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MNT vs. Mexico: Field Level Highlights - April 2, 2014

Field level highlights from The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

U.S. Men vs. Mexico: April 2, 2014 - Highlights

The U.S. Men's National Team battled Mexico to a thrilling 2-2 tie in Glendale, Ariz. Goals from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski gave the USA a lead but Mexico fought back with two goals after halftime to level the score in front of 59,006 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Mexico – April 2, 2014

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Mexico
April 2, 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY
On match:
“I thought the first half was pretty good. We talked at halftime about understanding what they were going to put in at the beginning of the second half. But obviously just because you talked about it, doesn’t mean we are able to prevent it. They’re still a team that lives off confidence; they get a goal and the crowd gets into it and they start feeling pretty good about themselves. When they get to 2-2, at that point, the game opens up and they can score or we can score. At the end, we deserve to win I think. I think Eddie Johnson’s goal was onside, the play with Julian Green was maybe inside the box, maybe right on the edge, but there was certainly contact. If you look at it from the bigger picture, good game, great atmosphere, good night for the fans, and a good test for us as we move forward toward the summer.”

On the USA’s formation:
“I think one of our strengths is that we have the ability to play in a lot different ways. I didn’t look at it differently tonight, other than you’re playing with a guy, Kyle, who does a good job at taking care of things, being disciplined. So it gives me more freedom to be mobile, to be on the move, to get forward, to get down.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder GRAHAM ZUSI
On the second half:
“For one reason or another, we came out a bit flat, which I can’t tell you why. They were able to get that goal off the set piece, which gave them quite a bit of momentum. Once a team like that picks up momentum, it’s hard to stop them.”

On the team formation:
“I think it depends on who you are playing as well. I think different formations offer different things. If we are playing one forward underneath or two up top, it doesn’t matter, our mentality should stay the same. We have to figure out what the game is giving us, and what is happening as it’s happening.”

On Jurgen Klinsmann’s rotation of players:
“It’s been a pretty solid group for us for a few years now. Different games are going to bring different situations, and we have to adapt to those.”

U.S. Men’s National Team defender OMAR GONZALEZ
On the first goal the USA allowed in the second half to Rafael Marquez:
“On that play, Kyle [Beckerman] and I were talking before and I said they are going to pick me so we have to switch. We just haven’t practiced enough set pieces, and I was picked and we weren’t able to switch. It was a great header by Marquez. Once they scored that goal, they put a lot of pressure on us.”

On his performance:
“I think that overall, I did pretty well – it was just that one corner. I’m happy that this is a friendly and it’s something that I have to keep working on. The only tough part is that you don’t want to be too handsy because you get called for the PK. It’s a little bit tough to manage, but we still have to keep on working hard. Nothing is set in stone, so I have to continue with my head down and keep working hard. I am going back with the Galaxy, hopefully get some wins, and get that call to the camp.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On the match: 
“I felt good tonight. It was nice to get some minutes on the field, obviously. I wanted to start the game, but the circumstances didn’t allow that. It was fun to be a part of. It was another really good game between the two teams. I enjoyed it.”

On how he feels from a health standpoint:
“When I am healthy and healthy enough to train, I train and I train well. This week was tough. I had some tendonitis, so I wasn’t able to move the way I want to. It was good to back off a little bit and still get minutes tonight. I thought was a little bit impactful and helped make a little bit of a difference.”

On how the team played:
“I thought we started well; I thought we were too cautious in the second half. I thought we needed to come out with better energy in the second half keep the pressure on them. I think when they get a goal, their confidence goes up and they’re a different team. We allowed that. We allowed them back in the game.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the match: 
“In the first half, we got our chances and we put them away. In the second half, the coach got on them a little bit. They came after us. They got two goals, unfortunately, but we chased for the winner, gave them some opportunities in the end. But, we got a result. We have to improve on that.”

On Mexico coming back for the draw:
“You have a flow in the beginning. I think the coaches want to see some players, see what they can do on the field, so you’re going to make some subs. It takes a little bit for them to get in the rhythm with the players who are already on the field, but I thought they adjusted well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the winner at the end.”

On the second half:
“In the second half, toward the end, I think both teams were pushing for the game-winning goal, so there was a lot of room in the midfield. Unfortunately we didn’t get a goal, but we kept it a tie, and that’s a result.”

On Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez playing together:
“I think they’ve been together for a while now. I think Clarence [Goodson] has played with both. They’re strong in the air; they’re starting, I think, to get really comfortable with each other. With Michael in front of them, it makes it even more comfortable. Always room to improve, and we have a couple more months until the World Cup.”

All Square in Arizona: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico

GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2014) – Sporting their new away kits for the first time in 2014, the U.S. Men’s National Team players earned a 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The USA scored twice in the first half with Michael Bradley tallying the game’s opening goal and then assisting Chris Wondolowski’s team-leading third goal of the year. With the draw, the USA increased its unbeaten streak to five games against Mexico (2-0-3 during its current stretch). The U.S. had held Mexico scoreless for 392 straight minutes until Rafael Marquez’s 49th-minute goal.

Next up for the USA is a three-game Send-Off Series in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The series starts with a May 27 match against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio). The U.S. MNT then hosts Turkey on June 1 at 2 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio) and Nigeria on June 7 at 6 p.m. ET at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio). Fans can also follow the USA on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. had a strong first half against Mexico and wasted no time gaining the upper hand. In the 15th minute, Graham Zusi, on the game’s first corner kick, delivered a perfect ball from the left side as Bradley separated himself from Mexico defender Jesus Eduardo Zavala at the far right post. Bradley played the ball off a short hop and directed it into the net for his 12th career goal and a 1-0 lead. It also marked the third time that Bradley scored off of a corner kick assist against Mexico. (SEE GOAL)

Wondolowski showed his forte of being at the right place, at the right time, when he added to the USA’s lead in the 28th minute. In the build-up, some sharp passes from Zusi and Clint Dempsey led to an attack from the right side as Tony Beltran crossed from the right flank. Bradley flicked a header to the left side of the box, where Wondolowski snuck behind Mexico’s Rogelio Alfredo Chavez with a right-footed toe poke goal. It was Wondolowski’s ninth goal of his career. (SEE GOAL)

It was a tale of two halves, however, as an emotional Mexico side responded early in the second half. Off of Marco Fabian’s right-footed corner kick from the left side, Marquez lost USA center back Omar Gonzalez on the set piece and had an open header from seven yards out, which he promptly placed into the left side of the net to cut the USA’s lead to 2-1 in the 49th minute. The goal was Marquez’s 15th for Mexico.

Alan Pulido then scored the equalizer in the 67th minute, rebounding off of Paul Aguilar’s initial strike, which ricocheted off of the left post. Pulido was the quickest to react, converging to tie the score at 2-2.

The match nearly ended in thrilling fashion when Eddie Johnson and the USA faithful believed they secured the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute. Johnson carved his right footed shot into the far right side of the goal, only to see his tally waived off when he was controversially ruled offside by the assistant referee.

Milestone Watch:

  • With his 12th career goal, Michael Bradley moved into a tie for 15th on the all-time U.S. MNT list with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
  • Bradley, who made his first appearance of 2014, earned his 83rd career cap to move into sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time appearances list. Bradley had been tied with Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope who had 82 caps apiece.
  • Chris Wondolowski’s ninth goal puts him in a seven-way tie for 21st in the all-time USA goal scoring record books, matching the following players: Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff.
  • Clint Dempsey made his 103rd career appearance, passing former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (102 caps from 1990-2007) on the all-time list for 10th place.
  • With his 155th career cap, Landon Donovan, who entered the match in the 59th minute, is now only nine appearances behind all-time U.S. MNT leader Cobi Jones (164 caps from 1992-2004).

Next on the Schedule:

  • The U.S. MNT begins its three-game Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, May 27, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio
  • Social: Twitter (@ussoccer); Facebook; Instagram
  • Tickets

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 17-32-14 all-time against Mexico and 12-5-5 since 2000.
  • The USA is now 2-0-1 all-time at University of Phoenix Stadium and 3-0-2 in Arizona.
  • With Clint Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband, the U.S. is 6-3-2.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann is now 28-11-8 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
  • Klinsmann’s lineup Wednesday featured a 4-4-2 formation in front of goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The back line included Michael Parkhurst and Tony Beltran at left and right back, respectively, with Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez paired at center back. Beltran made his third career appearance, and his first cap since the USA’s 4-1 victory against Cuba on July 13, 2013, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The starting diamond midfield included Brad Davis and Graham Zusi on the left and right sides, Kyle Beckerman at holding midfield and Michael Bradley at the top.
  • At forward, Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski were paired up front to start.
  • Klinsmann made several changes in the 59th minute, as Julian Green made his anticipated U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Davis. Landon Donovan replaced Zusi and Goodson took over for Besler.
  • Eddie Johnson made his 63rd career appearance, replacing Wondolowski in the 64th minute.
  • In the 72nd minute, DeAndre Yedlin earned his second cap when he replaced Beltran, and Maurice Edu entered for Beckerman.
  • Nick Rimando moved to 10-0-1 in his career.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 2, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Attendance: 59,066
Weather: 90 degrees, humid

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

USA – Michael Bradley (Graham Zusi)                   15th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Michael Bradley)        28
MEX – Rafael Marquez (Marco Fabian)                 49
MEX – Alan Pulido                                                 67

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 6-Tony Beltran (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 59), 15-Michael Parkhurst; 14-Kyle Beckerman (7-Maurice Edu, 72), 19-Graham Zusi (10-Landon Donovan, 59), 11-Brad Davis (9-Julian Green, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 17-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 64), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 16-Luis Gil, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 23-Moisés Muñoz (1-Alfredo Talavera, 46); 28-Rogelio Chávez (22-Paúl Aguilar, 63), 6-Juan Carlos Valenzuela, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 2-Francisco Javier Rodríguez; 27-Carlos Peña (9-Raúl Jiménez, 46), 17-Jesús Zavala, 7-Miguel Layun (16-Miguel Ángel Ponce, 68);  11-Alán Pulido, 18-Isaac Brizuela (10-Luis Montes, 57), 8-Marco Fabián
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Enrique Pérez, 26-Juan Carlos Medina
Head coach: Miguel Herrera

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 6
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 9
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Miguel Angel Ponce (caution)        76th minute
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)               83

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea (PAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

MNT on the Ground in Arizona ahead of #USAvMEX

U.S. MNT players Nick Rimando and Clarence Goodson talk about facing Mexico Wednesday night in Glendale, Arizona.

U.S. MNT and WNT Playlists Now Available Exclusively on Spotify

CHICAGO (March 31, 2014) – U.S. Soccer is connecting fans to the music of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams by creating a profile on Spotify, a digital music streaming service that provides free, on-demand access to millions of songs.

With access to exclusive U.S. Soccer playlists, fans will have behind-the-scenes insight into what the Men’s and Women’s National teams are listening to before matches, the opportunity to select songs played in-stadium on game day, reflect on memorable moments in National Team history, tap into the local music scene in cities where the National Teams play, and more.

In advance of the upcoming Men’s and Women’s National Team matches in April, specific players have created pre-game playlists that will be listened to by the teams 30 minutes before they take the field for pre-game warm-ups. Those playlists will be available on Spotify, allowing fans the ability to listen to the exact same songs.

One of the first professional sports teams to provide this unique behind-the-scenes access, the inaugural playlists were selected by National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando and midfielder Lauren Holiday, who often serve as their teams’ locker room “DJs.”

The U.S. MNT takes on Mexico in Glendale, Ariz., on April 2, while the U.S. WNT faces China PR on April 6 in Commerce City, Colo. Fans can download the playlists to get prepared for the match wherever they are – at the stadium, at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar or even on the couch.

Additional playlists will be created and made available throughout the lead-up to this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil and CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October.

Fans with a Spotify account can easily access the match playlists, which will be available 24 hours before each game, on U.S. Soccer's Spotify profile. Those without a Spotify account can sign up for a 30-day trial to check out all the teams’ favorite songs.

A veteran goalkeeper who continues to excel in MLS, Nick Rimando made his first national team appearance in more than six years when he earned a 2-1 win against El Salvador in February in 2010. A steady presence in the net, his athleticism and veteran leadership has been a big part of Real Salt Lake's rise to prominence in the domestic league.

  • Debuted for the USA in 2002, combining with Tim Howard for a 2-0 shutout win against El Salvador. 
  •  Has featured for the USA at many youth levels, including the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship
  • Earned the 2009 MLS Cup MVP award as he led Real Salt Lake to their first league championship title.

2011: Called into camp ahead of the Jan. 22 match against Chile and started in the 1-1 tie … Named to the roster for the October games against Honduras and Ecuador but did not play … 2010: Ended six-and-a-half-year span between caps on Feb. 24 vs. El Salvador, earning the win in the 2-1 friendly triumph at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa … Also made 18-man roster on January 23 vs. Honduras … 2003: Earned two caps, including a 2-0 victory against Wales on May 26, in which he registered his first complete shutout and start for the U.S. senior side … 2002: Made his senior international debut on Nov. 17 vs. El Salvador, coming on at the half and combining with Tim Howard to post a 2-0 shutout win … Under-20s: Earned 31 caps for the U.S. Under-20 squad across 1998-99 … Was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team that went 2-2-0 at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship in Nigeria Under-17s: Member of the U.S. U-17 squad that competed in the 1995 U-17 World Cup in Ecuador … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2002, vs. El Salvador … First Shutout: May 26, 2003, vs. Wales.

2011: Recorded new career highs for games played and started, with 33 each, plus three starts in MLS Cup playoffs … Reached a career high for minutes played (2,970) and posted a 1.09 GAA with 13 shutouts … Signed a contract extension in February to keep him at Real Salt Lake until 2013 … 2010: Started and played in 27 games for Real Salt Lake … Recorded 2,430 minutes of action and garnered a .78 save percentage … Earned 18 shutouts and made 78 saves with a .67 GAA … Finished the season with a 15-4-8 record …  2009: His 1.14 GAA was the third lowest of his 10-year MLS career and his nine shutouts ranking second-most … Finished among MLS’ Top 10 with a 1.14 GAA, 9 shutouts and 10 wins …  2008: One of four goalkeepers to play every minute for his squad in 2008 … Finished season in top six across MLS with 10 wins, 8 shutouts and a 1.30 GAA … Made 200th MLS regular season start & appearance on October 9 vs. New York Red Bulls … 2007: Acquired, traded, then re-acquired by Real Salt Lake during the off-season, the final deal bringing Rimando back to Utah … 2006: Made just two appearances for D.C. United in a back-up role behind Troy Perkins after overcoming injuries during the first half of the season … 2005: Returned to full strength and had one of his best seasons, notching a career-high 11 shutouts while maintaining an impressive 1.17 GAA and tying his career-best of 15 wins ... 2004: A right knee injury limited Rimando to just 13 appearances … Still managed to record a 7-3-3 record and a career-best and club-record 1.00 GAA … Went 4-0-0 in postseason play, his 1.15 GAA helping United to its fifth MLS Cup crown … 2003: Equaled a D.C. team single-season record with seven shutouts. 2002: Recorded club-record seven shutouts and D.C. United’s single-season record for saves with 131 … Only player on D.C. to log every minute during the 2002 season … 2001: Set several team records for Miami Fusion FC in his first full season, including 15 wins and five shutouts … Posted a 15-5-5 record and 1.29 GAA, numbers that helped Miami garner the 2001 Supporters Shield … 2000: Made five saves and recorded a shutout in his MLS debut for Miami Fusion FC … Finalist for the Nickelodeon GAS Play of the Year for a one-handed save on D.C.’s Bobby Convey’s shot on August 5 … Posted a 2-1-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and made a PK save in the Final on October 21 at Chicago.

Lives in Salt Lake City with wife Jacqui, son Jett Nicholas and daughter Benny Rose … Enjoys going to local parks with his two dogs, Cassius and Marley … Parents are Marcus and Rose … Works with “No More Homeless Pets in Utah” … Loves going to concerts in the offseason and lists his favorite music as Punk Rock and Alternative.
Finished his three years at UCLA with a 0.67 GAA, the second-best mark in Bruin history … In 1999, he received NSCAA All-Far West First-Team and College Soccer Online All-American Honorable Mention honors … Tallied 19 wins in 22 games while maintaining a 0.78 GAA in helping UCLA reach the NCAA College Cup Semifinals.
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