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Klinsmann Calls in 24 Players for Training Camp in Preparation for March 5 Match Against Ukraine in Cyprus

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country. Kickoff at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

“In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have moved the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate the efforts of Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association as we worked through this situation.”

The last time the U.S. Men’s National Team played an international friendly on neutral ground was against Poland on March 1, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a goal from current U.S. captain Clint Dempsey sealed a 1-0 USA victory.

“Finding a solution and moving the game outside the country and playing in Cyprus is helpful for both of us,” said Klinsmann. “It’s definitely a very good ‘Plan B,’ and we very much appreciate it and say thank you to the Ukraine Federation and the Cyprus Federation.

The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making this the one opportunity for European-based players to play for the National Team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp. The team will begin gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2, for two days of training before traveling to play for the first time in Cyprus.

“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”

A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams. In addition, 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clint Dempsey finished with six goals in 2013, which equals a career high that he set last year. He is concluding a two-month loan spell with Fulham and will return to Seattle following the match against Ukraine.
  • Tim Howard has earned 96 caps and is four shy of becoming the third goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach 100 appearances. He also has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola.
  • Jozy Altidore had eight goals in 2013 and has 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five consecutive games, and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar. Altidore’s Sunderland side faces Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 22 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA’s last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia.
  • Terrence Boyd has 13 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna in this campaign, including eight in the Austrian Bundesliga and five in the Europa League.
  • Mix Diskerud is the only player on the roster to participate in the USA’s opening match of 2014, a 2-0 win against Korea Republic. He has appeared in 14 of the USA’s last 15 matches dating back to July 5, 2013, against Guatemala. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 13-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
  • Geoff Cameron has snatched the regular role as right back at Stoke City, starting in 26 of 27 games in the Premier League this season. Having played as a central and wide defender as well in central midfield for the USA, he started in a total of six matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Brad Guzan backstopped three huge results in qualifying in 2013, collecting back-to-back clean sheets against Costa Rica in the Snow Clasico and the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico four days later, and then helping the U.S. to a 3-2 win against Panama in the final game of the Hexagonal. He has posted five shutouts in eight career World Cup qualifiers.
  • Jermaine Jones joins the squad for the first time since moving to Besiktas on loan in January, although a groin issue has prevented him from seeing action so far in Istanbul.
  • Midfielder Fabian Johnson has secured a move next season from Hoffenheim to Borussia Moenchengladbach – the former club of Michael Bradley.
  • Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his third look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made two previous appearances, having started in the win against Bosnia and the game in Austria.
  • Alejandro Bedoya, who transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France last summer, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
  • Oguchi Onyewu returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since being a part of the squad that won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup last July.
  • Tim Ream, a regular starter at Bolton, gets his first call up since the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August.
  • It has been more than a year since Reading midfielder Danny Williams saw action for the U.S., having last earned minutes in the 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in San Pedro Sula. He has started the last 15 league games for Reading and has scored twice this month.
  • Will Packwood has the chance to earn his first cap for the Senior National Team. The 20-year-old defender plays alongside Jonathan Spector at Birmingham City. A leg injury prevented Packwood from participating in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

MNT Weekend Rewind: Jermaine Back on the Board, Cherundolo Back in Action

This past weekend, numerous U.S. Men’s National Team players put in positive performances for clubs across Europe. From scoring goals to not allowing them and everything in between, here’s a rundown of notable performances by Yanks abroad.

Highlights of the weekend action from MNT players abroad:

  • Jermaine Jones hit a cannon of a shot that provided the insurance for Schalke in a 3-0 win against Stuttgart. The goal was the first for Jones in a Schalke uniform since he tallied against Galatasary in the Champions League last February, and his first in league play since September of 2012.
  • Steve Cherundolo returned to the field for the first time since May, entering as a substitute as Hannover posted a 2-0 shutout against Frankfurt.
  • Speaking of first minutes, Brek Shea earned his first Premier League action of the campaign when he played the final 30 minutes for Stoke City in their 4-0 loss at Everton.
  • Tim Howard collected his seventh shutout of the campaign, equaling the current English Premier League best mark, as Everton now sits fifth place in the table.
  • Michael Bradley started for Roma in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta, which kept his side in second place. Bradley has now appeared in all but one Serie A match for which he was available this season.

The coming week promises to deliver more action for U.S. MNT players as there are a bevy of mid-week English Premier League matches on NBCSN Live Extra, including Howard and Everton visiting Manchester United (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET), Shea and his Stoke City teammate Geoff Cameron hosting Cardiff City (Wednesday, 2:45 ET) and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland welcoming Chelsea to the Stadium of Light (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET.).

Across the Channel, Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes face a double-game week, first welcoming Valenciennes to Bretagne before traveling to Marseille on Friday (4:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sport).

A chance for silverware will be on hand when Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting Kansas City take on Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake in the 18th edition of MLS Cup, which will air Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and UniMas.

Several Changes Made to U.S. MNT Roster for Final FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Panama

CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2013) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made several changes to the team that will face Panama on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the USA’s final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Kickoff at Estadio Rommel Fernandez is set for 9:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.

Landon Donovan (ankle) and Jermaine Jones (knee) have been released due to injury concerns. Matt Besler and Tim Howard have also departed as part of a planned rotation of players.

“Landon is still struggling with the ankle injury from a couple weeks ago, so he will go back to Los Angeles and try to get back to 100 percent,” said Klinsmann. “Jermaine’s case is more of a concern. His knee was bothering him all night but he battled through. It’s clear that the issue with his knee is something that should be taken care of right away so he can be 100 percent for Schalke and the National Team as soon as possible.”

After earning his 33rd-career shutout and moving into second place on the USA’s all-time list, Howard’s departure means Brad Guzan will play against Panama. Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson replaces Howard on the roster and will serve as a backup.

“Brad Guzan has earned the opportunity to start against Panama,” Klinsmann said. “He has been outstanding for Aston Villa all year, and he has been huge in the games he has played for us in World Cup Qualifying. As I said before, we have one of the best situations in the world when it comes to our goalkeepers.”

Defensively, Matt Besler is rejoining Sporting Kansas City and will not make the U.S. MNT’s trip to Panama.

“We wanted to get Clarence Goodson a game in one of the last two qualifiers, which is why we are now rotating Matt Besler out,” Klinsmann said.

The United States sealed first place in the Hexagonal for the third-consecutive cycle following a 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct.11 in Kansas City, Kan. The USA completed the home campaign in the final round with a perfect 5-0-0 record, scoring eight goals and recording five shutouts.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

U.S. MNT Wins Third Straight Hexagonal Following 2-0 Victory Against Jamaica at Sold-Out Sporting Park

  • Second-Half Substitute Graham Zusi of Hometown Sporting Kansas City Tallies Game-Winning Goal in 77th Minute
  • Jozy Altidore Scores 21st-Career Goal in 81st Minute to Move into Tie for Sixth All-Time with Bruce Murray
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard Earns his 33rd Shutout to Move Ahead of Tony Meola for Second All-Time
  • U.S. MNT Wraps up FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Panama on Oct. 15, with Broadcast Live on beIN SPORT Starting at 9:30 p.m. ET

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 11, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team utilized a second-half attacking surge to secure a 2-0 win against Jamaica that clinched the top spot in the Hexagonal for a third straight FIFA World Cup Qualifying cycle. The match was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park.

The U.S. victory, combined with Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss to Honduras earlier in the evening, made the Americans' spot atop the final CONCACAF qualifying group unassailable with one match left to play.

The U.S. sits atop the group with 19 points (6-2-1), followed by Costa Rica (4-2-3, 15 points) and Honduras (4-3-2, 14 points). The USA and Costa Rica have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Honduras has assured itself at least a spot in a playoff against the Oceania region representative New Zealand.

Midfielder Graham Zusi, who stars for Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City, and forward Jozy Altidore provided the scoring punch with goals in the 77th and 81st minutes, respectively. The victory provided the USA with a perfect 5-0-0 record in home qualifying games during this cycle. The USA out-scored its opposition 8-0 over the five matches.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who wore the captain’s armband, earned the his 33rd international clean sheet to move into sole possession of second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola.

The U.S. MNT will wrap up 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on the road against Panama on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. The game kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

During the match, U.S. Soccer announced that the U.S. MNT would be playing Austria on Nov. 19 in Vienna. Further game details will be announced shortly. The USA will also face Scotland at the famed Hampden Park on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

After a subpar first half, the Americans turned up the heat in front of an appreciative crowd during the second half and finally broke through with 13 minutes left in the game. It was Zusi, a halftime substitute for Landon Donovan, who delighted his hometown fans, cutting a low shot into the lower left corner off an assist from Alejandro Bedoya.

Altidore sealed Jamaica’s fate with an 81st-minute goal, easily finishing a left-footed shot into a wide open net after Edgar Castillo calmly crossed the ball in from the left side with a rolling pass just above the six-yard box. Altidore’s 21st international goal moved him into a tie with Bruce Murray for sixth on the all-time MNT scoring list.

Jamaica’s best scoring threat actually came on the final shot of the game as Theo Robinson’s close-range blast from the right side was batted away by Howard to preserve the shutout. The USA has now posted 10 shutouts in 2013. Howard made five saves as he improved to 8-2-0 on the year with four shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • With the victory, the U.S. MNT improved to 26-9-6 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Those 26 wins tie him for fourth all-time with Steve Sampson (26-22-14 from 1995-98).
  • Landon Donovan made his 40th appearance in World Cup Qualifying and played his 154th career game overall. He is the USA’s all-time record holder in World Cup Qualifying games and is now 10 overall appearances behind record holder Cobi Jones (164 games).
  • Striker Aron Johannsson made his first start and earned his third cap. He was paired up front alongside Jozy Altidore in a 4-4-2 formation. Johannsson’s change of association from Iceland to the U.S. was approved earlier this year. The 22-year-old who was born in Mobile, Ala. made his U.S. MNT debut on Aug. 14 during the USA’s come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Left back DaMarcus Beasley tied Claudio Reyna for fifth on the all-time caps list by playing in his 112th game. Beasley leads this year’s team with 15 starts, and he is tied for the team lead with Eddie Johnson with 15 appearances.
  • Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron made their 13th appearances in this World Cup Qualifying cycle, trailing only Clint Dempsey (14 games, 14 starts). Howard has started in 13 of the 15 World Cup Qualifying matches.
  • Midfielder Mix Diskerud made his first start in World Cup Qualifying and his second appearance in qualifying overall.
  • The U.S. MNT moved to 15-3-2 on the year. The 15 victories are a record for a calendar year, topping the previous mark of 13 wins in 2005 and 2009.
  • The U.S. won its 12th straight home game, a record streak that began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The USA’s previous record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009.
  • The USA is now 13-1-8 all-time against Jamaica, which includes a 5-1-6 record in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Jamaica has now officially been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup Qualifying contention. Jamaica entered the game against the U.S. still mathematically in the running for a fourth-place playoff spot to face Oceania region winner New Zealand.
  • Before the game, former U.S. Men’s National Team forwards Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes were inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Also during Induction 2013, presented by Eurosport, George Vecsey of the New York Times was honored as the 2013 Colin Jose Media Award recipient.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: Oct. 11, 2013
Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 18,467
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy

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

USA – Graham Zusi (Alejandro Bedoya)  77th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Edgar Castillo)       81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 66); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 8-Mix Diskerud, 13-Jermaine Jones, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Graham Zusi, 46); 9-Aron Johannsson (16-Sacha Kljestan, 72), 17-Jozy Altidore
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Terrence Boyd, 23-Kyle Beckerman
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 1-DuWayne Kerr; 12-Demar Phillips, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 7-Westley Morgan, 3-Lloyd Doyley; 11-Darren Mattocks , 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 15-Je-Vaughn Watson (14-Theo Robinson, 73), 22-Deshorn Brown; 10-Joel McAnuff, 9-Ryan Johnson (21-Jermain Anderson, 85)
Substitutions Not Used: 2- Daniel Gordon, 4-Marvin Ellitott, 5-Alvas Powell, 6-Romario Campbell, 8-Jermaine Johnson, 13-Richard McCallum, 16-Jermaine Taylor, 18-Shaun Cummings, 20-Kemar Lawrence, 23-Gariece McPherson
Head coach: Winfried Schaefer

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 14 / 9
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 15
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sacha Kljestan (caution)       90+1st minute
JAM – Jermain Anderson (caution)  90+2

Officials:
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronaldo De La Cruz (GUA)
Fourth Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Graham Zusi

Jermaine Jones Fit for Duty

Despite reports from this past weekend, Jermaine Jones will not be having surgery this week and remains fit and available for selection.

Following his team’s second-half performance against Hoffenheim on Saturday in which they surrendered two goals to end with a 3-3 draw, Schalke indicated Jones would be left out of the team for the UEFA Champions League match against Basel this week. The absence is unrelated to any injury, and Jones expects to be back in action this weekend.

“I have had some minor issues with my knee for a while, and the plan is to take care of it during the winter break,” said Jones. “Playing is obviously no problem. I will be in the team this weekend for the game against Augsburg and I’m ready to go for the National Team if I get called in.”

The U.S will begin gathering Sunday in Kansas City in advance of the final two qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the chance to finish in first place in the group, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will be bring the strongest squad possible for the matches against Jamaica and Panama.

The U.S. next faces Jamaica on Oct. 11 at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Four days later, the team closes out the cycle away to Panama. Kickoff from Estadio Rommel Fernandez is set for 10 p.m. ET, with coverage on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Currently ranked No. 13 in the world, the United States has collected a team-record 14 victories in 2013 and is on pace to establish a new best in goal differential, goals per game and winning percentage for a calendar year. The win against Mexico represented the 250th victory in U.S. MNT history.

U.S. MNT Qualifies for 2014 World Cup in Brazil with 2-0 Victory Against Mexico at Sold-Out Columbus Crew Stadium

  • Landon Donovan Scores 57th Goal of U.S. Career in the 78th Minute and Assists Eddie Johnson’s Game-Winning Tally in the 49th Minute
  • USA Advances to 2014 FIFA World Cup After Honduras Ties Panama 2-2 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • U.S. Sets Record for Victories in a Calendar Year with 14th Win in 2013
  • With Berth to Brazil in Hand, USA Resumes World Cup Qualifying against Jamaica on Oct. 11 at Sporting Park in Kansas City; Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. CT, with live Broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio

COLUMBUS (Sept. 10, 2013) – In front of a raucous capacity crowd of 24,584 at Columbus Crew Stadium, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Mexico 2-0 in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying to earn its berth to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The victory, combined with Honduras tying Panama 2-2 in Tegucigalpa an hour later, provided the USA its seventh-consecutive FIFA World Cup berth and 10th overall.

USA vs. Mexico, presented by AT&T, was billed as the most anticipated match of the Hexagonal, and the U.S. did not disappoint. For the fourth-consecutive time during a World Cup Qualifying cycle, the USA defeated Mexico 2-0 at Crew Stadium.

“They’re experienced players, they’ve played these games before and they know what these games are about,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said of his team, which was playing without several key players to injury or yellow card accumulation. “I told them over the last couple days that I expect their leadership. I expect them to carry us through difficult moments, whatever happens.”

Eddie Johnson scored the 19th goal of his career and 12th tally in World Cup Qualifying, knifing through the center of the penalty area to smash home a header off a Landon Donovan corner kick in the 49th minute. Donovan clinched the game – and sealed the now-famous score line – in the 78th minute.

The USA came with inches of winning 3-0, but captain Clint Dempsey struck a penalty kick just outside the right post in second half stoppage time after he was taken down in the right side of the penalty box following a nifty dribble.

The U.S. Men’s National team has set a new record for victories in a calendar year with 14, improving to 14-3-2 in 2013 and topping the previous record of 13 wins set in 2005 and 2009.

The U.S. resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying when it hosts Jamaica on Oct. 11 in Kansas City, Kan. Kickoff at Sporting Park is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Four days later, the USA completes the Hexagonal when it faces Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Coverage on beIN SPORT begins at 10 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

A desperate Mexico team fighting for its World Cup life came out with energy at the beginning of the match, but the USA soon settled into the game, and several solid stops from goalkeeper Tim Howard sent the teams scoreless into halftime.

The U.S. changed the match early in the second half off Donovan’s corner kick from the right side. Mexican goalkeeper Jesús Corona rushed off of his line to try an intercept the service, but he was too late. As Clarence Goodson created a path for Johnson, the U.S. striker fended off Mexico’s Diego Reyes and crisply headed the ball past Mexico defender Fernando Arce, who could not react quickly enough to clear the ball away with his right foot.

In the 78th minute, Donovan crushed Mexico’s hopes and stamped the USA’s tickets to Brazil off a brilliant assist from Mix Diskerud. The 76th-minute sub chipped the ball to himself in the right side of the penalty area, beat a defender with a touch toward the end line and sent a service on the ground across the face of the goal. Dempsey got a piece of the ball, re-directing it just enough that it evaded the goalkeeper and a defender, and Donovan roofed his shot from four yards out into the empty net. The goal gave Donovan six in his career against Mexico.

With the goal and an assist, Donovan broke his U.S. MNT points record for a calendar year with 24 in 2013 (eight goals, eight assists), besting his previous points mark of 22 in 2007 (nine goals, four assists).

Mexico was playing its first match under Luis Fernando Tena, who replaced fired head coach Jose Manuel de la Torre. The visitors created the majority of the scoring chances in the first half but faded in the second half as the Americans turned up the pressure in front of a partisan, screaming crowd. Howard logged yet another game in which he led from the back, making three saves on the way to the clean sheet, the 32nd of his career, tied for second-most with 1990 and 1994 World Cup starter Tony Meola.

Howard’s key stops included a dive to his right turn away a Christian Gimenez left-footed strike in the 19th minute and a lunging save against Giovani Dos Santos in the 44th minute. He also turned away a Diego Reyes header in first-half stoppage time.

Additional Notes:

  • Landon Donovan increased his U.S. record of caps in World Cup Qualifying to 36. He appeared in his 16th match against Mexico.
  • Donovan made the 153rd appearance of his career, moving to within nine caps of the all-time record of 164 set by Cobi Jones.
  • Eddie Johnson’s goal was his fifth in 2013 and his 12 World Cup Qualifying goals have come in only 21 matches.
  • DaMarcus Beasley made his team-leading 14th appearance in 2013 and the 111th appearance of his career, moving up the all-time list to sixth place and passing Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110 caps each). Beasley is now one cap behind fifth-place Claudio Reyna (112).
  • USA captain Clint Dempsey earned his 101st cap and is tied for 11th all-time with Earnie Stewart. Dempsey was honored before Tuesday’s game for aring 100 caps when he became the 14th player to accomplish that feat with a start on Sept. 6 against Costa Rica.
  • The win marked Tim Howard’s 51st victory and he sits just two behind Kasey Keller’s record of 53.
  • Eddie Johnson leads the 2013 squad with 15 appearances this year. He now has 59 career caps.
  • Fabian Johnson started at right back for the first time since Aug. 15, 2012, in the historic 1-0 win against Mexico, the USA’s first on Mexican soil.
  • Late in the first half, Johnson strained his left hamstring, prompting head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to bring in Michael Parkhurst to start the second half.
  • Alejandro Bedoya made his second start against Mexico in official competitions, having played the same role in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann moves to 25-9-6 since taking the coaching reins in 2011. He becomes the fifth USA coach to earn 25 victories, joining Bruce Arena (71-30-29), Bob Bradley (43-25-12), Bora Milutinovic (30-35-31) and Steve Sampson (26-22-14).
  • Klinsmann has used 37 players in World Cup qualifying. Dempsey is the most-capped with 14 games and leads in goals with eight. Six different players have scored a goal and 20 players have earned their first WCQ caps.
  • Since 2000, the USA has posted a 12-5-4 record against Mexico, including a 10-2-3 record at home during that span. The U.S. is now 17-32-13 all-time against Mexico.
  • The USA is now 7-0-3 all-time at Columbus Crew Stadium.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 10, 2013
Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 24,584 (sellout)
Weather: 90 degrees, humid

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

USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan)               49th minute
USA – Landon Donovan (Clint Dempsey)               78

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Michael Parkhurst, 46), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 84), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 10-Landon Donovan; 18-Eddie Johnson (14-Mix Diskerud, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco, 6-Joe Corona, 9-Aron Johannsson, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Brad Davis
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 1-Jesús Corona (capt.); 21-Hiram Mier, 4-Diego Reyes, 15-Héctor Moreno, 3-Carlos Salcido (8-Ángel Reyna, 77); 7-Christian Giménez (16-Héctor Herrera, 55), 5-Fernando Arce (19-Oribe Peralta, 69), 17-Jesús Zavala, 18-Andrés Guardado; 14-Javier Hernández, 10-Giovani Dos Santos
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Francisco Rodríguez, 9-Raúl Jiménez, 11-Javier Aquino, 12-Jonathan Orozco, 13-Severo Meza, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo, 22-Damián Álvarez, 23-Alfredo Talavera
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  9 / 8
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)           45+1 minute
USA – Landon Donovan (caution)             85

Officials:
Referee: Courtney Campbell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Antonio Morgan (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Garnet Page (JAM)
Fourth Official: Valdin Legister (JAM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan

A powerful box-to-box midfielder who is strong on the tackle, Jones made his name in the German Bundesliga where he has played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04. Born to a German mother and American father in Frankfurt, Jones was capped by Germany three times before applying for a change of association granted by FIFA allowed him to become eligible to represent the United States. Dealing with a shin injury for more than a year ruled Jones out of contention for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but his top-level experience and great athleticism have now finally been on display in a U.S. uniform as Jones helped the U.S. to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

  • Started each of the USA’s six games in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scored the opening goal against Jamaica
  • Made his long-awaited U.S. National Team debut on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland in Chicago, sending a cleverly delivered pass into the path of Jozy Altidore who converted the assist into the USA’s first goal of the match
  • Became eligible to represent the U.S. Men’s National Team in October of 2009, though injury prevented him from being called into a camp for another year
  • After playing for Germany in qualifying for the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup and being capped three times by the full team for Germany in 2008 in friendlies, he submitted the paperwork to FIFA to change associations and play for the USA
  • After stints with Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, he has spent four seasons at Schalke.

2011: Made a career-high 12 appearances for the U.S., including eight starts … Started all six of the U.S.’s games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Scored his first U.S. goal and the game-winner against Jamaica on June 19 to lift the U.S. into the Gold Cup semifinal …His ‘military salute’ goal celebration in honor of his father was a finalist for U.S. Soccer’s Best Goal Celebration … 2010: Debuted on Oct. 9 against Poland in Chicago in fine fashion, sending a cleverly delivered pass into the path of Jozy Altidore who converted for the USA’s first goal of the match … Went 90 minutes that day and in the 0-0 draw against Colombia in Philadelphia three days later … 2009: He became eligible to represent the USA after his documentation was approved by FIFA on Oct. 20 … Injury prevented him from being called into Bob Bradley’s team and at the end of 2009 he had yet to return to first team action … First Appearance: Oct. 9, 2010, vs. Poland … First Goal: June 19, 2011, vs. Jamaica.

Germany National Team: Made three total appearances for Germany in friendlies in 2008 and 2009.
2011: Returned to Schalke and made 13 appearances for the club in all competitions in the first half of the season, including starts in the Europa League … Remained relegated to the bench until Huub Stevens became the new coach Sept. 27 and  gave him another opportunity … 2010-11: Made 10 starts for Schalke before being assigned to the reserve team in early December … Made his long-awaited return to action since May of 2009 when he started on Aug. 14 against VfR Aalen in the first round of the German Cup … Scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss on Aug. 28 to Hannover  … Spent the second half of the season with English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, where he made 15 appearances, including 90 minutes in the 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on April 30, 2011 … 2009-10: Missed the entire Bundesliga campaign attempting to recover from a shin injury … 2008-09: Made 37 appearances in all competitions for Schalke … Started all 30 league games he appeared in, scoring three goals and adding five assists as Schalke finished eighth in the Bundesliga … 2007-08: Made 29 league appearances in his first season at Schalke … Started eight games during Schalke’s run to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League … 2006-07: Made five appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt before leaving for Schalke at the end of the season … 2005-06: Appeared in 20 games for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring twice … 2004-05: In an unsuccessful loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, he made five appearances, including one in the UEFA Champions League … 2003-04: Made five appearances with Eintracht Frankfurt before going on loan to Bayer Leverkusen.
Born to a German mother and an American father … Growing up, he lived in Chicago and Greenwood, Miss., before moving back to Germany … Married to Sarah Gerth, a former Miss Germany.
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