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Jermaine Jones Ruled Out of MNT Friendlies with Netherlands and Germany

CHICAGO (June 1, 2015) - U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones suffered a groin injury Sunday night in New England Revolution’s 2-2 draw against LA Galaxy and will not be available for the upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Germany. No replacement will be added to the U.S. roster, which is currently gathering in Amsterdam.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC),DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

New Cycle, New Roster for USMNT

Transition Year

With every training session, with every international friendly and with every tournament, the goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team is to advance and improve as a competitive nation in international soccer.

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup as the next benchmark in the aftermath of a 2014 FIFA World Cup where the team advanced out of the “Group of Death”, U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann set a course for a year of transition. In the 10 games since Brazil, there have been 13 newly-capped players among the total of 46 who have been given minutes, while the core of the team is strengthened and new players tested.


The USA's starting XI against Mexico in April was comprised of a variety of players with varying degrees of international experience from first time starters to World Cup vets.

In fact, six of the U.S.’s most familiar faces, Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones have not played in a game together since the first World Cup match in Ghana. There have been nine different strike partnerships, five different central defender pairings, and numerous players tried in different roles, all ultimately in an effort to ready a larger group of players while zoning in on those who will be nurtured and polished for the campaign ahead.

Youth is Served

Nineteen-year-olds Emerson Hyndman and Rubio Rubin both earned their first caps with the senior team recently, with Hyndman coming on in the second half of the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in September 2014, and Rubin starting against then No. 3-ranked Colombia this past November. The pair is currently applying the experience they gained from playing with the senior team with the U-20 MNT at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Hyndman is the captain of the squad and scored the game-winning goal in the tournament’s opening match off of an assist from Rubin.

Rubio Rubin
Rubio Rubin, currently at the U-20 World Cup, has seen action at multiple levels for the USA in recent months, including as a full international and with the U-23 Olympic squad.

Pairing Up

The most obvious of partnerships on the field occur in the center of the park. Whether choosing to experiment at times, as with Jermaine Jones at centerback, or through the unavailability of players, Klinsmann has capitalized on these 10 matches and explored the options. There have been five different pairings in central defense. The only two that have played together on multiple occasions are Jones and Matt Besler (3), and John Brooks and Michael Orozco (2). The search for strikers has been even more diverse. Altidore has played in nine of the 10 matches since Brazil, and only once has he had the same man next to him.

Getting Their Reps

Among the other growing talents that have had their opportunities with the MNT in this transition period are Greg Garza, DeAndre Yedlin, and Gyasi Zardes. Yedlin garnered attention during the World Cup in 2014, spring boarding him to a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Along with Brek Shea and MNT veterans Michael Bradley and Nick Rimando, he is the only player to have appeared in all five U.S. matches in 2015. Meanwhile, Shea has made the most of his return to the U.S. fold. The converted left back has started in three games and is tied with Altidore as the team’s leading goalscorer this year with two goals. His second came through a stunning free kick which helped the USA draw No. 12-ranked Switzerland in Zurich in March. Garza made his debut last September against the Czech Republic, appearing in all five matches to close out the year. He’s started in two games so far in 2015, including the win against Mexico in San Antonio.


Brek Shea celebrates scoring a stunning free kick against Switzerland with his teammates who together earned a solid 1-1 result against the then No.-12 ranked Swiss.

Bienvenido

A pair of players from Liga MX earned their first caps with the U.S. MNT in 2015, and both showed immediate promise. Ventura Alvarado came on as a late sub in the game against Denmark in March, and followed up with another appearance against Switzerland. He shined when he made his first start, coincidentally against Mexico, by helping the team secure a 2-0 win with his play earning him Budweiser Man of the Match honors. Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his debut in the second half of the March game against Switzerland. The backstop from Club Leon was a wall when he entered in the second half of the Mexico game, making a pair of second half saves to preserve the shutout.

William Yarbrough y Ventura Alvarado
Young U.S. starlets William Yarbrough (left) and Ventura Alvarado have built on highly successful Liga MX showings over the past couple years by breaking into the senior USMNT player pool in 2015.

Klinsmann Calls 22 Players for Huge Tests against Netherlands and Germany

CHICAGO (May 31, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 22 players to Europe for two of the toughest tests of his tenure, facing away friendlies against two of the top three finishers at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The U.S. meets No. 6-ranked Netherlands on June 5 in Amsterdam (2:30 p.m. ET - ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). The United States is seeking its first result in the series, having suffered four losses while scoring only a single goal.

Five days later, the USA faces 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany on June 10 in Cologne (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN). The teams played in their final group game in Brazil last summer, with the Germans earning a 1-0 win. It’s been nine years since the last meeting on German soil, when the hosts then led by former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, cruised to a 4-1 win in Dortmund.

With the matches against Netherlands and Germany, the U.S. will have faced five teams in 2015 ranked in the top 20 in the world (Chile, Mexico, Switzerland are the other three), with four of those contests on away soil.

“Our time since the World Cup has been a transition period which now winds down before the Gold Cup,” said Klinsmann. “Playing against top teams like Germany and the Netherlands provides valuable experience, especially for the younger players here. More and more they must understand we come to meet these opponents eye to eye. Obviously it’s a bit tricky when we are without some of our core players, but that creates a huge opportunity for the guys here to benchmark themselves against some of the best players in the world. ”

The blend of youth and experience is evident. Eight players on the roster have 10 caps or less, while nine have made 20 appearances or more.

The United States will be without the services of three key players, as Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore recovers from a hamstring injury and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from a knee issue, and team captain Clint Dempsey remains in Seattle awaiting the birth of his fourth child.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

ROSTER NOTES:

  • Brad Guzan returns to the U.S. fold for the first time in 2015. He missed the two fixture dates in March due to the birth of his first child.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Aron Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Eight leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
  • Michael Bradley has played every minute of the USA's five matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, goalkeeper Nick Rimando is the only other player to start all five games. Two other MNT players have appeared in all five games in 2015: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Juan Agudelo, Michael Bradly, Aron Johannsson and Brek Shea are the four goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015 on the roster.  Agudelo tallied the insurance goal in the “dos a cero” against Mexico on April 15, his first game with the MNT in more than a year. Bradley netted an "Olimpico" in the USA's second game of the year, a 2-0 win over Panama at StubHub Center in February. Johannsson grabbed the MNT's second goal in the 3-2 loss to Denmark in the team's first European trip of the year. And, Shea has recorded a pair, including a stunning free kick in the USA’s 1-1 draw against No. 12-ranked Switzerland.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Brad Evans started at right back in the 4-3 win against Germany in the U.S. Soccer Centennial Match on June 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Bradley, Jones and Johnson were also on the field that day.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in three straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • John Brooks and Michael Orozco have been paired four times in central defense since the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Sitting on 50 caps, Jermaine Jones is fit for international duty for the first time since Feb. 8 and the USA’s 2-0 win against Panama.
  • Kyle Beckerman started in the victory against Mexico in April before departing in the 69th minute with a thigh contusion.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first cap for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.

MNT Players in Club Action Across the Globe and the Airwaves this Weekend

With the USMNT’s March friendlies against Denmark (March 25, ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN) and Switzerland (March 31, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) quickly approaching, time is running out for the players to convince the coaching staff they should be included for the matches that start the honing process for the all-important 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. The staff will have plenty of opportunity to watch the player pool in action this weekend – and so will fans!

Check out all the MNT players in action with their clubs across the globe (All TV times ET):

FRIDAY
The spotlight is on the kickoff of the 20th season of Major League Soccer when the 2014 defending champion LA Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire. World Cup vet Omar Gonzalez stands at one end with MNT neophyte Gyassi Zardes as the pair stare down Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson at the other. (10 p.m., UniMas)

SATURDAY
The FA Cup quarterfinals kick off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium on offer in one of the oldest and most prestigious cup competitions in the world. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host West Bromwich Albion in the first leg (12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus). In another final eight matchup, Reading midfielder Danny Williams continues his resurgence as the Royals head to League One side Bradford City (7:45 a.m., FS1). In the only Premier League match of the weekend, DeAndre Yedlin’s Spurs travel to QPR with a huge opportunity to pick up points in the race to reach European competition next season (10 a.m., NBCSN).

In Germany, Fabian Johnson is fresh off scoring his first goal of the campaign and Borussia Moenchengladbach travel to Mainz looking to keep their hold on third place in the Bundesliga table (12:30 p.m., GolTV).

South of the border, Club Tijuana look to maintain their lead at the top of the Liga MX Torneo Clausura after going 6-1-1 in the first eight matches. Joe Corona hopes to continue to earn minutes after recovering from injury, while Greg Garza will be kept out as a precaution after a minor hip injury on the weekend. Meantime, defender Michael Orozco has started all eight games for Puebla and has helped his side to fourth place as they travel to Chiapas (10 p.m., UDN).

MLS has a host of matches available on DIRECT KICK/MLS LIVE, led by the debut of Jozy Altidore alongside MNT compatriot Michael Bradley at Toronto FC when they square off against cross-coast Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps (6 p.m.). Check local listings for the full MLS schedule.

SUNDAY
Last things first – the U.S. Under-17 MNT has a chance to book their ticket to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Currently sporting a 3-0-0 record at the top of Group A in CONCACAF Qualifying, a win against host Honduras would guarantee advancement to this fall’s tournament in Chile (FOX Soccer Plus, 10 p.m.).

The big draw will be the debut of the newest additions to MLS, with 60,000 plus packing the Citrus Bowl to watch Orlando City FC hosts NYCFC. Brek Shea is hoping for a jumpstart to his career wearing the purple of the Lions, while Mix Diskerud kicks off his domestic professional career with the Big Apple’s newest MLS entrant NYCFC (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.). Matt Besler will marshal the backline and Graham Zusi appears to be ready to go when Sporting Kansas City hosts the new look New York Red Bulls (FS1, 7 p.m.), while MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution will be without their MNT contingent in Seattle as Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are still sidelined for the opener against U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, MNT defender Brad Evans and Sounders FC (FS1, FOX Deportes, 9:30 p.m.). 

WHAT ELSE TO CHECK OUT …
Alejandro Bedoya returns from the infirmary to join his Nantes teammates when they meet Stade de Reims, who hover three points above the relegation zone … Jonathan Spector’s Birmingham City side have surpassed their point total from last season, and hope to climb into the top half of the table against Midlands rival Derby …  It could be young versus younger in Holland when Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar travel to face Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Sunday … Finally, Eintracht Frankfurt’s starting right back Timmy Chandler gets an early look at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne, which will host USA-Germany on June 5. 

MNT's January Camp Checklist

The 2015 January camp had a much different feel than previous editions of the annual winter get together of MLS-based players, and for good reason. The main priorities for the Men’s National Teams this year – winning the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games – took center stage, and U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff built a roster tailored to kick-start the process of gearing up for these two critical events. In addition, the prospect of discovering future candidates for regular action with the MNT remained one of the carrots of the first gathering of the season.

“Overall we saw a lot of good things on this camp,” Klinsmann said. “We combined it as an Olympic team and Senior Team camp. We wanted to see a lot of individual players, as many as we could, and then we always have to hope that one, two, three will emerge from that group and give you more cards to put on the table going forward. It was a very positive camp. It gave us a lot of insight on a couple guys and hopefully they take this jumpstart into preseason for their MLS clubs.”

All told, five players earned their first cap (upping the total number of new players brought into the MNT since the World Cup to 10); four got their first starts; three different formations were tested; there were four different goal scorers; two ‘keepers shared in a shutout; and a total of 20 players saw action. 

With the last chapter written from Carson following the USA’s 2-0 win against Panama on Feb. 8, here’s a look back at what was accomplished:

GOING TOWARDS GOLD CUP

Michael Bradley came off a six-week recovery from a procedure on his toe looking as fit as ever, turning in two solid performances against Chile and Panama, highlighted by a nifty game-winner straight from a corner kick. Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea got back on the scoresheet with fantastic finishes against Panama, a boost of confidence for both players who are looking at new chapters in their club careers following a return from England. Clint Dempsey showed the trademark flair that makes him unique among U.S. talents, while Jermaine Jones got two more runs at centerback under his belt, and Mix Diskerud made it seven straight starts since the World Cup.

“We have another goal on the horizon now: winning the Gold Cup; qualifying for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017, this is huge,” Klinsmann said of what is next in 2015 and beyond. “With every new kind of cycle you start a couple of new players to get introduced so that means there’s more competition because they want to show what they have. Then the fact we’re going to host Copa America in 2016, you can give them more things to look at and bigger goals to have, which obviously drives the players; they want to have their goals in mind constantly. We have a full agenda looking into the near future and it will help getting everyone up to speed.”

“Now, the exciting side of things is that going into the March fixture dates in Europe with a game in Denmark and a game in Switzerland, it’s that you can pull your best team. We can pull the European-based players, the Mexican-based players and combined them with the MLS-based players and have your best team together. That’s what all the other nations in the world always do. When the national team meets, it’s only the best of the best that come in. That’s really the positive side now, looking forward and having the best guys come in into Denmark and Switzerland.”

ID CAMP

With nine World Cup veterans available from the MLS mix, there were fewer spots for young domestic-based players to have a crack at an audition. Those that did get a sniff, however, made the most of their opportunity. D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum looked solid and composed in his run-out during the debut of the 3-5-2 formation, looking fit and prepared from the get-go.

Miguel Ibarra grew in stature as he displayed increasing confidence and comfort in training sessions and on the day of the match. Along with Gyasi Zardes, he earned his first start in the 2-0 win against Panama. For his part, Zardes turned in an outstanding performance in front of his hometown of Los Angeles and in front of Galaxy fans at StubHub Center, displaying speed, skill and touch. “He's shown that without a doubt, he's a guy that has to be in this group going forward,” Bradley said.

“Definitely Steven Birnbaum was one of the winners,” Klinsmann said of the result of January camp. “I think Gyasi Zardes with both games, his introduction into the senior group; we see a lot of talent.”

GROOMING THE U-23s

During the camp, U.S. Soccer announced that MNT assistant coach Andi Herzog would lead the U-23 group as they look forward to the qualifying tournament this fall and the ultimate prize of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. With more than a dozen Olympic-age players in Carson, Herzog got an up-close look at a pool of the candidates, who in turn got an important introduction into the culture of the program. Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp made his debut for the Senior Team, showing poise and the soccer IQ which got him 28 starts in his second season. DeAndre Yedlin – who is still only 21 years old – returned from his new gig at Tottenham Hotspur FC to make two starts and continue his development on the right side of the U.S. flank.

Andi Herzog

“All players benefitted a lot from the camp, especially the players coming through the ranks,” Klinsmann said. “Players that are trying to make their name for the Olympic Team, which is under the supervision of Andi Herzog; so he saw a lot of the youngsters already. They all deserve a compliment at the end of the camp. They all understood how intense the Senior Team environment is, and that there is a lot of work behind it. I think they will all benefit for hopefully our entire 2015 year with a lot of success. Personally, they showed a great attitude in the way we were working throughout camp, which is always expected.”

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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 allowing 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. qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

  • In 2014, Jones has appeared and started in 10 matches for the U.S., including all four games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • Scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick
  • Assisted Clint Dempsey's opening goal against Ghana just 30 seconds into the match, helping the U.S. to a 2-1 victory in its first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Tied for fifth on the U.S. MNT with 12 appearances during the recent qualifying cycle to advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
  • Scored Schalke 04’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in UEFA Champions League play on Feb. 20, 2013, becoming the second USA player to score in the Champions League knockout stage
  • 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 spent four seasons at Schalke, and a season with Besiktas
  • Joined the New England Revolution in MLS for the 2014 season. Scored his first career and game-winning MLS goal against Sporting KC on Sept. 26, 2014

2014: Has appeared and started in 10 games for the U.S. MNT in 2014, including all three Send-Off Series games and all four games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. ... Scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick ... Assisted Clint Dempsey's opening goal against Ghana just 30 seconds into the match, helping the U.S. to a 2-1 victory in its first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Despite knee and ankle injuries during the year, Jones still managed to represent the USA in 12 games for a third straight year … His 12 starts were a career-high, and he logged 925 minutes … Assisted a Clint Dempsey goal on Feb. 6 against Honduras in World Cup qualifying at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano … Jones made 12 appearances during the qualification cycle from 2012-13, tying him for fifth on the USA squad with Graham Zusi … 2012: Played in 12 games for the second consecutive year, including his first four matches in FIFA World Cup qualifying … Captained the U.S. to back-to-back 1-0 wins against Venezuela on Jan. 21 and Panama four days later … Collected Budweiser Man of the Match honors from the Venezuela game, teeing up Ricardo Clark for the game-winning goal … Recorded a goal and three assists, a personal best for points … Headed home a Landon Donovan cross to finish off Scotland in a 5-1 win on May 26, and also set up Michael Bradley and Donovan for their finishes … 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. 

2014:  

Joined the New England Revolution in MLS for the 2014 season... Scored his first career and game-winning MLS goal against Sporting KC on Sept. 26... Appeared in 12 games for the Revs, starting nine and scoring two goals to help New England to an Eastern Conference second place regular season finish with a 17-13-4 record... Has helped team advance to the Eastern Conference finals of the MLS playoffs to face the New York Red Bulls... 

 2013: Became the second U.S. MNT player to score in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage – the other being DaMarcus Beasley – when he tallied Schalke’s lone goal in a 1-1 road draw against Galatasaray of Turkey on Feb. 20 … Made 14 German Bundesliga appearances for Schalke during the 2013 portion of the club’s 2013-14 season … 2012: A mainstay in the first XI, he started 13 games in the first half of the season … Appeared in half of the group matches in the Champions League as Schalke advanced to the knockout stage to face Galatasaray … Scored in the 3-1 win on Sept. 1 against Augsburg … 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. 

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