HOUSTON (February 6, 2008) — The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their dominating undefeated streak at home against Mexico this evening with an exciting 2-2 draw in front of 70,103 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The match was a high-paced affair, with the U.S. jumping out to a 2-1 lead at halftime, only to surrender the tying goal just two minutes into the second half to Mexico’s Jonny Magallón, who had both goals for the Tri-Colores. The U.S. goals came from defender Oguchi Onyewu and 18-year-old Jozy Altidore, making his first start for the United States.
“There were some good things that you need to see in a tough environment and in a tough game,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, whose U.S. record now stands at 13-5-2, “and there were some things that you see that you still need to improve on. These kind of games are what the players look forward to and as coaches, we understand that we need this kind of games in order to look hard at our players and our team to find things that we need to improve.”
The U.S. is now undefeated in its last 10 home games against Mexico, compiling an impressive 8-0-2 record since 2000. The U.S. has outscored Mexico 17-3 in that stretch, including Wednesday’s match, which was the highest scoring game in the series in almost 11 years (dating back to a 2-2 draw on April 20, 1997, a span of 17 games).
The opening goal of the game came in the 29th minute after the USA’s first sustained pressure of the match, with Onyewu finishing a towering, precise header from eight yards out that left Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa helpless. Onyewu began the sequence with a long throw-in from the left sideline that the Mexican defense failed to clear, allowing Landon Donovan to alertly lift the ball back into the area from the right side of the penalty area and allow the hulking defender to expertly head home off the right post.
Mexico tied the match in the 35th minute on a close-range strike from Jonny Magallón, after a brilliantly played free kick from Pavel Pardo on the right flank eluded the U.S. defense and slid dangerously to the back post. Magallón eluded Drew Moor to slam his shot from four yards out into the upper left corner of the goal.
Mexico’s second goal also came on a close-range back-post strike from Magallón, who again beat Moor to the spot, this time finishing a deflected corner from Carlos Vela (by defender Carlos Salcido at the near post) just two minutes into the second half to even the score.
Magallón’s two goals were sandwiched around a stunning header from the young Altidore (18 years, 92 days), making his first start for the United States. Altidore’s 40th minute strike was slammed home from nine yards out after Moor had gotten forward on the right flank to hit a pinpoint cross into the area. The goal was the result of a strong U.S. counterattack led by Bobby Convey, who eventually fed Clint Dempsey, who in turn fed Michael Bradley to create the space for Moor.
With the goal, Altidore became the youngest player to score for the United States in the modern era.
Just two minutes after the USA’s second goal, Dempsey thought he had a goal of his own, hitting a 22-yard turnaround laser into the lower right corner of the goal. However, in controlling the ball off his chest on a long pass from Onyewu, the Texas native was whistled for offside.
Despite watching the U.S. surrender two goals to Mexico at home for the first time in nine years, goalkeeper Tim Howard was exceptional in the net for the United States, making a number of strong saves, and more importantly securely controlling every ball he was able to get his hands on. The Everton goalkeeper finished the match with six saves.
Overall, the testy match between the two old rivals featured six yellow cards, including four against the United States. Through 54 all-time meetings with Mexico, the U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-11 in a series that dates to 1934. However, the United States owns a dominating 12-6-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Additionally, since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 27 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-8 advantage.
The 70,103 fans marked the fourth largest attendance for a USA-Mexico match in the United States (and the largest outside the state of California). It was also the second largest soccer crowd in Texas history. The U.S. wore their new home white Nike uniforms for the first time, and the match also featured the debut of the team's new game ball (the Total 90 Omni).
Next up for the United States is an away match on March 26 against Poland in a city to be determined. The U.S. last faced Poland on March 1, 2006 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a lone goal from Clint Dempsey provided a 1-0 victory in a match that included a heavy snowfall during the second half. In June, the U.S. will travel to face fourth-ranked Spain as both teams prepare for major international events in the summer, the United States getting ready for their first World Cup qualifier on June 15 in Carson, Calif., while Spain gets ready for the 2008 European Championship.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Mexico
Date: February 6, 2008
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. CT
Weather: Roof closed – 50 degrees outside
1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
Mexico 1 1 2
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (Landon Donovan) 29th minute
MEX – Jonny Magallon (Pavel Pardo) 35.
USA – Jozy Altidore (Drew Moor) 40.
MEX – Jonny Magallon (Carlos Salcido) 47.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Drew Moor, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 6-Ramiro Corrales; 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark (Maurice Edu, 79), 4-Michael Bradley (5-Benny Feilhaber, 63), 15-Bobby Convey (7-Eddie Lewis, 70); 9-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (19-Freddy Adu, 63)
Subs not used: 11-Pat Noonan, 16-Michael Parkhurst, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 2-Jonny Magallon, 3-Carlos Salcido (14-Fausto Pinto, 59) 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Israel Castro; 6-Gerado Torrado, 7-Fernando Arce (18-Cesar Villaluz, 90+), 8-Pavel Pardo, 11-Carlos Vela (16-Giovanni Dos Santos, 71); 9-Antonio De Nigris (15-Juan Carlos Cacho, 67), 10-Adolfo Bautista (17-Antonio Naelson, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Luis Michel, 13-Oscar Rojas,
Head Coach: Hugo Sanchez
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 3 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 9
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 19 / 13
Offside: 4 / 3
MEX – Carlos Salcido (caution) 38th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 45.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution) 69.
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 76.
USA – Ramiro Corrales (caution) 89.
MEX – Gerardo Torrado (caution) 90+.
Referee: Carlos Batres (GUA)
1st Asst.: Carlos Pastrana (HON)
2nd Asst.: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Oguchi Onyewu
The in-depth coverage will begin on Tuesday afternoon on ussoccer.com and finish with a live post-match show, which will be streamed simultaneously on ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com. Along with the extended coverage of the match against Mexico, usssoccer.com will continue to provide photos, videos, written features and a behind-the-scenes look at the team on the official MNT blog.
On Tuesday, ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming of the USA’s pre-match press conference with head coach Bob Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard. The press conference will be the final media availability for Bradley and Howard before Wednesday’s match, and will begin at approximately 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT).
On Wednesday, the coverage jumps to television as ESPN Classic will replay the U.S. Men’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in last year’s friendly at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., at 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT). In the match, played in front of a sold-out crowd of 62,462 on Feb. 7, 2007, the U.S. got two second half goals from Jimmy Conrad and Landon Donovan to continue their undefeated streak against Mexico.
Closer to the match, fans can go to ussoccer.com and watch an exclusive Studio 90 pre-game show which will begin at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT). The pre-game show will cover a myriad of topics around the USA-Mexico rivalry, including a unique look at the brand new home jersey the MNT will wear for the first time on Wednesday, an interview with Jozy Altidore and an inside look into what it’s like for Fulham FC midfielder Clint Dempsey to travel back to the United States and prepare for an international match.
At 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT) fans can get an exclusive live look into the pre-game warm-ups on the field at Reliant Stadium as ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will once again provide streaming. With less than an hour before kickoff, fans will get a feel for the building anticipation as the stadium begins to fill up, and also find out both teams’ starting line-up.
ESPN2’s coverage of match will also include a pre-game show, beginning at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT) before the kickoff time of 9:25 p.m. ET. Veteran soccer television announcer JP Dellacamera and former U.S. MNT captain John Harkes will lead ESPN’s coverage of the match, along with sideline reporter Pedro Gomez. Rob Stone will be the on-site studio host and will be joined on set with former U.S. WNT captain Julie Foudy.
After the match at approximately 11:30 p.m. ET (10:30 CT), fans can check out an in-depth post-match show that will be broadcast live simultaneously on ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com. Hosted by ESPN talent, the live web program will include a breakdown of the match, interviews with head coach Bob Bradley and select players, and much more.
Fans looking for a place to watch the U.S. take on Mexico can head to one of U.S. Soccer's Official Viewing parties being hosted by the Official U.S. Soccer Bars. In Chicago, fans should meet at The Globe, winner of U.S. Soccer's Best Soccer Bar in 2007. Fans will also be sure to fill up perennial U.S. Soccer Best Soccer Bar contenders Nevada Smiths in New York and Summers Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
This match marks the kick off of U.S. Soccer's Official Bar program which will provide fans with a listing of the top U.S. Soccer Bars in the country. To become an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, email us at email@example.com.
USA vs. Mexico – Complete Coverage
|Tuesday, Feb. 5||Live Pre-game Press Conference (ussoccer.com)||5:15 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||USA vs. Mexico – Feb. 7, 2007 (ESPN Classic)||12 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Studio 90 Pre-Game Show (ussoccer.com)||5 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Live Look-in on Stadium Warm-ups (ussoccer.com)||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||ESPN2 Pre-Game and Game Broadcast (ESPN2)||9 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Live Post-Game Show (ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com)||11:30 p.m. ET|
• The majority of the 22-man U.S. roster arrived into Houston on Sunday, with Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu scheduled to land late Monday afternoon
• The U.S. will debut the new Nike home kit Wednesday night, as well as the new Total 90 Omni ball
• The match on Feb. 6 will mark the 54th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 12-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 26 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-7 advantage
• The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting an 8-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 15 goals, while the Mexicans scored only a single goal on American soil in this decade
• Seven players on the U.S. roster were on the field when the teams met in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, including both goalscorers: Carlos Bocanegra, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan (1), Benny Feilhaber (1), Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu. Michael Bradley and Michael Parkhurst were also part of the championship-winning squad
• Eleven players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center, including nine starters and both goalscorers: Josmer Altidore, Ricardo Clark, Ramiro Corrales, Brad Davis, Landon Donovan (capt., 1) Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Drew Moor, Pat Noonan, Michael Parkhurst, Eddie Robinson (1)
• The victory was the 10th straight time the U.S. has either tied or won their opening game of the year, with the U.S. also defeating Sweden to start the streak, 1-0, in 1998
• With the game-winning goal in the Jan. 19 game, Eddie Robinson became the 44th player in the 95-year history of U.S. Soccer to score in his first game with the national team. He is also the 11th player to accomplish the feat for the U.S. in the modern World Cup era (since 1986) and the sixth to do it this decade
• Robinson is one of four hometown favorites on the roster, the two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo contributing a quartet to the group. He is joined by Ricardo Clark, who appeared in both of the USA’s victories against Mexico last year, Brad Davis and Stuart Holden
• Along with Holden, two other players are being called up from the U-23 Men’s National Team that recently wrapped up camp in Bradenton, Fla. New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore will be looking for his third cap, while Toronto FC midfielder and reining MLS Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu has started in the last three matches for the full team
• The USA is 6-0-5 lifetime in the state of Texas. The U.S. has played Mexico twice in the Lone Star State. Following the 0-0 draw at Reliant Stadium on May 8, 2003, Eddie Pope bundled home the game-winner in the 93rd minute to deliver the U.S. a well-deserved 1-0 victory on April 28, 2004 in Dallas.
• Bobby Convey and Landon Donovan both made their debut appearance for the full team against Mexico, and both in the same game. Donovan scored in the 1-0 win on Oct. 25, 2000, in Los Angeles
• Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the squad, the 25-year-old having earned 97 appearances. With his goal against Sweden last month, he claimed the top spot on the USA’s all-time scoring list with 35 career goals. Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career against Mexico, highlighted by the goal during the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored in both meetings last year, notching the game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final
• U.S. Assistant Mike Sorber played two years for Pumas in the Mexican First Division
• Mexico head coach Hugo Sanchez is one of only two players to play in both the NASL and MLS, joining former U.S. international Roy Wegerle in achieving that accomplishment
DO “AWAY” GAMES HURT? Prior to the ‘Guerra Fria’ in Columbus (the USA’s 2-0 qualifying win on Feb. 28, 2001), the U.S. expected to walk into a domestic venue that was anything but supportive of their home team. While past managers have always talked about the valuable experience of a hostile environment no matter the location, how about the results? Take a look at the top five attended USA-Mexico games on home soil to see how the U.S. has fared.
Date Venue Result Attendance
June 16, 1996 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 2-2 T 92,216
Feb. 15, 1998 L.A. Coliseum (Los Angeles) 0-1 L 91,255
June 4, 1994 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 1-0 W 91,123
May 8, 2003 Reliant Stadium (Houston) 0-0 T 69,582
Feb. 7, 2007 Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale) 2-0 W 62,462
THREE THAT COUNT: While only three players on the roster have scored against Mexico, it’s hard to argue the significance of the points they have produced. Landon Donovan has four career goals against Mexico, including his first-ever international, the game-tying goal in last year’s Gold Cup final, and of course his picture-perfect header off an Eddie Lewis cross during the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Mr. Lewis happens to be the second player with a goal against El Tri, his strike in the 2-1 qualifying loss in 2005 in Mexico City marking the first U.S. goal in Mexican soil since 1986. That goal proved decisive in the race for the top spot in final round qualifying, the U.S. finishing in first place ahead of Mexico by virtue of being one better in goal differential. And finally Benny Feilhaber, who certainly made his debut turn against Mexico count when he nailed a 72nd minute volley that sealed the USA’s second consecutive Gold Cup title.
A BALL LIKE NO OTHER: When the U.S. Men take on Mexico this Wednesday, they’ll be kicking around a new ball – the Total 90 Omni. A ball is a ball, right? Not exactly. The Omni was tested for more than two years in Nike research labs and is engineered to set new performance standards for consistency, accuracy and visibility. The Omni’s innovative panel geometry places the hexagons and pentagons precisely together to create a nearly perfect sphere, which distributes pressure more evenly across the panels for what the engineers call a “360-Degree Sweet Spot.” The design of the ball is also beneficial for the players. The black asymmetrical band encircling the ball generates a more powerful visual signal as it rotates, providing a quicker read on ball location, spin rate, speed and trajectory from any angle. The U.S. and Mexico will actually be one of the first teams to actually play with the ball in an official match, as the Omni is making its premier for the first time on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Croatia-Holland and South Korea-Turkmenistan matches.
CONQUERING CONCACAF: For those who like to debate which team is the Gigante of CONCACAF, here’s a stat to consider: the United States has not lost to a regional opponent at home in 46 consecutive matches, amassing a 37-0-9 record since 2001. The last loss came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 qualiyfing loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. And of those 46 games, only two were played at altitude!
NEAR THE TOP OF THE TABLE: Three members of the USA’s foreign legion are faring extremely well with their clubs heading into the second half of their league campaigns. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has posted back-to-back clean sheets in EPL play and 12 overall in all competitions, backstopping Everton as they sit in fourth place in the English Premier League table and having already earned a place in the knockout phase of the UEFA Cup. Meantime, midfielder Michael Bradley enters the camp in fine form for Heerenveen, having scored six goals in his team’s last five matches to help elevate Heerenveen into third place in the Dutch Eredivisie, one point behind perennial Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax. Bradley has 16 goals in all competitions, one shy of the season record for a U.S. international set by Earnie Stewart, who scored 17 times in his debut season at Dutch club Willem II in 1990-91. In Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu and Standard de Liege have gone 20 games without a loss this season, sitting one point behind league leaders Club Brugge in the Jupiler League table.
.500 IN THE 500TH: With the 2-0 win against Sweden, the U.S. celebrated its 500th international match by reaching an even .500 average for only the second time since 1937 (the first coming last year during the Gold Cup after the 2-1 win against Panama). With head coach Bob Bradley collecting a 13-5-1 record since last year, the USA's record currently stands at 194 wins, 194 losses and 112 ties in 500 official games. Amazingly, the U.S. bottomed out at 55 games below .500 just 12 short years ago with a 1-0 loss to Sweden back on August, 16, 1995 (88-143-70). That's a pretty impressive climb back to even.
MORE HELPING HANDS: U.S head coach Bob Bradley has bolstered his staff with three new editions in 2008. On the technical side, former Egyptian national team goalkeeper Zak Abdel will train the goalkeepers, the former Chivas USA goalkeeper coach having previously assisted Sigi Schmid with the U.S. U-20 MNT that participated in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. Additionally, Pierre Barrieu has rejoined the national team staff after a year with the New York Red Bulls. Barrieu served as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the national team for a four-year span that included two World Cups. On the medical side, Bradley has appointed Ivan Pierra to be the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s National Team. Pierra has assisted the national team programs since 1993, and had served as the ACT for the Los Angeles Galaxy from the inception of the club in 1996.
NEW VOICES FROM THE BROADCAST BOOTH: Fans tuning into the USA-Mexico game on ESPN2 will hear some very familiar voices from the U.S. Soccer world as J.P. Dellacamera and John Harkes assume the lead role of calling games for the national team. Dellacamera has been broadcasting soccer for nearly 30 years, providing calls for some of the most important parts of the sport’s history in the United States, including the 1989 “Shot Heard Round the World” and 1999 Women’s World Cup Final. Harkes, the former captain of the U.S. national team who retired from playing in 2002, served as an ESPN analyst for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
On the field for the USA
January 19, 2008 – Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – International Friendly
USA 2 Eddie Robinson 15’, Landon Donovan 48’ pen
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 15-Drew Moor, 8-Eddie Robinson (16-Michael Parkhurst, 46) 12-Jimmy Conrad (7-Clarence Goodson, 46), 6-Ramiro Corrales; 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), (23-Jeremiah White, 81), 13-Ricardo Clark, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Brad Davis (26-Sacha Kljestan, 72); 20-Taylor Twellman (14-Josmer Altidore, 46), 11-Pat Noonan (17-Chris Rolfe, 63)
SWE: 1 Rami Shaaban; 2-Mikael Lustig, 3-Mattias Bjärsmyr, 4-Peter Larsson, 5-Oscar Rönningberg (15-Behrang Safari, 61), 6-Daniel Andersson (capt.); 7-Niclas Alexandersson (18-Viktor Elm, 46), 8-Anders Svensson, 9-Andreas Johansson (16-Samuel Holmen, 61); 10-Rade Prica (20-Johan Oremo, 61), 11-Pontus Wernbloom (19-Andreas Dahl, 78)
On the field for México
October 17, 2007 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Friendly
México 2 Carlos Vela 30’, César Villaluz 32’
Guatemala 3 Rigoberto Gómez 30’, Marvin Ávila 64’, 74’
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa, 2- Jonny Magallón (18-Juilo Domínguez, 46), 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Omar Esparza (Omar Arellano, 81), 5-Héctor Moreno (15-Edgar Castillo, 76), 6-Patricio Araujo (Jorge Hernández, 87), 7-César Villaluz, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 11-Andrés Guardado, 10-Giovani Dos Santos (19-Pablo Barrera, 46), 9-Carlos Vela (17-Ismael Valdez, 46)
GUA: 25-Paulo Motta, 3-Pablo Sebastián Melgar, 6-Gustavo Cabrera, 7-Claudio Albizuris, 13-Néstor Martínez, 4-Yony Wilson Flores, 14-Rigoberto Gómez, 11-Marvin Ávila, 2-Leonel Noriega, 18-Carlos Quiñónez (19-Mario Rodríguez, 38), 20-Carlos Ruiz
June 24, 2007 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
USA 2 Landon Donovan 62’ pen, Benny Feilhaber 73’
México 1 Andrés Guardado, 44’
Att: 60,000 (Sell Out)
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 16-Jonathan Spector (15-Frank Simek, 72), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey (20-Taylor Twellman, 69), 5-Benny Feilhaber, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (19-Ricardo Clark, 46), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 10-Landon Donovan
Subs not used: 9-Eddie Johnson, 12-Jay DeMerit, 14-Steve Ralston, 18-Kasey Keller
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 11- Oswaldo Sánchez, 2- Jonny Magallón, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio, 7- Alberto Medina (10-Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 78), 8- Pável Pardo, 9-Jared Borgetti (19-Omar Bravo, 40), 16-Jaime Lozano (23- Adolfo Bautista, 81), 18-Andrés Guardado, 21-Nery Castillo
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 14-Fausto Pinto, 20- Fernando Arce, 22- Francisco Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hugo Sánchez
CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 22 players that will travel to Houston to prepare for the upcoming showdown with Mexico at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 8 p.m. CT. Fans will also be able to listen to the match on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and can follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
More than 53,000 tickets have been sold for the second-ever meeting between the teams at Reliant Stadium. On May 8, 2003, nearly 70,000 fans packed the house to witness a fiercely contested 0-0 draw. The U.S. is currently riding an 8-0-1 unbeaten run on home soil against Mexico.
"With the match falling on an international fixture date, this is an excellent opportunity to get the nucleus of our team together as we continue to prepare for World Cup qualifying," said Bradley, who has collected a 13-5-1 record since becoming head coach last year. “The special nature of a USA-Mexico match provides a great test for our players, and it is something that as players and coaches we all look forward to. The experience can only benefit our group as we attempt to build a team that will help us achieve to goal of competing in South Africa in 2010.”
Seven players on the roster were on the field when the teams last met in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. In front of more than 60,000 fans in Chicago, goals by Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber lifted the U.S. to a 2-1 victory and their second consecutive Gold Cup title.
Bradley has called on a dozen players from European-based clubs, including the Fulham duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard joins the U.S. fold after a stellar year in 2007, appearing in a career-high 10 matches and earning eight victories. Everton are currently in fourth place in the English Premier League table. SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley enters the camp in fine form in league play, having scored six goals in his team’s last five matches to help elevate Heerenveen into second place in the Dutch Eredivisie.
On the domestic front, nine players from the recently completed training camp at The Home Depot Center are traveling to Houston. The two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo contributes four players, including Eddie Robinson, who scored the game-winning goal in the USA’s 2-0 win against Sweden in his first-ever appearance with the national team. He is joined by Ricardo Clark, who appeared in both of the USA’s victories against Mexico last year, Brad Davis and Stuart Holden. Along with Holden, two other players are being called up from the U-23 Men’s National Team that has just closed camp in Bradenton, Fla. New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore will be looking for his third cap, while Toronto FC midfielder and reining MLS Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu has started in the last three matches for the full team.
Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the squad, the 25-year-old having earned 97appearances. With his goal against Sweden last month, he claimed the top spot on the USA’s all-time scoring list with 35 career goals. Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career against Mexico, highlighted by the goal in 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored in both meetings last year, notching the game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final.
The match on Feb. 6 will mark the 54th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting an 8-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 15 goals, while the Mexicans scored only a single goal on American soil in this decade. In the team’s last meeting, the U.S. came from behind on goals by Donovan and Benny Feilhaber to capture their second-consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 12-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 26 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-7 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years.
After the Mexico match, the U.S. will compete in a series of friendlies before beginning the attempt to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The U.S. will host their first qualifier on June 15, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.
|Player Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birth Date||Caps/G||Hometown||Club|
|Adu, Freddy||M||5’8”||140||6/2/1989||2/0||Potomac, Md.||SL Benfica (Portugal)|
|Altidore, Josmer||F||6’1”||175||11/6/1989||2/0||Boca Raton, Fla.||New York Red Bulls (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0||170||5/25/1979||53/8||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6’2”||175||7/31/1987||14/1||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Clark, Ricardo||M||5’10”||150||5/10/1983||11/1||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Convey, Bobby||M||5'8||150||5/27/1983||45/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Reading FC (England)|
|Corrales, Ramiro||D||6’1”||170||3/12/1977||5/0||Salinas, Calif.||SK Brann (Norway)|
|Davis, Brad||M||5’11”||165||11/8/1981||3/0||St. Charles, Mo.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Dempsey, Clint||F||6’1”||170||3/9/1983||36/9||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8||148||3/4/1982||97/35||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Edu, Maurice||M||6’0”||170||4/18/1986||2/0||Fontana, Calif.||Toronto FC (MLS)|
|Feilhaber, Benny||M||5’9”||150||1/19/1985||14/2||Irvine, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6’4”||210||9/9/1984||5/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Holden, Stuart||M||5'10"||160||08/01/85||0/0||Houston, Texas||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6’3”||210||3/6/1979||26/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M/D||5'10||155||5/17/1974||73/8||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Moor, Drew||D||6’0”||170||1/15/1984||3/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Noonan, Pat||F||6’0”||170||8/2/1980||14/1||Ballwin, Mo.||Aalesund FK (Norway)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6’4”||210||5/13/1982||28/2||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Parkhurst, Michael||D||5’11”||155||1/24/1984||3/0||Providence, R.I.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5’10”||175||8/13/1984||10/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Robinson, Eddie||D||6’1”||195||6/19/1978||1/1||Greensboro, N.C.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pat Noonan (Aalesund FK)
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Peter Nowak (Naples, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis. Mo.)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Los Angeles)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Verona, N.J.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Bruce Snell (Seattle)
Doctor: Michael Gerhardt (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Video Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
January 29, 2008
MOVING FORWARD: The second edition of training camp for the U.S. National Team is in full swing in Carson, the roster reduced by one after Kyle Beckerman suffered a sprained left foot on the first day and returned to Salt Lake City for treatment. It’s been a mixed bag of weather since the team returned on Jan. 24, a combination of clouds, wind and rain greeting the team at training nearly every session. The result has been a roulette of locations within the HDC complex that has included four different fields, one of which is composed of artificial turf. The team will remain in Southern California until Sunday, when the travel roster moves to Texas and meets up with the foreign-based contingent. More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for the showdown with the USA’s regional rivals on Feb. 6 in Houston. Kickoff at Reliant Stadium is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision, as well as on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network. Fans can also follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
United States Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Steve Cronin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS (8): Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (Aalesunds FK)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New
England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)
ALL_ACCESS VIDEOS – EXCLUSIVE AS THEY GET: That’s why they call it ‘all access’, right? ussoccer.com has delivered on the promise, starting with first and only video interview with Eddie Johnson aired since joining the quartet of his U.S. comrades at Fulham. On the home front, all_access video gave you the first look at the brand-new Nike training gear and the players’ reactions to the new duds. Over at the MNT Blog, we show a one-sided encounter between Landon and the all_access video camera. For that and all of the videos on all_access, we say ‘you be the judge.”
PODCAST – MICHAEL CHECKS IN: U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley has been en fuego of late at Heerenveen, scoring five goals in his last four matches, including a pair against De Graafschap this past weekend. Now with 11 league goals and 15 in all competitions, the 20-year-old is closing in on the goalscoring record for a U.S. international in a top division in Europe. Prior to last weekend’s match, ussoccer.com caught up with Bradley to talk about his club’s good form of late and all the challenges in store for him in 2008, from chasing a Dutch league title, the prospect of playing in the Olympics, and his first shot at World Cup qualifying. Click here for the audio podcast.
MNT BLOG ROLLS ON: The MNT Blog has braved the torrential rains in Southern California so that you don’t have to. Armed with an umbrella and a computer, the Blog is on the ground with the MNT, bringing the best interviews, training video and tidbits from the day-to-day happenings in camp. While the players and coaches are getting wet, follow the team from the comforts of your home with the MNT Blog.
NOONAN ON NORWAY: U.S. forward Pat Noonan got a change of address during the break between camps, signing a contract with Aalesund of the Norwegian Tippeligaen after five years with the New England Revolution. The 27-year-old started in three straight MLS Cup finals, and shared league scoring honors in 2004 with Amado Guevara. Noonan spoke with ussoccer.com about the challenge of heading overseas and the disappointment of leaving New England with unfinished business. “No question it's tough to leave. You don't find too many locker rooms that have that kind of chemistry both on and off field. There was a lot of talent, and really good people as well. It's difficult going to the final three years in a row and not winning one. There is sadness in leaving close friends and teammates, but it is time for a new experience and a new challenge." For the full interview, click here.
PHOTO SHOP FROM THE HDC: Our photography staff has been getting after it from day one to bring you images of the first training camp of 2008. Rain or shine (mostly rain), there are loads of shots of some very familiar faces, and some that are new to all of us. We’re at it every day, so check back early and often for the freshest photos from Carson.
THEY SAID IT: “I’ve just tried to see the chances to get forward. The coach has encouraged me to be a guy when we have the ball who is getting forward and into the box, and when we don’t have the ball who is coming back and working hard and helping our team win the ball in defense.”
- U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, on his current scoring success.