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U.S. Men's National Team Moves on to CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals with a 1-0 Victory against Guadeloupe

  • U.S. Finishes Second in the Group with Six Points Behind Panama 
  • Jozy Altidore Scores the Game-Winner in the Ninth Minute 
  • U.S. Will Face Jamaica in Quarterfinal Match on Sunday, June 19 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Live at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer and Univision

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (June 14, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup this evening with a dominating 1-0 victory against Guadeloupe at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in their third and final Group C match.

The U.S. controlled the entire match against Guadeloupe and created 21 shots but Jozy Altidore’s impressive strike from distance in the ninth minute was their only goal on the night.

The U.S. will face Jamaica in the quarterfinals at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. ET. The match can be seen live on FOX Soccer and Univision. FOX Soccer will also have a 30-minute pre-game show beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. (tickets)..

“Overall, it was a good performance,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “It’s certainly a game at the end where we still feel we should have finished the game earlier. We had good chances to get the second goal. There were a lot of positives, and now we get ready to move forward.

“Our goal has always been to get to the final. We understand from experience what it means in group play. You have to deal with each game and find a way to advance. I think there are things there that bring the group together, and now we get ready for the knockout phase and approach it one game at a time.”

With Canada and Panama drawing 1-1 earlier in the evening, the U.S. could only finish as high as second, making this the first time ever they didn’t win their group in Gold Cup history.

In their first-ever match against Guadeloupe, Bradley made two changes to the starting lineup from the first two group games. Eric Lichaj earned his first Gold Cup appearance in place of Tim Ream, and Chris Wondolowski replaced Juan Agudelo up front. With the changes, Carlos Bocanegra moved inside to play in the center of the defense alongside Clarence Goodson.

Despite the dominating performance, it was Guadeloupe that had the first dangerous opportunity off a corner kick in the third minute. A near post service wasn’t cleared by a number of capable U.S. players, allowing the ball to skip towards the back post. Goalkeeper Tim Howard only got a slight touch to it and Landon Donovan’s clearance hit Clint Dempsey before Stephane Zubar pounced on the loose ball but his strike from 12 yards out struck the crossbar.

After that initial scare, the U.S. began their overwhelming dominance but were continually thwarted either due to poor finishing or remarkable saves by Guadeloupe goalkeeper Franck Grandel.

Clint Dempsey was active all evening and created numerous chances on goal, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net. He provided the USA’s first chance of the night in the sixth minute when he unleashed a free kick from 28 yards out, but Grandel was able to make the diving save.

While Grandel would come up with a number of saves during the rest of the half, he had not chance on Altidore’s goal, the 12th of his national team career. After a poor clearance by Guadeloupe, the U.S. put together a string of 13 consecutive passes inside their attacking half before Bradley found Altidore to his right. The forward dribbled to create some space before unleashing a 25-yard blast into upper right corner.

Jermaine Jones initiated the next goal-scoring opportunity in the 24th minute when he hit a driven ball from just inside defensive center circle to the far right corner for Steve Cherundolo. After a settling touch near the endline, Cherundolo sent in a perfectly-placed cross to wide-open Dempsey at the six-yard box, but the midfielder’s header went agonizingly wide left.

The U.S. continued the onslaught and Dempsey hit a well-struck shot from outside the penalty area in the 31st, but Grandel once again made the save.

Ten minutes later, even when Grandel made a gaffe with a poor pass off a free kick that allowed the U.S. to create a quick attack, he was able to make up for it with two fantastic saves. Off the turnover, Altidore slipped Wondolowski into the penalty area with a great through ball, but Grandel denied the San Jose striker with a foot save. The ball stayed in play and Wondolowski ended up with another chance, but his left-footed strike from 12 yards was gobbled up by Grandel with a low dive to his right.

The U.S. continued to have the better of the play in the second half and during a six-minute span had three chances just miss. The first came in the 54th minute when Jones served a long ball from midfield into the penalty area and Altidore showed his strength by holding off two defenders to get off a shot, but his attempt was deflected out for a corner. Donovan had his best chance of the game three minutes later on a nice passing sequence with Dempsey and Jones, but his final touch from six yards out missed the target. A couple minutes later, Dempsey’s 30-yard free kick was on target but hit the top of the cross bar.

Dempsey looked assured to score in the 76th minute when Bedoya’s square pass in front of the net provided him with a wide-open goal him six yards out, but he took a settling touch and before he could tap it home, Julien Ictoi raced back and cleared it off his foot.

Dempsey had one final chance to get his deserved goal on the night in the 92nd minute, but his spinning shot inside the penalty area went wide right.

The quarterfinals begin on Saturday, June 18 with two matches at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In the first match, Costa Rica will face Honduras, followed by Mexico and Guatemala. Following the U.S. match on Sunday at RFK, Panama will take on El Salvador.

The U.S. is seeking its fifth Gold Cup title and first since 2007 when the team 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. Guadeloupe
Date: June 14, 2011
Competition: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Group C
Venue: LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 20,109 (sellout)
Weather: 85 degrees, fair

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)        9th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley (7-Maurice Edu, 85), 13-Jermaine Jones, 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore (16-Sacha Kljestan, 78), 11-Chris Wondolowski (22-Alejandro Bedoya, 64)
Subs not used: 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Juan Agudelo, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

GPE: 1-Franck Grandel; 5-Eddy Viator, 3-Stephane Zubar, 15-Julien Ictoi, 22-Mickael Tacalfred; 12-Thomas Gamiette, 7-Loic Loval (Cedric Collet, 25), 19-Stephane Auvray (capt.), 10-Thery Racon (9-Ludovic Gotin, 73); 21-Richard Socrier, 11-Livio Nabab (8-Dimitri Fautrai, 60)
Subs not used: 2-Miguel Comminges, 6-David Fleurival, 14-Gregory Gendrey, 16-Fabrice Mercury
Head coach: Roger Salnot

Stats Summary: USA / GPE
Shots: 21 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 16
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
GPE – Eddy Viator (caution)             66th minute
GPE – Stephane Zubar (caution)       77
GPE – Stephane Auvray (caution)     89

Officials:
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Luis Carmago (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejia (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

 

March 22 2011 Training Begins in as MNT Prepares for Argentina

Studio 90 continues coverage from Cary, N.C. with this news update after the first MNT training session. Jonathan Bornstein and Tim Ream speak talk about the opportunity to join up with the national team.

Q & A: Jonathan Bornstein Talks about Life in Mexico

ussoccer.com: How do you like Monterrey so far and where are you staying?
Jonathan Bornstein: “I really like the city; it’s actually a beautiful place to drive around. I bought a car and found a really nice area to live. It’s a nice tight-knit community, and there’s a lot of great places to go eat. It’s pretty cool.”

ussoccer.com: How is your Spanish coming along?
JB: “It’s coming along pretty well. I’ve been taking classes now for a month, and just living here you have to speak it on a daily basis to get around. If I go to the store I have to speak in Spanish and with my teammates everything is in Spanish, so I’m learning rather quickly. I’d say that I can understand it a lot better than I’m able to speak it. They keep telling me ‘poco a poco’, so I’m in no rush to hurry it along and just taking it day by day in my studies.”

ussoccer.com: Have you run into any situations where the language barrier was a problem?
JB: “I bought my car speaking all in Spanish, so there may have been a few times where I needed help understanding. The owner of the car dealership spoke English and he’s a friend of the vice president of our club, so he made sure everything was good for me and he was able to translate for me if I had any questions. It was the same thing with renting my house. For me it was just all about making sure that I understood what was being put in front of me. Overall I’ve been able to get by and haven’t really had any problems or issues with not being able to do something because of the language.”

ussoccer.com: What about when you’re talking to Tuca (Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferreti) because he speaks more of a Portuguese mix?
JB: “He speaks pretty good Spanish. He’s actually one of the ones I can understand the best when he speaks because I think he understands that I don’t understand it as well. When he speaks to me, he really enunciates his words and speaks slower to me so I’ve had no trouble understanding him at all. Even in the meetings and on the field, there’s really never been a time I didn’t understand him so he’s been one of the ones I can understand the best.”

ussoccer.com: So now that you’ve been immersed in the Mexican football culture, how would you describe it?
JB: “I would say the style of soccer down here is a lot different than it is in the United States. Here it is a lot more technical. The players have the ability to pass and move on and off the ball very well. In the United States, it’s a little more defensive minded and very strong and you run very hard. I’m definitely enjoying the type of soccer we play. I’m trying to fit in as best as I can and as quickly as I can so I’m trying to learn on the job. Also for the lifestyle, I’m learning what Mexico is all about. There are definitely some differences in my life; for example, I have a maid who cooks and cleans for me. That’s pretty standard custom here, which is something I’m not used to.”

ussoccer.com: What is it like playing in front of Tigres fans? They are pretty notorious for being passionate. They call the stadium El Volcán because it sounds like a volcano is erupting all of the time…
JB: “I would say that we have the best fans in all of Mexico. After playing in front of them for the first time, everything that everyone had ever told me about Tigres fans and how great they are definitely was true. I think they’re extremely passionate about the sport. They understand what it’s all about, and I hope I can keep winning over their hearts by playing better and proving myself to them each time I can go out there.”

ussoccer.com: You said you are learning what Mexico is all about from a cultural standpoint. Are there a couple of things that you can point to?
JB: “One of the things is definitely the food. Growing up in L.A. we obviously had a lot of Mexican food, but I think it’s a little bit different the way it’s prepared here and the way the service is here. Every day I come home from training and I have a very good 2-3 course meal. You always have a soup and then a salad, then a main course and always a ‘postre,’ a dessert. so that’s a lot different. At home, I’m used to just having a whole meal at one time and not such a fancy presentation.”

ussoccer.com: Have you started putting chile and salsa on everything?
JB: “Not too much chile, but salsa and definitely lime. They put lime juice and limón on everything, whether it is soup or fish or salad.”

ussoccer.com: Have you noticed any big differences in the training sessions?
JB: “I would say that we do a lot more intra-squad scrimmaging here than I’m used to doing. We never did so much of that at Chivas USA, and usually not with the national team either. We usually have enough numbers here by bringing up younger players to get a full field scrimmage. I would say many days, like Wednesday and Thursdays if there is a Saturday game, are devoted to full field games. That’s a lot different here and it’s something that I actually like because you get to play on a big field for a majority of the time. We do have normal drills that we do and that I’ve done throughout my career, shooting drills, passing drills, and crossing and finishing. Much of it is pretty standard, but in terms of just having more of a playing aspect in terms of full field games is different.”

ussoccer.com: Are there any team rules that are very different than you’re used to?
JB: “They call it ‘concentración’ here, and I know they do it around the world but we never did it at Chivas. The day before the game, even if it’s a home game, we go and stay at the hotel and we eat as a team and we stay there over night and we go as a team to the game the next day. That’s definitely something that’s different for me and I know it’s a cultural thing here that they like to do.”

ussoccer.com: Have you had the signature Monterrey dish called ‘cabrito’ yet?
JB: “I haven’t actually had it yet. I always see signs all over the place and I keep meaning to try it at a restaurant but I always end up getting something else like tacos or chicken. I will try it sometime though.”

ussoccer.com: What’s been your most memorable experience there so far?
JB: “I would probably say the soccer aspect has taken over the majority of my life. Getting my first start was pretty uplifting for me, just being able to feel like I’m part of the team and contributing. Every game I’ve played in so far we’ve won, so I’m just hoping to keep that streak going as long as I can and hopefully getting more assists and more goals because I’ve gotten pretty close to scoring a couple of times.”

ussoccer.com: How are they playing you?
JB: “I’m playing in a position called ‘contención’. It’s a defensive center midfielder, tilted to the left a little bit. It’s a lot different than left full back, but I’m getting used to it. It’s soccer, and I’ve always said it’s a game that you’ve got to adapt to. Once again I find myself learning on the job and kind of starting over at a new position, but I’m enjoying it.”

ussoccer.com: What is your team’s tactical formation?
JB: “It’s kind of like a 4-2-2-2. We have a line of four defenders and then two ‘contenciónes’ and then we play with two side attacking midfielders and then two forwards. Sometimes we switch it up and throw a 3-3-4 or a 3-3-2-2, but most of the time it’s pretty standard.”

ussoccer.com: How have your Mexican teammates taken to you?
JB: “I think we’ve been getting along pretty well, and whenever they get asked about me they say they enjoy my company and enjoy having me on the team. I think I bring a different aspect to the team, an American mentality that they’ve never really experienced. I’ve just been trying to prove myself in terms of soccer as much as I can. I really enjoy my teammates on a personal side and getting to know them each day has been very fun.”

ussoccer.com: Have you become fast friends with anyone?
JB: “Yes, Carlos Ochoa. We carpool to practice every day and spend a lot of time together. I’d definitely say he’s a friend. There are a couple guys on the team I’ve hung out with off the field. I’d say they are all great guys.”

ussoccer.com: Has anyone brought up the U.S.-Mexico rivalry yet?
JB: “Up to this point, no actually. I’m sure it will come up when the games for the U.S. and Mexico start getting a little closer.”

ussoccer.com: Not even Ochoa because he was part of that rivalry for a while?
JB: “We’ve talked about it between me and him, just about some games that he played in and some games I played in. With the Gold Cup coming up, we’ve talked about who is going to win this one. He speaks perfect English and that is probably one of the reasons we get along so well. He tries to speak to me in English and I try to speak to him in Spanish. It’s a pretty good relationship there.”

ussoccer.com: Have you played against any Tigres rivals?
JB: “We’ve played against Santos. They consider us a rival game, but for us it’s against Monterrey, the Rayados. That’s coming up next weekend, so we’ll have our clásico. That’s all anyone talks about around here. We’ve got to win that one and prove who the better team in Monterrey is.”

ussoccer.com: Do people recognize you on the street now in Monterrey?
JB: “Yes it’s starting to get to that point. If I go around with Carlos Ochoa he definitely gets recognized and then they’ll recognize me. If I go by myself to the supermarket or something occasionally people will be like ‘Oh, Bornstein!’ and once one person recognizes me then a lot of other people catch on. As of right now I’m able to go undercover and do my own thing, but everyone keeps telling me the more I play the less I’ll be able to stay hidden.”

ussoccer.com: Do you read the soccer coverage in the Mexican newspapers?
JB: “A little bit. I try to stay up to date on what the other teams are doing and how they’re playing and sometimes I’ll grab a newspaper and read about it. There’s a great deal of coverage for soccer here, and there are full pages devoted to Tigres and Rayados here in Monterrey and then there’s always pages devoted to other teams. The press is very big here in terms of soccer and they like to cover as much of it as they can.”

ussoccer.com: Other than taking Spanish lessons, have you done anything else to try to adapt to your new environment?
JB: “I got a nice house here and I’m neighbors with Carlos so I’ve been able to get adapted by hanging out with him and his family. He’s got two pretty amazing daughters, so I hang out with their family a lot. My girlfriend is actually coming to live here with me, so that will be a good change for me. It’s been pretty easy to adapt. Everyone here is pretty helpful in terms of the club and helping me with finding a car or finding a place to live. Everything has been very easy.”

 

A speedy left back full of energy and commitment, Bornstein has proven his ability at that spot at the international level. Making his first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, Bornstein turned in one of the many standout performances for the team in the dramatic 1-0 victory against Algeria that set off huge celebrations here in the United States. While his appearances at left back are his bread and butter, it was his foray into the attack that cemented his place in U.S. Soccer lore when he tallied the game-tying goal in the waning seconds against Costa Rica to deliver the U.S. a 2-2 draw and first place in final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After five seasons at Chivas USA that began with Rookie of the Year honors in 2006, he moved south to join UANL Tigres in Mexico’s top flight.

  • Started two matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 1-0 victory against Algeria and the Round of 16 game against Ghana
  • His goal in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time helped the U.S. earn an emotional 2-2 draw against Costa Rica and first place in the final round World Cup qualifying group in 2009
  • Wore the captain’s armband for the first time when he led the team in the 2-1 victory on Feb. 24, 2010, against El Salvador in Tampa
  • Kicked off his MNT career with a bang in 2007, starting in his first cap against Denmark and scoring the game-winner in a 3-1 victory at The Home Depot Center
  • One of only seven players to make more than 10 appearances in their first calendar year with the national team
  • Drafted in the fourth round, he started every game during a fantastic rookie season with Chivas USA to win MLS Rookie of the Year honors
2010: Wore the captain’s armband for the first time when he led the team in the 2-1 victory on Feb. 24 against El Salvador in Tampa … Started two matches in the World Cup, turning in a fine performance in the 1-0 victory against Algeria and the Round of 16 loss to Ghana … Reprised his role at left back in the post-tournament friendly against Brazil … Served as the most experienced player on the roster when the U.S. defeated South Africa 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17 in Cape Town … Made nine total appearances … 2009: His 11 starts in 2009 tied his career best from 2007 … Started all three games in the group phase of the 2009 Confederations Cup … Snatched the left back spot for the final six games of the year, including four World Cup qualifiers … Scored his second career goal in style, heading home a Robbie Rogers corner in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time to help the U.S. earn a emotional 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium … 2008: Made one appearance … Started and played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win against Guatemala on Nov. 19 in Colorado … Included in the squad that traveled to Trinidad & Tobago in October, making the game-day roster ... 2007: One of only seven players to make more than 10 appearances in their first calendar year with the national team … Made his first career appearance in January, where he started and scored a goal in a 3-1 victory against Denmark at The Home Depot Center … After breaking into the squad in 2007, he became a regular in the same year, and was a member of the Gold Cup and Copa America sides … Made five appearances in the Gold Cup, all starts at left back, including the final against Mexico … First Appearance: Jan. 20, 2007, vs. Denmark … First Goal: Jan. 20, 2007, vs. Denmark.
2010: After five seasons at Chivas, he moved to UANL Tigres of the Mexican First Division … Played in 21 games, starting 17 for Chivas …2009: Made 26 starts for Chivas USA, deployed as both a left back and a center back … Upped his career tally to nine goals and eight assists in four seasons in MLS … 2008: Returned from an early season injury to feature in 21 games for Chivas USA, as the Los Angeles club rallied to make a strong push into the postseason … Started 19 games for Chivas, tallying two goals and two assists for the Goats ... 2007: Split time between Chivas USA and the U.S. MNT, but still made 23 regular season appearances for his club team (all starts) … Scored a goal and an assist, as Chivas USA secured their first regular season Western Conference title in club history … Named to the MLS Best XI at the end of the season, though Chivas failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs … 2006: Made 32 appearances for Chivas, all starts, notching a colossal 2,878 minutes … Was part of a defense which, under then head coach Bob Bradley, progressed to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history … Was first in the league among field players in minutes played … Led all rookies in the league with six goals … Though Chivas bowed out in the first round of the postseason, he finished the year as MLS Rookie of the Year with 19 total points.

Chronicled in a popular “first cap” all_access video on ussoccer.com in which he scored a goal and then presented his jersey to his father in the stands … Featured in Interview Magazine photo shoot prior to the 2010 World Cup … Lists Diego Maradona as the player he most admires … Comes from a mixed background of Jewish and Mexican heritage … An Oakland Raiders fan ever since trading jerseys with kicker Sebastian Janikowski, a former soccer player … Does a good deal of charity work, including the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, which raises money for children and families affected by cancer; the Wednesday’s Child Program, which helps increase adoptions of foster children; and the U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback Program, which donates soccer equipment to teams and players in need around the world.

Attended UCLA after transferring from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004 … In his senior year for the Bruins, started every game of the season en route to scoring five goals and adding four assists … In three seasons at Cal Poly, he ranked second in career assists, fifth in career goals and third in career points … Played under National Soccer Hall of Famer Paul Caligiuri at Cal Poly Pomona.

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