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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.

US MNT Set for First Friendly Against Panama in Panama

TO PANAMA ON A ROLL: Riding high after a dominant performance against Venezuela, the U.S. Men’s National Team now faces Panama for its first-ever friendly against the Marea Roja on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Kickoff for the USA’s second match of 2012 is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Galavision and ESPN3. Fans can also follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The U.S. team arrived Monday evening and will hold its only training session Tuesday night in the stadium.

Game Guide
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Uniforms: USA (white/white/white) – Panama (red/red/red)
Maximum Subs: 6
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)

U.S. MNT 2012 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/ Time

Goalscorer/Venue

TV

Jan. 21

Venezuela

1-0 W

Ricardo Clark

ESPN3/Galavision

Jan. 25

Panama

8:30 p.m.

Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City

ESPN3/Galavision

Feb. 29

Italy

2:30 p.m.

Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa

ESPN2/ESPN3

June 8

Antigua & Barbuda*

TBD

June 12

Guatemala*

TBD

Sept. 7

Jamaica*

TBD

Sept. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

Oct. 12

Antigua & Barbuda*

TBD

Oct. 16

Guatemala*

TBD

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Jurgen Klinsmann has collected back-to-back victories for the first time since becoming head coach last summer, following the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011, in Ljubljana. 
  • Four players earned their first cap this past Saturday: A.J. DeLaGarza, Bill Hamid, C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi.
  • Jermaine Jones wore the captain's armband for the first time. 
  • Brek Shea, a member of the 2011 MLS Best XI, is now the only player to appear in all eight matches since Klinsmann became head coach.
  • Benny Feilhaber made his first appearance for the U.S. since Oct. 12, 2010, a 0-0 draw against Colombia. 
  • The U.S. defeated a team from South America for the first time since March 25, 2007, a 3-1 win against Ecuador, ending a 13-match winless run against teams from that continent. 
  • Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz were on the field together for the first since playing for the New England Revolution in the 2008 MLS Conference Semifinals, a 3-0 loss on Nov. 6, 2008, against the Chicago Fire. 
  • DeLaGarza and Zusi were on the field together for the first time since winning the College Cup for the University of Maryland on Dec. 14, 2008. Opposing them that day for the University of North Carolina was defender Zach Loyd. 
  • The crowd of 22,403 was the second-largest for a game in the state of Arizona. 
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, 32, is participating in his fifth January camp since 2002. Rimando has five caps to his name, splitting time in goal with Sean Johnson during a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011, for his lone appearance in the net last year. 
  • Jeff Parke, participating in his first camp with the National Team, is looking for his first international cap. 
  • Seventeen players on this current U.S. roster are signed with MLS clubs. 
  • Sporting Kansas City striker Sapong captured 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year honors. 
  • Six of the players in camp spent time in the offseason training with clubs in Europe: Agudelo (Stuttgart, Liverpool), Beckerman (FC Kaiserslautern), Hamid (West Bromwich Albion), Johnson (Everton), Larentowicz (Bolton) and Shea (Arsenal). 
  • Four players on the roster are age-eligible to compete in qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games: Teal Bunbury, Hamid, Johnson and Shea.

USA VS. PANAMA SERIES

  • The U.S. holds a 7-1-2 lifetime record against Panama, including a 1-0-1 record on Panamanian soil. 
  • All 10 previous meetings between the two teams have come in either the CONCACAF Gold Cup or FIFA World Cup qualifying. 
  • Both games in Panama came during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the semifinal phase, the teams dueled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 9, 2004, after Cobi Jones knocked in the tying goal in the 92nd minute . They squared off again in the final round on June 8, 2005, when the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 victory behind goals from Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan and Brian McBride. 
  • In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the semifinal and final rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
  • In their last encounter, Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory in the semifinal round of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, marking the fourth straight time that the U.S. has eliminated Panama from the Gold Cup’s knockout round. 
  • Earlier in that tournament, Panama collected its only victory against the United States, a 2-1 win on June 11 in Tampa, Fla. The defeat remains the only U.S. loss ever in the group phase of the tournament dating back to 1991.
  • Ricardo Clark, the USA’s hero in the 1-0 win against Venezuela, made his debut for the United States in the World Cup qualifier against Panama on Oct. 12, 2005, entering as a reserve in the 2-0 win. He also appeared in the 2-1 victory against Panama on June 16, 2007, in the quarterfinal of the Gold Cup.
  • Heath Pearce started and Brad Evans came on as a reserve when the U.S. defeated Panama 2-1 in overtime of the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 18, 2009, in Philadelphia. 
  • Jermaine Jones started and Chris Wondolowski entered as a sub in the 2-1 loss in last summer’s Gold Cup. Panama’s Blas Perez drew the penalty kick that proved decisive in that match. Jones and Juan Agudelo were then in the first XI when the U.S. gained redemption in the semifinal.

KLINSMANN ON PLAYING IN PANAMA: This game against Panama represents the USA’s first friendly match on Central American soil since March 25, 1993, a 4-1 loss to Honduras in Tegucigalpa. So why make the trip now? “We wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone and give them a different experience,” said Klinsmann. “It’s important that they have a chance to taste what the environments will be like in World Cup qualifying, everything from the food, weather, hotels and travel. For many of them, including the coaching staff, it will be their first match here, so it’s a chance for all of us to get a feel for playing away games in CONCACAF.”

JONES SPORTS THE ARMBAND: Midfielder Jermaine Jones earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his performance against Venezuela, and he did it with the added inspiration of wearing the captain’s armband for the first time. “Everyone could see why he was playing with a Champions League team. He elevated the group within one training session with his energy and with his leadership,” said Klinsmann. “His vision on the field makes a big difference. These young players are all hungry to make the next step, and they want to know how to get to the next level. Jermaine jumped in and talked with the guys and took care of it, and that’s why it was an easy decision to make him a captain. We also wanted to give him a signal that we want this type of leadership from him.”

IF HISTORY HOLDS, SIX PLAYERS HERE WILL MAKE THE 2014 WORLD CUP ROSTER: With 2012 marking the beginning of the USA's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the players here hoping to make a big impression, we decided to look back at the January camp roster from this time in the previous two cycles to see if there is any forecasting to be done on how many players will actually reach the World Cup. The camp held by Bruce Arena in 2004 had 30 players, while four years later Bob Bradley called in 26 total. Each of those camps produced six players that went on to feature in Germany and South Africa, respectively.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Ricardo Clark's game-winner in the 97th minute against Venezuela marks the latest goal scored in the second half by the United States in team history. 
  • With the shutout in that game, Hamid became the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to record a clean sheet in his first game. 
  • The U.S. MNT improved its record in January openers to 8-1-5 since 1998, with the lone loss coming against Honduras on Jan. 23, 2010 (a 3-1 loss).

BY THE NUMBERS:

0 Losses to Panama in Panama

1 Shots on goal against the U.S. on Jan. 21

4 Players who earned their first cap against Venezuela

15 Shots taken by the U.S. on Jan. 21

16 Number of MLS players on the roster

ON USSOCCER.COM: Check out the following articles, journal entries and videos on the U.S. Men’s National Team at ussoccer.com:

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his second year and first full calendar year in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann was named the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach on July 29, 2011, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 3-4-1, including consecutive wins against Slovenia and Panama. 
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The U.S.’s two victories during the Klinsmann era include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8, 2011) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15, 2011). 
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995. 
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

ITALY ON THE ITINERARY: U.S. Soccer announced earlier this month that it will face four-time World Cup champion Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa. Kickoff at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is at 8:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer. “Obviously we are very excited to be playing a team of such high quality,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We are slowly trying to raise the bar for our team, and this is an awesome opportunity for the players to be challenged against one of the top teams in the world.”

NUTRITION 101: U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has utilized this January camp to focus heavily on educating the roster in many areas, and one key away from the pitch is nutrition. On the nutrition side, the U.S. MNT received instruction and advice from Danielle LaFata, the director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance. Some key nutritional tips include eating the least processed forms of food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains); choosing a variety of colored fruits and vegetables with each meal; eating healthy fats such as nuts, fish and flaxseed oil; eating smaller portions spread evenly across the day; and staying hydrated. Also check out a video of the players receiving this tutorial and going shopping!

U.S. MNT SCRIMMAGED U-23S TWICE: The U.S. MNT and U.S. U-23 MNT converged for two scrimmages on Jan. 13 and 17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. MNT netted four first-half goals and earned a 4-0 win against the U-23s on Jan. 13, and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw on Jan. 17. In the second game, U.S. MNT defender Graham Zusi scored a goal, while the U-23’s Jack McInerney had a tally as the two sides settled for the stalemate. The U-23 MNT is now in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it will face Saprissa and Alajuelense in two more games to wrap up the January training session.

CONTINUITY AMONG U.S. SOCCER TEAMS: This year marks an important overlap between the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. Under-23 MNT as the U-23s prepare for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has emphasized a desire to play possessive and attack-driven soccer, and he wants to see this type of continuity within the younger levels. That holds true for U-23 head coach Caleb Porter, whose group has been training within a 4-3-3 formation and focusing on connection in the attack and combination play. Klinsmann’s current MNT roster includes several players who likely will play big roles for the U-23s in the qualifying and hopefully the 2012 London Olympics.

U.S. U-23 MNT 2012 Schedule
(2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament)

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

Venue

TV

Mar. 22

Cuba

9 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 24

Canada

7 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 26

El Salvador

9 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

SIX-GOAL GAME: Jurgen Klinsmann has introduced a tactical training exercise called the “six-goal game” to focus heavily on shifting and moving as a unit, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The 70-yard-long, 72-yard-wide field is incorporated with big goals in the center of each endline and then two smaller goals on each side of the big goals, placed seven yards from the sideline. Each team has the ability to score on three different goals spread all the way across the field, forcing defenses to quickly move as a group from side to side. Here is a video of how it all works.

ROSTER FILLED WITH FORMER TEAMMATES: It's no surprise with so many talented players having come through the U.S. system that there would be a lot of guys who have shared the same field together and then separated as their careers progressed. Well, it's reunion time here in National Team camp, and a review of the roster reveals several players who have won national championships together, MLS Cup titles, U.S. Open Cups, and even former road roommates. Let the nostalgia begin!

A.J. DeLaGarza and Graham Zusi*
University of Maryland (2005-08) - National Champions 2005, 2008

Jeff Larentowicz and Michael Parkhurst
New England Revolution - (2005-08) - MLS Cup Finalists 2005-07, U.S. Open Cup Champions 2007

Ricardo Clark and Chris Wondolowski
San Jose Earthquakes (2005) - Houston Dynamo (2006-09) - MLS Cup Champions 2006, 2007

Ricardo Clark and Geoff Cameron*
Houston Dynamo (2008-09)

Geoff Cameron and Chris Wondolowski
Houston Dynamo (2008-09)

Heath Pearce and Brek Shea
FC Dallas (2009-10) - MLS Cup Finalists 2010

Zach Loyd and Heath Pearce
FC Dallas (2010) - MLS Cup Finalists 2010

Bonus material

  • Brad Evans, Benny Feilhaber and Michael Parkhurst were on the U.S. team that reached the final of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 
  • Geoff Cameron and Michael Parkhurst were teammates at the Bayside FC Bolts in Rhode Island. Neither can remember which year, so assistance is welcome... 
  • Same goes for Jeff Larentowicz and Jeff Parke, who were together at U.S. Soccer Development Academy club FC DELCO.

*Former road roommates

RECAPPING 2011: The USA posted a 6-8-3 record in 2011 and opened the year with a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22. The big event last year was the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, and the USA made a strong run to the final. The team posted shutout victories over Canada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and then Panama in the semifinal. However, the USA’s run came to a halt when it lost to Mexico 4-2 in the Gold Cup final on June 25 in front of a crowd of 93,420 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. During the next month-and-a-half-long break between matches, the U.S. MNT parted ways with head coach Bob Bradley and brought in Goppingen, Germany, native Jurgen Klinsmann as the program’s 35th coach on July 29. Klinsmann guided the Germany from 2004-2006, posting a 20-6-8 record, a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and earning Coach of the Year honors in Germany. Klinsmann made his U.S. coaching debut in a rematch against Mexico, and the USA played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Klinsmann earned his first U.S. win on Oct. 8 when the USA shut out Honduras 1-0 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and the team wrapped up the year with a 3-2 victory against host Slovenia on Nov. 15. The USA was 2-4-1 under Klinsmann in 2011.

IN FOCUS: PANAMA
Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Second Place (2005)
Caps Leader: Ricardo Phillips (110)
Top Scorer: Luis Tejada (34)
Key Players: Blas Perez, Gabriel Gomez

PANAMA UPDATE

  • Panama takes the field for the first time in 2012, having finished the past year on top of Group C in the second round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and advancing to the semifinal phase. 
  • The team went undefeated in the group that included Nicaragua and Dominica, outscoring its opponents 15-2 in four matches. 
  • Canada, Cuba and Honduras will be Panama’s opponents in Group C of semifinal round qualifying. 
  • Newly signed FC Dallas striker Blas Perez is the leading scorer with 23 goals in 38 matches. He is joined by FCD defender Carlos Rodriguez. 
  • Philadelphia Union midfielder Gabriel Gomez is the leading cap winner, with 74 appearances for Panama. Gomez scored the penalty that secured Panama’s only victory against the United States. 
  • Head coach Julio Dely Valdes has called on a total of 10 players who are age-eligible for the Olympics, including the starting U-23 goalkeeper Luis Mejia.

PANAMA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Luis Mejia (Fenix), Kevin Melgar (Alianza)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Rodriguez (FC Dallas), Sergio Thompson (Sporting), Eric Vasquez (Chorrillo), Eduardo Dasent (Tauro), Rolando Algandona (San Francisco), Edward Benitez (Sporting)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Ovalle (Sporting), Amir Waithe (San Francisco), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro), Rolando Botello (Tauro), Gabriel Gomez (Philadelphia Union), Juan De Gracia (Chepo), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo)
FORWARDS (3): Blas Perez (FC Dallas), Manuel Mosquera (Arabe Unido), Luis Renteria (Tauro)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Jan. 21, 2012 – University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz. – International Friendly

USA        1  Ricardo Clark 90+7
Panama  0

USA: 1-Bill Hamid; 2-A.J. DeLaGarza, 4-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Geoff Cameron, 3-Heath Pearce (13-Zach Loyd, 72); 6-Jeff Larentowicz (15-Ricardo Clark, 62), 8-Jermaine Jones (capt.); 7-Graham Zusi (18-C.J. Sapong, 74), 10-Benny Feilhaber (17-Chris Wondolowksi, 62), 11-Brek Shea; 9-Teal Bunbury (16-Brad Evans, 88)
Subs not used: 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Jeff Parke

Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

VEN : 1-Jose Morales; 2-Carlos Rivero, 3-Carlos Salazar, 4-Jose Manuel Velasquez, 21-Andres Rouga; 5-Miguel Mea Vitali (23-Emilio Renteria, 78); 10-Alejandro Guerra (14-Diego Guerrero, 89), 8-Francisco Flores, 6-Angel Flores, 7-Edgar Perez Greco (17-Angel Chourio, 73); 15-Alejandro Moreno (9-Richard Blanco, 86)
Subs not used: 11- Jose Reyes, 12- Alan Liebeskind, 13-John Chancellor, 16-Ruben Arocha, 19-Rubert Quijada, 20-Javier Gonzalez, 24-Diomar Diaz, 25-Darwin Machis
Head coach: Cesar Farias

On the field for Panama:
Nov. 15, 2011 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama –2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Second Round
Panama    3 Rolando Blackburn 6', Ricardo Buitrago 20', Blas Perez 84'
Dominica  0

PAN : Kevin Melgar; Roderick Miller, Rolando Algandona, Felipe Baloy, Sergio Thompson; Gabriel Gomez, Armando Cooper, Federico Marines (J. Ruiz, 62), Ricardo Buitrago Jr.; Anibal Godoy; Rolando Blackburn (Blas Perez, 76)
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

DMA: Glenson Prince; Colin Bernard, Prince Austrie, Elmond Derrick, Calvin Christopher; Josley Prince (Mitchell Joseph, 46), Euclid Bertrand (Rasheed Betrand, 73), Craig Reid, Jonathan Abel; Kurlson Benjamin, Lester Langlais (Jerome Thomas, 84)
Head Coach: Kirt Hector

vs. Panama:
June 22, 2011 – Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas –2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Semifinal
USA         1   Clint Dempsey 76’
Panama   0

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 22-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 8-Clint Dempsey; 9-Juan Agudelo (20-Freddy Adu, 66)
Subs not used: 7-Maurice Edu, 11-Chris Wondolowski, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Tim Ream, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

PAN : 1-Jaime Penedo; 5-Román Torres, 14-Eduardo Dasent, 17-Luis Henríquez, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.); 6-Gabriel Gómez (20-Anibal Godoy, 86), 10-Nelson Barahona (8-Gabriel Torres, 86), 11-Armando Cooper (16-Luis Renteria, 71), 21-Amilcar Henríquez; 18-Luis Tejada, 19-Alberto Quintero
Subs not used: 3-Harold Cummings, 4-Aramis Haywood, 9-Renan Addles, 12-Luis Mejía, 15-Eric Davis, 22-Eybir Bonaga
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes

 

January Camp Journals: Heath Pearce

During the January camp in Phoenix, several members of the U.S. Men's National Team will write journal entries for ussoccer.com. The journals will provide a first-hand, behind-the-scenes account of what's going on in the January camp.

A member of the 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce writes the second installment and gives a detailed look at a day in the life in Phoenix …

It's that time of year again. No, it’s not the holidays… it’s not NYE… it’s the infamous JANUARY CAMP. We are a little more than a week into camp, and the legs are heavy but the morale is high. Great coaches and a hard working staff make the environment the perfect blend to be successful.  We have a good group of guys in camp this year with a wide range of "how we got here" stories, so let me share a bit of insight into what we've been up to.

Doing triple days from day one is no one’s favorite thing in the world, but that is what it takes to succeed at the highest level. Let it be known that the guys have been very responsive and positive towards the demands being placed on us. We have done the fitness tests, the mental and physical evaluations, and the mobility screens, and we are slowly starting to work our way to more sessions on the field with the ball. We've been kept busy from about 8 a.m. each morning until about 8 p.m. each night, not including treatment and massage late in the evening. As you know, U.S. Soccer has posted our "typical" daily schedule, but I will try to break down the purpose of our sessions from a player’s point of view with the VAST amounts of knowledge I have gained during this short camp (I’ve been taking good notes…).

Our day typically begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning RUN. The reason I capitalize the word RUN is because it was first deemed a morning JOG, but after the first day the pace has steadily increased, along with the distance. The reason for this run before breakfast is to torture us mentally until we are about to break. OK, OK, that's not quite the truth. The real purpose of the pre-meal run is to teach the body to recruit additional energy when it is depleted of the usual energy stores. The body is depleted because it has been using the stores while you sleep. See, I told you I was taking good notes!

After the run, we go directly to our meal room where we have our recovery/protein shakes waiting for us, and for those of you lactose intolerant people out there, do not be alarmed because the hotel staff also caters to the needs of the less fortunate like myself with a NON-dairy shake option.

After our morning run, shakes and breakfast, we have about an hour or so until we leave for our "second" workout of the day, which is usually at Athlete’s Performance. These sessions start out with a pre-workout shooter and nutritional supplement. We start the physical work with a quick regeneration session on the yoga mats. The purpose of this is to make you madder than when you first arrived. Again, I joke! The exercises can be a bit painful at times, but they definitely help you recover quicker.

So, on to the physical demands of the morning. We begin our warm-up on the turf doing a series of dynamic stretches and movements that help get the muscles warm and firing. All things we do in this series are completely relatable to the functions and movements that take place throughout a soccer match, like linear speed, lateral cuts and movements and backward shuffles. Much of the focus of our warm-up is to not only get the legs warm, but also to increase range of motion and lower the risk of injury.

Next we move into the gym for our actual "lift" for the morning. We usually do about 11 different movements and/or lifts varying in weight and function and around three sets of eight reps. Our lifts vary from upper body to lower body, and also include core work that is incorporated into each series of lifts. Brek Shea and I usually turn Beast Mode on at this point and compete for man of the match in our lifting sessions -we call it man of the match, but we are the only ones allowed to participate. Because he and I are competitive, we usually see who lifts harder, more weight and with better form. At the end of the day, we each give our vote as to who is the man of the match. For example, we have lifted a total of eight times, and I have been man of the match eight times. Brek has been man of the match zero times. You get how the math works.

After our workouts we drink another recovery/protein shake and then jump in the ice bath. The shakes help repair the muscles and begin the recovery process. The ice baths help to flush the body and speed up recovery times. Sure it’s cold, but they are essential during a long training day. We usually shower and eat lunch at AP as well. AP provides us with catered meal options to help each athlete meet his or her caloric and health needs for the day. I usually eat a Gluten free brown rice tortilla wrap with chicken, lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini and avocado. It’s a custom wrap designed by me after hours of brainstorming to create the perfect blend of ingredients, and guess what? It’s amazing. I call it "Hollywood Heath's Chicken Wrap."

Right now you are probably wondering if the movie rights are still available for this story. The answer is YES, yes they are.

Some days we have guest speakers that offer advice on topics like professionalism or nutrition, and then we head back to the hotel and try to get in a short power nap before heading to the afternoon session on the field. Our field sessions usually run about an hour long and are short and sweet but definitely intense. Our strength coach takes us for about a 20-minute warm up that includes many of the same dynamic movements we did in the morning. Next we usually dive into some sort of passing or technical work. Feeling sharp, we finish the day off with a small-sided game like 5 v 5 or 8 v 8 on a small field. Most nights we finish the training with a jog and stretch, and head back to AP for more shakes and ice baths.

We arrive back at the hotel around 7 p.m. and have dinner at 7:30. Through the consultation of our nutritionist, we have each been given a comprehensive meal builder that helps each of the guys know what and how much of each food their bodies need to recover and perform at the highest level. After dinner each night, the training room opens for massage and treatments. At this point you must be thinking… Wait, aren't they there to play soccer? The answer is yes, but the work we do in the gym and what we put into our body is just as important as the work we actually do on the field. Think BIG picture. We are slowly preparing for our game against Venezuela on Jan. 21 in Glendale, Ariz., and part of that is making sure we are healthy and fit. With each passing day we get a step closer to that point, and we are confident that we will be fit and ready for the vinotintos.

I hope this journal has given you a better understanding of what it is we are doing here, and a more in-depth look behind the scenes. If any of you see Brek Shea and in that moment, he is trying to read this, don't pick on him - just help him with some of the bigger words.

 

Klinsmann Calls In 22 Players to Face Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia

CHICAGO (Aug. 4, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 22-player roster that will travel to Philadelphia in advance of the match against regional rival Mexico on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The match will be the first for the former FIFA World Cup and European Championship winner at the helm of the U.S. Men’s National Team since being named head coach.

Kickoff for the teams’ first meeting in a friendly since 2008 is set for 9 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

Tickets starting at $38 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley (including Walmart and Boscov’s) and the Lincoln Financial Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 30 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position,” said Klinsmann. “There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico.”

The roster delivers a combination of experience and youth at virtually every position. In goal, Tim Howard enters with 65 caps to his credit and is joined by 20-year-old Bill Hamid, a U.S. Soccer Development Academy product who was the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team. Two-time World Cup veteran Carlos Bocanegra is just seven games shy of reaching 100 caps. He will patrol the center of the park along with 2010 FIFA World Cup teammate Clarence Goodson, the newly named captain of Brondby in Denmark, and two young players in Tim Ream and Michael Orozco Fiscal. Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo returns after an injury forced him out of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, while fellow Bundesliga-based right back Timmy Chandler is making his second appearance in a national team camp after debuting against Argentina in March. Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce and Edgar Castillo make up the options for the left side of the backline.

Central midfield is packed with experience, including four players from the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Michael Bradley has nine goals in 59 appearances for the full team, with eight of his goals coming in official competitions. Maurice Edu comes from three-time defending Scottish Premier League champion Rangers, and Ricardo Clark and Jose Torres make their first appearance in the squad since the World Cup in South Africa. Jermaine Jones has reached double digits in caps for the U.S. after competing in his first official competition earlier this summer, and has rejoined Schalke 04 after a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers. Real Salt Lake contributes captain Kyle Beckerman and FC Dallas sends Brek Shea, who is currently in third place in scoring in MLS this season behind Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry as the 21-year-old has netted nine goals in 22 games.

The USA’s all-time leading scorer, Donovan leads the attacking corps with 46 goals in 146 international appearances. Donovan is the only player on the roster who has experience with the new coach, having played for Klinsmann in 2009 at Bayern Munich during a loan spell. Both Freddy Adu and 18-year-old Juan Agudelo are coming off significant contributions in the 2011 Gold Cup, Adu having started in the final against Mexico while Agudelo appeared in five of six matches. DaMarcus Beasley returns to the squad with 93 caps to his credit that include stints in the last three World Cups, and Edson Buddle travels from FC Ingolstadt after his great run of form in 2010 led to a spot in the team in South Africa.

A total of nine professional leagues in eight different countries are represented on the roster. MLS contributes seven players, while German-based players number six total from the top two divisions and the Mexico first division sends four. New York Bulls contribute two players to the roster, the most from any single club.

The match on Aug. 10 will mark the 59th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-32-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-8-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 31 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-10-8 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico 2-0 in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

At the stadium, U.S. Soccer will continue to implement the Respect Campaign, which was launched in 2011 and includes a number of initiatives to enhance the game experience, particularly in the areas of customer service and fan-friendly behavior. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for fans to enjoy the special atmosphere at these matches.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (as of Aug. 4, 2011) - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

 

Bradley Announces 30-Man Preliminary Roster for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Players Will Report To Princeton Beginning May 15 for Training Camp;
Send-Off Series Matches Are May 25 Against Czech Republic in East Hartford
and May 29 against Turkey in Philadelphia

CHICAGO (May 11, 2010) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has submitted to FIFA the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 1 for the final roster that will travel to South Africa. The 30 players will begin reporting to Princeton, N.J., on May 15 for the start of training camp, with field sessions beginning two days later.

The U.S. will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa. Nearly 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the match against Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford, Conn. (tickets) Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision. The final home tune-up match against Turkey will be played May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where almost 40,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET. For both matches, ESPN will be airing a special 30-minute pre-game show. Fans can also follow the games live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

"Throughout the past three years a number of players have contributed to our journey toward South Africa and we appreciate all of their efforts," said Bradley. "We are very excited to get this group together to begin our pre-World Cup training camp as we continue to prepare for the challenge of the World Cup."

The U.S. team will depart for South Africa on May 30, arriving the following day. The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

 

Bob Bradley Names 20-Person Roster For Feb. 24 Match Against El Salvador

  • Twenty Players Will Travel from Carson, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. For Feb. 24 Game with El Salvador
  • Kickoff for Match Set for 7 p.m. ET, with live Coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2010) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players to travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will travel to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game.

The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click Here For Detailed Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

An attacking left back by trade, Pearce’s sense of timing and crossing ability are considerable assets for the U.S. system. A contributor to the USA’s successful campaign to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he was named to the 30-man preliminary roster. His versatility and willingness to take on defenders led to his use in various positions on defense for FC Dallas, even being deployed in the midfield. His efforts were a big part of his club side’s run to the 2010 MLS Cup final, but a hamstring injury kept him from his first championship match. He continues his MLS career at Chivas USA in his home state, California.

  • Chosen as part of the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • A member of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad, Pearce made the most impact during the USA’s other major tournament during the year, starting five games in the run to the final of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Recorded an assist in the 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Feb. 24, 2010, marking the fourth straight year he has put points on the board
  • Finished with 754 total minutes spread across nine starts during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
  • A former member of the U-17 Residency Program, he competed at both the U-17 and U-20 levels
  • Spent five years in Europe playing in the top leagues in Denmark and Germany before embarking on an MLS career with FC Dallas
2010: Assisted on Brian Ching’s game-tying goal in the 2-1 win on Feb. 24 against El Salvador … Played final 20 minutes in 2-1 loss to Holland on March 3 in Amsterdam … Making a total of five appearances, he started in the 0-0 draw against Colombia on Oct. 12 in Chester, Pa. ... 2009: Played 90 minutes during the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico on Feb. 11 to open the Final Round of World Cup qualifying … Featured in five 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup games as the team advanced to the final … Ended the year with seven appearances and seven starts to take his career cap total to 28 … 2008: One of seven players to start all three games during the memorable U.S. summer friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina … Started in 11 games and logged 945 minutes for the U.S. in 2008, both personal and team bests … Contributed two assists, setting up Eddie Johnson against Barbados on June 15 and Landon Donovan against Cuba on Oct. 11, to post his first-ever points in World Cup qualifying … 2007: A member of the squad which traveled to Venezuela to compete in the 2007 edition of Copa America … He made one appearance in the tournament, playing the full 90 minutes against Colombia … Also started against Brazil at left back … Appeared as a sub in the 1-0 win against Switzerland in Basel … Started in the USA’s 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg … 2006: Made four appearances for the U.S. … His first start for the U.S. came against Canada during a 0-0 draw on Jan. 22 … Came on as a sub for Cory Gibbs against Germany in Dortmund … 2005: Made his debut appearance for the national team when he came on for DaMarcus Beasley in the 1-1 draw against Scotland on Nov. 12 at Hampden Park … Under-20s: Played in four international matches with the U.S. Under-20s, starting all four games … Played two international friendlies against Colombia in Fort Lauderdale in February of 2003 … Was part of the squad for the Madeira Tournament in Portugal in March of 2003, starting against Portugal and Norway … Under-17s: Member of U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program in 2000-01 … Played and started in a total of eight international matches for the U-17 MNT, starting three and scoring two goals … First Appearance: Nov. 12, 2005, vs. Scotland … First Goal: None.
2010: Played 28 games for FC Dallas, starting 27 and recording a career-high six assists … A hamstring injury sidelined him for his team’s run through the playoffs to the MLS Cup final … Traded to Chivas USA following the season … 2009: Joined FC Dallas in September after the team acquired him through allocation … After regaining match fitness, he went on to make six appearances and five starts for Dallas … Featured prominently down the stretch as his team made a late push for the playoffs … Earned one assist in his first abbreviated season in MLS ... 2008-09: Continued with Hansa Rostock, despite the team’s relegation to the Second Bundesliga … Made 12 appearances with Rostock … Finished his career in Germany making 31 appearances over two years with Hansa Rostock … 2007-08: With interest coming from a variety of sources, he elected to sign with newly promoted side Hansa Rostock of the Bundesliga … Made his first appearance for his new club on the opening day of the season, when he started and played the full 90 minutes on Aug. 4 against Bayern Munich … 2006-07: Matured into a leader of the FC Nordsjælland defense and helped his club team to a fifth-place finish in the league, by far their highest position since being promoted in 2003 … Elected to leave the club at the end of the 2007, having made 50 appearances for Nordsjælland scoring two goals … 2005-06: Elected to leave Portland after three years to sign with FC Nordsjælland of the Danish Superliga … In his first year with the club, he made an immediate impact and was a valuable member of a side that finished ninth in the table.

Enjoys sushi … Lists The Godfather as one of his favorite movies … Likes to read inspirational books … A devotee of Call of Duty and Rock Band on his PS3.

In his final year at Portland, he started all 20 games, scoring two goals and racking up five assists … Was an All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection … Had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Central Florida … Registered a goal and assist in the NCAA first-round 2-0 win over Oregon State.

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