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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

Another weekend will see a smattering of U.S. Men’s National Team players take the field across Europe and south of the Rio Grande as well. Only a few matches featuring U.S. players will be broadcast on TV in the States, but the offering of do-or-die FA Cup matches in England and a chance for Puebla to knock off Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul offer an excellent opportunity to scout a handful of players that will also be playing to earn a call up to the U.S. squad for its next friendly on March 5 against Ukraine in Kharkiv.

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

SATURDAY
FOX Sports 2
SUNDERLAND-SOUTHAMPTON (live) 7:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Jozy Altidore

FOX SoccerPlus
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY-CHARLTON ATHLETIC (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Oguchi Onyewu

beIN SPORTS Play
NICE-NANTES (live) 1:45 p.m. (Ligue 1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Univision
CRUZ AZUL-PUEBLA (live) 6 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

SUNDAY
FOX Sports 1
EVERTON-SWANSEA (live) 8:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Tim Howard

FOX Soccer Plus
SHEFFIELD UNITED-NOTTINGHAM FOREST (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Eric Lichaj

beIN SPORTS
QPR-READING (delay) 1 p.m. (English League Championship)
Danny Williams

Dos-A-Cero Part III – The Five Year Anniversary

“Before the game in the locker room, you looked around and you looked in everybody’s eyes and you knew that everybody was really excited to play; it was a big game. We stepped on the field and for 90 minutes were committed to do whatever it took for each other.”

So spoke a 21-year-old Michael Bradley in the aftermath of his two-goal, Man of the Match performance against Mexico in the USA’s first match of the 2009 Hexagonal.

Bradley, then an enterprising young midfielder for German Bundesliga climbers Borussia Monchengladbach, had just spurred the U.S. Men’s National Team to its sixth “Dos-A-Cero” victory against arch rival Mexico since the turn of the millennium and its third straight in World Cup Qualifying matches at Columbus Crew Stadium.

In the face of rainy, blustery conditions, a sell-out crowd arrived that night to lend boisterous support to the Men’s National Team, which needed a big save from goalkeeper Tim Howard on Giovanni Dos Santos from point-blank range to survive a nervous opening to the match.

Once the USA found its rhythm however, the team began to take control, finding space down the flanks for the overlapping runs of outside backs Heath Pearce and Frankie Hejduk. On the half-hour mark, Clint Dempsey pounced on a loose ball in the Mexico box to draw a brave stop from goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, before Howard was called into action at the other end as the game opened up with the break approaching.

It was at that critical stage, Bradley drew first blood. A barnstorming run from local, Columbus Crew favorite Hejduk earned the USA a corner that DeMarcus Beasley sent curling toward the back post for Landon Donovan to head back into the mixer. As the ball pinged around in front of Mexico’s net, Bradley was first to stick out a boot and knock the ball into the goal and the USA into the lead.

On the other side of half time, the match, which was a civil affair on the whole, took a nasty turn just after the hour mark. In the wake of his team’s best scoring chance of the game, Mexico center back Rafael Marquez made a reckless, studs-up challenge on Howard when the American goalkeeper ventured to claim a cross into the middle of his penalty area. As the ensuing flash point roiled around him, referee Carlos Batres brandished Marquez with a straight red card, bringing to an end the Mexico captain’s evening and his team’s chances of drawing back into the match.

From that point, the USA methodically closed out the game before Bradley hammered home the final nail in the coffin. Two minutes into added time, Jozy Altidore, playing in the first Hexagonal match of his career, sent Donovan free down Mexico’s right flank. With a pair of defenders closing in, Donovan smartly held the ball up and found the late run of Bradley, who took one touch before blasting a dipping drive beneath Sanchez from 25 yards out.

“I think he was fantastic aside from the goals. He was up and down the field, side to side, steaming into tackles, winning balls, collecting second balls , winning balls without fouling, which is important; he did everything right,” said Howard of his center midfielder outside the stadium after the victory. “We all trust in the relationship we have with Michael as a teammate.”

In the ensuing matches of the Hexagonal, the U.S. MNT went on to earn a 6-2-2 record and finish atop the CONCACAF standings in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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

World Cup by the Numbers: Tim Howard’s World Cup Performance in Modern Era

As long as he maintains a clean bill of health and is available as a starting selection for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, goalkeeper Tim Howard could set some new U.S. Men’s National Team standards at next year’s tournament.

Howard is looking forward to a third World Cup opportunity following his four-game performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He served as Kasey Keller’s backup in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and did not see game action.

In the previous six World Cups starting with the 1990 tournament, four USA goalkeepers have played in 22 World Cup matches during the modern era: Tony Meola (1990 and 1994), Keller (1998 and 2006), Brad Friedel (1998 and 2002) and Howard (2010).

Among this group, Howard currently holds the best winning percentage (.500) after going 1-1-2 in South Africa. He held a 1.15 goals against average, which is also tops among the modern era goalkeepers.

Here is where Howard stands among the other three goalkeepers in the following World Cup categories:

Games played/started:

  • 1. Tony Meola 7/7
  • 2. Brad Friedel 6/6
  • 3. Kasey Keller 5/5
  • 4. Tim Howard 4/4


Wins:

  • 1. Brad Friedel 2
  • 2. (tie) Tim Howard and Tony Meola 1
  • 4. Kasey Keller 0

Shutouts:

  • 1. (tie) Brad Friedel and Tim Howard 1
  • 3. (tie) Kasey Keller and Tony Meola 0

Goals against average:

  • 1. Tim Howard (1.15, 5 GA in 390 min.)
  • 2. Brad Friedel (1.33, 8 GA in 540 min.)
  • 3. Tony Meola (1.71, 12 GA in 630 min.)
  • 4. Kasey Keller (2.00, 10 GA in 450 min.)

Winning percentage:

  • 1. Tim Howard (.500, 1-1-2)
  • 2. Brad Friedel (.417, 2-3-1)
  • 3. Tony Meola (.214, 1-5-1)
  • 4. Kasey Keller (.100, 0-4-1)

U.S. Soccer Celebrating #DrawWeek in Build-Up to 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on Friday

Features, Mock Draw, National Team Player Commentary Among Activities as USA Nears Announcement of its Group for 2014 Tournament; Coverage of Dec. 6 Draw on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision and Univision Deportes

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will know its World Cup group following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on Friday, Dec. 6 (ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision and Univision Deportes).

As the draw nears, U.S. Soccer is building up #DrawWeek with an assortment of feature stories, historical and statistical pieces and frequent social media elements to provide the utmost perspective and interaction with supporters.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the day before the actual draw, U.S. Soccer is conducting a Mock Draw at U.S. Soccer House. Following FIFA’s draw regulations, the Mock Draw process will be captured on video and posted on ussoccer.com.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw on Friday, U.S. MNT midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard will take to Twitter to provide their commentary and expertise on the process as the USA’s group is defined for Brazil. Bradley will take control of U.S. Soccer’s account @ussoccer and Howard will tweet from ESPN’s handle @espn. To follow, interact with and react toward this MNT play-by-play, use the #MB4 hashtag for Bradley and the #TimmyTakeover hashtag for Howard.

Immediately after Friday’s draw, U.S. Soccer will have reaction from USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and many National Team players.

Check out ussoccer.com and U.S. Soccer’s social media outlets for all the latest news and build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw:Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

On ussoccer.com:

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Draw takes place at Costa do Sauipe in the Brazilian state of Bahia. The actual draw takes place at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET, but outlets will cover the event at various times. ESPN2 will air a live two-hour special beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET that features coverage from Brazil and in-studio analysis. WatchESPN will air the event starting at 11 a.m. ET. Univision and Univision Deportes Network will also feature coverage before and during the World Cup Draw, starting at 11 a.m. ET.

An athletic and intelligent goalkeeper, Howard has cemented his place in the line of great U.S. goalkeepers. Since 2007, Howard has occupied the No. 1 position for the USA, and his leadership and big-game credentials have continued to flourish year after year. Howard is equally indispensable for Everton, where he has served as the undisputed starter for several years, making more than 200 appearances, and has led his team to places in European competition and the FA Cup final. Howard is a commanding veteran personality who is relied upon by his teammates for calmness and the ability to make key saves.

  • Tied for first in team appearance with 15 in 2011 – a career high
  • Holds second place on the all-time list for victories amongst U.S. goalkeepers
  • His stellar effort in the 1-1 draw against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup earned him the Best Performance: Player award for the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
  • One of five U.S. players to play every minute of the World Cup in South Africa
  • His shutout against then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinal of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup helped him earn the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper
  • Finished the 2010 World Cup qualifying cycle with 13 appearances, earning six clean sheets and registering a 0.92 GAA as the team topped the final round standings while booking a place in South Africa
  • Named the English Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2004 while playing for Manchester United

2011: Moved to second place all-time in goalkeeper wins with the victory against Slovenia on Nov. 15 in Ljubljana … Earned Man of the Match honors three times for his performance against Argentina, Honduras and France … The win against Honduras gave him his 37th career win and 25th clean sheet, putting him in third place all-time for shutouts … Played the full 90 minutes in 15 of the U.S.’s 17 matches, including every match in the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Led the team in minutes played (1350) … Finished the year tied with Carlos Bocanegra for most appearances, which were also a personal best … 2010: Started all four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Posted six saves to earn Man of the Match honors in the 1-1 draw against England on June 12 in Rustenburg … Picked up his 20th career shutout in the 1-0 victory against Algeria on June 23 in Pretoria that put the U.S. through to the knockout phase … Making nine appearances on the year, he started eight consecutive matches beginning against Turkey on May 29 through the friendly on Oct. 9 against Poland …  2009: Thirteen appearances marked a career high … Earned FIFA’s Golden Glove award given to the best goalkeeper at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, making four appearances ... His eight-save effort against Spain in the semifinals earned him a second-straight Best of U.S. Soccer Award for Best Performance: Player … Started nine games in the final round of qualifying, keeping three clean sheets as the USA topped the CONCACAF Final Round standings … Began the year with a clean sheet against Mexico in a 2-0 victory to open the final round of World Cup qualifying on Feb. 11 in Columbus, Ohio … 2008: Earned U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors for the first time … Made nine appearances, all starts, keeping a career best five clean sheets … Featured against England, Spain and Argentina, turning in a Man of the Match effort at Giants Stadium against Argentina that also earned him the Best of U.S. Soccer Award for Best Performance: Player … Appeared in four qualifying games and earned three clean sheets, one of which came during a memorable Man of the Match performance in the 1-0 win against Guatemala on Aug. 20 in Guatemala City … 2007: Laid claim to the No. 1 goalkeeper spot by minding the nets for the majority of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup … In that tournament, he made four appearances, including a start in the final where his spectacular save from Adolfo Bautista’s shot in the 89th minute helped preserve a U.S. victory against Mexico … Made six saves and earned Man of the Match honors in the 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Aug. 22 in Göteborg … Finished the year with 10 appearances and three shutouts … 2006: A member the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, he served as the backup to Kasey Keller … Made two total appearances on the year, including one shutout against Venezuela on May 26 in Cleveland … 2005: Wore the captain’s armband and earned a shutout in the USA’s final match in 2006 World Cup qualifying, a 2-0 win against Panama on Oct. 12 in Foxborough … 2004: Club concerns and the stellar play of Kasey Keller limited his playing time for the U.S., as he only made three appearances … Earned a shutout in his World Cup qualifying debut, a 2-0 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxborough … Got his fourth career shutout against Honduras on June 2 in Foxborough … 2003: Made seven appearances … Posted two shutouts, including 0-0 draws against Mexico on May 8 in Houston and against Cameroon in the final match of the Confederations Cup … Despite the score lines, he was named Man of the Match for his stellar performances against both Turkey and Brazil in France … 2002: Earned a shutout in his first start for the U.S., a 1-0 victory against Ecuador on March 10, 2002, in Birmingham, Ala. … Followed with a second clean sheet in the USA’s final match of the year, a 2-0 win against El Salvador in Washington, D.C. … Under-23s: Was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that placed fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia … Under-20s: Started three games for the U.S. at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria, helping the team into the second round … Collected a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg … Under-17s: Member of the U.S. team that competed at the 1995 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Ecuador … First Appearance: March 10, 2002, vs. Ecuador … First Shutout: March 10, 2002, vs. Ecuador.
2011: Played every minute of every Premier League match for Everton in the first half of the 2011-12 season … Posted a shutout in the 1-0 win against Blackburn Rovers on Aug. 27 … 2010-11: The perennial starter in league matches, at the end of 2010 he had started 126 consecutive games … Posted five shutouts in the first half of the 2010-11 season, including a 2-0 win on Oct. 17 against Liverpool … Added three more shutouts in wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in the second half … 2009-10: Finished the 2009-10 campaign with 15 clean sheets in all competitions and 11 in EPL … Collected back-to-back shutouts on three occasions, including a stretch of three in March against Bolton, Manchester City and Wolverhampton … Started in both of Everton’s matches against Sporting Lisbon in the Round of 32 of the Europa League on Feb. 18 and 25, respectively … 2008-09: In his third season he posted a club record 17 clean sheets, helping Everton to a fifth-place finish in the EPL and an automatic berth in the Europa League … Featured in all 38 Premier League games for Everton and made an incredible 48 appearances in all competitions … Saved two penalties against former club Manchester United to send Everton into the 2009 FA Cup Final, where they would eventually come up short against Chelsea … Kept six clean sheets in a row during an unbeaten streak … Set a unique record by becoming the first Everton goalkeeper in history to have a goals against average less than 1.00 during his first 100 appearances … Memorably took on Standard Liege and fellow MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu in a UEFA Cup first round game … 2007-08: Started 36 out of Everton’s 38 league games and made 43 appearances in all competitions … Everton finished in fifth place in the league, qualifying for the UEFA Cup … Broke his finger while on international duty during a game against Brazil but missed just two games for the club … Made 151 saves during the season … 2006-07: Was loaned to Everton from Manchester United, where he quickly established himself as the starter … Made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees and guided his club to a spot in the UEFA Cup for 2007-08 … Anchored a backline that gave up only 36 goals in the Premier League, good for fifth best … Signed a four-year deal for Everton in February of 2007 … 2005-06: Deputized for Dutch international Edwin van der Sar for much of the 2005-06 season at Manchester United … Presided over United’s run to the semifinal round of the 2005-06 Carling Cup, only to be forced to watch as his team was eliminated by Blackburn … Posted a pair of shutouts in FA Cup third round advancement past Burton Albion, getting a 0-0 result on Jan. 7, before smashing them 5-0 on Jan. 18 in the replay … Signed a contract extension in April 2005 … 2004-05: Started the campaign as the No. 1 goalkeeper, minding the nets for the first nine matches … Backstopped United to the 2004-05 Carling Cup semifinal, where they lost out to Chelsea by a 2-1 aggregate score … In net for Man U’s 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the FA Cup semifinal … Finished the season with 12 shutouts in all competitions … 2003-04: Capped off a dream debut campaign with Manchester United when he was voted the EPL Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming the second straight American to earn the honor after Brad Friedel … Inked a transfer deal from the MetroStars to Manchester United on July 14 … Made his MUFC debut against Juventus in his hometown Giants Stadium on the team’s much-hyped tour of the U.S. … Earned his first silverware with United quickly thereafter, making two saves in a penalty shootout to lift the Red Devils past Arsenal after a 1-1 draw in regulation in the Community Shield … Recorded four shutouts in five matches in the first phase of the UEFA Champions League, including a victory against Rangers at famed Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow … 2003: Before leaving the MetroStars he appeared in 13 games and had three shutouts as the MetroStars challenged for first place during the season’s first half … 2002: Played in 27 of 28 regular season games, recording four shutouts … 2001: Became the youngest player to win the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, recording four shutouts and a league-leading 146 saves … Named to the MLS All-Star Team … Played every minute of every MetroStars game … Finished the year with a 1.33 GAA, four shutouts and a 13-10-3 record … Received the MLS Humanitarian of the Year Award … 2000: Posted a 5-2-2 record with a 1.59 GAA, splitting time between the MetroStars and the U.S. Olympic Team … Started and won all three of his U.S. Open Cup starts … 1999: With the MetroStars, he made eight starts in nine contests … Had a 1.58 GAA and won just one match in a season in which the Metros won just seven games … Spent most of the season with the U.S. Under-20 MNT … He left the club to compete in the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria in April and the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in July … 1998: Victorious in his MLS debut on Aug. 18 making five saves in a 4-1 win against Colorado at Giants Stadium (his only appearance of the year) … Played in one game with the Nike Project-40 Team, a 3-1 win against the Staten Island Vipers at Giants Stadium on May 6.
Suffers from Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by rapid and involuntary tics and vocalizations … Named to the Board of Directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey (TSANJ) in November 2001 … Appeared on the cover of ESPN the Magazine prior to the 2010 World Cup … Trained with Italian power AC Milan in November 1998 … Was considered one of the best basketball players in Major League Soccer and can easily dunk a basketball … Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2009  … Starred on the North Brunswick H.S. basketball team, where he beat former Duke All-American Jason Williams (then of St. Joseph’s of Metuchen) in the Middlesex County Championship game in 1997 … Has two children, Jacob and Alivia.
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