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World Cup Memories Jimmy Conrad

U.S. Falls 3-1 To Honduras In Opening Match of 2010

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  • U.S. To Continue World Cup Preparations Against El Salvador on February 24 in Tampa

CARSON, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 3-1 to fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras in its opening match of 2010 after playing down a man for more than 70 minutes at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Clarence Goodson’s second half goal was not enough to overturn the deficit in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 18,626 fans. The loss ends an eight-game winning streak for the U.S. against Honduras, including four straight victories in 2009, highlighted in October by a 3-2 U.S. win in Honduras that clinched a World Cup berth for the United States.

"The starting point for the game in January is always assessing players," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who concluded a three-week camp with a largely inexperienced group of national team players, including 23 players with less than 10 caps. "Seeing them in a good game, a tough game, gives you the opportunity to find out what guys are all about. It gives you an indication as to where they might fit in as you move things forward. So we take a lot from it.”

The first half opened with some probing attacks by both teams, but neither squad was able to gain possession in the final third. The U.S. was thrust into difficult circumstances after just 17 minutes, when defender Jimmy Conrad was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the box. The ejection was compounded by Honduras’ goal, which Carlos Pavon rammed home from the penalty spot at the second attempt.

"I didn't think we had a good start to the game,” Bradley said. “Maybe some of that was nerves, but the sharpness you want to see at the beginning of games to establish things was not good enough. Obviously, the whole situation where we lose a player on a second yellow card on a play that also gives a [penalty] forces us to chase the game."

Conrad’s early card came back to haunt the U.S. when he was called for pulling down Palacios as the forward ran through the box in the 17th minute. Palacios started the play about 40 yards from goal, looking for a give-and-go to Pavon on his right. Pavon had other ideas and fired a shot over the crossbar, but while running through the box Conrad’s hand grazed the shoulder of Palacios and the Honduran went down easily. Pointing immediately to the spot, Mexican official Benito Archundia then showed a shocked Jimmy Conrad his second yellow of the night before ending the defender’s night with the ensuing red.

Looking to make up for his late penalty miss in Honduras last October, Pavon stepped up and finished cleanly to put Honduras up 1-0. A call from the assistant referee canceled out the goal, but Pavon calmly took the second attempt and placed it inside the left post outside the reach of Perkins to secure the lead in the 19th minute.

Down to 10 men, the U.S. tried to rally, but both forwards again found themselves starved for service. Honduras doubled their lead when Pavon took a pass deep down the right sideline and curled a cross in for Palacios, the striker’s diving header beating Perkins to give Honduras true breathing room.

Despite improved passing in the midfield, the U.S. entered the locker room at the half still looking to get on the scoreboard. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley exchanged defender Clarence Goodson for Cunningham, and the team began the second stanza looking to push to get back in the game.

In the 49th minute, Rogers received a ball from Feilhaber on the left side, and taking the space afforded inside, let fly with a blast from 40 yards that beat Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escober but rattled off the right post. Rogers again threatened one minute later, taking a ball down the middle of the pitch before being brought down from behind by Honduran captain Amado Guevara. The Honduran captain was shown a yellow, and the resulting free kick by Sacha Kljestan went high.

Honduras appeared to finish off the game in the 53rd minute with a six-pass sequence that led to their third goal. Taking a throw-in down the left sideline, Guevara passed it to Palacios, who dropped it back to Roger Espinoza at the top left corner of the box. Espinoza gave a small touch to Guevara, who gave it to Palacios running across the top of the box. With the defense looking to close down the shot, Palacios slipped a through ball in for Espinoza, who remained unmarked and tucked a left-footed shot into the far post side netting.

Bradley made four substitutions at the hour mark, bringing on Conor Casey, Heath Pearce, Alejandro Bedoya and Brad Davis. The appearance was the first for Bedoya, giving the young midfielder his first cap at age 22.

The new entrants began to push the pace of the game. It paid off in the 70th minute, when defender Marvell Wynne earned a corner with a streaking run down the right side. Davis sent a floating cross towards the back left post where Goodson rose above Escober’s gloves to head it home for his second-career goal.

With U.S. fans awakening, the Americans kept up the pressure in an attempt to pull back another. Bedoya’s probing run down the right side in the 80th minute resulted in a curling cross looking for Casey, but a tentative Escober managed to punch it clear.

As stoppage time approached, the U.S. earned some late chances, the most threatening a Brad Davis free kick just outside the top of the box. The well struck blast was smartly pushed over the bar by the goalkeeper. Honduras cleared the ensuing corner, and Archundia blew his whistle for the final time on the night to give the U.S. its first January loss since 1997.

U.S defender Jonathan Bornstein enjoyed a kind welcome from Honduran fans, as his goal against Costa Rica in stoppage time on the final day of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying last year clinched a World Cup berth for the small Central American nation. Honduran and U.S. fans alike can bid on the boots Bornstein was wearing when he scored that historic goal at ussoccer.com, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross to help fund relief efforts in Haiti.

The U.S. will continue preparations with a game against El Salvador on February 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Bradley will conduct a camp at The Home Depot Center two weeks before the match, before traveling to Florida.

U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: United States vs. Honduras
Date: January 23, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 18,626
Weather: Cool, clear – 55 degrees

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

HON – Carlos Pavon (penalty kick)          19th minute
HON – Jerry Palacios (Carlos Pavon)        37
HON – Roger Espinoza (Jerry Palacios)     53
USA – Clarence Goodson (Brad Davis)      70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Jimmy Conrad (capt.), 8-Chad Marshall (2-Heath Pearce, 61), 4-Marvell Wynne; 14-Robbie Rogers (6-Brad Davis, 61), 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Dax McCarty, 77) 7-Kyle Beckerman (9-Conor Casey, 60), 16-Sacha Kljestan (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 61); 19-Jeff Cunningham (3-Clarence Goodson, 46), 17-Robbie Findley
Subs not used: 18-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

HON: 12-Donis Escober; 5-Erick Norales, 6-Johnny Palacios, 23-Mauricio Sabillon, 17-Roger Espinoza (7-Mariano Acevedo, 90); 19-Danilo Turcios, 20-Amado Guevara (capt.) (13-Melvin Valladares, 56), 21-Emilio Izaguirre, 15-Walter Martinez (14-Oscar Garcia, 68); 9-Carlos Pavon (25-Georgie Welcome, 78), 16-Jerry Palacios (10-Ramon Nunez, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Ricardo Canales, 2-Osman Chavez, 4-Carlos Palacios , 18-Noel Valladares
Head Coach: Reinaldo Ruida

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jimmy Conrad (caution)     6th minute
HON – Jerry Palacios (caution)      9
USA – Jimmy Conrad (caution)     17
USA – Jimmy Conrad (sent off)     17
HON – Amado Guevara (caution)   50

Officials:
Referee: Benito Archundia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Lopez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jonathan Bornstein

 

Three Second-Half Goals Give Denmark 3-1 Win Against U.S.

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  • Castillo Earns First U.S. Men’s National Team Cap as Second-Half Substitution
  • U.S. Awaits 2010 FIFA World Cup Draw on Dec. 4

AARHUS, Denmark (Nov. 18, 2009) – Three quick second half goals by Denmark canceled out a first half goal by Jeff Cunningham and provided the Danes with a 3-1 victory against the U.S in their final match of 2009.

Cunningham capitalized on a Danish mistake for the match’s first goal in the 26th minute, but three substitutes made immediate impacts by scoring for Denmark in the first 10 minutes after the break.

“I thought the first half tonight was solid. We stayed organized and got an opportunistic goal," U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley said.

The match was the second in five days in Europe as the U.S. begins their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and second straight against a fellow World Cup qualifier. The U.S. was one of only five teams to play two fellow World Cup qualified opponents on the final two international matchdays of 2009.

The United States concludes 2009 as the top team in CONCACAF World Cup qualification, besting rival Mexico by one point at the top of the standings. The U.S. also reached the final of a FIFA international tournament for the first time in their history, defeating No. 1 ranked Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup before eventually falling 3-2 to Brazil in the championship match in South Africa. The following month, a younger and less experienced U.S. team marched through the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, reaching the final for the sixth time.

The U.S. now awaits the draw on Dec. 4 in South Africa to find out their group opponents for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which you can follow on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. ET or via Drawtracker on ussoccer.com.

“Two-thousand and nine was still an excellent year,” said Bradley. “The main job was to secure qualification for South Africa next June. Today Denmark picked up the pressure early in the second half and the six minute stretch really teaches us some lessons in terms of our reactions and our ability when a team really comes after us. That's something we can really look at closely and try to use down the road.”

Similar to the match against Slovakia, Bradley tapped into the depth of the U.S. player pool without the likes of Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Tim Howard. After making his first-ever appearance at center back for the U.S. on Saturday against Slovakia, Jonathan Spector again partnered with Carlos Bocanegra in the middle of defense. With Howard staying in England to nurse a foot injury, Brad Guzan again started in goal, while veteran Frankie Hejduk started at right back, and up top Cunningham earned his first start for the U.S. in four years.

A trio of players were also added to the roster since the game against Slovakia with the Houston Dynamo duo of Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden getting the starting nod, while Tigres defender Edgar Castillo, who earned his first call-up to national team camp, came on as a substitution in the 61st minute.

Despite playing Denmark five previous times, this was the team’s first game in the Scandinavian nation and Denmark capitalized on an energized crowd to get the first good chance of the match. After a foul by Benny Feilhaber on the right side of the pitch, Jakob Poulsen quickly took the free kick and dropped it in behind the U.S. defense for an onrushing Jesper Grønkjær. The forward was in a full sprint with Hejduk on his back and could not put his shot on frame, firing the volley over the crossbar from eight yards out.

The U.S. responded with their own attack, earning a free kick in the sixth minute. Holden’s cross didn’t find a teammate and the clearance was passed out to Daniel Jensen, but Feilhaber stepped in to strip the ball away. Taking one touch towards the box, the midfielder shot hard towards the near post, but Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen dived to his left and pushed the shot aside.

The next 20 minutes saw probing attacks up and down the field by both teams, but the slick pitch made final shots hard to come by.

The U.S. struck first in the 26th minute from the foot of Cunningham, punishing the Danish defense for a mistake in their end. Sørensen had possession and looked to pass it out to his left back, but neglected to see the MLS Golden Boot winner lurking nearby. Pouncing on the casual pass with his first touch, Cunningham took one more towards the top of the box before letting fly with a left-footed shot that beat the goalkeeper to the near post.

Cunningham’s goal was his first international strike, making him the ninth player this year to get his first goal with the national team and equaling a team record set in 1993. He’s also the 21st different player to score in 2009, setting a new record for the Men’s National Team.

Denmark head coach Morten Olsen made three substitutions to start the second half, bringing on Johan Absalonsen, William Kvist Jørgensen and Søren Rieks. The change paid dividends immediately, as Absalonsen pulled Denmark even in the 47th minute. Receiving a high cross into the top of the box behind the U.S. defense, the forward collected and turned towards the endline on the right side. Holding off Spector, the Dane got a clean shot past Guzan and inside the near post.

Five minutes later the home side took the lead, this time through Rieks. Denmark’s attack down the left side found Absalonsen with space. Turning towards goal and entering the box, the striker drew the defenders towards him—leaving Rieks open on the back post. With Absalonsen sliding the pass across the six yard box, Rieks calmly shot past Guzan to take the lead.

Three minutes later the final damage was done, this time on a strike from Bernburg. A pass into the arc at the top of the box was aiming for Lars Jacobsen, but the defender dove after light contact. With Bocanegra and Spector trying to close down Rieks, the striker slipped a pass between them to Bernburg, who had space to turn and fire past Guzan for a third goal in nine minutes.

Bradley responded with three substitutions of his own in the 61st minute, calling on Eddie Johnson, Robbie Rogers and newcomer Castillo to replace Cunningham, Holden and Michael Bradley, respectively.

Castillo and Rogers did well to combine with Jozy Altidore eight minutes later. Castillo’s pass up towards Altidore was touched back to Rogers 22 yards from goal. Firing a hard shot towards the right, Sørensen dove for the save and held onto the ball.

Content with a two goal lead, Denmark played for possession for the remainder of the game, passing around the pitch in a bid to kill off the clock. Two late free kicks and a Rogers corner caused some trouble for Denmark, but a tight backline ushered the game to a victorious end.

Since taking the helm in 2007, Bradley is 6-6-0 against European opponents, and 2-5-0 on European soil. The U.S. record in 2009 record moved to 13-8-3. The teams had split their previous games with identical 1-1-3 records before today’s match.

In other matches, five teams earned final spots in South Africa next summer. Algeria defeated Egypt in a one-game playoff in Sudan 1-0 to book a spot, while Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and France all won their European playoffs. The final spot is up for grabs between Costa Rica and Uruguay as the South Americans will host tonight’s second leg and hold a 1-0 aggregate lead.

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

Match: United States vs. Denmark
Date: Nov. 18, 2009
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: NRGi Park – Aarhus, Denmark
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 15,172
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 46 degrees

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

USA – Jeff Cunningham                             26th minute
DEN – Johan Absalonsen (Simon Kjær)       47
DEN – Søren Rieks (Johan Absalonsen)       52
DEN – Martin Bernburg (Søren Rieks)          55

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 22-Frankie Hejduk, 2-Jonathan Spector (15-Jimmy Conrad, 70), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (25-Clarence Goodson, 70), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 7-Stuart Holden (19-Robbie Rogers, 61), 13-Ricardo Clark, 4-Michael Bradley (33-Edgar Castillo, 61), 5-Benny Feilhaber; 17-Jozy Altidore (28-Dax McCarty, 80), 32-Jeff Cunningham (36-Eddie Johnson, 61)
Subs not used: 35-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


DEN: 1-Thomas Sørensen; 6-Lars Jacobsen, 3-Simon Kjær, 4-Per Krøldrup, 5-Michael Lumb; 7-Daniel Jensen (18-Johan Absalonsen, 46), 2-Christian Poulsen (13-William Kvist Jørgensen, 46), 8-Jacob Poulsen; 10- Martin Jørgensen (capt.) (19-Jesper Bech, 80), 9-Morten Rasmussen (17-Martin Bernburg, 35, 20-Thomas Enevoldsen, 90), 11- Jesper Grønkjær (15-Søren Rieks, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Anders Møller Christensen, 14- Leon Jessen,16-Kim Christensen
Head Coach: Morten Olsen

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 7 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 14
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
none

Officials:
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Cunningham (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordon Middleton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Michael Svendsen (DEN)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match:
Ricardo Clark

A late-bloomer at the international level, Conrad is a solid central defender who brings good organizational skills, intelligent reading of the game, and a strong work ethic to the table. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he entered the tournament as a backup to Eddie Pope but was thrust into the limelight after the center back’s dismissal against Italy. He performed admirably, helping the USA to a tie in that game and held his spot for the next game against Ghana, where he gave an equally good account of himself. In 2009, he re-emerged as a part of the central defensive pool. The captain of the Kansas City Wizards is a five-time MLS All-Star and a four-time member of the MLS Best XI.

  • Opened his goal-scoring account against Mexico on Feb. 7, 2007 (a game where he was also the USA’s captain), heading home brilliantly a Landon Donovan corner kick past Oswaldo Sanchez
  • Made his debut for the national team during the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and started a match in the World Cup just 11 months later
  • Named MLS Defender of the Year in 2005
2009: Captained the U.S. for two matches during the 2009 Gold Cup, the 2-2 draw against Haiti on July 12 and then the 2-1 victory in overtime against Panama in the quarterfinal on July 18 in Philadelphia … Played in his first match for the U.S. on foreign soil since the 2007 Copa America when he entered as a substitute on Nov. 18 against Denmark in Aarhus … 2008: Made one appearance, staring in the 2-0 victory against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … 2007: Started the 2007 year where he had left off and served as captain in the USA’s first game of the year against Denmark on Jan. 20 … In February, he turned in a colossal performance at the heart of the defense as the USA defeated Mexico 2-0 in Phoenix … That same game saw him score his first international goal, a header that gave the USA the lead … Left out of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad due to injury … Returned for the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela, where he appeared in two of the three group stage games … 2006: A member of the 2006 World Cup squad that competed in Germany … Made two appearances in the World Cup group stage, coming on as a sub in the game against Italy and playing the full 90 minutes against Ghana … Finished the year with nine total appearances for the team … Was second on the team in minutes played, with 759 … 2005: One of only three players to appear in all six matches of the USA’s Gold Cup championship run, he led the team in minutes played … Made his first World Cup qualifying start in the 0-0 draw away to Guatemala on Sept. 7 in Guatemala City … First Appearance: July 7, 2005, vs. Cuba … First Goal: Feb. 7, 2007, vs. Mexico.
2009: Started in 26 matches, notching one goal and one assist … 2008: An MLS Defender of the Year award finalist, he was voted team MVP after starting and playing every minute of both the regular season and the playoffs … Led all MLS defenders with six goals scored … Named to his fifth MLS All-Star and fourth MLS Best XI teams … 2007: Appeared in 25 regular season and three playoff games for Kansas City Wizards in his fourth season with the club … 2006: His season was shortened significantly, both by injuries and World Cup duty, and he made only 15 appearances for the Wizards … Scored two goals for the club including a game winner against New England on April 15 … 2005: Voted the 2005 MLS Defender of the Year and selected to the All-Star Game, as well as being named to the MLS Best XI for the second year running … Started all 25 matches he appeared in, registering two goals and two assists … 2004: Named to MLS “Best XI” and was one of three finalists for MLS Defender of the Year ... Played every minute of the Wizards postseason run to the MLS Cup Final ... Started and played in 29 of 30 games for the Wizards in 2004 … Anchored the best defensive unit in MLS, as the Wizards allowed a league-low 30 goals and posted a league-high 12 shutouts … Selected as a reserve for the 2004 MLS All-Star Game, his first career All-Star selection, but started in place of the injured Pablo Mastroeni ... 2003: Acquired by the Wizards from San Jose in a draft day trade … Appeared in and started all 30 matches for the Wizards, playing all but 20 minutes during the season and scored a career high nine points (4G, 1A) … 2002: Appeared in 25 matches for the defending MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes, starting all 25 contests … Helped anchor a San Jose defense that allowed just 35 goals on the season, second fewest in MLS … Scored one goal and added three assists in his fourth MLS season … 2001: Suffered a broken bone in his foot during the preseason and was forced to sit out the first six games of the season, but came back from the injury to help guide the 'Quakes to the 2001 MLS Cup Championship … Played every minute of the Earthquakes postseason run to the MLS Cup title … Appeared in 16 games, with eight starts on the season … 2000: Made 26 appearances (25 starts) and had two assists … The only San Jose defender to start in each of the team's club-record nine shutouts ... MLS and the Galaxy allowed him to delay a yellow-card suspension for the May 27 game at the Rose Bowl so that he could play in front of his stepfather, who was dying of cancer, and he instead served the suspension at L.A. on Aug. 30 … Spent off-season on loan to Lech Poznan in Poland … 1999: Tallied one goal and one assist for three points in his first MLS season ... Played in 17 matches, starting 12 ... Made MLS debut at K.C. on April 10, playing final 11 minutes ... Scored first point of career at Miami on June 26 with an assist ... Made first MLS start against Columbus on May 9, playing all 90 minutes ... Scored first MLS goal vs. K.C. on Sept. 4 on a header.

Married to wife Lyndsey in June 2002, they have a daughter, Julia … Majored in math at UCLA ... Winner of the 2009 U.S. Soccer Foundation/MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year award, Conrad served as a spokesperson for Athletes Against Autism and the Child Protection Center … Enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball, video games and playing cards … Writes a column during the season for espn.com ... Has two younger sisters (Kristina and Amanda) and four younger brothers (Dylan, Thomas, Robert and Michael) … His behind-the-scenes all_access video showcasing life on the road with the MNT was nominated for the Best U.S. Soccer Video of 2007 on ussoccer.com.

Was part of 1997 NCAA championship team at UCLA ... Won two national championships in same year, helping the San Diego Surf to an Under-20 club championship in 1997 ... Played two seasons (1996-1997) at UCLA after spending two years (1994-1995) at San Diego State ... Had career totals of three goals and five assists … Starred for the Santa Anita Stallions youth soccer club, Temple City (Calif.) High School and in Mountain View Youth Soccer League.

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