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U.S. MNT Blanks Korea Republic 2-0 in 2014 Opener in Front of Sell-Out Crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center

  • Chris Wondolowski Scores Two Goals for Eight Career International Goals
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando Improves to 10-0-0 in Career, Tying for Fifth on All-Time Wins List
  • USA Heads to Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist; Kickoff Time to be Announced at Later Date, with Broadcast on ESPN and Univision Networks and ESPN Deportes Radio

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Led by two goals from forward Chris Wondolowski, the U.S. Men’s National Team opened the 2014 campaign in stellar fashion with a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic in front of a sell-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center.

Wondolowski tallied once in each half in support of USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who made five saves and improved to 10-0-0 in his international career. Rimando is now tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan, and also collected the fourth shutout of his career. Wondolowski now has eight goals in his career after scoring six in 2013 – five during the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

The U.S. improved to 2-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic, with the other victory coming in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Next up for the U.S. MNT will be an international friendly against Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision networks and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA wasted no time attacking the net against Korea Republic. In the fourth minute, Landon Donovan, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time since 2011, started the sequence finding Graham Zusi on the right flank. Zusi crossed in to Brad Davis, whose left-footed shot was deflected by goalkeeper Sung-Ryong Jung, but Wondolwoski converged on the rebound to take a 1-0 lead.

The USA midfield and defense maintained a strong recovery prowess when Korea Republic’s offense tried to counter attack, but Korea Republic did find some close moments by virtue of several corner kick opportunities.

The visitors nearly found an equalizer in the eighth minute when Jong-Woo Park’s corner kick was deflected in at the near right side and Rimando made a clutch stop at the edge of the goal line.

In the run of play, one of Korea Republic’s near chances in the 35th minute included Min-Woo Kim’s attack from the left as he got past outside back Brad Evans and crossed the ball into the box. U.S. defender Matt Besler made one of the key defensive interceptions of the first half as Shin-Wook Kim would have had a clear shot on goal.

The U.S. was inches away from potentially going into the break with a two-goal lead. In the 43rd minute, center back Omar Gonzalez played a perfect long ball to Wondolowski on the right side. He dished across the six-yard box in search of Donovan, but Donovan’s lunging effort was just short of connecting with the ball.

Korea Republic asserted itself in the second half, forcing Rimando into a pair of saves in the first 15 minutes. Min-Woo Kim’s free kick in the 53rd minute got past the USA’s three-man wall, and Rimando bobbled the save at the near right post, but had ample time to collect without allowing a rebound. Then in the 58th minute, Shin-Wook Kim found a seam in the USA defense to head the ball directly to Rimando.

After those scares, however, the USA gained a two-goal cushion in the 60th minute. Immediately off of Evans’ throw-in on the right side, Zusi crossed in toward Donovan making a run to the near right post. The ball took a deflection back to Wondolowski who was once again in the right place at the right time, slotting the ball home for his second goal.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. has now posted a 12-2-8 record in calendar openers since 1993. Prior to 1993, the USA had lost its previous six straight calendar-opening games from 1987-92.
  • The USA moved to 28-10-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in the goal behind the back line of right back Brad Evans, center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler and left back Michael Parkhurst.
  • In the midfield was Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud, the trio of Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, and Chris Wondolowski up front in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
  • In the 62nd minute, Klinsmann made three subs for the USA. Eddie Johnson replaced Wondolowski, Benny Feilhaber entered for Diskerud and Clarence Goodson took over for Besler.
  • Two members from the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team made their U.S. MNT debuts. Defender DeAndre Yedlin replaced Evans in the 74th minute and midfielder Luis Gil entered for Davis in the 75th minute.
  • New York Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander earned his second-career cap as he entered the game in the 82nd minute for Zusi.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date:
Feb. 1, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
2 p.m. PT
Attendance:
27,000 (so)
Weather:
69 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Brad Davis) 4th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Landon Donovan) 60

Lineups:
USA:
1-Nick Rimando; 2-Brad Evans (14-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 60), 4-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Michael Parkhurst; 6-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud (15-Benny Feilhaber, 60), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 7-Graham Zusi (20-Eric Alexander, 82), 11-Brad Davis (16-Luis Gil, 75), 9-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 17-Dax McCarty
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

KOR: 1-Sung-Ryong Jung; 20-Jin-Su Kim (19-Taehwan Kim, 79), 6-Ju-Young Kim, 16-Kee-Hee Kim, 14-Yong Lee; 8-Ho Lee (13-Myung-Joo Lee, 70), 22-Jong-Woo Park, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Yohan Go; 11-Keun-Ho Lee (18-Seunggi Lee, 70), 9-Shin-Wook Kim
Subs Not Used: 21-Seunggyu Kim, 23-Bumyoung Lee, 3-Dae-Ho Kim, 4-Min-soo Kang, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 2-Jinpo Park, 12-Jinhyung Song, 7-Kihun Yeom
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 9 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match:
Chris Wondolowski

Klinsmann to Bring 22 Players to Los Angeles for Final Portion of January Camp

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has finalized a 22-player roster for the last part of the January camp that will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. A total of 26 players were part of the group that began training on Jan. 7 in preparation for the match against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.

Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst has been added to the training camp roster and will join the team in Los Angeles.

The team has spent the last 12 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an opportunity to go through a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sao Paulo will be the site of the team’s base camp this summer ( Watch Now). The MNT will return to the United States on Saturday and have the weekend off before resuming training Monday.

“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”

The camp culminates with the friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Nearly 22,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4 ): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


Klinsmann Travels with 26 Players for Training Camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Team to Train at Sao Paulo FC in ‘Dry Run’ for 2014 FIFA World Cup; Camp Concludes with Friendly Against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to bring all 26 players called into the January camp on the trip to Brazil, where the team will train for 12 days as part of a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann had considered trimming the roster to 23 players, but after an excellent week of training determined that the full group would travel.

“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” said Klinsmann. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup.”

The team will be based at the training site of Sao Paulo FC, one of the premier facilities in Brazil and the host of the U.S. base camp this summer. In addition to daily sessions, the U.S. will hold two closed-door scrimmages during the visit.

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is the only game currently scheduled for the team to be played in the United States before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

In his rookie season for FC Dallas, Alexander helped the team make its first trip to the MLS Cup Final. The Michigan native is looking to earn his first cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

  • In his first year with FC Dallas he scored two goals (one nominated for Goal of the Year) and provided three assists in 17 games
  • In his freshman year at Indiana University, Alexander was recognized as the best freshman in the country by ESPN Soccernet
First Appearance: None First Goal: None
2010: He made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in the opening game of the 2010 MLS season for FC Dallas against Houston Dynamo.

Finance major in the Kelley School of Business ... Son of Don and Donna Alexander ... Best skill outside of soccer is the “Team Snipers” gameplay variant in Halo 3.

Appeared in 91 matches and made 80 starts, finishing with 12 goals and 13 assists for his college career at Indiana University … A two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection … First-team All-Big Ten selection in 2007 and a unanimous pick for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2006 ... A standout in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

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