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U.S. MNT Kicks Off 2014 against Korea Republic at Sold-Out StubHub Center on Feb. 1

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
International Friendly
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Feb. 1, 2014

U.S. MNT KICKS OFF 2014 AGAINST KOREA REPUBLIC AT SOLD-OUT STUBHUB CENTER: With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men’s National Team will kick off this important year in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time in team history. The U.S. hosts the Korea Republic at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 1, at StubHub Center before a capacity crowd of 27,000 spectators. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. MNT is coming off a record-setting 2013 that included 16 victories and a .761 winning percentage (16-4-3 record). The team captured its fifth Gold Cup title and finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup for the third-consecutive cycle. The USA also enters 2014 with a record 12-game home winning streak.

The year-opening January camp began with 26 players on Jan. 6 at the National Training Center and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the team conducted a “dry run” for the World Cup by using the same hotel and training site it will utilize this summer. Five players returned to their clubs following the return to Los Angeles, while Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst was added to the roster.

The game against Korea is one of only two scheduled matches for the USA prior to the start of World Cup training camp in May. The U.S. will next face Ukraine on March 5 in Kharkiv, with that match falling on an international fixture date and thus allowing U.S. head coach the opportunity to select any player from the pool.

The squad is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign, as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. With roster spots still up for grabs and precious few opportunities left to impress, this game against another team that has qualified for Brazil provides a big chance for players to give Klinsmann a reason to pencil their name in to the final 23-man roster.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7):
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

5 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

TBD


Stadium Metallist; Kharkiv, Ukraine

June 16

Ghana **

6 p.m.


Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

3 p.m.


Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

12 p.m.


Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

** 2014 FIFA World Cup

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • In 2013, Landon Donovan was the U.S. Men’s National Team leader in assists (8) and tied with Jozy Altidore for the team lead in goals (8). Both marks rank second in his personal career. Donovan’s career-best yearly marks include 10 assists in 2009 and nine goals in 2007.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is coming off a career year with the MNT. In his six starts in 2013, Rimando went a perfect 6-0-0 and posted two shutouts. Rimando also allowed only four goals in 540 minutes (0.67 goals against average). For his career, Rimando has 12 caps, three clean sheets and a 9-0-0 record.
  • Midfielder Graham Zusi had a career year with the MNT, making 12 appearances in 2013. Zusi started nine games, contributed two assists and two goals, one of which eliminated Panama from World Cup qualification on Oct. 15. In second-half stoppage time, Zusi scored the game-tying goal during the USA’s eventual 3-2 victory in Panama City. Panama needed to win in order to advance to a two game playoff against Oceania champion New Zealand. Instead, Mexico advanced to the playoff and then past New Zealand to earn a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • The majority of the squad has been with the group for the duration of January, including a two-week “dry run” for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Following that portion of the schedule, Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall returned to their clubs. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to the roster for the Los Angeles camp and international friendly against South Korea.
  • The 29-year-old Parkhurst returned to MLS in mid-January after seeing limited playing time with FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. Columbus traded a 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution for Parkhurst’s rights. Parkhurst was the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 MLS Defender of the Year for the Revolution.
  • Four players currently with the team are in search of their first cap for the MNT: Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin and Portland Timbers defender Michael Harrington.
  • Gil and Yedlin were members of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Both players started in all three games, with Gil scoring a goal in the opener against Spain. Though the USA did not advance through the proverbial Group of Death that included Spain, France and Ghana, the U.S. U-20s did earn a 1-1 draw against France, which was the eventual World Cup champion. Ghana took third place.
  • San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was third on the USA’s goal scoring list in 2013 with the first six goals of his international career in nine appearances. Heading into the year, Wondolowski did not have a goal in eight appearances from 2011-12. Wondolowski’s signature event of 2013 was the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he tied with Donovan for the team lead with five goals. Wondolowski scored three goals during the USA’s 6-1 victory against Belize on July 9 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., becoming the third USA player to tally a hat trick in a Gold Cup match.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Forward Landon Donovan enters 2014 needing only 10 appearances to match Cobi Jones’ career record of 164 appearances from 1992-2004. Donovan has 154 caps since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2000.
  • Donovan is the all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57), points (171) and starts (140).
  • Forward Eddie Johnson currently has 19 goals in 61 games. Johnson ranks eighth on the all-time goal scoring list and is two behind sixth-place Jozy Altidore and Bruce Murray (21 career goals).
  • The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
  • The U.S. MNT has won a record 12 straight games at home. The USA’s last home loss was a 4-2 defeat to Belgium on May 29, 2013, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Since that game, the USA has outscored its opponents at home by a 37-7 margin.

USA VS. KOREA REPUBLIC SERIES:

  • The U.S. is 1-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic.
  • The USA and Korea Republic meet for the first time since the group phase of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where the United States played the host to a 1-1 draw on June 10 in Daegu. The Clint Mathis delivered a wonder strike and Brad Friedel turned away a penalty kick to earn the U.S. a critical point.
  • Before the 2002 World Cup, the teams played their opening group match of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which Korea was an invited participant. A young DaMarcus Beasley scored his first international goal in the 2-1 victory on Jan. 19 in Pasadena, Calif.
  • The USA drew 1-1 against South Korea on March 12, 1994, in Fullerton, Calif., with Marcelo Balboa scoring for the U.S.
  • Korea Republic’s three victories included the following: a 1-0 victory on June 12, 1987, in Busan, Korea Republic; a 2-1 win on Aug. 13, 1989, in Los Angeles; and a 1-0 win on Dec. 9, 2001, in Seogwipo, Korea Republic.
  • John Harkes scored the USA’s lone goal in the 1989 matchup – his first international goal for the MNT.

BY THE NUMBERS:
4 Players from camp in search of their first MNT cap (Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Mike Magee, DeAndre Yedlin)
14 USA’s FIFA ranking
16 Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign
27 Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
53 Korea Republic’s FIFA ranking
57 Career goals by Landon Donovan
154 Career caps for Donovan

LOOKING TO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP:
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on June 16 in Natal. That is followed by a 6 p.m. ET match against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus and a 12 p.m. ET match on June 26 against Germany. For the full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit ussoccer.com.

Group Breakdown:

  • Group A: Brazil Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
  • Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
  • Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
  • Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
  • Group D: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
  • Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
  • Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
  • Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements in that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 27-10-7 record. He ranks fourth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Bora Milutinovic (30), Klinsmann (27) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He has won a record-setting 12 straight games at home.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, Klinsmann has guided the United States to a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:

o Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
o Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
o Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
o Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match

  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Die Mannschaft to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: KOREA REPUBLIC
Korea Football Association

Founded: 1928 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo
FIFA World Ranking: 53
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 9 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2002)

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Jung Sung-Ryong, 21-Kim Seung-Gyu, 23-Lee Bum-Young
DEFENDERS (8):
2-Jin-Po Park, 3-Kim Dae-Ho, 4-Kang Min-Soo, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 6-Kim Ju-Young, 14-Lee Yong, 16-Kim Kee-Hee, 20-Kim Jin-Su
MIDFIELDERS (10):
7-Yeom Ki-Hun, 8-Lee Ho, 12-Jin-Hyung Song, 13-Lee Myung-Joo, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Ko Yo-Han, 18-Lee Seung-Ki, 19-Kim Tae-Hwan, 22-Park Jong-Woo
FORWARDS (2):
9-Kim Shin-Wook, 11-Lee Keun-Ho

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Korea Republic has qualified for its eight straight FIFA World Cup and ninth overall when the team heads to Brazil later this year.
  • South Korea is in Group H with Belgium, Algeria and Russia.
  • South Korea has opened 2014 with a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on Jan. 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a 4-0 loss to Mexico on Jan. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
  • Striker Kim Shin-Wook scored South Korea’s lone goal against Costa Rica in the 10th minute.
  • Korea Republic played up a man for much of the second half against Costa Rica, which saw Christopher Meneses pick up a straight red card and Mauricio Castillo pick up a second yellow card in the final minutes.
  • Head coach Hong Myung-Bo is a former defender and four-time FIFA World Cup veteran from South Korea’s teams in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. He retired from soccer in 2004 when he was playing for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. Hong is the first Korean to ever play in MLS, making 38 appearances from 2003-04.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 19, 2013 – Ernst-Happel-Stadion; Vienna, Austria – International Friendly

USA 0
AUT 1 Marc Janko 33

Lineups:
USA:
1-Tim Howard (capt.); 20-Geoff Cameron (2-Eric Lichaj, 81), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (19-Chris Wondolowski, 90); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Terrence Boyd, 67); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 76), 9-Aron Johannsson (10-Mix Diskerud, 56), 21-Brek Shea (18-Eddie Johnson, 56); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 22-Bill Hamid, 6-Brad Evans, 14-Michael Orozco

Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AUT: 1-Robert Almer; 2-Gyorgy Garics, 3-Aleksandar Dragovic, 5-Christian Fuchs (capt.), 7-Marko Arnautovic (13-Markus Suttner, 81); 9-Lukas Hinterseer (14-Philipp Zulechner, 85), 11-Martin Harnik (17-Florian Klein, 81), 16-Martin Hinteregger, 18-Christoph Leitgeb (4-Kevin Wimmer, 90+2); 21-Marc Janko (19-Veli Kavlak, 68), 27-David Alaba (6-Andreas Ivanschitz, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Heinz Lindner, 23-Ramazan Ozcan, 20-Guido Burgstaller, 22-Manuel Ortlechner
Head Coach: Marcel Koller

On the field against Korea Republic:
June 10, 2002 – Daegu World Stadium; Daegu, Korea – 2002 FIFA World Cup – Group D

USA 1 Clint Mathis 24
KOR 1 Jung Hwan Ahn 78

Lineups:
USA:
1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 75), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis (15-Josh Wolff, 83), 20-Brian McBride
Subs Not Used: 3-Gregg Berhalter, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 6-David Regis, 8-Earnie Stewart, 9-Joe-Max Moore, 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Steve Cherundolo, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 18-Kasey Keller, 19-Tony Meola

KOR: 1-Woon Jae Lee; 4-Jin Cheul Choi, 20-Myung Bo Hong (capt.), 7-Tae Young Kim; 22-Chong Gug Song, 5-Nam Kim Il, 6-Sang Chul Yoo (11-Yong Soo Choi, 70), 13-Eul Yong Lee; 9-Ki Hyeon Seol, 18-Sun Hong Hwang (19-Jung Hwan Ahn, 56), 21-Ji Sung Park (14-Chun Soo Lee, 38)
Subs Not Used: 2-Young Min Hyun, 3-Sung Yong Choi, 8-Tae Uk Choi, 10-Young Pyo Lee,12-Byung Ji Kim, 15-Min Sung Lee, 16-Doo Ri Cha, 17-Jong Hwan Yoon, 23-Eun Sung Choi

Klinsmann to Bring 22 Players to Los Angeles for Final Portion of January Camp

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has finalized a 22-player roster for the last part of the January camp that will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. A total of 26 players were part of the group that began training on Jan. 7 in preparation for the match against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.

Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst has been added to the training camp roster and will join the team in Los Angeles.

The team has spent the last 12 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an opportunity to go through a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sao Paulo will be the site of the team’s base camp this summer ( Watch Now). The MNT will return to the United States on Saturday and have the weekend off before resuming training Monday.

“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”

The camp culminates with the friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Nearly 22,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4 ): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


Klinsmann Travels with 26 Players for Training Camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Team to Train at Sao Paulo FC in ‘Dry Run’ for 2014 FIFA World Cup; Camp Concludes with Friendly Against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to bring all 26 players called into the January camp on the trip to Brazil, where the team will train for 12 days as part of a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann had considered trimming the roster to 23 players, but after an excellent week of training determined that the full group would travel.

“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” said Klinsmann. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup.”

The team will be based at the training site of Sao Paulo FC, one of the premier facilities in Brazil and the host of the U.S. base camp this summer. In addition to daily sessions, the U.S. will hold two closed-door scrimmages during the visit.

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is the only game currently scheduled for the team to be played in the United States before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Klinsmann Calls 26 Players for First FIFA World Cup Preparation Camp of 2014

Roster Includes 10 Players Who Helped USA Qualify for Brazil; Camp Concludes with Friendly Against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA’s first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014.

The camp, which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, will be conducted across two continents. After six days in California, a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo from Jan. 13-25 to give the players and staff a dry run of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

The roster is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. At the other end of the spectrum, nine players will be looking to earn their first cap for the Senior Team.

“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at the StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Ten players on the camp roster appeared in World Cup qualifying matches for the USA in 2013. Graham Zusi led all players with nine appearances and was followed closely by Omar Gonzalez and Eddie Johnson, each with eight.
  • Nick Rimando backstopped the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, collecting five victories and earning a shutout in the final, a 1-0 win against Panama.
  • Landon Donovan tied for the team lead in 2013 with eight goals. He started all six games in the Gold Cup and shared Golden Boot honors with Chris Wondolowski, each scoring five times. Mix Diskerud was the only other player to make an appearance in all six Gold Cup matches.
  • Twenty-five of the 27 players on the camp roster represent 11 different Major League Soccer teams. Current MLS champion Sporting Kansas City has five total (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic and Zusi) on the roster, the most of any team.
  • Besler, Feilhaber and Zusi were all included on last year’s January camp roster, while Myers and Sinovic are both receiving their first call up to a camp with the full U.S. MNT.
  • Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Chris Klute, Shane O’Neill and DeAndre Yedlin are also all receiving their first call-up to a camp with the Senior National Team.
  • Gil, O’Neill and Yedlin were all part of the 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neil started the final two.
  • Yedlin finished third in the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year voting.
  • Mike Magee was voted the 2013 MLS MVP after scoring 21 goals. The 29-year-old was also named to the League’s Best XI alongside Besler, Gonzalez and Zusi.
  • Thirteen players were also in attendance at last year’s January camp: Kyle Beckerman, Besler, Brad Davis, Diskerud, Evans, Tally Hall, Bill Hamid, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson, Wondolowski and Zusi.
  • Prior to that camp, Besler had never appeared for a U.S. National Team. He partnered with Gonzalez in central defense in the historic 0-0 draw in Mexico, becoming only the second player in U.S. history to start a World Cup qualifier with less than two caps.
  • After Donovan (154 caps/57 goals), Eddie Johnson is the most experienced member of the camp roster with 61 career caps and 19 goals. Johnson tied DaMarcus Beasley for the most MNT appearances in 2013 with 17 – nine of which he started.
  • In 2013, Johnson accumulated five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that completed the USA’s quest to qualify for the World Cup, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico.
  • Zusi earned his first cap for the MNT at the end of the 2012 January camp when he started in the 1-0 win against Venezuela, then scored his first international goal four days later when the tallied the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Panama.
  • Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second minute of second-half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back in eight of the last nine games for which he was available, including five World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Diskerud appeared in 13 of the USA’s last 14 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup winning run, and started the last two World Cup qualifiers. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 12-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.


U.S. Under-23 MNT Defeats Mexico 2-0

  • Diskerud Nets Goal, Assists Agudelo Tally in First Half
  • U.S. Goalkeepers Hamid, Johnson Combine for Clean Sheet
  • U-23s Prepare for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Starting March 22 against Cuba at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 29, 2012) – Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud scored back-to-back first-half goals in a span of a little more than one minute as the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defeated Mexico’s U-23 National Team 2-0 during Wednesday’s international friendly at FC Dallas Stadium.

It was the U.S. U-23 squad’s first international match since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and U-23 head coach Caleb Porter’s team had an assertive effort against Mexico as it prepares for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in late March.

“We knew this match would be a challenge and we have much respect for Mexico as a soccer playing country,” said Porter. “One of the reasons we wanted to play this game prior to qualifying was to get some questions answered and measure ourselves. I’m very proud of the guys and looking forward to qualifying.”

Agudelo started the scoring with a header off of a set piece in the 35th minute as Diskerud delivered the corner kick from the left side. Agudelo headed the ball toward the left side of the goal frame as Mexico goalkeeper Liborio Sanchez and a defender were in the area. The shot squeezed in between both Mexico players and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Diskerud then gave the U.S. a 2-0 cushion in the 36th minute as he slightly redirected Freddy Adu’s strike from distance and the ball found the inside of the right post. It appeared the goal was Adu’s from 26 yards out, but closer inspection showed that it was Diskerud who stuck his right foot backwards and put a slight touch on the ball before it found the net.

Porter’s side went with a 4-3-3 formation, and the U-23s demonstrated some good attacking moments and spells of strong possession. There was a two-minute stretch from the 14th to 16th minutes when Mexico could not get a touch on the ball.

Even when the U.S. was not getting shots on goal, the team was hovering inside the box. In the 49th minute alone, Agudelo and Joe Corona both had strong opportunities for a shot on net but both players took one too many touches as Mexico’s defense cleared on both occasions.

Mexico had a difficult time creating scoring chances in the early going, but in the 22nd minute Ricardo Bocanegra hit a deep volley from more than 20 yards out that was bound for the left side of the goal frame. U.S. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who earned a shutout earlier this year with the U.S. Men’s National Team against Venezuela, was up to the task as he dove to his right to make the clutch save.

Porter took the opportunity to give some of his second-half subs significant playing time. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who played in the second half of the senior team’s 1-0 victory against Panama earlier this year, played the second 45 minutes on Wednesday night. Johnson was tested in the 62nd minute, reacting well for a save against Mexico’s Ricardo Mier, who headed the ball toward the net off of a Javier Aquino corner kick.

The U.S. defense caught a break in the 72nd minute when USA defender Zarek Valentin came into contact with Mexico’s Marco Fabian in the box. Fabian went down to the ground, and referee Dave Gantar rushed in to show Fabian a yellow card for diving.

Porter switched up his three-man front line in the second half. U.S. starters Agudelo, Adu and Joe Gyau were substituted out in place of Teal Bunbury, Tony Taylor and Dilly Duka.

With the U.S. U-23 team’s win, it completed a Leap Day tripleheader sweep for U.S. Soccer. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Women’s National Team blanked Denmark 5-0 to open the Algarve Cup, followed by the U.S. Men’s National Team that earned its first victory against Italy with a 1-0 decision in Genoa.

The U.S. U-23 MNT now looks forward to 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, with the group stages taking place March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The U-23s face Cuba at 9 p.m. ET on March 22, and the match will be broadcast live on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.

-- U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team Game Report --

Match: U-23 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium – Frisco, Texas
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Attendance: 7,432
Weather: 70 degrees, balmy

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

USA - Juan Agudelo (Mix Diskerud) 35th minute
USA - Mix Diskerud (Freddy Adu)    36

Lineups:

USA: 1-Bill Hamid (18-Sean Johnson, 46); 3-Kofi Sarkodie, 2-Ike Opara (capt.), 4-Perry Kitchen, 5-Zarek Valentin; 6-Alfredo Morales (19-Amobi Okugo, 90), 8-Mix Diskerud, 10-Joe Corona; 7-Freddy Adu (17-Tony Taylor, 67), 9-Juan Agudelo (12-Teal Bunbury, 61), 11-Joe Gyau (14-Dilly Duka, 78)
Subs not used: 13-Jorge Villafana, 15-Jack McInerney, 16-Sebastian Lletget, 20-Michael Stephens
Head Coach: Caleb Porter

MEX: 1-Liborio Sanchez, 2-Israel Jimenez, 4-Nestor Araujo, 5-Darvin Chávez, 6-Ricardo Bocanegra (17-Javier Aquino, 46), 7-Javier Cortés, 9-Jeronimo Amione (19-Alan Pulido, 64), 10-Marco Fabian, 14-Jorge Enriquez (8-David Cabrera, 78), 16-Miguel Ponce (18-Hector Herrera, 46), 21-Ricardo Mier (capt.)
Subs not used: 11-Nestor Calderon, 12-Antonio Rodriguez, 13-Diego Reyes, 15-Jair Barraza, 20-Hugo Rodriguez
Head coach: Luis Fernando Tena

Stats Summary: USA / MEX                                           
Shots: 16 / 20
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 8 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 6
Fouls: 15 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Freddy Adu (caution)            38th minute
MEX – Marco Fabian (caution)          73

Officials:
Referee: Dave Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Phil Briere (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Juan Agudelo

US MNT Set for First Friendly Against Panama in Panama

TO PANAMA ON A ROLL: Riding high after a dominant performance against Venezuela, the U.S. Men’s National Team now faces Panama for its first-ever friendly against the Marea Roja on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City. Kickoff for the USA’s second match of 2012 is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Galavision and ESPN3. Fans can also follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. The U.S. team arrived Monday evening and will hold its only training session Tuesday night in the stadium.

Game Guide
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Uniforms: USA (white/white/white) – Panama (red/red/red)
Maximum Subs: 6
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX)

U.S. MNT 2012 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/ Time

Goalscorer/Venue

TV

Jan. 21

Venezuela

1-0 W

Ricardo Clark

ESPN3/Galavision

Jan. 25

Panama

8:30 p.m.

Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City

ESPN3/Galavision

Feb. 29

Italy

2:30 p.m.

Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa

ESPN2/ESPN3

June 8

Antigua & Barbuda*

TBD

June 12

Guatemala*

TBD

Sept. 7

Jamaica*

TBD

Sept. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

Oct. 12

Antigua & Barbuda*

TBD

Oct. 16

Guatemala*

TBD

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Jurgen Klinsmann has collected back-to-back victories for the first time since becoming head coach last summer, following the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011, in Ljubljana. 
  • Four players earned their first cap this past Saturday: A.J. DeLaGarza, Bill Hamid, C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi.
  • Jermaine Jones wore the captain's armband for the first time. 
  • Brek Shea, a member of the 2011 MLS Best XI, is now the only player to appear in all eight matches since Klinsmann became head coach.
  • Benny Feilhaber made his first appearance for the U.S. since Oct. 12, 2010, a 0-0 draw against Colombia. 
  • The U.S. defeated a team from South America for the first time since March 25, 2007, a 3-1 win against Ecuador, ending a 13-match winless run against teams from that continent. 
  • Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz were on the field together for the first since playing for the New England Revolution in the 2008 MLS Conference Semifinals, a 3-0 loss on Nov. 6, 2008, against the Chicago Fire. 
  • DeLaGarza and Zusi were on the field together for the first time since winning the College Cup for the University of Maryland on Dec. 14, 2008. Opposing them that day for the University of North Carolina was defender Zach Loyd. 
  • The crowd of 22,403 was the second-largest for a game in the state of Arizona. 
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando, 32, is participating in his fifth January camp since 2002. Rimando has five caps to his name, splitting time in goal with Sean Johnson during a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22, 2011, for his lone appearance in the net last year. 
  • Jeff Parke, participating in his first camp with the National Team, is looking for his first international cap. 
  • Seventeen players on this current U.S. roster are signed with MLS clubs. 
  • Sporting Kansas City striker Sapong captured 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year honors. 
  • Six of the players in camp spent time in the offseason training with clubs in Europe: Agudelo (Stuttgart, Liverpool), Beckerman (FC Kaiserslautern), Hamid (West Bromwich Albion), Johnson (Everton), Larentowicz (Bolton) and Shea (Arsenal). 
  • Four players on the roster are age-eligible to compete in qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games: Teal Bunbury, Hamid, Johnson and Shea.

USA VS. PANAMA SERIES

  • The U.S. holds a 7-1-2 lifetime record against Panama, including a 1-0-1 record on Panamanian soil. 
  • All 10 previous meetings between the two teams have come in either the CONCACAF Gold Cup or FIFA World Cup qualifying. 
  • Both games in Panama came during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the semifinal phase, the teams dueled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 9, 2004, after Cobi Jones knocked in the tying goal in the 92nd minute . They squared off again in the final round on June 8, 2005, when the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 victory behind goals from Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan and Brian McBride. 
  • In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the semifinal and final rounds of qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
  • In their last encounter, Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 victory in the semifinal round of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, marking the fourth straight time that the U.S. has eliminated Panama from the Gold Cup’s knockout round. 
  • Earlier in that tournament, Panama collected its only victory against the United States, a 2-1 win on June 11 in Tampa, Fla. The defeat remains the only U.S. loss ever in the group phase of the tournament dating back to 1991.
  • Ricardo Clark, the USA’s hero in the 1-0 win against Venezuela, made his debut for the United States in the World Cup qualifier against Panama on Oct. 12, 2005, entering as a reserve in the 2-0 win. He also appeared in the 2-1 victory against Panama on June 16, 2007, in the quarterfinal of the Gold Cup.
  • Heath Pearce started and Brad Evans came on as a reserve when the U.S. defeated Panama 2-1 in overtime of the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 18, 2009, in Philadelphia. 
  • Jermaine Jones started and Chris Wondolowski entered as a sub in the 2-1 loss in last summer’s Gold Cup. Panama’s Blas Perez drew the penalty kick that proved decisive in that match. Jones and Juan Agudelo were then in the first XI when the U.S. gained redemption in the semifinal.

KLINSMANN ON PLAYING IN PANAMA: This game against Panama represents the USA’s first friendly match on Central American soil since March 25, 1993, a 4-1 loss to Honduras in Tegucigalpa. So why make the trip now? “We wanted to take the players out of their comfort zone and give them a different experience,” said Klinsmann. “It’s important that they have a chance to taste what the environments will be like in World Cup qualifying, everything from the food, weather, hotels and travel. For many of them, including the coaching staff, it will be their first match here, so it’s a chance for all of us to get a feel for playing away games in CONCACAF.”

JONES SPORTS THE ARMBAND: Midfielder Jermaine Jones earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his performance against Venezuela, and he did it with the added inspiration of wearing the captain’s armband for the first time. “Everyone could see why he was playing with a Champions League team. He elevated the group within one training session with his energy and with his leadership,” said Klinsmann. “His vision on the field makes a big difference. These young players are all hungry to make the next step, and they want to know how to get to the next level. Jermaine jumped in and talked with the guys and took care of it, and that’s why it was an easy decision to make him a captain. We also wanted to give him a signal that we want this type of leadership from him.”

IF HISTORY HOLDS, SIX PLAYERS HERE WILL MAKE THE 2014 WORLD CUP ROSTER: With 2012 marking the beginning of the USA's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the players here hoping to make a big impression, we decided to look back at the January camp roster from this time in the previous two cycles to see if there is any forecasting to be done on how many players will actually reach the World Cup. The camp held by Bruce Arena in 2004 had 30 players, while four years later Bob Bradley called in 26 total. Each of those camps produced six players that went on to feature in Germany and South Africa, respectively.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Ricardo Clark's game-winner in the 97th minute against Venezuela marks the latest goal scored in the second half by the United States in team history. 
  • With the shutout in that game, Hamid became the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to record a clean sheet in his first game. 
  • The U.S. MNT improved its record in January openers to 8-1-5 since 1998, with the lone loss coming against Honduras on Jan. 23, 2010 (a 3-1 loss).

BY THE NUMBERS:

0 Losses to Panama in Panama

1 Shots on goal against the U.S. on Jan. 21

4 Players who earned their first cap against Venezuela

15 Shots taken by the U.S. on Jan. 21

16 Number of MLS players on the roster

ON USSOCCER.COM: Check out the following articles, journal entries and videos on the U.S. Men’s National Team at ussoccer.com:

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his second year and first full calendar year in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann was named the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach on July 29, 2011, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 3-4-1, including consecutive wins against Slovenia and Panama. 
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The U.S.’s two victories during the Klinsmann era include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8, 2011) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15, 2011). 
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995. 
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

ITALY ON THE ITINERARY: U.S. Soccer announced earlier this month that it will face four-time World Cup champion Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa. Kickoff at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is at 8:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Fans can follow the game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer. “Obviously we are very excited to be playing a team of such high quality,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We are slowly trying to raise the bar for our team, and this is an awesome opportunity for the players to be challenged against one of the top teams in the world.”

NUTRITION 101: U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has utilized this January camp to focus heavily on educating the roster in many areas, and one key away from the pitch is nutrition. On the nutrition side, the U.S. MNT received instruction and advice from Danielle LaFata, the director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance. Some key nutritional tips include eating the least processed forms of food (i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains); choosing a variety of colored fruits and vegetables with each meal; eating healthy fats such as nuts, fish and flaxseed oil; eating smaller portions spread evenly across the day; and staying hydrated. Also check out a video of the players receiving this tutorial and going shopping!

U.S. MNT SCRIMMAGED U-23S TWICE: The U.S. MNT and U.S. U-23 MNT converged for two scrimmages on Jan. 13 and 17 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. MNT netted four first-half goals and earned a 4-0 win against the U-23s on Jan. 13, and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw on Jan. 17. In the second game, U.S. MNT defender Graham Zusi scored a goal, while the U-23’s Jack McInerney had a tally as the two sides settled for the stalemate. The U-23 MNT is now in San Jose, Costa Rica, where it will face Saprissa and Alajuelense in two more games to wrap up the January training session.

CONTINUITY AMONG U.S. SOCCER TEAMS: This year marks an important overlap between the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. Under-23 MNT as the U-23s prepare for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has emphasized a desire to play possessive and attack-driven soccer, and he wants to see this type of continuity within the younger levels. That holds true for U-23 head coach Caleb Porter, whose group has been training within a 4-3-3 formation and focusing on connection in the attack and combination play. Klinsmann’s current MNT roster includes several players who likely will play big roles for the U-23s in the qualifying and hopefully the 2012 London Olympics.

U.S. U-23 MNT 2012 Schedule
(2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament)

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

Venue

TV

Mar. 22

Cuba

9 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 24

Canada

7 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

Mar. 26

El Salvador

9 p.m.

LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.

Universal/Telemundo

SIX-GOAL GAME: Jurgen Klinsmann has introduced a tactical training exercise called the “six-goal game” to focus heavily on shifting and moving as a unit, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The 70-yard-long, 72-yard-wide field is incorporated with big goals in the center of each endline and then two smaller goals on each side of the big goals, placed seven yards from the sideline. Each team has the ability to score on three different goals spread all the way across the field, forcing defenses to quickly move as a group from side to side. Here is a video of how it all works.

ROSTER FILLED WITH FORMER TEAMMATES: It's no surprise with so many talented players having come through the U.S. system that there would be a lot of guys who have shared the same field together and then separated as their careers progressed. Well, it's reunion time here in National Team camp, and a review of the roster reveals several players who have won national championships together, MLS Cup titles, U.S. Open Cups, and even former road roommates. Let the nostalgia begin!

A.J. DeLaGarza and Graham Zusi*
University of Maryland (2005-08) - National Champions 2005, 2008

Jeff Larentowicz and Michael Parkhurst
New England Revolution - (2005-08) - MLS Cup Finalists 2005-07, U.S. Open Cup Champions 2007

Ricardo Clark and Chris Wondolowski
San Jose Earthquakes (2005) - Houston Dynamo (2006-09) - MLS Cup Champions 2006, 2007

Ricardo Clark and Geoff Cameron*
Houston Dynamo (2008-09)

Geoff Cameron and Chris Wondolowski
Houston Dynamo (2008-09)

Heath Pearce and Brek Shea
FC Dallas (2009-10) - MLS Cup Finalists 2010

Zach Loyd and Heath Pearce
FC Dallas (2010) - MLS Cup Finalists 2010

Bonus material

  • Brad Evans, Benny Feilhaber and Michael Parkhurst were on the U.S. team that reached the final of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 
  • Geoff Cameron and Michael Parkhurst were teammates at the Bayside FC Bolts in Rhode Island. Neither can remember which year, so assistance is welcome... 
  • Same goes for Jeff Larentowicz and Jeff Parke, who were together at U.S. Soccer Development Academy club FC DELCO.

*Former road roommates

RECAPPING 2011: The USA posted a 6-8-3 record in 2011 and opened the year with a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22. The big event last year was the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, and the USA made a strong run to the final. The team posted shutout victories over Canada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and then Panama in the semifinal. However, the USA’s run came to a halt when it lost to Mexico 4-2 in the Gold Cup final on June 25 in front of a crowd of 93,420 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. During the next month-and-a-half-long break between matches, the U.S. MNT parted ways with head coach Bob Bradley and brought in Goppingen, Germany, native Jurgen Klinsmann as the program’s 35th coach on July 29. Klinsmann guided the Germany from 2004-2006, posting a 20-6-8 record, a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and earning Coach of the Year honors in Germany. Klinsmann made his U.S. coaching debut in a rematch against Mexico, and the USA played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Klinsmann earned his first U.S. win on Oct. 8 when the USA shut out Honduras 1-0 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and the team wrapped up the year with a 3-2 victory against host Slovenia on Nov. 15. The USA was 2-4-1 under Klinsmann in 2011.

IN FOCUS: PANAMA
Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Second Place (2005)
Caps Leader: Ricardo Phillips (110)
Top Scorer: Luis Tejada (34)
Key Players: Blas Perez, Gabriel Gomez

PANAMA UPDATE

  • Panama takes the field for the first time in 2012, having finished the past year on top of Group C in the second round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and advancing to the semifinal phase. 
  • The team went undefeated in the group that included Nicaragua and Dominica, outscoring its opponents 15-2 in four matches. 
  • Canada, Cuba and Honduras will be Panama’s opponents in Group C of semifinal round qualifying. 
  • Newly signed FC Dallas striker Blas Perez is the leading scorer with 23 goals in 38 matches. He is joined by FCD defender Carlos Rodriguez. 
  • Philadelphia Union midfielder Gabriel Gomez is the leading cap winner, with 74 appearances for Panama. Gomez scored the penalty that secured Panama’s only victory against the United States. 
  • Head coach Julio Dely Valdes has called on a total of 10 players who are age-eligible for the Olympics, including the starting U-23 goalkeeper Luis Mejia.

PANAMA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Luis Mejia (Fenix), Kevin Melgar (Alianza)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Rodriguez (FC Dallas), Sergio Thompson (Sporting), Eric Vasquez (Chorrillo), Eduardo Dasent (Tauro), Rolando Algandona (San Francisco), Edward Benitez (Sporting)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Ovalle (Sporting), Amir Waithe (San Francisco), Marcos Sanchez (Tauro), Rolando Botello (Tauro), Gabriel Gomez (Philadelphia Union), Juan De Gracia (Chepo), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo)
FORWARDS (3): Blas Perez (FC Dallas), Manuel Mosquera (Arabe Unido), Luis Renteria (Tauro)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Jan. 21, 2012 – University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz. – International Friendly

USA        1  Ricardo Clark 90+7
Panama  0

USA: 1-Bill Hamid; 2-A.J. DeLaGarza, 4-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Geoff Cameron, 3-Heath Pearce (13-Zach Loyd, 72); 6-Jeff Larentowicz (15-Ricardo Clark, 62), 8-Jermaine Jones (capt.); 7-Graham Zusi (18-C.J. Sapong, 74), 10-Benny Feilhaber (17-Chris Wondolowksi, 62), 11-Brek Shea; 9-Teal Bunbury (16-Brad Evans, 88)
Subs not used: 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Jeff Parke

Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

VEN : 1-Jose Morales; 2-Carlos Rivero, 3-Carlos Salazar, 4-Jose Manuel Velasquez, 21-Andres Rouga; 5-Miguel Mea Vitali (23-Emilio Renteria, 78); 10-Alejandro Guerra (14-Diego Guerrero, 89), 8-Francisco Flores, 6-Angel Flores, 7-Edgar Perez Greco (17-Angel Chourio, 73); 15-Alejandro Moreno (9-Richard Blanco, 86)
Subs not used: 11- Jose Reyes, 12- Alan Liebeskind, 13-John Chancellor, 16-Ruben Arocha, 19-Rubert Quijada, 20-Javier Gonzalez, 24-Diomar Diaz, 25-Darwin Machis
Head coach: Cesar Farias

On the field for Panama:
Nov. 15, 2011 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama –2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Second Round
Panama    3 Rolando Blackburn 6', Ricardo Buitrago 20', Blas Perez 84'
Dominica  0

PAN : Kevin Melgar; Roderick Miller, Rolando Algandona, Felipe Baloy, Sergio Thompson; Gabriel Gomez, Armando Cooper, Federico Marines (J. Ruiz, 62), Ricardo Buitrago Jr.; Anibal Godoy; Rolando Blackburn (Blas Perez, 76)
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

DMA: Glenson Prince; Colin Bernard, Prince Austrie, Elmond Derrick, Calvin Christopher; Josley Prince (Mitchell Joseph, 46), Euclid Bertrand (Rasheed Betrand, 73), Craig Reid, Jonathan Abel; Kurlson Benjamin, Lester Langlais (Jerome Thomas, 84)
Head Coach: Kirt Hector

vs. Panama:
June 22, 2011 – Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas –2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Semifinal
USA         1   Clint Dempsey 76’
Panama   0

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones; 22-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 8-Clint Dempsey; 9-Juan Agudelo (20-Freddy Adu, 66)
Subs not used: 7-Maurice Edu, 11-Chris Wondolowski, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Tim Ream, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

PAN : 1-Jaime Penedo; 5-Román Torres, 14-Eduardo Dasent, 17-Luis Henríquez, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.); 6-Gabriel Gómez (20-Anibal Godoy, 86), 10-Nelson Barahona (8-Gabriel Torres, 86), 11-Armando Cooper (16-Luis Renteria, 71), 21-Amilcar Henríquez; 18-Luis Tejada, 19-Alberto Quintero
Subs not used: 3-Harold Cummings, 4-Aramis Haywood, 9-Renan Addles, 12-Luis Mejía, 15-Eric Davis, 22-Eybir Bonaga
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes

 

The young goalkeeping prospect has been tagged as one with a bright future, appearing in every camp with the full team for the second half of 2011.  Age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics, Hamid made D.C. United history when he became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team. He went on to make history, becoming the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to win a league contest on May 5, 2010, a 2-1 win against Sporting KC, a feat that bested Tim Howard’s previous record.

  • Won Development Academy Story of the Year in the 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards for becoming the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team 
  • Served as an understudy to Tim Howard for seven matches in 2011 
  • Called into a U-23 training camp in December 
  • Signed with the D.C. United on Sept. 2, 2009, making him the first Development Academy player to sign with the first team 
  • Played and started in 28 games D.C. United in 2011, posting seven shutouts
2011: Named to the roster for the matches against Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Honduras and Ecuador, each of Jurgen Klinsmann’s games in charge … Still awaiting his first cap ... Under-20s: Played in the Campos Verdes International Tournament in Portugal and the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico, both in 2008 … First appearance: None … First Shutout: None.
2011: Posted seven shutouts in his 28 games for D.C. United, all starts … 2010: Started all eight of his games for D.C. and posted one shutout … Became the youngest MLS goalkeeper to win a league game, when D.C. beat the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 on May 5 … 2009: Came up through the D.C. United youth system, and on Sept. 2 became the first Development Academy player to sign for the first team.
Father is from Sierra Leone … Joined the D.C. United Academy in January 2007 and went on to win the U-17/18 MLS Cup that year … Named to the U-17/18 Mid-Atlantic Starting XI in 2008 … Became the first academy player to sign with D.C.’s first team, earning him the 2009 Development Academy Story of the Year.
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