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MNT Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Packed Alamodome

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Highlights: Morris, Agudelo and Co. Rack Up another #DosACero vs. Mexico

The USA beat Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 64,369 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo scored for the U.S.

USA Beats Mexico 2-0 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 64,369 Inside Alamodome

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 15, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated archrival Mexico by a score line of 2-0 behind goals from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo in front of a sell-out crowd of 64,369. The match was presented by AT&T. The win extended the USA’s unbeaten streak against Mexico to a record six games (3-0-3), pushed the U.S. MNT’s current unbeaten streak on home soil to 21 games (18-0-3) and marked the ninth USA victory against Mexico by that familiar score line and eighth since 2000.

Twenty-year-old Morris, a sophomore at Stanford University, put the U.S. ahead after running onto a deflected ball and finishing under a sliding goalkeeper in the 49th minute.

In the 65th minute, Juan Agudelo replaced Morris, and on a Michael Bradley assist doubled the American lead. It was Agudelo’s first appearance since he last came on as a sub in the U.S.’s game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014 and his first goal since he scored against Argentina on March 26, 2011.

The result pushed the USA’s all time record against Mexico to 18-32-14. The U.S. MNT will be in Europe next time it convenes, facing off with the world’s No. 6-ranked team, Netherlands, in Amsterdam on June 5. The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jordan Morris, 49th Minute:
Michael Bradley played the ball into the middle of the Mexico defense to Gyasi Zardes whose return pass deflected off a Mexico defender into the stride of Morris. On his first MNT start, Morris took a touch and slotted a shot under sliding Mexico goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo for his first international goal. USA 1, MEX 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley), 72nd minute: Minutes after entering for previous goal scorer Jordan Morris, Agudelo expertly brought down a long ball from Michael Bradley at the top of the box. He cut to his right, got past his defender and blasted a shot that squeezed between Saucedo and the left post to double the USA lead. USA 2, MEX 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cirilo Saucedo, 26th minute:
Michael Bradley played a dangerous free kick into the box where Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris were converging. Saucedo jumped into traffic and was able to deflect the ball out of danger.

USA - Rimando (Save), 42nd minute: Mexico captain Luis Montes quickly brought the ball down from the right side. Near the top of the box Montes made a quick cut toward the center and hooked a left-footed shot towards the goal. The ball took one spinning hop before Rimando secured it.

USA - Yarbrough (Save), 58th minute: Erick Torres took a pass off of a Mexican counter and found himself in a spot with an opportunity to score, but he was unable to put a clean hit on the ball and Yarbrough simply scooped up the shot.

Milestone Watch:

  • Michael Bradley inched closer to the century cap mark with his 96th appearance tonight. The appearance pushed his him past Brian McBride and into a tie with Alexi Lalas for the 16th on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Bradley’s assist was the 13th of his USA career and ties him for eighth all-time alongside DaMarcus Beasley and Clint Dempsey.
  • Ventura Alvarado and 20-year-old Jordan Morris made their first starts for the USA.
  • In his first start, Morris scored his first international goal.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Netherlands, on June 5 at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. MNT began the game in a diamond 4-4-2 formation
  • In his first action with the U.S. MNT of 2015, Kyle Beckerman made the start at midfield. It was his first appearance since he started for the U.S. against Ireland on November 18, 2014.
  • It was the first time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that Michael Bradley and Beckerman have started together.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyassi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin
  • In his first appearance since he was subbed on in the second half of the game against Ukraine on March 5, 2014, Juan Agudelo came on for the game’s first goal scorer Jordan Morris and netted his third career goal for the U.S. MNT. It was his first goal with the National Team since scoring against Argentina on March 26, 2011.
  • Texas native Greg Garza started the game at left back. He played in the last five games of 2014 starting three following the World Cup and also started in the match against Denmark on March 31, 2015
  • Joe Corona made his first start for the U.S. since the Sept. 3, 2014 match in Prague vs. the Czech Republic. It was his first appearance since the game against Honduras on Oct.14, 2014.
  • Corona and Garza both started on the left side for the U.S. The pair are teammates in Liga MX, with Club Tijuana.
  • Omar Gonzalez made his first start since the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Belgium and his first appearance since coming on in the 62nd minute of the USA’s October 10, 2014 match against Ecuador.
  • Michael Bradley recorded his third-straight start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark and March 31 versus Switzerland.
  • Kyle Beckerman left the game in the 63rd minute with a left thigh contusion.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T
Date: April 15, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 64,369 (sellout)
Weather: 73 degrees; Indoor 

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

USA – Jordan Morris                                      49th minute
USA – Juan Agudelo (Michael Bradley)        72

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 14-Greg Garza (11-Brek Shea, 46); 15-Kyle Beckerman (21-Perry Kitchen, 63), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Brad Evans, 80), 7-Joe Corona (9-Miguel Ibarra, 46), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Jordan Morris (17-Juan Agudelo, 65)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 13-Lee Nguyen, 16-Julian Green, 18-Chris Wondolowski
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 12-Cirilo Saucedo; 21-Hiram Mier (3-Oswaldo Alanis, 46), 2-Francisco Rodriguez (8-Luis Rodriguez, 60), 13-Carlos Salcedo (4-Julio Cesar Dominguez, 46); 7-Efrain Velarde, 17-Mario Osuna, 18-Carlos Esquivel, 15-Gerardo Flores (6-George Corral, 67); 10-Luis Montes (capt.) (5-Antonio Rios, 79), 9-Erick Torres, 20-Eduardo Herrera (19-Marco Bueno, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jonathan Orozco, 16-Adrian Aldrete
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 6 / 13
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 13
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)
4th Official: Walter Quesada (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Ventura Alvarado

MNT Ready for Mexico Showdown in San Antonio

Watch how the ‪#‎USMNT‬ prepared in this short camp before ‪#‎USAvMEX‬ presented by AT&T.

Gallery: Matchday Minus One, MNT Trains at Alamodome

The USMNT trained onsite at the Alamodome on yesterday in advance of tonight's USA-Mexico match, Presented by AT&T. Kickoff for the 64th edition of one of international soccer's best rivalries is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

Beckerman’s emergence as a fixture in the full team adds to 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. in 2011 under Jurgen Klinsmann, who values his consistent performance and effort. The energetic midfielder has long been a fixture in MLS, recording more than 325 games played since joining the league in 2000. Having just recently completed 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. 

  • Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started all three Group G matches at midfield for the U.S. 
  • 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
  • Played in each of the U.S.’s six games in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup 
  • Has earned Major League Soccer All-Star recognition on consecutive years, from 2007-2014
  • Captained Real Salt Lake to the 2009 MLS Cup championship 

2014: Has appeared in eight and started seven games for the U.S. on the year, including three during the 2014 FIFA World Cup... Named Budweiser Man of the Match after the USA's 2-1 loss to Colombia on Nov. 14 in London... Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 World Cup and started all three Group G matches at midfield. ... 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 apperances 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 Jamacia ... 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: Started all 30 games in which he appeared for RSL... Served as captain, leading the team to a 15-8-11 overall record and third-place finish in the western division to advance to the MLS playoffs where they lost to the LA Galaxy in the conference semifinals... Named to MLS's All-Star roster... 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. 

Trained at FC Kaiserslautern in the 2011 offseason … Began production of his own clothing line, KB5, in 2009 … Enjoys fishing, listening to reggae music, playing guitar, skateboarding and perfecting his ping-pong skills away from the field … Graduated from Maryland’s Arundel High School in May 2000 … Was a state wrestling champion in Maryland as a freshman at DeMatha H.S. … Brother, Todd, wrestled at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln … Married Kate Pappas on January 4, 2014 in Salt Lake City... Full name is Kyle Robert Beckerman.



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