The U.S. Men’s National Team has a rich history in the Boston area, playing a combined 24 times in nearby Foxborough, Mass.
The current roster also has three players with three different ties to the area.
Defender Geoff Cameron hails from 20 minutes south of the site of Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Attleboro, Mass. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya starred for two years at Boston College, while Jermaine Jones has just completed his first year as a member of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.
Though their ties to the area vary, all three are proud to be representing the National Team in a place they’ve all called home.
“I grew up watching a lot of soccer here,” said Cameron, who estimated he’d need approximately 60 tickets for Tuesday’s match. “It’s my first experience playing here with the National Team after seeing them play here a bunch of times in the past. To do it front of your family and friends is really special.”
Along with going to National Team matches, Cameron grew up watching the New England Revolution, looking to former U.S. international Joe-Max Moore as an inspiration for a career in the game. Along with professional inspiration, Cameron credited the diversity of the area with helping him progress in the game.
“You have cultures from all over – Portugal, Guatemala, Cambodia to Mexico,” he said. “It’s a multicultural city, and for me I think that’s kind of played to my style. It’s developed me as a player. I developed playing for Bayside United and the Boston Bolts – two clubs that are big in this area and I think they’ve developed a lot of players to reach further in the game.”
“What sticks out the most is living the college life,” he said. “At BC, all the student athletes had to live on campus, so I was always there and just being a young college kid. It’s a whole other world. In Europe guys are on a strict developmental path and turn pro at a younger age. Being around such smart people helped me prepare for the life that comes with being a professional. Going to Europe, I was prepared to make that jump by because I went to BC.”
Away from the field, Bedoya liked to hit up the area around Fenway Park and Quincy Market and get Italian food in the city’s North End neighborhood.
“After you eat Italian in the North End, you’d go get dessert at Mike’s Pastry,” he said of the legendary pastry shop. “Boston is a great city. Things have changed a little bit, but coming back from Europe, it has that sort of European feel to it. I love being back in such a great city.”
Jermaine Jones has spent less time than either Cameron or Bedoya in the Boston area. In fact, it’s been just over a year since the veteran midfielder made a highly publicized move the Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution last August. His presence was felt almost immediately, helping a club that went on an eight-game losing streak rebound and come within one win of its first MLS Cup last season.
“Since I’ve been here, everybody has been good to me,” he told ussoccer.com “I can only say good stuff about Boston and New England.”
Slated to play his first MNT match as a member of the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in this summer’s Gold Cup, Jones instead missed the tournament due to a groin injury.
“It was tough not being able to help the team in the Gold Cup,” he said. “I watched on TV and I was at the stadium for the Haiti game. It’s sad to sit outside and you cannot help the guys and you have to watch the game where you want to be. It’s part of the game and you have to get through that. Now I’m back, I’m happy to be around the boys and helping the team.”
Having returned to the National Team picture and continuing to gain in fitness, Jones is proud to have the reward to represent the National Team in his home stadium, and to do so against an opponent with the quality of Brazil.
“To come back and play in that stadium where I play every two weeks, it’s amazing. It’s good for my club team too. I come back, the National Team comes and I’m the one player on the New England Revolution on the U.S. team. We know it’s a tough game against Brazil, but this is the games that you want, to play against the best players and see what happens.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 4, 2015) – Led by a pair of goals from the night’s captain Jozy Altidore, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Peru 2-1 in front of a crowd of 28,896 at RFK Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 after the first half, the U.S. came out strong on the attack in the second. After a series of chances Altidore earned a terrific equalizing opportunity when he was tripped up in the box. The captain stepped up to take the PK, and while his shot was blocked, Altidore collected and buried the rebound. Nine minutes later, and after a brilliant series of saves by goalkeeper Brad Guzan that kept the game level, Altidore broke the tie with another goal that proved to be the game-winner.
As the clock ticked away, the MNT defense stood stout against the Peru attack to preserve the 2-1 score line through to the final whistle. With the victory the USA improved to 3-2-1 all-time against Peru.
The match was the first of two tune-up games for the MNT ahead of the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico on Oct. 10. The USA will be back on the field in four days when it takes on five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
PER– Daniel Chavez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute: Andre Carrillo pushed towards the USA box, before he suddenly turned on the jets and cut inside, centering the ball in to Daniel Chavez. Chavez was able to turn and from just outside the box took a shot that glanced off MNT defender Omar Gonzalez. The deflection spun wickedly and dipped just over U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan’s outstretched arm and into the goal. USA 0, PER 1
USA– Jozy Altidore (penalty kick) 59th minute: Geoff Cameron made a long throw-in to the box where Jozy Altidore backed down his defender and flicked the ball over the top. As he muscled past his defender, Altidore’s trailing leg was clipped, setting up the penalty. Altidore took the PK and blasted it to the right, where the Peru ‘keeper made a diving block. Altidore followed his shot and jumped to kick in the rebound to level the game. USA 1, PER 1
USA– Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68th minute: DeAndre Yedlin rocketed down the right hand side to catch up with a long through ball. The fleetfooted attacker evaded his marker and squared the ball in the Peru box for an arriving Altidore, who was beaten to it by a defender. However, the ball ended up at the feet of Gyasi Zardes on the opposite side of the pitch. Zardes cut in and powered a low cross through the six yard box. A deflection through the legs of a Peru defenseman saw the ball find an unmarked Altidore, who volleyed home the game winner. USA 2, PER 1 FINAL (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
PER– Diego Penny (save) 39th minute: Jermaine Jones broke for the USA’s first big chance of the game. He dribbled from midfield aggressively to the left, shielding off his defender with his right arm. From 25 yards out, he blasted a left-footed shot that brought back memories of his goal against Portugal in the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, for Jones and the U.S., Peru’s ‘keeper Diego Penny reached it, coming out to cut down the angle and narrowly tip the strike over the bar.
USA- Brad Guzan (save) 67th minute: A well bent free kick found a jumping Carlos Zambrono, who sent a sharp header at goal that was saved by a diving Guzan. The ball bounced off the ‘keepers hands and to the crashing Renato Tapia, who’s shot was saved again by Guzan as he trapped it tightly between his outstretched legs. (SEE SAVE)
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Location: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
Date: September 8, 2015
- Jozy Altidore scored the 28th and 29th goals of his career. It was Altidore’s first multi-goal game since he tallied a double in the MNT’s match against Nigeria in the USA’s 2014 Send-Off Series. Altidore is now one goal behind Brain McBride (30), who ranks fourth on the MNT’s all-time goal-scoring list.
- Jermaine Jones returned to the USA starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 8 when he played as a center back in a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
- Jozy Altidore made the start as the team’s captain. It was his first time wearing the armband since he captained the squad on Nov. 18, 2014, when the team dropped a 4-1 result to Ireland in Dublin. The MNT is now 3-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s arm band.
- Geoff Cameron came on at the start of the second half, earning his first cap of 2015 with his first appearance since the USA’s match against Ireland on Nov. 14, 2014.
- Matt Besler, who came on as a sub in the second half , made his first USMNT appearance since Feb. 8 when he helped the team to a 2-0 win against Panama at StubHub Center.
- Omar Gonzalez and John Brooks paired in central defense for the third time in 2015. In the three matches the duo has started in the center of the defense together, the MNT has allowed only two goals while scoring seven.
- Bobby Wood made just his second international start of his career in tonight’s game. His first came against Chile in the MNT’s opening match of 2015.
- Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin each made their 14th appearances of the year in tonight’s match. That total ties the young attacking pair with Michael Bradley for the most MNT caps so far in 2015.
- The U.S. now holds a 3-2-1 record all-time against Peru.
- This matchup was the first between the teams in more than 15 years. The U.S. defeated Peru 1-0 in Miami in the group stage of the 2000 Gold Cup, with Cobi Jones scoring the game-winner in the previous matchup.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees; Mostly cloudy, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
PER 1 0 1
PER – Daniel Chávez (Andre Carrillo) 20th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore 59
USA – Jozy Altidore (Gyasi Zardes) 68
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 15-Michael Orozco (20-Geoff Cameron, 46), 3-Omar Gonzalez (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (5-Matt Besler, 63), 23-Tim Ream; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 72), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Mix Diskerud, 46), 21-Gyasi Zardes; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 18-Bobby Wood (9-Aron Johannsson, 71)
Subs Not Used: 7-Alfredo Morales, 12-Tim Howard, 24-Joe Corona, 26-Andrew Wooten
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
PER: 1-Pedro Gallese; 5-Carlos Zambrano, 6-Juan Manuel Vargas, 8-Christian Cueva (13-Edison Flores, 82), 10-Jefferson Farfan, 16-Carlos Lobaton (capt.) (19-Victor Yotun, 72), 17-Luis Advincula, 18-Andre Carrillo (7-Paolo Hurtado, 64), 21-Josepmir Ballon (24-Renato Tapia, 64), 22-Carlos Ascues, 23-Daniel Chavez (14-Ivan Bulos Guerrero, 82)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jair Cespedes, 3-Hansell Riojas, 4-Pedro Requena, 9-Jose Paolo Guerrero, 12-Diego Penny, 15-Christian Ramos, 20-Joel Sanchez
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca
Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 16 / 15
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1
USA – John Brooks (caution) 48th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 86
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Angel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Rangel (MEX)
4th Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD
RFK Stadium History
Though originally built in 1961 to house Washington, D.C.’s National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, RFK Stadium has become a cathedral of sorts for soccer in the United States.
Having served as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, RFK has been a center piece of international soccer in the United States for more than two decades.
Outside those competitions, the U.S. MNT has its own storied history at the venue that dates back to a 1-1 draw with China on Oct. 6, 1977. The 22 Men’s National Team matches hosted at the old ground are more than any other stadium, and along the way some very memorable MNT moments have been made.
Here’s a few:
- Former captain Claudio Reyna’s standout arrival on the international scene in a 4-0 win over Mexico at the 1995 U.S. Cup.
- Joe-Max Moore’s late blast in a 1-0 upset over Argentina in 1999.
- Important World Cup qualifying victories against Guatemala in 1996 and 2000.
- Jonathan Bornstein’s dramatic stoppage time equalizer to eliminate Costa Rica from World Cup qualifying in 2009.
- And most recently, the team’s 4-3 win over then No. 2-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Centennial Celebration match.
Check out some of the best moments throughout the years at RFK Stadium.
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.
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.
Date of Birth
Nov 3, 1981
New England Revolution