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State of the Squad: Position Battles Abound in Important Friendlies against Peru, Brazil

As the U.S. Men’s National Team convenes in Washington, D.C.  on Sunday to prepare for their final friendlies before taking on Mexico in the October 10 Confederations Cup playoff, the message from head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is clear: “Prove a point that you want to be at The Rose Bowl.”

The two friendlies against Peru and Brazil have taken on a new meaning from the time when they were originally planned. Scheduled with an eye on preparation towards November’s World Cup qualifying matches and next year’s Copa America Centenario, the two games now serve as the ultimate proving ground for veteran and young players alike to make their case for the October playoff.

“This is now a huge opportunity for the players to show us that they deserve to go to the Mexico clash,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “With these games, it is not the time to be patient. This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation because of what happened in the Gold Cup. Experience or no experience, this is not about developing things. This is about proving a point.”

While 15 players return from July’s Gold Cup roster, Klinsmann’s eye towards more competition in the team has seen the return of four World Cup veterans in goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Jermaine Jones and center backs Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron all returning after varying levels of absences over the last year.

Besler and Cameron rejoin a U.S. center back pool that also features Gold Cup starters Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks as well as Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco and Tim Ream.


MNT defender Tim Ream battles Panama's Adolfo Machado during the 2015 Gold Cup.

With seven options providing a good mix of youth and experience, Klinsmann made clear, “The heat is on in that position.”

“Some positions are definitely there to grab, but you've got to grab them with a lot of determination and a lot of ambition,” he added. “That's why bringing back Tim Howard now and Jermaine Jones and Geoff Cameron kind of signals the fight and the competition now happening between the older established ones and the new wave of players. This is what we want to see from Sunday on in training. We want to see competition, and then we're going to make some calls. Obviously the most crucial calls come for the roster that goes to the Rose Bowl.”

After taking the summer off following strong performances in the June friendly wins against The Netherlands and Germany, forward Bobby Wood and midfielder Danny Williams also returned to the fold, while the lone newcomer in camp is forward Andrew Wooten. The 25-year-old striker has been tracked by Klinsmann and his staff for two years and has started the 2.Bundesliga season off strong, scoring five goals in five matches for Sandhausen.

“We like how dynamic he is and we like his nose for goals. He has a very good instinct of where the ball will drop in the box and knows how to finish things off. We don’t look at him as a youngster coming in because he's 25 years old and in a certain way he's a late bloomer. For him it's important not to lose one second of time to impress his teammates and obviously the coaching staff. It's a chance that he has been waiting for for a long time, and because he’s on a good run right now he deserves that chance, but he needs to jump in the cold water right away and swim really fast.”

Wooten’s good form and entrance into the National Team picture has come at an opportune time for the striker as he comes into the fold with no clear cut pecking order after Clint Dempsey. Though the U.S. veteran won the Golden Boot with six goals at the Gold Cup, injury issues will force him out for at least the Peru match, leaving Wooten, Wood, Aron Johannsson, and Jozy Altidore a chance to prove they belong in the squad come October.

“I think the situation with our forwards is wide open,” Klinsmann said. “Obviously the most consistent player over the last years with us has always been Clint Dempsey, but Clint right now also has some injury issues and is obviously not the youngest anymore, so we constantly try to develop the next wave of forwards and so far nobody has a real big advantage over another guy. This is really crucial for them to understand. There's a time period to break in and make yourself comfortable and be a part of a group, but there's also a time to understand the moment to step up and build your future in the team.

“Now after a year that we called a transition year where we developed young forwards like an Aron Johannsson and a Bobby Wood and obviously some others, we are eager to see the next generation of forwards becoming consistent. By that I mean first of all scoring goals.”


MNT forward Aron Johannsson controls the ball in the USA's match against Jamaica during the 2015 Gold Cup.

While Dempsey and captain Michael Bradley will miss out on the Peru match, other regulars that would have otherwise been part of the camp were ruled out due to injury.

“Of course this is normal whenever we have international games,” Klinsmann said. “Unfortunately for Fabian Johnson he got injured a couple weeks after a very good start to the season with Monchengladbach. We have some cases where guys are nursing some injuries, like Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman in Salt Lake.”

Originally slated to continue with the National Team after coming out of international retirement last month, veteran DaMarcus Beasley was also forced to pull out of the squad after suffering an injury over the weekend with the Houston Dynamo.

 With the experimental period following the World Cup now coming to an end, Klinsmann put an impetus on the younger players that have received opportunities over the last year to sink or swim with established veterans back involved with the team.

“We gave the younger generation a lot of confidence and a lot of support and a lot of help, which is our job from a coaching standpoint,” he said. “Now the moment comes and they have to prove it. They have to go face-to-face with the established guys and try to steal their spot. This is what it’s about now. We will find out if they are ready for it. We have the playoff game for one, and then we have World Cup qualifying which is not experimenting any more. In a certain way you can tell that the transition phase comes to an end and now they need to prove if they are still in the top spot or not.”

Q&A: Klinsmann, "Now the players need to prove if they are still in the top spot or not.”

ussoccer.com: What was the approach to putting this roster together?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for Mexico game a month from now. Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10.  Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

“With these games, it is not the time to be patient. This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation we’re in because of what happened in the Gold Cup. These games are not about developing things for the future. This is about proving a point towards the Mexico game.”

ussoccer.com: What is the objective for these matches?
JK: “Coming into two games like this against Brazil, whose accomplishments speak for themselves, and Peru coming off a third place finish in Copa America, this is now a huge opportunity for the players to  show us that they deserve to go to the Mexico clash. Initially with the games – and also going back to the games against Holland and Germany – our goal was to get these experiences for World Cup qualifying and Copa America next summer. Now obviously the focus has shifted and we are zoomed in on the CONCACAF Cup and qualifying for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.”

ussoccer.com: How will having some of the veterans back help this team in camp?
JK: “We will just want to make it very, very intense and competitive from the first day on in training, so the veterans need to set the tone and they need to understand that there's a high energy there. The ones that were not a part of the Gold Cup, and the other ones that were with us before like a Danny Williams or a Bobby Wood, they need to prove a point now. This is really now about truly competing. It’s about competing for spots, competing for the Rose Bowl and obviously also towards the World Cup qualifiers.”

ussoccer.com: You said that you have been tracking Andrew Wooten for a while. What do you like about him and what kind of opportunity does he have with this camp?
JK: “We've been watching him for more than two years now and we like how dynamic he is and we like his nose for goals.  He has a very good instinct of where the ball will drop in the box and knows how to finish things off. We don’t look at him as a youngster coming in because he's 25 years old and in a certain way he's a late bloomer. For him it's important not to lose one second of time to impress his teammates and obviously the coaching staff. It's a chance that he has been waiting for for a long time, and because he’s on a good run right now he deserves that chance, but he needs to jump in the cold water and right away swim really fast.” 

ussoccer.com: Is there an opportunity for a player to step up in the striker position?
JK: “I think the situation with our forwards is wide open. Obviously the most consistent player over the last years with us has always been Clint Dempsey, but Clint right now also has some injury issues and is obviously not the youngest anymore, so we constantly try to develop the next wave of forwards and so far nobody has a real big advantage over another guy. This is really crucial for them to understand. There's a time period to break in and make yourself comfortable and be a part of a group, but there's also a time to understand the moment to step up and build your future in the team. Now after a year that we called a transition year where we developed young forwards like an Aron Johannsson and a Bobby Wood and obviously some others, we are eager to see the next generation of forwards becoming consistent. By that I mean first of all scoring goals.”

MNT on TV: A Baker’s Dozen of Matches Featuring 25 MNT Players this Weekend

Behold the rising action. Another weekend of soccer brings about 13 matches featuring 25 current MNT players. It’s a sure bet that Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. MNT coaching staff will be tuned in with the team just two weeks away from huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil, which prelude the decisive USA-Mexico playoff on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl. Here’s a look at the action featuring U.S. Men’s National Team players around the world this weekend.

Bundesliga
Aron Johannsson is settling in nicely with his new club Werder Bremen. A week ago he made his debut, coming on in the 57th minute against Schalke. This week Bremen will look to snare all three points against Hertha Berlin on Friday, where Johannsson will hunt for his first Bundesliga goal. Trying to stop him will be his MNT teammate and Hertha center back John Brooks. Brooks, who is still getting into a club rhythm after missing preseason while on international duty, entered in the 84thminute of Hertha’s 1-0 win against Augsburg a week ago.

Like Brooks, Timmy Chandler is also working hard to get back into form with his club after returning from the Gold Cup. He’ll look to seize the opportunity as Frankfurt tries to rebound from its 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg with a positive result against Augsburg on Saturday.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

2:30 p.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/22

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Augsburg

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League
On Saturday morning, a trio of matches features MNT players in Premier League action across the pond. Watch them simultaneously as Tottenham and DeAndre Yedlin seek their first win of the season when they face Leicester City, Brad Guzan marshals Aston Villa’s backline in its road matchup with Crystal Palace and Geoff Cameron and Stoke City meet Norwich City. Guzan has looked sharp early on in the season, posting a clean sheet in Villa’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth in the club’s season opener and limiting Manchester United’s potent offense to a single goal.

On Sunday, Tim Howard will lead the Everton defense when it goes up against the goal-happy Manchester City attack, which has produced a Premier League leading six goals in its first two games. Klinsmann officially revealed that Howard will be back in the mix when the MNT takes the field in September, and after posting a shutout a week ago against Southampton, the ‘keeper will look to maintain his form.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Leicester City vs. Tottenham

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Extra Time

Norwich  City vs. Stoke City

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Everton vs. Manchester City

Tim Howard (Everton)

Liga MX
A pair of MNT players will clash in Saturday night Liga MX action as Ventura Alvarado and Club America challenge Joe Corona and Veracruz. Alvarado and the America defense have held opponents scoreless their last three games.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have already recorded a win this week. The team defeated Correcaminos on Monday and will look to increase their lead as the top team in Liga MX when they tackle Chivas on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

5 p.m. MT

UniMas, UDN

Club America vs. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

Telemundo

Leon vs. Chivas

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

MLS
On Friday night, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo enter the cauldron which houses the Portland Timbers. Earlier this week, Klinsmann reviewed the conversation he had with Beasley following the Gold Cup, and it’s now clear that Beas is fully back on board with the MNT.

Saturday kicks off with Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore hosting Orlando City SC, where Brek Shea is nearer to returning from sports hernia surgery. Toronto has stumbled to back-to-back losses, but its last win came against the Lions. While that game is going on, down in the nation’s capital MLS Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United will see Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen host Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes. The ‘Quakes are coming off a 5-0 rout of Sporting KC on Wednesday in which Wondo scored twice, increasing his career total to 100 league goals.

Thirty minutes after that game begins, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi will lead Sporting KC against Columbus Crew SC. Sporting had been riding a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1), before the loss to San Jose at Sporting Park. In Utah, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake square off with MNT teammates Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans of Seattle Sounders FC. The meeting is the first between the two teams this year. The clubs share similar territory in the Western Conference standings, as both have won seven games this season.

On Sunday, LA Galaxy and New York City FC meet for the first and only time this season. The MLS marquee matchup pits Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes against fellow U.S. international Mix Diskerud. The Galaxy sits atop the Western Conference table, while NYC FC is battling for a playoff spot in the East.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

8 p.m. PT

UDN, UniMas

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

D.C. United v. San Jose Earthquakes

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

 8/22

 7:30 p.m. ET

 MLS Direct Kick

Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

8/23

Noon PT

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, MLS Direct Kick

LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Mix Diskerud (NYC FC)

Ready, Set, Watch: 22 Televised Games Feature MNT Players this Week

With the huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil on the horizon next month set against the backdrop of the massive USA-Mexico match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl, you can be sure Jurgen Klinsmann and the coaching staff is keeping a close eye on the player pool. Their job is made a lot easier thanks to the impressive number of games being televised this week involving MNT players. A total of 22 matches featuring more than 30 current MNT players will be broadcast. Here’s a look at what to watch for in the action around the world.

Bundesliga Begins

Let the games begin in Germany. With the highest average attendance of the top leagues in Europe, Bundesliga play for the 2015-16 season begins this weekend, as does the first season of these matches being broadcast on FOX. A number of MNT players will look to get off on the right foot.

Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the league last year, which ultimately earned the club a spot in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup in the first half of 2015, and begins this year’s run on Saturday against rival and traditional powerhouse Borussia Dortmund.

John Brooks is back for his third year at Hertha Berlin. Brooks has earned 71 appearances there since debuting in 2012, becoming a regular starter in the latter stages of the season. Berlin begins its season against Augsburg on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler, who scored his first international goal this summer in the MNT’s match against Guatemala, is back for another year at his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt. The team begins the year against Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Aron Johannsson makes his debut in the German top flight. He finished the year at AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, recording four goals in his final three matches as his former club snatched the third spot and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Now Johannsson takes his talents to Werder Bremen, which opens its campaign on Saturday against Schalke.

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Alfredo Morales led FC Ingolstadt to a first place finish in second Bundesliga a year ago which promoted the team to the premier division. Ingolstadt debuts against Mainz on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com, FOX Deportes

Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Werder Bremen v. Schalke

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)

8/15

9:30 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Mainz v. FC Ingolstadt

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)

8/15

12:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 2, FOXSoccer2go.com

Dortmund v. Borussia Monchengladbach

Fabian Johnson (‘Gladbach)

8/16

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Sports 1, FOXSoccer2go.com

Wolfsburg v. Frankfurt

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League Continues

The English Premier League got started last weekend and play continues across the pond this week.

Brad Guzan, who earned the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the 2015 Gold Cup, posted a clean sheet in the season opener. Now he’ll stand between the posts against perennial Premier League powerhouse Manchester United on Friday. Fellow netminder Tim Howard will also be in action for Everton, as the Toffees take on Southampton.

Brad Guzan

DeAndre Yedlin continues to challenge for a spot at Tottenham Hotspur. The club hosts its home opener against Stoke City, where Geoff Cameron started at centerback in his side’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/14

2:45 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/15 7 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network Southampton vs. Everton Tim Howard (Everton)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Tottenham vs. Stoke City

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham), Geoff Cameron (Stoke)

Vamos Vamos

Liga MX is in full swing now and a number of MNT players will be in action south of the border.

Ventura Alvarado scored his first goal of the season last week in Club America win against Motagua in the Champions League. This week the team will look to keep up the momentum when it faces Santos on Friday night.

Joe Corona, coming off a sweet assist that led to the game-winner last week, plays with Veracruz on Tuesday night against his former team Club Tijuana and the current home of defender Michael Orozco.

Greg Garza and Atlas can be seen twice on TV this week. The first game is against Pumas on Wednesday, the second is Saturday night against Puebla.


Greg Garza

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have a pair of games this week. Leon takes on Tigres on Tuesday night, then can be seen Saturday night when they travel to Morelia.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/11

7:50 p.m. PT

Azteca

Club Tijuana v. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Michael Orozco (Tijuana)

8/12

8 p.m. MT

Galavision

Pumas v. Atlas

Greg Garza (Atlas)

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

NBC Universo

Leon v. Tigres

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

8/14

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Club America v. Santos

Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/15

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Atlas v. Puebla

Greg Garza (Atlas),

8/15

11:30 p.m. ET

Azteca

Morelia v. Leon

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon) 

MLS Heating Up

With the playoff race heating up, the MLS season is getting very interesting.

A quartet of MNT players will be in action Wednesday in the semifinal of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup when Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will do their best to push RSL through, but their MNT teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi from Sporting KC stand in the way.

League MLS matches continue on Thursday, when New York City FC hosts first place D.C. United at Yankee Stadium. Mix Diskerud is in a New York state of mind, while D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen will try to pick up another road win.

On Friday, Chris Wondolowski will try to score his 10th goal of the season when San Jose Earthquakes host Colorado Rapids.

MLS Saturday is MNT Saturday. Captain Michael Bradley, who scored a brilliant MLS Goal of the Week nominee last weekend, and Jozy Altidore travel with Toronto FC to Harrison, N.J., for a match against the Red Bulls. Shortly after that game kicks off, New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo play in a game featuring five MNT players (Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis, Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones). Moving westward, the LA Galaxy with Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez visit FC Dallas, while up in Kansas City, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC host Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The night concludes with Real Salt Lake taking on Portland Timbers in Sandy, Utah, where Kyle Beckerman will captain RSL with Nick Rimando between the posts.


Brad Evans

On Sunday afternoon, Seattle Sounders FC featuring Clint Dempsey and their team captain Brad Evans will do their best to hold off the visiting Orlando City SC.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

youtube.com/ussoccer

Sporting KC v. Real Salt Lake

(Open Cup Semifinal)

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/13

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York City FC v. D.C. United

Mix Diskerud (NYC FC), Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)

 

8/14

 

8 p.m. PT

 

UniMas

 

San Jose Earthquakes v. Colorado Rapids

 

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

8/15

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)

8/15

7:30 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo

Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (New England), DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

FC Dallas v. LA Galaxy

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

Sporting Kansas City v. Vancouver Whitecaps

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/15

7 p.m. PT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake v. Portland

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

8/16

2 p.m. PT

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Seattle Sounders FC v. Orlando City SC

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

 

Dempsey Wins Golden Boot, Guzan Wins Golden Glove at 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot and goalkeeper Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament. Dempsey tallied seven for the U.S., the most scored by an American player in a single Gold Cup in the 13 editions of the tournament. Dempsey has scored 12 Gold Cup goals in his career, tying him for the second most on the regional tournament’s all-time list with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alvarez. The pair trail only Landon Donovan’s 18 Gold Cup goals.

The Golden Glove award is given to the tournament's top goalkeeper. Guzan marshaled the USA backline to a pair of clean sheets, against Haiti in the group stage and Cuba in the quarterfinal. In six Gold Cup matches with Guzan between the posts, the U.S. surrendered only five goals. The only previous USA goalkeeper to win a Gold Glove award at a senior international tournament is Tim Howard, who claimed the honor at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. 

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Dempsey’s craftiness, unpredictability and fearlessness meshed with his defensive acumen have made the U.S. captain a potent threat for both club and country.  The only U.S. player in history to score in three World Cups, his goal 30 seconds into the opener in the World Cup against Ghana kick-started the USA’s run in Brazil. Not to be forgotten is his bravery and commitment that opened the door to Landon Donovan’s game-winner against Algeria four years before. The dazzling midfielder has consistently shown his mettle as a big-game player, scoring in consecutive matches against Egypt, Spain and Brazil during the USA’s historic run to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final. He has amassed 14 career goals in World Cup qualifying, good for first place on the all-time U.S. list. After establishing his credentials as a bona fide goal-scorer in the Premier League by becoming Fulham’s all-time leader with 50 league goals, he welcomed a new challenge by signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013 after a final season in England with Tottenham Hotspur.

  • Scored 30 seconds into the match against Ghana on June 16, recording the fastest U.S. goal in World Cup history and fifth-fastest overall
  • After netting twice in Brazil, he now has four career goals in the World Cup
  • Named captain of the U.S. MNT by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beginning with the USA’s second Hexagonal match of 2013 against Costa Rica on March 22
  • Voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor for the second consecutive time and third overall
  • After leading the team in scoring in 2012-13, he has increased his career tally to 40 goals, good for second on the USA’s all-time leaderboard.
  • Scored the game-tying goal against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, becoming only the second U.S. player in history at the time to score in multiple World Cups
  • After picking up Man of the Match honors and scoring in both the win against Egypt and the semifinal victory against No. 1-ranked Spain, the crafty Dempsey earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 Confederations Cup for his outstanding attacking play
  • Scored the USA’s lone credited goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, leveling the score 1-1 against Ghana in the final group match
  • Set the goalscoring record for an American in the EPL when he reached 37 career goals surpassing Brian McBride
  • His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV

2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made his 16th Gold Cup appearance against Honduras on July 7, the most on the team... Has started and played in four games for the MNT this year, captaining three... Scored his sixth and seventh career Gold Cup goals in a 2-1 win over Honduras in the opening round, giving him sole possession of fourth place on the MNT's all-time Gold Cup scoring list... Recorded his 41st career goal against Guatemala on July 3, making him second on the USA's all-time goal scoring list... Became one of only two MNT players, along with Landon Donovan, to score 40 international goals, after he notched a first-half goal against Panama on Feb. 8... Made his 100th career start on Jan. 28 against Chile... 2014: Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup … Became the first American to score in three FIFA World Cups when he scored against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the third World Cup goal of his career … Scored a go-ahead goal in the 81st minute against Portugal, finishing a cross from Graham Zusi to put the U.S. up 2-1 in the second match of the group stage … …Scored three goals in nine matches for the year … 2013: Had his most successful year with the National Team, being named captain after the first game of the final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and tying his career best with six goals (three in WCQ) … Began the year on fire with five goals in his first five matches … Scored two goals, the latter of which proved the game-winner, against Germany (then ranked No. 2 in the world) on June 2 to climb to second place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goals scored list with 36 … His three goals in World Cup Qualifying moved him to 13 all-time and tied him with Landon Donovan atop the USA’s WCQ goal-scorers list; Dempsey also now sits second on the MNT’s all-time WCQ caps list with 34, six behind Donovan … Became only the 14th player in MNT history to reach 100 caps, when he started against Costa Rica in WCQ on Sept. 6, scoring a penalty goal to mark the occasion …  2012: Posted a career-high six goals, including five in the Semifinal Round of qualifying … Adding to the import, Dempsey recorded three game-winners, including the decisive goal in the historic 1-0 victory in Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa … Earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors four times and in three qualifiers … Tallied the lone goal in the 1-1 draw with Guatemala on June 12 in Guatemala City, then scored the game-winner in the return leg Oct. 16 in Kansas City that sealed first place in the group …  2011: Finished the year with five goals and two assists in 14 appearances, leading the team in goals and points … Secured fourth place all-time for most U.S. goals scored with a career total of 24, tied with Joe-Max Moore … Scored the second U.S. goal in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, earning him Man of the Match honors … Clinched the USA’s first win under Jurgen Klinsmann with a curling left-footed shot from 15 yards out in the 1-0 victory against Honduras on Oct. 8 … Scored the game-winner on a close-range finish from a Landon Donovan pass against Panama to lift the U.S. into its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final … Started each of the U.S.’s six matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring three goals and adding one assist in the tournament, including the second goal in both 2-0 wins against Canada and Jamaica  and helping Donovan notch the U.S.’s second goal against Mexico in the final, for which he earned Man of the Match honors … Also earned Man of the Match honors for his performances against Paraguay in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29 and against Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. … 2010: Scored the game-tying goal against England on June 12 after spinning Steven Gerrard to give the U.S. a crucial point in the World Cup opener … Fired the fourth-most shots (15) of any player in the group phase of the World Cup … One of the USA’s standout players in the Round of 16 defeat against Ghana; he won the penalty that allowed the U.S. to tie the game …Tallied the game winner in the 2-1 victory against Turkey on May 29 in Hartford … 2009: Surpassed the 50-cap mark while posting a career-high 14 starts …  Started eight of 10 final round qualifiers … Headed home the third goal against Egypt on June 21 that sealed the USA’s advancement to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup … Picked the pocket of Sergio Ramos to tuck home the insurance goal in the 74th minute of the 2-0 win against Spain on June 24 in Bloemfontein … Opened the USA’s scoring against Brazil in the final with another picture-perfect finish from a Jonathan Spector delivery … Won the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Confederations Cup … Scored the game-tying goal by alertly defeating an offside trap in the 2-1 home win on Sept. 5 against El Salvador … 2008: Started all 10 games he featured in during 2008, including games against England, Spain and Argentina … Tied for the team lead with four goals, all of which came in World Cup qualifying … Grabbed winning goals against Barbados and Cuba during the USA’s five-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying ... Scored the team’s fastest goal in U.S. World Cup qualifying history against Barbados, putting the U.S. in front after just 53 seconds en route to earning Man of the Match honors … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2007 … Played a team-leading 1,048 minutes in 2007, including 13 starts … Finished second on the team in points with three goals and two assists … Played a vital part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup side that beat Mexico 2-1 in the final … Played the entirety of the tournament up front for the United States as a dangerous target man … Scored the winning goal against Guatemala in the opening game of the competition … Put his name on the scoresheet for the USA’s friendly against Brazil when he turned in a Steve Cherundolo cross to briefly tie the game at 2-2 … 2006: A stellar year for both club and country, he was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in two games as a starter vs. Italy and Ghana … His thumping strike against Ghana, from a DaMarcus Beasley cross, was one of the iconic moments of the team’s World Cup campaign … Scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 triumph against Poland on March 1 in Kaiserslautern, Germany … Finished the year with nine appearances for the national team, scoring four goals and tying him for top scorer … 2005: Appeared in 13 games in 2005, including six qualifying games … Tied for the second-most appearances for the year alongside Kasey Keller … Tallied his first-ever national team goal in the 2-1 loss against England on May 28 in Chicago, finishing off a rebound from a Carlos Bocanegra shot … Played in four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches to help the U.S. win its third title … Got the championship run kick-started by scoring the USA’s first goal of the tournament, perfectly timing a run to beat the Cuban defense just before the halftime whistle en route to a 4-1 win July 7 in Seattle … Put his name on the scoresheet in the June 4 qualifying win against Costa Rica, his deflected shot falling at the feet of Brian McBride to set up the USA’s third goal in the 3-0 shutout victory in Salt Lake City … 2004: Made his first appearance for the MNT in the final game of the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup qualifying on Nov. 17 against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium, coming on as a reserve for Ramiro Corrales in the 65th minute … Under-20s: Named to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship roster, he made one appearance in the United Arab Emirates as a substitute against South Korea in the team’s final group match … Was named to the roster for two international tournaments in Houston, Texas, and Spain … Scored his first goal with the U-20s against Canada in a 2-1 win at the USASA Festival in Houston … Had a total of 12 appearances with the U.S., including nine internationals in 2003 … Played in four games with the U-20s in 2002, getting two starts … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2004, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: May 28, 2005, vs. England


2014: Dempsey played in 31 total matches, including 26 regular season matches on 23 starts … His career-high 15 goals ranked second on the team … Of his 15 goals, five were game-winners, and two came on penalty kicks … He also tallied 10 assists, including five game-winners, which tied for second in the league …  2013: Made a major splash in American soccer by returning to MLS with Seattle Sounders FC after calling time on his career in the English Premier League, during which he amassed 213 appearances and 57 goals (the most by an American in EPL history) … Debuted with Sounders FC on Aug. 8 in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC and went on to make a total of nine appearances (six starts) for Seattle … Scored his first MLS goal since leaving the league in 2006 in Seattle’s regular season finale, a 1-1 draw with LA on Oct. 27 …  2012: Moved across London to Tottenham Hotspur in an 11th- hour deal on the final day of the summer transfer window … His first goal for the club was a doozy, the game-winner in the 3-2 win on Sept. 29 against Manchester United at Old Trafford … Made 16 league appearances to start the season, starting 12 and scoring four goals … 2011-12: Finished his career at Fulham with 50 league goals, a club record … Posted a career-high 17 goals in 37 Premier League matches … Recorded two hat tricks within two weeks, first in the 4-0 win against Charlton on Jan. 7 in the FA Cup … Fourteen days later, netted three in 5-2 win on Jan. 21 against Newcastle  … His goal in the 85th minute on Dec. 5 against Liverpool gave Fulham a 1-0 win, and set the record (37) for most goals by an American in the EPL … Scored a goal and notched an assist in the 6-0 win against Queen’s Park Rangers on Oct. 2 … Added two goals in the 3-0 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League … 2010-11: Finished the 2010-11 campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with 13 tallies and a career-high 37 appearances in the Premier League, 42 in total … Voted the 2010-11 Player of the Year for Fulham by the fans … Played in every match to open the campaign, including 20 starts in 22 total appearances … In the first half of the season, he already had eight goals and nine in all competitions … Every goal scored came in either a victory or a draw for Fulham … Scored both goals in the 2-0 victory on Oct. 30 against Wigan … 2009-10: Finished 2009-10 with 43 appearances in all competitions, including 12 in the Europa League … Had nine goals in all competitions, and seven in the EPL … The wonder strike against Juventus on March 18 that put his team in the quarterfinals of the Europa League was voted the 2010 BBC London Sporting Moment of the Year … His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal on April 22 made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV … Logged 34 minutes in the return leg a week later … Scored in back-to-back games, netting the tying goal in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Oct. 25 and the last goal in the 3-1 win against Liverpool six days later … Potted a pair in the 3-0 win on Nov. 25 against Blackburn … 2008-09: Started every match in all competitions for Fulham after the new year … Finished the season with seven goals, helping Fulham to a seventh place finish – their best ever in the EPL - and a spot in the Europa League …Registered two goals in the 3-1 win on April 12 at Manchester City … Scored his first brace in English soccer when he netted two goals against Chelsea during a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Dec. 28 … Started eight games of Fulham's nine-game Premier League unbeaten run to close out 2008 … Opened his goalscoring account on the season with a crucial equalizer against Portsmouth at Fratton Park ... Began the season as a substitute for Fulham but forced his way into the starting lineup after a series of good performances in the fall … 2007-08: In his first full season with Fulham, he featured in 36 of the team's 38 games … Scored six goals on the season and added two assists to become the team's top scorer in the Premier League ... After being thrust into a role as a striker after Brian McBride’s injury, he responded admirably, netting goals in three consecutive Premier League games against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Wigan … He was also named as Player of the Month for August by Fulham’s supporter group … Helped Fulham narrowly escape relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth … 2006-07: Made the jump across the Atlantic, joining Fulham for around $4 million … There he joined fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride … Though he struggled to break into the team at first, he came on strong in the final weeks of the season and scored the club’s most vital goal of the season … His goal against Liverpool on May 5 effectively saved Fulham from relegation, as it gave them three points and took them away from the drop zone … In total, he made 10 appearances in midfield for the team, scoring one goal … 2006: Was limited to only 21 appearances for the Revolution due to World Cup duty and injury … Still tallied eight goals for the club, and four assists … Was named to the MLS Best XI and was also a starter in the All-Star Game against Chelsea …  2005: Posted 10 goals and nine assists in 26 games, good for second best on the team scoring charts … His fourth-minute goal against Chicago in the Eastern Conference championship sent the Revolution to their second MLS Cup final … Collected a host of honors from MLS, including being named to the MLS Best XI and starting the All-Star game … Chosen as the MLS Player of the Month for April after scoring four goals and adding three assists in five games … 2004: Won MLS Rookie of the Year after a remarkable first season with the New England RevolutionPlayed in 24 of 30 games, finishing tied for third on the team with seven goals scored and fifth in points with 15 … Helped the Revolution advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to D.C. United 4-3 on penalty kicks … Earned his first appearance as a substitute in the 83rd minute on April 3 against L.A. … Started the first game of his MLS career, playing 90 minutes on April 17 vs. San Jose … Scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 12th minute against the MetroStars on April 25.

College:

As a three-year star at Furman at midfield and forward, he was in the top four on the team in scoring in each of his three years for the Paladins, finishing with 17 goals and 19 assists for 53 points in 62 games … During his time at Furman, he helped lead his team to a pair of Southern Conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the third round in 2002 and a top 10 national ranking … He was selected to the NSCAA Second Team All-America squad in 2002 and was an All-Southern Conference selection all three years, along with being a two-time NSCAA All-South region choice.

High School/Club:

Is a 2001 graduate of Nacogdoches High School ... Led Nacogdoches to a combined 54-2-3 record over his last three seasons, which included three district championships ... Scored 55 goals and recorded 23 assists over his career at Nacogdoches ... Selected as team MVP and district MVP to the Academic All District team, the all-state team and was nominated as an All American as a senior ... Also earned all-district and academic all-district honors as a sophomore and a junior and all-state as a junior ... A member of the Dallas Texans club soccer program ... Led the Texans as their leading scorer and captain.



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