobago: 2-5-2
      • El Salvador: 2-7-1 ^
        * Mexico’s away game against Belize was played in Houston, Texas
        ^ El Savador’s away game against Anguilla was played in Washington, D.C.; El Salvador only team listed to play in the first round.

    • In the final round, there were only five road victories – and the U.S. was the only team with more than one, posting wins at Honduras and at Trinidad & Tobago.
    • In the final round, the U.S. earned seven of their 20 points on the road, three points more than any other team.

    Points earned on the road  
    in the Final Round:
    Points surrendered at home  
    in the Final Round:
    USA: 7 Mexico: 0
    Honduras: 4 USA: 1
    Costa Rica: 4 Costa Rica: 3
    Mexico: 4 Honduras: 3
    Trinidad & Tobago: 1 El Salvador: 5
    El Salvador: 0 Trinidad & Tobago: 8

    MEN OF THE MATCH: Eleven different players earned Man of the Match honors throughout the qualifying campaign, with four multiple winners. Michael Bradley led all award recipients with four MOTM nods, while Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley and Oguchi Onyewu picking up a pair each.

    MAGICAL MATCHDAY 9: The USA has qualified for the World Cup on Matchday 9 in three of the last four World Cup cycles. The heroics in Honduras on Oct. 10 sealed the USA's passage to the World Cup on the second-to-last day of games. Eight years ago a USA victory against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001, coupled with Trinidad's defeat of Honduras and Mexico's draw with Costa Rica sent Bruce Arena's team to Korea/Japan where they would go on to make the quarterfinals. During the road to France '98, the USA beat Canada on Nov. 2, 1997 (Matchday 9, of course) behind a goal from Claudio Reyna and two from Roy Wegerle. The victory in Vancouver confirmed the USA's spot in the World Cup with one game to play.

    STREAKING: The U.S. team did plenty of that during this cycle, starting straight out of the gate:

    • The U.S. did not allow a goal in the first 573 minutes during 2010 World Cup qualifying.
    • From Oct. 12, 2005, to Oct. 11, 2008, the U.S. won seven straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row, a new team record.
    • The U.S. started the 2010 qualifying campaign with six straight victories, a team record for most consecutive wins in one cycle.
    • Three of those six victories were on the road, marking the first time the U.S. has won three consecutive away qualifiers.
    • Including the last match of the 2006 qualifying cycle, the U.S. set a record by not allowing a goal in six consecutive qualifiers from Oct. 12, 2005 to Oct. 11, 2008.
    • The U.S. scored multiple goals in four consecutive qualifiers for the first time in the 2010 cycle from Nov. 19, 2008, to April 1, 2009.



    • Twenty-eight of the 43 players to appear in a qualifier made their qualifying debut this cycle. By contrast, the U.S. used 26 neophytes and 46 different players overall in the 2006 cycle.
    • The first of the 28 were Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Heath Pearce, who debuted on June 15, 2008, vs. Barbados.
    • The last was Robbie Rogers, who debuted with 22 minutes remaining in the final qualifier on Oct. 14, 2009.
    • In all, the U.S. used 17 different starting lineups. The only time that the same 11 players played back-to-back games were Sept. 10, 2008 (3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago) and Oct. 11, 2008 (6-1 win against Cuba): Beasley, Bocanegra, Bradley, Cherundolo, Ching, Dempsey, Donovan, Howard, Kljestan, Onyewu, Pearce.

    Goals, Goals, Goals for the Red White and Blue

    • Seventeen different players scored a goal during the qualifying campaign.
    • Ten of those players scored their first career qualifying goal.
    • Starters scored 38 of the 42 U.S. goals. Off the bench, Jozy Altidore scored two of his team-leading six qualifying goals. The other scorers off the bench were Eddie Johnson and Charlie Davies.
    • Landon Donovan scored or assisted on 12 of the 19 goals that the U.S. scored in the final round of qualifying.
    • Never before the 2010 cycle has the top qualifying goal scorer for the U.S. accounted for a lower percentage of the team’s goals. Jozy Altidore’s six goals accounted for 14 percent of the total goal output by the USA (42). Here’s a look at the top scorers dating back to the 1990 World Cup cycle:

      Year Top Scorer


        Team Goals 


      2010   Jozy Altidore




      1990   H. Perez/F. Klopas




      1998   Eric Wynalda




      2006   L. Donovan/E. Johnson




      2002  Earnie Stewart




    It’s All About Timing (entire 2010 cycle):

    • There were only three games in qualifying in which the U.S. never had the lead, and the U.S. played its first 510 minutes of qualifying without trailing in a match.
    • The U.S. outscored opponents 15-9 in the first half, and 27-7 in the second half.
    • The U.S. scored a total of 15 goals in the last 10 minutes of each half (5 first half, 10 second half), while allowing only one goal in the final 10 minutes of a half – Miguel Sabah’s game-winner at Estadio Azteca.
    • Eight of the 13 game-winning goals for the U.S. came in the first half. The fastest was at home in the first minute against Barbados. The latest came in the 71st minute against Honduras in the game that clinched the World Cup berth.
    • How are these for bookend goals? The first U.S. goal of the cycle came 53 seconds into their first game as Clint Dempsey scored against Barbados. The final U.S. goal of the cycle game with 20 seconds left in the allotted stoppage time against Costa Rica, when Jonathan Bornstein’s header clinched first place in the Hexagonal group.
    • The U.S. had seven magic minutes in which they scored more than one qualifying goal: the 9th, 43rd, 63rd, 69th, 71st, 89th and 90th+2. In all, the 90th minute and stoppage time saw the U.S. score four goals, two coming in the second minute of stoppage time.

    It’s All About Timing (Final Round Edition):

    • There were only two games in the final round that the U.S. never had the lead, and there were only three games in which the U.S. never found itself down a goal. In all, the U.S. played 260 minutes in the lead, 344 minutes tied and 296 minutes behind. 
    • The U.S. was outscored by opponents 8-6 in the first half, but in the second half the U.S. outscored opponents 13-5.

    Also for the Record

    • The 8-0 win against Barbados at home on June 15, 2008, was the largest margin of victory for the U.S. in any match.
    • During the 2010 campaign, the U.S. shutout out four opponents on the road for the first time since the 1998 campaign. All four shutouts this cycle were victories, while in 1998 the U.S. was 2-0-2 when shutting out opponents on the road.
    • By scoring on March 28, 2009, in El Salvador, Frankie Hejduk scored his second career FIFA World Cup qualifying goal. His other qualifying goal came on Dec. 21, 1996, in a 2-2 draw against Guatemala that was played in San Salvador. The gap of 12 years and 97 days was the longest between qualifying goals ever for a U.S. player, with Tab Ramos holding the distinction previously with eight years and 130 days between qualifying goals.

    More Fabulous Firsts

    • Charlie Davies goal in the ninth minute at Estadio Azteca marked the first time the U.S. ever held a lead in that stadium. Davies also joined Willy Roy, Rick Davis and Eddie Lewis as the only U.S. players to score there
    • The USA opened the semifinal round with a 1-0 victory against Guatemala in Guatemala City on Aug. 20, 2008 – the first U.S. win on Guatemalan soil in more than 20 years.


    • With a 1-0 victory at Cuba in 2008, the U.S. posted its 50th all-time win in qualifying. At the end of the 2010 cycle, the U.S. record in qualifying stands at 59-33-30. The record since 1990 in qualifying is 46-11-21.
    • Michael Bradley’s two goals against Mexico on Feb. 11, 2009, marked the first multi-goal effort for the U.S. against Mexico since Steve Moyers scored twice in a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win on Nov. 23, 1980.
    • Tim Howard’s six shutouts this qualifying cycle tie Kasey Keller for the second most shutouts in one cycle. Keller, who had eight shutouts in the 2006 qualifying campaign, also holds the record.
    • Jozy Altidore’s hat trick on April 1, 2009, against Trinidad & Tobago was the fourth-ever in FIFA World Cup qualifying for the U.S. Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli (1934 vs. Mexico), Peter Millar (1968 vs. Bermuda) and Eddie Johnson (2004 vs. Panama) are the others.

    CLUTCH PERFORMERS: The FIFA World Cup qualifying process adheres strictly to the old adage “It's a marathon, not a sprint.” The path to the World Cup is a slog that encompasses multiple years, a plethora of games and dozens of players; it is very much a group effort. At the same time, an individual moment of brilliance can often be the catalyst for a team's progression to the World Cup finals. On Oct. 10 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Landon Donovan became the seventh player to score the goal that clinched a FIFA World Cup berth for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Read More.

    World Cup  DateOpponent (score)Game-Winning Goal  
    1934 May 24, 1934 Mexico (4-2) Aldo ‘Buff’ Donelli
    1950 Sept. 21, 1949    Cuba (5-2) Pete Matevich
    1990 Nov. 19, 1989    Trinidad & Tobago (1-0)   Paul Caligiuri
    1998 Nov. 9, 1997 Canada (3-0) Claudio Reyna
    2002 Oct. 7, 2001 Jamaica (2-1) Joe-Max Moore
    2006 Sept. 3, 2005 Mexico (2-0) Steve Ralston
    2010 Oct. 10, 2009 Honduras (3-2) Landon Donovan

    SOCA WARRIORS LEND A HAND: For the third consecutive World Cup qualifying cycle, Trinidad & Tobago earned a result that had a significant impact on the USA's final standing in the Hexagonal. Having already been eliminated from the World Cup, one could have forgiven T & T for wilting in the face of a Mexico team fighting for the top spot in the group. That was absolutely not the case, as a hard-fought 2-2 draw saw Mexico drop points, allowing the U.S. to maintain its position at the summit of the group. Four years ago it was a similar story, with the Soca Warriors beating Mexico on the final day of qualifying. That result allowed the USA to finish first in the group during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. On Oct. 7, 2001 Trinidad & Tobago defeated Honduras, one of the three pieces of the puzzle required for the USA to qualify for the 2002 World Cup on that day.

    AVOIDING THE SUSPENSION: Facing a potentially dire situation where as many as 11 U.S. players could have been suspended for one of the final four matches of qualifying, the team showed incredible discipline as not one player picked up their second yellow card of the cycle during the critical three victories that guaranteed the United States a spot in South Africa. Included amongst those in the danger zone were Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu. Avoiding cards meant that Bob Bradley had every player available to him (barring injury) for selection as the team came down the home stretch.

    Games 16 18 18
    Record 8-4-4 12-2-4 13-3-2
    Goals For 25 35 42
    Goals Per Game 1.56 1.94 2.47
    Goals Against 11 11 16
    Goals Against Average 0.69 0.61 0.89
    Shutouts 9 11 9
    Times shutout 5 2 0
    Players Used 38 46 43
    Goal Scorers 10 13 17
    Most Goals Stewart (8) Donovan/Johnson (7) Altidore (6)
    Most Assists Mathis/Jones (4) Donovan (8) Donovan (11)
    Goalkeepers Used 4 3 2
    Home Record 6-1-1 8-0-1 8-0-1
    Home Goals For 17 22 30
    Home Goals Against 4 1 5
    Road Record 2-3-3 4-2-3 5-3-1
    Road Goals For 8 13 11
    Road Goals Against 7 10 11
    Home Venues Used 4 6 8
    Birmingham, Ala. - 1 -
    Bridgeview, Ill. - - 1
    Carson, Calif. - - 1
    Chicago, Ill. - - 1
    Columbus, Ohio 2 3 1
    Commerce City, Colo. - - 1
    Foxborough, Mass. 3 2 -
    East Hartford, Conn. - 1 -
    Kansas City, Mo. 1 - -
    Nashville, Tenn. - - 1
    Salt Lake City, Utah - 1 -
    Sandy, Utah - - 1
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  • Bradley Names 22-Man Roster To Prepare For Final CONCACAF Qualifying Matches For The 2010 FIFA World Cup Against Honduras and Costa Rica

    • U.S. Sits in First Place in Group With Two Matches Remaining; Four Teams Remain in Contention for Three Automatic Berths to 2010 FIFA World Cup
    • U.S. Takes on Honduras on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. MT in San Pedro Sula Looking to Spoil Hosts Perfect Record at Home in 2010 Qualifying
    • Final Match of CONCACAF Qualifying Kicks Off at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium Against Costa Rica

    CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2009) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 22 players that will train in advance of the crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Costa Rica that will determine if the United States automatically qualifies for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. first travels to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras, with kickoff on Oct. 10 at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano set for 8 p.m. MT. Four days later, the U.S. returns home for the last match of final round qualifying when they will take on Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. (tickets). Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live online via’s newly upgraded MatchTracker as well at

    The U.S. currently sits in first place in the final round hexagonal, collecting 16 points and a 5-2-1 record through eight games. Only four points separate the top four teams with two games remaining, as Mexico sits one point behind the U.S., Honduras has 13 points and Costa Rica lurks just behind with 12 points. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth place team from South America.

    While a victory in either of its last two matches would ensure the USA’s place in South Africa next year, there are several scenarios in which the U.S. could advance. In order to qualify on Oct. 10, the U.S. would need to earn at least as many points as Costa Rica that day – with Costa Rica hosting Trinidad & Tobago, a team that has already been eliminated – or Costa Rica would have to lose. If the U.S. does not qualify on Oct. 10, it would need at least a tie against Costa Rica on the final match day to guarantee a sixth consecutive appearance in the FIFA World Cup.

    Advance tickets for the Costa Rica match starting at $35 are on sale now online at, through all Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster outlets (including Macy’s stores), and by phone (Washington 202-397-SEAT (7328); Baltimore 410-547-SEAT (7328); Northern Virginia 703-573-SEAT (7328); out of state 1-800-551-SEAT (7328)). Groups of 20 or more can obtain a group order form at or call 312-528-1290.

    “These are hugely important games for us as we have the opportunity to clinch a spot in the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who has led the U.S. to a 12-3-1 record in World Cup qualifying. “Each of these games presents an opportunity to advance, and we face two very different and difficult challenges against Honduras and Costa Rica. We have been preparing this group for the last three years to be ready for these situations, and we are confident in our ability to get the results we need to achieve our goal of qualifying for South Africa.”

    The U.S. roster remains largely unchanged from the team that collected a pair of victories against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago in the previous two qualifiers. The attack is led by Landon Donovan, who recently became the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup qualifying appearances when he earned his 32nd and 33rd caps in the competition. Donovan has contributed to 10 of the USA’s 14 goals in the final round of 2010 qualifying, amassing two goals and eight assists. He has also tied Cobi Jones for the most assists ever (9) for the U.S. in a calendar year. Jozy Altidore’s game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah, kept him atop the U.S. scoring chart in this qualifying cycle with six goals, while Clint Dempsey moved into second place with five goals when he tallied the tying goal in that game.

    The U.S. defense is backstopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, who earned the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has posted an impressive eight shutouts in 14 all-time World Cup qualifying appearances, including the 1-0 shutout against T&T on Sept. 9 in Port-of-Spain that gave the U.S. their first away victory in the final round. U.S. captain and defender Carlos Bocanegra is one of four players to have appeared in all eight of the USA’s final round qualifiers thus far, along with Altidore, Dempsey and Donovan. He is second in minutes played in qualifying behind Donovan and just ahead of midfielder Michael Bradley, who earned Man of the Match honors against T&T and has two game-winning goals and four total in 2010 qualifying. AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu is poised to earn his 50th international cap for the United States, while Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo is the only player in the group to have played in the USA’s last visit to Honduras, earning his second-ever cap in a 2-1 victory on March 28, 2001, in the final round of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

    The Houston Dynamo contributes the most players to the roster, sending three to players to the camp that begins Oct. 4 in Miami. Ricardo Clark scored his second international goal and first in qualifying when he netted the critical game-winner against Trinidad & Tobago last month. Brian Ching is tied for third in scoring for the U.S. in this cycle with four goals, while Stuart Holden has entered as a substitute in the USA’s last three qualifiers. Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey sits in second place in the MLS scoring charts with 15 goals in 21 matches

    Honduras holds an unblemished 8-0-0 record at home in 2010 qualifying, including five shutouts and two victories against regional rivals Mexico. During the final round of qualifying, there has been only a single loss at home for one of the top four teams, that coming when Costa Rica fell 3-0 to Mexico on Sept. 5 in San Jose. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 10-2-3 against Honduras, with a 3-1-1 record in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. is 2-1-1 lifetime on Honduran soil, with three of the four visits coming before 1994.

    The U.S. faces Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in what could be the definitive match of World Cup qualifying in the friendly confines of RFK Stadium. The venue in the nation’s capital has hosted the national team 18 times, and has been the site of 12 U.S. wins - more than any stadium in the world. Overall, the U.S. is 12-3-4 on East Capitol Street. The most recent victory came in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a 2-0 win against Honduras on July 8 in Group B, with goals from Santino Quaranta and Brian Ching. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 11-11-5 against Costa Rica. In their last 10 meetings, the U.S. holds an even 4-4-2 against the Ticos, with all four wins coming in the U.S. and all four losses coming in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click here for full roster
    GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 14/8 SO)
    DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 24/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 4/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 19/0), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards: 1/0), Clarence Goodson (IK Start: 1/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 18/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 3/0)
    MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 13/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 7/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 20/5), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 4/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 6/0)
    FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 11/6), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 16/6), Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich: 1/1), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 5/2), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 33/11)
    *numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

    The first Hawaiian-born player to earn a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team, he is renowned for his work rate and physical presence on both sides of the ball. Ching has also brought intelligence and selfless play to the U.S. forward line, and added goals to boot. Scoring in four consecutive years for the full team, his tally has now reached double digits. He earned the Budweiser Golden Boot award for the third straight year in Houston, scoring a team-high eight goals.

    • Just the second player in MNT history to score a goal in each of his first two World Cup qualifying games, after Eric Wynalda did it in 1996
    • Finished in third place in scoring for the U.S. with four goals in 10 appearances in the 2010 qualifying cycle
    • Captained the U.S. in the last two matches of the 2009 Gold Cup, including the 2-0 win against Honduras in the semifinal
    • The team’s all-time leading scorer, Ching now has 63 goals for the Houston Dynamo
    2009: Played in a career-high 11 matches, starting 10 … Scored the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Honduras in Gold Cup group play on July 8 in Washington, D.C. … Started the first three qualifiers of the final round where the U.S. went 2-0-1 … A hamstring injury kept Ching out of the Confederations Cup squad … Returned to appear in five of the six games of the USA’s second-place finish in the Gold Cup … 2008: Set a career high for goals in 2008 with four, all of which came during World Cup qualifying … Scored twice against Barbados in the 8-0 win on June 15, then deposited goals in consecutive qualifiers against T&T and Cuba … Tied for the team lead in goals with Clint Dempsey, he set up Dempsey for the game-winning goal against Cuba in Havana … Featured in seven games for the U.S. … 2007: A member of the side which won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored a goal in that tournament against Trinidad & Tobago in the group stage … In the final, he was dragged down in the box by Mexico’s Jonny Megallon, setting up what would be Landon Donovan’s game-tying penalty … Had a wonderful assist to Donovan in the March friendly against Ecuador, reuniting the successful San Jose Earthquakes partnership from years past … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup side that competed in Germany … He finished the year making nine appearances in total for the United States, five of them in the starting lineup … His two goals on the year put him in a four-way tie for the second most on the team … 2005: Appeared in three final round qualifiers, starting two … Partnered with Eddie Johnson for the USA’s 2-0 win against Guatemala on March 30 in Birmingham, Ala. … Played the last two qualifiers, starting in the 3-0 loss away to Costa Rica before replacing Taylor Twellman in the 2-0 win against Panama four days later … A hamstring injury kept Ching out of the June qualifiers, and a subsequent surgery ruled him out of the Gold Cup … Played in six games total, the most of his MNT career … 2004: Made a total of four appearances for the MNT, starting two games … Came up with two clutch goals in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, scoring in back-to-back qualifiers … Buried a Landon Donovan pass from close range to pull out a dramatic 1-1 draw against Jamaica and leave Kingston with an important point to open the semifinal round of qualifying … Headed home the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory against El Salvador in Foxborough … Played in his third straight qualifying match when he started against Panama in Panama City … Got his first cap of the year when he came on as a substitute in the 65th minute against Poland in Chicago … 2003: Ching made his first appearance for the U.S. National Team on May 26 against Wales at Spartan Stadium, entering as a substitute in the 75th minute … First Appearance: May 26, 2003, vs. Wales … First Goal: Aug. 18, 2004, vs. Jamaica.
    2009: Scored a team-high eight goals and recorded three goals in 18 appearances … Scored Houston’s first MLS goal of the season on March 21 against Columbus, giving him 14 goals in his last 20 MLS regular season games … 2008: In 25 appearances, he started 24 games and scored 13 goals to be named Dynamo MVP as the team’s leading scorer … He ranked fifth in the league in goals, with his June 26th header taking him over the 50 mark for his career in MLS … All 13 of his goals came in the unbeaten run for the Dynamo that lasted from May to October … 2007: Led Houston to their second straight MLS crown, leading the team with seven goals in 20 regular season appearances … Added two more goals in the playoffs … 2006: Scored 11 goals in 21 games for the Dynamo as they opened their inaugural season in Houston in style, winning the MLS Cup against New England … In the season opener against the Rapids, he scored four goals (the seventh person in league history to score four goals in a game) … Missed six games due to World Cup duty with the national team … Earned MVP honors in the 2006 MLS Cup after he scored the equalizing goal in overtime and converted a penalty in the shootout … 2005: Had seven goals and five assists in only 16 regular season matches for the San Jose Earthquakes, still good for third best on the team … His game-tying goal in the 1-1 draw against FC Dallas on Sept. 25 clinched the top the spot in the Western Conference for San Jose … Scored the lone goal in San Jose’s 1-1 draw against Los Angeles on Oct. 30 in San Jose in the second leg of the semifinal playoff series … 2004: Played in 25 matches, starting 21 … Led the team in scoring and goals scored with 28 points on 12 goals and four assists … Tied for first in the league for goals scored with Eddie Johnson … Was second in the league in total scoring … Named to the MLS Best XI and MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 … 2003: Started the season on a hot streak with six goals and two assists in 15 games before getting injured and sitting out the rest of the year … Scored his first goal with the Earthquakes in his first start with the team on April 12 against Colorado, striking just 53 seconds into the match … Ruptured his right Achilles tendon on August 16 against New England and underwent surgery three days later forcing him to miss the rest of the season ... Made his official Earthquakes debut in April against CSD Municipal, playing 90 minutes and scoring his first goal … 2002: Played the entire 2002 season with the Seattle Sounders of the A-League, earning All-League honors ... Selected to the A-League Team of the Week four times ... Scored 16 goals and registered eight assists for Seattle ... Ranked second in the A-League in scoring, fourth in assists and third in shots … 2001: Played eight games for the Galaxy, starting one ... Scored one goal and one assist ... Made two appearances in the 2001 MLS Cup Playoffs.

    First Hawaiian native ever drafted by an MLS team ... Started playing soccer at age seven, and his mother was his first coach ... Hosted a sports segment on KHOU TV in Houston called “Kickin’ It with Brian Ching” … Enjoys surfing and golfing ... Was an accounting major at Gonzaga.

    Finished Gonzaga career with 34 goals, third-most in school history ... Holds the Gonzaga all-time record with 23 assists ... Tied for second on Gonzaga’s all-time points list with 91 when he left the school ... First Team All-WCC and All-Far West Region in 2000 ... First Team All-WCC in 1999 ... Missed entire 1998 season after surgery to repair injured meniscus in his right knee ... Second Team All-WCC in 1997 ... Scored three goals and six assists in 1996 ... Helped Gonzaga win two WCC Championships during his career … USL Premier Rookie of the Year in 1997 as a member of the Spokane Shadow … Starred at Kamehameha High School in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Played for the Bulls club team and traveled to tournaments on the mainland, where he was noticed by Gonzaga’s coaches.