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Klinsmann Calls in 24 Players for Training Camp in Preparation for March 5 Match Against Ukraine in Cyprus

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country. Kickoff at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

“In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have moved the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate the efforts of Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association as we worked through this situation.”

The last time the U.S. Men’s National Team played an international friendly on neutral ground was against Poland on March 1, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a goal from current U.S. captain Clint Dempsey sealed a 1-0 USA victory.

“Finding a solution and moving the game outside the country and playing in Cyprus is helpful for both of us,” said Klinsmann. “It’s definitely a very good ‘Plan B,’ and we very much appreciate it and say thank you to the Ukraine Federation and the Cyprus Federation.

The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making this the one opportunity for European-based players to play for the National Team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp. The team will begin gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2, for two days of training before traveling to play for the first time in Cyprus.

“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”

A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams. In addition, 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clint Dempsey finished with six goals in 2013, which equals a career high that he set last year. He is concluding a two-month loan spell with Fulham and will return to Seattle following the match against Ukraine.
  • Tim Howard has earned 96 caps and is four shy of becoming the third goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach 100 appearances. He also has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola.
  • Jozy Altidore had eight goals in 2013 and has 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five consecutive games, and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar. Altidore’s Sunderland side faces Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 22 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA’s last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia.
  • Terrence Boyd has 13 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna in this campaign, including eight in the Austrian Bundesliga and five in the Europa League.
  • Mix Diskerud is the only player on the roster to participate in the USA’s opening match of 2014, a 2-0 win against Korea Republic. He has appeared in 14 of the USA’s last 15 matches dating back to July 5, 2013, against Guatemala. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 13-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
  • Geoff Cameron has snatched the regular role as right back at Stoke City, starting in 26 of 27 games in the Premier League this season. Having played as a central and wide defender as well in central midfield for the USA, he started in a total of six matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Brad Guzan backstopped three huge results in qualifying in 2013, collecting back-to-back clean sheets against Costa Rica in the Snow Clasico and the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico four days later, and then helping the U.S. to a 3-2 win against Panama in the final game of the Hexagonal. He has posted five shutouts in eight career World Cup qualifiers.
  • Jermaine Jones joins the squad for the first time since moving to Besiktas on loan in January, although a groin issue has prevented him from seeing action so far in Istanbul.
  • Midfielder Fabian Johnson has secured a move next season from Hoffenheim to Borussia Moenchengladbach – the former club of Michael Bradley.
  • Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his third look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made two previous appearances, having started in the win against Bosnia and the game in Austria.
  • Alejandro Bedoya, who transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France last summer, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
  • Oguchi Onyewu returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since being a part of the squad that won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup last July.
  • Tim Ream, a regular starter at Bolton, gets his first call up since the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August.
  • It has been more than a year since Reading midfielder Danny Williams saw action for the U.S., having last earned minutes in the 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in San Pedro Sula. He has started the last 15 league games for Reading and has scored twice this month.
  • Will Packwood has the chance to earn his first cap for the Senior National Team. The 20-year-old defender plays alongside Jonathan Spector at Birmingham City. A leg injury prevented Packwood from participating in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

Another weekend will see a smattering of U.S. Men’s National Team players take the field across Europe and south of the Rio Grande as well. Only a few matches featuring U.S. players will be broadcast on TV in the States, but the offering of do-or-die FA Cup matches in England and a chance for Puebla to knock off Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul offer an excellent opportunity to scout a handful of players that will also be playing to earn a call up to the U.S. squad for its next friendly on March 5 against Ukraine in Kharkiv.

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

SATURDAY
FOX Sports 2
SUNDERLAND-SOUTHAMPTON (live) 7:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Jozy Altidore

FOX SoccerPlus
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY-CHARLTON ATHLETIC (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Oguchi Onyewu

beIN SPORTS Play
NICE-NANTES (live) 1:45 p.m. (Ligue 1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Univision
CRUZ AZUL-PUEBLA (live) 6 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

SUNDAY
FOX Sports 1
EVERTON-SWANSEA (live) 8:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Tim Howard

FOX Soccer Plus
SHEFFIELD UNITED-NOTTINGHAM FOREST (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Eric Lichaj

beIN SPORTS
QPR-READING (delay) 1 p.m. (English League Championship)
Danny Williams

MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

The countdown clock continues to tick as the May deadline for FIFA World Cup-bound nations to submit their preliminary 30-man tournament rosters draws ever closer. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stating that, “The door remains open till the very last day,” for U.S. players in leagues all over the world, so the pressure to put in eye-catching performances increases with each match.

While, MLS-based players are gearing up for the domestic season, players abroad find themselves beginning their club campaigns in Mexico or cutting through the meat of seasons across Europe. With games taking place all over the globe from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Klinsmann and his staff will fan out across Europe to take in a couple games in person.

On Saturday, some of the coaches will pay a visit to Nurnberg to watch defender Timmy Chandler lace up his boots for a go-round with visiting Bayern Munich. GolTV will air the match live at 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

A second group will set up shop at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England, to check out Geoff Cameron and visiting Stoke City battle the Saints. The match will be available live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans who wish to do some scouting of their own can check out the following list of games that will be broadcast in the United States this weekend, featuring up to 13 U.S. MNT players who will be looking to impress as the competition for a World Cup roster spot continues to heat up:

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

FRIDAY
ESPN Deportes
TIJUANA-MONTERREY (live) 10:30 p.m. (Liga MX)
Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez

SATURDAY
GolTV
NÜRNBERG-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 9:30 a.m. (Bundesliga)
Timmy Chandler

NBC Sports Live Extra
SOUTHAMPTON-STOKE CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Geoff Cameron

ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Brad Guzan

SUNDERLAND-HULL CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Jozy Altidore

SUNDAY
USA Network
TOTTENHAM-EVERTON (live) 8:30 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Tim Howard

USA NETWORK, mun2
MANCHESTER UNITED-FULHAM (live) 11 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Clint Dempsey

ESPN Deportes
PUEBLA-CHIVAS (live) 1 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

GolTV
SCHALKE-HANNOVER (live) 11:30 p.m. (Bundesliga)
Steve Cherundolo

MONDAY
beIN SPORTS

NANTES-LYON (delay) 12:30 p.m. (League1)
Alejandro Bedoya

MNT Weekend Rewind: Jermaine Back on the Board, Cherundolo Back in Action

This past weekend, numerous U.S. Men’s National Team players put in positive performances for clubs across Europe. From scoring goals to not allowing them and everything in between, here’s a rundown of notable performances by Yanks abroad.

Highlights of the weekend action from MNT players abroad:

  • Jermaine Jones hit a cannon of a shot that provided the insurance for Schalke in a 3-0 win against Stuttgart. The goal was the first for Jones in a Schalke uniform since he tallied against Galatasary in the Champions League last February, and his first in league play since September of 2012.
  • Steve Cherundolo returned to the field for the first time since May, entering as a substitute as Hannover posted a 2-0 shutout against Frankfurt.
  • Speaking of first minutes, Brek Shea earned his first Premier League action of the campaign when he played the final 30 minutes for Stoke City in their 4-0 loss at Everton.
  • Tim Howard collected his seventh shutout of the campaign, equaling the current English Premier League best mark, as Everton now sits fifth place in the table.
  • Michael Bradley started for Roma in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta, which kept his side in second place. Bradley has now appeared in all but one Serie A match for which he was available this season.

The coming week promises to deliver more action for U.S. MNT players as there are a bevy of mid-week English Premier League matches on NBCSN Live Extra, including Howard and Everton visiting Manchester United (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET), Shea and his Stoke City teammate Geoff Cameron hosting Cardiff City (Wednesday, 2:45 ET) and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland welcoming Chelsea to the Stadium of Light (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET.).

Across the Channel, Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes face a double-game week, first welcoming Valenciennes to Bretagne before traveling to Marseille on Friday (4:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sport).

A chance for silverware will be on hand when Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting Kansas City take on Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake in the 18th edition of MLS Cup, which will air Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and UniMas.

U.S. Men’s National Team Q & A: Thanksgiving Special Edition

DaMarcus Beasley : “It’s a Beasley Affair! There’s a lot of food, a lot of drinks, a lot of card playing, a lot of games. We do a lot of different things. One of the favorite games we play is Spades. We do the kids against the grown-ups. I’m a kid now, so that’s always fun to see who wins and who has bragging rights for the night.

“Usually the whole family gets together. We have aunts and uncles around. Everybody brings their own dish. My mom, everyone knows, is famous for macaroni and cheese. Our favorite part of the meal is macaroni and cheese. My mom would kill me if I didn’t say that any way! It’s definitely my favorite part. She doesn’t cook it very often now, but when she has a chance to, it truly is the best.

“We eat, we sleep, usually at my aunt or uncle’s house and then we wake up and eat again. We get there around 2 p.m., food is served around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. We don’t leave the house until around midnight. It’s a great day watching football, playing cards and eating. It’s really a time to be with family and I enjoy that.”

Alejandro Bedoya : “Being a Latino family, a bunch of Colombians running around cooking and playing some good music and the smell of all these different types of spices and all this good food are my memories of the holidays. My mom’s stuffing and her cinnamon sweet potato is amazing. I can just imagine what it would be like to smell that right now and just eating everything!

“I remember last year during my time at Rangers I was able to have Thanksgiving with Carlos Bocanegra and Mo Edu. That was the best Thanksgiving outside of the [United] States I’ve ever had. Other than that, it’s just me trying to cook myself a meal and it’s not the best.”

Terrence Boyd : “I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving that much since I grew up in Germany, but last Thanksgiving me and my friends tried to cook something. The problem was we couldn’t cook, so the turkey was so bad we ended up eating at a restaurant. It wasn’t good, but at least we tried it.”

Michael Bradley : “Like everybody, you use the holidays for family time, to spend time with one another. Especially for us, given everybody’s busy schedules, different parts of our family are in different parts across the world, any chance that we get to spend time with each other is really special.

“Growing up for us, Thanksgiving dinner was always earlier in the day around lunch time. Then you got out to play and get around, then come back later in the evening for turkey sandwiches. That’s a little something we used to do.”

Geoff Cameron : “It’s always different because usually I’m away playing football or I was in Houston or college. It’s tough to get home for the holidays, but it’s been great the last couple years. My parents have come out along with my girlfriend’s parents and we’ve had a little English Thanksgiving holiday.

“My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal has to be my dad’s homemade rice pilaf and twice backed stuffed potatoes.”

Brad Evans : “Mostly our family tradition is spending good quality time, good meals, a little bit of drink, presents, just good quality time together. My favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is definitely turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s the kind of guy I am.”

Chris Wondolowski : “It’s always fun. There’s a lot of family throughout. I have two sets of parents, so I always go there. Then I have in-laws now too, so I always do a big Thanksgiving dinner over there. That’s usually our go to.

“Favorite part of the meal? I’m going to go with my mother-in-law’s stuffed mushrooms. They’re amazing! Mushrooms with bread crumbs and all other sorts of goodness."

Glasgow Connections

Like Beasley and Bedoya, U.S. MNT goalkeeper coach Chris Woods is a former Ranger. He signed with the club in 1986, and won both the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup in his first season. During that same campaign, Woods played 1,196 minutes from November to January without conceding a goal, setting a new British record. By the time he left Rangers in 1991, he had won the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup an additional three times each. He was teammates with current Rangers manager and former Scottish international Ally McCoist.

For U.S. assistant Andi Herzog, the pitch at Hampden Park is the spot on which he bid farewell to his career with the Austrian National Team. The former captain made the final of his team record 103 appearances in Austria’s 2-0 win against Scotland on April 30, 2003. The two-time World Cup veteran finished with 26 international goals to his credit.

Jurgen Klinsmann took the field for Germany in a friendly against Scotland on March 26, 1993, at Hampden Park. In front of 36,400 fans, the visitors won 1-0 on a goal from Karl Heinze Reidle. The U.S. boss also played against Scotland in the 1992 European Championship group phase in Sweden, going 90 minutes in a 2-0 win.

Perhaps no other U.S. player improved his standing so much in 2010 as Bedoya, going from a rookie in January camp to making the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A speedy winger with good technique and a great shot from distance, Bedoya has completed two seasons in Sweden after twice being named a finalist for the MAC Hermann trophy award as the nation’s top collegiate player in 2009.

  • Debuted for national team in 2010 and made six appearances
  • Got his first start on Aug. 10 against Brazil, and again in the 1-0 victory against South Africa
  • Helped Örebro qualify for the Europa League after they finished third in Sweden’s Allsvenskan

2010: Named to the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and participating in the training camp in Princeton, N.J. … Played against the Czech Republic on May 25 as part of the World Cup Send-Off Series … Earned his first international start against Brazil on Aug 10 … Started against South Africa in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town … Won his first cap in the January match against Honduras at The Home Depot Center ... Under-23s: Called in for a January 2008 training camp as the team was preparing for Olympic qualifying … First Appearance: Jan. 23, 2010 vs. Honduras … First Goal: None.

2010: Earned a regular starting spot in his second season, finishing 2010 campaign with 26 starts in league matches and scoring two goals …Tallied the game-winner in the 1-0 win against IF Brommapojkarna on April 15 … 2009: Officially joined Örebro SK on Jan. 7 … Made professional debut on April 6 against Djurgården … 2008: Signed a contract with Allsvenskan club Örebro SK.

 

Earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the Carroll School of Management in May 2009 … Earned Senior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors at Boston College’s All-Sports Banquet in May 2009 … Born to Colombian parents … His father, Adriano, played professional soccer in Colombia, as did his grandfather, Fabio ... His sister, Marcela, and brother, Santiago, both played collegiate sports ... Enjoys playing tennis, basketball and football in the offseason.

One of three players in Boston College program history to earn All-America honors twice ... As a senior in 2009 was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy recognizing the top player in college soccer ... Earned NSCAA All-America second-team honors; also received NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region first-team recognition ... Captured College Soccer News All-America second-team honors ... Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team recognition.

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