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MNT on TV: A Baker’s Dozen of Matches Featuring 25 MNT Players this Weekend

Behold the rising action. Another weekend of soccer brings about 13 matches featuring 25 current MNT players. It’s a sure bet that Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. MNT coaching staff will be tuned in with the team just two weeks away from huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil, which prelude the decisive USA-Mexico playoff on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl. Here’s a look at the action featuring U.S. Men’s National Team players around the world this weekend.

Bundesliga
Aron Johannsson is settling in nicely with his new club Werder Bremen. A week ago he made his debut, coming on in the 57th minute against Schalke. This week Bremen will look to snare all three points against Hertha Berlin on Friday, where Johannsson will hunt for his first Bundesliga goal. Trying to stop him will be his MNT teammate and Hertha center back John Brooks. Brooks, who is still getting into a club rhythm after missing preseason while on international duty, entered in the 84thminute of Hertha’s 1-0 win against Augsburg a week ago.

Like Brooks, Timmy Chandler is also working hard to get back into form with his club after returning from the Gold Cup. He’ll look to seize the opportunity as Frankfurt tries to rebound from its 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg with a positive result against Augsburg on Saturday.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

2:30 p.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/22

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Augsburg

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League
On Saturday morning, a trio of matches features MNT players in Premier League action across the pond. Watch them simultaneously as Tottenham and DeAndre Yedlin seek their first win of the season when they face Leicester City, Brad Guzan marshals Aston Villa’s backline in its road matchup with Crystal Palace and Geoff Cameron and Stoke City meet Norwich City. Guzan has looked sharp early on in the season, posting a clean sheet in Villa’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth in the club’s season opener and limiting Manchester United’s potent offense to a single goal.

On Sunday, Tim Howard will lead the Everton defense when it goes up against the goal-happy Manchester City attack, which has produced a Premier League leading six goals in its first two games. Klinsmann officially revealed that Howard will be back in the mix when the MNT takes the field in September, and after posting a shutout a week ago against Southampton, the ‘keeper will look to maintain his form.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Leicester City vs. Tottenham

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Extra Time

Norwich  City vs. Stoke City

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Everton vs. Manchester City

Tim Howard (Everton)

Liga MX
A pair of MNT players will clash in Saturday night Liga MX action as Ventura Alvarado and Club America challenge Joe Corona and Veracruz. Alvarado and the America defense have held opponents scoreless their last three games.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have already recorded a win this week. The team defeated Correcaminos on Monday and will look to increase their lead as the top team in Liga MX when they tackle Chivas on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

5 p.m. MT

UniMas, UDN

Club America vs. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

Telemundo

Leon vs. Chivas

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

MLS
On Friday night, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo enter the cauldron which houses the Portland Timbers. Earlier this week, Klinsmann reviewed the conversation he had with Beasley following the Gold Cup, and it’s now clear that Beas is fully back on board with the MNT.

Saturday kicks off with Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore hosting Orlando City SC, where Brek Shea is nearer to returning from sports hernia surgery. Toronto has stumbled to back-to-back losses, but its last win came against the Lions. While that game is going on, down in the nation’s capital MLS Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United will see Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen host Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes. The ‘Quakes are coming off a 5-0 rout of Sporting KC on Wednesday in which Wondo scored twice, increasing his career total to 100 league goals.

Thirty minutes after that game begins, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi will lead Sporting KC against Columbus Crew SC. Sporting had been riding a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1), before the loss to San Jose at Sporting Park. In Utah, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake square off with MNT teammates Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans of Seattle Sounders FC. The meeting is the first between the two teams this year. The clubs share similar territory in the Western Conference standings, as both have won seven games this season.

On Sunday, LA Galaxy and New York City FC meet for the first and only time this season. The MLS marquee matchup pits Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes against fellow U.S. international Mix Diskerud. The Galaxy sits atop the Western Conference table, while NYC FC is battling for a playoff spot in the East.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

8 p.m. PT

UDN, UniMas

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

D.C. United v. San Jose Earthquakes

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

 8/22

 7:30 p.m. ET

 MLS Direct Kick

Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

8/23

Noon PT

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, MLS Direct Kick

LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Mix Diskerud (NYC FC)

SKC, RSL Set to Write Another Compelling Chapter in Burgeoning Rivalry

Just over two years ago, Sporting Kansas City downed Real Salt Lake on penalties to lift the club’s second MLS Cup in the chilly climes of Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Though the two sides have played a number of times since, only Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Semifinal can come close to the intensity that was felt on that cold December day.

The game was the second final that Real Salt Lake had dropped that year after being upset by lowly D.C. United in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Final. The memory is one that RSL captain and U.S. international Kyle Beckerman has held on to ever since.

“I think anytime you play a final somewhere, it’s going to stay in your mind,” he told ussoccer.com. “Of course I think of it -- how close we were to winning on their turf, but you also can’t look too far back. For the most part it’s another game. This is similar where it’s do or die, there’s more on the line to play for than other games this year. We’re familiar with each other, we know how each other play and it will makes for a tight affair.”

Though Dom Dwyer was part of Sporting KC when the club lifted the 2012 U.S. Open Cup Final, he played a bit role for the club that year. The following year’s MLS Cup Final was his first crowning achievement and says it went a long way to spark the current rivalry between the two sides.

“We both remember that game for different reasons,” Dwyer told ussoccer.com. “It’s a fond memory for us and not a happy one for them. They’re a tough team, it’s always a battle against them. I’m very much looking forward to the game and playing against them. I look forward to playing football, doing it in a big game against a rival. That’s what any player wants to do.”

The two clubs have already met their quota of three MLS league matches this season, with RSL holding the 2-0-1 advantage. Called in for the U.S. squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Beckerman had to miss the last meeting between the two sides – a 2-1 RSL victory on July 24 – as well as the team’s Round of 16 and Quarterfinal wins against the Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy.


Kyle Beckerman hopes to guide RSL to a second U.S. Open Cup Final in the last three years with a win against SKC on Wednesday night.

Though away on National Team duty, Beckerman watched on as his team utilized the Open Cup to gain a spark at a difficult point of the campaign.

“It was just a really trying period for us in the season,” Beckerman said. “We kind of hit a little lull and the Open Cup gave us a chance to respond from earlier games. We got a big win against Portland then the Galaxy, it helped us get a bit of momentum for the rest of the year.”

That momentum came just in time for RSL to open its CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Guatemalan side Municipal. Having gone to that competition’s final in 2011, the club has placed more emphasis on success in the U.S. Open Cup for the berth it grants to its winner in the annual regional tournament.

“We’ve been to the final of that tournament and got a good taste of it. When it comes down to it, it’s the quickest way to qualify and with that comes extra money and gives your club a bigger audience. With the Open Cup, it’s a chance to lift a trophy and that’s important, but our coaching staff and upper management have taken it a lot more seriously because of what it does for us in CONCACAF.”

While there’s little doubt that Sporting KC would also revel in a return to the Champions League, forward Dom Dwyer, says his side has embraced the history of the competition and what it means to the club’s rabid fan base.

 “The Open Cup is a very important competition to us and something we take a lot of pride in,” he told ussoccer.com. “It’s a tournament we won a couple years ago – a lot of guys remember that feeling of lifting the trophy in front of our fans and want to get that taste again.”

After scoring three times on loan to Orlando City during that club’s U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal run in 2013, Dwyer has made the competition a point of personal pride this year with Sporting. The Englishman set a club record by scoring four goals in the team’s 6-2 drubbing of FC Dallas in the Round of 16.

“That was a very special night for me personally and for the club,” Dwyer said. “Obviously it’s nice to score whenever you can and I was definitely feeling it that night. We have a very strong team and that’s pretty much part of it. We’re going to get chances and my job is to manage to put them away.”

Dom Dwyer leads the 2015 U.S. Open Cup Golden Boot race with five goals in this year's tournament.

In the Quarterfinal weeks later against the Houston Dynamo, Dwyer had a penalty saved, but earned redemption by tallying an 86th minute winner in the 3-1 victory. His five goals have him leading the tournament’s Golden Boot race.

Beckerman is well aware of the danger Dwyer provides Sporting Kansas City, lauding the forward for his recent rise over the last two seasons.

Dom is a player that doesn’t stop moving, he’s constantly working off the ball, working for the ball,” he said. “He does a lot of defensive stuff that goes unnoticed for Sporting. When they say defending from front to back, Dom’s truly doing that. That ultimately helps them pressure and their whole team plays better because of it. He’s doing a lot of stuff that doesn’t come up in a stats sheet, but when you get him a chance in front of goal, he’s burying it. He’s really coming into his own and becoming a top striker in this league – one we’ll definitely have to keep an eye on.”

While last week’s draw means that Wednesday’s game will be Sporting KC’s last home match of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the opportunity for RSL to host the final is there, if they can win and the Chicago Fire fall to the Philadelphia Union.  Though the extra potential carrot of hosting another final at home is there for Beckerman and Real Salt Lake, he was adamant that the focus remains solely on just getting to the tournament’s championship game.

“We really just focus on getting into the final. The only thing we can control is to put ourselves in the final. If it’s home it’s great. If it’s away, we’re okay with it. We just want to get to the dance. We know if we can get there, we’ll have a chance to win.” 

Ready, Set, Watch: 22 Televised Games Feature MNT Players this Week

With the huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil on the horizon next month set against the backdrop of the massive USA-Mexico match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl, you can be sure Jurgen Klinsmann and the coaching staff is keeping a close eye on the player pool. Their job is made a lot easier thanks to the impressive number of games being televised this week involving MNT players. A total of 22 matches featuring more than 30 current MNT players will be broadcast. Here’s a look at what to watch for in the action around the world.

Bundesliga Begins

Let the games begin in Germany. With the highest average attendance of the top leagues in Europe, Bundesliga play for the 2015-16 season begins this weekend, as does the first season of these matches being broadcast on FOX. A number of MNT players will look to get off on the right foot.

Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the league last year, which ultimately earned the club a spot in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup in the first half of 2015, and begins this year’s run on Saturday against rival and traditional powerhouse Borussia Dortmund.

John Brooks is back for his third year at Hertha Berlin. Brooks has earned 71 appearances there since debuting in 2012, becoming a regular starter in the latter stages of the season. Berlin begins its season against Augsburg on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler, who scored his first international goal this summer in the MNT’s match against Guatemala, is back for another year at his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt. The team begins the year against Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Aron Johannsson makes his debut in the German top flight. He finished the year at AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, recording four goals in his final three matches as his former club snatched the third spot and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Now Johannsson takes his talents to Werder Bremen, which opens its campaign on Saturday against Schalke.

Alfredo Morales March 31 Match DenmarkAlfredo Morales

Alfredo Morales led FC Ingolstadt to a first place finish in second Bundesliga a year ago which promoted the team to the premier division. Ingolstadt debuts against Mainz on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com, FOX Deportes

Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Werder Bremen v. Schalke

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)

8/15

9:30 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Mainz v. FC Ingolstadt

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)

8/15

12:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 2, FOXSoccer2go.com

Dortmund v. Borussia Monchengladbach

Fabian Johnson (‘Gladbach)

8/16

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Sports 1, FOXSoccer2go.com

Wolfsburg v. Frankfurt

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League Continues

The English Premier League got started last weekend and play continues across the pond this week.

Brad Guzan, who earned the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the 2015 Gold Cup, posted a clean sheet in the season opener. Now he’ll stand between the posts against perennial Premier League powerhouse Manchester United on Friday. Fellow netminder Tim Howard will also be in action for Everton, as the Toffees take on Southampton.

Brad Guzan

DeAndre Yedlin continues to challenge for a spot at Tottenham Hotspur. The club hosts its home opener against Stoke City, where Geoff Cameron started at centerback in his side’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/14

2:45 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/15 7 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network Southampton vs. Everton Tim Howard (Everton)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Tottenham vs. Stoke City

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham), Geoff Cameron (Stoke)

Vamos Vamos

Liga MX is in full swing now and a number of MNT players will be in action south of the border.

Ventura Alvarado scored his first goal of the season last week in Club America win against Motagua in the Champions League. This week the team will look to keep up the momentum when it faces Santos on Friday night.

Joe Corona, coming off a sweet assist that led to the game-winner last week, plays with Veracruz on Tuesday night against his former team Club Tijuana and the current home of defender Michael Orozco.

Greg Garza and Atlas can be seen twice on TV this week. The first game is against Pumas on Wednesday, the second is Saturday night against Puebla.


Greg Garza

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have a pair of games this week. Leon takes on Tigres on Tuesday night, then can be seen Saturday night when they travel to Morelia.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/11

7:50 p.m. PT

Azteca

Club Tijuana v. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Michael Orozco (Tijuana)

8/12

8 p.m. MT

Galavision

Pumas v. Atlas

Greg Garza (Atlas)

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

NBC Universo

Leon v. Tigres

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

8/14

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Club America v. Santos

Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/15

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Atlas v. Puebla

Greg Garza (Atlas),

8/15

11:30 p.m. ET

Azteca

Morelia v. Leon

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon) 

MLS Heating Up

With the playoff race heating up, the MLS season is getting very interesting.

A quartet of MNT players will be in action Wednesday in the semifinal of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup when Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will do their best to push RSL through, but their MNT teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi from Sporting KC stand in the way.

League MLS matches continue on Thursday, when New York City FC hosts first place D.C. United at Yankee Stadium. Mix Diskerud is in a New York state of mind, while D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen will try to pick up another road win.

On Friday, Chris Wondolowski will try to score his 10th goal of the season when San Jose Earthquakes host Colorado Rapids.

MLS Saturday is MNT Saturday. Captain Michael Bradley, who scored a brilliant MLS Goal of the Week nominee last weekend, and Jozy Altidore travel with Toronto FC to Harrison, N.J., for a match against the Red Bulls. Shortly after that game kicks off, New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo play in a game featuring five MNT players (Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis, Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones). Moving westward, the LA Galaxy with Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez visit FC Dallas, while up in Kansas City, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC host Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The night concludes with Real Salt Lake taking on Portland Timbers in Sandy, Utah, where Kyle Beckerman will captain RSL with Nick Rimando between the posts.


Brad Evans

On Sunday afternoon, Seattle Sounders FC featuring Clint Dempsey and their team captain Brad Evans will do their best to hold off the visiting Orlando City SC.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

youtube.com/ussoccer

Sporting KC v. Real Salt Lake

(Open Cup Semifinal)

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/13

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York City FC v. D.C. United

Mix Diskerud (NYC FC), Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)

 

8/14

 

8 p.m. PT

 

UniMas

 

San Jose Earthquakes v. Colorado Rapids

 

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

8/15

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)

8/15

7:30 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo

Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (New England), DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

FC Dallas v. LA Galaxy

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

Sporting Kansas City v. Vancouver Whitecaps

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/15

7 p.m. PT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake v. Portland

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

8/16

2 p.m. PT

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Seattle Sounders FC v. Orlando City SC

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

 

MNT Falls to Jamaica in Gold Cup Semifinal

ATLANTA (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from the 2015 Gold Cup Wednesday night after a 2-1 Semifinal loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second half, the U.S. came out quickly on the attack and Michael Bradley scored his second goal of the tournament to cut the Jamaica in half. Chances continued to come for the MNT, but none found the net, and when the final whistle blew, it signaled the USA’s first loss to Jamaica in Gold Cup play.

Jamaica led at the break after two quick goals from set pieces late in the first half. Darren Mattocks headed home a long throw in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes doubled the lead five minutes later with a free kick from just outside of the box.

The USA will play either Panama or Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday, July 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The broadcast information on the semifinal is still to be determined.

The MNT will also face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The one-game playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute: A long throw in from Kemar Lawrence found Mattocks in the center of the box, where he rose highest and flicked a header to the back post. The ball floated over diving U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan and bounced in off the post. USA 0, JAM 1

JAM – Giles Barnes 36th minute:  Brad Guzan was whistled for a handball after he was deemed to have advanced out of the penalty area. Jamaica was awarded a free kick on the right side of the box and Barnes stepped up to take the kick, curling it over the wall and in at the near post to put Jamaica up by a pair. USA 0, JAM 2

USA – Michael Bradley 48th minute: Just after the restart, the ball was played into Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. He took a turn and fired at Jamaica’s goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who batted it down in front of him. Dempsey followed and got a shot away before Michael Bradley followed up for the third time to tap it home from eight yards.USA 1, JAM 2 (SEE GOAL ) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 30th minute: Fabian Johnson barreled down the left side on the attack and made a sharp cut in to his right, crossing his defender and freeing himself for a shot. Johnson placed a shot toward the far post, but Thompson dove to his left to deflect it away.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 44th minute: Alejandro Bedoya threaded a pass to Clint Dempsey in the box, who shielded a man away and ripped a shot with his left foot. Thompson came out and smothered the shot.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 57th minute: USA captain Bradley turned on the edge of the area and blasted a vicious swerving drive toward goal. Thompson was momentarily fooled but managed to get his body behind the shot, deflecting it off his chest and off the post to preserve the lead.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 71st minute: Brad Evans sent a long throw in into the box, which John Brooks Reached with a header. Brooks’ header went on frame, but Thompson dove to stop it.

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Third-Place Game
Location: PPL Park – Chester, Pa.
Opponent: TBD
Broadcast information:  TBD 
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Milestone Watch:

  • With his goal U.S. captain Michael Bradley became the fourth player with 15 goals & 15 assists for the #USMNT (Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda)
  • With tonight’s start, Bradley ties goalkeeper Tim Howard for 11th on the all-time MNT cap list with 104 appearances.
  • Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 50th all-time appearance for the USA in tonight’s match.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup from the Cuba Quarterfinal match: John Brooks returned to central defense after serving a one-game suspension, while Brad Evans stepped in at right back.
  • Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan continued as the lone U.S. players to start all five matches of the tournament.
  • The start was the first for Evans since the second Gold Cup group match, a 1-0 victory against Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
  • The MNT is now 13-2-8 all-time against Jamaica and is 10-1-3 against the Reggae Boyz at home. The U.S. record against Jamaica in the Gold Cup falls to 3-1-0.
  • The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time in Atlanta.
  • The loss was the first for the MNT under Jurgen Klinsmann in the Gold Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date:  July 22, 2015
Competition:  2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue:  Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff:  6 p.m. ET
Attendance:  TBA
Weather:  indoor

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

JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence)         31st minute
JAM – Giles Barnes                                               36
USA – Michael Bradley                                        48

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67) , 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary, 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff, 15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Sub Not Used: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 16-Joel Grant, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution)      31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution)     45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)      88

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

Highlights: USA Rolls Cuba on March to Gold Cup Semifinals

The U.S. Men's National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.
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Beckerman’s role at the 2014 FIFA World Cup put an exclamation point on an impressive legacy with the U.S. National Teams. He has been part of the programs since the age of 15, earning 40 caps with the U-17s and joining the U-23 squad that participated in the 2004 Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico before making his senior debut as a substitute against Denmark on Jan. 20, 2007. Beckerman was in and out of the National Team before becoming a regular for the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, who values his consistent performance and effort. The energetic midfielder has long been a fixture in MLS, recording more than 350 games played since joining the league in 2000. Now in his eighth season with Real Salt Lake, Beckerman has captained his side to a pair of MLS Cup finals (winning the first in 2009), a CONCACAF Champions League final, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final in 2013 and its longest streak of undefeated home games.

 

  • Started all three group matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Started a career high nine of 10 matches played for the USA in 2013, including starts in two of three FIFA World Cup qualifiers and five of the team’s six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches
  • Earned a starting spot on the National Team by the end of 2011, starting five of his six appearances
  • Has earned Major League Soccer All-Star recognition eight consecutive years, from 2007-14
  • Captained Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup championship

2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made his 12th Gold Cup appearance against Honduras on July 7, 2015, making him tied with Michael Bradley for the second most Gold Cup appearances on the MNT... Has played in four games for the MNT this year, starting three... 2014: Made nine appearances total, including eight as a starter … Played in the No. 6 role against Ghana, Portugal and Germany in the group phase in Brazil … 2013: Started nine of 10 matches in which he played … captained the USA for the first time in the team’s year opening 0-0 draw with Canada … Started five of the USA’s six CONCACAF Gold Cup matches, helping the team claim its fifth regional title … Started two of the three FIFA World Cup qualifiers he featured in, including the USA’s fourth consecutive Hexagonal round “Dos a Cero” win against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium … 2012: Made five appearances and two starts … Manned central midfield in the historic 1-0 victory against Mexico on Aug. 15 at Estadio Azteca … Played in two Semifinal Round qualifiers, getting the start Sept. 7 in Jamaica … 2011: Earned a regular starting spot in the National Team by the end of the year, with a total of six appearances beginning with the 1-1 tie against Mexico on Aug. 10 … Started five of those matches, including the wins against Honduras and Slovenia … 2010: Ended stints at U.S. MNT camps in January and February of 2010 with starts in friendlies against Honduras and El Salvador  … 2009: Reached double-digits in appearances after entering as a substitute against El Salvador in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 5 at Rio Tinto Stadium, helping the USA hold on to a 2-1 victory … Played in all six of the USA’s run to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold  Cup final, starting five … Scored his first goal at the senior international level on July 18, 2009, against Panama in the quarterfinal round, his 49th minute equalizer helping the USA advance in a 2-1 extra time win in Philadelphia … 2007: Earned first three of his career appearances in debuting with a substitute appearance on Jan. 20 against Denmark … Also earned caps for the USA in the Copa America tournament in Venezuela, playing the final 11 minutes of a 3-1 loss against Argentina … Played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Colombia … Under-23s: Played with the U.S. U-23 National Team in the 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Mexico … Under-17s: Finished U.S. U-17 career with 40 caps and 15 goals … Started 36 of his 40 full international appearances for the U-17s … Ranked second in scoring (10 goals, six assists) for the U-17’s in full international competition during 1999, finishing one point behind teammate Landon Donovan … Started all six games of the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand, where the U.S. eventually finished fourth after reaching the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in history … Scored a historic game-winning goal against Argentina on Feb. 5, 1998, in Buenos Aires, making the U-17s the first U.S. National Team to win in Buenos Aires in 86 years … Under-16s: Made international debut with the U-16 National Team on May 20, 1997, against France. First Appearance: Jan. 20, 2007, vs. Denmark … First Goal: July 18, 2009, vs. Panama


2014: Beckerman played every minute of every match he was available for, logging 28 appearances on the season … He surpassed 200 career regular season matches with RSL, now with 205 appearances with the Claret-and-Cobalt … He also was named to the MLS All-Star team for the eighth consecutive season … 2013: Led RSL to its most successful season since 2009, captaining the club to MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final … Had one of his most productive offensive seasons, scoring four goals and chipping in six assists from his regular deep-lying midfield spot … Started all 26 matches in which he appeared for the club … 2012: Another consistent season for the RSL captain, contributing four goals in 30 regular season starts …Tallied the game-winner on March 31 in 3-2 win against Portland … Has now played in 299 career regular season matches in MLS, including 270 as a starter… With his appearances against Seattle Sounders, Beckerman continued his streak of playing in every playoff game in RSL history (14) … 2011: Added a career-high nine assists in his 29 appearances for Real Salt Lake, also scoring three goals … Recorded two-assist games against Toronto FC on June 25 and the New York Red Bulls on August 6 … Scored the game-winner in RSL’s season opener against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 19 … 2010: Scored three goals and added three assists in his 30 appearances in all competitions … Voted to the MLS All-Star First XI, his fourth consecutive All-Star nod … Suffered a strained left foot that prevented him from appearing in eight matches … 2009: Was in the starting lineup in each of the 25 matches he played with Real Salt Lake, scoring three goals and adding two assists … Captained RSL to its first MLS Cup title … Earned his third MLS All-Star recognition in as many years, this time on the active roster … Accumulated 55 consecutive starts … 2008: Started all of his 38 matches for Real Salt Lake in all competitions, including the team’s first-ever postseason run … Got an MLS All-Star nod for the second consecutive year … Had his first two-goal games against D.C. on April 12 and against San Jose on April 30 … Wore the captain’s armband in the third league match, on April 12 against D.C., and every game after that ... 2007: Closed out the year with 28 total appearances, 15 with RSL … Chosen as an MLS inactive All-Star … Made his regular season debut against the New England Revolution on July 28 and drew the penalty for Real Salt Lake’s only goal in the 2-1 loss … Debuted as a starter for RSL in a friendly against Everton FC on July 21 … Joined Real Salt Lake on July 16 … Played 13 games for the Rapids, all starts, adding a goal and two assists in the first half of the season … 2006: Recorded career highs for games played (31), games started (31), goals scored (7) and minutes played (2790) … Was the Rapids’ top away goal scorer, with five of the seven coming on the road … 2005: Ended the year with 33 games in all competitions, tallying one goal and four assists … Scored his only goal of the season against the LA Galaxy on Sept. 10 … In his first game in 2005, played the full 90 minutes and added an assist against Kansas City … 2004: Finished the season with 25 starts in 29 games … Added one goal and two assists … Scored his first goal for the Rapids against Kansas City in the 3-1 win on Sept. 10 … 2003: Became a regular starter for the Rapids, coming on as a substitute only four times in 28 games played … Notched a career-high five assists, including two in consecutive matches … 2002: Closed out his first season with the Rapids with a career-high 14 appearances and five starts … Tallied his first professional assist in the 5-2 win against the New England Revolution on May 22 … Selected 11th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Dispersion Draft … 2001: Only appearance with the Fusion in 2001 was against the Kansas City Wizards on April 18 … Suffered a broken leg that kept him out for most of the season … 2000: Scored his first goal and earned his first start in the same game, the 6-2 win against DC United on Sept. 9 … Made his professional debut on July 15 in a 3-0 loss against the Dallas Burn … Joined the Miami Fusion on June 29 … Signed with MLS on June 27 as part of Nike and MLS’s Project-40 program.


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