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MNT vs. Mexico: Field Level Highlights - April 2, 2014

Field level highlights from The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

U.S. Men vs. Mexico: April 2, 2014 - Highlights

The U.S. Men's National Team battled Mexico to a thrilling 2-2 tie in Glendale, Ariz. Goals from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski gave the USA a lead but Mexico fought back with two goals after halftime to level the score in front of 59,006 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

MNT on the Ground in Arizona ahead of #USAvMEX

U.S. MNT players Nick Rimando and Clarence Goodson talk about facing Mexico Wednesday night in Glendale, Arizona.

Klinsmann Names 22 Players for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 2

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 22 players to train in Phoenix in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff for the USA’s final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

They Said It: Quotes from the MNT in Sao Paulo

On traveling to Brazil :
“The first week’s great so far. Everyone’s training really hard, and it’s nice to get playing early. The flight was a bit of a disaster, but it’s good to get out here on the training ground and get all the junk out of the way.”

On FC Sao Paulo’s training facilities :
“It’s amazing! The field is great and there’s so much history here. Jurgen was telling us this is one of the best football clubs in the world and one of the most historic ones. So, to get here to the training ground, have a look around, and see some of the photos and stuff, it’s pretty special.”

On the progression of the team in the first week of training :
“The first couple days, guys are kind of walking on egg shells, not really sure of their place, but it’s a group of great guys. The more time we spend together, it’s going to keep getting easier and easier.”

U.S. MNT midfielder DAX MCCARTY
On the team’s first week of training :
“It was a great first week in L.A. Really high intensity training sessions. We kept it to one training session a day, plus some gym work in the afternoon. The fitness testing went really well. All the guys came in really fit. I think that’s why they brought everyone down here. Guys took care of themselves in the offseason.

“The training sessions have been good, really sharp. There’s been a lot of playing, a lot of touching the ball, and as players that’s all you can ask. You don’t want to do all the fitness, and any player will tell you that fitness with the ball is much better than fitness without the ball.”

On the Sao Paulo FC training facility :
“It’s beautiful. You can tell they take really good care of their facility. The grass is perfect - there’s really no other way to describe it. You feel really secluded and you have all the amenities here you need to really recover and get in some really good training sessions.

“Our first session was good. It wasn’t too heavy, but definitely was a session to get the legs going. One thing you really notice down here is just the heat. The sun feels a lot more powerful. We’re going to have to make sure we’re staying on top of our nutrition, our hydration and all that fun stuff. I know all the guys are really excited to be down here and to play a couple scrimmages.”

On traveling to Brazil :
“It’s good. It was a long day of travel yesterday, but it’s good to finally be here and get the lay of the land. I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun these next 12 days.”

On the team’s first week of training :
“It’s been good for both myself and the team. Everyone came in and did a good job. Everyone was quite fit, so that has allowed us to play from pretty much day one rather than have to concentrate on fitness, which is what you want in a January camp.”

On the team’s upcoming scrimmages against Sao Paulo FC :
“We want to try and play. We want to play our game, get ahold of the ball and maintain possession as much as possible against a very good team. Brazilian teams in general have a lot of possession, and we’ll try to match that, try as much as possible to dictate the flow of the game and of course, continue to work on our fitness.”

On the Sao Paulo FC training facility :
“It’s exciting. I’ve never been here before. Obviously it’s one of the bigger clubs not only here but in the world. So, it’s exciting to be training here.”

On the team’s first week of training :
“It’s been pretty intense. Obviously, everybody is coming back from a long season. Everybody came in very fit and is trying to prove themselves. I expect it to be that way the rest of the way through.”

On how the team is coming together :
“For the most part everyone knows each other pretty well and everybody is getting pretty comfortable. It’s a fun group of guys to be around.”

On the five players from Sporting Kansas City included on the camp roster :
“It’s awesome. There’s an immediate comfort level that comes with it. I’m excited for those guys and the success they’ve had. We’re all excited to be here and hopefully prove the quality that Sporting KC has.”

Tall and agile, Goodson has proven to be a more than capable member of the U.S. depth chart in the back. Beginning with his solid presence in the run up to the 2009 Gold Cup final, his consistent performances earned him a spot on the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He went on to be an anchor in the USA’s run to the final of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He is particularly adept in the air on set pieces at both ends of the park, displaying a sense of anticipation equal to his timing and technical ability. Goodson spent four years sharpening his skills at FC Dallas before heading across the Atlantic to IK Start in Norway, where his play merited a transfer to perennial Danish league contender Brøndby as well as the captain’s armband.

  • Started every game for the U.S. in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Part of the USA’s roster at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
  • Played in a career-high 10 matches in 2011, including nine starts
  • Played in six matches for the U.S. in 2009 and scored the game-winner in the 2-0 semifinal victory against Honduras in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, earning a place on the All-Tournament Team
  • Named captain at Danish powerhouse Brøndby after only half of a season with the club

2011: Finished the year with nine starts in 10 appearances for the U.S. … Started all six of the USA’s matches in the Gold Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in five … Scored the U.S.’s only goal in the loss against Panama on June 11 … 2010: A member of the USA’s squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Scored on a header on Jan. 23 against Honduras for his second career goal and second against Honduras … Notched his first career assist when he skied for a header to set up Herculez Gomez against Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford … Made eight appearances, including five starts … Started three consecutive matches against Czech Republic, Turkey and Australia right before the World Cup … Anchored the backline in the 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge … 2009: Played in six matches, including three as a starter … All three starts came during the runners-up finish in the Gold Cup … Headed home a corner kick in first half stoppage to pace the U.S. to a 2-0 victory in the semifinal on July 23 against Honduras in Chicago … Replaced Carlos Bocanegra in the USA’s final two matches of 2009, friendlies in Slovakia and Denmark … 2008: Debuted for the U.S. in the 2-0 victory against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center … Started in the USA’s final qualifier of the semifinal round, a 2-0 victory against Guatemala on Nov. 18 in Commerce City, Colo. … First Appearance: Jan. 19, 2008, vs. Sweden … First Goal: July 23, 2009, vs. Honduras.
2011: Handed the captain’s armband after only half of a season with Brøndby … In the first half of the 2011-12 season, started 21 games for Brøndby in all competitions and played the full 90 minutes in each one … Scored his first goal for the club on Nov. 20 in the 2-1 win against Copenhagen … 2010-11: Earned a transfer to Danish power Brøndby, signing a three-year deal … 2009-10: Finished the season at IK Start with 26 starts and three goals … Scored in back-to-back games, a 2-1 win at Sandefjord on July 10 and the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Aalesund on July 18 … 2009-10: One of the first choice centerbacks, Goodson started 22 matches in 2009 as IK Start finished in ninth place … Tallied three goals … 2008-09: Made 22 league appearances in his debut season at IK Start, including 18 starts as his club earned promotion to the Norwegian Premier League … 2007: Started 27 matches in helping FC Dallas to the MLS Cup playoffs and a spot in the U.S. Open Cup final … 2006: Started nine of the 13 games he played in and was on the 18-man day of game roster an additional 12 times during the year … 2005: Led the team with 29 games played as he became a regular at centerback … Almost a year to the date of his MLS debut, scored his first (and second) career goals in a 3-2 loss to the MetroStars at Giants Stadium on June 27 … 2004: Appeared in five matches, making two starts … Made MLS debut coming in as a substitute in the 22nd minute of a 5-1 win against on July 24 against D.C. United.