GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2014) – Sporting their new away kits for the first time in 2014, the U.S. Men’s National Team players earned a 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The USA scored twice in the first half with Michael Bradley tallying the game’s opening goal and then assisting Chris Wondolowski’s team-leading third goal of the year. With the draw, the USA increased its unbeaten streak to five games against Mexico (2-0-3 during its current stretch). The U.S. had held Mexico scoreless for 392 straight minutes until Rafael Marquez’s 49th-minute goal.
Next up for the USA is a three-game Send-Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The series starts with a May 27 match against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio). The U.S. MNT then hosts Turkey on June 1 at 2 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) and Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Fans can also follow the USA on Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. had a strong first half against Mexico and wasted no time gaining the upper hand. In the 15th minute, Graham Zusi, on the game’s first corner kick, delivered a perfect ball from the left side as Bradley separated himself from Mexico defender Jesus Eduardo Zavala at the far right post. Bradley played the ball off a short hop and directed it into the net for his 12th career goal and a 1-0 lead. It also marked the third time that Bradley scored off of a corner kick assist against Mexico. (SEE GOAL)
Wondolowski showed his forte of being at the right place, at the right time, when he added to the USA’s lead in the 28th minute. In the build-up, some sharp passes from Zusi and Clint Dempsey led to an attack from the right side as Tony Beltran crossed from the right flank. Bradley flicked a header to the left side of the box, where Wondolowski snuck behind Mexico’s Rogelio Alfredo Chavez with a right-footed toe poke goal. It was Wondolowski’s ninth goal of his career. (SEE GOAL)
It was a tale of two halves, however, as an emotional Mexico side responded early in the second half. Off of Marco Fabian’s right-footed corner kick from the left side, Marquez lost USA center back Omar Gonzalez on the set piece and had an open header from seven yards out, which he promptly placed into the left side of the net to cut the USA’s lead to 2-1 in the 49th minute. The goal was Marquez’s 15th for Mexico.
Alan Pulido then scored the equalizer in the 67th minute, rebounding off of Paul Aguilar’s initial strike, which ricocheted off of the left post. Pulido was the quickest to react, converging to tie the score at 2-2.
The match nearly ended in thrilling fashion when Eddie Johnson and the USA faithful believed they secured the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute. Johnson carved his right footed shot into the far right side of the goal, only to see his tally waived off when he was controversially ruled offside by the assistant referee.
- With his 12th career goal, Michael Bradley moved into a tie for 15th on the all-time U.S. MNT list with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
- Bradley, who made his first appearance of 2014, earned his 83rd career cap to move into sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time appearances list. Bradley had been tied with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope who had 82 caps apiece.
- Chris Wondolowski’s ninth goal puts him in a seven-way tie for 21st in the all-time USA goal scoring record books, matching the following players: Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff.
- Clint Dempsey made his 103rd career appearance, passing former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (102 caps from 1990-2007) on the all-time list for 10th place.
- With his 155th career cap, Landon Donovan, who entered the match in the 59th minute, is now only nine appearances behind all-time U.S. MNT leader Cobi Jones (164 caps from 1992-2004).
Next on the Schedule:
- The U.S. MNT begins its three-game Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
- Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
- Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram
- The U.S. is now 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and 12-5-5 since 2000.
- The USA is now 2-0-1 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium and 3-0-2 in Arizona.
- With Clint Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband, the U.S. is 6-3-2.
- Jurgen Klinsmann is now 28-11-8 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
- Klinsmann’s lineup Wednesday featured a 4-4-2 formation in front of goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The back line included Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran at left and right back, respectively, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez paired at center back. Beltran made his third career appearance, and his first cap since the USA’s 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The starting diamond midfield included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.
- At forward, Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski were paired up front to start.
- Klinsmann made several changes in the 59th minute, as Julian Green made his anticipated U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Davis. Landon Donovan replaced Zusi and Goodson took over for Besler.
- Eddie Johnson made his 63rd career appearance, replacing Wondolowski in the 64th minute.
- In the 72nd minute, DeAndre Yedlin earned his second cap when he replaced Beltran, and Maurice Edu entered for Beckerman.
- Nick Rimando moved to 10-0-1 in his career.
-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 2, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Weather: 90 degrees, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
MEX 0 2 2
USA – Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi) 15th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley) 28
MEX – Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian) 49
MEX – Alan Pulido 67
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier
Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68); 11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis
Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1
MEX – Miguel Angel Ponce (caution) 76th minute
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 83
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley
U.S. MNT Blanks Korea Republic 2-0 in 2014 Opener in Front of Sell-Out Crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center
- Chris Wondolowski Scores Two Goals for Eight Career International Goals
- Goalkeeper Nick Rimando Improves to 10-0-0 in Career, Tying for Fifth on All-Time Wins List
- USA Heads to Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist; Kickoff Time to be Announced at Later Date, with Broadcast on ESPN and Univision Networks and ESPN Deportes Radio
CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Led by two goals from forward Chris Wondolowski, the U.S. Men’s National Team opened the 2014 campaign in stellar fashion with a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic in front of a sell-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center.
Wondolowski tallied once in each half in support of USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who made five saves and improved to 10-0-0 in his international career. Rimando is now tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan, and also collected the fourth shutout of his career. Wondolowski now has eight goals in his career after scoring six in 2013 – five during the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
The U.S. improved to 2-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic, with the other victory coming in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Next up for the U.S. MNT will be an international friendly against Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision networks and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.
The USA wasted no time attacking the net against Korea Republic. In the fourth minute, Landon Donovan, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time since 2011, started the sequence finding Graham Zusi on the right flank. Zusi crossed in to Brad Davis, whose left-footed shot was deflected by goalkeeper Sung-Ryong Jung, but Wondolwoski converged on the rebound to take a 1-0 lead.
The USA midfield and defense maintained a strong recovery prowess when Korea Republic’s offense tried to counter attack, but Korea Republic did find some close moments by virtue of several corner kick opportunities.
The visitors nearly found an equalizer in the eighth minute when Jong-Woo Park’s corner kick was deflected in at the near right side and Rimando made a clutch stop at the edge of the goal line.
In the run of play, one of Korea Republic’s near chances in the 35th minute included Min-Woo Kim’s attack from the left as he got past outside back Brad Evans and crossed the ball into the box. U.S. defender Matt Besler made one of the key defensive interceptions of the first half as Shin-Wook Kim would have had a clear shot on goal.
The U.S. was inches away from potentially going into the break with a two-goal lead. In the 43rd minute, center back Omar Gonzalez played a perfect long ball to Wondolowski on the right side. He dished across the six-yard box in search of Donovan, but Donovan’s lunging effort was just short of connecting with the ball.
Korea Republic asserted itself in the second half, forcing Rimando into a pair of saves in the first 15 minutes. Min-Woo Kim’s free kick in the 53rd minute got past the USA’s three-man wall, and Rimando bobbled the save at the near right post, but had ample time to collect without allowing a rebound. Then in the 58th minute, Shin-Wook Kim found a seam in the USA defense to head the ball directly to Rimando.
After those scares, however, the USA gained a two-goal cushion in the 60th minute. Immediately off of Evans’ throw-in on the right side, Zusi crossed in toward Donovan making a run to the near right post. The ball took a deflection back to Wondolowski who was once again in the right place at the right time, slotting the ball home for his second goal.
- The U.S. has now posted a 12-2-8 record in calendar openers since 1993. Prior to 1993, the USA had lost its previous six straight calendar-opening games from 1987-92.
- The USA moved to 28-10-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
- Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in the goal behind the back line of right back Brad Evans, center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler and left back Michael Parkhurst.
- In the midfield was Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud, the trio of Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, and Chris Wondolowski up front in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
- In the 62nd minute, Klinsmann made three subs for the USA. Eddie Johnson replaced Wondolowski, Benny Feilhaber entered for Diskerud and Clarence Goodson took over for Besler.
- Two members from the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team made their U.S. MNT debuts. Defender DeAndre Yedlin replaced Evans in the 74th minute and midfielder Luis Gil entered for Davis in the 75th minute.
- New York Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander earned his second-career cap as he entered the game in the 82nd minute for Zusi.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date: Feb. 1, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Attendance: 27,000 (so)
Weather: 69 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
KOR 0 0 0
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Brad Davis) 4th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Landon Donovan) 60
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 2-Brad Evans (14-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 60), 4-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Michael Parkhurst; 6-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud (15-Benny Feilhaber, 60), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 7-Graham Zusi (20-Eric Alexander, 82), 11-Brad Davis (16-Luis Gil, 75), 9-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 17-Dax McCarty
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
1-Sung-Ryong Jung; 20-Jin-Su Kim (19-Taehwan Kim, 79), 6-Ju-Young Kim, 16-Kee-Hee Kim, 14-Yong Lee; 8-Ho Lee (13-Myung-Joo Lee, 70), 22-Jong-Woo Park,
15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Yohan Go; 11-Keun-Ho Lee (18-Seunggi Lee, 70), 9-Shin-Wook Kim
Subs Not Used: 21-Seunggyu Kim, 23-Bumyoung Lee, 3-Dae-Ho Kim, 4-Min-soo Kang, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 2-Jinpo Park, 12-Jinhyung Song, 7-Kihun Yeom
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo
Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 9 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 1 / 0
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Budweiser Man of the Match: