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USA Falls to Brazil 2-0 in Front of 77,223 Fans at The New Meadowlands Stadium

  • First Half Goals from Neymar and Pato Pace Brazil
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez Earns First Full National Team Cap 
  • 2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees Honored Before Kickoff

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Aug. 10, 2010) — The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 2-0 to Brazil in the first match for both teams since the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The match was played in front of a crowd of 77,223 on a balmy night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley started nine players who were members of the 2010 World Cup Team, including team captain Carlos Bocanegra, goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Landon Donovan. The two players getting starts who were not in South Africa were Omar Gonzalez, who earned his first full national team cap in the center of the defense, and Alejandro Bedoya, who earned his fourth cap after getting the nod at right midfield.

"Early on, the ball was moving quickly and we had good energy,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “The fact that we were not able to sustain that is certainly more of an indication of where the players are at this point in the year in terms of pre-seasons.

“We were able to reestablish ourselves in the second half but I would still say it shows that defending against the best teams in World Cup or teams like Brazil is just something we need to work on. To be able to play in these kinds of games where you can be dangerous with the ball, move it quickly, create chances and still defend, that's what we're always shooting for."

Brazil, playing its first game under new head coach Mano Menezes, brought a young team to the friendly, but did start all four players on its roster who represented Brazil in South Africa: defenders Thiago Silva and Dani Alves and midfielders Robinho and Ramires.

The U.S. had the first good chance of the game which came in the third minute as Edson Buddle did well to evade a defender and played a short penetrating pass to Landon Donovan who was cutting into the penalty box. Donovan deftly touched the ball past David Luiz and then rode the tackle of Thiago Silva, but the U.S. forward did not go down in the box and the ball was toe-poked away for a corner kick.

Brazil utilized its outside backs well to control the pace of the game in the first half and opened the scoring in the 28th minute off a cross from left back Andre Santos. Neymar created a bit of space to free himself from U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein and headed the ball into the lower left corner from 10 yards out.

Brazil scored its second goal in stoppage time of the first half as a nice build-up through the center of the midfield led to Ramires playing a ball behind the U.S. defense to Pato. The AC Milan striker had plenty of time and space to evade Howard with a dribble to the right before rolling the ball into the open net.

Earlier in the half, Brazil also appeared to score in the 32nd minute, but Pato ran over Howard as he bundled the ball into the goal and the tally was quickly waved off for a foul.

The USA threatened twice more in the first half as Brazilian goalkeeper Victor had to punch away a free kick service from Donovan and Bocanegra headed a corner kick service over the crossbar in the 40th minute.

Bradley made three changes at halftime, sending on Sacha Kljestan for Benny Feilhaber, Jozy Altidore for Buddle and changed ‘keepers, giving Brad Guzan 45 minutes in place of Howard.

Just seconds into the second half, Pato got through in the left side of the penalty box, but drilled his shot into the side netting. Brazil’s other second half chances included Robinho hitting the right goal post after a scramble inside the box in the 53rd minute and Neymar pounding a shot at the U.S. goal from the left side of the penalty area in the 61st minute, but Guzan did well to bat that chance away at the near post.

The USA also had a goal called back in the 56th minute when Kljestan bent a cross into the penalty area after receiving a short corner kick from Donovan. The cross was perfect, but Michael Bradley was in an offside position when he headed the ball into the roof of the net from inside the six-yard box.

In the 67th minute, Kljestan struck a free kick from just outside the penalty box on the left side that Victor had to smother at the near post.

Both teams made numerous substitutions during the match, with Bradley using all six of his allowed changes and Menezes calling on five of his reserves. World Cup squad members Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez entered the fray in the second half, in the 62nd and 67th minute, respectively. When Findley replaced Donovan, the New Meadowlands Stadium crowd rose to their feet to applaud the three-goal scorer from the 2010 World Cup.

The USA’s best chance of the match came in the 85th minute, when substitute Gomez nearly pulled a goal back. Right back Jonathan Spector whipped in a trademark bending cross, which Gomez met at the near post. His downward header was firm but Victor did well to scrape the ball around the side of the post.

Guzan was called to action in second-half stoppage time as Andre Santos received the ball from Ganso in a dangerous position in the box. Santos’ shot was firm but Guzan did superb to get down to his right and block the ball out of bounds for a corner.

On the final whistle, the crowd rose to show their appreciation for a U.S. team who captured their imagination during this memorable World Cup summer. The U.S. players acknowledged their fans and applauded the support while standing in the center circle as fireworks were set off around the stadium. The spectacular venue is part of the USA’s bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 and tonight it played host to its second soccer match, following Mexico and Ecuador’s dour 0-0 draw earlier this year.

Before the match, the 2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored on the field prior to the match. Bruce Arena, Thomas Dooley, Predag “Preki” Radosavljevic and Kyle Rote Jr. shook hands with both teams as other members of the Hall of Fame looked on from the pitch.

- U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match: United States vs. Brazil
Date: August 10, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 77,223
Weather: Clear, warm – 82 degrees

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

BRA - Neymar (Andre Santos)    29th minute
BRA - Pato (Ramires)                45+1

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Brad Guzan, 46); 2-Jonathan Spector, 5-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (21-Clarence Goodson, 62), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (9-Herculez Gomez, 67), 4-Michael Bradley, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Benny Feilhaber (16-Sacha Kljestan, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (20-Robbie Findley, 62), 14-Edson Buddle (17-Jozy Altidore, 46)
Subs not used: 6-Steve Cherundolo
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

BRA: 1-Victor, 2-Dani Alves, 3-Thiago Silva, 4-David Luiz, 6-Andre Santos, 5-Lucas, 8-Ramires (18-Hernanes, 59), 10-Paulo Henrique Ganso (17-Jucilei, 89), 7-Robinho (capt.) (20-Diego Tardelli, 81), 11-Neymar (19-Ederson, 72; 16-Carlos Eduardo, 75), 9- Pato (21-Andre, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Jefferson, 13-Rever, 14-Henrique, 15-Marcelo, 22-Renan, 23-Rafael
Head Coach: Mano Menezes

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 7 / 20
Shots on Goal: 3 / 11
Saves: 9 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – David Luiz (caution) 70th minute

Officials:
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)
AR1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
AR2: David Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match:
Brad Guzan

 

From Salt Lake to South Africa

Some, surely, knew their spots were safe. Others were cautiously confident. But for Robbie Findley, the late hours of May 25 seemed endless. Hours after watching the U.S. fall to the Czech Republic from the bench (he suited up but did not see action), the Real Salt Lake striker was up waiting with the rest of the team to find out his World Cup fate.

“It wasn’t fun waiting around, seeing what the 23-man roster was going to be,” recalled Findley. “To that point, I’d told myself that I’d done all I could do to give myself a chance to make the team, and hopefully it was enough.”

“It was out of my hands after that game.”

To even be in that position seemed a long shot just a few short months ago. With qualifying over, the World Cup draw complete and 2009 coming to a close, Findley had only one cap to his credit—a late-game appearance against Switzerland in October of 2007.

But Findley kept his chin up and concentrated on playing well for his club team in the two years following.

“I just tried to focus on what was going on at that point,” said Findley. “My mindset was that if I was with my club, I’d focus on that, and then depending on how well I played there, other things would present themselves. I just took it one thing at a time, and when the opportunity did come, I had to make the best of it.”

It’s a mentality that proved successful as Findley was one of the more dangerous strikers in Major League Soccer last year with 12 goals in 27 appearances for Real Salt Lake. That output doubled his previous year’s total, the sign of a player coming into his own in a league that has helped produced several national team offensive stalwarts like Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore. It also got him called back into camp for the tail end of World Cup qualifying, and while he didn’t play, the attention of national team staff confirmed that he was doing the right things.

Adding to his plaudits, the Phoenix native carried Real Salt Lake to their first MLS Cup title, first scoring two goals in a first-round, two-leg victory against top-seeded Columbus, and converting a penalty in a shootout against Chicago for the Eastern Conference championship.

That put his team in the MLS Cup where Real Salt Lake defeated the L.A. Galaxy in a penalty shootout, but only after Findley had tied the game at one apiece in the 64th minute. Overcoming the pressure from the spot, Findley calmly converted his kick in the shootout with a blast to the upper left corner.

It was the crowning moment of a career year for Findley and helped him earn appearances in the first three matches of 2010 for the U.S. National Team as well as a spot on the preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“It started with my club team, just being successful there,” says Findley. “The championship last year helped. That’s the way I see it, if your team’s successful you’ll get those opportunities with your national team.”

Not content to simply be invited, the fleet-footed forward worked hard in camp to stay in the forefront of head coach Bob Bradley’s mind. Veterans on the team helped to make it an easier transition, letting the striker know that he had earned his way into camp because he could help the squad win.

“You’re there for a reason,” said Findley. “(the coaches) see things in you that potentially could help the team out.”

With a few weeks of hard work ahead, Findley refrained from trying to do too much and simply played as the forward with confidence and conviction, playing for the moment and not worrying about what came before it or what is to come after.

“You want to go into the camp confident and then just do what got you to that point,” says Findley.

So now back to the night of May 25. What does it feel like to learn you’re going to the World Cup after one of the longest nights of your life?

“Relief,” said Findley. “I was relieved. I called my parents, they were extremely happy, my brother and sister. Everyone was just really happy for me.”

But continuing to think in the same mindset that got him here, Findley again sees this not as an honor to be named, but as an opportunity to gain more international experience and exposure in his young professional career.

Looking towards the tournament, Findley acknowledges the privilege but still sees it as an open door for even greater success.

“I feel really blessed,” explained the 24-year old. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity lying ahead.”

That sort of mindset is a positive sign for the U.S. Men’s National Team, for if the recent past is any indication, it’s an opportunity the striker won’t let pass by unheeded.

World Cup Daily Update for June 4, 2010

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 4, 2010
Irene, South Africa

ALTIDORE’S STATUS REMAINS DAY TO DAY
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore was held out of field training Friday afternoon as he continues to recover from a mild sprain to his right ankle suffered in training two days ago. He continues to make favorable progress, and his status remains day to day.

U.S. TO FACE AUSTRALIA IN FINAL WORLD CUP PREPARATION MATCH
The U.S. will play its final tune-up match precisely one week before their Group C opener against England when they travel down the road from base camp in Irene to face fellow World Cup finalists Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.

USA-AUSTRALIA QUICK HITS

  • This will be third meeting between the U.S. and Australia, with the U.S. holding a 0-1-1 record with matches in 1992 and 1998. The teams have combined for one goal in those two meetings.
  • All 23 players can dress and there will be six substitutes available to each manager.
  • The referee crew will be from South Africa, with Addul Ebrahim running the center.
  • The U.S. will wear their all white strip, while Australia will wear yellow-green-yellow.
  • Complete game notes can be found at ussoccer.com.

TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 will feature two shows a day during the FIFA World Cup, and here’s a look at June 4’s rundown:

Studio 90: On today’s Studio 90, U.S. assistant coach Jesse Marsch previewed the Australia match with host Aaron Heifetz, we had Part 2 of Fitness Focus with the U.S. team and we featured some quotes on the upcoming Australia match from U.S. head coach Bob Bradley and several U.S. players.

Sounds from South Africa: Don’t have time to get online and check out all the content on ussoccer.com? With Sounds from South Africa, we’ve put together a daily podcast that you can download to catch up on all the day’s news. Today’s features U.S. Men's National Team assistant coach Jesse Marsch previewing the upcoming friendly between the USA and Australia. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, defender Steve Cherundolo and forward Robbie Findley also feature on the show. Listen now.

FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

QUOTEABLE: June 4, 2010

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD:
On what he’s looking to get out of the game against Australia:
“No injuries, first of all. I think we need a good performance going into this game. Our second half performance against Turkey was very good so that’s a positive. If we can build on that and go into next week feeling like it was a good performance, everyone seemed to play well and we’re in a good rhythm, I think that’ll be important. I don’t think the result is too much of an issue, obviously we’d like to win, but no injuries and everyone feeling like they’re getting up to speed would be good.”

On his experience with Australian and fellow Everton teammate Tim Cahill:
“Tim is the ultimate competitor. I always say he’s miserable to play against and that makes him a fantastic teammate. He’s a guy who is very fun-loving off the field, but every single game I’ve played with him at Everton he’s been the first one to take the fight to the other team, to get stuck in, to push and shove and really push the tempo. He gives 100 percent of himself all the time, and it’s great to have a teammate and friend like that.”

U.S. MNT Defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO:
On how the U.S. and Australia will play to avoid injuries so close to the World Cup:
“I certainly don’t expect anybody to be playing in a reckless manner tomorrow, but the best way to get injured is to go out and try not to get injured. Guys are going to go into tackles, and play hard, but I don’t think you’ll see any reckless tackles or any sort of dirty tackles that would be rewarded with a red card during a game. But it’ll be hard, and there will be some tackles, and there will definitely be some body contact which is good, it’ll get us ready for next week.”

U.S. MNT Forward ROBBIE FINDLEY:
On the effect Jozy Altidore’s mild ankle sprain has had on him:
“It didn’t impact me much. I’ve just tried to mainly focus on being ready, if I’m given that opportunity to step on the field, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench. Hopefully he gets better real soon, and I’ll just make sure I’m ready to step up if I need to.”

FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: GROUP A

  • Group A is the only group with two former Cup winners, with Uruguay (1930, 1950) and France (1998).
  • This is the fifth-consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance for Mexico (the group leader with 13 all-time appearances), fourth-consecutive for France and first since 2002 for Uruguay and South Africa.
  • Group A features a tournament-high three teams with 10 or more previous finals appearances (Mexico-13, France-12, Uruguay-10)
  • Each of the four teams in Group A has hosted a World Cup
    • France (1938, 1998)
    •  Mexico (1970, 1986)
    • South Africa (2010)
    • Uruguay (1930)

June 4 Press Conference with Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo and Robbie Findley

U.S. MNT Goalkeeper TIM HOWARD:
On what he’s looking to get out of the game against Australia:
“No injuries, first of all. I think we need a good performance going into this game. Our second half performance against Turkey was very good so that’s a positive. If we can build on that and go into next week feeling like it was a good performance, everyone seemed to play well and we’re in a good rhythm, I think that’ll be important. I don’t think the result is too much of an issue, obviously we’d like to win, but no injuries and everyone feeling like they’re getting up to speed would be good.”

On Wayne Rooney’s status in England:
“He’s revered. People think of him as a sporting god, and they should. He’s amazing. Quite simply he does all the things a striker needs to do and he does them well. That’s why he’s considered one of the best players in the world. We’ll have our hands full, and we know that, but I think a lot of the pressure that England is facing is heavily on his shoulders. But those shoulders are broad and he relishes those opportunities.”

On his experience with Australian and fellow Everton teammate Tim Cahill:
“Tim is the ultimate competitor. I always say he’s miserable to play against and that makes him a fantastic teammate. He’s a guy who is very fun-loving off the field, but every single game I’ve played with him at Everton he’s been the first one to take the fight to the other team, to get stuck in, to push and shove and really push the tempo. He gives 100 percent of himself all the time, and it’s great to have a teammate and friend like that.”

On the United States’ habit of playing well against top teams:
“I think sometimes when you play the best teams in the world, they’re going to make the game and create the tempo and atmosphere. That’s just because they’re the best teams and they have the ability to do that. I think where we begin to elevate our game is that we’re comfortable letting them create the rhythm, and then finding our own rhythm within the game. And we’ve done that with Argentina at home, Confederations Cup against Spain last year. They created the tempo but we found our own rhythm within the game, and we seem to be comfortable doing that. When you play the best teams in the world they’re going to have most of the ball, they’re going to usually dominate, and it’s up to you to not play outside yourself. We don’t seem to do that, we understand our role very well.”

On how he’s feeling about the backline and what he’s still looking to see:
“Doesn’t matter how much more work we have to do, we don’t really have a lot of time. But we’re a good, experienced bunch, and that’s what I hold on to. We’ve had a few injuries in the back that haven’t made the last few months easy, but we seem like we’re getting there. I think the second half of Turkey felt really good just as a defensive shape standpoint, that’ll be important again on Saturday. But we’re ready. Sometimes you feel like you’re completely ready and everybody’s playing in rhythm, and then it goes pear-shaped on that particular day. So it’s hard to call, but right now I feel good about the back four, and probably the back six because we have a bunch of guys who can play in there.”

On U.S. fan support and what it means to the team:
“Our last game in Philadelphia against Turkey, and in Hartford against the Czech Republic, they were sold out and amazingly passionate. I think unfortunately the problem we run into is we’re way outnumbered, qualifying games at home feel like road games. So that tells us that the fans are out there, that they are passionate about soccer and ultimately we’d like to have that backing every single game, not just before the World Cup. We have some great loyal fans, and they travel all over to see us, so the more the merrier.”

On his ability to overcome Tourette’s syndrome to become one of the top goalkeepers in the world:
“I deal with Tourette’s on a daily basis, but everyone’s got something they have to deal with, I’m not special because of that. We all have difficulties in life and I think if you work hard enough and don’t complain, don’t make excuses, eventually you’ll get your rewards. I’ve tried to turn it into a positive by believing in myself.”

On the impact on the team of a teammate getting hurt so close to the World Cup:
“I think injuries are a part of it, we understand that. You look all over at the 32 teams, everyone has to deal with different injuries. But we picked a heck of a group here, our 23 is pretty solid, we’re excited about all the guys we have and that’s not a company line, that’s the truth. We all hope Jozy will get better, and we think he will, but we’re not losing sleep over it. We’re confident. The thing with injuries is that you still have to play the game. Injuries happen, you just move past it, and when they recover and the time is right it’s back to basics. But I’m not overly concerned.”

On the chance of the U.S. hosting a World Cup in either 2018 or 2022:
“I’m excited. I’m excited for not only this World Cup, but the prospect of what it will do for this country when it comes, because I’m positive that it will, and we’re excited for it. I’m looking forward to seeing it in our country again.”

U.S. MNT Defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO:
On his experience in previous World Cups:
“I think having been here before is an advantage. I think for anybody who hasn’t, the more you can blend out the distractions the better off you are to deal with your opponent in the first game, and the following two, at least in the group stage. That’s my advice, and I’ve tried to paint a picture for the younger guys that really the only thing that matters, and the only way to make this a memorable World Cup and a World Cup team is to focus on those first 90 minutes against England. Anything else doesn’t matter, it’s those 90 minutes and we have to prepare for that. It’s difficult to know where you stand prior to that game, and that also goes for the favorites of the tournament. So we really need to focus on the soccer during that time. I believe in this team and I think we’ll be ready for it.”

On Robbie Findley’s speed and how it is effective for the team:
“Well, it depends on us a lot. It depends how we shape the game, if we’re in a defensive mode and we’re playing a counter attack, then he’s very useful to us. It’s also important for Robbie to show what he can do. I think in the second half of the Turkey game everybody got to see why he’s effective; not only going forward, but I remember plays where he was chasing down forwards towards our own goal. For a defender to see a forward do that is magic. It really sets the tone for the half, for everybody else, there are no excuses for any defender or midfielder if a forward’s chasing back. The more open the game gets, the easier it is for Robbie to show us his qualities. I think that’s a decision for the coach to make as far as who we play against and how the game goes in terms of when we use him and how we use him.”

On his previous experiences in South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup and how it compares to now:
“I had a great first trip to South Africa, not only on a personal level but also as a team too, we got the win and a good couple days and it was nice to get down here a few years ago knowing that the World Cup was coming, and playing in one of the stadiums that we’ll be playing in this time. If anything it’s a very small advantage, that you’ve seen what’s coming your way, but I don’t want to compare the two. It’s a completely different atmosphere now. Not only is the media present in large numbers, but fans will be there too. I remember the stadium wasn’t completely sold out, and I expect these to be, and certainly there weren’t millions behind their TV’s watching the game and following every single play. So it was good to get a little bit of the atmosphere, but it’s difficult to compare the situations. Also the opponents as well. I don’t think both South Africa and the U.S. two years ago were in the same form that they are now, mentally or physically. So it’s still very different.”

On what U.S. fan support at games means to the team:
“Certainly there were a lot of fans in Germany. I remember the game in Kaiserslautern against Italy, it was an unbelievable atmosphere in the stadium. Any fans we can get are great for us, and an advantage to help us continue on the same route we’re on.”

On the success of halftime adjustments for the U.S. against Turkey and how they figure out what changes to make:
“I think preparing for the game ahead of time, you spend more time talking about the tactics and about what the other team is going to bring to the game, and how you can stop that. At halftime I think it’s more or less about an attitude, really. Especially in the Turkey game, I think Turkey came out and played very well actually. I think in the second half, we flipped that and we did very well. We had an attitude, we came out and said, ‘Not only do we want to get a goal back, but we want to win this game.’ I think in the middle of a game, that counts more than any sort of tactical direction or assignment from the coach.”

On how the U.S. and Australia will play to avoid injuries so close to the World Cup:
“I certainly don’t expect anybody to be playing in a reckless manner tomorrow, but the best way to get injured is to go out and try not to get injured. Guys are going to go into tackles, and play hard, but I don’t think you’ll see any reckless tackles or any sort of dirty tackles that would be rewarded with a red card during a game. But it’ll be hard, and there will be some tackles, and there will definitely be some body contact which is good, it’ll get us ready for next week.”

U.S. MNT Forward ROBBIE FINDLEY:
On what advice he’s been given about being at the World Cup:
“There are going to be a lot of distractions, and walking into that first match is going to be an eye opener for guys that haven’t been here. So you just need to be able to block it all out and be able to focus on the task at hand. If we can do that, I think we’ll be successful.”

On the effect Jozy Altidore’s mild ankle sprain has had on him:
“It didn’t impact me much. I’ve just tried to mainly focus on being ready, if I’m given that opportunity to step on the field, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench. Hopefully he gets better real soon, and I’ll just make sure I’m ready to step up if I need to.”

On his lack of experience at the international level and what his play against Turkey did for his confidence:
“It felt good. Whenever you can go out and play like that, it’ll always help your confidence. It would have been nice to get a goal, but I was effective in different ways. It started with the Holland game; I wasn’t as comfortable as I wanted to be but I watched game tape and learned from that, and then my teammates told me to just do what got me here. Be aggressive, go at players and all the rest will come. So I went with that as my main focus in the Turkey game, and things turned out well.”

U.S. Men Defeat Turkey 2-1 In Final Match Before Departing For 2010 FIFA World Cup In South Africa

Donovan Assists on Both Goals as U.S. Beats Turkey for the First Time
U.S. Teams Travels to South Africa Tomorrow to Set Up Base Camp in Pretoria
One Match Remains Before World Cup as U.S. Men Take on Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort, South Africa

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (May 29, 2010) – In its final match before leaving for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. Men’s National Team put together a marvelous 2-1 come-from-behind win against Turkey with second half goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, both of which were assisted by Landon Donovan.

A crowd of 55,407 red, white and blue-bathed fans turned out on gorgeous afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field and their energy helped propel the U.S. team to a an excellent second half performance.

Against the Czech Republic last Tuesday, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley gave time to numerous players as a last look before the World Cup team was selected the next day. Against Turkey, many of the players U.S. fans will surely see on the field during the World Cup were on display as goalkeeper Tim Howard, defenders Jonathan Spector, Jay Demerit and team captain Carlos Bocanegra, midfielders Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark and Benny Feilhaber and forwards Dempsey and Altidore – all of whom were rested against the Czechs – got the nod into the starting lineup.

Still, it was a choppy first half against Turkey who was the aggressor with Tuncay Sanli pushing a great chance from close range just a foot wide of the left post five minutes into the match while Arda Turan looked menacing coming down the left flank.

In the 15th minute, Turan cut hard into the middle from the left side and tried to stuff a shot inside the near post, but Howard had it covered and it skipped wide of the goal.

Turkey opened the scoring in the 27th minute after Spector made a nice attacking run on the dribble up the middle. He was dispossessed near the top of the penalty area and Turkey launched a lightning-quick counter-attack into the space he had just vacated on the right side of the U.S. defense. Colin Kazim-Richards released Turan down that wing with a perfectly-weighted pass and it became a footrace into the penalty box between Turan, center-back Jay Demerit and Spector, who had sprinted back at top speed to catch the streaking Turkish attacker. Just when it seemed that both Demerit and/or Spector had done the work to block the shot, converging on Turan with slide tackles, the Galatasaray star lifted his shot over the legs of both U.S. backs and into the left side of the net past Howard, who was also charging to the cut off the chance.

The USA struggled to create dangerous opportunities in the first half even though Dempsey got shots early in the game and several corner kicks did give the Turks some issues before they managed to clear.

In the 40th minute, Turan got around the U.S. defense again down the left wing, but there was no one in the middle to get on the end of his cross after he had powered to the near post before serving.

The U.S. foreshadowed what was to come in the second half with just two minutes left before the break as Altidore beat three defenders on a slashing dribble into the right side of the penalty area. He spun a cross on the ground through the middle of the six-yard box, but the sliding Dempsey couldn’t get a foot on it or he surely would have swept it into the open net.

Bradley made four changes to start the second half, sending on Steve Cherundolo for Spector, Oguchi Onyewu for Goodson, José Torres for Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley for Feilhaber.

The Americans found their spark after the break and immediately took the game to the Turks. Less than a minute into the half, Bocanegra sent a long cross from the left wing past the far post where Donovan expertly brought it down before laying a pass back to the cutting Bradley, but his shot from about nine yards was well-blocked by a sliding defender.

Torres did some fine work in midfield, winning balls and keeping possession while Findley looked dangerous down the flanks in stretching the Turkish defense. The Real Salt Lake striker was playing in just his fifth match for the USA, but he had a cross from the left that had to be collected on a dive by Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel in the 49th and tried to bend a shot into the left corner from 25 yards out in the 55th.

Findley then played a key role in the tying goal in the 58th minute as he took a pass out of the back from DeMerit before turning toward goal and sending a chip over the top of the Turkish defense to Donovan. The USA’s all-time leading scorer blazed into the penalty area, beat Demirel to the ball and with the sole of his left foot, pulled off a perfect touch to round the ‘keeper to the outside.

Altidore was on a powerful run straight up the middle and Donovan hit him in stride for the big striker to blast the ball into the open net. It was Altidore’s ninth international goal in 25 caps, with Donovan assisting on five of those.

As the second half progressed, it was the U.S. team which surely looked more likely to get a winning goal as the Americans pushed forward in the attack. In the 68th, Donovan burst through two defenders about 35 yards from the goal, but they cut him off before he could get clear for the breakaway and he fouled one of them.

The winning goal came with 15 minutes left and it originated off a throw-in seconds after the game had momentarily paused for Bornstein to replace Bocanegra. Cherundolo threw the ball into Donovan on the right wing and he spun towards goal before lifting a short pass to Dempsey inside the penalty area. Dempsey’s first touch pushed the ball forward and then he showed great balance in riding the tackle of Sabri Sarioglu before stuffing his shot under Demirel from five yards away.

It was Dempsey’s 18th career goal in his 61st cap for the USA.

The USA protected the lead well in the final quarter of an hour, although substitute Mehmet Topal got a good look at net while firing from distance in the 79th minute, but Howard gobbled up the shot with no sign of a rebound. Earlier, Onyewu had done well to give up his body, throwing himself into a dangerous shot from inside the box to block the ball away.

Turkey’s best chance to tie the game came when substitute Sercan Yildirim burst through into the right side of the U.S. penalty area, but his cross on the ground rolled all the way through the goal mouth without a Turkish player anywhere close enough to get a touch on the ball.

Turkey’s final chance of the game came in the 85th minute as Nihat Kahvechi bent a free-kick from near the sideline on the left wing and it sailed enough that Howard had to push it over the top of the goal for a corner kick. Kahvechi then blasted his volley off the ensuing corner kick high and wide and Turkey didn’t have another chance in the remaining five minutes plus stoppage.

The U.S. did, however, as Dempsey hit the outside of the right post in the 87th after running onto a great cut back pass from Bradley, who had darted into the box on the right side. Moments later, Torres came close to sneaking a free-kick from the right wing inside the near post, but it hit the side-netting.

The USA fired eight of its 10 shots in the second half and earned five of its seven corner kicks.

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

Match: United States vs. Turkey
Date: May 29, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 55,407
Weather: Hot, humid – 77 degrees

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

TUR – Arda Turan (Colin Kazim-Richards)     27th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (Landon Donovan)         58
USA – Clint Dempsey (Landon Donovan)       75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector (6-Steve Cherundolo, 46), 15-Jay Demerit, 21-Clarence Goodson (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 46), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.) (12-Jonathan Bornstein, 75); 10-Landon Donovan, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Ricardo Clark (26-José Torres, 46), 16-Benny Feilhaber (27-Robbie Findley, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (22-Stuart Holden, 81)
Subs not used: 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 18-Brad Guzan, 19-Maurice Edu, 23-Marcus Hahnemann, 29-Edson Buddle, 30-Herculez Gomez
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

TUR: 1-Volkan Demirel; 2-Servet Cetin, 4-Gokhan Zan, 13-Caglar Birinci, 5-Emre Belozoglu (Capt.), 6-Hamit Altintop (9-Semih Senturk, 73), 14-Arda Turan (28-Ozan Ipek, 90), 17-Selcuk Inan (15-Mehmet Topal, 52) 25-Sabri Sarioglu, 10-Tuncay Sanli (8-Nihat Kahvechi, 77), 18-Colin Kazim-Richards (16-Sercan Yildirim, 59)
Subs not used: 12-Onur Recep Kivrak, 19-Ibrahim Toraman, 20-Nuri Sahin, 21-Halil Altintop, 24-Emre Gungor, 31-Ismail Koybasi
Head Coach: Guus Hiddink

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 13
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ricardo Clark (caution)     42nd minute
TUR – Mehmet Topal (caution)    56
TUR – Gokhan Zan (caution)     90+2 

Officials:
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (Canada)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Assistant Referee 2: David Belleau (Canada)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)

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U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley Names 23 Players to Represent the United States at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

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CHICAGO (May 26, 2010) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 23-man roster that will travel to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The team departs for South Africa on May 30, and will play its opening match of the tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (All-Time World Cup Roster Appearances)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (2010), Marcus Hahnemann (2006, 2010), Tim Howard (2006, 2010)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (2006, 2010), Jonathan Bornstein (2010), Steve Cherundolo (2002, 2006, 2010), Jay DeMerit (2010), Clarence Goodson (2010), Oguchi Onyewu (2006, 2010), Jonathan Spector (2010)
MIDFIELDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010), Michael Bradley (2010), Ricardo Clark (2010), Clint Dempsey (2006, 2010), Landon Donovan (2002, 2006, 2010), Maurice Edu (2010), Benny Feilhaber (2010), Stuart Holden (2010), José Torres (2010)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (2010), Edson Buddle (2010), Robbie Findley (2010), Herculez Gomez (2010)
Detailed Roster

“We have been working for almost four years to reach this point, and we are grateful to all the players who have been part of the process. There is a tremendous amount of respect for the efforts and professionalism that everyone has put into building this team,” said Bradley. “It’s important in any team building process to get to the final 23, and clearly there were some tough decisions to make. We are confident that this is a group of players that will work together and be committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful. We feel the roster has a good balance of players who have been a part of previous World Cups, those who have gained great experience in qualifying and Confederations Cup and some newer faces that have proved they belong. We are extremely excited to play the final Send-Off match in Philadelphia and then begin the great challenge of playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.”

The U.S. squad carries a variety of World Cup experience into South Africa, as fifteen players have been named to their first World Cup roster. Meantime, six players have played in a World Cup game, with midfielder Landon Donovan leading the team with eight appearances – all as a starter – while DaMarcus Beasley has six World Cup caps to his credit. That duo and Steve Cherundolo are earning a place in their third World Cup.

A total of 92 players received at least one cap under Bradley during the four-year cycle as the team compiled a 35-19-6 record. Additionally, 43 players were used during the 2010 qualifying campaign, 19 of whom made the final roster. Those players accounted for 29 of 42 goals scored in qualifying, including Jozy Altidore’s team-leading six goals.

Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 121 international appearances. The USA’s all-time leader in goals (42) and assists (42) is one of two players with a World Cup goal in the books, along with Clint Dempsey. The Bronze Ball winner from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup is coming off a banner year, having become the first American player to reach the final of a European cup competition.

The defense is backstopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, the Golden Glove winner from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup who allowed less than a goal per game in 13 appearances in 2010 World Cup qualifying. Team captain Carlos Bocanegra – whose 12 career goals give him second place on the all-time scoring chart for U.S. defenders – is the third most capped player on the roster with 77 appearances. Oguchi Onyewu has made his return to action following a seven-month recovery from a ruptured patellar tendon suffered last October in the team’s final qualifier, a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. Jonathan Bornstein, whose stoppage-time goal in that game gave the U.S. first place in CONCACAF qualifying, along with Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson and Jonathan Spector, have the chance to appear in their first World Cup.

In the midfield, Donovan’s dominance shone in the final round of qualifying, where he contributed to 12 of the 19 goals scored. His five goals overall tied for second place along with Dempsey and Michael Bradley, who also shared the most appearances in qualifying with Donovan (15). Bradley is joined in the center of the park by fellow 2008 Olympians Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden. Edu and Beasley earned a Scottish Premier League title with Rangers in 2010, while Feilhaber earned his place in U.S. Soccer lore by scoring the goal in the 2007 Gold Cup final against Mexico that gave the U.S. a chance to shine in the Confederations Cup in South Africa. Holden made his first appearance for the national team less than a year ago, scoring a goal in his debut against Grenada in the opening match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Ricardo Clark scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win away to Trinidad & Tobago in qualifying, while José Torres is one of two players on the roster to ply his trade in Mexico.

The strike force is led by Altidore, who has eight career goals in 24 appearances and is the youngest U.S. player in modern history to score a hat trick. A trio of forwards – Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez – did not appear in World Cup qualifying for the United States. Buddle, who had not appeared for the national team since 2003, became the 92nd player to collect a cap under Bradley when he assisted on the first goal against the Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford. Gomez, who entered camp after becoming the first American player to lead a foreign league in scoring when he scored 10 goals for Puebla in Mexico, recorded his first goal for the full team against the Czechs.

Overall, players representing clubs from 10 different countries will be heading to South Africa. A record 19 players on the roster play professionally for clubs outside the United States. The average number of caps earned is 34, compared to 44 in 2006. Likewise, the team is slightly younger than four years earlier, the average age slightly under 27 years old while in 2006 that number was closer to 28.5 years of age.

The U.S. will play their final home match before departing for South Africa when they face Turkey on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where more than 45,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET. ESPN will have a 30-minute pregame show beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The United States will play one final friendly before the tournament begins, this time on South African soil when they face Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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.

The pacy and direct forward used fantastic league form in 2009 and 2010 to catapult himself into the fold for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where Findley snatched a regular starting role. Setting career highs for games and minutes played, he served as Jozy Altidore’s primary strike partner in South Africa. He had a career-year in 2009 that culminated in an MLS Cup title with Real Salt Lake, and after the 2010 season he has taken his talent overseas where he now continues his professional career with Nottingham Forest.

  • Started three of four games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, missing only the Algeria match due to yellow card accumulation
  • Played in a career-high eight games in 2010, starting seven
  • His strong production for Real Salt Lake made him a late candidate for the U.S. roster in South Africa
  • Debuted for the U.S. Men’s National Team in October of 2007 when he came on as a late sub in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland at St. Jakob Park in Basel
  • Appeared in all five games in U-23 Olympic qualifying during 2008, starting twice and adding an assist for Peter Nowak’s team
  • Scored the equalizer in the 2009 MLS Cup and buried his penalty during the shootout to help Real Salt Lake win the title for the first time in franchise history
  • Recorded RSL’s first-ever hat trick in MLS play in the team’s home opener on April 2, 2009, against Columbus
2010: Made his first appearances since 2007, starting in seven matches … Started against England, Slovenia and Ghana the World Cup, missing out on the final group game against Algeria while serving a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation … Played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win against Australia on June 5 in the final tuneup in South Africa … Opened the year starting three straight, including the away match on March 3 against eventual World Cup runner up Holland … Replaced Landon Donovan in the 63rd minute of the 2-0 loss on Aug. 10 against Brazil … 2009: A member of the training camp in September as the team prepared for World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago … 2007: Came on as a late sub replacing Clint Dempsey in the USA’s 1-0 win against Switzerland at St. Jakob Park in Basel … Under-23s: Selected in July 2008 as one of four alternates for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team for the Beijing Olympics … Helped the U.S. Under-23 MNT qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics by appearing in all five contests for the USA during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March … Started and registered assist on Freddy Adu’s goal in a 1-1 draw on March 8 against Cuba that kicked off group play … Participated in training camp and two-game tour of China in December 2007 … First Appearance: Oct. 17, 2007, vs. Switzerland … First Goal: None.
2010: National team duty limited his minutes  … Finished the season with 15 games and five goals …Scored his first goal of the season in his last match before joining the U.S. for the World Cup, a 3-1 win on May 11 against Houston … Also scored in his first match back from South Africa when RSL crushed New England 5-0 on July 2 … Tallied the lone goal in the 1-1 draw in the second leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals on Nov. 6 against Dallas … 2009:  Ended one of RSL’s finest offensive regular seasons with 12 goals and four assists in 27 games … The dozen goals gave him his second RSL Golden Boot in three seasons with the club … Ranked as RSL’s all-time leader with 24 goals and eight game-winning goals in regular season play at the conclusion of the season … Scoring carried into postseason, as Findley played all 420 minutes and scored three of RSL’s five goals en route to its first MLS Cup crown …  Scored the game-tying goal in the 64th minute of the MLS Cup final against LA on against on Nov. 22 in Seattle … Converted his chance in the penalty shootout … 2008: Appeared in 29 of RSL’s 30 regular season affairs, starting 15 … Scored six goals … Assist on goal by Javier Morales on Nov. 8 at Chivas USA in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series marked his first career playoff point … 2007: Scored eight goals in 25 games in his rookie season for LA & RSL … Despite playing only 16 games, led RSL in scoring with six goals, making him the first rookie in club history to capture the team’s Golden Boot award … Selected by L.A. in the second round (16th overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft  … Made his MLS debut for LA on April 8 against Houston … Scored first MLS goal four days later on a header against Dallas … Acquired by RSL on June 21 via trade with Los Angeles Galaxy along with Nathan Sturgis in return for Chris Klein … Became 11th player in MLS history to score multiple goals in his debut with a club with his two goal effort on June 23 against D.C. United.

Son of Vanessa and Rawle Findley … Family includes sister Natasha and brother Alex … Part of an athletic family tree that includes cousins Mike Bibby, a guard for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks; Shaun McDonald, wide receiver for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers; and Eddie House, a guard for the New York Knicks … Holds a passport from Trinidad & Tobago.

Finished his four–year collegiate career with Oregon State as the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 28 goals … First player in OSU history to be named First Team All-Pac-10 three times … Named to the NSCAA All-Far West team three times … 2006: Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team for the third straight year and the NSCAA All-Far West Region Second Team … Finished the season as the Beavers’ leader in goals (6), assists (5), points (17), shots (71) and game-winning goals (2) … 2005: Named to NSCAA All-Far West Region First Team and All-Pac-10 First Team following junior season … Played in 14 games, including 10 starts … Finished season with four goals and four assists … 2004: Finished with a team-high eight goals and 20 points … Made the All-Pac-10 First Team and NSCAA All-Far West Region Third Team … 2003: Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 Second Team member … Finished the season with 10 goals and two assists for a total of 22 points … Scored game-winning goals in three consecutive games: California (10/31), Stanford (11/2) and Fresno State (11/7).

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