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MNT Falls to Jamaica in Gold Cup Semifinal

ATLANTA (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from the 2015 Gold Cup Wednesday night after a 2-1 Semifinal loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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.

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Third-Place Game
Location: PPL Park – Chester, Pa.
Opponent: TBD
Broadcast information:  TBD 
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram  

Milestone Watch:

  • 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.

Additional Notes:

  • 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 –

Match:  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
Attendance:  TBA
Weather:  indoor

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

Lineups:
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

JAM: 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

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution)      31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution)     45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)      88

Officials: 
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

Highlights: USA Rolls Cuba on March to Gold Cup Semifinals

The U.S. Men's National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.

USA Cruises Past Cuba with 6-0 Win in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

BALTIMORE (July 18, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team dominated its Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium, winning 6-0 to punch its ticket to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals.

Clint Dempsey tallied a hat trick, Aron Johannsson, Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez also scored for the MNT, with Gonzalez’s goal the first of his international career. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and the U.S. MNT backline earned their second shutout of the tournament. 

The MNT improved its Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1 and extended its record to 6-0-0 against Cuba in the regional tournament. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament. 

The USA continues its title defense on Wednesday, July 22, in the tournament Semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica. The Semifinal will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1 and UniMas. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute: The U.S. struck first in the game’s early minutes. From the right side, Timmy Chandler curled a left-footed ball in to Clint Dempsey, who out-jumped his defender and headed it over Cuba’s diving ‘keeper for the early advantage. USA 1, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson) 15th minute:  Just over 10 minutes after collecting the match’s opening score, the U.S. doubled up with Zardes’ first-career Gold Cup goal. Fabian Johnson set it up with a spinning cross from the left that found Zardes on the right. Zardes hit a side-footed volley out of the air and into the goal. USA 2, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32nd minute:  Bradley hit a perfect lofted ball into the Cuba half from behind the midfield line. Johannsson sprinted to get to it, and Cuba goalkeeper Diosvelis Guerra was caught in a position where he couldn’t converge and tried to break down and defend. Johannsson sensing the hesitation, gracefully chipped the ball into the goal for the USA”s third tally of the half. USA 3, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson) 45th minute:  From a corner kick Michael Bradley sent the ball to the far post. As it bent toward the endline Johannsson rose and headed it back through the box. Omar Gonzalez reached it first and finished for his first international goal and the USA’s fourth of the game.  USA 4, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty) 64th minute: Brad Evans played a beautiful ball into Aron Johannsson, who was dragged down in the box by Cuban defender Angel Horta to set up a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and confidently clipped it down the middle for his fifth goal of the tournament. USA 5, CUB 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley) 78th minute: Michael Bradley played the architect, knifing through the Cuban defense and into the box, before threading a ball back across to Dempsey. Dempsey jetted over to it and slammed it into the net complete his hat trick. USA 6, CUB 0 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL) 

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Semifinal
Location: Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Georgia
Opponent: Jamaica
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, UniMas
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp); FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. He is the current golden boot leader. He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.
  • Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history: Brian McBride - 1/27/02 QF v. SLV; Landon Donovan (4) - 7/19/03 QF v. Cuba; Chris Wondolowski - 7/9/13 v. Belize
  • Omar Gonzalez’s goal was the first of his international career.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored his second goal of 2015 and his first in a Gold Cup.
  • Aron Johannsson’s goal was his first in a Gold Cup and his second in 2015 with his first coming against Denmark on March 25 in Arhus.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 12th career shutout and his second in this tournament.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. captain Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan made their fourth straight starts of the 2015 Gold Cup.
  • After missing the first two matches of the tournament, Alejandro Bedoya made his second straight start.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson was the third different combination used in the team’s four Gold Cup matches.
  • Clint Dempsey now has five career goals against Cuba. He also tallied in the team’s 4-1 win in the 2005 Gold Cup opener and the 1-0 shutout win in a World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 6, 2008 in Havana.
  • Eight U.S. players made their first-ever appearance in a Gold Cup Quarterfinal as well as against Cuba: Alvarado, Bedoya, Chandler, Gonzalez, Aron Johannsson, Johnson, Guzan and Gyasi Zardes.
  • This was the first time the USMNT scored 4 goals in a first half or led by four at half since Dec. 1993 vs El Salvador.
  • The last time the MNT scored four goals in one half of a competitive match was in a World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on Oct. 11, 2008. The USA scored four second-half goals in a 6-1 win at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. that clenched the team a berth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-0-1 in Quarterfinal matches and 20-6-4 in knockout matches all-time in the Gold Cup.
  • The MNT is 8-1-1 all-time against Cuba and a perfect 6-0-0 in Gold Cup matches. The U.S. is currently on an eight-match winning streak against the island nation, dating back to Sept. 21, 1949. 

Behind The Crest: Ep. 4 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After topping Group A, the U.S. MNT travels to Baltimore before kicking off the knockout stage against Cuba. The team takes advantage of three allowed roster changes at this stage and DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona, and Alan Gordan join the team with five days to prepare for the quarterfinal match.

#USAvPAN: Post Game Quotes

Postgame Quote Sheet
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Gold Cup Group Stage

July 13, 2015

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

On the match:
“I think it was a very intense match and I think that for the fact that it was the third match in six days, it was actually very good quality you saw from both sides. I think Panama was a little bit stronger in the first half, and we came out at halftime and pretty much controlled the second half.  I think it’s a fair result and we finish off the group with seven points and first place and moving on. It’s been a very difficult group, which is what we always said. When the groups were given to us, we said ‘Wow, having Honduras, Panama and then a huge surprise to some people in Haiti,’ there’s a lot of quality in this group and we’re top of it. To both teams, a huge compliment with how the game played out today. Do we want to win the game? Yes, but I think it’s a fair result.”

On the play of the center backs:
“I think it was very difficult for them. The early yellow card on John Brooks wasn’t easy to handle for him. You get a yellow card in the first half and know you’re out the next game and you still have a long time to play the game. The longer the game went on, the more the personality developed and they became stronger. This is the growing path you want to see from these young center backs. Overall it was a game that went back and forth – both teams could have won it with opportunities, but overall it was fine.”

On where the team needs to improve:
“I think we’re just getting our feet into the tournament. The tournament pretty much starts now at the knockout stage. To go through this group and make sure you have seven points at the end of the day is a lot of work. What the players went through under those conditions, and all the teams obviously, is a lot of work. They did it strongly, they gave everything they had, all four teams and it’s been a tough round. Now it’s really getting to the serious stuff. The knockout stage is what a tournament is all about. It’s a process we’re in. We can improve still a lot absolutely, and that’s what we’re working on.”

“You can take the game apart and see that here and there that we don’t have the passing rhythm yet that we wish to have. When things get a bit difficult, we make easy mistakes and give some turnovers away. There’s always something that you see that you want to see differently. Overall, the attitude is tremendous, the spirit in the group is good and they all know we’re going to grow from game to game and that’s what the tournament is all about. I’m pretty happy with where we’re at right now, but I know the next one will be more difficult.”

On whether Graham Zusi would have been able to play:
“He would have been able, but we didn’t want to risk him.”

On what John Brooks suspension means for the next game:
“I think that was the good thing about rotating the group throughout the first three games because we wanted to get everybody into this tournament with minutes, like Alejandro Bedoya and Alfredo Morales today. We needed to see where they were. When you have those situations with two yellows and suspended for the next game, you know you’ve played Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez already. They’re ready to jump in and it’s not a big deal. This was definitely an advantage in the group phase that we could already have everybody in the tournament and we don’t have a drop between the starters and the guys on the bench. I hope this will give us an advantage going forward.”

On his thoughts on the backline:
“It’s important for every player that he needs to give everything he has to stay on the field. The inner group atmosphere is about competition. We want to see them grow and take things in their own hands. That’s kind of what’s happening now, they can kind of get the message that you’re not safe, we have others that can come in if it’s a second yellow card or another issue. We were lucky in the way that we could rotate and have everyone be involved now. Going forward we believe in everyone that starts a game, no matter if he’s young or old. It’s about the quality they bring and what they deliver at the end of the day. The only way for younger players to mature, grow stronger and get better is to grow into these games and have that experience. I think both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks grew with every minute. There were some situations where they were shaky in the first half, but in the second half they cleaned it up. They were absolutely on top of things. This is a process in a tournament that never finishes with the same group that starts the tournament. We’re open to everything, but we also believe in anyone that steps on the field.”

On Alejandro Bedoya’s first game back from injury:
“I think Ale played a very good first game coming off a long break. We were very patient with his build up, we observed it day in and day out and waited until today to give it a go. After 60-65 minutes, he was pretty much done and that’s okay. You see his quality, his capability to keep the ball, to shield it and make runs and surprise the opponent. Overall his game was very positive for the fact that he hasn’t played in quite some time. We keep him building, give him a bit of a rest tomorrow and keep building him going forward.”

On roster plans for the next round:
“I have some ideas, but I have 24 hours. The coaches will sit down back at the hotel and go through the entire roster, go through every situation we want to discuss and tomorrow morning give you our reinforcements.”

MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY

On the goal and the team’s performance:
“Clint slipped a little ball out to Alejandro and he was able to play a great ball across. I was able to move from the second line and get on the end of it. It was a good team goal for us and obviously we were disappointed with the way the first half played out, but it’s all part of it. We were able to respond in a fairly positive way in the second half and at the end of the day, we’ll take our seven points and first place in the group. We’ll move on and get ready for a do-or-die game on Saturday in Baltimore.”

On the team’s preparations for the quarterfinal:
“At the moment, we recover physically and mentally. Obviously we’ll have a few more days in between games which means we’ll be able to get a little bit of training in. We’ll prepare in the best way for who our opponent is and have a group of guys that will be ready to step on the field and give everything to make sure we get to the semifinal.

On the team winning its Gold Cup group in 12 of 13 tournaments:
“Nothing comes easy in this tournament. It doesn’t matter who is in your group or what team you are. Everything gets thrown out the window pretty quickly. There are no easy games. You have to earn everything you get. We understand that going forward there will be the need to raise our game as the games get more important, but we should still feel good about finishing first in the group and putting ourselves in a good position for the quarterfinal.”

MNT midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA

On getting his first appearance following injury:
“It feels good. It was an awesome crowd and Kansas City has always done well for us. It felt good to get back in the starting lineup, and for me the most important thing was to get my match fitness up. I felt like I wasn’t fully sharp but it definitely was worth it.”

On the game-tying goal:
“We made a nice little combo and Clint Dempsey threw himself at the ball to get it wide to me. I was able to get a touch, lift my head up and see Michael making a run up the middle. I just put it across the goal to him and he was able to slide it home.”

On preparations for the team’s quarterfinal match on Saturday:
“Now we have a couple of days of longer rest than usual. I think it’s important that we recover mentally and physically, as well as look at videos. We all know we need to improve and do better, look at what we could be better and keep moving forward. The knockout round is what really matters.”

 

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

College:

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 … 

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