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Post-Match Quotes: U.S. MNT 2, El Salvador 1

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach BOB BRADLEY

On the match:
“We just talked a little bit to the team and certainly congratulated them on a good win, fighting from behind. I thought there were a lot of positives. There were some good efforts, as a whole, things that we’ve been trying to get at in a camp in January and then into February. There were some positive things on the field tonight and again, in these kind of games, showing the qualities on the field, when you get down, trying to push at the end to get a win, obviously a very good play at the end by Sacha [Kljestan] to get us a result.”

On Conor Casey and Brian Ching:
“Brian has just been in this camp. Brian had a little bit of an injury at the end of the season last year. We talked with him, we talked with Dominic Kinnear, we agreed that January he would work on his own, he would do strengthening, and we would get him into camp in February. I think in this camp, it’s like a preseason. He starts and the first few days, you can see it’s a little bit slow. But Brian has qualities on the field in terms of putting himself in good positions, holding balls, bringing guys into the game. He’s a player that works hard for the team. He puts himself in good positions. I think often he makes players around him better because of the type of honest, dirty work that he does. I thought that was clearly the case in the second half. Had some chances, the goalkeeper made some great saves, but he got himself a goal, and I thought he had a good presence.

“Conor has been in both camps. He came on as a reserve against Honduras and then tonight played the first half. I would say that if you look back to last year, Conor showed that he’s a good finisher. For a big man, still, as a striker, he’s deceptive. He finds a way to go by people. He gets chances. He scores different kinds of goals. He scored two very important goals for us in Honduras. I don’t think that in the early part of this year that we’ve seen the best of Conor, yet. What we just talked about with all these guys as we make some decisions tonight with regards to Holland, and then most importantly as we make decisions that go on and later on factor into the World Cup. We’re going to be watching how they’re playing with their teams. We’re going to be looking for form, fitness, mentality and we hope that they can make the decisions as hard as possible on the coaches by playing real well.”

On selecting players for the match against the Netherlands:
“It’s important to say that decisions for Holland involve many different factors. In some cases we might have an idea that we want to see another guy play, so not bring in a player isn’t necessarily a statement that he has for some reason dropped down a little bit, just that we have two opportunities, this week and the next game to see some guys and we also recognize that we’ve had a number of these players away from their club teams a good amount in January, in the case of a guy like Clarence Goodson, because his team in Norway had actually started doing stuff. MLS guys, it’s just been this last stretch but we factor all those things in.”

On the pressure as the time approaches to name a roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
“There’s always pressure on the coach. It’s okay. We have a good staff. I think we constantly, we watch games, we have discussions, when we’re in camp, every day we’re reevaluating things and as we go forward, we’re confident that we’re going to get a really strong group, a group that will have a great mentality and a group that’s going to go and give it all a great shot.”

On how wide open the roster selection will be:
“If you take injuries out and you hope that certain guys can rehab well, I think that there’s probably a strong nucleus of guys that we’ve seen throughout qualifying that hopefully are going to be there. Again, whether that group is 15, 16, 17 or 18 depends on the discussion at any point. Some days it’s high, some days it’s low and then we just need to continue to watch games and check out rehab and see how it goes.”

On how much he takes into account what goes on in training compared to games:
“All of that gets factored in, but that’s true every time we come in when we have a double fixture date and we have a week of training leading into a game, then we might have an idea as players come in, what we think the lineup might be. But obviously, now, you still need to see when training begins how sharp guys are, are they fit, what’s the mentality, so that’s an on-going thing. You balance opportunities that they get in games with what you see in training. You put it all together and make those kinds of decisions.”

On Jonathan Bornstein:
“I thought Jonny played very well tonight. He has very good defensive qualities. He reads the game well. He’s quick. He’s a very athletic defender even though he’s not that big. We saw him play a lot last year as a centerback for Chivas and he did quite well. We’ve now tried to make sure that he’s comfortable and that in certain situations we can consider that. We thought he played well tonight.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder SACHA KLJESTAN

On scoring in added time after missing a few chances earlier in the match:
“It felt good. It felt like I was doing a lot of the little things right tonight as compared to maybe the game in Honduras where maybe I wasn’t closing down fast enough or making plays in my area or being hard enough to play against. Tonight I think I did those better and that got me in the game more and got me some looks in front of the goal. Obviously, I had two good chances in the first half but I was glad I could make up for it in the end.”

On the goal:
“They were playing around with the ball in the back a lot tonight and at the very end the guy had his head down and I thought he wouldn’t see me coming from his blind side, and I guess I just picked his pocket and Ching played me a good ball back through.”

On whether he feels like he’s putting himself back into a good position with the U.S. MNT:
“I hope so. I feel like in the January and February camps I tried my hardest just to get back in the team. And prove to myself, prove to the teammates and prove to the coaching staff that I want to be here and deserve to be here and can be a positive for the team. I think the game against Honduras wasn’t my best but I think tonight I played a little bit better and I hope to continue to get a chance to move on and be a part of the team.”

On Brian Ching:
“Brian is a guy that makes guys around him better. It’s always easy to play with Ching because he shows up in the tough spots and he puts his body on the line in front of defenders, he holds the ball up well and he brings other guys into the play. When he came on tonight he had a very positive impact. It’s always easy playing with him because he does the tough things in getting a goal and setting off another. I’m just glad we could combine for the last goal.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder EDDIE GAVEN

On his performance:
“I felt good. The team worked really, really hard and it was good to be able to come back after we went down 1-0 to come back and win. It definitely felt good for us tonight.”

On Brian Ching:
“Brian played great. He caused so much havoc for them. He just worked so hard off the ball, created chances and scored a very nice goal. He was very good for us tonight.”

U.S. Men’s National Team Forward JEFF CUNNINGHAM

On the difficulty of working together as a team while competing with teammates for a place on the team:
“The coach reminded that us before the match that we’re still a team. We’re all trying to show our abilities but it’s still a team game and we need to play together and get a result as a team. He knows what he’s looking for and I think we did that tonight. We fought and we deserved to win.”

U.S. Men's National Team Forward BRIAN CHING

Thoughts on tonight's 2-1 victory against El Salvador:
“I thought we played pretty well. We limited their chances and created a lot of chances ourselves. We could have done a better job finishing and put the game away a little earlier, but give credit to the 'keeper; I think he made some great saves.”

On coming onto the field as a second half sub and how he got into the game:
“Sometimes when you sit and watch the first half you kind of get to watch the defense and see how they are reacting. What I wanted to do in the second half was put myself in good positions and I think I did that. I tried to get everybody involved and hold the ball and lay it off and I think that went well today.”

On the experience of coming from behind to get the win:
“It's a young team so to come back from behind is good for us. It's a good learning experience and for a lot of guys, you could see their confidence build as the game went on. There were more and more chances we were getting at the end and everybody believed we could get the win. We went out there and we did it and I think it was a great game for a lot of guys to learn. Sometimes you're going to be in a tough situation and I think we reacted well to it.”

On starting his season off on a positive note:
"Anytime you play well it gives you a little bit of confidence. I hope I can keep that going for whatever my next game is, into the season and hopefully to the World Cup. It's one game so you can't read too much into it, but it was a good start to the season for me and hopefully I can build on that."

U.S. Men's National Team Defender JONATHAN BORNSTEIN

On tonight's 2-1 victory against El Salvador:
"I thought we fought pretty hard to come back. We gave up that goal but I don't think they had many chances other than that. It was a letdown at that moment but the guys showed a lot of character and a lot of heart. We ended up getting two goals in the end and got the W. That makes the game feel a lot better and I thought if we had taken more of our chances we would have been up a lot sooner."

On wearing the captain's armband for the first time:
"It is a tremendous feeling. It was my first game leading the team out onto the field and to get a win in the same game just topped it off. But I thought a lot of the guys showed heart and leadership out there, not just myself. I just tried to do the best job as captain I could."

U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder GEOFF CAMERON

On earning his first cap with the U.S. Men's National Team:
“It’s what you dreamed of when you were a little kid. It's just one stepping stone, and I want to accomplish a lot more as a player. It was a great experience training with the guys and being with the national team, and it was great to get my first cap.”

On fighting for the victory with teammates who have spent two camps together in January and February:
"You're representing your country and it's a little different level. We spent almost a month together during the last training camp and then this one. It's almost all the same guys fighting for it every day. You get used to the guys playing next to you and the win makes it all worthwhile."

 

Bob Bradley Names 20-Person Roster For Feb. 24 Match Against El Salvador

  • Twenty Players Will Travel from Carson, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. For Feb. 24 Game with El Salvador
  • Kickoff for Match Set for 7 p.m. ET, with live Coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2010) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players to travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will travel to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game.

The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

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.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click Here For Detailed Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

Bradley Recalls 20 Players to Carson to Begin Preparations For FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2009) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has called 20 players back to U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to begin preparations for the USA’s first match of final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. will take on regional rivals Mexico on Feb. 11 in front of a sold-out crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and Univision beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The match can be heard live on the Futbol de Primera radio networks, and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The 20-man group is made up almost entirely of players who participated in the previous camp from Jan. 4-24 at the HDC, with Columbus Crew defender and two-time World Cup veteran Frankie Hejduk the only new addition. The U.S. team will train in Carson for nine days before departing on Feb. 7 for Columbus.

Fourteen of the players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24, including midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who became the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals all in the same game. Both Robbie Rogers and Chris Wingert made their debut for the full team in the victory.

Tickets for the USA-Mexico clash sold out in 90 minutes following the beginning of the public sale. The match is the first of 10 in the final round hexagonal that will determine the three automatic entrants from CONCACAF into the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In addition to qualifying, the U.S. will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in June, having been drawn into Group B along with five-time World Cup winners Brazil, current World Champion Italy, and Egypt. Just days after the tournament, the U.S. will begin its defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Roster
Carson, Calif.
Jan. 29 – Feb. 7, 2009

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Caps/G

Hometown

Club

Busch, Jon

GK

5' 10"

165

08/18/1976

1/1

Albany, N.Y.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Bornstein, Jonathan

D

5' 9"

145

11/07/1984

14/1

Los Alamitos, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Carroll, Brian

M

5' 10"

155

07/20/1981

7/1

Springfield, Va.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Ching, Brian

F

6' 1"

195

05/24/1978

33/9

Haleiwa, Hawaii

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Clark, Ricardo

M

5' 10"

150

05/10/1983

17/1

Jonesboro, Ga.

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Cooper, Kenny

F

6' 3"

210

10/21/1984

4/2

Dallas, Texas

FC Dallas (MLS)

Davies, Charlie

F

5' 10"

160

06/25/1986

5/1

Manchester, N.H.

Hammarby IF (Sweden)

Gaven, Eddie

M

6' 0

165

10/25/1986

6/1

Hamilton, N.J.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hejduk, Frankie

D

5'8

155

08/05/1974

81/6

Cardiff, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Hesmer, Will

GK

6' 2"

195

11/23/1981

0/0

Wilson, N.C.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Holden, Stuart

M

5' 10"

160

08/01/1985

0/0

Houston, Texas

Houston Dynamo (MLS)

Ihemelu, Ugo

D

6' 0 "

184

04/04/1983

2/1

Cedar Hill, Texas

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Jewsbury, Jack

M

6' 0"

185

04/13/1981

0/0

Springfield, Mo.

Kansas City Wizards (MLS)

Kljestan, Sacha

M

6' 1"

150

09/09/1985

13/3

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Chivas USA (MLS)

Pickens, Matt

GK

6' 3"

200

04/05/1982

0/0

Washington, Mo.

Colorado Rapids (MLS)

Rogers, Robbie

M

5' 10"

165

05/12/1987

1/1

Huntington Beach, Calif.

Columbus Crew (MLS)

Rolfe, Chris

F

5' 8"

145

01/17/1983

10/1

Kettering, Ohio

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Thorrington, John

M

5' 8"

150

10/17/1979

4/1

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Chicago Fire (MLS)

Wingert, Chris

D

5' 10"

155

06/16/1982

1/1

Babylon, N.Y.

Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Wynne, Marvell

D

5' 9"

170

05/08/1986

2/1

Poway, Calif.

Toronto FC (MLS)

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)
 

Bradley Names 33-Man Player Pool For Upcoming Friendlies Against England, Spain and Argentina

CHICAGO (May 15, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 33-man player pool that will be used to select rosters for the upcoming trio of blockbuster friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina. The roster for the England match, which will include approximately 22 players, will be announced early next week.

All three of the USA’s World Cup qualifying tune-up matches will be broadcast on the ESPN and Univision networks, and fans can follow each game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

“With the challenging schedule of friendlies we have organized to prepare for World Cup qualifying, this is an excellent opportunity to continue to evaluate our player pool and at the same time balance the workload,” said Bradley, who is presiding over a five-match unbeaten run for the United States. “Many of our players have just completed seasons in Europe, and the MLS schedule is in full swing, so it is important that we manage the time wisely to give ourselves the best chance to be successful in the important matches this summer.”

The friendly schedule kicks off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium for a May 28 clash with England that will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic at 3 p.m. ET and tape delay on Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. More than 1,300 tickets were sold in the U.S. Supporters Section for the USA’s second-ever trip to London. The U.S. will then face fourth-ranked Spain on June 4 at the Estadio El Sardinero in Santander. The match will be shown live exclusively on espn360.com, and broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. ET and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET/PT. The U.S. will head back across the Atlantic to face No. 1-ranked Argentina on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New Jersey. More than 46,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s final match at Giants Stadium, which will be Presented by Visa®. The USA’s final match before the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.

The U.S. is currently riding a five-match unbeaten run that includes back-to-back victories on European soil for the first time in team history. Prior to the USA’s first qualifying match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup cycle, the U.S. will have played in two major international tournaments, defended their Gold Cup title, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and competed against four teams who were ranked in the top 10 in the world when they faced the United States (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain).

The U.S. opens qualifying play for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in a Second Round series with Barbados that begins Sunday, June 15 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the first leg series is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. The second leg will be played on June 22, with details still to be finalized.

U.S. Soccer has launched a new video campaign that peeks into the Men's National Team's preparation for qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Click here to view the initial segments and return weekly for the latest updates.

U.S. Men’s National Team Player Pool
May 22-June 9, 2008

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Caps/G Hometown Club
Adu, Freddy M 5'8" 140 6/2/1989 4/0 Potomac, Md. SC Benfica (Portugal)
Altidore, Jozy F 6'1" 175 11/6/1989 3/1 Boca Raton, Fla. New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beasley, DaMarcus M 5'8" 145 5/24/1982 68/15 Ft. Wayne, Ind. Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Bocanegra, Carlos D 6'0" 170 5/25/1979 55/9 Alto Loma, Calif. Fulham FC (England)
Bradley, Michael M 6'2" 175 7/31/1987 16/1 Cedar Grove, N.J. SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Califf, Dan D 6'1" 175 3/17/1980 16/1 Orange, Calif. FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cervi, Dominic GK 6'6" 205 7/9/1986 0/0 Norman, Okla. Out of Contract
Cherundolo, Steve D 5'6" 145 2/19/1979 44/2 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany)
Ching, Brian F 6'1" 195 5/24/1978 26/5 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo M 5'10" 150 5/10/1983 13/1 Jonesboro, Ga. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny F 6'3" 210 10/21/1984 2/1 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
DeMerit, Jay D 6'0" 185 12/4/1979 6/0 Green Bay, Wis. Watford FC (England)
Dempsey, Clint F 6'1" 170 3/9/1983 38/9 Nacogdoches, Texas Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon F 5'8" 148 3/4/1982 99/35 Redlands, Calif. Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Edu, Maurice M 6'0" 170 4/18/1986 4/0 Fontana, Calif. Toronto FC (MLS)
Feilhaber, Benny M 5'9" 150 1/19/1985 16/2 Irvine, Calif. Derby County (England)
Gaven, Eddie M 6'0" 165 10/25/1986 5/0 Hamilton, N.J. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Guzan, Brad GK 6'4" 210 9/9/1984 5/0 Homer Glen, Ill. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hejduk, Frankie D 5'8" 155 8/5/1974 75/6 Cardiff, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Howard, Tim GK 6'3" 210 3/6/1979 28/0 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton FC (England)
Jaqua, Nate F 6'3" 180 10/28/1981 2/0 Eugene, Ore. Out of Contract
Johnson, Eddie F 6'0" 180 3/31/1984 32/11 Palm Coast, Fla. Fulham FC (England)
Kljestan, Sacha M 6'1" 150 9/9/1985 5/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Lewis, Eddie M 5'10" 155 5/17/1974 75/9 Cerritos, Calif. Derby County (England)
Mastroeni, Pablo M 5'10" 170 8/26/1976 56/0 Phoenix, Ariz. Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi D 6'4" 210 5/13/1982 30/4 Olney, Md. Standard de Liege (Belgium)
Orozco, Michael D 5'11" 160 2/7/1986 0/0 Orange, Calif. San Luis (Mexico)
Pearce, Heath D 5'10" 175 8/13/1984 11/0 Modesto, Calif. Hansa Rostock (Germany)
Perkins, Troy GK 6'2" 190 7/29/1981 0/0 Worthington, Ohio Valerenga IF (Norway)
Rogers, Robbie F 5'10" 165 5/12/1987 0/0 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew (MLS)
Seitz, Chris GK 6'4" 205 3/12/1987 0/0 San Luis Obispo, Calif. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan D 6'0" 180 3/1/1986 12/0 Arlington Heights, Ill. West Ham United (England)
Wolff, Josh F 5'8" 160 2/25/1977 50/9 Stone Mountain, Ga. 1860 Munich (Germany)

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (5): Dominic Cervi (Out of Contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS (9): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC),
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (Out of Contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Josh
Wolff (1860 Munich)

U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Peter Nowak (Naples, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Laverne, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Verona, N.J.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Dave Andrews (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
Doctors: Bert Mandelbaum (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), George Chiampas (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Long Beach, Calif.)
Video Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)

U.S. Under-23 MNT Fall to Honduras in Overtime in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 23, 2008) – The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team fell to Honduras, 1-0, in overtime of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Final. Both teams, by virtue of winning their respective semifinal games, had already qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Honduras goal, scored by George Wilson Welcome in the 103nd minute, was the just the second goal allowed by the U.S. during five games in qualifying, and the first goal since the opening half of their match against Cuba, a streak of 421 minutes.

Thursday night’s victory over Canada clinched the USA’s 13th trip to the Olympic Games on the men’s side. The 2008 Beijing Olympics will be played from Aug. 6-23 in five venues, and will mark the USA’s first trip to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament since 2000, when the team advanced to the medal round and finished in fourth place.

“I congratulated our players in the locker room for their effort,” said U.S. head coach Peter Nowak. “It was a very difficult tournament for us and for both teams in terms of knowing how you’re supposed to prepare yourself from game to game. As we said, we work on the spirit and the team mentality and it worked pretty well. We’re happy to be going to the Olympic Games and sometimes for the players it’s just, they’re relieved to get it all behind them and looking forward to getting some MLS games." (More quotes)

Overall, the U.S. finished the tournament with a 3-1-1 record, allowing just two goals in five games while scoring six. Freddy Adu, who was named to the Best XI by the CONCACAF Technical Committee on Saturday, led all goalscorers with four tallies in three games played. Maurice Edu, Dax McCarty and Michael Orozco were also named to the Best XI, while midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned Honorable Mention.

Against Honduras, the U.S. was without the services of four European-based players where allowed to return to their club teams for weekend matches. Along with Adu, Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector and Sal Zizzo made their way back across the pond on Friday.

With just 16 players to choose from, Nowak once again made a number changes to his lineup, keeping Edu, McCarty and Jozy Altidore on the bench to start the match. Edu would come on in the 26th minute to replace an injured Hunter Freeman, while Altidore would come on in the 80th minute as the U.S. looked for the game-winner.

Despite the changes, the U.S. was the more dominant team throughout the match and outshot Honduras 23-9, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Stuart Holden, Robbie Findley and Eddie Gaven were at the center of most of the U.S. opportunities in the first half, with Holden creating the first chance of the game in just the third minute. Getting free down the right flank, Holden swung in a cross, but the Honduras defense was up to the task, as it was all night, and cleared the ball out of danger.

The U.S. started to pepper the Honduras goal early, but it was Holden who was able to put the first shot on goal for the U.S. in the 27th minute. Four minutes later, Findley got free down the right side and crossed a ball into the box for forward Chad Barrett, but his header went just over the crossbar.

In the 33rd minute, the U.S. created possibly the best chance for either team in the first half when Gaven collected the ball in midfield and pushed forward. The Columbus Crew midfielder fed the ball to Robbie Findley, who was able to avoid a tackle and slip the ball to Edu inside the box. Edu unleashed a shot that looked destined for the lower right corner, but Honduras goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez was able to push it wide.

The U.S. had the first dangerous opportunity of the second half less than a minute after the whistle, when Barrett laid the ball off for Gaven., who found Holden in the box. Holden touched the ball back for Kljestan, but his hard shot was blocked by the head of Erick Norales and cleared away.

Despite the Americans controlling most of the match, Honduras almost took the lead in the 53rd minute when U.S. goalkeeper Dominic Cervi came off his line for a through ball, beating the attacker but giving up a rebound. Luis Alfredo Lopez jumped on the loose ball and took a shot to the near post, but it was saved off the line by defender Pat Ianni. Marvin Sanchez pounced on the ensuing rebound, putting his shot toward the far post, but it went out for a corner.

The U.S. had a fantastic opportunity to take the lead in the 71st minute when Barrett received the ball on the right wing and played it in for Findley, who headed the ball down on goal, but it bounced up and hit the cross bar before being touched out of bounds by Marvin Sanchez.

With the temperatures continuing to drop on a cool evening in Nashville, the teams moved into overtime to decide the Final and it was Honduras that took advantage. In the 103rd minute of the first overtime, Welcome produced a great individual effort that would eventually allow Honduras to raise the trophy on the field after the match. Sitting near the top of the penalty area, he received a ball from the left flank, touched it around Orozco and uncorked a driving shot into the upper right corner from 22 yards out.

The U.S. and Honduras join 13 other teams who have already entered the 16-team tournament, with one spot still up for grabs for a team from Africa. The draw for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament will take place on April 20 in Beijing.

- U.S. UNDER-23 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT -

Match-up: USA vs. Honduras
Competition: 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final
Venue: LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
Date: March 23, 2008
Attendance: 12,663
Weather: 55 degrees, breezy

Scoring Summary:
           1   2   1OT  2OT  F
USA   0   0     0        0    0
HON  0   0     1        0    1

HON – Georgie Wilson Welcome (Marvin Sanchez) 103rd minute

Lineups:
USA: 18-Dominic Cervi; 15-Kamani Hill, 3-Michael Orozco, 4-Pat Ianni, 13-Hunter Freeman (6-Maurice Edu, 26); 7-Stuart Holden (2-Marvell Wynne, 89), 16-Sacha Kljestan (capt.), 5-Nathan Sturgis, 20-Eddie Gaven; 19-Chad Barrett (12-Jozy Altidore, 80), 14-Robbie Findley
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 10-Dax McCarty
Head Coach: Peter Nowak

HON: 1-Kevin Hernandez; 2-Quiarol Arzu, 3-David Alejandro Molina, 5-Erick Norales (capt.), 6-Luis Alfredo Lopez (18-Jose Cesar Guity, 69), 7-Rigoberto Padilla, 8-Irvin Reyna, 10-Ramon Nunez (13-Arnol Solorzano, 115), 16-Marvin Sanchez, 21-Oscar Morales (14-Misael Ruiz, 43), 24-George Wilson Welcome
Subs not used: 9-Jefferson Bernardez, 15-Mario Martinez, 17-Daniel Alvarez, 22-Levon Smith
Head Coach: Alexis Mendoza

Statistical Summary:
USA / HON
Shots: 23/9
Shots on Goal: 6/3
Saves: 2/5
Corner Kicks: 9/4
Fouls: 34/17
Offside: 0/4

Misconduct Summary:
HON – David Alejandro Molina (caution) 20th minute
HON – Marvin Sanchez (caution) 45+.
USA – Stuart Holden (caution) 68.
HON - Misael Ruiz (caution) 83.
USA – Marvell Wynne (caution) 119.
USA – Patrick Ianni (caution) 120.

Officials
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
1st Asst.: William Torres (SLV)
2nd Asst.: Leonel Leal (CRC)
4th Official: Jose Guerrero (NCA)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Stuart Holden

U.S. Under-23 MNT Looks for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship on Sunday

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team
Olympic Qualifying Notes
Nashville, Tenn.
March 22, 2008

ONE MORE TO GO: With a berth to the 2008 Beijing Olympics already secured by both teams, the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will face Honduras in the final of 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying on Sunday, March 23 at 4 p.m. CT at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.. Fans can catch the match live on Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes, or following on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

ONE FOR BEIJING: The U.S and Honduras booked their tickets to Beijing by winning their semifinal matches against Canada and Guatemala, respectively. Two goals from Freddy Adu and one from Sacha Kljestan led the way to a 3-0 win for the Americans over Canada. In the other semifinal, Honduras and Guatemala had fans on the edge of their seats, advancing to overtime before deciding the outcome in the seventh round of a penalty kick shootout.


QUICK HITS

• The U.S. will play in its 13th Men’s Olympic Football Tournament from Aug. 6-24, 2008. The mark is a CONCACAF record.
• Honduras’ only previous trip to the Olympics came in 2000, where they also qualified along with the United States.
• In the USA’s last trip to the Olympics in 2000, they advanced to the medal round, finishing in fourth place.
• The U.S. and Honduras met eight days ago in the final game of Group A play. The U.S. picked up a 1-0 victory to take the top spot in the group.
• Four players have left the U.S. team to return to their European clubs. Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Jonathan Spector and Sal Zizzo flew out of Nashville on Friday to return to Portugal, Sweden, England and Germany, respectively.
• Midfielder Sacha Kljestan leads the team in minutes with 315 throughout the first three games, coming on as a second-half substitute against Cuba and playing every minute since.
• Kljestan, Eddie Gaven and Dax McCarty are the only players on the U.S. roster to have appeared in all four games.
• Adu, who will not be available for Sunday’s final, leads the tournament with four goals scored in three games played.
• The U.S. arrived in Nashville on Sunday and have been guests of the Tennessee Titans at their training facility leading up to the game.
• The Men’s National Team played Morocco in a World Cup tune-up on May 3, 2006, falling 1-0 in front of over 26,000 people at LP Field (then known simply as the Coliseum). The U.S. women also played Canada there in 2004, winning 1-0 on a goal by Heather Mitts.

STINGY DEFENSE: Both the U.S. and Honduras have given up only one goal in four games of qualifying. The United States hasn’t given up a goal in 318 minutes of play, with their last blemish coming in the first half of their first game against Cuba. The lone goal against Honduras came against the United States in the final game of Group A, with Eddie Gaven hitting a penalty kick in the second-half stoppage time of last Saturday’s game.

TWENTY IN FOUR: Head coach Peter Nowak has used all 20 players on his roster, including both keepers, in their run through Group A and the semifinal. Defenders Michael Orozco and Jonathan Spector, and midfielder Freddy Adu have earned their first caps with the Under-23s during the tournament, while goalkeeper Dominic Cervi made his first start at any national team level against Panama.

OLYMPIC VISION: Following Thursday night’s game, the U.S. coaches and players talked about the path to qualifying, accomplishing their biggest goal and the possibility of being an Olympian in exclusive post-game interviews with ussoccer.com. For video, click here and for a quote sheet, click here.

FINAL DOUBLEHEADER: Before the USA’s match against Honduras, Canada and Guatemala will meet in Sunday’s third-place match, beginning at 1 p.m. CT at LP Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com, and will be played on a one-hour delay on Fox Soccer Channel. Along with ESPN Deportes, ESPN360.com is also showing the full schedule of games live online, and the online provider will have a replay of each game available on demand for 48-hours following its completion. The winner of the third-place game will represent CONCACAF should either the United States or Honduras become unable to participate in the Olympic Games this summer.

Sunday, March 23
Matchup                                     Time            Location                                     Television
Canada vs. Guatemala            1 p.m. CT   LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.)   ESPN Deportes, FSC (delayed)
USA vs. Honduras                    4 p.m. CT    LP Field (Nashville, Tenn.)   ESPN Deportes, FSC

QUALIFYING OVERVIEW: The first 14 games of 2008 Men’s Olympic Qualifying have provided plenty of excitement from Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville. Here’s a look at the path to the final doubleheader.

2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying
Group A Final Results/Standings
Team    GP    W    L    T    Pts.    GF    GA    GD
USA        3      2     0     1    7         3      1       +2
HON       3      2     1     0    6         3      1        +2
PAN        3      1     2     0    3         4      2        +2
CUB       3      0      2     1    1         2      7        -5

Tuesday, March 11
Honduras 1, Panama 0
USA 1, Cuba 1

Wednesday, March 13
Honduras 2, Cuba 0
USA 1, Panama 0

Friday, March 15
Panama 4, Cuba 1
USA 1, Honduras 0

Group B Final Results/Standings
Team    GP    W    L    T    Pts.    GF    GA    GD
GUA       3       2     1    0     6         3       6      -3
CAN       3       1     1    1     4         7       3      +4
MEX       3        1    1     1     4        7       4       +3
HAI         3        1    2    0      3        3       7       -4

Wednesday, March 12
Guatemala 1, Haiti 0
Mexico 1, Canada 1

Friday, March 14
Haiti 2, Canada 1
Guatemala 2, Mexico 1

Sunday, March 16
Canada 5, Guatemala 0
Mexico 5, Haiti 1

Thursday, March 20
Semifinal Matchup
Honduras 0, Guatemala 0 (6:5 in PKs)
USA 3, Canada 0

WE MEET AGAIN: Honduras will have a chance for redemption on Sunday, after falling to the U.S., 1-0, on March 15 in the final game of Group A play. In that match, which was for the group title, the U.S. got an injury time penalty kick from Eddie Gaven in the 95th minute for the victory.

Honduras Under-23 Men’s National Team Olympic Qualifying Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kevin Hernandez (CD Victoria), Obed Enamorado (CD Vida), Levon Smitt (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS (6): Quiarol Arzu (CD Platense), David Alejandro Molina (CD Motagua), Erick Norales (CD Marathon), Rigoberto Padilla (Hispano), Vicente Hipolito Solorzano (Deportiva Savio), Misael Ruiz (CD Platense),
MIDFIELDERS (8): Irvin Reyna (CD Olimpia), Ramon Nunez (CD Olimpia), Mario Martinez (Real CD Espana), Marvin Sanchez (CD Platense), Daniel Alvarez (CD Marathon), Hendry Thomas (CD Olimpia), Oscar Morales (Real CD Espana), Georgie Wilson Welcome (no club)
FORWARDS (3): Luis Alfredo Lopez (CD Marathon), Jefferson Bernardez (CD Motagua), Jose Cesar Guity (CD Marathon),

TICKETS STILL ON SALE: Tickets are still available for the remaining four matches of 2008 Olympic Qualifying. Tickets priced from $18 to $65 for each doubleheader ($25 to $70 on day of game) and are now on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 615-255-9600 and at all Nashville Ticketmaster ticket centers.

INSIDE STUFF: Despite all the attention being focused on this qualifying tournament, no source can provide an inside look at the team like the YNT Blog can. Check out the information you can’t get anywhere else, including behind-the-scenes videos, laughs and inside scoop at http://ynt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/
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