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Injury Update: Gatt Awaiting Confirmation of MRI Results; Ashe Reports to Training Camp

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 1, 2013) – Joshua Gatt is awaiting the results of an MRI evaluation performed on his knee following an injury he suffered on Saturday while playing for Molde.

Houston Dynamo defender Cory Ashe has reported to training camp in San Diego with a thigh contusion he picked up following a collision with New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill in the Dynamo’s 2-0 loss Sunday. Ashe will be evaluated by the National Team medical staff and is considered day to day.

Both players are part of the final 23-man roster named for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which takes place from July 7-28 in the United States.

Players and team staff began arriving to San Diego today. The U.S. takes on Guatemala this Friday, July 5 in the only tune-up match prior to the start of the Gold Cup. Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 8 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. (TICKETS)

All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Men’s National Team public training session on Thursday, July 4, at 5 p.m. PT at Qualcomm Stadium.  Admission is free and open to the public. Fans are asked to enter the stadium at Gate B and gates will open to the public at 4:30 p.m.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Canada

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Canada
Jan. 30, 2013


U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
"First of all, I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight and supporting us very, very nicely. It's an absolutely beautiful facility. It's a beautiful place, and we would have loved to give them a couple goals, which didn't happen unfortunately. You could see that three and a half weeks of a lot of work wore on their legs, and they were missing the last little piece to it in creating final chances, playing the killer ball into the box, and finishing things off. Unfortunately, we couldn't do that tonight against a very defensive-minded Canada, but overall we were very pleased with the way the players presented themselves. They tried to do it in a couple of different formations and we tried all kinds of combinations, and it was good to see the players trying ways to score that one goal that didn't come."

"Overall we are really pleased with what we saw the last three weeks from these guys, and we want to give them a big compliment on how they worked and how much work they put into it. Now obviously, we're looking forward to next week, when a World Cup Qualifier is on the plate."

On whether he was disappointed that a few players didn’t take more advantage of the opportunity:
"I'm not disappointed because you just hope that after those three weeks of hard work that they get that moment to shine, and you wish it for them. I think we saw over the past three weeks that we have a pretty good picture of where they are at. You wish that they can finish it off in a friendly game, but it's always difficult to start the season with your first game and have only training scrimmages before. With Canada staying back and being very defensive-minded, you just hope that sooner or later it opens up, but that was not the case."

On if tonight’s performance impacted the roster selections for the qualifier:
"We have a pretty clear picture of who we want to take to Honduras, but you have to be patient with us for a couple more days. We also need to see where our Europeans are at, where our guys in Mexico are at. Some have an injury problem, some have rhythm problems from not playing that much. We're going to evaluate that over the next two or three days, and then get that entire group together in Miami, but that was not depending on tonight."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder BRAD DAVIS
On playing in front of his home fans in Houston:
"It's a great feeling and a warm welcome. It was great to be able to walk out there and see how excited the fans were for us. It's just like playing a home game. You're representing your country and not the Dynamo, but still as a player you have to attack the game with the same mentality and go out there and give your best. For me, there was no pressure."

On the result:
"Obviously it was not the result we wanted. I think we were a little bit tentative when we got around the 18. I would like to try to create a few more things and get some shots on goal. I don't think we had a shot from outside the whole game. You know, those are things that are going to happen when you're around a group of guys that haven't been playing a whole lot together."

On his future with the National Team:
"That's up for the coaching staff to decide. I think it was a good training camp. I got some positive feedback. I know that I'm a piece of that puzzle, but where I fit I'm not quite sure yet. I think it's going to take a little bit more time to get integrated with everybody and get a few more opportunities to see where that goes, but another opportunity will be there down the road."

U.S. Men’s National Team Defender OMAR GONZALEZ
"I got a good 90 minutes in. Everyone put in a good effort. We didn't get the result we wanted, but we faced a good Canada team that was really defensive. Maybe that was because Denmark beat them 4-0 and they wanted to work on their defensive shape. It worked, and they put everyone behind the ball and it was really tough to get penetrating passes. We tried to get a ball out wide and get as many across as we could, but we just couldn't find the back of the net."

On his return to the National Team for the first time since 2011:
"It felt great to be out there. Wearing the crest on my shirt was amazing, and I want to be doing that a lot more often."

On whether he and the defenders would have liked to see more action:
"As a defender, you always want clean sheets, and that means you're doing a good job. Maybe I could do a little bit more to spark the attack and make those entry passes and get the ball out quicker. I thought overall that it was a pretty solid night. We just didn't get the result."

On whether he will be called in for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras:
"I'm hoping it happens. This is a start to something, and I want to be a part of this qualifying journey and be a major part in qualifying for the World Cup. I want to be there."

U.S. Men’s National Team Defender MATT BESLER
On his performance:
"I'm comfortable with it. I'm not going to look at the game too much, and put too much pressure on it. I just try to go out and win the game first and play my best. The rest will take care of itself. I think my distribution out of the back is one of my strong points. It was definitely a good game to show that."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder JOSHUA GATT
"We definitely had a lot of energy and added a spark to it. I definitely tried my best to stretch Canada. They were really compact and very defensive. I thought that in a friendly, they'd try and go a little more forward and attack a little bit more. It was tough for us to try and break them down when they sit 11 guys in front of the net. As a whole, we did a decent job combining to get into the attack. We had a lot of chances that we really should have finished, and we should've put this game away."

On whether it was frustrating playing against a defensive –minded team:
"I guess the frustration is not only with them, but with us. As a team, we did a good job keeping of the ball, but when our attacking players were going through, we didn't get a lot of the quality balls in behind. We really needed to put the dagger in them, and that was our problem tonight. We did a good job in the two-thirds that were the midfield and defensive, but in the final third we lacked the killer ball, the killer shot and the killer pass. That was our problem tonight."

Molde Recalls Gatt

CHICAGO (March 18, 2012) – Molde-based defender Joshua Gatt has been recalled to his club after the team experienced a series of injuries. A replacement will be added March 20, the day U.S. U-23 head coach Caleb Porter announces the final 20-player Olympic Qualifying roster. There are currently 18 players in camp, with Borussia Dortmund-based striker Terrence Boyd arriving March 21 into Nashville.

Clubs are not obligated by FIFA to provide players for Men’s Olympic Qualifying.

U-23 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (5): Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim: Silver Spring, Md.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia, Jacksonville, Fla.)

U-23 MNT Forward Joshua Gatt Builds Off Early Pro Success

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team forward Joshua Gatt had to get acclimated on several fronts over the past year. The most significant adjustments for the 20-year-old Plymouth, Mich., native included a move from winger to right back, and he found himself on a new team at the start of the year with Molde in Norway.

“It’s great to see the sun, finally,” Gatt said from the U-23’s training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Weather and position switches did not affect Gatt’s ability to achieve success with Molde as his new side earned the Tippeligaen championship.

“There are really no words I can say to describe how I felt after we won the gold, especially me fighting through injuries all season, fighting to play and eventually finding my groove and playing for a while,” Gatt said. “It was the best feeling that I’ve ever felt before as a player.”

Despite switching positions for Molde, Gatt still showcased how strong of a threat he can be on the offensive end of the pitch. His first goal with Molde – a play where he nutmegged a player on the dribble, then nutmegged another on the strike – serves as proper evidence.

“Either of those two positions feels natural to me now,” Gatt said. “Any position on the right side of the field, I feel very comfortable stepping out and playing that. Obviously wherever the coach asks me to play, I’ll definitely jump in and play it.”

U-23 MNT head coach Caleb Porter is utilizing Gatt in his more natural position as the team continues its January camp, preparing for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. And Gatt continues to progress through the U.S. Soccer system, having been a part of the Michigan Wolves within the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and also playing for the U-20s back in 2010.

“I’m really honored and flattered that I was chosen to be part of the U-23 squad, to possibly compete in the Olympics,” Gatt said. “We have a great team, a great group of guys and a lot of quality players. I expect every single one of us to push each other to our max and get us ready for the Olympics.”

This is Porter’s third camp in determining who he will field for the March 22-26 qualifiers at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. (tickets on sale through ussoccer.com).

“It’s really showing me as a player and to all the other players where everybody’s good at, how we can gel together and how we can play,” Gatt said. “It’s important to have a small camp, especially this close to qualifying. I think it’s important to narrow it down and get everybody feeling comfortable in their position for this team.”

Gatt’s professional career already has taken off at a young age as he continues to develop his game. Gatt played for Rheindorf Altach in Austria in 2010. Then in January of 2011 he signed with Molde, where he contributed three goals in league play as the team earned its first Norwegian Premier League crown.

“That really was a huge, instrumental deal for our club and for all us players,” Gatt said. “I thank my coaches for coming in and really taking the team and bringing us to the top, and my teammates. It was a great season for us. We fought hard the whole season from start to finish and we really deserved it.”

Now Gatt’s focus is on making an impact for the U-23s to catapult his 2012 play, both at an international and club level.

“I’m looking to bring everything we’ve done last season, and me individually as a player, into my next season, whether it be with Molde or the National Team,” Gatt said. “I’m looking to do my best and to become an even better player with my team. I think that if we all work as hard as we can, we can accomplish that.”

The U-23s have a full slate on the docket that has included two scrimmages against the U.S. Men’s National Team, followed by a trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, to face Saprissa Reserves (Jan. 21) and Alajuela (Jan. 24).

The U.S. MNT and U-23 scrimmages present a strong opportunity for the younger players to go head-to-head with the first team and continue their development. The first team, which is preparing for a Jan. 21 match against Venezuela (7 p.m. MT, Glendale, Ariz.; TICKETS; ESPN3/Galavision), also includes U-23 goalkeepers Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson, who both figure to be major components heading into March’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

“For us to be able to play against the U.S. Men’s National Team is a real test for us – to see where we level out compared to the guys that are playing on the first team and to really prove that we either belong or we need some more time to fit in,” Gatt said before the scrimmages. “I’m looking forward to those games. I’m looking forward as a team to show what we’ve got, and for me individually to show what I can do.”

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