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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.

U.S. Men’s National Team Q & A: Thanksgiving Special Edition

DaMarcus Beasley : “It’s a Beasley Affair! There’s a lot of food, a lot of drinks, a lot of card playing, a lot of games. We do a lot of different things. One of the favorite games we play is Spades. We do the kids against the grown-ups. I’m a kid now, so that’s always fun to see who wins and who has bragging rights for the night.

“Usually the whole family gets together. We have aunts and uncles around. Everybody brings their own dish. My mom, everyone knows, is famous for macaroni and cheese. Our favorite part of the meal is macaroni and cheese. My mom would kill me if I didn’t say that any way! It’s definitely my favorite part. She doesn’t cook it very often now, but when she has a chance to, it truly is the best.

“We eat, we sleep, usually at my aunt or uncle’s house and then we wake up and eat again. We get there around 2 p.m., food is served around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. We don’t leave the house until around midnight. It’s a great day watching football, playing cards and eating. It’s really a time to be with family and I enjoy that.”

Alejandro Bedoya : “Being a Latino family, a bunch of Colombians running around cooking and playing some good music and the smell of all these different types of spices and all this good food are my memories of the holidays. My mom’s stuffing and her cinnamon sweet potato is amazing. I can just imagine what it would be like to smell that right now and just eating everything!

“I remember last year during my time at Rangers I was able to have Thanksgiving with Carlos Bocanegra and Mo Edu. That was the best Thanksgiving outside of the [United] States I’ve ever had. Other than that, it’s just me trying to cook myself a meal and it’s not the best.”

Terrence Boyd : “I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving that much since I grew up in Germany, but last Thanksgiving me and my friends tried to cook something. The problem was we couldn’t cook, so the turkey was so bad we ended up eating at a restaurant. It wasn’t good, but at least we tried it.”

Michael Bradley : “Like everybody, you use the holidays for family time, to spend time with one another. Especially for us, given everybody’s busy schedules, different parts of our family are in different parts across the world, any chance that we get to spend time with each other is really special.

“Growing up for us, Thanksgiving dinner was always earlier in the day around lunch time. Then you got out to play and get around, then come back later in the evening for turkey sandwiches. That’s a little something we used to do.”

Geoff Cameron : “It’s always different because usually I’m away playing football or I was in Houston or college. It’s tough to get home for the holidays, but it’s been great the last couple years. My parents have come out along with my girlfriend’s parents and we’ve had a little English Thanksgiving holiday.

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal has to be my dad’s homemade rice pilaf and twice backed stuffed potatoes.”

Brad Evans : “Mostly our family tradition is spending good quality time, good meals, a little bit of drink, presents, just good quality time together. My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is definitely turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s the kind of guy I am.”

Chris Wondolowski : “It’s always fun. There’s a lot of family throughout. I have two sets of parents, so I always go there. Then I have in-laws now too, so I always do a big Thanksgiving dinner over there. That’s usually our go to.

“Favorite part of the meal? I’m going to go with my mother-in-law’s stuffed mushrooms. They’re amazing! Mushrooms with bread crumbs and all other sorts of goodness."

Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson Q & A: “It definitely helps the more times I get called into camp because it … makes you more confident.” - AJ

ussoccer.com : You have 10 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna this season. That’s a good start .. .
Terrence Boyd : “Yeah, I’m off to a good start. The stats are looking good. I think I can bang in more goals, so there’s still room for improvement. It’s alright, but I can do better. I’m feeling comfortable at the club and know that I will improve over the next month and hopefully the goals will follow.”

ussoccer.com : Have you been able to take what you learn with the National Team and use it to make yourself better? What’s that process like ?
TB : “Jurgen Klinsmann told us to focus not only on the pitch but off the pitch. Live as a professional 24/7. That’s what changed my tune. I’m not going out that much anymore. I’m just more calm, eating better, acting like every day is a match day. It helps me during the game and practice because you have more energy. This is a big part of why I’m getting better now.”

ussoccer.com : Jurgen has challenged the younger players to make a mark on the team. What have you done to push the guys in front of you ?
TB : “First of all, I’m thankful for every call-up I get. Whenever I’m in the camp I’m trying to do my best and play to my strengths. Because we all play for the United States, we all want to succeed. In practice it’s a big test because everybody wants to get that ticket to Brazil. This mentality is for every player, just to bring our level higher up and it shows in the game. We need to step up every time, every game. I’m happy how consistent we play and you can see that the team gets better too. You just do what you can do, and hope you get more chances to prove yourself on the pitch.”

ussoccer.com : What areas in particular have you worked on and improved the most in the last year ?
TB : “There are many things, but the tactical things like how I hold my position better as a central striker. I’m a box player, so just focus on your strengths, and play easy. I’m working on the first touch. There are a lot of things I’ve been working on.”

ussoccer.com : Talk about the older players. How do you help them and they you ?
TB : “I learn a lot from the older guys. Jozy [Altidore] is a big role model for me. At the same time he’s a fan of mine, but you can learn a lot just by looking at him play. Jozy’s a big player and in practice you see a lot of things you can improve on yourself. I push hard to give a performance that’s worth something. I’m putting in work, so they have to step up too. The situation right now is good because I can work on what I want and feel free in practice and try everything I can to succeed. I’m learning a lot from the other players.”

ussoccer.com : You and Aron Johannsson are two of the younger guys. How do you two work to make each other better ?
TB : “Aron and I think similar about the situation. We just want to get our chance and use it. That’s all we’re waiting for. That’s why we keep pushing every practice and every game.”

ussoccer.com : You and Aron played together in the team’s 3-2 win in Panama last month. You played the ball to him when he scored. Do moments like that make you think ‘I can play at the international level’ ?
TB : “We just want to make a difference. It was nice to contribute to another goal. It was nice that we could make a difference. It was a beautiful strike from Aron. That’s what we train for. It’s good we can deliver on the pitch as well.”

ussoccer.com : With regard to your production with Rapid Vienna this season, what have you been doing well that has helped you capitalize on your scoring opportunities ?
TB : “This season I focus more on the tactical stuff. I’m keeping my position more. Last year, I was running around everywhere and our midfielders were doing the work but didn’t have anywhere to cross it into the box if I was playing outside. So I make sure I’m in the box and making trouble. I’m reacting faster. I’m the first one to the ball when a cross comes in when someone flicks it through. I’m getting more opportunities this season than last year. I’m quite satisfied with my midfield because they deliver a lot of good passes to me. The more chances you get, the higher percentage you will score.”

ussoccer.com : What does it do for your mentality to know that often times coaches from the National Team are at your games to watch you play ?
TB : “The fact that the scouts are watching the game with me, it’s nice. But, when you’re on the pitch you’re not thinking about it. It’s always good to know that they are watching you and you’re not forgotten. It’s a big motivation to deliver even more. I have more pressure when my stepdad watches because he’s even more motivated than me, so that’s funny. In terms of pressure it’s not a big deal, because during the game you don’t think about it.”

ussoccer.com : How has your club form helped you in the instances you have been called up to the National Team ?
Aron Johannsson : “It definitely helps me a lot because I’ve been playing a lot of games, scoring a lot of goals and getting more confident in myself. When I come here, I try to show it in every training and the minutes I get to play on the field."

ussoccer.com : Jurgen and the staff have really pushed always playing with the mentality of achieving the next level. How has that resonated with you personally ?
AJ : “I feel like now that I’m in Holland, I’m in a good league, but there’s always another step to a better league and a better team. Now, I just try to focus on playing well for my club team and for the National Team when I get a shot to play here. I just have to wait and see where that takes me.”

ussoccer.com : How much more comfortable are you since your first match with the National Team against Bosnia in August ?
AJ : “It definitely helps the more minutes I get and the more times I get called into camp because you get to know the whole staff and all the players. Getting to play with them on the field makes you more confident.”

ussoccer.com : How much do you think you have pushed the established players in your position since joining the team ?
AJ : “I don’t really know. I just try to do my best in every game and every training. In the end, it’s the coaches’ decision who’s going to play. We have a lot of good strikers. If I get any minutes then I’ll do my best and try to score some goals for the team.”

ussoccer.com : What has the competition been like in the deep group of strikers ?
AJ : “In this camp we have six strikers, and I think all six can play. They want to play and feel like they should play. I don’t know if there’s one or two positions we’ll be able to play in, but it’s a hard competition and you just have to show yourself every time you get an opportunity to do it.”

ussoccer.com : What areas do you focus on both on and off the field to help you get to the next level ?
AJ : “I think I can improve a lot of things. It’s not one thing in particular. I have to improve everything in my game. I’m playing well now, scoring goals and setting up my teammates, but to be able to go to the next level I have to improve a lot of things. I’m working on that with my coaching staff at my club and also when I come here.”

ussoccer.com : You recently converted a penalty for your club team AZ Alkmaar. Talk about what it means that your teammates believe in you in that kind of pressure packed situation .
AJ : “I’ve practiced penalties for a long time, but it’s never the same to take a penalty in training or in games. When we got the first penalty at my club, I demanded to take it and they gave me a chance to take it. I scored the first one and now I get to take all the other ones.”

ussoccer.com : You and Terrence Boyd combined well when you scored your first goal for the National Team. Talk about your relationship with him as another young striker in this deep group .
AJ : “We both came off the bench and helped each other to get the winning goal. When you’re on the bench and you get to come in the only thing you want to do is help the team in every way you can. He was unselfish and played me the ball, and I scored the goal, but in the end it’s a team sport and you have to do the best you can for the team.”

ussoccer.com : What can you take away from your experience with the National Team that will help you become a better professional every day with your club team ?
AJ : “When I come here, Jurgen is talking about players needing to go to the next level, and when I come here I meet guys that are on that level for me. We have players in the English Premier League and Italy and in a league that I would want to go to next time. So, I talk to them and they help me out.”

ussoccer.com : You have been part of the National Team since August. How have your conversations with Jurgen changed since then? What does he tell you he is looking for from you now that you have had time to settle with the team?
AJ : “Every time I come in, it’s the same thing - just try to do my best in training and show the coach that he should be picking me in front of someone else. If you put hard work in both training and games, that’s the only thing you can do. In the end it’s the coach’s decision to decide who’s in the roster and who’s going to play in the games.”

Heed the Word: U.S. Men’s National Team Players Produce Game Changing Performances

In an interview with ussoccer.com last week, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his delight at seeing both Alejandro Bedoya and Aron Johannsson translating their international form into production for their respective clubs. The German manager went on to reiterate that he and his coaching staff continue to look for players who are not just playing with their clubs, but making a positive impact on the pitch.

With that call to arms sounding out across the U.S. MNT player pool, a large group of National Team regulars delivered game changing performances over the weekend in both leagues abroad and MLS.

Perhaps the best example of an American player translating good international form into production at club level this past weekend is none other than Jozy Altidore. After being handed the captaincy for the U.S. MNT’s final World Cup qualifier against Panama a fortnight ago, Altidore returned to England and in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear Derby, provided the game-winning assist in the dying minutes that gave Sunderland (England) its first win of the season.

Altidore wasn’t the only American striker to make the difference at a crucial moment in a European derby either. Terrence Boyd’s 88th-minute game-winner handed Rapid Vienna a 1-0 win over Austria Vienna (Austria) in the Wiener Derby.

American midfielders Michael Bradley and Sacha Kljestan also scored important goals for their clubs during the weekend albeit in different dramatic time frames. Bradley, coming on as a second-half sub for AS Roma (Italy), helped the Giallorossi continue their perfect start to the season by slotting home the match-winning strike in the 82nd minute against Udinese.

While his compatriots were delivering late-game heroics, Kljestan provided fireworks right from the opening whistle, scoring only 41 seconds into RSC Anderlecht’s 1-1 draw with Standard Liege (Belgium).

At the opposite end of the pitch, two of America’s best goalkeepers also displayed game changing ability as Tim Howard’s Everton and Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa (England) sides faced one another at Villa Park. Although Everton kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win thanks in large part to Howard saving a penalty kick, Guzan also showed his shot-stopping ability by making a couple key saves to keep the Villans’ hopes alive late into the match.

Across the Atlantic, a second shutout performance came from Club Tijuana (Mexico) defender Edgar Castillo who helped Xolos keep Jose Torres and UANL Tigres off the board in a 0-0 draw in Tijuana.

In last week’s interview, Klinsmann once again expressed his desire to see MLS-based players make loan moves to European clubs over the MLS offseason.

It should therefore please him to see Graham Zusi continue his good international form with Sporting Kansas City. The midfielder scored the opening goal in SKC’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union that secured second spot in the Eastern Conference for the Kansas City club.

The boss will also be happy to see Clint Dempsey among the goals again. The former Fulham and Tottenham (England) attacker scored his first MLS goal since returning to the league in the Seattle Sounders’ 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy.

And to cap it all off, Brad Davis – the man whose cross supplied Zusi for the goal that turned the Hexagonal on its head – served up a game-winning assist that secured the Houston Dynamo a berth in the MLS Cup playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

Voting Underway for 2012 Male, Young Male and Disabled Athlete of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2012) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2012 Male, Young Male and Disabled Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for finalists in each of these three categories on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page throughout the week. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 19. Voting for Female and Young Female Athletes of the Year will run from Nov. 26-30.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the first year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.

The list of Male Athlete of the Year finalists includes two previous winners: goalkeeper Tim Howard (2008) and forward Clint Dempsey (2007 and 2011). This is Michael Bradley’s fourth nomination for the award. The midfielder is also a former winner of the Young Male Athlete of the Year Award (2007). This is the first nomination for both forward Herculez Gomez and defender Fabian Johnson.

Forward Terrence Boyd, midfielder Joe Corona, defender Shaquell Moore, forward Rubio Rubin and midfielder Danny Williams all earn their first nominations for Young Male Athlete of the Year. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in their career.

This is the first year for the U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year award, which honors the achievement of disabled soccer players in the United States.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).


U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Michael Bradley, Midfielder

Clint Dempsey, Forward

Herculez Gomez, Forward

Tim Howard, Goalkeeper

Fabian Johnson, Defender


U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists

Terrence Boyd, Forward

Joe Corona, Midfielder

Shaquell Moore, Defender

Rubio Rubin, Forward

Danny Williams, Midfielder


U.S. Soccer Disabled Athlete of the Year Finalists

Michael Archer, Power Soccer

Nico Calabria, Amputee Soccer

Josh McKinney, Paralympic Soccer

Felicia Schroeder, Deaf Soccer

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Scotland

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
On the team’s performance:
“I think we set the tone and the team kept their rhythm throughout the entire game. We kept the tempo going, the energy was high. We saw wonderful goals. For a coach, that’s obviously fun to watch, no doubt about it.”

On the combination of Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones and Maurice Edu in the midfield:
“We worked on that over the last 10 days in training to see how we could get the best out of these guys who are really exceptional players in their club teams but they play very similar positions. We came up with that in that little scrimmage we had the other day. It gives us options playing Landon wide or to give him more freedom, actually, to go all over the field, as well as our left position player, which was Jose [Torres] tonight. If works if everybody understands his role, and I think Maurice had more of the job of a No. 6 in front of the two center backs to clean things up and to make sure that nothing goes through there. Jermaine and Michael both have the qualities to go forward. They’re dangerous going in the box and they love to do that. In the past, that was sometimes a bit tricky because when they only play together and there was no Maurice, they left some holes behind. Now there was Maurice today. He kept things in order and gave a little bit more freedom to those two and I think it worked out really well.”

On whether tonight was a demonstration of the style he wants the team to play:
“I think tonight you saw many elements of what we’re always talking about, what we’re trying step by step to develop. It’s a fast-paced game, it has tempo in it. It has one-two touch combinations through our midfielders as fast as possible finding the forwards up there, having pace, build up from the back, no long balls. All those elements I think we saw a lot today. It’s obviously a little more difficult to play that way against Brazil or an Italy, but I think the players understand more and more what we’re trying to achieve. We train the same way we want to play. When you train that way, which we did over the last 10 days with high-intensity training sessions and a lot of pace in there, then it maybe comes across a little bit easier in a game. Today it was really fun to watch some of the elements come out that we’ve been working on.”

On Terrence Boyd getting his first start:
“Terrence is one of our promising talents that we’re trying to develop. He’s one of these guys that should be in London 2012 but unfortunately is not. It makes it more difficult for the Brek Shea’s and [Juan] Agudelo’s and Joe Corona’s of the world, so we have to kind of bring them along and help them wherever we can and give them their space to show what they can do. I think Terrence’s work rate was outstanding and his hunger for finishing off chances is tremendous. It’s something that we really love to see and that’s why we keep working with him and giving him those opportunities. The same with Joe Corona now coming into the picture; he looks very comfortable. His first couple touches were good, so we have to help these young guys and it’s going to be a bit more difficult once the real games come along where we really, truly have to look at the points and the results. It’s really nice to see what Terrence has achieved within the last couple of months.”

On the play of Jermaine Jones:
“Jermaine is a Champions League player. If you want to play there, then you have to be good. And he is good. Now, his temper is always something to discuss and we even make jokes about that in the locker room, but if he gets that under control then we have a very, very good player there. He has high energy and the opponents have a lot of respect for that guy. If you see what happened over the last season with a lot of players, they just made the next step in their careers, like a Michael Bradley or Jermaine or Fabian Johnson, and now we have a left back of the highest quality. Fabian has been the best left back in Germany over the last three months. The quality is coming, and now we have Landon back and he gives us the goals, so we can’t complain tonight.”

U.S. MNT forward LANDON DONOVAN
On being back with the National Team and having such a great start:
“It was nice to be back. It was great to have such a reception here in Jacksonville. It’s a city a lot of us haven’t been to but the crowd was great, the energy was great and we’re glad we could put on a good performance. It’s just one game. We understand that. But it’s an important step forward toward our ultimate goal which is qualifying for Brazil 2014.”

On being motivated coming into the National Team again:
“I don’t want to be mistaken for not caring. I care. I like being a part of this team. I’m a professional and I know how to do my job. I’ve been doing this a long time. Tonight was one of those nights where most things went right. While the goals fell to me, don’t forget that a lot of people did a lot of good things to make that happen. My job has always been to be a creative attacking player and make chances. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, but tonight was one of those nights where things went the right way.”

On the energy felt from the crowd:
“They were fantastic. I don’t know what the future holds but I’d be surprised if we didn’t come back here at some point given the reception today. It was a really fun night to be a part of.”

On how the midfield setup affects the space he has to move:
“It was a big part of the game. In the past, when those three have played together, it’s been tricky trying to figure out how they’re going to play because they do tend to play very similar. But I think a few of us, the coaches and the players, mentioned to Jermaine and Michael that it’s OK to take chances and go forward. I think we forget how good those two can be when they do go forward. Sometimes they like to be a little more comfortable and stay a little deeper but tonight they really went out on a limb a little bit and took some chances and it came off great. I thought they were both fantastic and Mo (Maurice Edu) did a great job of cleaning everything up.”

U.S. MNT captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On Scotland’s play:
“There were about 20 minutes where they dictated the play in the first half and then they got tired and just couldn’t keep up with the pace. I thought we did very well with pushing the pace and we counter attacked them very well tonight and we hit them very well.”

On how the team was able to play with so much energy:
“I think we started quite well. Getting an early goal always helps and we finished our chances tonight. We had a scrimmage mid-week and we didn’t do so well finishing our chances, but tonight we got in good spots, had good opportunities and we finished our chances. Defensively, we moved as a unit. Offensively, I thought we moved quite well. There was a lot of interchanging and movement. Credit to the team tonight; it was a very good effort by everybody.”

On playing against Scotland, where he plays:
“It was nice. We get to go back to Scotland with a little bit of bragging rights. We’re preparing for some World Cup qualifiers, they have a one-game, end-of-season friendly, so maybe it’s a little bit different mentality for them. But we went out there and we did what we wanted to do. We started on the right foot, got early goals and then we saw it through.”

On Landon Donovan’s return to the National Team:
“He did very well tonight. He had some good finishes and when he got on the ball he made people miss and brought other people into the game. It was a good game for him.”

U.S. MNT forward TERRENCE BOYD
On whether he was nervous when he saw his name in the starting lineup:
“I was just happy. I was happy to have the chance to play from the beginning. You’re always nervous for a big game but it really turned out very well. We won 5-1, so there’s nothing more I could wish for. OK, well, I could have scored but it was a good match and I’m very happy.”

On how he felt he played in only his second cap with the U.S. National Team:
“I think I had a good performance. I could have been cleverer in some situations where I could have shot. But it’s OK, it’s experience. You learn from it and the next game you’ll be a bit cleverer and then score more goals.”

On the crowd:
“It was the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of until now. It was huge. It was a really nice to see more than 40,000 fans. It’s just awesome.”

On his thoughts about playing with Landon Donovan:
“He is extraordinary and we saw it today. He had a hat trick and he was just a beast. It was cool to play with him.”

U.S. MNT defender FABIAN JOHNSON
On looking comfortable in his second start with the U.S. National Team at left back:
“I play the position with my club team most of the time so it was kind of easy to get into because I’m always playing this position, so I think I did quite good.”

On what head coach Jurgen Klinsmann asked him to do at left back:
“He told me I have to play like a winger and go forward, as well as defend. That’s what I did.”

U.S. MNT midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY
On whether the team played the way Jurgen Klinsmann wants:
“I think in parts. I think we played well. We came out, we wanted to impose ourselves on them and try, with how we played, to put them on their back foot. For the first game of the summer there were a lot of good things, a lot of things to improve on. We’re definitely happy to get a good result.”

On his goal:
“The guy who makes it, for me, is Jermaine [Jones]. Sometimes the ball goes into guys, they’re trying to turn or make a play that maybe is too hard from there and he did well to see that I was moving off of him and laid a perfect ball back and I caught it well. It was nice to get a goal.”

On how things work with him, Maurice Edu and Jermaine Jones in the midfield:
“Between the three of us, we’ve played a lot of games together so there’s a good understanding. I think, then, when you throw in Landon, Jose, the cooperation with the defenders, there were good signs.”

Strong and mobile, Terrence Boyd has shown a nose for the goal in his burgeoning career as a striker. The young striker adds a relentless work-rate that contributes on both sides of the ball. He had a breakout year for both club and country, getting his first caps with the senior National Team while lighting up leagues in Germany and Austria. After a great season with Borussia Dortmund's reserve team, he made the jump to Rapid Vienna where he continued a torrid scoring pace. A member of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, Boyd scored twice during the USA's unsuccessful bid to qualify for the Olympic Games.

  • Made seven appearances in his first year with the Senior National Team
  • Etched his name in U.S. Soccer lore by providing the assist that led to the winning goal against Mexico, the USA's first ever against El Tri at Estadio Azteca
  • Led the Dortmund II team with 20 goals in 2012
  • Holds dual citizneship in Germany and the United States
2012: His back-heel flik to Michael Orozco led to the game-winning goal against Mexico on Aug. 15, the USA's first win against the regional rivals on their soil in 25 attempts ... Got his first cap in style, showing fearlessness in the final 11 minutes of the team's 1-0 victory against Italy of Feb. 29 ... His effort caused the knockdown that led to Mix Diskerud scoring the game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar ... Earned two caps in World Cup qualifying, coming off the bench June 8 against Antigua and in Jamacia on Sept. 7 ... Played the second half of the USA's 1-0 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 in Mexico City ... made his first start in the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 ... Under-23s: Made two appearances in group play in 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying ... Scoring a pair of goals against El Salvador in the 3-3 draw on May 26 in the final group game ... Under-20s: Made two appearances with the U.S. U-20 team in 2011 ... Started in both games and assisted a Conor Doyle goal during the USA's 33 draw against France on May 17 at the Stade Moulins in Carquefou, France ... First Appearance: Feb. 29, 2012, vs. Italy ... First Goal: None.
2012: Moved to Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga and made an immediate impact, scoring just four minutes into his debut game, then added another in the 4-0 win on July 22 against Wacker Innsbruck ... Tallied 13 goals in all competitions in teh first half of the campaign, including nine league goals ... Scred the insurance goal against Vojvodina on Aug. 9 that sealed Vienna's advancement to the group stage of the Europa League ... had another two-goal performance Sept. 7 in the 3-0 win against Mattersburg ... Notched a goal in the 3-2 loss at Rosenborg on Nov. 22 in teh Europa League ... 2011-12: Scored 20 goals for Dortmund II, the highest in the squad by far ... Called to the first team for the match against Cologne on October, but didn't see action ... 2010-11: Scored 13 goals for the Hertha Berlin reserves.
Born to an American serviceman and a German mother .. Breifly lived in Queens, N.Y., as a child ... Credits his success as a pro to his stepfather ... With a hugely outgoing personality, heis active on social media.
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