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U.S. MNT Ready to Face France in Paris

FACING THE FRENCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces its toughest challenge yet under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it takes on former World Cup champion France on Nov. 11 in Paris. Loaded with talent and boasting two players who are finalists for world football player of the year, the French are eager to build toward the European Championship next summer. The U.S. is doing building of its own, the friendlies in November representing one of the last big opportunities prior to the start of World Cup qualifying. The only stadium in the world to host both the FIFA World Cup final and the Rugby World Cup final now serves as the venue for the first meeting between these teams in more than 30 years. Kickoff at the Stade de France is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision and Univision.com. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7) : Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

ROSTER NOTES

  • A total of 27 players have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann. 
  • Klinsmann has used five different starting lineups in as many matches. 
  • Ten leagues in nine countries are represented on the roster. Germany has the most with seven players, six coming from the Bundesliga. 
  • Two teams contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu come from Rangers, while Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams join from Hoffenheim. 
  • Tim Howard and Bocanegra are the only two players to have started all five matches under Klinsmann. Brek Shea has started four and entered as a sub once (against Mexico). 
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 23rd career goal for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras. He is now fifth on the USA's all-time goalscoring chart, one behind Joe-Max Moore. 
  • Howard collected his 37th victory in that game, putting him in a second-place tie with fellow New Jersey native Tony Meola for wins by a U.S. goalkeeper. Kasey Keller tops the chart with 53 victories. 
  • He also moved into sole possession of third place on the career shutout list with 25 total, surpassing Brad Friedel. 
  • Six players on the roster are age-eligible for the U-23 MNT: Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Bill Hamid, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea and Danny Williams. 
  • Dempsey has now recorded 36 career goals in the English Premier League, tying Brian McBride for the most-ever by a U.S. international in England's top flight. Each goal he scores adds to the record he set for the most career goals scored by any Fulham player in the EPL. 
  • Altidore has scored eight goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar, including two in the Europa League. Buddle has six goals in 14 matches for FC Ingolstadt.
  • Maurice Edu has appeared in 100 games for Rangers . During his time in Glasgow, Rangers have won three consecutive Scottish Premier League titles. 
  • Hamid and Morales are the only two players on the roster in search of their first cap. Morales, who plays for Hertha Berlin, makes his debut in a full national team camp, having previously been involved with the U.S. U-20 MNT. 
  • Williams made his debut for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras, becoming the first player to earn his first cap under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 
  • Johnson is in camp for the first since receiving approval from FIFA for a change of association. He can only represent the United States. 
  • Williams certified his U.S. citizenship and obtained a passport Sept. 30 in Frankfurt, confirming his eligibility to play for the United States. 
  • Beasley, Beckerman and Oguchi Onyewu were inaugural members of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton. The class of 1999 finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. 
  • A total of 12 players on the roster play professionally in Europe, while two more play in Mexico. Seven play in MLS.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Clint Dempsey is the USA's fifth all-time scoring leader with 23 goals. 
  • Tim Howard is tied for second all-time in victories with Tony Meola. 
  • Howard is in third place in career shutouts with 25 clean sheets. 
  • Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa. 
  • Bocanegra has made 98 appearances for the United States and is two short of becoming the 12th player in U.S. history to reach 100 caps.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 Player who has played at the Stade de France (Bocanegra)
3 Players who are captains for their club team (Beckerman, Cherundolo, Goodson)
8 Players on the roster with 60 caps or more
27 Players who have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann
38 Average number of caps earned on the roster
98 Caps earned by Bocanegra

USA VS. FRANCE SERIES

  • The USA and France have only met twice previously, both matches taking place in 1979. 
  • France won both contests by a combined total of 9-0, including a 6-0 shutout on May 2, 1979, in E. Rutherford, N.J. 
  • In the second game of the home-and-home, France won 3-0 on Oct. 10, 1979, in Paris. Former U.S. MNT defender Ty Keough discussed the experience with ussoccer.com.

’LOS AND GOOCH PARLE FRANÇAIS : Both Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have seen their career paths make a stop in France. Bocanegra spent three seasons in Ligue 1, starting at Saint-Étienne where he served as a regular starter for two years and was part of a backline that gave up the third fewest goals in the league during the 2009-10 season. He is only the player on the U.S. roster to have played a match the Stade de France, scoring a goal in the side’s 2-1 loss to Guingamp in the 2009 Coupe de France final. Onyewu signed with FC Metz straight from Clemson University, and stayed under contract with them for two years before moving to Standard de Liege following a loan spell in 2003-04. Gooch went on to win back-to-back titles with Standard. And yes, they both speak French.

ON FRENCH SOIL: The United States have competed twice in official competitions on French soil. In the 1998 World Cup, the U.S. did not advance out of its group that included Germany. Klinsmann appeared in the match against the USA, scoring in the 2-0 win. The U.S. qualified for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, falling to Turkey and reigning World Cup champion Brazil before drawing with Cameroon.

MNT IN EUROPA LEAGUE: Several members of the national team are competing in the group phase of the Europa League, and with two games remaining in this stage many are poised to advance. Jermaine Jones and Oguchi Onyewu are on teams in first place in their groups, while Jozy Altidore has netted a pair of goals from four matches played. Get the latest update on the MNT in the Europa League here .

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

  • Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 1-3-1, with two goals for and four against. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. 
  • One of the most well-known international players of all time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship. 
  • Named manager of the German National Team in 2004, he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany. 
  • Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players. 
  • In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich, where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.

U-23 MNT IN CAMP NEXT DOOR: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is holding a training camp from Nov. 7-16 at the Sportschule Wedau in Duisburg, Germany, at the same time the full Men’s National Team is in France and Slovenia. The 37-man squad includes full team regular Juan Agudelo. In the absence of U-23 head coach Caleb Porter, the team will be overseen by Claudio Reyna, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos and U-18 head coach Richie Williams. The team is scheduled to play closed-door scrimmages against the VFL Bochum reserves, Azerbaijan U-21 MNT, Bayer Leverkusen U-23 team and Bayer Leverkusen U-19 team. Klinsmann worked with U-23 head coach Caleb Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing. “It is very important that we are all on the same page in how we are working with the national teams and that we are all pulling in the same direction, since all roads lead to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “They will have full support from the National Team, and their camps will be run just like ours. In this initial camp they will gather as much information as possible. As this group gets together, it is important for all these players to understand that they have a very unique opportunity.”

VETERANS DAY SALUTE: With the United States observing Veterans Day on Nov. 11 – the holiday in France is called Armistice Day and honors the date of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I – the members of the U.S. National Team wrote an open letter to all those who served in the Armed Forces.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting their opponents 22-9, the U.S. fell 1-0 to Ecuador on Oct. 11 in the U.S. Men’s first match at Red Bull Arena. A 79th minute goal from Jaime Ayovi proved the difference for Ecuador, who four days earlier began their campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used 17 players in the match and continued the approach of deploying Timmy Chandler as a left back behind Brek Shea.

NEXT UP – SLOVENIA: Four days after France, the U.S. will play its final match of 2011 when it comes up against Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is only the second meeting between the nations in international play and the USA’s first visit to Slovenia. Coverage from Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana begins at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

IN FOCUS: FRANCE
Fédération Française de Football (FRA)
Founded: 1907 (Joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Laurent Blanc
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champion (1998)
Best European Championship finish: Champion (1984, 2000)
Caps Leader: Lilian Thuram (142)
Top Scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Key Players: Eric Abidal, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery

FRANCE UPDATE

  • France secured its place in the 2012 European championship after finishing in first place in Group D one point ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  • The group’s outcome went down to the final matchday, France needing only a draw against Bosnia at home to advance. Bosnia held the lead into the 78 th minute before Samir Nasri put home a penalty kick that led to a 1-1 draw. 
  • The French are led by former World Cup and European champion Laurent Blanc, who has guided the team to a 15-match unbeaten run and a 10-2-5 overall record since taking the reins following the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • After the match against the United States, Les Bleus will host Belgium on Nov. 15 at the Stade de France.

FRANCE ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
DEFENDERS (7): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Matthieu Debuchy (Lille), Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Mamadou Sakho (PSG)
MIDFIELDERS (6) : Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin, (Sochaux), Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
FORWARDS (6): Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Jérémy Ménez (PSG), Loïc Rémy (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

  • Eric Abidal (Barcelona) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) have been nominated for the prestigious 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or, which recognizes the world player of the year. 
  • Abidal, Alou Diarra, Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy. 
  • Fourteen players on the France roster are on teams playing in the Champions League, and four more in the Europa League. 
  • Benzema is the leading goalscorer on the roster with 13 goals in 40 appearances.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:

Oct. 11, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly

USA        0
Ecuador  1   Jaime Ayovi 79

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo (13-Jonathan Spector, 46), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Tim Ream, 72), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Kyle Beckerman; 7-Danny Williams (17-Edson Buddle, 65), 8-Maurice Edu (15-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brek Shea (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU : 1-Maximo Banguera; 2-Eduardo Morante, 3-Fricson Erazo, 18-Gabriel Achilier, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia (13-Cristian Suarez, 63), 8-Edison Mendez (19-Luis Saritama, 69), 14-Segundo Castillo, 9-Jefferson Montero (17-Jaime Ayovi, 60); 11-Christian Benitez (15-Jairo Campos, 90), 7-Michael Arroyo (4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 86)
Subs not used: 6-Michael Quiñonez, 12-Adrian Bone
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

On the field for France:
Oct. 11, 2011 – Stade de France – Paris, France – Euro 2012 Qualifying – Group D

France                               1   Samir Nasri 78 pen
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1   Edin Dzeko 40

FRA : 1-Hugo Lloris; 22-Eric Abidal, 3-Patrice Evra, 13-Anthony Reveillere, 4-Adil Rami, 15-Florent Malouda (12-Marvin Martin, 61), 11-Samir Nasri, 6-Yohan Cabaye (20-Kevin Gameiro, 61), 17-Yann M'Vila, 14-Jeremy Menez, 21-Loic Remy (18-Alou Diarra, 82)
Subs not used: 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 5-Younes Kaboul, 7-Djibril Cissé, 16-Steve Mandanda
Head coach: Laurent Blanc

BIH : 1-Kenan Hasagic (12-Asmir Begovic, 46), 13-Mensur Mujdza (21-Darko Maletic, 61), 4-Emir Spahic, 23-Boris Pandza, 3-Sasa Papac, 6-Elvir Rahimic, 10-Zvjezdan Misimovic, 18-Haris Medunjanin (5-Adnan Zahirovic, 71), 8-Miralem Pjanic, 16-Senad Lulic, 11-Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: 9-Zlatan Muslimovic, 17-Senijad Ibricic, 20-Adnan Zahirovic, 21-Darko Maletic
Head coach: Safet Susic

Against France:
Oct. 10, 1979– Parc des Princes – Paris, France– International Friendly

France 3     Michel Platini 5, Roland Wagner 18, Loïc Amisse 23
USA     0

FRA: Dominique Dropsy (Philippe Bergeroo, 46), Gérard Janvion, Léonard Specht (Marius Trésor, 46), Christian Lopez, Maxime Bossis, Alain Moizan, Michel Platini (Jean-François Larios, 42), Dominique Bathenay, Roland Wagner (Patrice Lecornu, 46), Bernard Lacombe, Loïc Amisse

USA: Arnold Mausser (Winston DuBose, 46), Greg Makowski, Ty Keough, Steve Pecher, Doc Lawson, Tony Crudo (Perry van der Beck, 46), Larry Hulcer (Angelo di Bernardo, 46), Ringo Cantillo, Boris Bandov, Greg Villa (Njego Pesa, 46), Mark Liveric (Louie Nanchoff, 71)

 

U.S. Men's National Team Draws Mexico 1-1 in Jurgen Klinsmann's Debut

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 10, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s National Team tied Mexico 1-1 tonight at Lincoln Financial Field in the first game under newly appointed head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Mexico scored in the 17th minute through Oribe Peralta, but three substitutes combined for a Robbie Rogers goal in the 73rd minute to earn the Americans the tie in the regional rivals’ first friendly match since 2008.

“I think we saw a real interesting game, and especially in the second half, a very exciting game,” said Klinsmann. “It was an amazing learning process the players went through in just 90 minutes. We gave them the task to move step-by-step more forward and get more confident the longer they were in the game and put Mexico under pressure. That’s what we saw in the last half hour where I think the players felt more and more confident. All of their defensive tasks were kind of under control and they challenged that Mexican side, which as I said before the game is a very, very good team that we have a lot of respect for.”

The match started with tremendous pace and Mexico earned most of the possession, but an organized U.S. defense kept the Mexicans from turning that advantage into dangerous chances, a theme which held up through the entire match.

Klinsmann started two highly experienced veterans in defense – Steve Cherundolo and captain Carlos Bocanegra (combined 165 caps coming into the match) – along with two young defenders in Edgar Castillo (who made his first start for the USA) and Michael Orozco Fiscal. The two had a combined two caps entering the match.

The quartet, aided by defensive midfielders Jermaine Jones (until he gave way to Brek Shea in the 60th minute) and Kyle Beckerman, locked down the USA’s defensive third for most of the match. Aside from the goal, Mexico fired almost every shot from distance and did little to trouble Tim Howard.

The USA started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Edson Buddle making his first appearance in a year as the lone striker while Jose Torres and Landon Donovan ran the flanks.

The USA’s best chance of the first half came six minutes into the game. Donovan got free on the right wing and bent a cross into the middle where a sliding Jones arrived a second too late to get a foot on the ball as it skipped tantalizingly through the penalty area.

Mexico’s goal came after Bocanegra did well to slide and block a cross from Antonio “Sinha“ Naelson deep in the right side of U.S. penalty box. The ball ricocheted out for a corner kick, which Mexico took short and quickly to Andres Guardado. The Mexican midfielder then struck a powerfully driven cross from just outside the penalty area on the right wing. Peralta was tightly marked by Michael Bradley but somehow wrapped his right foot around the U.S. midfielder to re-direct the ball in the air and into the left corner from seven yards out, spinning his shot just inside the post.

The USA did not take its first shot until the cusp of the 57th minute as a Donovan corner kick found Bocanegra’s head just outside the six-yard box. The second-most prolific goal scoring defender in U.S. history powered a header at frame. It was struck hard enough that it would have certainly gone in had it been directed anywhere but right at Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who parried the shot back into the middle. Buddle looked to have a chance to swing at the ball, but the quick rebound caught him off guard and the ball was cleared out of danger.
The U.S. defended in numbers to stymie the Mexican attack but didn’t start to exert its own attacking personality until about the last 20 minutes. Truth be told, the teams created just one truly dangerous chance each through about the first 70 minutes, but the end of the game belonged to the Americans.

Klinsmann made his first two changes in the 60th minute, replacing Jones with Shea, who earned just his third cap, and sending 18-year-old Juan Agudelo on for Buddle. Shea moved to the left flank while Jose Torres moved into the middle. Both youngsters immediately injected some verve into the U.S. attack.

Agudelo shot high in the 61st minute and then latched onto a nice pass from Donovan inside the penalty area in the 73rd minute but couldn’t get his shot off as he was bundled down by the Mexican defense.

Rogers would come on in the 72nd minute for Michael Bradley, and one minute later Shea and Agugelo combined to set him up for his second career national team goal.

The USA earned a throw-in on the left flank and it was taken quickly by Castillo to Agudelo, who was almost on the end line. Agudelo touched the ball back to the charging Shea, who shrugged off the challenge of Israel Castro, burst to the end line, and then sent a pass on the ground through the six-yard box that evaded the diving Ochoa at the near post. The cross rolled right into the path of the totally unmarked Rogers at the far post, and he tapped in from four yards out.

The goal energized the U.S., and seconds later Torres had a crack from 23 yards out but curled his chance wide right of the goal.

In the 77th minute Donovan raced into the penalty area from the left wing after a long dribbling run and was taken down in the box, but the USA’s shout for a penalty kick went unheeded.

Rogers had another chance in the 81st minute but fired high after a blocked pass high rolled to him at the top of the penalty area. One minute later, the USA was away on a counter and Donovan fed Shea into the left side of the penalty area, giving him a good look at the Mexican net. The 21-year-old Shea fired a shot with his preferred left foot that seemed headed into the lower right corner, but Ochoa managed to stab the ball with a dive to his left.

The drama was not over, however, as with about five minutes left in regulation Agudelo sprung Rogers on a breakaway. As Rogers burst into the open, Mexican defender Gerardo Torrado took him down, first stepping on his ankle while tugging him to the ground by his jersey. Torrado amazingly escaped being sent off as the card that Jamaican referee Raymond Bogle produced was yellow, not red.

The USA then created a flurry of attacks in stoppage time that led to several shots and an exciting last few minutes, but in the end had to settle for the draw against a Mexican team that featured almost all of its players from its CONCACAF Gold Cup Final victory over the USA about seven weeks ago.

“I think now we can be very satisfied with that performance,” said Klinsmann. “It’s great to see some young players stepping into this team and being guided by the experienced ones. It was really enjoyable to see how they then kind of expressed themselves. This is what we want in this team. We want them to express themselves and have fun, and I think that’s what we saw.”

With the draw, the U.S. maintained its perfect record at Lincoln Financial Field, now boasting a 3-0-1 all-time record.

Klinsmann, the 35th head coach in Men's National Team history, earned a draw in his first match at the helm of the program less than two weeks after being hired. His starting lineup featured six players with 12 caps or fewer: Castillo, Orozco Fiscal, Beckerman, Jones, Buddle, and Torres.

Three players who featured for the USA -- Castillo, Orozco Fiscal and Torres – play for professional clubs in Mexico, and the match saw the only two men ever to play for both Mexico and the USA at Lincoln Financial Field tonight. One is Castillo, who played several times for Mexico before choosing to represent the USA, and the other is U.S. assistant coach Martin Vasquez.

Ricardo Clark and Torres made their first appearances for the USA since the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. For Torres, who holds both U.S. and Mexican passports but chose to represent the United States, this was his first match against Mexico at the international level.

 

-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --

Match: USA vs. Mexico
Date: Aug. 10, 2011
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET
Attendance: 30,138
Weather: Clear and warm, 80 degrees

Scoring Summary:     1              2              F
USA                            0              1              1
MEX                            1              0              1

MEX – Oribe Peralta (Andres Guardado)       17th minute
USA – Robbie Rogers (Brek Shea)                73                      

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 2-Edgar Castillo; 7-Kyle Beckerman 4-Michael Bradley (16-Robbie Rogers, 72), 8-Jermaine Jones (17-Brek Shea, 60) ,10-Landon Donovan, 11-Jose Torres (15-Ricardo Clark, 84); 9-Edson Buddle (18-Juan Agudelo, 60)
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 13-Zach Lloyd, 14-Heath Pearce
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa, 16-Efrain Juarez (22- Paul Aguilar, 75), 4-Rafael Marquez (2-Francisco Javier Rodriguez, 69), 15-Hector Moreno, 3-Carlos Salcido; 7- Pablo Barrera (21-Christian Bermudez, 72), 6-Gerardo Torrado, 17-Antonio Naelson (10-Giovani dos Santos, 55), 8-Israel Castro, 18-Andres Guardado; 19-Oribe Peralta (9-Omar Arellano, 62)
Subs not used: 11-Javier Aquino, 12- Alfredo Talavera, 13-Jesus Zavala, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo
Head coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre

Stats Summary: USA / MEX                                           
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 1
Saves: 0 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 16
Offside: 0 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Efrain Juarez (caution)          42nd minute
MEX – Rafael Marquez (caution)     67
MEX – Gerardo Torrado (caution)    86

Officials:
Referee: Raymond Bogle (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Antonio Morgan (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Dion Neil (TRI)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar (USA)

Post-Game Quotes from the U.S. Men's National Teams's Draw with Mexico in Philadelphia

United States vs. Mexico
August 10, 2011
Post-Game quotes

U.S. Men's National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
Opening statement on the match:
“I think we saw a real interesting game. I think we saw – especially in the second half – a very exciting game. It was an amazing learning process the players went through in just 90 minutes. We gave them certain tasks before the game – to play out of the back, for example, which against a high-pressure Mexican side is not that easy. We obviously gave them all the tasks to join one-against-one battles and win their one-against-one situations. Slowly, we gave them the task to move step-by-step more forward and get more confident the longer they were in the game and put Mexico under pressure. That’s what we saw in the last half hour where I think the players felt more and more confident. All of their defensive tasks were kind of under control and they challenged that Mexican side, which as I said before the game is a very, very good team that we have a lot of respect for.

“I think now we can be very satisfied with that performance. There were a couple of very, very good individual performances. It’s great to see some young players stepping into this team and being guided by the experienced ones. Michael Orozco, [Edgar] Castillo, the way Kyle Beckerman played his No. 6 role in front of the back four was exceptional. The spirit and the energy from the experienced ones like Landon Donovan was fun to watch. It was really enjoyable to see how they then kind of expressed themselves. Robbie Rogers comes on and goes at [Carlos] Salcido like he plays in those big games always. This is what we want in this team. We want them to express themselves and have fun, and I think that’s what we saw.”

On the personal emotions he experienced in his first match:
“I have to say I was emotional too. It was an emotional start for me as a person as well because it is something special that happened in my lifetime. I’ve lived in this country for 13 years and lived abroad most of my life, in different countries in Europe. It was a special moment already before the game, listening to the anthem and feeling the energy in the stadium and the energy from the players. Unfortunately, I’m too old to play so the second-best solution is coaching, but I really enjoyed it.”

On the second-half improvements made by the team:
“I think that the task in the first half was really difficult: to keep the defensive shape, to keep that high-pressure Mexican side away from goal. I think that besides that surprising goal which was more like a coincidence than a real goal, they didn’t really have real chances. That was a real good defensive job that the team did in the first half. What we were lacking in the first half was putting pressure on them, going into their half in the final third and creating chances. We knew that Edson Buddle was working his backside off and getting tired. We analyzed the players over the last 30 days. Some of them don’t have 90 minutes in their legs yet. Some of them are just starting their seasons. Steven Cherundolo didn’t even play a game since the Gold Cup, so we were very careful to see how far they can stretch it and we knew that once we bring in some fresh energy we were also going to get the Mexicans kind of tired. We kept the pace up and we expected them to struggle a little bit towards the end of the game. I think there are some players that can make a difference here. Landon, obviously, but Robbie Rogers and Brek Shea, they have the qualities to go one-on-one. Those qualities that Mexico have as well, but they are attacking midfielders. That is really fun to see. They’re taking people on and they’re going into the box. That’s what changed with them coming in as subs.

On concerns which need to be addressed:
“We definitely have to work on a lot of things. Step-by-step we need to get more comfortable with the back four line-up, but that comes game by game. The most challenging part of building a team is always the back four; that’s the backbone of your team. We had two youngsters jumping in and it’s not their first game but they’ve never really played that role in those kind of high-intensity games, so that is a challenge. Obviously, step-by-step I would like our back four to move further up, be more comfortable with it and to connect better with the midfielders. We lost a lot of balls in the position where obviously the Mexicans are very good because on their fast-break attacks they can really kill you. They tried to play out of the back by launching long balls to Edson Buddle. This will come by time. Also, certainly the higher the pace you set, the more mistakes you make. This has a lot to do with fitness. Once they gain far better fitness – we will monitor that over the next month – we can get them to another level as well. There are many, many areas where we can improve and still I think they really deserve compliments.”

On Brek Shea:
“We know the qualities of a player before we call him in. He has the qualities to take people on. He has tremendous pace. He’s driving to the goal and he wants to score; he has a drive into the box. Besides that, we want to see how he integrates a move like that, how comfortable he is, what type of character he has. He fit right in there. It was really nice to see him. It only took a day or two. A lot of them who come the first or second time are nervous, which is normal, but then he kind of shook it off and I knew that we can bring him on anytime. We had that in the back of our mind before the game that certain players needed to be changed for getting fresh legs in there and he was on top of the list. It was fun to watch.”

On the nameless jerseys and 1-11 numbers:
“There is no real concept behind that. There are 11 players out there and the numbers should be from one to 11. The only exception really is the World Cups and the Gold Cups where they get their numbers throughout the tournament. I think that simplifies it a little bit and maybe people get confused when they see a player with a 98 on the field and they don’t know where to put him. For me as a coach that makes things a little bit easier. We know that certain players have a favorite number and we try to accommodate it but I think it fits them better from 1-11 and it’s a little bit of a signal that it’s a fight going on for those numbers.”

On future roster selections:
“Certainly, our goal is to have them always with us, no exceptions. Because if they are not flying to the U.S. or other European players are flying back to South America to play for their countries, there’s no difference. I made that clear to the players that we expect them in camp every time because they have to defend or fight for their spot. We’d like to double the positions so there’s always a challenger behind each established player, whoever occupies that position.”

U.S. Midfielder ROBBIE ROGERS
On the goal and the team on the second half:
“The team definitely improved in the second half. We attacked, we played the ball, it was totally different. We were more confident in the second half. The goal was pretty simple. Brek [Shea] put a ball to me, and I just had to finish.”

U.S. Midfielder BREK SHEA
On the difference between tonight and his debut:
“I was excited and nervous that night.  It was way faster compared to the soccer I’ve been playing.  Today, I just got in there, relaxed and did what I had to do.  I got a lot of playing time this year, and that definitely helps in raising confidence, and Coach Klinsmann also brings positive energy.  He’s all about if you mess up, it’s not a big deal, you move on.”

U.S. goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the result and performance:
“Defensively, I think we did well.  We kept the pressure, and we created more pressure ourselves in the second half, creating more chances on the left side.  They had two very good saves, and then we scored the goal.  Overall, we created some chances and we thought we were dangerous, that was the key to tonight’s game.”

On playing with Micheal Orozco Fiscal and Edgar Castillo:
“I felt very well playing with them.  Michael [Orozco Fiscal] was solid, his body language was particularly good, as well as his confidence.  He made the right passes and when the ball needed to go, he launched it.  He won his battles, he’s athletic. He was very good tonight.”

On Klinsmann’s appointment and moving forward:
“It’s hard, because we all are trying to get to know each other, and there’s a new coaching staff. The small details are different, so it will be good to get in for a week and get to know one another even more.  It’s been good and upbeat so there’s a positive feeling.  The more we can get together for longer periods of time, the better.  That’s never easy, so LA should be a good exercise for us.”

U.S. midfielder JOSE TORRES
On the game:
“I think the backline pushed up a little bit and we started to get control of the game. The second half was just the same.  We came out and took control of the first 10 minutes, and after that it was a total different game.”

On the game after the substitutions:
“We have been together for three days, and we’ve trained twice, so I think we have done a great job. We tried to combine and get some passes forward, and that’s what we tried to do.”

U.S. forward LANDON DONOVAN
On the game and the team’s performance:
“I thought in the end we deserved to win, but we are really happy with the performance.  It took us a little while to figure things out and get more comfortable, but once we turned the tables and put them under pressure the game changed dramatically.”

On the changes between halves:
“Mexico is a very good team who puts you in very uncomfortable positions defensively. From up above it probably looks pretty simple, but it’s very complicated to figure out.  Once we were able to break that out, it brought us a little confidence and the game and momentum shifted.  It was a much better second half.”

On the energy of the subs:
“They were great. Juan [Agudelo] was great. Edson [Buddle] did a great job beating up their center backs. Brek [Shea] was good and aggressive and did the things he does well at Dallas.  A lot of times guys come in and they’re a little tentative, but he did his job. Ricardo [Clark] did a great job as well.  I think overall we are very happy with the whole team.”

Robbie Rogers Added to U.S. Roster for Match Against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia

Columbus Crew Midfielder Replaces Maurice Edu and Will Join Team Sunday

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Robbie Rogers to the roster for the match against regional rival Mexico on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Rogers replaces Maurice Edu, who suffered a left calf strain Aug. 6 in the first half of Rangers friendly against Chelsea.

Rogers, who was named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, enjoyed a memorable debut year with the Men’s National Team in 2009 when he earned his first appearance (Jan. 24), first goal (July 4), and finally his first cap in World Cup qualifying (Oct. 14). The speedy winger tallied three assists as well, most memorably when he supplied the corner for Jonathan Bornstein’s stoppage time header against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium.

Mexico has announced a 20-player roster that includes 10 of the starters from their victory in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, including goalscorers Pablo Barrera, Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.

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.
 
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 - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), 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), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose 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)

Adept with both feet and fearless in taking on defenders, Rogers presents a threat when cutting inside or whipping in crosses. Having extensive experience with the Youth National Teams, he enjoyed a memorable debut year in 2009 with the Men’s National Team, from making his first appearance (Jan. 24), to his first goal (July 4), and finally his first appearance in World Cup qualifying (Oct. 14). The speedy winger tallied three assists as well, most memorably when he supplied the corner for Jonathan Bornstein’s stoppage time header against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. A five-year veteran with the Columbus Crew, he has an MLS Cup title to his credit and was named to the 2008 MLS Best XI.

  • Scored the tying goal against Mexico in the first match under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Selected to the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and called into training camp ahead of South Africa
  • Featured in nine games throughout 2009 after earning his debut cap in the team’s first game of the year against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center
  • Scored his first goal for the USA against Grenada on July 4 in the opening match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, tallying two assists in the game 
  • Started all three games in the 2008 Olympic Games
2011 : Had three starts in five appearances for the U.S., including against Spain on June 4 … Came on as a substitute in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15 … Scored the equalizer against Mexico on Aug. 10 off a cross from Brek Shea … 2010: Earned four caps, including three starts … Named to the preliminary 30-man roster and called into training camp ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Started consecutive matches against Honduras on Jan. 23 and El Salvador on Feb. 24 … 2009: Debuted for the MNT during the Jan. 24 game against Sweden … Scored in his second appearance for the USA, notching the third goal of a 4-0 win in the CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Grenada … Went on to appear in five of six games during the USA’s run to the final of the 2009 Gold Cup … Marked his first World Cup qualifying appearance with an assist, whipping in the corner for Jonathan Bornstein to head home in the 2-2 draw with Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium … Under-23s: Got his first caps for the U-23s in a two-game tour of China in 2007, starting one game and scoring the opening goal of an eventual 3-3 draw with the hosts … Started all three matches in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing … Under-20s: One of the breakout stars from the U.S. in its stellar performance in the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada … Started all five games the U.S. played in, going the distance in two overtime matches … Earned two assists in 6-1 victory against Poland … Was among the team leaders in minutes in Canada with more than 500 … Played in five international games in 2006, scoring two goals and registering an assist … Scored opening goal in a 2-1 win against Canada and in a 2-2 tie against Denmark in the 2006 Northern Ireland Milk Cup … Earned first cap with the U-20s in 2004 while sharing time with the U-18s … Under-18s: Made eight appearances over two years, scoring three goals and getting two assists in 2005 … First Appearance: Jan. 24, 2009 vs. Sweden … First Goal: July 4, 2009 vs. Grenada.
2011: Equaled his 2006 career high for games played with 27, starting 24 of those … Set a career record for assists with seven and scored two goals … Provided assists for both goals in the 2-0 win against Real Salt Lake on July 30 … 2010: Played 22 games in all competitions and scored one goal … Helped the Crew reach the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final against the Seattle Sounders … Put his name on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win against the New England Revolution on May 8 … 2009: Made 22 appearances for the Columbus Crew … Helped his club to a second consecutive MLS Supporters Shield with a league-best 48 points … Tallied five assists, a career high, and also added one goal … 2008: Started 26 games while making 27 total appearances for the Crew, both career highs … Helped the Crew to the 2008 MLS Cup title … Scored six goals while contributing three assists … 2007: After a season in the Dutch Eredivisie with Heerenveen, signed with the Columbus Crew of MLS and cemented his place as a starter with three goals in 10 appearances … 2006: Signed with Heerenveen in August of 2006 after only one season at the University of Maryland, scoring two goals with the reserve squad.

The son of Theresa and Robert Rogers ... Has three sisters, Alicia, Nicole and Katie, and a younger brother, Timmy ... Enjoys music, surfing and ping pong in his free time ... Lists Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his favorite athlete.

Played one year at Maryland, starting 20 games and appearing in 22 as a freshman while helping lead the Terrapins to an NCAA Championship … Was third on the team in scoring with seven goals and five assists … Named two-time Parade All-American at Mater Dei High School in California.

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