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A World Cup qualifying campaign is a team effort in every sense of the term. Through five matches in World Cup qualifying, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has deployed 27 different players. In the last cycle, 43 guys earned a cap and 17 put their name on the scoresheet.

Significant contributions can often be made by the players least likely to get a headline. The latest chapter in the legacy of players rising to the occasion in World Cup qualifying is of a resurgent forward getting a second shot at being a star and a 30-year-old earning his first cap by peaking at the right time and possessing the qualities that precisely matched the moment.

Eddie Johnson might have scored the most important goals of his career on Friday night, powering home two headers to deliver a vital 2-1 win for the United States against Antigua & Barbuda. Having last appeared for the MNT in 2010 and last scored two years before that, Johnson seemed an unlikely candidate to be the hero. He was aided by Alan Gordon, a striker who has quietly put together the two best years of his professional career and personified a “carpe diem” moment by teeing up the game-winner in his first-ever appearance for the National Team.

This pair is just one example from the history books. Steve Ralston scored only four goals in 36 games for the National Team, so he didn’t figure to have a huge part in the annals of U.S. scoring lore. Yet his rebound goal off a free kick from Eddie Lewis in the 53rd minute against Mexico proved to be the one that sealed the USA’s ticket to the 2006 FIFA World Cup after the United States collected another 2-0 victory against their regional rivals.

Fast forward to 2009, when the U.S. traveled to Honduras for the ninth of 10 matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Anything less than a victory would have meant the USA’s fate would have come down to the last game, and it was facing a Honduran team that had yet to lose at home during the entire cycle. In a move questioned by many media and fans, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley deployed Conor Casey at forward. While featuring in several matches that year, the Colorado Rapids striker hadn’t scored a single goal in 15 matches at the international level. A bold challenge on a header and a nifty touch silenced the heavily-partisan crowd in San Pedro Sula as Casey potted the USA’s first two goals, and the team went on to capture a 3-2 victory and a spot in South Africa.

Just when you thought the drama couldn’t get any higher, the U.S. found itself down 2-1 at home against Costa Rica and needing a draw to finish first in the group. With the seconds ticking away in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, defender Jonathan Bornstein took the unprecedented step of charging into the penalty area for a U.S. corner kick. Unexpected and unmarked, he made a near-post run and nodded home a header that set off wild celebrations on a truly emotional night in Washington, D.C.

World Cup qualifying is indeed a journey, and it’s never just the 23 players on any given roster. For sure there are key players who are a part of every match, but it’s not always the big boys who make the biggest impact. Sometimes it’s the right player, in the right time and in the right moment that seizes the chance and delivers exactly what the team needs. And just as often as not, those are the moments that make history.

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

 

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.”

 

USA Falls to Brazil 2-0 in Front of 77,223 Fans at The New Meadowlands Stadium

  • First Half Goals from Neymar and Pato Pace Brazil
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez Earns First Full National Team Cap 
  • 2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees Honored Before Kickoff

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Aug. 10, 2010) — The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to Brazil in the first match for both teams since the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The match was played in front of a crowd of 77,223 on a balmy night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley started nine players who were members of the 2010 World Cup Team, including team captain Carlos Bocanegra, goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Landon Donovan. The two players getting starts who were not in South Africa were Omar Gonzalez, who earned his first full national team cap in the center of the defense, and Alejandro Bedoya, who earned his fourth cap after getting the nod at right midfield.

"Early on, the ball was moving quickly and we had good energy,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “The fact that we were not able to sustain that is certainly more of an indication of where the players are at this point in the year in terms of pre-seasons.

“We were able to reestablish ourselves in the second half but I would still say it shows that defending against the best teams in World Cup or teams like Brazil is just something we need to work on. To be able to play in these kinds of games where you can be dangerous with the ball, move it quickly, create chances and still defend, that's what we're always shooting for."

Brazil, playing its first game under new head coach Mano Menezes, brought a young team to the friendly, but did start all four players on its roster who represented Brazil in South Africa: defenders Thiago Silva and Dani Alves and midfielders Robinho and Ramires.

The U.S. had the first good chance of the game which came in the third minute as Edson Buddle did well to evade a defender and played a short penetrating pass to Landon Donovan who was cutting into the penalty box. Donovan deftly touched the ball past David Luiz and then rode the tackle of Thiago Silva, but the U.S. forward did not go down in the box and the ball was toe-poked away for a corner kick.

Brazil utilized its outside backs well to control the pace of the game in the first half and opened the scoring in the 28th minute off a cross from left back Andre Santos. Neymar created a bit of space to free himself from U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein and headed the ball into the lower left corner from 10 yards out.

Brazil scored its second goal in stoppage time of the first half as a nice build-up through the center of the midfield led to Ramires playing a ball behind the U.S. defense to Pato. The AC Milan striker had plenty of time and space to evade Howard with a dribble to the right before rolling the ball into the open net.

Earlier in the half, Brazil also appeared to score in the 32nd minute, but Pato ran over Howard as he bundled the ball into the goal and the tally was quickly waved off for a foul.

The USA threatened twice more in the first half as Brazilian goalkeeper Victor had to punch away a free kick service from Donovan and Bocanegra headed a corner kick service over the crossbar in the 40th minute.

Bradley made three changes at halftime, sending on Sacha Kljestan for Benny Feilhaber, Jozy Altidore for Buddle and changed ‘keepers, giving Brad Guzan 45 minutes in place of Howard.

Just seconds into the second half, Pato got through in the left side of the penalty box, but drilled his shot into the side netting. Brazil’s other second half chances included Robinho hitting the right goal post after a scramble inside the box in the 53rd minute and Neymar pounding a shot at the U.S. goal from the left side of the penalty area in the 61st minute, but Guzan did well to bat that chance away at the near post.

The USA also had a goal called back in the 56th minute when Kljestan bent a cross into the penalty area after receiving a short corner kick from Donovan. The cross was perfect, but Michael Bradley was in an offside position when he headed the ball into the roof of the net from inside the six-yard box.

In the 67th minute, Kljestan struck a free kick from just outside the penalty box on the left side that Victor had to smother at the near post.

Both teams made numerous substitutions during the match, with Bradley using all six of his allowed changes and Menezes calling on five of his reserves. World Cup squad members Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez entered the fray in the second half, in the 62nd and 67th minute, respectively. When Findley replaced Donovan, the New Meadowlands Stadium crowd rose to their feet to applaud the three-goal scorer from the 2010 World Cup.

The USA’s best chance of the match came in the 85th minute, when substitute Gomez nearly pulled a goal back. Right back Jonathan Spector whipped in a trademark bending cross, which Gomez met at the near post. His downward header was firm but Victor did well to scrape the ball around the side of the post.

Guzan was called to action in second-half stoppage time as Andre Santos received the ball from Ganso in a dangerous position in the box. Santos’ shot was firm but Guzan did superb to get down to his right and block the ball out of bounds for a corner.

On the final whistle, the crowd rose to show their appreciation for a U.S. team who captured their imagination during this memorable World Cup summer. The U.S. players acknowledged their fans and applauded the support while standing in the center circle as fireworks were set off around the stadium. The spectacular venue is part of the USA’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 and tonight it played host to its second soccer match, following Mexico and Ecuador’s dour 0-0 draw earlier this year.

Before the match, the 2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored on the field prior to the match. Bruce Arena, Thomas Dooley, Predag “Preki” Radosavljevic and Kyle Rote Jr. shook hands with both teams as other members of the Hall of Fame looked on from the pitch.

- U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match: United States vs. Brazil
Date: August 10, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 77,223
Weather: Clear, warm – 82 degrees

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

BRA - Neymar (Andre Santos)    29th minute
BRA - Pato (Ramires)                45+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 2-Jonathan Spector, 5-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (21-Clarence Goodson, 62), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (9-Herculez Gomez, 67), 4-Michael Bradley, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Benny Feilhaber (16-Sacha Kljestan, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (20-Robbie Findley, 62), 14-Edson Buddle (17-Jozy Altidore, 46)
Subs not used: 6-Steve Cherundolo
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

BRA: 1-Victor, 2-Dani Alves, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-David Luiz, 6-Andre Santos, 5-Lucas, 8-Ramires (18-Hernanes, 59), 10-Paulo Henrique Ganso (17-Jucilei, 89), 7-Robinho (capt.) (20-Diego Tardelli, 81), 11-Neymar (19-Ederson, 72; 16-Carlos Eduardo, 75), 9- Pato (21-Andre, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Jefferson, 13-Rever, 14-Henrique, 15-Marcelo, 22-Renan, 23-Rafael
Head Coach: Mano Menezes

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 7 / 20
Shots on Goal: 3 / 11
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – David Luiz (caution) 70th minute

Officials:
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)
AR1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
AR2: David Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match:
Brad Guzan

 

U.S. Men's National Team Wins Best Moment at 2010 ESPY Awards

  • Midfielder Landon Donovan Also Wins Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player Awards;
  • Donovan and Eight MNT Teammates Accept Best Moment Award

CHICAGO (July 14, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Team won Best Moment at the ESPY Awards this evening for its 1-0 victory in added time against Algeria in the team’s final group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that provided the U.S. a place in the Round of 16. U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, who scored the winning goal against Algeria, also won the Castrol Performance Under Pressure and Best MLS Player awards.

Donovan accepted the ESPY for Best Moment along with eight of his teammates live on stage at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Joining Donovan on stage were Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Edson Buddle, Steve Cherundolo, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden.

“The comment I’ve received more than any other is ‘thank you for inspiring us and inspiring our country,’” said Donovan during his acceptance speech. “I believe it takes two to tango and I want to say on behalf of all of us, thank you for allowing us to inspire you guys. You put everything else aside to let us inspire you, so thank you so much.”

Others nominees in the category were the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl championship, figure skater Joannie Rochette's bronze-medal Olympic performance following the death of her mother and Phil Mickelson's win at the Masters.

“That whole tournament was an emotional roller coaster for us, and to have the support of all of America behind us felt amazing after that goal went in,” added Bocanegra, the U.S. MNT captain, in acceptance of the award. “We’d like to thank U.S. Soccer. We’re accepting this award on behalf of the team and our coaching staff. We’d like to really thank John Skipper and ESPN for really believing in soccer in America and the world.”

The ESPY awards are given out annually since 1993 and are determined by fan vote.

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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

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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