The U.S. Men’s National Team has a rich history in the Boston area, playing a combined 24 times in nearby Foxborough, Mass.
The current roster also has three players with three different ties to the area.
Defender Geoff Cameron hails from 20 minutes south of the site of Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Attleboro, Mass. Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya starred for two years at Boston College, while Jermaine Jones has just completed his first year as a member of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.
Though their ties to the area vary, all three are proud to be representing the National Team in a place they’ve all called home.
“I grew up watching a lot of soccer here,” said Cameron, who estimated he’d need approximately 60 tickets for Tuesday’s match. “It’s my first experience playing here with the National Team after seeing them play here a bunch of times in the past. To do it front of your family and friends is really special.”
Along with going to National Team matches, Cameron grew up watching the New England Revolution, looking to former U.S. international Joe-Max Moore as an inspiration for a career in the game. Along with professional inspiration, Cameron credited the diversity of the area with helping him progress in the game.
“You have cultures from all over – Portugal, Guatemala, Cambodia to Mexico,” he said. “It’s a multicultural city, and for me I think that’s kind of played to my style. It’s developed me as a player. I developed playing for Bayside United and the Boston Bolts – two clubs that are big in this area and I think they’ve developed a lot of players to reach further in the game.”
“What sticks out the most is living the college life,” he said. “At BC, all the student athletes had to live on campus, so I was always there and just being a young college kid. It’s a whole other world. In Europe guys are on a strict developmental path and turn pro at a younger age. Being around such smart people helped me prepare for the life that comes with being a professional. Going to Europe, I was prepared to make that jump by because I went to BC.”
Away from the field, Bedoya liked to hit up the area around Fenway Park and Quincy Market and get Italian food in the city’s North End neighborhood.
“After you eat Italian in the North End, you’d go get dessert at Mike’s Pastry,” he said of the legendary pastry shop. “Boston is a great city. Things have changed a little bit, but coming back from Europe, it has that sort of European feel to it. I love being back in such a great city.”
Jermaine Jones has spent less time than either Cameron or Bedoya in the Boston area. In fact, it’s been just over a year since the veteran midfielder made a highly publicized move the Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution last August. His presence was felt almost immediately, helping a club that went on an eight-game losing streak rebound and come within one win of its first MLS Cup last season.
“Since I’ve been here, everybody has been good to me,” he told ussoccer.com “I can only say good stuff about Boston and New England.”
Slated to play his first MNT match as a member of the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in this summer’s Gold Cup, Jones instead missed the tournament due to a groin injury.
“It was tough not being able to help the team in the Gold Cup,” he said. “I watched on TV and I was at the stadium for the Haiti game. It’s sad to sit outside and you cannot help the guys and you have to watch the game where you want to be. It’s part of the game and you have to get through that. Now I’m back, I’m happy to be around the boys and helping the team.”
Having returned to the National Team picture and continuing to gain in fitness, Jones is proud to have the reward to represent the National Team in his home stadium, and to do so against an opponent with the quality of Brazil.
“To come back and play in that stadium where I play every two weeks, it’s amazing. It’s good for my club team too. I come back, the National Team comes and I’m the one player on the New England Revolution on the U.S. team. We know it’s a tough game against Brazil, but this is the games that you want, to play against the best players and see what happens.”
RFK Stadium History
Though originally built in 1961 to house Washington, D.C.’s National Football League and Major League Baseball teams, RFK Stadium has become a cathedral of sorts for soccer in the United States.
Having served as a host venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympics, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups, RFK has been a center piece of international soccer in the United States for more than two decades.
Outside those competitions, the U.S. MNT has its own storied history at the venue that dates back to a 1-1 draw with China on Oct. 6, 1977. The 22 Men’s National Team matches hosted at the old ground are more than any other stadium, and along the way some very memorable MNT moments have been made.
Here’s a few:
- Former captain Claudio Reyna’s standout arrival on the international scene in a 4-0 win over Mexico at the 1995 U.S. Cup.
- Joe-Max Moore’s late blast in a 1-0 upset over Argentina in 1999.
- Important World Cup qualifying victories against Guatemala in 1996 and 2000.
- Jonathan Bornstein’s dramatic stoppage time equalizer to eliminate Costa Rica from World Cup qualifying in 2009.
- And most recently, the team’s 4-3 win over then No. 2-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s 2013 Centennial Celebration match.
Check out some of the best moments throughout the years at RFK Stadium.
CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the initial 23-player roster that will gather for friendlies against Peru and Brazil in the final preparation games before the decisive Oct. 10 playoff against Mexico at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The U.S. faces Peru, which finished third in Copa America this summer, on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (7 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network) and four days later meets five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (8 p.m. ET; ESPN Networks, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).
“The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now,” said Klinsmann. “Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10. Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”
A total of 15 players from the group were a part of the team that represented the United States this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 12 join from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The roster is loaded with experience, boasting an average of nearly 27 caps. Three players have 50 or more appearances, while only five have 10 caps or less.
Matt Besler and Jermaine Jones could see action for the first time since February and fellow 2014 World Cup teammates Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard are back in the mix for the first time in 2015. Meantime, SV Sandhausen forward Andrew Wooten will make his first appearance in an MNT camp, the 25-year-old having scored five goals in the first five games this season.
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley and Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey will be added to the U.S. roster for the match against Brazil, and goalkeeper William Yarbrough will return to his club and be replaced by Chicago Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson. Any additional changes will be determined following the game against Peru.
U.S. Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
While the MNT works on the east coast, the U-23 Men’s National Team will hold a camp of its own in England, where it will play both England and Qatar in its final preparation before it competes for a spot in the 2015 Olympic Games in Rio at the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, which runs from Oct. 1-13 in the United States.
- Six different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, John Brooks, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, Danny Williams and Gyasi Zardes
- Brad Guzan earned Golden Glove honors as the top goalkeeper at this summer’s Gold Cup. He has posted a 7-2-3 record since September of last year.
- DaMarcus Beasley aggravated a right calf injury on Aug. 29 in a 2-0 win for Houston Dynamo and is not available for selection.
- Gyasi Zardes was called in for his first MNT camp in January and has appeared in 13 games in 2015, starting in 10. The LA Galaxy forward has scored twice and assisted on three goals for the United States
- Bobby Wood was given the summer off to settle in with his new German club, Union Berlin. Wood has started all three of the team’s 2 Bundesliga games and scored his first goal on Aug. 16. The Hawaii-native scored late game-winners in back-to-back appearances in June, burying a goal in the 90th minute against Netherlands and following up with another against Germany five days later.
- The last time Tim Howard was on the field for the USA, he made 15 saves in the MNT’s Round of 16 matchup with Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
- Matt Besler is back in the mix for the first time since the Feb. 8 win against Panama. Besler is the captain of MLS club Sporting KC and is one of three MNT players on this roster – along with Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones - to have appeared in all four matches in the 2014 World Cup.
- John Brooks has a pair of clutch international goals to his name. He headed in the game-winner against Ghana in the USA’s 2014 World Cup opener and scored the first of the MNT’s three second-half goals in the 4-3, comeback win against sixth-ranked Netherlands in June.
- Ventura Alvarado has appeared in seven of the last eight MNT matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. He became cap-tied to the U.S. after starting in the first match of the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and earned a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup.
- Geoff Cameron has started and played 90 minutes in all of Stoke City’s 2015 Premier League matches. He last appeared for the MNT on Nov. 18, 2014, against Ireland. The game against Brazil will be a homecoming of sorts for the center back, who was born and raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
- Michael Orozco returns to the MNT for the first time since June. Orozco – who moved to Club Tijuana this summer - came on in the second half of the game against Netherlands, where he played a part in the MNT’s comeback win.
- Tim Ream, who recently completed a transfer to Fulham, earned honors as the Player of the Year for his former club Bolton in each of the last two seasons.
- Jermaine Jones has recovered from the injury that kept him out of this summer’s Gold Cup and is back with the MNT for the first time since February.
- Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany last year and its subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga. Morales, who holds Peruvian citizenship through his father, has started in each of the team’s first three matches.
- Yedlin has appeared in 13 of the 14 MNT matches in 2015 and has tallied three assists, which ties for second on the team with Gyasi Zardes, behind Michael Bradley’s five.
- Jozy Altidore has two goals and an assist this year with the MNT. The Toronto FC forward was with the U.S. for the group stage of the Gold Cup. In six appearances with Toronto since the summer tournament he has scored three goals.
- Aron Johannsson recently completed a transfer from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar to Bundesliga team Werder Bremen. In his final season with AZ, he recorded four goals in the team’s last three matches to help the team snatch the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Johansson made his Bundesliga debut in the opening game of the season against Schalke and followed up with his first start a week later in Werder’s match against Hertha BSC.
- This will be the first camp with the senior MNT for Andrew Wooten. The German-American is off to a hot start in 2 Bundesliga at SV Sandhausen, having scored five goals in five games.
Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second half, the U.S. came out quickly on the attack and Michael Bradley scored his second goal of the tournament to cut the Jamaica in half. Chances continued to come for the MNT, but none found the net, and when the final whistle blew, it signaled the USA’s first loss to Jamaica in Gold Cup play.
Jamaica led at the break after two quick goals from set pieces late in the first half. Darren Mattocks headed home a long throw in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes doubled the lead five minutes later with a free kick from just outside of the box.
The USA will play either Panama or Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday, July 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The broadcast information on the semifinal is still to be determined.
The MNT will also face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The one-game playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute: A long throw in from Kemar Lawrence found Mattocks in the center of the box, where he rose highest and flicked a header to the back post. The ball floated over diving U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan and bounced in off the post. USA 0, JAM 1
JAM – Giles Barnes 36th minute: Brad Guzan was whistled for a handball after he was deemed to have advanced out of the penalty area. Jamaica was awarded a free kick on the right side of the box and Barnes stepped up to take the kick, curling it over the wall and in at the near post to put Jamaica up by a pair. USA 0, JAM 2
USA – Michael Bradley 48th minute: Just after the restart, the ball was played into Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. He took a turn and fired at Jamaica’s goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who batted it down in front of him. Dempsey followed and got a shot away before Michael Bradley followed up for the third time to tap it home from eight yards.USA 1, JAM 2 (SEE GOAL ) (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 30th minute: Fabian Johnson barreled down the left side on the attack and made a sharp cut in to his right, crossing his defender and freeing himself for a shot. Johnson placed a shot toward the far post, but Thompson dove to his left to deflect it away.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 44th minute: Alejandro Bedoya threaded a pass to Clint Dempsey in the box, who shielded a man away and ripped a shot with his left foot. Thompson came out and smothered the shot.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 57th minute: USA captain Bradley turned on the edge of the area and blasted a vicious swerving drive toward goal. Thompson was momentarily fooled but managed to get his body behind the shot, deflecting it off his chest and off the post to preserve the lead.
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 71st minute: Brad Evans sent a long throw in into the box, which John Brooks Reached with a header. Brooks’ header went on frame, but Thompson dove to stop it.
- With his goal U.S. captain Michael Bradley became the fourth player with 15 goals & 15 assists for the #USMNT (Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda)
- With tonight’s start, Bradley ties goalkeeper Tim Howard for 11th on the all-time MNT cap list with 104 appearances.
- Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 50th all-time appearance for the USA in tonight’s match.
- U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup from the Cuba Quarterfinal match: John Brooks returned to central defense after serving a one-game suspension, while Brad Evans stepped in at right back.
- Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan continued as the lone U.S. players to start all five matches of the tournament.
- The start was the first for Evans since the second Gold Cup group match, a 1-0 victory against Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
- The MNT is now 13-2-8 all-time against Jamaica and is 10-1-3 against the Reggae Boyz at home. The U.S. record against Jamaica in the Gold Cup falls to 3-1-0.
- The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time in Atlanta.
- The loss was the first for the MNT under Jurgen Klinsmann in the Gold Cup.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: July 22, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue: Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
JAM 2 0 2
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute
JAM – Giles Barnes 36
USA – Michael Bradley 48
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67) , 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary, 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff,
15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Sub Not Used: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 16-Joel Grant, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution) 45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 88
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA
A pacey winger with technical ability, positional savvy and the ability to set-up or strike a goal, Bedoya has steadily risen to prominence with both club and country since joining Scottish Premier League side Rangers in 2011. Following his prominent role at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, he has emerged as one of the key players in the new cycle. He was part of the USA’s preliminary 30-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but did not make the trip to South Africa. In 2011, Bedoya parlayed an impressive showing during the USA’s run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final into his career-launching move to Rangers and was again a driving force for the USA’s Gold Cup run in 2013, as he scored his first international goal in a warm-up friendly against Guatemala and supplied the winning assist to Brek Shea in the final against Panama to help the U.S. claim its fifth tournament title.
- Played in all four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, starting three
- A finalist for the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award
- Started nine of 12 matches for the U.S. in 2013, including playing a pivotal role in the team’s capture of the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and finishing atop its World Cup qualifying group for the third consecutive cycle
- Put himself on the map in 2011 with an eye-catching performance at the Gold Cup, helping the U.S. reach the tournament final
- Trained with both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams while still in school at Boston College
- Extended his contract with Nantes in Ligue 1 through the 2018-19 season
2015: Named to 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Has played and started in two games this year... Made his first start of the year against Switzerland in a friendly on March 31... 2014: Made a single year career-high 11 starts, and equaled his highest number of appearances (12) in a year … Started three matches in the World Cup, including the Round of 16 game against Belgium … Appeared in all three of the group stage matches, starting the opener for the U.S. against Ghana on June 16 and the second game against Portugal on June 22, and coming on as a second-half sub against Germany ... Scored the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague … 2013: Had a breakout year, starting nine of the 12 matches he appeared in and scoring his first international goal in a 6-0 friendly win against Guatemala in a warm up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup … Started three of the USA’s final four games at the Gold Cup and served up the winning assist (his first for the U.S. MNT) to Break Shea in the final against Panama to help the team secure its fifth tournament title … Started five of the team’s final six matches of the year, including the first three World Cup Qualifiers of his career … 2012: Did not feature for the MNT … 2011: Made seven appearances for the USA including five straight in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the final three of which were starts … Played in a pair of friendlies against Chile and Spain … 2010: Received his first cap with the U.S. MNT on Jan. 23, coming on as a second half sub in a 3-1 loss to Honduras … Went on to make five more appearances for the U.S., including his first start on Aug. 10 against Brazil … First Appearance: Jan. 23, 2010, vs. Honduras … First Goal: July 6, 2013, vs. Guatemala
2014: Earning a regular role, he finished the 2013-14 campaign with 31 appearances and five goals … Scored a cracker against league leaders PSG on Dec. 6 … 2013: Joined newly promoted Nantes in France … Made Ligue 1 debut against PSG … 2012: Finished the 2011-2012 Scottish Premier League season with Rangers … As the Glasgow club entered administration, took short term deal with Helsingborg of Sweden … Scored two goals in the UEFA Europa League action with Swedish club … 2011: Joined Glasgow Rangers from Orebro … Made his league debut on Aug. 28 … 2010-2009: Joined Orebro of Sweden, making his club debut on April 6, 2009
Was a two-time All-American (2007, 2008) at Boston College after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson University … Voted first team All-ACC as a senior after posting six goals and seven assists and was one of the 15 initial finalists for the MAC Herman Trophy … Played in and started all 21 games for BC as a junior …
Date of Birth
Apr 29, 1987