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Post-Game Quotes following USA-Panama in Tampa

U.S. head coach BOB BRADLEY

“On the night we weren’t good enough. In the game we had the ball early and a chance to gain control. Panama did a good job defending, and as we’re trying to open them and find spaces, we allow them the first goal. At that point their game plan becomes stronger. We still have the same approach, but the second goal makes it hard. In the second half we put a lot into it. We had some good chances, but nonetheless we weren’t sharp enough in the areas that mattered.”

On whether the heat was a factor and if there will be changes for the next game:
“I don’t think the heat was a factor. On the night we’re not sharp enough. With the fast turnaround, we’re clearly going to consider some changes and be ready to go Tuesday night in Kansas City.”

On whether the performance of the referee affected the result:
“At this time we just look at ourselves and see the areas where we think to improve in order to continue to move forward in this tournament.”

On the adjustments he made at halftime:
“We have to push the game harder, and that accounts for a lot of us pushing them back. They are ahead, so they are dropping deeper. In the first half as the game is developing, we have the ball a lot but we weren’t able to take advantage of some situations. What you don’t want to do in that situation is go down a goal. You want to keep controlling the game and controlling the ball with the idea that opportunities will come. When you put yourself behind, you make it much harder to do that.”

On what he said to the team after the game:
“We spoke quickly about some of things I said here. On the night, I don’t think it’s our best. We talk about the kind of game we were just in, and now the ability to push forward understanding that the road to move through this tournament is now a little different.”


U.S. midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On the match:
“First of all, give Panama a lot of credit. They started the game well, took the initiative to be aggressive and made some early plays. It took us a while to get into the game and our second half was very good, but when you dig yourself a hole that deep sometimes you can’t get out of it.”


On why the team started slow:
“It’s hard to know. Sometimes you just come out flat for whatever reason. At this level and against a good team, you can’t do that. Some nights you come out flat and you don’t get punished and other nights you do. We learned a valuable lesson tonight. We have got to make sure we take that with us.”

On the team getting beaten for the first time in Gold Cup group play:
“It’s bound to happen at some point. CONCACAF teams are getting better and better. That’s a pretty good team that we played against. It’s disappointing but the reality is that it is over now and we‘ve got to learn something from it but that doesn’t help us for Tuesday. We have got to turn around and make sure that we are ready to play. We’ve got to win Tuesday, see what else happens and see where we end up. We’re still fine. We just have to make sure we learn some lessons.”

On the lessons the team learned:
“You can’t start that way. I think for some reason we were just a little lackadaisical, a little complacent early. We had some of the ball and we felt OK about ourselves, but they put us on our heels a few times and they made a play that changed the game. The penalty is a little fluky and now we’re chasing the game. We can’t start that way; that’s the overwhelming, obvious point.”

U.S. defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO
On the game:
“I think a 2-0 hole was just too big for us to get ourselves out of tonight. Nonetheless, I think the effort in the second half was very good and is something we wouldn’t like to build on, but we’re going to have to build on.”

On what the U.S. needs to do in the next game:
“To go out and play the soccer that we want to play, that we can play, and obviously to win. Nothing less than a win works for us, so we have to win the last game and go from there. It’s going to be the hard route to the final now but we’re ready for it, and we have to get this loss behind us and focus on the next game.”

What the team does from here:
“Spend as little time is possible analyzing this game, and start preparing for the next game. That starts with a good recovery tonight."

U.S. defender TIM REAM
On the start:
“We just came out slow, with not enough energy from the get go and it kind of put us on our heels. That’s what happens: if you come out slow, you are going to get punished for it.”

Comparing the first two Gold Cup matches:
“It was completely different than the way we came out against Canada in Detroit. It’s not like we were looking past this game. For whatever reason we didn’t move the ball quick enough and put enough pressure on and come out with enough energy.”

U.S. forward CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On if Panama’s style caught the U.S. off guard:
“Absolutely not. We’re used to that. It wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before and we were prepared for that coming in. I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal. We gave them three or four early chances and they put one of them away and we were behind all game. That’s going to cost you.”

U.S. Falls to Panama in Second Match of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

  • Panama Scores Two Goals in the First Half and Holds Off Late U.S. Surge 
  • U.S. Sits in Second Place in Group C and Needs a Victory in Final Match Against Guadeloupe to Ensure Advancement to the Quarterfinals 
  • U.S. Faces Guadeloupe on Tuesday, June 14 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., Live on Fox Soccer and TeleFutura at 8 p.m. CT

TAMPA, Fla. (June 11, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team lost their first ever match in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play this evening with a 2-1 loss to Panama at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The loss, which was also the first against Panama, puts the U.S. in second place with one match left to play in Group C action.

The U.S. takes on Guadeloupe on Tuesday, June 14 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff for the match is 8 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live on Fox Soccer and TeleFutura. Fox Soccer will also have a 30-minute pre-game show beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET (tickets).

The U.S. can clinch a spot in the quarterfinals with a victory against Guadeloupe because no other team could finish in third place in Group A or B with six points. However, there are scenarios that could have the U.S. finish in any of the four positions in the group. The U.S. could also finish as high as second in the group with a draw or even a loss, depending on the match earlier in the evening between Panama and Canada.

There are also scenarios where the U.S. ties or loses against Guadeloupe and finishes third in the group, but still advances. Those scenarios are dependent on results in Group A and B matches involving the current third and fourth place teams.

With the loss, the U.S. unbeaten record in Gold Cup group play ended at 26 games and now stands at 24-1-2 all-time. The U.S.’s record against Panama now stands at 6-1-2 all-time.

“On the night we weren’t good enough. In the game we had the ball early and a chance to gain control,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “Panama did a good job defending, and as we’re trying to open them and find spaces, we allow them the first goal. At that point their game plan becomes stronger. We still have the same approach, but the second goal makes it hard. In the second half we put a lot into it. We had some good chances, but nonetheless we weren’t sharp enough in the areas that mattered.”

Bradley selected the same starting line-up as the team’s opening match and early on it appeared the U.S. might again take the lead when Dempsey nearly finished in the eighth minute. Starting with a throw-in deep in Panama’s defensive half, Jozy Altidore challenged three defenders and the ball deflected away from goal towards Dempsey, who pounced on the loose ball and hit a fantastic one-time volley from 17 yards out that went barely wide left.

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones had an attempt from 35 yards out that went over the bar a few minutes later, but it was a foul called against him on the defensive end that eventually led to Panama’s first goal in the 19th minute. Panama’s free kick was blocked by the U.S. wall, but the ball deflected back to Gabriel Gomez who sent a perfectly placed pass over everyone to the far post where Eduardo Dasent had lost his marker. Crashing in towards goal, Dasent bent down to head the ball on goal from the right corner of the six-yard box, but Howard was up to the challenge with a low reaction save to his right. With the ball loose inside the box, Goodson tried to get a foot to it, but Tejada got there instead and was able to direct it over the goal line from five yards out.

After going down a goal, the U.S. peppered Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for the next 10 minutes but weren’t able to find the equalizer. After an attempt by Agudelo was easily saved by Penedo, Dempsey made things more difficult with a dipping shot from 25 yards out that forced the ‘keeper into a diving save.

Landon Donovan, who set the U.S. and CONCACAF record for the most all-time Gold Cup appearances with 24, provided a number of dangerous crosses into the penalty area from free kicks and corners. In the 26th minute, Dempsey got his head to a Donovan free kick but couldn’t get enough on it to trouble Penedo and two minutes later Goodson’s header off a corner went wide right.

Donovan had his own chance in the 30th minute when he ripped a volley from 22 yards out, but it was straight to Penedo.

While it was the U.S. pressing, Panama was able to increase their lead when defender Tim Ream was whistled for a foul on Blas Perez while trying to clear the ball near the edge of the penalty area. Referee Marco Rodriguez quickly pointed to the spot for a penalty kick and Gomez stepped up and drilled his shot high and right up the middle of the goal past a diving Howard.

Down two goals, the U.S. struggled to gain back any momentum and continued to be on the defensive early in the second half. In the 60th minute, Bradley made his first two substitutions in the game, brining Sacha Kljestan in for Jones and Alejandro Bedoya for Agudelo. While staying in a 4-4-2, Bedoya took over the left midfield position as Dempsey moved up front with Jozy Altidore.

In the 64th minute, it looked as if the U.S. was going to earn a penalty kick when Bedoya appeared to be brought down in the box by Penedo after chasing down a well-placed through ball by Donovan. Instead, Rodriguez gave a yellow card to Bedoya for diving.

Despite not getting the penalty, the U.S. continued to push forward and finally broke through three minutes later off a Donovan corner kick. Michael Bradley flicked the ball to the back post where Goodson laid out to finish from five yards into the open net. The goal was the third of Goodson’s career and his second in Gold Cup competition, with his first coming against Honduras in the 2009 semifinal.

Bradley made his last substitution in the 78th minute, bringing on forward Chris Wondolowski for Goodson and changing to a 3-4-3 in an attempt to find the equalizer.

Three minutes later, it looked as if Bradley’s tactical move would pay dividends when the U.S. put together the best passing sequence of the night. Starting deep in their defensive half, the U.S. quickly moved up the field, starting along the left sideline before switching it to the left where Donovan dribbled toward the penalty area. He slipped the ball into the box for Altidore who got around his defender and was able to put in a cross for a wide-open Wondolowski in front of goal, but the forward’s touch failed him and he skied the ball over the goal from four yards out.

The U.S. created their next great opportunity in the 90th minute with another impressive build-up. Donovan crossed the ball from the right flank to Kljestan at the top left corner of the penalty area and the midfielder quickly found Bedoya to his right. Bedoya touched the ball inside the box to Wondolowski and he touched it back for a streaking Bradley who hit a one-timer that screamed past the right post.

A minute later, Dempsey connected well on a header from seven yards out that looked destined for the upper right corner, but a sprawling save from Penedo kept it out.

The final chance came in the 92nd minute when a cross in by Steve Cherundolo deflected off Dempsey and fell to the feet of Donovan, but his one-time volley hit the outside of the side netting.

The U.S. is seeking their fifth Gold Cup title and first since 2007 when they defeated Mexico 2-1 in the final in Chicago. The winner of this year’s tournament earns a berth in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

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

Match: USA vs. Panama
Date: June 11, 2011
Competition: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group C
Venue: Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 27,731
Weather: 85 degrees, warm

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

Scoring:
PAN – Luis Tejada                                    19th minute
PAN – Gabriel Gómez (penalty kick)            36
USA –Clarence Goodson (Michael Bradley)   68

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson (11-Chris Wondolowski, 78), 15-Tim Ream, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (16-Sacha Kljestan, 60), 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore, 9-Juan Agudelo (22-Alejandro Bedoya, 61)
Subs not used: 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 7-Maurice Edu, 14-Eric Lichaj, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 5-Román Torres, 14-Eduardo Dasent, 17-Luis Henríquez, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.); 6-Gabriel Gómez, 10-Nelson Barahona (8-Gabriel Torres, 70), 11-Armando Cooper (19-Alberto Quintero, 84), 21-Amilcar Henríquez; 7-Blas Pérez, 18-Luis Tejada (22-Eybir Bonaga, 81)
Subs not used: 3-Harold Cummings, 12-Luis Mejía, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Luis Renteria
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA / PAN 
Shots: 20 / 12
Shots on goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 17
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)        18th minute
PAN – Armando Cooper (caution)      25
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)            25
USA – Clarence Goodson (caution)     56
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)      64
PAN – Jaime Penedo (caution)           90+2
USA – Carlos Bocanegra (caution)      90+3

Officials:
Referee: Marco Rodríguez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Luis Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clarence Goodson

 

ussoccer.com Exclusive Web Series "MNT in England" Kicks off Summer Programming Schedule

  • Behind-the-Scenes Access Features Chronicle the Lives of U.S. Men’s National Team Players in the English Premier League

CHICAGO (June 1, 2011) — ussoccer.com is launching the exclusive web series “MNT in England,” a series of video features chronicling the professional and personal experiences of U.S. Men’s National Team players in the English Premier League. The 15-episode series begins today and will run throughout the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and begins today with Tim Howard reflecting his career and life across the Atlantic. Fans can tweet their comments during the duration of the series using the #MNTinENG hashtag.

In April, ussoccer.com traveled across the pond to get an in-depth look inside the lives of the U.S. National Team players earning their living in one of the most storied and followed leagues in the world. From the training grounds at Blackburn to flying in a plane nearly 3,000 feet in the air, ussoccer.com went from London to Manchester and everywhere in between to look at life abroad with several of the key members of the U.S. team.

In addition to hearing about their professional experiences touching on the highs and lows of life in England, here's some highlights of what you'll see:

  • Clint Dempsey talking about his love of bass fishing
  • Tim Howard giving a tour of the memorabilia room in his home
  • Marcus Hahnemann piloting a four-person plane
  • Jermaine Jones explaining his tattoos
  • Michael Bradley reflecting on the source of his emotion and intensity
  • A game-day stadium experience with Stuart Holden

The MNT Blog will also have bonus clips and deleted scenes, and ussoccer.com will post the best of the rest. Fans got a preview of the features last month when ussoccer.com took you inside the rehab work of midfielder Stuart Holden, who is sidelined for up to six months while recovering from a knee injury.

The U.S. is set to face 2010 FIFA World Champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. More than 57,500 tickets have been sold for the match between the U.S. MNT and the number one team in the world (tickets), a record for a Men’s National Team event in the state of Massachusetts and throughout New England. Three days later, the U.S. begins the quest for its fifth Gold Cup title when they open Group C play against Canada.

In addition to being the confederation championship, the winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup that will be held in Brazil one year before they host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Earlier this week ussoccer.com released an infographic for U.S. fans old and new to catch them up to speed on the biennial regional championship. Fans can follow all of the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, and on Twitter @ussoccer.

MNT in England Series

Ep. # Release Date Title Description
1 June 1  Howard at Home  Tim Howard reflects on the ups and downs of his time in the net for Everton and life in England.
2  June 2  Life on Loan Players with experience on loan – Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard – give insight into the dynamics of a career move unique to soccer.
3  June 3  An American Midfielder in London   Clint Dempsey charts his path at Fulham that has seen him become the longest-serving player at the London club.
4 June 4  Texas to the Thames Clint Dempsey talks about family life in England, far from his home in the Lone Star State.
5  June 6  Gameday: Stuart Holden ussoccer.com follows Stuart Holden’s Gameday experience, from the pre-game ride, to well-wishes from fans and banter with teammates in the locker room.
6 June 7  International Transfer Jonathan Spector travels across the Atlantic Ocean as he heads from an MNT game in Nashville to a West Ham United game three days later in London.
7 June 8  Gameday: Tim Howard Behind the scenes of Tim Howard’s Gameday experience at to Goodison Park, home of his club Everton.
8 June 9  Keepsakes Tim Howard gives a tour of the memorabilia he keeps in his home in England.
9 June 10  English Experience Michael Bradley discusses his loan move to Aston Villa, his third European club in his career.
10 June 11  Bradley in Birmingham Michael Bradley shares his thoughts on his time in England and the biggest influences in his life.
11  June 13  Marcus of the Midlands Marcus Hahnemann rides his bike to work and lives in a house built in the 18th century.
12 June 14  Redbird Flies Marcus Hahnemann has spent the last year earning his pilot license. ussoccer.com goles along for a ride in the skies above England.
13 June 15  Memories in Ink Jermaine Jones goes over his tattoos piece by piece and divulges the meaning behind each one.
14 June 16  American Fußball Jermaine Jones talks soccer with ussoccer.com, discussing his choice to play for the USA and the rigors of being a professional.
15 June 17  Jermaine's Journey  Jermaine Jones analyzes his family’s move to England and his own memories of growing up in Germany.

June 3 Press Conference with Bob Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and Marcus Hahnemann

U.S. MNT Head Coach BOB BRADLEY:
On José Torres’ defensive improvement in the past year:
“I think if you look at José’s progress in the last few years, both with Pachuca and with the national team, it’s just been a normal growing process. Taking more responsibility on the field, what he might refer to as working on his defense, for me it’s just an understanding that at the higher level the games go faster and you want players who are more responsible for everything going on around them. More awareness, more commitment. Those are just necessary qualities for players, especially in the midfield, at the higher level.”

On Herculez Gomez’ success at Puebla:
“Herculez had a great season with Puebla. He scored important goals, he came off the bench, he came on strong and it was with that in mind that we brought him into camp and he’s done well. Of course we would hope that he can have the same kind of form, but I’ll say it again—I think there’s a difference between club matches and international matches. We always talk to all our players just so that they’re a little more aware of what to expect when they step on the field for these types of games, but we’re very hopeful that he can contribute.”

On the goals he has for the friendly against Australia:
“We’re still determining how to balance it out. Certainly a week before the match, we want to continue to move our team forward, but that sometimes involves different plans for different guys. So we look at each individual, try to sort out what’s best, and at the same time keep in mind the group and how to be ready for a big match next week.”

On Maurice Edu’s form and preparedness to maybe play against England:
“Mo had a good finish to the season with Rangers, and I think it’s carried over into camp. He brings good athleticism to the field, the ability to win balls, and I think we had some depth in the midfield, some good combinations, and we’ll take all that into account as we move forward.”

On what the goals are for the U.S. in the World Cup after their success at the Confederations Cup:
“When we talk about it, it begins with moving out of our group and into the knockout phase. We prefer to go one step at a time, and the first step in these events is knowing how to get through those three games, giving yourself a chance and being ready to go for broke when you get to the knockout phase.”

On improvements he is hoping to see against Australia on Saturday:
“We’re always just looking to move ourselves forward as a group. That’s everything from all-around understanding on the field, to sharpness, to concentration. Our team, certainly in the last four years, has been tested on a high level. I think we have a good sense of the fact that when we play well as a team we can compete with anyone, and as you get close to big games you want to make sure that everybody’s on the same page with the right mentality and is excited and ready to get going. That just requires a good all-around sense of the work that we’ve established over this time.”

On what they are expecting from Australia on Saturday:
“Australia plays well as a team. They have a great mentality; we’d like to think that there are similarities between the mentalities of both teams in that regard. Their game against Denmark was a fast game, their field is a little tight and it made for a fast game, some turnovers, and put a premium on reactions when the ball turns over, so it wasn’t a game that had a great flow. But I think it provided a good kind of match for getting teams ready, so we’ll try and have the same thought as we prepare.”

On Oguchi Onyewu’s progress:
“I think Gooch has made good progress since we started the camp. We had the opportunity to play him for 60 minutes against the Czech Republic, we were cautious then as far as how we brought him back for the Turkey match, but I thought he had a good second half. We will certainly use him more against Australia, and try to assess exactly where that fits in as we make the decisions for the starting XI versus England.”

U.S. MNT Midfielder CLINT DEMPSEY:
On his relationship with José Torres:
“I wouldn’t say I’ve taken him under my wing. He’s my friend. We get along really well. We have the same upbringing from Texas. I’m able to give him pointers here and there, but he’s a good player and has a lot of confidence. I think he’ll continue to improve; there are still some things that he can learn but he’s on the right track and is a year ahead of where I was at his age. I was 23 at a World Cup and he’s 22, so I think he’s on the right track.”

On facing fellow Fulham teammate and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in a warm-up game against Australia on Saturday:
“In any game you play in, you always want to score, but it would be good to score against him because he’s always running his mouth in training. Really, he’s a great goalie. He helped us out a lot at Fulham. I think a lot of the success of the team goes to having that experience between the sticks. It’s great having him on the team. He’s someone who has a lot of confidence, a lot of experience and I think he motivates the players around him and keeps everybody organized. I think Australia is lucky to have a goalkeeper of his quality.”

On being injured in the months before the start of the World Cup:
“It’s always difficult when you’re going through injury. It’s frustrating because every player wants to be on the field playing. But what upset me the most was stuff getting leaked out that wasn’t true about my injury, but at the same time the people that needed to know like my family, Bob, people with the national team and my friends, they knew what was going on. We knew it wasn’t that serious, in the sense of needing surgery or missing the World Cup or anything like that. I’m smiling because I’m in the World Cup, and things are going good now. We have a good attitude around this camp and we’re looking to do something special.”

On the rough style of play in the Premier League:
“It’s a very competitive league. It’s fast paced. Playing so many games and grinding out results takes a toll on your body; you just have to do the best you can to keep yourself fit. Those are situations that everybody deals with in every league, but I just feel that the pace of the English game is so quick that sometimes you see people taking risks that they normally wouldn’t take because they just get caught up in the game.”

On the effect Charlie Davies’ absence has had on the team:
“You’re around these guys for a good amount of time, you get to know them better, and when you have something like we had to go through as a team, or more so what Charlie had to go through, your heart goes out for him. But it goes to show that we still have love for him, we think of him often, and he’ll be back soon. That’s why Maurice dedicated his goal to him, and you may not have noticed but I tried to do something like that in the last game, but I can’t dance. We love Charlie and wish he could have been here, but that’s just the way life goes sometimes. We hope that he’s back soon to full fitness and playing in games.”

On how familiarity with English players will help him:
“Well, I think it helps me because it’s one of the best leagues in the world, and for three years I’ve been consistently good. So I’m taking that confidence with me to the World Cup, and that’s how it helps me. When you get to international play, it’s different from club and all you can take with you is your confidence in your form and those are the positives that I’m going to take from that league and take into this game. But we’re going to watch tapes, like we do for any opponent, to know what their strengths and weaknesses are and know what we have to do to get a result.”

On the ability of this team to make history like the 1950 U.S. National Team did:
“If we didn’t believe that we could, why would we be here? It wouldn’t be right. I shouldn’t be part of this team if I didn’t feel we can do something special. Every time you put on the U.S. jersey, you should think you can do a good job. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be here. We’re trying to do something special. Hopefully we can do something special like we did in the Confederations Cup here.”

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper MARCUS HAHNEMANN:
On the rough style of play in the Premier League:
“I think England is one of the roughest leagues in the world as well. You watch an English game, and in England, a foul is a foul. In another country, they’re wondering if it’s a red card or a yellow card. You watch the games, and I do think it’s one of the most exciting leagues in the world to watch, because of the pace. It’s end to end. It’s so competitive, down to the bottom.”

On the tendency for the United States to produce world-class goalkeepers who succeed in the Premier League:
“In the U.S., we’ve had a lot of goalkeepers in England, and the main thing I think is that the games we watch are predominantly from the Premier League. That’s where you want to go, that’s the first choice for anyone to go overseas is England. We grow up playing a whole mix of sports, and all of that helps. I think it’s changed recently, in youth soccer, that kids want to be goalies. In the past, it was always sticking the worst player in goal, but now it’s a sought after position. A lot of keepers have really come in late. I played half and half in high school. I think Brad Guzan came in late as well. We played a lot of different positions, and I think for all of us goalkeeper kind of chose us as well.”

U.S. Men Defeat Turkey 2-1 In Final Match Before Departing For 2010 FIFA World Cup In South Africa

Donovan Assists on Both Goals as U.S. Beats Turkey for the First Time
U.S. Teams Travels to South Africa Tomorrow to Set Up Base Camp in Pretoria
One Match Remains Before World Cup as U.S. Men Take on Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (May 29, 2010) – In its final match before leaving for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. Men’s National Team put together a marvelous 2-1 come-from-behind win against Turkey with second half goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, both of which were assisted by Landon Donovan.

A crowd of 55,407 red, white and blue-bathed fans turned out on gorgeous afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field and their energy helped propel the U.S. team to a an excellent second half performance.

Against the Czech Republic last Tuesday, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley gave time to numerous players as a last look before the World Cup team was selected the next day. Against Turkey, many of the players U.S. fans will surely see on the field during the World Cup were on display as goalkeeper Tim Howard, defenders Jonathan Spector, Jay Demerit and team captain Carlos Bocanegra, midfielders Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark and Benny Feilhaber and forwards Dempsey and Altidore – all of whom were rested against the Czechs – got the nod into the starting lineup.

Still, it was a choppy first half against Turkey who was the aggressor with Tuncay Sanli pushing a great chance from close range just a foot wide of the left post five minutes into the match while Arda Turan looked menacing coming down the left flank.

In the 15th minute, Turan cut hard into the middle from the left side and tried to stuff a shot inside the near post, but Howard had it covered and it skipped wide of the goal.

Turkey opened the scoring in the 27th minute after Spector made a nice attacking run on the dribble up the middle. He was dispossessed near the top of the penalty area and Turkey launched a lightning-quick counter-attack into the space he had just vacated on the right side of the U.S. defense. Colin Kazim-Richards released Turan down that wing with a perfectly-weighted pass and it became a footrace into the penalty box between Turan, center-back Jay Demerit and Spector, who had sprinted back at top speed to catch the streaking Turkish attacker. Just when it seemed that both Demerit and/or Spector had done the work to block the shot, converging on Turan with slide tackles, the Galatasaray star lifted his shot over the legs of both U.S. backs and into the left side of the net past Howard, who was also charging to the cut off the chance.

The USA struggled to create dangerous opportunities in the first half even though Dempsey got shots early in the game and several corner kicks did give the Turks some issues before they managed to clear.

In the 40th minute, Turan got around the U.S. defense again down the left wing, but there was no one in the middle to get on the end of his cross after he had powered to the near post before serving.

The U.S. foreshadowed what was to come in the second half with just two minutes left before the break as Altidore beat three defenders on a slashing dribble into the right side of the penalty area. He spun a cross on the ground through the middle of the six-yard box, but the sliding Dempsey couldn’t get a foot on it or he surely would have swept it into the open net.

Bradley made four changes to start the second half, sending on Steve Cherundolo for Spector, Oguchi Onyewu for Goodson, José Torres for Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley for Feilhaber.

The Americans found their spark after the break and immediately took the game to the Turks. Less than a minute into the half, Bocanegra sent a long cross from the left wing past the far post where Donovan expertly brought it down before laying a pass back to the cutting Bradley, but his shot from about nine yards was well-blocked by a sliding defender.

Torres did some fine work in midfield, winning balls and keeping possession while Findley looked dangerous down the flanks in stretching the Turkish defense. The Real Salt Lake striker was playing in just his fifth match for the USA, but he had a cross from the left that had to be collected on a dive by Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel in the 49th and tried to bend a shot into the left corner from 25 yards out in the 55th.

Findley then played a key role in the tying goal in the 58th minute as he took a pass out of the back from DeMerit before turning toward goal and sending a chip over the top of the Turkish defense to Donovan. The USA’s all-time leading scorer blazed into the penalty area, beat Demirel to the ball and with the sole of his left foot, pulled off a perfect touch to round the ‘keeper to the outside.

Altidore was on a powerful run straight up the middle and Donovan hit him in stride for the big striker to blast the ball into the open net. It was Altidore’s ninth international goal in 25 caps, with Donovan assisting on five of those.

As the second half progressed, it was the U.S. team which surely looked more likely to get a winning goal as the Americans pushed forward in the attack. In the 68th, Donovan burst through two defenders about 35 yards from the goal, but they cut him off before he could get clear for the breakaway and he fouled one of them.

The winning goal came with 15 minutes left and it originated off a throw-in seconds after the game had momentarily paused for Bornstein to replace Bocanegra. Cherundolo threw the ball into Donovan on the right wing and he spun towards goal before lifting a short pass to Dempsey inside the penalty area. Dempsey’s first touch pushed the ball forward and then he showed great balance in riding the tackle of Sabri Sarioglu before stuffing his shot under Demirel from five yards away.

It was Dempsey’s 18th career goal in his 61st cap for the USA.

The USA protected the lead well in the final quarter of an hour, although substitute Mehmet Topal got a good look at net while firing from distance in the 79th minute, but Howard gobbled up the shot with no sign of a rebound. Earlier, Onyewu had done well to give up his body, throwing himself into a dangerous shot from inside the box to block the ball away.

Turkey’s best chance to tie the game came when substitute Sercan Yildirim burst through into the right side of the U.S. penalty area, but his cross on the ground rolled all the way through the goal mouth without a Turkish player anywhere close enough to get a touch on the ball.

Turkey’s final chance of the game came in the 85th minute as Nihat Kahvechi bent a free-kick from near the sideline on the left wing and it sailed enough that Howard had to push it over the top of the goal for a corner kick. Kahvechi then blasted his volley off the ensuing corner kick high and wide and Turkey didn’t have another chance in the remaining five minutes plus stoppage.

The U.S. did, however, as Dempsey hit the outside of the right post in the 87th after running onto a great cut back pass from Bradley, who had darted into the box on the right side. Moments later, Torres came close to sneaking a free-kick from the right wing inside the near post, but it hit the side-netting.

The USA fired eight of its 10 shots in the second half and earned five of its seven corner kicks.

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

Match: United States vs. Turkey
Date: May 29, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 55,407
Weather: Hot, humid – 77 degrees

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

TUR – Arda Turan (Colin Kazim-Richards)     27th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Landon Donovan)         58
USA – Clint Dempsey (Landon Donovan)       75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector (6-Steve Cherundolo, 46), 15-Jay Demerit, 21-Clarence Goodson (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 46), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.) (12-Jonathan Bornstein, 75); 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark (26-José Torres, 46), 16-Benny Feilhaber (27-Robbie Findley, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (22-Stuart Holden, 81)
Subs not used: 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 18-Brad Guzan, 19-Maurice Edu, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 29-Edson Buddle, 30-Herculez Gomez
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

TUR: 1-Volkan Demirel; 2-Servet Cetin, 4-Gokhan Zan, 13-Caglar Birinci, 5-Emre Belozoglu (Capt.), 6-Hamit Altintop (9-Semih Senturk, 73), 14-Arda Turan (28-Ozan Ipek, 90), 17-Selcuk Inan (15-Mehmet Topal, 52) 25-Sabri Sarioglu, 10-Tuncay Sanli (8-Nihat Kahvechi, 77), 18-Colin Kazim-Richards (16-Sercan Yildirim, 59)
Subs not used: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak, 19-Ibrahim Toraman, 20-Nuri Sahin, 21-Halil Altintop, 24-Emre Gungor, 31-Ismail Koybasi
Head Coach: Guus Hiddink

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ricardo Clark (caution)     42nd minute
TUR – Mehmet Topal (caution)    56
TUR – Gokhan Zan (caution)     90+2 

Officials:
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (Canada)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Assistant Referee 2: David Belleau (Canada)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley Names 23 Players to Represent the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

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CHICAGO (May 26, 2010) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will travel to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The team departs for South Africa on May 30, and will play its opening match of the tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (All-Time World Cup Roster Appearances)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (2010), Marcus Hahnemann (2006, 2010), Tim Howard (2006, 2010)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (2006, 2010), Jonathan Bornstein (2010), Steve Cherundolo (2002, 2006, 2010), Jay DeMerit (2010), Clarence Goodson (2010), Oguchi Onyewu (2006, 2010), Jonathan Spector (2010)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010), Michael Bradley (2010), Ricardo Clark (2010), Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010), Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010), Maurice Edu (2010), Benny Feilhaber (2010), Stuart Holden (2010), José Torres (2010)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (2010), Edson Buddle (2010), Robbie Findley (2010), Herculez Gomez (2010)
Detailed Roster

“We have been working for almost four years to reach this point, and we are grateful to all the players who have been part of the process. There is a tremendous amount of respect for the efforts and professionalism that everyone has put into building this team,” said Bradley. “It’s important in any team building process to get to the final 23, and clearly there were some tough decisions to make. We are confident that this is a group of players that will work together and be committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful. We feel the roster has a good balance of players who have been a part of previous World Cups, those who have gained great experience in qualifying and Confederations Cup and some newer faces that have proved they belong. We are extremely excited to play the final Send-Off match in Philadelphia and then begin the great challenge of playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.”

The U.S. squad carries a variety of World Cup experience into South Africa, as fifteen players have been named to their first World Cup roster. Meantime, six players have played in a World Cup game, with midfielder Landon Donovan leading the team with eight appearances – all as a starter – while DaMarcus Beasley has six World Cup caps to his credit. That duo and Steve Cherundolo are earning a place in their third World Cup.

A total of 92 players received at least one cap under Bradley during the four-year cycle as the team compiled a 35-19-6 record. Additionally, 43 players were used during the 2010 qualifying campaign, 19 of whom made the final roster. Those players accounted for 29 of 42 goals scored in qualifying, including Jozy Altidore’s team-leading six goals.

Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 121 international appearances. The USA’s all-time leader in goals (42) and assists (42) is one of two players with a World Cup goal in the books, along with Clint Dempsey. The Bronze Ball winner from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup is coming off a banner year, having become the first American player to reach the final of a European cup competition.

The defense is backstopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, the Golden Glove winner from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup who allowed less than a goal per game in 13 appearances in 2010 World Cup qualifying. Team captain Carlos Bocanegra – whose 12 career goals give him second place on the all-time scoring chart for U.S. defenders – is the third most capped player on the roster with 77 appearances. Oguchi Onyewu has made his return to action following a seven-month recovery from a ruptured patellar tendon suffered last October in the team’s final qualifier, a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. Jonathan Bornstein, whose stoppage-time goal in that game gave the U.S. first place in CONCACAF qualifying, along with Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson and Jonathan Spector, have the chance to appear in their first World Cup.

In the midfield, Donovan’s dominance shone in the final round of qualifying, where he contributed to 12 of the 19 goals scored. His five goals overall tied for second place along with Dempsey and Michael Bradley, who also shared the most appearances in qualifying with Donovan (15). Bradley is joined in the center of the park by fellow 2008 Olympians Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden. Edu and Beasley earned a Scottish Premier League title with Rangers in 2010, while Feilhaber earned his place in U.S. Soccer lore by scoring the goal in the 2007 Gold Cup final against Mexico that gave the U.S. a chance to shine in the Confederations Cup in South Africa. Holden made his first appearance for the national team less than a year ago, scoring a goal in his debut against Grenada in the opening match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Ricardo Clark scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win away to Trinidad & Tobago in qualifying, while José Torres is one of two players on the roster to ply his trade in Mexico.

The strike force is led by Altidore, who has eight career goals in 24 appearances and is the youngest U.S. player in modern history to score a hat trick. A trio of forwards – Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez – did not appear in World Cup qualifying for the United States. Buddle, who had not appeared for the national team since 2003, became the 92nd player to collect a cap under Bradley when he assisted on the first goal against the Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford. Gomez, who entered camp after becoming the first American player to lead a foreign league in scoring when he scored 10 goals for Puebla in Mexico, recorded his first goal for the full team against the Czechs.

Overall, players representing clubs from 10 different countries will be heading to South Africa. A record 19 players on the roster play professionally for clubs outside the United States. The average number of caps earned is 34, compared to 44 in 2006. Likewise, the team is slightly younger than four years earlier, the average age slightly under 27 years old while in 2006 that number was closer to 28.5 years of age.

The U.S. will play their final home match before departing for South Africa when they face Turkey on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where more than 45,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET. ESPN will have a 30-minute pregame show beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The United States will play one final friendly before the tournament begins, this time on South African soil when they face Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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.

A thick, imposing presence in the goal who likes to play aggressively, Hahnemann is a well traveled goalkeeper now in his eleventh season in England. After nearly a decade with Reading, he joined Wolves in the Premier League and by the end of 2009 won the starting spot for the team. He’s also proved himself as a capable backup to either Tim Howard, or in the case of the 2006 World Cup, Kasey Keller.

• Another goalkeeping success story, Hahnemann has undertaken a career spanning from the A-League to the MLS to the English Premier League, to the English Championship and now back to the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers
• Had the longest layoff from U.S. National Team duty ever, with an eight-year, five-month, 28-day break spanning appearances between 1994 and 2003
• Made the leap from MLS to Europe in 1999, joining Fulham for three years before being loaned out and finally signing a deal with Reading in 2002
2009: Though he made no appearances in 2009, he was called into squads for World Cup qualifying and also for late season friendlies against Slovakia and Denmark … 2008: Made no appearances in 2008, but featured in squads for Bob Bradley’s team … 2007: Continued his unwavering service to the U.S., appearing for one half in the USA’s 1-0 shutout win in Switzerland in October … Eliminated from appearing in Gold Cup and Copa America play due to an injury, but returned to the squad for a friendly against Sweden in late August … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup team, he returned to the country where his parents were born … 2005: While making only two appearances for the U.S., he clearly established himself as one of the USA’s top choice ’keepers … Earned the victory in the USA’s 4-1 win against Cuba to open the 2005 Gold Cup in front of his hometown fans in Seattle … Started his first-ever World Cup qualifier, backstopping the U.S. to a 0-0 draw on Sept. 7 away to Guatemala ... 2003: Got his first start for the national team in nearly nine years when he helped guide the U.S. to a 2-1 win against New Zealand on June 8 in Richmond … Named to the squad that played in the 2003 Confederations Cup in France … 1994: Played three games overall, posting an even 1-1-1 record with matches against Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, and Honduras … His first victory came against the Reggae Boyz, a 3-0 shutout on Nov. 22 in Kingston … First Appearance: Nov. 19, 1994, vs. Trinidad & Tobago … First Shutout: Sept. 7, 2005, vs. Guatemala
2009: Signed for newly promoted Wolves as a free agent on June 17, 2009 … Forced his way into the lineup and made his first appearance for the team on Nov. 29, 2009 against Birmingham City … Finished 2009 having made 10 appearances for Wolves, grabbing two shutouts along the way … 2008-09: Made 33 league appearances for Reading .. Appeared in both playoff games for his club, though The Royals fell to Burnley in the Premier League playoff … Finished his Reading career with 276 league appearances for the club ... 2007-08: In the opening game of the season, he kept an impressive clean sheet away to Manchester United in a 0-0 draw … Featured in all 38 of Reading’s Premier League games for the second year in a row … 2006-07: Appeared in all of Reading’s 38 Premier League games in their inaugural season in the top flight of English football … Helped Reading to an impressive eighth place in the Premier League and led all goalkeepers in saves made … 2005-06: Made 45 appearances for Reading in the English Championship and spearheaded their charge to promotion … Kept a remarkable 22 clean sheets over the course of the season, as Reading sported one of the stingiest backlines in the league … Played his 100th game for Reading away at Millwall at the end of August … 2004-05: Having started every league and cup game the entire 2004-05 season, he finished with 21 shutouts in all competitions … Compiled a 0.96 goals against average in league play … His side narrowly missed out on making the promotion playoffs, falling three points short … 2003-04: Injured his knee in March 2004, came back towards the end of the season, but could not push the Royals to a second consecutive playoff berth ... Made a total of 42 appearances in all competitions … 2002-03: Made a career-high 47 appearances in all competitions … Manned the nets as Reading reached the promotion playoffs, only to lose out to Wolverhampton … 2001-02: Loaned to Rochdale and Reading from Fulham, making six appearances for both … 1999-2000: Purchased by Fulham of the English First Division for $90,000 … Made 13 appearances for the Rapids, gathering a 10-3-0 record …1998: With 16 wins in 28 regular season games, he was voted Rapids Defender of the Year … 1997: Made his first appearance for Colorado as a substitute in the 82nd minute on April 20 against Dallas, then went on to start the next 23 consecutive league games … 1996: Helped the Seattle Sounders win the A-League championship ... 1995: Led the A-League goalkeepers in minutes played (2160), shutouts (9), fewest goals allowed (24) and goals against average (1.00) .. 1994: Had a record-setting year in 1994 with the Seattle Sounders, when he was the only rookie to be named to the first team of the A-League All Stars, posting eight shutouts and 66 saves in his first professional season.

Nicknames include ‘Red Bird’ and ‘Boomer’ … Likes to work on his Porsche, play video games, and ride dirt bikes with his kids … Famous for throwing his jersey into the crowd at all his matches in England … Intensely patriotic, he has a tattoo of the American flag on his left arm … He and wife Amanda have two boys, Hunter and Austin … Holds a German passport … Rides his bike to training with Wolves.

As Seattle Pacific’s only three-time All-American, Hahnemann helped the Falcons capture the 1993 NCAA Division II Championship in his senior year ... Named Defensive MVP of the 1993 Final Four ... A four-year letterman at Seattle Pacific, Hahnemann holds school records for consecutive scoreless minutes (944), consecutive shutouts (10) and career shutouts (46) ... Rated among the nation’s top 10 in shutouts and goals-against average in all four of his collegiate seasons.

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