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U.S. MNT Falls 4-1 to Republic of Ireland to Close out 2014 Campaign

DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 4-1 to the Republic of Ireland in front of 33,332 spectators at Aviva Stadium to finish its 2014 campaign. Mix Diskerud’s fifth-career goal was the high point of the match for the USA, which conceded three unanswered goals in the second half. 

Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring for Ireland early in the first half before Robbie Brady scored two second-half goals, and James McClean capped the scoring with a second-half tally. 

The USA finishes the year with a 6-5-4 record, and Ireland continued its stronghold in Dublin with a 5-0-0 all-time record against the U.S. at its home site. 

The U.S. hit the woodwork twice, with Fabian Johnson’s 21st-minute attempt grazing the right post and Jozy Altidore’s 43rd-minute shot from the middle of the box ricocheting off of the crossbar. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
IRL – Anthony Pilkington (David McGoldrick), 7th minute: After the USA lost the ball in the midfield, Ireland countered with McGoldrick playing a through ball toward Pilkington, in between the USA’s center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron. Pilkington had a couple steps on Besler on the right side, and Bill Hamid left his line to try to beat Pilkington to the ball. However, Pilkington won that battle and chipped over Hamid and into the right side of the frame for an early lead. USA 0, IRL 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Chris Wondolowski), 39th minute: Ireland captain David Meyler coughed up the ball in the midfield, and Alfredo Morales started the attack for the USA. After trying to find Wondolowski initially in the box, Morales’ pass deflected toward the left side of the box to Jozy Altidore. Altidore crossed back in, connecting with Wondolowski who headed the ball to Diskerud. With the sole of his boot, Diskerud’s karate-like shot slotted into the right side of the frame. It was Diskerud’s third goal of the year and fifth of his career. USA 1, IRL 1 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – Robbie Brady (David McGoldrick), 55th minute: The USA defense lost the ball near the corner flag and Ireland capitalized, crossing the ball in from the left side to McGoldrick at the top of the box. McGoldrick’s slick, back-heel pass opened the field for Brady on the left side of the six-yard box and he shot in between Bill Hamid’s legs to regain the lead. USA 1, IRL 2 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – James McClean, 82nd minute: Ireland put the match out of reach with McClean’s long-distance, left-footed shot from about 25 yards out. His shot took a deflection off of U.S. defender Geoff Cameron. Bill Hamid was diving to his left and tried to react in time to make a save with his leg, but the ball found its way into the back of the net. USA 1, IRL 3 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – Robbie Brady, 86th minute: Brady’s left-footed free kick from 25 yards out sailed over the USA’s five-man wall and was placed perfectly into the upper left corner, well out of reach for a diving Bill Hamid. USA 1, IRL 4 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
IRL – Alex Pearce, 20th minute: USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya fought off Ireland’s defense to put in a cross from the right end line, eying Jozy Altidore at the far left post. Pearce intercepted with the header to surrender a U.S. corner kick.

USA – Bill Hamid, 27th minute: Ireland’s midfield lofted the ball toward the edge of the box, where the USA appeared to have control of the situation with numbers near the ball. However, the U.S. lost the ball to Ireland midfielder Daryl Murphy who shot from 10 yards out with a clear look at the goal. Hamid made himself big and stopped Murphy’s shot. 

IRL – Shay Given, 50th minute: Jozy Altidore had ample space when he shot from just outside 20 yards. Given anticipated the shot going the opposite direction, but he reacted in time to make the foot save and stave off the USA’s early attack in the second half. 

USA – Fabian Johnson, 78th minute: Ireland second-half sub Shane Long was all by himself to cross from the right side, but Johnson tracked back to clear the ball away from the far left side. The ball deflected off of USA defender Matt Besler for an Ireland corner kick. 

IRL – Shay Given, 81st minute: Forward Jordan Morris, making his U.S. MNT debut, had an immediate impact with a the dribble down the left side and cross to Greg Garza in the box. Garza shot from about nine yards out and Given kicked out a foot to make the save. It turned out to be an important moment for Ireland, which was hanging onto a one-goal lead and ended up scoring an insurance goal just one minute later. 

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is 2-5-2 all-time against the Republic of Ireland.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Bill Hamid in goal. Hamid earned his second cap and start. His only previous appearance was during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012, when he became the last U.S. goalkeeper to post a shutout in his first appearance.
  • The starting back line featured Timmy Chandler on the left, Fabian Johnson on the right and Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron at center back. Johnson was a starting midfielder against Colombia and switched to right back to open the second half of that match.
  • The USA’s starting midfield in a 4-1-3-2 formation included Kyle Beckerman in a holding role, Alfredo Morales and Alejandro Bedoya on the outside and Mix Diskerud in the middle. Bedoya earned his team-leading 12rth cap of 2014, and Morales earned his first start in his fifth overall appearance.
  • The starting front line featured team captain Jozy Altidore and Chris Wondolowski.
  • The USA is now 2-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s armband.
  • Among the USA substitutions against Ireland, Bobby Wood replaced Wondolowski to open the second half.
  • Greg Garza entered for Morales in the 65th minute to earn his fifth cap.
  • In the 76th minute, former Seattle Sounders FC Academy Player of the Year Jordan Morris made his MNT debut, replacing Timmy Chandler. Morris became the 50th player to earn a cap for Klinsmann this year. In the 77th minute, Rubio Rubin played in his second consecutive match, replacing Diskerud.
  • In the 87th minute, Tim Ream replaced Beckerman. Ream was brought in to replace John Brooks, who was kept out for precautionary reasons with a minor ankle issue.
  • Following the Colombia match, DeAndre Yedlin, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones and DaMarcus Beasley returned to their respective Major League Soccer teams. Yedlin and Seattle Sounders FC are preparing to face the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 23, while the New England Revolution’s Jones and Nguyen are set to face the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship earlier that day.
  • The U.S. is 33-15-11 all-time under Klinsmann.

Photo Gallery: MNT Training & Travel to Dublin

Photos from the U.S. MNT's final training session in London before departing for Dublin to face Ireland on Nov. 18.

Photo Gallery: MNT in London

Photos from the U.S. MNT's visit to the London Eye and final training session ahead of its big showdown against Colombia at Craven Cottage on Nov. 14, 2014. 

Klinsmann Names 25-Player Roster for Final Matches of 2014

CHICAGO (Nov. 10, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 25 players into camp for the final matches of the 2014 campaign. The U.S. will first meet No. 3-ranked Colombia on Friday, Nov. 14, in London. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and UniMas.

Four days later, the United States will play on the Republic of Ireland’s soil for the first time since 2002 when it faces the home side at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. ESPN2 and Univision begin coverage at 2:45 p.m. ET. Fans can follow both matches on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION - DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye,” said Klinsmann. “In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015.”

Klinsmann has once again chosen to blend youth and experience. A total of 16 players were part the squad that reached the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by four-time tournament veteran DaMarcus Beasley. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 12 players with 10 caps or less and an equal number that is 24 years old or younger.

U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES

  • DaMarcus Beasley is the leading capwinner on the roster with 120 appearances. Jozy Altidore is second with 74 caps.
  • Altidore has worn the captain’s armband twice in the past three matches, beginning with the 1-0 win on Sept. 3 against the Czech Republic.
  • Colombian-American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has played in 10 of 13 matches for the MNT in 2014 and is on pace to tie a career best for most in a single year (12). Both his father and grandfather played professionally in Colombia.
  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are headed to London, each sporting impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 19 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-2 record.
  • Jermaine Jones, who scored a mesmerizing goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, is again listed as a defender after having made a debut appearance at center back for the MNT in the 1-1 draw on Oct. 14 against Honduras.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the 2. Bundesliga table, appearing in all 13 matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, Morales has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense by his club.
  • Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his third consecutive appearance for the MNT, having made his debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team.
  • Mix Diskerud has reached double-digit starts for the National Team. After scoring his fourth-career goal against Ecuador, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-5 record when Diskerud steps on the field.
  • A total of eight players join from MLS squads: Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jones, Lee Nguyen, Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin. New England Revolution teammates Jones and Nguyen advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2007, and Yedlin’s Seattle Sounders FC faces FC Dallas in the second leg of its series Monday night with the hope of advancing to the Western Conference Championship.
  • Nguyen can earn his first cap for the U.S. MNT since 2007, when he made three international appearances. After entering as a substitute for Beasley in the 80th minute of the 4-1 win against China PR on June 2 in San Jose, he played two matches at Copa America in Venezuela. Nguyen (pronounced WIN) has 18 goals and five assists this season, making him a contender for the 2014 MLS MVP award.
  • Yedlin signed a contract to join north-London club Tottenham Hotspur, and could join the club as early as January.
  • Wondolowski spent the past week training at Fulham in advance of this camp.
  • Johnson earned both the MVP award and the Defender of the Year award for the Chicago Fire this season. He is coming off a training spell at Hull City.
  • Hamid backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround as the club was the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra and Stanford University striker Jordan Morris both return to the fold after debut appearances on an MNT roster this year. Ibarra became the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the National Team. The 24-year-old NASL Player of the Month for September got his first cap when entered as a 90th-minute sub in the 1-1 draw against Honduras.
  • Morris, who scored the game-winner for the U.S. U-23 MNT against the Bahamas in August, was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy. He is the first active college player to be included on a roster under Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Rubio Rubin also returns to the fold. He signed with Utrecht in July. The U.S. U-17 Residency alum was voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Youth Male Athlete of the Year.

Klinsmann Convoca 25 Jugadores Para Colombia e Irlanda, Cerrar el 2014

CHICAGO (10 de noviembre, 2014) -- El director técnico de la Selección Masculina Jurgen Klinsmann convocó a 25 jugadores para iniciar preparaciones para los últimos partidos del 2014. Estados Unidos se enfrentará al actual equipo No. 3 en el ranking de la FIFA, Colombia, el viernes, 14 de noviembre, en Londres. Más de 20,000 boletos han sido vendidos para el primer partido de Estados Unidos en Craven Cottage, hogar del Fulham FC. El inicio está programado para las 2:45 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por ESPN y UniMás.

Cuatro días después, Estados Unidos jugará en territorio de la República de Irlanda por primera vez desde el 2002 cuando se enfrente al anfitrión en Aviva Stadium en Dublin. ESPN2 y Univisión empezarán la cobertura a las 2:45 p.m. ET.  Aficionados pueden mantenerse al tanto de los dos partidos por Twitter @ussoccer y @ussoccer_esp.                                                 

NÓMINA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS POR POSICIÓN:

ARQUEROS (4): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENSAS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MEDIOCAMPISTAS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

DELANTEROS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

“Queremos terminar el 2014 de manera positiva y continuar a enfrentarnos a los mejores equipos del tu a tu,” dijo Klinsmann. “En estos últimos dos partidos queremos que nuestros veteranos realmente se conviertan en tutores tanto dentro como fuera del campo, y queremos ver a nuestros jóvenes aprovechar la oportunidad de mostrar su capacidad y crecer con la experiencia. Estas actuaciones marcarán el tono para el 2015.”

Klinsmann de nuevo optó por una mezcla de juventud y experiencia. Un total de 16 jugadores fueron parte del equipo que llegó a los octavos de final de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014, encabezados por el cuatro veces mundialista DaMarcus Beasley. Por otra parte, hay 12 jugadores con 10 partidos o menos con la selección mayor y la misma cantidad son menores de, o tienen 24 años.

NOTAS DE LA NÓMINA DE EE.UU.

  • DaMarcus Beasley tiene el mayor número de partidos con la selección en la nómina con 120 partidos. Jozy Altidore es el segundo con 74 partidos.
  • El mediocampista de herencia colombiana Alejandro Bedoya ha jugado en 10 de 13 partidos para la Selección en el 2014. Su padre y su abuelo jugaron fútbol profesionalmente en Colombia.
  • Los porteros mundialistas Brad Guzan y Nick Rimando parten hacia Londres, cada uno con impresionantes logros en su carrera con la Selección. Guzan tiene nueve partidos sin conceder gol en 19 partidos de titular, seis de los cuales fueron en partidos de eliminatoria mundialista. Rimando nunca ha perdido un partido con la Selección mayor, con un registro casi perfecto de 10-0-2.
  • El mediocampista del Ingolstadt Alfredo Morales ayudó a su equipo elevarse a la cima de la tabla de la 2. Bundesliga, jugando en los 13 partidos y anotando el primer gol de la campaña. Nacido en Alemania de padres Peruanos, ha sido utilizado como mediocampista y defensa por su club.
  • Greg Garza fue nombrado titular por primera vez contra Ecuador en su segundo partido con la Selección Masculina de EE.UU. Debutó con la Selección en la victoria de 1-0 contra la República Checa. El zaguero del Club Tijuana ahora ha competido con Estados Unidos en todos los niveles, empezando con la Selección Sub-14.
  • El delantero del Minnesota United FC Miguel Ibarra y el delantero de Stanford Jordan Morris regresan al grupo después de debutar en convocatorias de la Selección este año. Ibarra se convirtió en el primer jugador de la NASL moderna en ser convocado a la Selección. El Jugador del Mes de la NASL en Septiembre tiene 24 años y debuto en el minuto 90 como suplente en el empate de 1-1 contra Honduras.
  • Rubio Rubín también se vuelve a incorporar al grupo. Firmó con Utrecht en julio. El egresado del Programa de Residentes de la Selección Sub-17 de Estados Unidos fue elegido el Deportista Joven del Año en el 2012. 
The son of an American serviceman and a German mother, the dual citizen has excited fans with his decision to represent the United States at the international level. Speedy and adventurous, he has demonstrated versatility by occupying the flank defender role on either the right or left side and remains a bright prospect for the future. With a new contract in hand, Chandler has become an important contributor and regular starter at Nürnberg in the German Bundesliga.

 

  • Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Earned Man of the Match honors in the Oct. 11 game against Ecuador
  • Started the last five matches of the year at left back 
  • Made his debut for the U.S. National Team when he came in for the entire second half during the 1-1 draw with Argentina on March 26, 2011
  • Made his debut for Nürnberg on Jan. 15, 2011, and scored his first goal on Feb. 12 against VfB Stuttgart

2014: Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Has started four and played in six matches in 2014 ... Added three caps during the USA’s 2014 Send-Off Series including one start against Turkey in the team’s second match of the series … 2013: Started in one game for the U.S., a World Cup Qualifier on Feb. 26 against Honduras … He played all 90 minutes…2012: Played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar, his only appearance for the U.S. in 2012 ... 2011: Started seven of his eight games for the U.S. … Earned Man of the Match honors for his performance against Ecuador on Oct. 11 … Played the full 90 minutes for the first time when the U.S. faced Costa Rica on Sept. 2 … First Appearance: March 26, 2011, vs. Argentina … First Goal: None.

 

2013/14: Played in 21 games for FC Nurnberg, starting in 19, as the team finished 17th in the Bundesliga in his fourth campaign with the club … He had one goal and one assist on the season ... 2012/13: Made 30 appearances and 29 starts for FC Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, recording one goal and three assists as the club finished in tenth place with 44 points … Scored his lone goal of the season against Hannover 96 on September 26...2012: Continued to cement his place in the Nürnberg defense, starting every game in the first half of the season ... Scored his side's lone goal in teh 4-1 loss to Hannover on Sept. 26 ... 2011: Went the distance in 17 of the 18 Nürnberg games in all competitions in which he featured … Registered an assist on his side’s only goal in the 2-1 loss against Wolfsburg … 2010-11: Signed a new two-and-a-half year contract in March 2011 … Played the first half of the season with the reserve team before making his senior debut on Jan. 15, 2011 … Joined FC Nürnberg from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2010.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, to an African-American father and German mother … Spent three years living in New York as a child … Represented Germany at the U-15 level.
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