CARSON, Calif. (June 9, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 to move into first place in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, guaranteeing the United States a spot in the tournament quarterfinals.
Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson scored first and second half goals, respectively, to give the USA a comfortable win in front of a sold-out crowd at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Second-half substitute Landon Donovan also got on the board for the USA, assisting on Johnson’s goal to move into first place all-time with 85 career points for the United States.
The USA made ten changes to the lineup that opened the tournament by defeating Guatemala 1-0 on June 7, with Benny Feilhaber the lone carryover. With much more space to operate than in their opening match, the United States quickly started to find seams in the Trinidad & Tobago defense. Justin Mapp, in particular, had the run of the left side, able to create numerous scoring opportunities.
"Before the tournament we wanted to look at two groups for sure," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley after the game. "When the games come so quickly, we feel good about the depth that we have. I think that showed today. Throughout the year we have brought some new players into the team. Today was the first game for Michael Parkhurst, and I thought that he had a good solid match and that is important. It shows that going forward, we have the ability to create some pretty good combinations in all parts of the field, in our defense, in our midfield and with our forwards, and hopefully gives us not only the depth, but a little bit of flexibility, in terms of the way we play."
As they did against Guatemala, the USA got on the board just shy of the half-hour mark, after dominating possession for most of the game. On the 29th minute goal, Mapp stunned defender Seon Power with his speed in chasing down a long ball from Jonathan Spector into space on the left flank. With a confident touch, Mapp pushed the ball past Power and barreled into the box. Ching, who had initially started to drift to the near post, charged towards the center of the goal and directed the well-weighted ball into the back of the net. The goal resembled the Dempsey-Twellman combination from two nights ago, and was the fifth goal of Ching’s career.
In contrast to the USA, Trinidad & Tobago only made one change to their starting 11, despite having played less than 48 hours prior. The match was halted for several minutes in the first half after a collision between Williams and defender Anthony Noriega. Noriega lay on the field for seven minutes before being stretchered off with a suspected broken jaw. Following that collision, Trinidad & Tobago was forced to make their second substitution just five minutes late when Thomas Nickcelson came off with an injury.
As the half came to a close, both sides had a chance to change the face of the match. First, a miscommunication between Jay DeMerit and Michael Parkhurst (making his international debut) nearly gave striker Andre Pouissant a free run at goal, but Parkhurst gamely recovered to knock the ball over the endline. Then a quick counterattack the other way saw Johnson and Steve Ralston on the break, with Johnson feeding Ralston near the top of the box. He cut back inside past his mark, the left-footed effort forcing Williams into a sprawling save.
To begin the second half, Bradley substituted Donovan for Feilhaber, which caused even more problems for an out-gunned opponent. Within 10 minutes, Donovan was already on the board, timing a perfect run at the halfway line to sprint unchallenged into the right side of the penalty area with the ball. With two Trinidad & Tobago defenders chasing, Donovan rolled a perfect ball on the grass to Eddie Johnson to easily slam home for his 10th international goal.
For Donovan, the assist was the 25th of his career (already a record) and moved him past Eric Wynalda into first place all-time for the United States with 85 career points. The goal for Johnson was his first for the United States since a 4-0 victory against Guatemala on Feb. 19, 2006 (a span of 13 games).
“I was pleased to see Brian get on the scoreboard for us,” said Bradley. “I thought in the game against Ecuador he worked very hard and created openings for other players. He has been an important player for us and it is nice to see him score the game-winner today. It was a great set-up from Justin Mapp. Again we see the talent that he has and the ability he has to create some plays. On the second goal, just a great run and an unselfish play by Landon Donovan.”
Kasey Keller was called upon to make a number of solid saves during the match, none bigger than a parrying save of a 90th minute blast by Kerry Baptiste that preserved the shutout in his 99th career cap. The victory was the 51st of Keller’s career, and it was his 47th all-time shutout, extending his all-time USA bests.
The victory improved the USA’s incredible all-time record in opening round Gold Cup action to 20-0-1, and gave the team six points after two games, three more than both El Salvador and Guatemala. The United States is the first team in the tournament to guarantee passage into the second round, and is the only team in the tournament not to allow a goal.
The USA will close out group play on Tuesday, June 12 in Foxborough, Mass., against El Salvador (live on FSC and Telefutura at 7 p.m. ET). The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs through June 24 where the final is slated for Soldier Field in Chicago. Immediately following the Gold Cup, the USA will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open Group C play against Argentina on June 28, before facing Paraguay on July 2 and Colombia on July 5.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: June 9, 2007
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group B
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Weather: 71, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 0 0
USA – Brian Ching (Justin Mapp) 29th minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan) 54.
USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); Frank Simek, 12-Jay DeMerit, Michael Parkhurst, 4-Jonathan Spector; 14-Steve Ralston, 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp; 11-Brian Ching (6-Michael Bradley, 65), 9-Eddie Johnson (20-Taylor Twellman, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 7-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
TRI: 21-Jan Michael Williams, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Thomas Nickcolson (8-Kerry Baptiste, 24), 17-Seon Power, 20- Anthony Noriega (13-Christon Baptiste, 20), 2-Romauld Aguillera, 15-Andrei Pacheco (7-Trent Noel, 81), 16-Silvio Spann, 18-Densill Theobald, 11-Andre Toussaint, 14-Darryl Roberts
Subs not used: 1-Daurance Williams, 4-Dwayne Jack, 9- Errol McFarlane, 23-Kendall Jagdeosingh
Head Coach: Wilhelmus Rijsbergen
Stats Summary: USA TRI
Shots 16 8
Saves 2 6
Corner Kicks 0 4
Fouls 15 15
Offside 8 7
TRI – Keyeno Thomas (caution) 51st minute
TRI – Andrei Pacheco (caution) 77th minute
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hiran Depico (CUB)
Fourth Official: German Arredondo (MEX)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Brian Ching
Standings & Schedule/Results Available on Gold Cup Competitions Page
SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 2, 2007) — In the team’s final preparation match before the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team steamrolled China 4-1 in front of 20,821 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Four different players tallied goals for the U.S., as DaMarcus Beasley and Benny Feilhaber tallied in the first half, and then assisted on back-to-back headed strikes from Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu.
The victory improved the USA’s overall record in 2007 to 4-0-1 in five games under head coach Bob Bradley.
“Overall we were pleased with the effort,” said Bradley following the match. “I think that we got a lot out of this game. Anytime you play on this field in San Jose, the fact that it is a little smaller sharpens up a lot of things. Generally, I felt that there were a lot of good efforts. It is good for us, going into the Gold Cup, to get a game like this under our belts.” [More Quotes]
The U.S. jumped out to an early lead with Beasley slamming home his first-ever penalty kick for the USA in the 10th minute. It was the speedy midfielder himself who was tripped up in the penalty area, after trying to round Chinese goalkeeper Chen Dong on a breakaway that was set up with a perfectly weighted pass into space by midfielder Michael Bradley. The goal was the 13th of Beasley’s 63-game career.
Just five minutes later, though, some sloppy defending got China right back into the game as centerback Zhang Yaokun pounced on a loose ball in the area and ripped an uncontested shot from 11 yards into the upper left corner of the goal. Zhang’s good fortune was set up with the U.S. defense on its heels and failing to fully clear a cross into the area from the left flank. With the ball skittering out to the right, a wide-open Dong Fangzhuo shot errantly on goal, but a lunging stab from forward Wang Peng settled the ball perfectly for Zhang to rip past Tim Howard.
The winning goal for the U.S. came in the 28th minute on a beautiful combination from former U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team teammates Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan. After Clint Dempsey found Kljestan on the right wing, Feilhaber sprinted into the area onto a pass from the first-time cap-winner and reached the bouncing ball just in front of Chen to lift it toward the goal. With the ball destined to find the net, a desperate defensive lunge from Zhang went for naught as the USA took the lead for good. [Photo Gallery]
“Sasha just sent me through,” said Feilhaber. “At first the goalkeeper hesitated and I wanted him to come out. I even slowed down a little bit to see if he would come out. The ball started bouncing a little bit further away, skipped off the grass and on the second touch it sat up a bit. I figured that I would put the ball over the top. I was just hoping that the defender was not going to get there before the ball crossed the line.”
The USA’s dynamic 4-3-2-1 line-up took it to the Chinese from outset, with a high goal tally seeming to be in the cards as the second half began. After peppering China with a 7-2 shot advantage in the final 45 minutes, the dam finally broke for the USA with back-to-back headed goals in the 75th and 79th minute.
Dempsey knocked the USA’s third goal home on a perfectly placed corner kick from Feilhaber, emerging at the backside of the goal to easily head it past the potted Chen. The goal for Dempsey was a breakthrough of sorts, after Chen had made two fine saves to keep him off the board in the preceding 10 minutes.
With the game under control, Onyewu got into the act four minutes later crushing a header past Chen from seven yards out on a free kick from Beasley.
Bradley used all six of his subs, using the match to give four players their first cap: Charlie Davies, Kamani Hill, Lee Nguyen, and Kljestan. On the other end of the spectrum, Kasey Keller inched closer to the 100-cap plateau, taking over for Howard in the nets at the start of the second half to earn his 98th international appearance.
The four-goal explosion raised the USA’s goal total under Bob Bradley to 12 in five games. Perhaps more impressive than the 2.40 goals per game average for the U.S. in 2007 is the fact that eight different players have combined to score those goals. Of those 12 goals, the U.S. has also scored eight times in the second half, including two goals in every game except the team’s 0-0 draw with Guatemala on March 28, 2007.
Carlos Bocanegra went the entire 90 minutes for the U.S., wearing the captain’s armband for the first time in his USA career. Bocanegra is the fourth different player to serve as captain under Bradley.
“What we've tried to do is make sure that there are a group of guys who are ready to take bigger roles in this team … guys who are ready to step-up to set the tone all the time,” added Bradley. “It has been really nice in every camp to see more and more guys joining that group. In this particular camp, Carlos Bocanegra got the nod. Carlos is a player who, for sure, has earned the respect of all his teammates with his commitment to the game. He plays hard. He talks. He organizes. Going forward, he is a key guy in what we are doing. At the same time, it could have been Tim Howard. It could have been Oguchi Onyewu. More and more, I am very pleased with the way DaMarcus has stepped-up. We will think about the part of who gets it permanently as we more forward. But for right now, it is very important just to see a group of guys feeling that this next cycle is in their hands.”
Next up for the USA is their much-anticipated title defense at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off with a rematch against Guatemala on June 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. will then face Trinidad & Tobago on June 9 in the same venue, before concluding group play against El Salvador on June 12 in Foxborough, Mass. The 12-team Gold Cup tournament runs through June 24 where the final is slated for Soldier Field in Chicago.
Immediately following the Gold Cup, the USA will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open Group C play against Argentina on June 28, before facing Paraguay on July 2 and Colombia on July 5.
2007 USA Schedule
Date Match-up Venue Time / TV
June 7 USA vs. Guatemala ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 6 p.m. PT / FSC & Telefutura
June 9 USA vs. T&T ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / FSC & Telefutura
June 12 USA vs. El Salvador ^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 7 p.m. ET / FSC & Telefutura
June 16/17 Quarterfinal ^* Foxborough or Houston TBD
June 21 Semifinal ^* Soldier Field (Chicago) TBD
June 24 Final ^* Soldier Field (Chicago) 3 p.m. ET
June 28 USA vs. Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) 8:45 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 2 USA vs. Paraguay # Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 5 USA vs. Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 6:30 p.m. ET / GolTV
July 7/8 Quarterfinals #* San Cristóbal, Barinas, Maturín, Barq. TBD
July 10/11 Semifinals #* Caracas, Puerto Ordaz TBD
July 14 Final #* Caracas Olympic Stadium (Caracas) 5:05 p.m. ET
Aug. 22 Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 2:30 p.m. ET /
FSC & Galavision (2:30 ET/PT)
Oct. 14 USA vs. Catalonia Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain) TBD / FSC & Galavision
Oct. 17 USA vs. Switzerland TBD (TBD) 2:30 p.m. ET / FSC & Galavision
^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America
* If necessary
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. China
Date: June 2, 2007
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Spartan Stadium – San Jose, California
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, blue skies
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
China 1 0 1
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (penalty kick) 10th minute.
CHN – Zhang Yaokun (Wang Peng) 15.
USA – Benny Feilhaber (Sacha Kljestan) 28.
USA – Clint Dempsey (Benny Feilhaber) 75.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (DaMarcus Beasley) 79.
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Kasey Keller, 46); 17-Jonathan Spector (2-Frank Simek, 74), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 16-Sacha Kljestan (11-Kamani Hill, 74), 5-Benny Feilhaber (15-Jesse Marsch, 80), 6-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (14-Lee Nguyen, 80); 9-Ante Razov (19-Charlie Davies, 66)
Subs not used: 12-Jay DeMerit
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
CHN: 42-Chen Dong; 3-Zhang Shuai, 4-Zhang Yaokun, 13-Xu Yunlong, 5-Sun Xiang; 19-Dong Fangzhuo (18-Zheng Bin, 67), 8-Li Tie (29-Li Yan, 76), 21-Zhao Xuri (11-Du Wenhui, 89), 28-Wang Dong; 9-Shao Jiayi (capt.), 26-Wang Peng (7-Qu Bo, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Zong Lei, 12-Cao Yang, 16-Ji Mingyi, 17-Hao Junmin, 20-Zhang Baofeng, 25-Xin Feng, 27-Du Zhenyu, 45-Yang Jun
Head Coach: Zhu Guanghu
Stats Summary: USA CHN
Shots 10 6
Saves 2 4
Corner Kicks 4 4
Fouls 18 11
Offside 8 3
CHN – Chen Dong (caution) 9th minute.
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 81.
Referee: Hugo Guajardo MEX)
1st Asst.: Arturo Velasquez (MEX)
2nd Asst.: Alfonso Horcasitas (MEX)
Fourth Official: Brian Hall (USA)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: DaMarcus Beasley
CHICAGO (May 29, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 19 players that will prepare to take on China on June 2 in San Jose, Calif. Kickoff at Spartan Stadium is set for 5 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The team began assembling in Los Angeles this past Sunday (May 27), and the full roster takes part in training today. The U.S. will head to San Jose on Thursday afternoon following training, with a final tuneup scheduled in the stadium on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.
“Bringing this group to San Jose accomplishes two important goals,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “First, we get excellent preparation for many of the players who will help defend our Gold Cup title beginning next week. Second, we get the chance to introduce some exciting young prospects to the senior national team and give them a taste of what this experience is all about. There isn’t a better place to perform both those tasks than in front of the great soccer fans in San Jose.”
The roster boasts 13 players that are part of the USA’s 2007 Gold Cup title defense, including all 11 of the players based in Europe. Six of those players appeared on the USA’s 2006 World Cup roster. Kasey Keller, the all-time leader in wins and shutouts amongst U.S. goalkeepers, is just three appearances shy of the coveted 100 cap plateau. Fulham send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Dempsey having scored the USA’s lone goal in the 2006 World Cup. Michael Bradley, who is expected to be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in Canada this summer, is part of the youth movement along with Benny Feilhaber and Jonathan Spector.
In addition to the 11 European-based players that will compete in the Gold Cup, Bradley has enlisted four players from his former side Chivas USA. The 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year, defender Jonathan Bornstein already earned his first cap and goal this year in the 3-1 win against Denmark on Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center. Scoring four goals in the first eight games of the 2007 MLS season, Ante Razov is the third leading goalscorer in MLS history with 106 tallies. In 24 appearances for the United States, most recently in 2004, Razov has scored six goals.
Bradley will also look at a trio of U.S. U-23 prospects who are currently plying their trade in Europe. Berkeley native Kamani Hill, who was a four-year letter winner at Berkeley High School under Janu Juarez, moved to German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after leading the UCLA Bruins in scoring. Lee Nguyen, a member of the PSV Eindhoven team that won the Dutch league title this year, was the only high school player on the USA’s roster for the 2005 World Youth Championship. Charlie Davies, a standout forward at Boston College and former U.S. youth international, comes into camp from Hammarby IF in Sweden.
The June 2 match will be the eighth meeting between the U.S. and China, and the hosts hold a 4-1-2 record vs. their guests. Overall, the U.S. has a 1-0-2 record at Spartan Stadium and a 9-6-3 record in the Bay Area including last year’s 3-2 victory vs. Japan on goals by Taylor Twellman, Eddie Pope and Clint Dempsey. The last appearance at Spartan Stadium was a 2-0 victory over Wales on May 23, 2003, on goals by Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan.
Just five days after the China match, the U.S. will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.
U.S. Men's National Team Roster vs. China - June 2, 2007
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8''||145||05/24/82||62/12||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0''||170||05/25/79||44/6||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Bornstein, Jonathan||D||5'9"||145||11/07/84||2/1||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||4/0||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
||Hammarby IF (Sweden)|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/09/79||1/0||Green Bay, Wisc.||Watford FC (England)|
|Dempsey, Clint||M||6'1''||170||03/09/83||26/6||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|Feilhaber, Benny||M||5'9"||150||01/19/85||2/0||Irving, Calif.||Hamburger SV (Germany)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||1/0||Home Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
||F||6'0"||175||12/28/85||0/0||Berkeley, Calif.||Vfl Wolfsburg (Germany)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||18||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||97/0||Lacey, Wash.||Bor. M'gladbach (Germa ny)|
||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||0/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Nguyen, Lee||M||5'8"||149||10/07/86||0/0||Richardson, Texas
||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||18/1||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
||F||6'1"||175||03/02/74||24/6||Los Angeles, Calif.
||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Simek, Frank||D||5'11"||163||10/13/84||1/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Sheffield Wednesday (England)|
|Spector, Jonathan||D||6'0"||180||03/01/86||5/0||Arlington Heights, Ill.||West Ham United (England)|
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jesse Marsch (Chivas USA), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven)
FORWARDS (3) – Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Ante Razov (Chivas USA)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
CHICAGO (May 24, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will seek to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in the 2007 edition of the tournament that takes place from June 6-24 in six cities across the U.S.
The USA kicks off action on June 7 vs. Guatemala at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and will also play their second group match there on Saturday, June 9, vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The group stage will end for the U.S. on June 12 vs. El Salvador at 7 p.m. ET after a cross country trip to Foxborough, Mass. All three U.S. group matches will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. Fans can also follow all the USA’s matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The European-based players will begin arriving into the Los Angeles area on May 27 to start training, with the MLS contingent reporting to the Gold Cup camp on June 3.
“As I have said, winning the Gold Cup is our most important priority this year, and I believe we have assembled a team capable of doing that,” said Bradley. “We have a very good blend of talent, youth and experience. This is a great opportunity to continue to secure our place as one of the top teams in the region, as well as obtain valuable experience as we progress towards World Cup qualifying in 2008.”
The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team, led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. Kasey Keller, who is the all-time leader in Gold Cup appearances for the USA (21), can become the only player in U.S. history to appear in six of the regional championship tournaments. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who already has five goals and one assist in 2007, is tied for second on the all-time U.S. Gold Cup scorers list with Brian McBride at eight goals. At the other end of the spectrum, a total of 14 players will be vying for their first-ever Gold Cup cap.
The roster is a near even split of players based in Europe and at home, with Bradley calling on the services of 11 players from overseas. Oguchi Onyewu, who was named Man of the Match in the 2-0 win against Canada on July 9, 2005, in Seattle, scored his first career goal in second-half stoppage time to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 win past Honduras and into the 2005 final. Fulham send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Bocanegra having started all five matches in the USA’s run to the 2002 Gold Cup crown. Seven of the ‘Euro’s’ will have the chance to make their Gold Cup debuts, including goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has already amassed eight shutouts in 18 international appearances. Michael Bradley, who is expected to be part of the team that represents the U.S. in the U-20 World Cup in Canada this summer, is part of the youth movement along with Benny Feilhaber and Jonathan Spector.
On the domestic front, the New England Revolution contributes the most players of any squad, sending three players to California. Steve Ralston is the only member of the trio with Gold Cup experience, having played eight games over two tournaments and collecting a medal in ’05. Current MLS leading scorer Taylor Twellman and Michael Parkhurst also head west from Boston. The Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA both send a pair, Brian Ching the veteran of that quartet with 21 caps and four goals for the U.S. Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni appears in his fourth Gold Cup, and is one of six players on the roster with two Gold Cup medals (Beasley, Bocanegra, Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Keller). All told, eight MLS teams will be represented in the tournament. In addition, there will be players on the roster hailing from an amazing 15 different states.
The U.S. claimed the regional crown in 2005 by topping Panama in penalty kicks following 120 minutes of scoreless soccer at Giants Stadium. Conversions by Santino Quaranta, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, as well as a key save from Kasey Keller, clinched the trophy for the U.S. Donovan and Beasley led the U.S. through the tournament scoring three goals each, and Onyewu and Jimmy Conrad established themselves in the center of the U.S. defense.
The U.S. is 18-0-1 all-time in group play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In addition to the three aforementioned titles in the first eight editions of the regional championship, the U.S. has also finished second twice and third twice. Overall, the U.S. has a 29-4-5 record in Gold Cup play, and the U.S. is 3-1 in penalty shootouts. Brazil and Mexico are each responsible for two of the U.S. defeats, while Colombia eliminated the U.S. on penalties in the 2000 quarterfinals.
The U.S. is gearing up for a busy summer, beginning with a tune-up match against China on June 2 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose (tickets). Following the Gold Cup, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event, and the first since a third place finish in 1995. The United States will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wed., Aug. 22 at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden.
U.S. Men's National Team 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster
|1||Howard, Tim||GK||6'3"||210||03/06/79||18||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|2||Hejduk, Frankie||D||5'8"||155||08/05/74||72/5||Cardiff, Calif.||Columbus Crew (MLS)|
|3||Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0''||170||05/25/79||44/6||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|4||Mastroeni, Pablo||M||5'10"||170||08/26/76||52/0||Phoenix, Ariz.||Colorado Rapids (MLS)|
|5||Feilhaber, Benny||M||5'9"||150||01/19/85||2/0||Irving, Calif.||Hamburger SV (Germany)|
|6||Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||4/0||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|7||Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||05/24/82||62/12||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||PSV Eindhoven (Holland)|
|8||Dempsey, Clint||M||6'1"||170||03/09/83||26/6||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|9||Johnson, Eddie||F||6'0"||180||03/31/84||24/9||Palm Coast, Fla.||Kansas City Wizards (MLS)|
|10||Donovan, Landon||F||5'8"||148||03/04/82||88/30||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|11||Ching, Brian||F||6'1"||195||05/04/78||21/4||Haleiwa, Hawaii||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|12||DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/09/79||1/0||Green Bay, Wisc.||Watford FC (England)|
|13||Bornstein, Jonathan||D||5'9"||145||11/07/84||2/1||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|14||Ralston, Steve||M||5'9"||160||06/14/74||32/4||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|15||Simek, Frank||D||5'11"||163||10/13/84||1/0||St. Louis, Mo.||Sheffield Wednesday (England)|
|16||Parkhurst, Michael||D||5'11"||155||01/24/84||0/0||Providence, R.I.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|17||Spector, Jonathan||D||6'0"||180||03/01/86||5/0||Arlington Heights, Ill.||West Ham United (England)|
|18||Keller, Kasey||GK||6'2"||190||11/29/69||97/0||Lacey, Wash.||Bor. M'gladbach (Germany)|
|19||Clark, Ricardo||M||5'10"||150||05/10/83||3/0||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|20||Twellman, Taylor||F||5'11"||170||02/29/80||20/5||St. Louis, Mo.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|21||Mapp, Justin||M||5'10"||140||10/18/84||2/0||Brandon, Miss.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|22||Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||18/1||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|23||Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||1/0||Home Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
DEFENDERS (8) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8) – DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Steve Ralston (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (4) – Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
Head Coach Bob Bradley
On the match:
“I think it was a good learning experience, particularly for our younger players. It’s a different kind of game, one that they need to see, because we all understand that we are going to see these kinds of games in qualifying. At times tonight it seemed like we were afraid to make a mistake. We have to find the confidence to push the game harder. There is a mentality that goes along with it, that even if the goal doesn’t come easily, it’s not that something that you allow to frustrate you. Those are things that hopefully we can learn from.”
On whether there is things to learn from tonight that will help for the June 7 match in the Gold Cup:
“Sure - an understanding of the possibility of another game that feels like this. Knowing how to stick to the task a little bit better, knowing how to break things down … it’s certainly good for us to experience this kind of game.”
On his plans for next couple months:
“I need to get to Europe and see some games there and begin the process of talking to some of those clubs about the summer schedule. I’ll see a lot of MLS games. There’s a lot of planning in terms of two important tournaments this summer.”
On the play of Kenny Cooper:
“I think he continues to gain experience from being in camps and getting some minutes. Sometimes we see some very good things. I still think he’s learning about the speed of the game, learning to think a little faster. So it was good to get him on the field tonight and let him see some of those things.”
On the play of Eddie Johnson:
“Throughout the first three months of the year he has come back into the national team with a really good attitude. He’s worked really hard. A lot of people have almost pushed him aside. I think we have seen progress. The game the other day I thought his movement was pretty good and his effort was pretty good. There were still times with the ball where he rushes or needs to almost shift down a little bit. Tonight is more a thinking exercise for him. Finding the right spaces and making the right choices in a tight situation has never been his best thing yet. We feel like he is a young player who still needs us to challenge him. We’re not giving up on him.”
Forward Kenny Cooper
On the crowd’s ovation when he came into the match:
“Yea, it was very nice. It was very special to be able to play here in Dallas. Going to high school here, I’ve said before there’s so many people in Dallas who’ve been so influential in my soccer career, whether it’s been coaches I’ve played for, my parents that where here, my whole family that was here. It was very special.”
On his opportunities during the match:
“I think I played about 30 minutes and I’m very grateful for that, I appreciate that. To come into this camp, I feel honored to be a part of it and be a part of this game. To represent my country is a huge thing for me, very exciting. It was fun to be out there and have fun to play again.”
On if the match was frustrating:
“I guess one of the things was that we didn’t finish. I felt we had good possession of the ball at times and created some good chances, but I guess we didn’t have the final touch tonight.”
On Guatemala sitting back and defending:
“They were tough to break down. We did have some opportunities that we weren’t able to finish, but credit to them, they did well to keep us out of the net.”
Defender Frank Simek
On earning his first cap:
“It was pretty cool. It was something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now and it was a great honor to get my first cap. The result could have gone better for us I thought, but they sat in and frustrated us. All in all, it was a decent performance, but we should have ended up better.”
On the similarities between this game and one with his club in England:
“Not many. There’s not many. It’s night and day really. The pace of this game is a lot slower. Obviously, when you’re playing a team like Guatemala they are going to make it difficult for you as well. It was night and day, that’s for sure.”
Midfielder Landon Donovan
On if they created enough quality chances:
“Not really. There were a few decent ones, but still, in a game like that you’re probably not going to see a lot of chances. We didn’t do a good enough job to get the ball into the places where we needed to create chances.”
On if he thinks Guatemala would play a similar way in the Gold Cup:
“Sure. Why not? It worked, right? They don’t care what it looked like, they were there to get a result. Give them credit, they did what they needed to do.”
Defender Jay DeMerit
On getting his first cap:
“It was good. I enjoyed every minute of it. Obviously, there are still things to improve on, but as a first time out we held together and kept a clean sheet. It would have been great to get a win in your first cap, but overall I enjoyed it and we got a decent result. It was a great challenge and hopefully, there is more to come.”
On his future with the national team:
“I’m hoping I can continue on the road I’m on. Obviously, I try to improve every day of the week and that’s the main thing. And if I can do that with U.S. Soccer as well, I’d love for that challenge."