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

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

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

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

Jurgen Klinsmann Q & A: ‘Everyone Knows the Clock is Ticking’

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sat with to discuss the roster for the U.S. MNT’s upcoming match against Mexico presented by AT&T on April 2. Klinsmann also touched on Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu’s positive showings in MLS, what Julian Green needs to focus on in this camp and the constant communication he is in with all the National Team players as time winds down until the final 23-man roster for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil is announced on June 2.

U.S. MNT Moves into Second Place in Hexagonal, Tops Costa Rica 1-0 in Final Round World Cup Qualifying at Sold-Out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

  • Dempsey Captains USA to Important Three Points in Second Match of Hexagonal; Now Tied for First Place on MNT All-Time World Cup Qualifying Scoring List
  • Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Earns Fourth-Career WCQ Shutout
  • USA Improves WCQ Home Unbeaten Streak to 23 Games at 21-0-2
  • U.S. MNT Resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on March 26 against Mexico at Estadio Azteca; Game will be Broadcast Live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision at 10:30 p.m. ET

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (March 22, 2013) – Amid a deluge of snow and wind on the third day of spring, the U.S. Men’s National Team fought through blizzard conditions to earn a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. The match took place in weather conditions never before seen for a U.S. World Cup qualifier in front a sellout crowd of 19,374 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey, who was named the team captain by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for this match and Tuesday’s clash with Mexico, scored his 32 nd-career goal in the 16th minute. With seven goals in this cycle, he has tied Landon Donovan at the top of the USA’s all-time list for goals in World Cup qualifying. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, starting for the injured Tim Howard, made five saves for his fourth-career shutout in World Cup Qualifying.

With the win, the USA (1-1-0, 3 points) moved into second place in the Hexagonal, one point behind Honduras (1-0-1, 4 points).

The USA improved its World Cup Qualifying unbeaten streak at home to 23 games (21-0-2) and 42-6-12 all-time in home qualifying matches.

The U.S. resumes World Cup Qualifying when it faces Mexico on Tuesday, March 26, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the game online via’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Earlier Friday in the Hexagonal, Honduras rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Mexico (0-0-2, 2 points) at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Panama (0-0-2, 2 points) and Jamaica (0-0-2, 2 points) played to a 1-1 draw at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wearing their Nike Centennial kit for the first time in celebration of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100-year anniversary, the USA’s white jerseys at times got lost in the heavy snow. Even with a tremendous effort throughout the match from the Dick’s Sports Goods Park grounds crew, who continually cleared snow off the sidelines, goal lines and penalty area lines, the conditions worsened steadily over the course of 90 minutes.

The match became a battle of wills and it was the USA that got the crucial first goal just 16 minutes into the match. Jozy Altidore received a pass near the left side of the penalty area and took a touch to the inside before firing a shot from 19 yards out that was deflected by Costa Rica defender Roy Miller. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas was moving toward the left post and was caught far out of position on the deflection, which bounced perfectly to Dempsey, who crisply tapped in from close range to give the United States a 1-0 lead.

The goal was Dempsey’s seventh of this World Cup Qualifying cycle, moving him ahead of Costa Rica’s Alvaro Saborio for tops in CONCACAF. His 12th career World Cup Qualifying goal also placed him in a tie with Landon Donovan for first place on the USA’s all-time list.

Costa Rica’s first shot on goal came in the 38th minute off the foot of Bryan Oviedo, but his strike from the left side went directly to Guzan who caught it and held it securely on the snowy turf.

The United States, which held more than 60 percent of the possession in the first half, probed for a second goal just before halftime. In the 42nd minute, Dempsey appeared to have been tripped up in the box by Miller, but play went on. Later in the sequence, Dempsey mustered a shot that was deflected out for a U.S. corner kick.

In the 55th minute, played was stopped momentarily as the FIFA’s match commissioner and Salvadoran referee Joel Aguilar met on the sidelines, surrounded by players from both teams, to discuss the playing conditions. The referee directed the grounds crew to clean the snow off the lines and ordered play to continue.

Guzan was tremendously composed in the perilous conditions throughout the match en route to the clean sheet. In the 60th minute, Saborio took a shot from a tough angle from the right side and Guzan stayed low for the save. The ball bounced away from him just a bit but he quickly smothered to prevent any possibility of a rebound.

Costa Rica briefly thought it had the equalizer in the 70th minute when defender Michael Umaña headed the ball off the inside of the left post and across the goal line. The goal was correctly waved off as several Costa Rican players were in an offside position when the cross was served, and the USA maintained a one-goal lead the rest of the way as snow continued to pile up on the pitch.

The victory ended Costa Rica’s five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) against the U.S., while the USA improved to 42-6-12 in World Cup Qualifying home matches.

Additional Notes:

  • With his 32nd-career goal, Clint Dempsey is now only two goals behind second-place Eric Wynalda (34) and 17 behind all-time leader Landon Donovan (49).
  • DaMarcus Beasley earned his 98th-career cap and got the start at left back to become just the eighth player to appear in at least one National Team game for 13 consecutive years. Frankie Hejduk leads the group with 14 consecutive years with an appearance, while Beasley is tied for second with Marcelo Balboa, Donovan, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart.
  • Beasley, who earned Man of the Match honors, made his first start at left back since the USA’s World Cup Qualifying 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on June 3, 2009, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Omar Gonzalez is the only player on the MNT to have played and started in all three games this year. The defender has more than doubled his career caps, making his fifth international appearance on Friday.
  • Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his sixth-career appearance in a World Cup Qualifying match and collected his 21st career international cap.
  • Dempsey made his team-leading 28th appearance in a World Cup Qualifying game. Beasley now has 27 career caps in WCQ matches.
  • The U.S. moved to 6-8-3 all-time in World Cup Qualifying and 12-12-6 overall in international play against Costa Rica.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-0 all-time in Colorado and 2-0-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • Four U.S. players on the roster are currently carrying yellow cards in World Cup qualifying: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu and Graham Zusi. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is now 12-7-5 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
  • With his second-half yellow card, Costa Rica’s Roy Miller will miss his team’s next match against Jamaica.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: March 22, 2013
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier; Final Round
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,374 (sellout)
Weather: 29 degrees, snowy

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

USA – Clint Dempsey                                     16th minute

USA : 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron, 3- Omar Gonzalez, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones (6-Maurice Edu, 83), 4-Michael Bradley; 19-Graham Zusi (18-Eddie Johnson, 75), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 9-Herculez Gomez (5-Kyle Beckerman, 90+4); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 22-Sean Johnson, 12-Nick Rimando, 2-Tony Beltran, 14-Matt Besler, 15- Justin Morrow, 10-Joe Corona, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 11-Brek Shea, 23-Terrence Boyd
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC : 1-Keylor Navas, 2-Christian Gamboa (6-Juan Diego Madrigal, 81), 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umaña, 7-Cristian Bolaños (12-Joel Campbell, 62), 8-Bryan Oviedo (16-Diego Calvo, 73), 9-Alvaro Saborio, 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.), 11-Michael Barrantes, 13-Ariel Rodriguez, 19-Roy Miller
Subs not used: 18-Patrick Pemberton, 5-Celso Borges, 14-Christopher Meneses, 15-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 20-Kendall Waston, 21-Keylor Soto, 22-Jairo Arrieta
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offsides: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Roy Miller (caution)                             49th minute
CRC – Giancarlo Gonzalez (caution)              90

Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejía (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: DaMarcus Beasley

A box-to-box midfielder, Edu is as comfortable making hard tackles as he is starting and finishing attacks. His steady return to form following a knee injury included his first goal for the full team, helping earn him a spot on the roster for South Africa where he started in the historic victory against Algeria. Edu has been a consistent choice for Jurgen Klinsmann, starting five of the first seven matches in which the new coach was in charge. In 2008, he captained the U.S. Olympic Team during a successful qualifying run and appeared in all three games during the Olympics in Beijing. The California native joined Toronto FC as the No. 1 draft pick in MLS in 2007 and justified his selection by earning the award for Rookie of the Year, moving to Scottish giants Rangers a year later.

  • Appeared in 12 matches in 2011 – a career best – while starting eight
  • Made three appearances in four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including a start in the 1-0 victory against Algeria
  • Scored his first career goal with the full team when he started the scoring for the U.S. against Czech Republic on May 26, 2010, in Hartford
  • His perfectly weighted through ball to Steve Cherundolo set up the game winner against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2007, in Johannesburg, earning
  • Edu his first point with the National Team in only his second appearance Served as captain of the U-23 MNT during 2008 Olympic qualifying and featured in all three games in Beijing at centerback
  • Since moving to Rangers in Scotland, he has scored in an Old Firm against rivals Celtic and in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia

2011: Collected a career-high 12 appearances, including eight as a starter… A member of the team that competed in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, playing in three of the USA’s six games …Started five of seven matches after Jurgen Klinsmann took over in August … 2010: Coming off of an injury-plagued year, he made eight appearances and five starts … Appeared in three of four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, starting in the historic 1-0 victory against Algeria on June 23 in Pretoria … Had a goal controversially disallowed against Slovenia that drew national attention in the U.S. … Posted his first career goal for the full team, scoring in the 4-2 loss against Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford in the first Send-Off Series match … Went 90 minutes in the 2-0 loss against Brazil on Aug. 10 … Started in central defense in the 2-2 draw against Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago … 2009: Injury limited Edu to a single appearance in 2009, entering as a last-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw on March 28 in El Salvador … 2008: Made a career-high three starts in 2008 … Registered his first appearance in World Cup qualifying when he entered as a second half sub in the 1-0 win against Guatemala on Aug. 20 in Guatemala City … Went on to feature in three total qualifiers during the semifinal round, including starts in the historic 1-0 win against Cuba on Sept. 6 in Havana and against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain ...  2007: Called into his first camp in October during the U.S. team’s trip to Switzerland …The trip was his first with the national team at any level … Started and played 90 minutes in his two appearances in 2007, versus Switzerland in October and South Africa in November … His perfectly weighted through ball to Steve Cherundolo set up the game winner in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg, earning Edu his first point with the national team in only his second appearance … Under-23s: Featured in all three games during the Olympics for the U.S. … Deployed at center back where he showcased his versatility and performed admirably alongside Michael Parkhurst … Drew a penalty in the final group game against Nigeria, which Sacha Kljestan converted, but the U.S. came up short against Nigeria ... Captained the U-23s during the team's successful run through CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in March … Featured in four games during qualifying ... Called into Peter Nowak’s first U-23 camp in December 2007 … Traveled to China later that month to compete in two friendlies … First Appearance: Oct.17, 2007, vs. Switzerland … First Goal: May 25, 2010, vs. Czech Republic
2011: Started each of the 21 games in which he has featured in the first half of the season, including UEFA Europa League and Champions League, and going the distance in 15 of those … Scored two goals and two assists in the first half of the season … Sealed the win in the 2-0 victory against Inverness on Aug. 13 before being sent off for a second bookable offense … Scored the second goal in the 4-0 rout of Dunfermline on Sept. 24, putting one in the net nine minutes after teammate Carlos Bocanegra opened scoring … 2010-11: After snatching a starting role and appearing in the first 13 SPL games to start the 2010-11 season, a knee injury on Nov. 10 against Hibernian sidelined him for the remainder of the calendar year … Scored Rangers’ only goal in a 1-1 draw against Valencia on Oct. 20 in UEFA Champions League Group C … Finished the season with 33 appearances as Rangers reached the top of the Scottish Premier League, the club’s third consecutive SPL title … 2009-10: Returned from the knee injury suffered in May after a seven-month recovery period, entering in the 73rd minute in Rangers’ 4-1 win on Dec. 27 at Hibernian … Scored the game-winner in the 93rd minute to give Rangers a 1-0 victory against Old Firm rivals Celtic on Feb. 27 at Ibrox … Appeared in the final 18 matches of the season in all competitions as Rangers collected their second straight SPL title … 2008-09: Signed for Rangers on Aug. 16, 2008 and debuted for the club a month later, when he started against Kilmarnock on Sept. 13 … Also featured in the Oct. 28 victory against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish League Cup … Started the final eight matches in Rangers’ successful championship run, scoring two goals …His first goal in Scotland proved the game-winner in the 2-1 victory on April 8 at St. Mirren … He repeated the result 11 days later, scoring the third in the 3-2 win on April 19 at Hibernian … 2008: Appeared 13 times for Toronto FC in 2008 before transferring to Rangers in August … 2007: Drafted first overall by Toronto FC in the MLS SuperDraft … Despite a pre-season injury, Edu recovered to play 25 times for Toronto in the club’s inaugural season and went on to earn the MLS Rookie of the Year honors … Scored four times and tallied one assist for the team …His goals were good for second on the expansion team … His first professional goal came on May 12 against the Chicago Fire during Toronto FC’s first ever win.
Parents are Maurice and Molly … Has four siblings: brother, Reggie, and sisters, Ugo, Imeh and Molly … Enjoys listening to music and playing sports video games … Inducted into the City of Fontana Hall of Fame … Lists Michael Jordan as a role model growing up and Patrick Viera and Paul Scholes as soccer players he admires … Aspires to return to school to finish up his degree in business.

In three seasons at Maryland, he made 55 appearances … Helped his team to the national championship in 2005 and made the postseason in all three seasons he was on the team … Scored 10 goals and added 11 assists during his career.