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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.

MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

The countdown clock continues to tick as the May deadline for FIFA World Cup-bound nations to submit their preliminary 30-man tournament rosters draws ever closer. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stating that, “The door remains open till the very last day,” for U.S. players in leagues all over the world, so the pressure to put in eye-catching performances increases with each match.

While, MLS-based players are gearing up for the domestic season, players abroad find themselves beginning their club campaigns in Mexico or cutting through the meat of seasons across Europe. With games taking place all over the globe from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Klinsmann and his staff will fan out across Europe to take in a couple games in person.

On Saturday, some of the coaches will pay a visit to Nurnberg to watch defender Timmy Chandler lace up his boots for a go-round with visiting Bayern Munich. GolTV will air the match live at 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

A second group will set up shop at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England, to check out Geoff Cameron and visiting Stoke City battle the Saints. The match will be available live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans who wish to do some scouting of their own can check out the following list of games that will be broadcast in the United States this weekend, featuring up to 13 U.S. MNT players who will be looking to impress as the competition for a World Cup roster spot continues to heat up:

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

FRIDAY
ESPN Deportes
TIJUANA-MONTERREY (live) 10:30 p.m. (Liga MX)
Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez

SATURDAY
GolTV
NÜRNBERG-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 9:30 a.m. (Bundesliga)
Timmy Chandler

NBC Sports Live Extra
SOUTHAMPTON-STOKE CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Geoff Cameron

ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Brad Guzan

SUNDERLAND-HULL CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Jozy Altidore

SUNDAY
USA Network
TOTTENHAM-EVERTON (live) 8:30 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Tim Howard

USA NETWORK, mun2
MANCHESTER UNITED-FULHAM (live) 11 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Clint Dempsey

ESPN Deportes
PUEBLA-CHIVAS (live) 1 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

GolTV
SCHALKE-HANNOVER (live) 11:30 p.m. (Bundesliga)
Steve Cherundolo

MONDAY
beIN SPORTS

NANTES-LYON (delay) 12:30 p.m. (League1)
Alejandro Bedoya

MNT Weekend Rewind: Jermaine Back on the Board, Cherundolo Back in Action

This past weekend, numerous U.S. Men’s National Team players put in positive performances for clubs across Europe. From scoring goals to not allowing them and everything in between, here’s a rundown of notable performances by Yanks abroad.

Highlights of the weekend action from MNT players abroad:

  • Jermaine Jones hit a cannon of a shot that provided the insurance for Schalke in a 3-0 win against Stuttgart. The goal was the first for Jones in a Schalke uniform since he tallied against Galatasary in the Champions League last February, and his first in league play since September of 2012.
  • Steve Cherundolo returned to the field for the first time since May, entering as a substitute as Hannover posted a 2-0 shutout against Frankfurt.
  • Speaking of first minutes, Brek Shea earned his first Premier League action of the campaign when he played the final 30 minutes for Stoke City in their 4-0 loss at Everton.
  • Tim Howard collected his seventh shutout of the campaign, equaling the current English Premier League best mark, as Everton now sits fifth place in the table.
  • Michael Bradley started for Roma in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta, which kept his side in second place. Bradley has now appeared in all but one Serie A match for which he was available this season.

The coming week promises to deliver more action for U.S. MNT players as there are a bevy of mid-week English Premier League matches on NBCSN Live Extra, including Howard and Everton visiting Manchester United (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET), Shea and his Stoke City teammate Geoff Cameron hosting Cardiff City (Wednesday, 2:45 ET) and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland welcoming Chelsea to the Stadium of Light (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET.).

Across the Channel, Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes face a double-game week, first welcoming Valenciennes to Bretagne before traveling to Marseille on Friday (4:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sport).

A chance for silverware will be on hand when Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting Kansas City take on Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake in the 18th edition of MLS Cup, which will air Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and UniMas.

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."

MNT Weekend Round Up: Diskerud's Drive or Johannsson's Jive?

Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson are roommates on the road for the MNT - and pretty darn good bowlers as well, but that's another story. Each had a magnificent goal for their club on the weekend, sparking the debate: who had the better finish?

Start with Mix Diskerud, who scored for Rosenborg in the Norwegian Cup final against Molde. A nice bit of patience, a nice set-up touch, then, hello Upper 90!

Johannsson had what has become a typical finish for the young striker, taking on a defender and cutting back across the goal before finishing far post. The strike was his 15th in all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar.

You can be sure these two guys are debating it, so now you decide...

In other highlights from the weekend:

  • Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea were on the winning end of their duel with Jozy Altidore as Stoke City won 2-0 against Sunderland.
  • The Merseyside derby produced a cracker as Tim Howard and Everton drew 3-3 with Liverpool.
  • Fabian Johnson returned to the starting lineup for Hoffenheim in his side’s losing effort against FC Augsburg.
  • The MNT will be well represented at the 2013 MLS Cup, as U.S. regulars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) have advanced to the Final that takes place Dec. 7 at Sporting Park. Sporting KC collected a 2-1 win in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semis against Houston, while Real Salt Lake picked up an impressive 1-0 win in the West semis on the road at Portland.

Two games remain on the slate for MNT players this Monday as Michael Bradley and Roma host Cagliari (2:30 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT) while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are at West Brom (3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).

Game Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Costa Rica

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica - 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Estadio Nacional – San Jose
Sept. 6, 2013

USA IN SAN JOSE TO ATTEMPT TO MAKE HISTORY:  The U.S. Men’s National Team resumes World Cup Qualifying with another historic opportunity when it faces Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose. Leading the Hexagonal with 13 points through six games, the MNT has never won an away qualifier in Costa Rica. The Ticos are second place in the group with 11 points.

Kickoff at Estadio Nacional is set for 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on  beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. is riding a record-setting 12-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.

U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey is primed to earn his 100th cap for the United States. Dempsey has 12 goals in World Cup Qualifying during his international career, which ties him for first place on the USA’s all-time list. He is the only U.S. player to appear in all 12 matches in this qualifying cycle.

Klinsmann just passed the two-year anniversary of his tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team and has compiled some impressive results, including a record-tying winning percentage in 2012 (.750) and a record-setting winning streak that utilized 35 different players.

Four days later, a sold-out crowd in Columbus, Ohio will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

TOP FIVE NOTES

  • There is a scenario in which the U.S. could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the Costa Rica match. In order for that to occur, the U.S. must beat Costa Rica, Mexico must tie Honduras, and Panama must lose or draw against Jamaica.
  • Jozy Altidore was cleared to resume workouts Tuesday after receiving a full medical evaluation.  He sat out Sunderland’s match on Sept. 1 with soreness in his hamstring.
  • Altidore has scored in his last five matches for the United States, becoming the only player in U.S. history to accomplish this feat. He was Budweiser Man of the Match in the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scoring three goals and recording an assist.
  • Dempsey’s seven goals in this qualifying cycle leads all U.S. scorers. His most recent strike in the campaign proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. [WATCH SNOWCLASICO HIGHLIGHTS]
  • A total of 11 players were part of the Gold Cup winning squad: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Edgar Castillo, Mix Diskerud, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Michael Orozco and Nick Rimando.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

U.S. MNT 2013 RESULTS/SCHEDULE

Date 

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue 

Jan. 29

Canada

0-0 T

--

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6

Honduras*

1-2 L

Dempsey

Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

1-0 W

Dempsey

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

March 26

Mexico*

0-0 T

--

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

May 29

Belgium

2-4 L

Cameron, Dempsey

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

June 2

Germany

4-3 W

Altidore, Dempsey (2), own goal

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7

Jamaica*

2-1 W

Altidore, Evans

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11

Panama*

2-0 W

Altidore, E. Johnson

CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.

June 18

Honduras*

1-0 W

Altidore

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 5

Guatemala

6-0 W

Gomez, Donovan (2), Wondolowski, Goodson, Bedoya

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

July 9

Belize^

6-1 W

Wondolowski (3), Holden, Bedoya, Donovan

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13

Cuba^

4-1 W

Donovan, Corona, Wondolowski (2)

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

1-0 W

Shea

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

July 21

 

 

July 24

July 28

Aug. 14

 

Sept. 6

El Salvador^

 

 

Honduras^

Panama^

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Costa Rica*

5-1 W

 

 

3-1 W

1-0 W

4-3 W

 

8 p.m.

Goodson, Corona, Johnson, Donovan, Diskerud

Johnson, Donovan (2)

Shea

E. Johnson, Altidore (3)

 

beIN SPORT

M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Md.

 

 

Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

Soldier Field; Chicago

Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium; Sarajevo

 

Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica

Sept. 10

Mexico*

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

ESPN network, WatchESPN, UniMas

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

beIN SPORT

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup

ROSTER NOTES

  • Eight players on the U.S. roster are carrying yellow cards. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.
  • Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Omar Gonzalez are the only four players to have started all six games in the Hexagonal.
  • Donovan returns to World Cup Qualifying action for the first time since June 12, 2012, the 1-1 draw in Guatemala, an absence spanning 10 matches.
  • He is the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup Qualifying appearances (37), and currently sits on 21 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 2013. He owns the single-year point record of 22 set in 2007 (9 goals, 4 assists).
  • Eddie Johnson leads all U.S. players with 13 appearances in 2013, and has accumulated four goals and one assist. Beasley, who captained the team in the Gold Cup, has started the most games (12).
  • Besler and Gonzalez have been the center back pairing for the last four qualifiers, beginning with the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico on March 26 in Mexico City.
  • Bedoya, who recently transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Two players on the roster made their senior team debut in the win against Bosnia. John Brooks, a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, started at center back. AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson, born in Mobile, Ala., completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute. The 22-year-old has four goals for AZ thus far this season.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
  • Guzan was voted the 2013 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
  • Leagues from eight different countries are represented on the roster.

USA vs. COSTA RICA

  • The United States has never won an away World Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica and holds 0-7-1 record.
  • The U.S. is 6-8-3 all-time in World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica. Overall, the USA enjoys a slight edge in the series at 13-12-6, having taken the upper hand in 2013 after capturing consecutive 1-0 wins in official competitions this year.
  • Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner and DaMarcus Beasley earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors in the Snowclasico on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. A total of 10 players on the current roster saw action in that match. The lineup that day: Guzan; Cameron, Goodson, Beasley; Jones (Edu, 83), Bradley; Zusi (E. Johnson, 75), Dempsey, Gomez (Beckerman, 90+4); Altidore
  • That victory ended a five-game unbeaten streak for Costa Rica against the U.S. at 3-0-2, dating back to 2005.
  • In the third game of the Gold Cup group stage, Brek Shea tallied the lone goal on July 16 in East Hartford, Conn.
  • Donovan (2001, 2009) and Beasley (2005, 2009) have each played twice in qualifiers in Costa Rica. Bradley and Howard both participated in the 3-1 loss on June 3, 2009, in San Jose.
  • Bradley, Dempsey and Donovan (3) have all scored against Costa Rica, and all three in World Cup Qualifiers. Bradley’s goal started the comeback that resulted in a 2-2 draw on Oct. 14, 2009, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. That result delivered the USA a first-place finish in the Hexagonal and forced Costa Rica into a playoff against Uruguay, which they lost.
  • The U.S. posted its first victory against Costa Rica on June 14, 1988, a 1-0 international friendly win in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The USA’s first World Cup Qualifying win against Costa Rica was a 1-0 shutout on April 30, 1989, in St. Louis, Mo. National Soccer Hall of Famer and current U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos had the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute.
  • The team’s most successful stretch against Costa Rica was a three-game winning streak from 2002-05.
  • The U.S. earned a 2-0 victory on Feb. 2, 2002, to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup title, with goals from Josh Wolff and Jeff Agoos and a four-save shutout from goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
  • The USA rallied from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 3-2 victory in the third-place game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 26, 2003. Bobby Convey scored his first international goal in the 66th minute for the game-winner. Carlos Bocanegra had a 29th-minute goal and Earnie Stewart notched an equalizer in the 56th minute.
  • For its third-straight win against Costa Rica, the USA posted a 3-0 victory on June 4, 2005, in World Cup Qualifying in Salt Lake City, which was the last time the U.S. has beaten Costa Rica in international competition. Donovan scored a pair of goals and Brian McBride added an 87th-minute goal for the three-goal advantage.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

6

4

1

1

7

3

 +4

13

Costa Rica

6

3

1

2

4

2

+2

11

Mexico

6

1

0

5

3

2

+1

8

Honduras

6

2

3

1

6

7

  -1

7

Panama

6

1

2

3

5

7

  -2

6

Jamaica

6

0

4

2

2

8

  -6

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 6
Mexico v. Honduras        9:30 p.m. ET
Costa Rica v. USA             10 p.m. ET
Panama v. Jamaica          10 p.m. ET

Sept. 10
USA v. Mexico                  8 p.m. ET
Jamaica v. Costa Rica      8 p.m. ET
Honduras v. Panama      9 p.m. ET

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IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • After the 4-3 win against Bosnia, the U.S. MNT currently holds a record plus-26 goal differential in 2013. The USA has outscored its opponents 43-17 this year, ranking ahead of the USA’s 2000 campaign when the squad outscored its opponents 34-11 (plus-23 goal differential).
  • With the win against El Salvador on July 21, the MNT collected double-digits in victories in a single year for the eighth time in team history.
  • Now with 35 goals, Dempsey is second on the USA’s all-time scoring list behind Donovan.
  • Altidore sits in seventh place with 20 goals.
  • Following the win against Germany on June 2, the U.S. is now 2-1-1 under Klinsmann against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world.
  • The first victory in Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying added to the list of firsts during Klinsmann’s tenure that include the win against four-time World Cup champion Italy and the road win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0              Wins for the U.S. in Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying.
1              U.S. player on the roster who scored his first international goal in 2013 (Bedoya)
5              Number of U.S. players on the roster with at least 80 caps
8              Countries with leagues represented on the U.S. roster
12           Consecutive wins (team record)
24           U.S. MNT wins under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: On July 29, 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The former World Cup and European Champion has been at the helm for two years. Here’s a look at the program’s achievements so far. 

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 24-8-6 record
  • He has led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2012 with a 9-2-3 record, good for a .750 winning percentage and equaling the best ever winning percentage.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup, during which they scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann the United States has a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying.
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match

By the numbers:
8 – Wins in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
12 – Consecutive wins, a team record
15 – Clean sheets
24 – Wins
37 – Goals allowed
70 – Goals scored

MORE IN THE JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann is in his third year and second full calendar year in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Costa Rican Football Federation
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 in 1990 (2-2-0 record)
Leading Capwinner: Walter Centeno (137)
Top Scorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)

COSTA RICA UPDATE

  • Since falling to the United States on March 22 in Colorado, the Costa Ricans are unbeaten in their last four World Cup Qualifiers, going 3-0-1 and posting four straight shutouts. That includes three wins at home and a 0-0 draw in Mexico.
  • The Ticos have deployed 38 different players in this cycle.
  • Alvaro Saborio sits in fifth place on the MLS scoring charts with 10 goals. He came off his best MLS season in 2012 with Real Salt Lake after scoring 17 goals. That was the third-most goals in the league and set a new RSL record, breaking the mark of 16 set by Jeff Cunningham in 2006.
  • Saborio is Costa Rica’s leading scorer with seven goals in this World Cup Qualifying cycle – six in the semifinal round to lead all CONCACAF players and a goal in the final round. He notched a hat trick on June 12, 2012, during a 4-0 victory against Guyana.
  • Costa Rica scored 14 goals en route to a runner-up finish in Group B of the semifinal round qualifying and tallied two goals in the final round opener against Panama. The 16 total goals lead all CONCACAF teams, followed closely behind Mexico, which had 15 goals in the semifinal round and played Jamaica to a scoreless draw on Feb. 6 in its final round opener.

COSTA RICA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense).
DEFENDERS (8): Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), José Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Óscar Duarte (Brugges), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Júnior Díaz (Mainz).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), José Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Celso Borges (AIK), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesunds), Diego Calvo (Varelenga), Mauricio Castillo (Saprissa).
FORWARDS(6): Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Randall Brenes (Cartaginés), Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake), Víctor Núñez (Herediano) , Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano).

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Aug. 14, 2013 – Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium - Sarajevo, Bosnia – International Friendly
Bosnia-Herzegoniva       3              Edin Dzeko 8, 90; Vedad Ibisevic 30        
USA                                       4              Eddie Johnson 55; Jozy Altidore 59, 84, 86

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans (11-Bobby Wood, 87), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Michael Parkhurst, 80); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (16-Sacha Kljestan, 69), 19-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Joe Corona, 63), 8-Mix Diskerud (2-Edgar Castillo, 45), 18-Eddie Johnson (7-Aron Johannsson, 63); 17-Jozy Altidore
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 9-Terrence Boyd, 21-Tim Ream
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BIH: 1-Asmir Begovic; 4-Emir Spahic (capt.) (23-Toni Sunjic, 45), 3-Ermin Bicakcic, 15-Sejad Salihovic (7-Miroslav Stevanovic), 21-Ervin Zukanovic (19-Edin Visca, 62); 16-Senad Lulic, 6-Elvir Rahimic (14-Adnan Zahirovic, 45), 8-Miralem Pjanic (18-Haris Medunjanin, 61), 10-Zvjezdan Misimovic; 9-Vedad Ibisevic (2-Avdija Vrsajevic, 45), 11-Edin Dzeko
Substitutions Not Used: 22-Asimir Avdukic; 12-Jasmin Fejzic
Head coach: Safet Susic

On the field for Costa Rica
Aug. 14, 2013 – Estadio Quisquiya  – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – International Friendly
Costa Rica                                           4              Celso Borges 48, 70, Pablo Herrera 76, Mauricio Castillo 86
Dominican Republic                       0             

DOM: Miguel Lloyd, Joan de la Cruz, César García, Kerbi Rodríguez, Hansley Martínez, Francisco Ubiera, Cayetano Bonnin, Heinz Batmettler, Samuel Lustenberger, Jonathan Faña, Domingo Peralta
Head Coach: Clemente Hernández

CRC: Patrick Pemberton, Óscar Duarte, Giancarlo González, Junior Díaz, Cristian Gamboa, Yeltsin Tejeda, Michael Barrantes, Bryan Ruiz, Celso Borges, Jonathan McDonald, Yendrick Ruiz
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Vs  Costa Rica
July 16, 2013 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. –2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group C
USA                                       1              Brek Shea 80
Costa Rica                           0             

USA: 12-Sean Johnson; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 11-Stuart Holden, 8-Mix Diskerud; 20-Alejandro Bedoya (6-Joe Corona, 80), 10-Landon Donovan, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 77); 19-Chris Wondolowski (9-Herculez Gomez, 77)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Nick Rimando, 2-Edgar Castillo, 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 13-Tony Beltran, 14-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton (capt.); 16-Carlos Johnson, 3-Giancarlo González, 4-Michael Umaña, 15-Junior Diaz;8-Kenny Cunningham, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 19-Roy Miller (14-Christopher Meneses, 68); 20-Rodney Wallace (10-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 71), 22-Jairo Arrieta (9-Alvaro Saborio, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Leonel Moreira, 2-Kendall Watson, 6-Juan Madrigal, 7-Mauricio Castillo, 11-Michael Barrantes, 12-Yendrick Ruiz,13-Ariel Rodriguez, 21-Esteban Granados, 23-Luis Torres
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
 

Converted midfielder Geoff Cameron has flourished both professionally and internationally with his move to the defense, combining his ability to read the game, strong skills on the ball and physical attributes as an important anchor at center back. cameron had a breakout 2012 campaign for the U.S. Men's National Team and his success catapulted him to the Premier League with Stoke City.

  • Debuted for the USA in 2010 during the team's 2-1 win against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla.
  • Started nine games and played in 10, ranking third in minutes played (812) for the U.S. MNT
  • Was a finalist for 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2009 Defender of the Year
2012: In his first significant year with the U.S. MNT, posted career highs in starts (9), games played (10) and minutes (812) ... Ranked third on the team in minutes behind only goalkeeper Tim Howard ad midfielder Jermaine Jones ... 2010: Made his debut for the U.S. MNT on Feb. 24, playing the final five minutes of a 2-1 win against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla. ... 2009: called into training camp in January - his first call-up at any level - but injured his hamestring on the second day of camp ... First Appearance: Feb, 24, 2010, vs. El Salvador ... First Goal: None
2012-13: Made his Premer league and Stoke City debut on Aug. 16, 2012, going the full 90 minutes as a central midfielder en route to a scoreless draw against Arsenal ... Became a regular presence on the Stoke City back line ... 2012: Had two assists and started in 15 games in his fifth season with the Houston Dynamo ... 2011: Was Houston's team leader with a career-high five goals anf five assists in 33 games and was an MLS All-Star ... In the postseason, played in every minute of al four playoff games as the Houston Dynamo advanced to the MLS Cup final ... 2010: Missed nearly four months becuse of a PCL tear in April but returned to post three goals over 15 starts and 16 games ... 2009: Moved into a starting center back role and was and MLS Defender of teh Year candidate, named to the MLS First XI and MLS All-Star First XI ... Started in 29 games, 22 on the defensive side, and had a career-high six assists ... 2008: Was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year, posting a goal, two assists and eight starts in 23 games played ... Made his MLS debut during Houston's season opener at the New England Revolution on March 29, coming on as a sub in front of family and friends from nearby Attleboro, Mass.
Favorite athlete is former Dutch international Edgar Davids ... Enjoys drawing, table tennis, dancing and listening to music ... The predominantly right-footed player is naturally left-handed.Spent two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to Rhode Island .. Earned Atlantic 10 Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2007 after tallying two goals and three assists.
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