U.S. MNT Advance to Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying With 9-0 Aggregate Score Against Barbados
The U.S. will now prepare for their first match of the Semifinal Round, which will be on the road against Guatemala on Aug. 20. Overall, the U.S. will play a total of six games in the round-robin Semifinal Round, facing all three opponents in the four-team group home and away. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round hexagonal that will be played in 2009.
Along with the U.S. and Guatemala, Cuba advanced to the Semifinal Round group with an 8-3 aggregate score against Antigua & Barbuda, including a 4-0 victory this afternoon. Also advancing was Trinidad & Tobago, who defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate score. Guatemala advanced with a 9-1 aggregate score againt St. Lucia.
After heading to Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Cuba on Sept. 6 and then host either Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Sept. 10. The second half of the round-robin play will begin against Cuba at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before moving to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 and finishing in Denver against Guatemala on Nov. 19.
“For the series we feel good about the work we've done,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “This was an opportunity to use different players and it is important to get some young players experience. We had the confidence that we were strong enough defensively that we would hold together to get the win."
Lewis, wearing the captain’s armband as he earned his 19th World Cup qualifying appearance, struck the game-winning goal in the 21st minute. After some nifty dribbling in the midfield, Freddy Adu, who earned his first World Cup qualifying start, spotted Lewis slicing behind the Barbados defense and slipped a nicely weighted through ball between two defenders directly into his path. Charging into the area, Lewis spotted the ‘keeper closing in and calmly slotted his shot through Alvin Rouse’s legs to the far right corner.
With a thumping 8-0 win in the first leg against Barbados, Bradley made seven changes to his starting line-up in Bridgetown, fielding a youthful side. The only remaining players that started last week were goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Heath Pearce and midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley.
In total, seven players made their first appearance in a World Cup qualifier, including four in the starting line-up: Jay DeMerit, Sacha Kljestan, Drew Moor and Danny Szetela. In the second half, Bradley used all three his substitutions on the trio of Chicago Fire players – Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington and Chad Barrett – getting them their first taste of World Cup qualifying.
The teams spent the first quarter hour feeling each other out under the blistering sun in Bridgetown, with the U.S. maintaining most of the possession while forcing the hosts to chase the game. The U.S. also had the majority of the chances on goal, with Kljestan getting a great chance in the 18th minute when he nodded a Heath Pearce cross towards goal, but it was deflected away by Ramuel Miller. Pearce had a scoring opportunity of his own in the 36th minute when he was sent through, but his strike was wide left.
Barbados played much better compared to the first leg and came alive in the final five minutes of the fist half, getting their first real chance in the 41st minute when a flick-on header by Mark McCammon found Jonathan Nurse just inside the box. Nurse cut to his left and let go a low left-footed drive, only to have Drew Moor make a sliding block to avert the danger.
The second half started at a slower pace as the heat continued to take its toll, but Barbados was still pushing into the attack and had their best chance of the match to pull even in the 57th minute. Midfielder and captain Paul Ifill sent a long ball to the top of the penalty area where McCammon deftly chested the ball into the path of a streaking Rommelle Burgess, who ripped a one-timer from nine yards out that clanged off the crossbar.
The U.S. pushed forward in the second half looking to put the game out of reach, but couldn’t find the final pass. In the 74th minute, Moor pushed his way up the right side and beat a defender to get into the penalty area, but his tempting cross along the six-yard box didn’t find anyone.
Ifill, who plays at Crystal Palace in England, was the best player on the field for Barbados. In the 85th minute, he started the final chance for his country switching the point of attack from left to right with a long pass to Rondell Vaughan. The substitute sent a ball high into the penalty area where McCammon and Guzan collided allowing the ball to fall to John Parris who finished it into the net, but McCammon was called offside to nullify the goal.
In the final moments of the game, Barrett and Bradley both had opportunities but both of their chances were off target.
U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report
Match-up: USA vs. Barbados
Date: June 22, 2008
Competition: FIFA World Cup qualifier
Venue: Kensington Oval - Bridgetown, Barbados
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny and warm, 85 degrees
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
BRB 0 0 0
USA – Eddie Lewis (Freddy Adu) 21st minute.
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Drew Moor, 15-Jay DeMerit, 2-Danny Califf, 11-Heath Pearce; 10-Sacha Kljestan, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Danny Szetela (14-Chris Rolfe, 66), 7-Eddie Lewis (capt.); 16-Freddy Adu (13-Chad Barrett, 86), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (12-John Thorrington, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Brek Shea
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 5-Bryan Neblett, 6-Jonathan Straker, 7-Paul Ifill (capt.), 9-Marc McCammon, 11-Jonathan Nurse (12-Malcolm Marshall, 81), 13-Riviere Williams (8-Rondell Vaughan, 68), 14-Ramuel Miller, 15-Emerson Boyce, 16-Barry Skeete, 17-John Parris
Subs not used: 18-Adrian Chase, 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Gregg Belle, 10-Arantes Lawrence
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy
Shots 9 3
Shots on goal 1 0
Saves 0 0
Corner Kicks 2 3
Fouls 11 7
Offside 5 4
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hairo Fuentes (PAN)
Fourth Official: Luis Rodriguez (PAN)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Eddie Lewis
Following the U.S. MNT’s 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, Bradley opted to release 10 players, and the current squad has been in southern Florida preparing for this Sunday’s game. The team travels to Barbados on Friday following training. Tim Howard continues to rehabilitate a lower back sprain suffered prior to the Barbados match, while Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to illness.
“We understand that we need to have a maturity about us to go and finish the job,” said Bradley. “We also have the chance to give some different players an opportunity in World Cup qualifying, which we believe will keep us fresh and sharp."
The roster still retains a core of experienced players, with two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis leading the way with 79 caps. Lewis had an assist in last Sunday’s victory, and is the only player on the roster to have played in Barbados – he was part of the team in 2000 that traveled to the island needing a win to advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
Not far behind Lewis is midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who has appeared in 76 games for the U.S. The Glasgow Rangers winger is slowly working himself back into game shape following a lengthy layoff from injury, and has appeared in the last four games for his country. U.S. team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have also been retained. Onyewu, who scored in back-to-back games against Mexico and Poland earlier this year, leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (482).
In all, there are eight players on the roster who saw time in last weekend’s game. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan went 90 minutes en route to keeping a clean sheet in his first World Cup qualifying experience, while defender Heath Pearce had an assist and midfielder Michael Bradley chipped in with his second career goal for the United States. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen a place in the UEFA Cup.
Six players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Chris Seitz - were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Bradley and Danny Szetela are also age eligible for the U-23 tournament in the Olympics. Szetela is coming off a successful loan spell at Serie B outfit Brescia, and has one cap to his name, having appeared in last year’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17, 2007 in Basel, in which he helped set up the goal.
The U.S. is pursuing qualification for its sixth-consecutive FIFA World Cup, and is coming off the most successful qualifying campaign in team history. During the last cycle, the U.S. compiled a 12-2-4 record over 18 matches with 10 shutouts, scoring 35 goals, while allowing just 11. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout. In the seventh match of the final round hexagonal, goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the U.S. a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, marking the first time since 1934 that the U.S. was the first team from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
** Note: Brek Shea was added to the roster late Friday.
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Barbados
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
June 22, 2008
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birthdate||Caps / Goals||Hometown||Club|
|Adu, Freddy||M||5'8"||140||06/02/89||8/0||Potomac, Md.||SL Benfica (Portugal|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||05/24/82||76/15||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Barrett, Chad||F||5'11"||180||04/30/85||0/0||Beaverton, Ore.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||58/9||Alta Loma, Calif.||Out of Contract|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||20/2||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Califf, Danny||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||19/1||Orange, Calif.||FC Midtjylland (Denmark)|
|Cervi, Dominic||GK||6'6"||205||07/09/86||0/0||Norman, Okla.||Out of Contract|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/04/79||8/0||Green Bay, Wis.||Watford FC (England)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||8/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||6/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||79/9||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Moor, Drew||D||6'0"||170||01/15/84||4/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||34/4||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5'10"||175||08/13/84||15/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Rolfe, Chris||F||5'8"||145||01/17/83||7/0||Kettering, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Seitz, Chris||GK||6'4"||210||03/02/87||0/0||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||Real Salt Lake (MLS)|
|Shea, Brek||F||6'3"||180||02/20/90||0/0||College Station, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Szetela, Danny||M||5'11"||172||06/07/87||1/0||Clifton, N.J.||Brescia (Italy)|
|Thorrington, John||M||5'8"||150||10/17/79||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 1/1 SO), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 12/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Drew Moor (FC Dallas: 0/0) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 15/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 1/1), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 18/2), Danny Szetela (Brescia: 0/0), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 1/0), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (June 8, 2008) - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has added two players to the roster that was named yesterday, bringing total roster to 21 players for Sunday's blockbuster match vs. Argentina at Giants Stadium.
Forward Kenny Cooper and defender Drew Moor have met up with the team in New Jersey following their MLS match Friday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Over 70,000 tickets have been sold for Sunday's match, which serves as the final preparation for World Cup Qualifying. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Giants Stadium and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
USA-Mexico Post-Game Quote Sheet
February 6, 2002
U.S. Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On the match:
“These kind of games are what the players look forward to and as coaches, we understand that we need this kind of games in order to look hard at our players and our team to find things that we need to improve … We gain experience against a very good team in an atmosphere that was loud and in a great stadium. We talk about big games, and in terms of understanding how to play in those big matches, tonight was an excellent example … It is probably always the same with a 2-2 tie. You see things that you’re happy about, but you see just as many things that you want to see improve.”
On Mexico’s play:
“There were a couple of set pieces in difficult positions tonight. They did a good job of creating options, and their delivery was quite good. That’s a challenge when you come together quickly as a team just before a game. They were able to take advantage twice. In the game there were periods when we had the edge, and there were periods when they had the edge. Their ability to play under pressure was very good, and they have some skillful players. Whenever you play Mexico dealing with that is a challenge.”
On Jozy Altidore’s Goal:
“The goal was well taken. He [Jozy] found a little seam in the defense. It was a very, very good ball into the box from Drew Moor. It was an excellent piece of finishing, and a good bit of movement to get into that spot. Seeing where the ball is going to come, and then being in a good position to hold off tough defenders – those are things he has to continue to improve upon. As the game wore on, I think he was tired, but we also felt that his presence could still give us a chance so we let him go the full 90 minutes.”
On play of Tim Howard:
“Timmy Howard gives us great play in the back. His organization is good and he makes tough saves. Over the last year and a half, in big games he has come through for us.”
On play of Bobby Convey:
“This is the first game Bobby has started since the Mexico game last year [in Glendale, Ariz.]. He’s had some injuries, and he’s still working his way back into the national team. It’s difficult when you’re out for awhile. I thought he worked hard tonight. For him in his road back, that is a good start.”
U.S. captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On the result:
“I thought the match was all right. It was a bit disappointing since we had the lead twice and let them come back into it. The thing is they scored on set pieces, and we can eradicate that. We’ll take positives: the young guys came in and did well. It was a tough atmosphere to play in, a big stadium with lots of excitement, and that’s a big positive to take away from tonight.”
On playing in center defense with Oguchi Onyewu:
“We’re getting more and more comfortable with each other. We’re starting to understand each other’s tendencies, and the more we play together the more we’re going to improve.”
U.S goalkeeper TIM HOWARD
On the unbeaten run:
“We’re disappointed that we lost the lead twice, but they probably needed the win more than we did and we kept the streak going. It was always going to be emotional, and it was always going to be passionate. That’s the difficult part – just trying to keep your nerve. But that passion is also the best part of the rivalry. It’s always intense, and it’s always going to be an exciting game, no matter how well the teams play. We’re still trying to find ourselves as a team a little bit, but the positive is that we’re still getting results.”
U.S. defender and Sierra Mist Man of the Match OGUCHI ONYEWU
On what he was thinking when Landon Donovan kicked the ball across the area:
"When he kicked it over I was hoping it would make its way to back to the back post and the 'keeper wouldn't come out. Luckily he didn't and I went up for the header and hoped for the best."
U.S. forward JOSMER ALTIDORE
"It was a good game. I think the rivalry is all that it's cracked up to be. It was a tremendous atmosphere. I'm surprised I got to start, but I was still very excited and I had a lot of fun today."
On what he thought when he heard he was starting:
"I just thought, 'I gotta get focused.' This is my big chance, a big opportunity for myself and my teammates to play in front of a big crowd like this. I think we took the best of it. I thought Mexico played well for the last 20-30 minutes but like good teams do, we weathered the storm."
On the goal:
"It's just a feeling sometimes. Drew (Moor) crossed the ball and it went over Rafa's (Marquez) head and landed to me, and I just did my best to get my head on it."
On his celebration:
"It's a great moment. Any time anybody scores their first goal, you want to share it with the people who care the most and the fans were right there, so it was nice."
U.S. forward CLINT DEMPSEY
On the offside call:
“It was a late whistle, so it surprised me. I didn’t hear it and took the shot, but the next thing I knew I turned around and they had stopped the play.”
On the crowd:
“It was the way it always is. The way it was in Phoenix, the way it was in the Gold Cup. It was really loud.”
On the game overall:
“It was ok. At times it was a bit slow, and they did a better job than us of keeping possession. But at the same time we created some chances, and we always seem to put the ball in the back of the net against [Mexico]. We put them under pressure, and though a tie isn’t bad, to lead twice and not win the game is a tough one. That’s the way it goes though. It is good to get some goals, but at the same time we were trying to get the win and we fell a little short today.”
On the young players:
“They’ve been doing well when they come on the field. It seems like they’re moving in the right direction to try to be around the team for qualifying and hopefully the World Cup.”
U.S. defender DREW MOOR
On the set pieces:
“Obviously it is something that Mexico looks for, and they had plenty of them tonight. We were uncomfortable with that and should have dealt with it better. It was very loud, but we needed to not let our men get across us. We needed stronger bodies on their players and needed to win our battles individually. Mexico definitely came at us and I thought 2-2 was a fair result.”
On the second goal:
“Well, it was a great finish by Jozy, and that’s why he’s in there. I’d been trying all day to pick him out since he’s such a good header of the ball.”
Date of Birth
Jan 15, 1984