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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 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram  

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.

USA Cruises Past Cuba with 6-0 Win in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

BALTIMORE (July 18, 2015) – 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.

Clint Dempsey tallied a hat trick, Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also scored for the MNT, with Gonzalez’s goal the first of his international career. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and the U.S. MNT backline earned their second shutout of the tournament. 

The MNT improved its Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1 and extended its record to 6-0-0 against Cuba in the regional tournament. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament. 

The USA continues its title defense on Wednesday, July 22, in the tournament Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica. The Semifinal will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute: The U.S. struck first in the game’s early minutes. From the right side, Timmy Chandler curled a left-footed ball in to Clint Dempsey, who out-jumped his defender and headed it over Cuba’s diving ‘keeper for the early advantage. USA 1, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15th minute:  Just over 10 minutes after collecting the match’s opening score, the U.S. doubled up with Zardes’ first-career Gold Cup goal. Fabian Johnson set it up with a spinning cross from the left that found Zardes on the right. Zardes hit a side-footed volley out of the air and into the goal. USA 2, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32nd minute:  Bradley hit a perfect lofted ball into the Cuba half from behind the midfield line. Johannsson sprinted to get to it, and Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra was caught in a position where he couldn’t converge and tried to break down and defend. Johannsson sensing the hesitation, gracefully chipped the ball into the goal for the USA”s third tally of the half. USA 3, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson) 45th minute:  From a corner kick Michael Bradley sent the ball to the far post. As it bent toward the endline Johannsson rose and headed it back through the box. Omar Gonzalez reached it first and finished for his first international goal and the USA’s fourth of the game.  USA 4, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 64th minute: Brad Evans played a beautiful ball into Aron Johannsson, who was dragged down in the box by Cuban defender Angel Horta to set up a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and confidently clipped it down the middle for his fifth goal of the tournament. USA 5, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78th minute: Michael Bradley played the architect, knifing through the Cuban defense and into the box, before threading a ball back across to Dempsey. Dempsey jetted over to it and slammed it into the net complete his hat trick. USA 6, CUB 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Semifinal
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Opponent: Jamaica
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. He is the current golden boot leader. He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.
  • Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history: Brian McBride - 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) - 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski - 7/9/13 v. Belize
  • Omar Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his second goal of 2015 and his first in a Gold Cup.
  • Aron Johannsson’s goal was his first in a Gold Cup and his second in 2015 with his first coming against Denmark on March 25 in Arhus.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan made their fourth straight starts of the 2015 Gold Cup.
  • After missing the first two matches of the tournament, Alejandro Bedoya made his second straight start.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson was the third different combination used in the team’s four Gold Cup matches.
  • Clint Dempsey now has five career goals against Cuba. He also tallied in the team’s 4-1 win in the 2005 Gold Cup opener and the 1-0 shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6, 2008 in Havana.
  • Eight U.S. players made their first-ever appearance in a Gold Cup Quarterfinal as well as against Cuba: Alvarado, Bedoya, Chandler, Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson, Johnson, Guzan and Gyasi Zardes.
  • This was the first time the USMNT scored 4 goals in a first half or led by four at half since Dec. 1993 vs El Salvador.
  • The last time the MNT scored four goals in one half of a competitive match was in a World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2008. The USA scored four second-half goals in a 6-1 win at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that clenched the team a berth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-0-1 in Quarterfinal matches and 20-6-4 in knockout matches all-time in the Gold Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and a perfect 6-0-0 in Gold Cup matches. The U.S. is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the island nation, dating back to Sept. 21, 1949. 

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After topping Group A, the U.S. MNT travels to Baltimore before kicking off the knockout stage against Cuba. The team takes advantage of three allowed roster changes at this stage and DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona, and Alan Gordan join the team with five days to prepare for the quarterfinal match.

Beckerman, Gonzalez, Zusi Return to Maryland Stomping Grounds

With Saturday’s Gold Cup Quarterfinal set for Baltimore, three U.S. MNT players have made a homecoming of sorts to the “Free State” this week.

Midfielder Kyle Beckerman grew up just down the road from Baltimore in Crofton, playing club soccer for the Bowie Bulldogs and the Laurel Wildcats before attending U.S. U-17 Residency in Bradenton, Florida, in 1999. Beckerman began what has turned into a 15-year professional career with the Miami Fusion the following year.

Beckerman has played with the National Team at M&T Bank Stadium once before, back in the team’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the 2013 Gold Cup Quarterfinal. While he visits nearby Washington, D.C. often in Major League Soccer, playing for the National Team in his hometown is even more special.

“It’s great,” Beckerman told reporters Thursday. “To play with the National Team in Maryland is just awesome. The fans show great support here. I think we had close to 70,000 the last time we played here - hopefully we can get that again. I know I have a great crew coming through and we just have to do our part. They’re going to do their’s. It all comes together and makes it a great day.”

Inspired by seeing the National Team come through Baltimore and Washington, D.C. as a youth, Beckerman set his sights on suiting up for the side one day. As the MNT returns to Baltimore on Saturday, he knows he and his teammates can be that same inspiration.

“There are going to be kids in the stadium this weekend that are thinking the same way I did when I was young,” Beckerman told ussoccer.com. “When the U.S. National Team came in town, I’d go watch the game and they were my heroes. That’s where it all started from, getting the idea of what a professional player was and seeing the highest level that we had at the time. It’s a responsibility that we have to represent our country and our soccer team to the highest level. It took a lot of hard work but these kinds of games start dreams for kids at a really young age, so it’s cool to be a part of it."

Meanwhile, defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Graham Zusi were collegiate teammates from 2006-2008 at the University of Maryland in College Park, about an hour away from Baltimore.

Gonzalez returned to his hometown of Dallas when the U.S. met Honduras in their opening match of the Gold Cup, but didn’t get to play in the 2-1 win. With John Brooks suspended for Saturday’s Quarterfinal against Cuba, the 6’5” defender could get his shot to play in another familiar place.

“Maryland is a second home for me,” he told ussoccer.com. “I have a lot of great memories here. Winning the 2008 National Championship is probably tops. More than anything, you look at the players I played with here and a lot of them are in MLS – Graham, Maurice Edu, A.J. DeLaGarza – it speaks to how strong a program they have here.”

Upon arrival in Baltimore earlier this week, Gonzalez even contemplated a quick trip to visit some friends in College Park, but the team’s tight schedule nixed the plans.

“I’ll have plenty of friends coming to see me for the game on Saturday,” he continued. “It’s special to get to play for the National Team in front of people you know and in a place that helped you get there. The fans leave you with a special feeling.”
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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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