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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.

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.

Additional Notes:

  • 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 -

Match: 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

Lineups:
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

KOR: 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

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
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:
Chris Wondolowski

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.

Attended W.T. Woodson High School for two years after spending his first two years at Annandale … Full name is Clarence E. Goodson IV ... The son of Jan and Clarence E. Goodson III, has an older sister, Jenna … Grandfather spent one year in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system in 1942 … First job was a grounds crew at a golf course … Played basketball until dedicating himself full-time to soccer entering high school … Listens to classical rock such as the Doors, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

2003: Was an integral part of Maryland's defense as a centerback … Earned All-ACC Second Team honors while helping the Terps to 12 shutouts … Named to ACC All-Tournament Team after scoring two goals and adding one assist … 2002: Started 24 of 25 matches and helped pace the Terps offense with three goals and four assists for 10 points …Scored three goals in the ACC Tournament … 2000: Started 11 of 19 matches and finished his freshman campaign as the team's second-leading scorer with 13 points.

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