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Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for Important Tests against Denmark and Switzerland

CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).

The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.

Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.

Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.

“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”

The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.

Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

ROSTER NOTES  

  • A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
  • Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
  • Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
  • Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015.  Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
  • Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
  • Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
  • Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
  • Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.

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U-23 MNT vs. Brazil: Highlights - Oct. 13, 2014

The U.S. U-23 Men's National Team capped off its trip to Brazil with a match against the host side's U-23s on Oct. 13 at Estadio Nacional de Brasilia Mane Garrincha. Brazil scored in the opening minutes and went on to top the USA 3-0.

U-23 MNT Falls 3-0 to Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil (Oct. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team capped off its trip to Brasilia with a 3-0 loss to Brazil’s U-23 national team at Estadio Nacional.

Brazil took advantage of a defensive mishap with Luan’s third-minute goal and never looked back. Douglas added a header off of a Vinicius Araujo assist in the 75th minute and Araujo tallied a goal of his own seven minutes later for the three-goal lead.

The USA, in the midst of early preparations toward qualification for the 2016 Olympics, had several good scoring chances. In the first half, Rubio Rubin created an opportunity with a cross toward Jordan Morris, but he was unable to finish inside the box in the 39th minute. In the 58th minute, Mario Rodriguez had an opportunity created by Oscar Sorto, but again the finish from close range was off. In the closing minutes, Dennis Flores had an 88th-minute shot that went wide left of the frame.

- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Brazil U-23 MNT
Date: Monday, Oct. 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estádio Nacional de Brasilia; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,000
Weather: 76 degrees, clear

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

BRA – Luan                                                     3rd minute
BRA – Douglas Coutinho (Vinicius Araujo)   75
BRA – Vinicius Araujo                                    82

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Cropper; 2-Oscar Sorto, 4-Cameron Carter-Vickers (19-Matt Miazga, 61), 5-Shane O’Neill (capt.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda; 7-Benji Joya (17-Marlon Hairston, 83), 6-Emerson Hyndman (14-Dennis Flores, 61), 10-Mario Rodriguez (25-Ben Spencer, 71), 11-Dillon Serna; 9-Jordan Morris (16-Alonso Hernandez, 83), 8-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 12-Charlie Horton, 13-Eric Miller, 15-Sean Okoli, 18-Christian Dean, 20-Esteban Rodriguez

BRA: 12-Andrey; 3-Wallace, 5-Alison (18-Fred, 46), 4-Doria (capt.), 2-Fabinho; 6-Wendell (16-Douglas Santos, 46), 7-Luan (21-Douglas Coutinho, 68), 10-Ademilson (20-Felipe Gedoz, 46); 8-Matheus Biteco, 11-Talisca (17-Danilo, 73), 9-Thalles (19-Vinicius Araujo, 62)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jacsson, 13-Claudio Winck, 14-Nathan, 15-Samir, 22-Georgemy, 23-Kelvin
Head Coach: Alexandre Gallo

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Talisca (caution)           19th minute
USA – Oscar Sorto (caution)   28
USA – Benji Joya (caution)     64

U-23 MNT Ready to Face Brazil

The U-23 Men's National Team is in Brasilia to take on Brazil in a friendly. Emerson Hyndman and Cody Cropper give an update from the team's preparations ahead of the match on Oct. 13, 2014.

Under-23s: In 2011, Cropper was invited to a November training camp in Germany and notched a shutout in a scrimmage against Azerbaijan on Nov. 11 … Under-20s: Heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Cropper has posted two shutouts and a 5-3-0 record ... Bothe clean sheets came during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship - a 1-0 victory against Coasta Rica on Feb. 22 and a 2-0 semifinal win against Cuba on March 1. Cropper also had a noteworthy eight save performace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 victory against host Portugal on June 14, 2013, in the final primer match heading into the World Cup. In 2012, Cropper played in six matches and posted a shutout. He made his debut with the U-20s in 2010, earning two starts and his first U-20 MNT victory … Under-17s: Cropper is a former member of the U-17 Residency Program.

In August of 2012, Cropper signed with Premier club Southampton after having a successful trial. Cropper signed with Ipswich Town FC in 2010 at the age of 17. Because he was under 18 years old, the first year of his two-year deal was a scholar contract and the second year was a professional contract.

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