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Veterans Return to MNT with Eyes on Claiming a Place in CONCACAF Cup Squad

As the U.S. Men’s National Team ramps up its final preparations for next month’s CONCACAF Cup playoff with Mexico, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has brought several veteran faces back into the fold to compete for spots in October’s playoff.

Three of the players that return to the mix are midfielder Jermaine Jones, defender Matt Besler and goalkeeper Tim Howard – a trio that played nearly every minute of every match at last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. All recently absent from the team for different reasons, the three returned to MNT camp this week with joy at seeing teammates again and anticipation for the task ahead.

“It’s always nice to be back with the boys,” Jones told ussoccer.com Monday. “I think every player is happy to represent his country and I always want to play.”

Set to join the National Team for June’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany, Jones suffered a groin injury in his last match with the New England Revolution prior to leaving for the games. The injury required surgery, which subsequently kept him from last month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

While he got to see his teammates when they came to Boston for their second group match against Haiti, all he could do was watch. In the end, he felt the same disappointment as his teammates on the field when the U.S. fell 2-1 to Jamaica in the tournament semifinals, setting up October’s showdown with Mexico.

“It’s always bad if you have to fix an injury and be out because of it,” he said. “I was sad to sit upstairs and not play and watch on TV. I think the whole team isn’t happy with the result at the Gold Cup, but we have a chance on October 10 where we can fix it. This is the goal, and now we have two games with Brazil and Peru.  I think we see them differently than other friendlies.”

Having first returned with New England a month ago, Jones has gradually built up his fitness, playing the first hour of the Revolution’s 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Union over the weekend.

“I try to get my fitness back,” he added. “I got 60 minutes with my club team now. It’s good to get a little bit harder training and get some good balance. I want to get my body to 100 percent as quick as possible.”

Q&A: Klinsmann, "Now the players need to prove if they are still in the top spot or not.”

ussoccer.com: What was the approach to putting this roster together?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for Mexico game a month from now. Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10.  Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

“With these games, it is not the time to be patient. This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation we’re in because of what happened in the Gold Cup. These games are not about developing things for the future. This is about proving a point towards the Mexico game.”

ussoccer.com: What is the objective for these matches?
JK: “Coming into two games like this against Brazil, whose accomplishments speak for themselves, and Peru coming off a third place finish in Copa America, this is now a huge opportunity for the players to  show us that they deserve to go to the Mexico clash. Initially with the games – and also going back to the games against Holland and Germany – our goal was to get these experiences for World Cup qualifying and Copa America next summer. Now obviously the focus has shifted and we are zoomed in on the CONCACAF Cup and qualifying for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.”

ussoccer.com: How will having some of the veterans back help this team in camp?
JK: “We will just want to make it very, very intense and competitive from the first day on in training, so the veterans need to set the tone and they need to understand that there's a high energy there. The ones that were not a part of the Gold Cup, and the other ones that were with us before like a Danny Williams or a Bobby Wood, they need to prove a point now. This is really now about truly competing. It’s about competing for spots, competing for the Rose Bowl and obviously also towards the World Cup qualifiers.”

ussoccer.com: You said that you have been tracking Andrew Wooten for a while. What do you like about him and what kind of opportunity does he have with this camp?
JK: “We've been watching him for more than two years now and we like how dynamic he is and we like his nose for goals.  He has a very good instinct of where the ball will drop in the box and knows how to finish things off. We don’t look at him as a youngster coming in because he's 25 years old and in a certain way he's a late bloomer. For him it's important not to lose one second of time to impress his teammates and obviously the coaching staff. It's a chance that he has been waiting for for a long time, and because he’s on a good run right now he deserves that chance, but he needs to jump in the cold water and right away swim really fast.” 

ussoccer.com: Is there an opportunity for a player to step up in the striker position?
JK: “I think the situation with our forwards is wide open. Obviously the most consistent player over the last years with us has always been Clint Dempsey, but Clint right now also has some injury issues and is obviously not the youngest anymore, so we constantly try to develop the next wave of forwards and so far nobody has a real big advantage over another guy. This is really crucial for them to understand. There's a time period to break in and make yourself comfortable and be a part of a group, but there's also a time to understand the moment to step up and build your future in the team. Now after a year that we called a transition year where we developed young forwards like an Aron Johannsson and a Bobby Wood and obviously some others, we are eager to see the next generation of forwards becoming consistent. By that I mean first of all scoring goals.”

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for CONCACAF Cup tune-ups against Peru and Brazil

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the initial 23-player roster that will gather for friendlies against Peru and Brazil in the final preparation games before the decisive Oct. 10 playoff against Mexico at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The U.S. faces Peru, which finished third in Copa America this summer, on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network) and four days later meets five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (8 p.m. ET; ESPN Networks, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).

“The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now,” said Klinsmann. “Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10.  Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

A total of 15 players from the group were a part of the team that represented the United States this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 12 join from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The roster is loaded with experience, boasting an average of nearly 27 caps. Three players have 50 or more appearances, while only five have 10 caps or less.

Matt Besler and Jermaine Jones could see action for the first time since February and fellow 2014 World Cup teammates Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard are back in the mix for the first time in 2015. Meantime, SV Sandhausen forward Andrew Wooten will make his first appearance in an MNT camp, the 25-year-old having scored five goals in the first five games this season.

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley and Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey will be added to the U.S. roster for the match against Brazil, and goalkeeper William Yarbrough will return to his club and be replaced by Chicago Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson. Any additional changes will be determined following the game against Peru.

U.S. Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

While the MNT works on the east coast, the U-23 Men’s National Team will hold a camp of its own in England, where it will play both England and Qatar in its final preparation before it competes for a spot in the 2015 Olympic Games in Rio at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, which runs from Oct. 1-13 in the United States.

ROSTER NOTES

  • Six different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, John Brooks, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes
  • Brad Guzan earned Golden Glove honors as the top goalkeeper at this summer’s Gold Cup.  He has posted a 7-2-3 record since September of last year.
  • DaMarcus Beasley aggravated a right calf injury on Aug. 29 in a 2-0 win for Houston Dynamo and is not available for selection.
  • Gyasi Zardes was called in for his first MNT camp in January and has appeared in 13 games in 2015, starting in 10. The LA Galaxy forward has scored twice and assisted on three goals for the United States
  • Bobby Wood was given the summer off to settle in with his new German club, Union Berlin. Wood has started all three of the team’s 2 Bundesliga games and scored his first goal on Aug. 16. The Hawaii-native scored late game-winners in back-to-back appearances in June, burying a goal in the 90th minute against Netherlands and following up with another against Germany five days later.
  • The last time Tim Howard was on the field for the USA, he made 15 saves in the MNT’s Round of 16 matchup with Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
  • Matt Besler is back in the mix for the first time since the Feb. 8 win against Panama. Besler is the captain of MLS club Sporting KC and is one of three MNT players on this roster – along with Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones - to have appeared in all four matches in the 2014 World Cup.
  • John Brooks has a pair of clutch international goals to his name. He headed in the game-winner against Ghana in the USA’s 2014 World Cup opener and scored the first of the MNT’s three second-half goals in the 4-3, comeback win against sixth-ranked Netherlands in June.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in seven of the last eight MNT matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. He became cap-tied to the U.S. after starting in the first match of the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and earned a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
  • Geoff Cameron has started and played 90 minutes in all of Stoke City’s 2015 Premier League matches. He last appeared for the MNT on Nov. 18, 2014, against Ireland. The game against Brazil will be a homecoming of sorts for the center back, who was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
  • Michael Orozco returns to the MNT for the first time since June. Orozco – who moved to Club Tijuana this summer - came on in the second half of the game against Netherlands, where he played a part in the MNT’s comeback win.
  • Tim Ream, who recently completed a transfer to Fulham, earned honors as the Player of the Year for his former club Bolton in each of the last two seasons.
  • Jermaine Jones has recovered from the injury that kept him out of this summer’s Gold Cup and is back with the MNT for the first time since February.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany last year and its subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga. Morales, who holds Peruvian citizenship through his father, has started in each of the team’s first three matches.
  • Yedlin has appeared in 13 of the 14 MNT matches in 2015 and has tallied three assists, which ties for second on the team with Gyasi Zardes, behind Michael Bradley’s five.
  • Jozy Altidore has two goals and an assist this year with the MNT. The Toronto FC forward was with the U.S. for the group stage of the Gold Cup. In six appearances with Toronto since the summer tournament he has scored three goals.
  • Aron Johannsson recently completed a transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen. In his final season with AZ, he recorded four goals in the team’s last three matches to help the team snatch the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Johansson made his Bundesliga debut in the opening game of the season against Schalke and followed up with his first start a week later in Werder’s match against Hertha BSC.
  • This will be the first camp with the senior MNT for Andrew Wooten. The German-American is off to a hot start in 2 Bundesliga at SV Sandhausen, having scored five goals in five games.

MNT on TV: A Baker’s Dozen of Matches Featuring 25 MNT Players this Weekend

Behold the rising action. Another weekend of soccer brings about 13 matches featuring 25 current MNT players. It’s a sure bet that Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. MNT coaching staff will be tuned in with the team just two weeks away from huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil, which prelude the decisive USA-Mexico playoff on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl. Here’s a look at the action featuring U.S. Men’s National Team players around the world this weekend.

Bundesliga
Aron Johannsson is settling in nicely with his new club Werder Bremen. A week ago he made his debut, coming on in the 57th minute against Schalke. This week Bremen will look to snare all three points against Hertha Berlin on Friday, where Johannsson will hunt for his first Bundesliga goal. Trying to stop him will be his MNT teammate and Hertha center back John Brooks. Brooks, who is still getting into a club rhythm after missing preseason while on international duty, entered in the 84thminute of Hertha’s 1-0 win against Augsburg a week ago.

Like Brooks, Timmy Chandler is also working hard to get back into form with his club after returning from the Gold Cup. He’ll look to seize the opportunity as Frankfurt tries to rebound from its 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg with a positive result against Augsburg on Saturday.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

2:30 p.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Hertha Berlin vs. Werder Bremen

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/22

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Soccer Plus, FOXSoccer2go.com

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Augsburg

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League
On Saturday morning, a trio of matches features MNT players in Premier League action across the pond. Watch them simultaneously as Tottenham and DeAndre Yedlin seek their first win of the season when they face Leicester City, Brad Guzan marshals Aston Villa’s backline in its road matchup with Crystal Palace and Geoff Cameron and Stoke City meet Norwich City. Guzan has looked sharp early on in the season, posting a clean sheet in Villa’s 1-0 win against Bournemouth in the club’s season opener and limiting Manchester United’s potent offense to a single goal.

On Sunday, Tim Howard will lead the Everton defense when it goes up against the goal-happy Manchester City attack, which has produced a Premier League leading six goals in its first two games. Klinsmann officially revealed that Howard will be back in the mix when the MNT takes the field in September, and after posting a shutout a week ago against Southampton, the ‘keeper will look to maintain his form.


Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Leicester City vs. Tottenham

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra

Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/22

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Extra Time

Norwich  City vs. Stoke City

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Everton vs. Manchester City

Tim Howard (Everton)

Liga MX
A pair of MNT players will clash in Saturday night Liga MX action as Ventura Alvarado and Club America challenge Joe Corona and Veracruz. Alvarado and the America defense have held opponents scoreless their last three games.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have already recorded a win this week. The team defeated Correcaminos on Monday and will look to increase their lead as the top team in Liga MX when they tackle Chivas on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/22

5 p.m. MT

UniMas, UDN

Club America vs. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

Telemundo

Leon vs. Chivas

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

MLS
On Friday night, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis and the Houston Dynamo enter the cauldron which houses the Portland Timbers. Earlier this week, Klinsmann reviewed the conversation he had with Beasley following the Gold Cup, and it’s now clear that Beas is fully back on board with the MNT.

Saturday kicks off with Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore hosting Orlando City SC, where Brek Shea is nearer to returning from sports hernia surgery. Toronto has stumbled to back-to-back losses, but its last win came against the Lions. While that game is going on, down in the nation’s capital MLS Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United will see Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen host Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes. The ‘Quakes are coming off a 5-0 rout of Sporting KC on Wednesday in which Wondo scored twice, increasing his career total to 100 league goals.

Thirty minutes after that game begins, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi will lead Sporting KC against Columbus Crew SC. Sporting had been riding a four-match unbeaten streak (3-0-1), before the loss to San Jose at Sporting Park. In Utah, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake square off with MNT teammates Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans of Seattle Sounders FC. The meeting is the first between the two teams this year. The clubs share similar territory in the Western Conference standings, as both have won seven games this season.

On Sunday, LA Galaxy and New York City FC meet for the first and only time this season. The MLS marquee matchup pits Omar Gonzalez and Gyasi Zardes against fellow U.S. international Mix Diskerud. The Galaxy sits atop the Western Conference table, while NYC FC is battling for a playoff spot in the East.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/21

8 p.m. PT

UDN, UniMas

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City SC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Brek Shea (Orlando City)

8/22

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

D.C. United v. San Jose Earthquakes

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

 8/22

 7:30 p.m. ET

 MLS Direct Kick

Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/22

8 p.m. MT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

8/23

Noon PT

ESPN, ESPN Deportes, MLS Direct Kick

LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Mix Diskerud (NYC FC)

Beasley, Howard Return to MNT Mix for Friendlies vs. Peru and Brazil

With the decisive match against Mexico set for Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl, the U.S. Men’s National Team has shifted its focus to the preparation matches in September against Peru, the third-place finishers in the 2015 Copa America, and five-time World Cup champion Brazil.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be able to call on two veteran hands as four-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley and 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year goalkeeper Tim Howard will be included in the squad leading up to the all-important 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup playoff.

Beasley retired from international play last December, but returned to the squad after being approached by Klinsmann for the Gold Cup knockout stage last month. After suffering an injury in his first training session back, Beasley played just the final 30 minutes of the team’s shootout defeat to Panama in the Third Place match.

Though the game was billed before as a sendoff for Beasley, both player and manager indicated afterwards that they’d be open to seeing the defender continue.

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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.

  • Made 16 saves against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a World Cup record
  • Started all of the U.S. MNT's 2014 FIFA World Cup games
  • Howard has the most wins (55) and appearances (104) among U.S. goalkeepers, and also sits in second place in shutouts (35)
  • Became the 15th player in U.S. history to get 100 caps when he started against Nigeria on June 7
  • Moved ahead of Tony Meola with his 33rd-career shutout in a 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11, 2013, that helped the U.S. MNT win its third straight Hexagonal
  • 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 


2014: Made 16 saves against Belgium on July 1 in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a World Cup record ... Appeared and started in eight games for the U.S., including all four games of 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Recorded his 100th cap against Nigeria on June 7, becoming just the 15th player in U.S. MNT history to get to 100 ... Became the all-time leader in caps (currently at 103) and wins (55) by a U.S. MNT goalkeeper ... 2013: Started in 12 matches, posting a 7-3-2 record while matching his career-high of five shutouts in a calendar year … Wore the captain’s armband for five games, including the USA’s 2-0 victory against Jamaica on Oct. 11 as the U.S. MNT won its third straight Hexagonal .. Howard moved ahead of Tony Meola for second all-time with his 33rd-career shutout against Jamaica at Sporting Park  in Kansas City, Kan. … Was Budweiser Man of the Match with a key second-half save that led to the USA’s scoreless draw against Scotland on Nov. 15 and assured the USA would finish 2013 with the best winning percentage in MNT history …2012:Started 12 games this year, a team high, and his Budweiser Man of the Match performance against Mexico led to the USA's first victory against El Tri on their home soil in 70 years and 25 attempts ... That performance was punctuated with his miraculous save on Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez in the 85th minute ... With starts in all six games in the Semifinal Round, he now holds 22 caps in qualifying ...  The 1-0 shutout against Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus marked his ninth overall in qualifiers ... Blanked Italy in the history 1-0 win on Feb. 29 in Genoa ... 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. 

2014: Currently in his ninth season with Everton in the Premier League...Has appeared and started in all 11 games, recording three clean sheets so far in the 2014-2015 season and playing all 990 minutes... 2013: Howard saw his consecutive Premier League appearances streak end at 210 as he was unavailable for Everton’s March 2 home game against Reading because of a hand injury … Howard was just two consecutive appearances shy of Everton’s record of 212 set by Neville Southall … Made 18 appearances in the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 Premier League season, including eight clean sheets … 2012-13: Posted a 14-7-15 record for Everton during the Premier League campaign … 2012: Surpassed 200 consecutive Premier League starts when he played in the 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Dec. 15, becoming the second player in history along with Brad Freidel to accomplish this feat ... Backstopped the squad to fifth place in the Premier League heading into the new year ... 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. 

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