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Injuries Sideline Steven Beitashour and Edson Buddle for Remainder of U.S. MNT’s January Camp

CHICAGO (Jan. 22, 2013) – San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour and Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle have been sidelined with injuries and have departed the U.S. Men’s National Team training camp in Carson, Calif.

No replacements will be added to the roster. The team continues to prepare for the opening match of 2013, the friendly on Jan. 29 against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

Beitashour continues to struggle with a sports hernia that required surgery following the end of the 2012 MLS season. He has returned to San Jose to be evaluated by the team medical staff to determine the next course of action. This was Beitashour’s second time in a U.S. camp under Jurgen Klinsmann, having joined the squad in Mexico City for the historic 1-0 win against Mexico last August.

Buddle is experiencing problems in his right knee, which he previously injured last June. The Rapids medical staff will do further testing in Colorado. The 2010 FIFA World Cup veteran appeared as a sub in the USA’s first win against Italy last February in Genoa.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (8): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 

U.S. MNT Garners First Victory Against Four-Time World Cup Champion Italy on Wednesday

  • Dempsey Nets Game's Lone Goal in 55th Minute While Tim Howard Earns Shutout
  • Goal Moves Dempsey Past Joe-Max Moore for Fourth on All-Time Scoring List
  • MNT Debut New Nike Away Kit in Victory
  • U.S. Next Hosts Scotland on May 26 at EverBankField in Jacksonville, Fla.

GENOA, Italy (Feb. 29, 2012) – Clint Dempsey scored early in the second half to provide the U.S. Men’s National Team a historic 1-0 victory against Italy at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa. The victory against the four-time FIFA World Cup champion was the first in U.S. history, breaking a previous 10-game losing streak against Italy that dated back to 1934.

“We are really pleased with the game and with the result,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “If you beat Italy on its own soil, then that means a lot. For us, the goal was to come here to learn. The challenge that this game gave us, especially on the tactical side – to read the game ahead, to think one step ahead – for our players, it was big. It was a big step for them to be constantly on high alert for 90 minutes.”

The U.S. players also debuted their new Nike away kits that combine a distinctly American look with cutting edge, player-focused technology.

The buildup for Dempsey’s game-winning goal came from the left side as Fabian Johnson crossed the ball in from the left side to Jozy Altidore. With his back turned to the goal against Italy’s Andrea Barzagli, Altidore touched the ball back toward the top of the box where Dempsey ripped a right-footed strike splitting a pair of Italian defenders and into the lower left side of the net. The Italians were coming off a European Championship qualifying campaign in which they had not surrendered a single goal at home.

Dempsey surpassed Joe-Max Moore for fourth all-time on the U.S. scoring list with his 25th career goal. He is the fourth U.S. player to score a goal against Italy, as one of the USA’s previous tallies was the result of an own goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The goal was also the first in the run of play against Italy since John Harkes tallied in a 1-1 draw on June 6, 1992.

Backstopped by Tim Howard, the U.S. defense showed resolve throughout the night. The back four stood strong while midfielders Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu were a constant menace to the Italian attackers.

The U.S. has collected three straight shutout victories to open the 2012 campaign, and extended its winning streak to four, dating back to last November’s 3-2 victory against Slovenia. Italy had carried a 7-0-3 record against the USA since the two sides debuted against each other in the second-ever World Cup on May 27, 1934. Italy had also never lost in 20 matches against all opponents at Stadio Luigi Ferraris until the United States broke that streak.

The match started off with Italy controlling play with short, crisp passing combinations. About six minutes into the game, Italy’s Alessandro Matri had the match’s first shot on goal, forcing U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard to make his most difficult save of the night to keep the score level.

Italy’s Sebastian Giovinco was a threat to the USA defense throughout much of the first half. In the ninth minute, Giovinco had an opportunity at the top of the box with Howard rushing up to deflect the ball back off of Giovinco for a goal kick. In the 19th minute, Giovinco got behind the U.S. defense and attacked toward the near left post with his shot. Howard rose up to make the save.

The USA put two shots on goal during the match, and the team’s best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 38th minute when Dempsey’s free kick went to the right of Italy’s five-man wall and split teammates Brek Shea and Altidore, but Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was directly in the path of the strike and punched clear.

After Dempsey scored in the second half, Italy stepped up its offensive attack in an effort to erase the rare deficit. In the 63rd minute, Italy second-half sub Fabio Borini in his senior team debut took a left-footed shot and Howard went slightly to his right to make the key save.

From the 78th through 81st minute, Italy was lurking around the net. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, making his 101st appearance, had a clutch interception of the ball as Italy’s Gianpaolo Pazzini was in the goal box hoping Ignazio Abate’s cross from the right would make it through to him. Then about 30 seconds later, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came up with another important block, a feat he duplicated against a Fabian Borini attempt in the 81st minute.

Adding to Italy’s frustration was a flurry of offside calls throughout the match. Italy was ruled offside nine times and at key junctures of the game.

The U.S. hosts its next two matches, taking on Scotland on May 26 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), followed by a May 30 match against Brazil at FedExField in Landover, Md. (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision).

Additional Match Notes:

  • U.S. forward Terrence Boyd made his National Team debut when he entered for Altidore in the 79th minute. Boyd originally was named to the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team as it was preparing for Wednesday night’s late match against Mexico’s U-23s.
  • Midfielder Brek Shea made his 10th consecutive appearance and eighth start with Klinsmann at the helm. Shea, who has 11 caps, was in the midst of the U-23 training camp when he was called to the roster with several senior team players on the mend.
  • Howard made his first start of 2012 and earned his 73rd career cap.
  • Italy’s Buffon became the most-capped Italian goalkeeper with his 113th career appearance. He moved ahead of former Italy goalkeeper Dino Zoff. Buffon ranks third all-time in Italian caps behind defenders Fabio Cannavaro (136) and Paolo Maldini (126).

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

Match: USA vs. Italy
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – Genoa, Italy
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,000
Weather: 48 degrees, fog
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Italy 0 0 0
USA 0 1 1
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jozy Altidore) 55th minute

Lineups:
USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Clarence Goodson, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Fabian Johnson (13-Jonathan Spector, 77); 6-Michael Bradley, 8-Maurice Edu; 7-Danny Williams,10-Clint Dempsey (17-Edson Buddle, 90), 11-Brek Shea (16-Sacha Kljestan, 73); 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 79)
Subs not used: 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 15-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ITA : 1-Gianluigi Buffon (capt.); 2-Christian Maggio (5-Daniel De Rossi, 71), 15-Andrea Barzagli, 20-Angelo Obinze Ogbonna, 4-Domenico Criscito (3-Giorgio Chiellini, 46); 13-Thiago Motta (7-Gianpaolo Pazzini, 59), 21-Andrea Pirlo, 8-Claudio Marchisio (11-Ignazio Abate, 71), 23-Antonio Nocerino (18-Riccardo Montolivo, 46); 9-Alessandro Matri (22-Fabio Borini, 59), 10-Sebastian Giovinco
Subs not used: 6-Federico Balzaretti, 14-Davide Astori, 16-Salvatore Sirigu, 17-Emiliano Viviano, 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 24-Morgan De Sanctis
Head coach: Cesare Prandelli

Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 4 / 19
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 0 / 9

Misconduct Summary:
ITA – Giorgio Chiellini 67th minute
USA – Carlos Bocanegra 68th minute

Officials:
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Andrea De Marco (ITA)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

U.S. Men's National Team Defeats Slovenia 3-2 in Final Match of 2011

  • First-Half Goals from Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore Provide Victory
  • Carlos Bocanegra Earns 100th Cap for the United States
  • Dempsey Tied with Joe-Max Moore for Fourth All-Time with 24 Goals Scored

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (Nov. 15, 2011) – In the final match of the year, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Slovenia 3-2 on a foggy night at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Led by captain Carlos Bocanegra making his 100th appearance for the Men's National Team, the U.S. got off to a bright start and got all three goals in the first half from Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.

With the victory, Tim Howard moved into sole possession of second place all-time in victories for a U.S. goalkeeper with 38, surpassing Tony Meola.

Buddle opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a well-struck right-footed finish, but the lead did not last long as Tim Matavz equalized for Slovenia in the 26th minute. Dempsey pulled the U.S. ahead once again with a clinical header and Altidore tallied the eventual game-winner on a penalty kick late in the first half. Slovenia was able to pull one back in the second half with Matavz again providing the finish, but the U.S. was able to smartly kill off the match and earn its first victory in Europe in more than three years.

“It was an entertaining game,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "We saw again a lot of interesting things from our players that we wanted to see. As a group we are growing. We knew going into the locker room up 3-1 at halftime that it wasn’t finished. They proved that and caused us big problems. The team stood against it and tried to keep going forward and create more opportunities. There was a special atmosphere today because it was our captain’s 100th game. It’s a very, very special moment, and the team wanted to do well for him. Obviously we are pleased with the result, but also the performance.”

Michael Bradley made a huge difference in orchestrating the midfield, and the pairing of Altidore and Buddle up front in the 4-4-2 opened up space. The U.S. fired off more shots on goal in the first half than were produced in the entire match against France last Friday.

In his first start for the U.S., Fabian Johnson made his presence felt right away as the midfielder hit the first shot less than a minute into the game. His attempt was saved by Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, but it was a precursor to the attacking mentality the U.S. showed in the first 45 minutes.

Eight minutes later, the U.S. captured a lead they would never relinquish after a miscue by the Slovenia defense allowed Buddle to hit an impressive strike from outside the penalty area. A careless touch by Darijan Matic at the top of his own penalty area allowed Dempsey to knock the ball away from the Slovenian defender. The ball fell to Buddle, who did well to bring it down with his chest and fire a right-footed drive off the post into the lower right corner.

The U.S. and Slovenia each made daring runs toward goal. Altidore had a close-range shot that went over the crossbar and a saved header. For the Slovenians, Matavz had a goal correctly disallowed for offside in the 20th minute. Two more U.S. efforts from Dempsey and Buddle were flagged offside.

Matavz’s efforts finally paid off in the 26th minute. Though he looked marginally offside when Zlatan Ljubijankic chipped him the ball, Matavz dribbled past the U.S. defense to go one-on-one with Howard and fired a shot into the top of the net from 12 yards.

Slovenia tried to capitalize on its momentum two minutes later when Josip Ilicic got into a dangerous position but curled his ball around the far post. Ilicic threatened the U.S. goal again in the 39th minute, taking a free kick given from a Kyle Beckerman handball. Instead of serving the ball over the U.S. wall, Ilicic slipped a pass on the ground to the right and into the path of Miso Brecko, whose deep angle effort sailed past the far post and out of danger.

In the 41st minute, Dempsey put the U.S. ahead once again when he lost his marker and got his head on a perfectly-weighted corner kick from Bradley. The goal was Dempsey’s 24th career strike, tying him for fourth all-time in goals scored for the United States along with Joe-Max Moore.

Less than two minutes later, the U.S. reinforced its lead thanks to a well-taken penalty by Altidore. Johnson drew the penalty when Brecko clipped the U.S. midfielder’s right foot and brought him down inside the box. Altidore stepped up and aimed for the lower left corner of the net, while Handanovic dove the wrong way.

The second half saw another early chance for Slovenia as the U.S. gave up possession, the ball falling straight into Valter Birsa’s path, but his effort hit the outside netting. Two minutes later, Matavz tried to double his tally, but despite an impressive run through the U.S. midfield, he could not get off a shot.

In the 55th minute, the thick layer of fog proved an obstacle to the U.S.’s efforts in front of Slovenia’s goal. Steve Cherundolo made a great run down the right and sent in a cross. Altidore was open and signaling to the veteran defender, but Dempsey got there first and his sliding effort was blocked by Marko Suler in the box. The fog hindered the referee as well, who was unable to see that Suler got a hand on the ball.

The 61st minute saw a flurry of activity in front of the U.S. goal, with a constant and relentless stream of Slovenia attacks. The ball hit the U.S. post twice in a matter of seconds before Matavz doubled Slovenia’s score. Ljubijankic found himself surrounded by three defenders and chipped the ball out to the unmarked Matavz, who slotted the ball past Howard.

Klinsmann made five changes during the second half, beginning with Brek Shea entering for Johnson in the 61st minute. Maurice Edu came on for Buddle in the 77th minute, and five minutes later, Danny Williams replaced Timmy Chandler. Jermaine Jones came on for Beckerman in the 90th minute, and in the last minute of stoppage time, Bradley made way for Robbie Rogers.

After coming in for Johnson, Shea tried to make an impact with a few good balls from the left wing, but none of his efforts could restore the U.S.’s two-goal lead.

The last good chance of the game came for Slovenia in stoppage time after they earned a free kick in a dangerous area. Valter Birsa took the shot but sent it over the crossbar.

Bocanegra became the 12th U.S. Men’s National Team player in history to earn 100 caps for the U.S. MNT and the fourth defender to reach the milestone. Prior to the match, he received a crystal from the U.S. Soccer Federation and was presented with a jersey from the Slovenian team bearing his name and the number 100 on the back.

In honor of the U.S. Men's National Team playing France on Veterans Day, the players autographed and donated their game-worn jerseys for an online auction to benefit the Disabled American Veterans organization. The auction is underway and will continue until Nov. 21 on eBay.

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

Match: USA vs. Slovenia
Date: Nov. 15, 2011
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stozice Stadium – Ljubljana
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 8,140
Weather: Foggy, 36 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Slovenia                   1 1 2
USA                         3 0 3

USA – Edson Buddle (Clint Dempsey)     9th minute
SLV – Tim Matavž (Zlatan Ljubijankič)     26
USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)   41
USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty kick)          43
SLV - Tim Matavž (Zlatan Ljubijankič)     61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Clarence Goodson, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Timmy Chandler (14-Danny Williams, 82); 6-Kyle Beckerman (16-Jermaine Jones, 90), 7-Michael Bradley (17- Robbie Rogers, 90+4), 8-Fabian Johnson (18-Brek Shea, 61), 10-Clint Dempsey; 9-Jozy Altidore, 11-Edson Buddle (15-Maurice Edu, 78)
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 13- Michael Orozco Fiscal
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

SVN: 1-Samir Handanovic; 2-Miso Brecko, 13-Bojan Jokic, 5-Bostjan Cesar, 15-Darijan Matič (18-Rene Krhin, 46); 20-Armin Bačinovič (8-Dejan Lazarevic, 88), 17-Andraz Kirm (21-Dare Vrsic, 70), 19-Josip Iličič (10-Valter Birsa, 46), 9-Zlatan Ljubijankič (7-Nejc Pecnik, 80); 23-Tim Matavž (14-Zlatko Dedic, 79), 4-Marko Šuler
Subs not used: 3-Miral Samardžić, 6-Branko Ilic, 11-Ales Mertelj, 12-Jasmin Handanovic, 16-Vid Belec
Head coach: Slavia Stojanovic

Stats Summary: USA / SVN
Shots: 11 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 9
Fouls: 15 / 10
Offside: 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
SVN – Nejc Pecnik (caution)     90th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)   90+5

Officials:
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Armin Eder (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balazic (SVN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

 

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)

 

Edson Buddle Discusses His Late Call to MNT Camp

CHICAGO (Oct. 5, 2011) — Edson Buddle did not find out he would be joining the Men’s National Team in Miami until the morning after ussoccer.com announced he would be replacing Landon Donovan in the squad. But as an alternate, the news did not totally surprise the forward. Buddle arrived in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday from Germany, and ussoccer.com caught up with him ahead of Saturday’s match against Honduras.

ussoccer.com: You’ve scored five goals in 10 games for FC Ingolstadt so far this season. What’s been the difference for you this year from last?
Edson Buddle: “The biggest difference is that I know what to expect now. Trainings are hard every day. Sometimes you might have thought it’s going to be a lighter day because you have a game or something else coming up, but they still train hard. I’ve gotten used to the routine of training and the environment.”

ussoccer.com: Scoring breeds confidence in strikers. Is that the same for you?
EB: “I’m starting to feel more confident. Scoring gives my teammates more confidence in me, which means you get the ball more, you get more playing time, and it builds. I’m also feeling more confident fitness-wise. I hadn’t played 90 minutes in a while before last weekend.”

ussoccer.com: You had played the afternoon the roster change was being made. How did you find out?
EB: “I didn’t find out until the next morning when I saw I had two phone calls and a text message. The number was from the Chicago area code, so I figured it was the national team calling. I was an alternate on the roster, so I wasn’t completely surprised. Part of the job is being ready when you’re called, so that’s how I took it.”

ussoccer.com: After playing against Mexico, you weren’t called in for the September games. Is there extra motivation this time around?
EB: “I’m feeling motivated. I walked away from the Mexico game feeling like I had put everything into it, and I know my work was appreciated. Not being called in has happened before. I know it wasn’t anything personal. The following weekend I scored a goal, and Jurgen sent me a text saying congratulations and to keep going. I took that as motivation. Now I’m getting another chance. It’s up to me to perform.”

Edson Buddle Added to U.S. Roster for Matches against Honduras and Ecuador

CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2011) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Edson Buddle to the roster for the matches against Honduras and Ecuador. LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has withdrawn due to a strained right quadriceps.

The U.S. first hosts Honduras on Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami (TICKETS). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Univision. Three days later, the U.S. will make their first appearance at Red Bull Arena when they welcome Ecuador to Harrison, N.J. (TICKETS). Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

As part of the activities during camp, the U.S. Men’s National Team will hold public training sessions at Sun Life Stadium and Red Bull Arena. The public training session in Miami will take place Friday, Oct. 7 from 5-6 p.m., and at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 10 from 5-6 p.m. Admission to both sessions is free. Fans who plan on attending are requested to register on ussoccer.com [SUN LIFE STADIUM] [RED BULL ARENA]. All training times and locations are subject to change. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members will receive premium seating. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)

Athletically gifted and a strong finisher, Buddle can deliver goals in a variety of forms. He accumulated a wealth of experience with the U.S. Youth National Teams, and used his years of service in MLS to hone his scoring instincts. His red-hot form combined with added maturity and an improved feel for the game earned him a spot on the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster. In January of 2011, Buddle took his talents overseas to Germany, where he has established himself as a regular for Second Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt.  

  • His remarkable scoring rate for the Los Angeles Galaxy during the 2010 season catapulted him into a spot on the USA’s 2010 FIFA World Cup roster 
  • Entered as a sub to aid in the draw against England and the historic win against Algeria 
  • Scored a pair of goals on June 5 against Australia in the USA’s final tune up before the World Cup
  • Prior to 2010, he earned his first and only cap for the USA in 2003 when he came on as a late sub in a friendly against Venezuela 
  • A member of the U-18, U-20 and U-23 teams, he represented the country during the 2001 FIFA Youth World Championships on the U-20 team with Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan
  • Finished as the runner up for the 2010 Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player Award
  • Has scored nine goals since joining FC Ingolstadt in January 2010
2011: Made four appearances for the U.S., including starts in the 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10 and against Slovenia on Nov. 15 … Opened scoring for the U.S. in the ninth minute of the 3-2 win against Slovenia with a rocket from 25 yards that caromed in off the post … Came on in the 65th minute in the 0-1 loss against Ecuador … 2010: Earned a spot on the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster and played 26 minutes in the historic 1-0 victory on June 23 against Algeria … Entered in the 77th minute of the 1-1 draw against England on June 12 in Rustenburg … Scored his first two goals for the full team in leading the U.S. to a 3-1 win against Australia on June 5 in the final World Cup tune-up … 2003: Collected his first cap for the full team, entering as a late sub in the 2-0 victory against Venezuela on March 29 in Seattle … Under-20s: Started two of the three group matches at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship in Argentina … Scored in the 4-1 victory against Chile in the second group game … Finished 2001 appearing in seven internationals, tallying two goals … Put away the USA’s first goal in the 2-1 win against Mexico on Feb. 1 in Guadalajara … Under-18s: Started six matches in 1999, registering one assist … Played in six internationals and 15 games overall in 1998, scoring seven total goals … First Appearance: March 29, 2003, vs. Venezuela … First Goal: June 5, 2010, vs. Australia.
2011: In the first half of the season, played 19 games in all competitions, scoring six goals … Scored a brace in the 4-2 win against Dynamo Dresden on Sept. 16 and also in the 5-3 loss on Oct. 1 against VfL Bochum … 2010-11: Joined German club FC Ingolstadt on an 18-month contract on Jan. 10, 2011 … Played 14 games in the Second Bundesliga for FC Ingolstadt and scored three goals … Debuted on Jan. 21, 2011, and scored Ingolstadt’s only goal of the 1-1 draw against MSV Duisberg … Scored 17 goals in 24 matches with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the second most in MLS, helping the team win the Supporters Shield with the best regular season record in the league … A finalist for the MLS Most Valuable Player award, he recorded seven game-winning goals … In six of the team's MLS-leading 18 victories, Buddle accounted for all of the Galaxy's scoring … 2009: Finished second on the Galaxy in scoring, tallying five goals in 19 games …Goal against  Toronto FC on June 6 made him the 15th player in MLS history to score 70 career regular season goals … Started all four of the Galaxy’s games in the playoffs, including MLS Cup when he missed LA’s final penalty kick attempt in the deciding shootout … 2008: In his first full season with the Galaxy, Buddle enjoyed his best season in MLS as he finished third in the league with a then-career-high 15 goals … Named an MLS All-Star for the first time and entered the game as a second half sub in the 3-2 win against West Ham … 2007: Acquired by the Galaxy in mid-June from Toronto FC, Buddle went on to appear in 16 games for the club, tallying five goals to place second on the club for the season … He eclipsed the 10,000 career minutes played mark on Sept. 1 against Real Salt Lake  … 2006: Acquired by the Red Bulls prior to the start of the season and scored six goals in 28 games, playing a career-high 2,112 minutes during his only year in New York … 2005: Continued his strong form by scoring nine goals and adding two assists for the Crew, giving him 39 goals in four years … 2004: Scored 11 goals to lead the team while also adding a pair of assists as Columbus pulled off the longest unbeaten streak in MLS history at 18 games to win the Supporter’s Shield ... 2003: Recorded his first double digit goalscoring season, tallying 10 goals and four assists in just 16 starts for the Crew … Scored four of the Crew’s six goals in the CONCACAF Champions Cup … 2002: Helped the Crew win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in his second season, tallying nine goals and a career-high five assists while beginning to establish himself as one of the top young forwards in MLS … 2001: After one season in the A-League, Buddle joined the Columbus Crew and tallied three goals in 17 appearances as a rookie … Made his MLS debut on April 7.

Named after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele … Parents are originally from Jamaica … Father is a former professional soccer player … Described making the FIFA World Cup roster as “living the American dream.”

Played one season at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo., helping lead the school to the 1999 NJCAA National Championship. He scored the title-clinching goal in sudden death overtime of the championship game, giving State Fair a 3-2 victory over Pima Community College.

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