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MNT vs. Mexico: Field Level Highlights - April 2, 2014

Field level highlights from The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

U.S. Men vs. Mexico: April 2, 2014 - Highlights

The U.S. Men's National Team battled Mexico to a thrilling 2-2 tie in Glendale, Ariz. Goals from Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski gave the USA a lead but Mexico fought back with two goals after halftime to level the score in front of 59,006 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

U.S. MNT Blanks Korea Republic 2-0 in 2014 Opener in Front of Sell-Out Crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center

  • Chris Wondolowski Scores Two Goals for Eight Career International Goals
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando Improves to 10-0-0 in Career, Tying for Fifth on All-Time Wins List
  • USA Heads to Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist; Kickoff Time to be Announced at Later Date, with Broadcast on ESPN and Univision Networks and ESPN Deportes Radio

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Led by two goals from forward Chris Wondolowski, the U.S. Men’s National Team opened the 2014 campaign in stellar fashion with a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic in front of a sell-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center.

Wondolowski tallied once in each half in support of USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who made five saves and improved to 10-0-0 in his international career. Rimando is now tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan, and also collected the fourth shutout of his career. Wondolowski now has eight goals in his career after scoring six in 2013 – five during the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

The U.S. improved to 2-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic, with the other victory coming in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Next up for the U.S. MNT will be an international friendly against Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision networks and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA wasted no time attacking the net against Korea Republic. In the fourth minute, Landon Donovan, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time since 2011, started the sequence finding Graham Zusi on the right flank. Zusi crossed in to Brad Davis, whose left-footed shot was deflected by goalkeeper Sung-Ryong Jung, but Wondolwoski converged on the rebound to take a 1-0 lead.

The USA midfield and defense maintained a strong recovery prowess when Korea Republic’s offense tried to counter attack, but Korea Republic did find some close moments by virtue of several corner kick opportunities.

The visitors nearly found an equalizer in the eighth minute when Jong-Woo Park’s corner kick was deflected in at the near right side and Rimando made a clutch stop at the edge of the goal line.

In the run of play, one of Korea Republic’s near chances in the 35th minute included Min-Woo Kim’s attack from the left as he got past outside back Brad Evans and crossed the ball into the box. U.S. defender Matt Besler made one of the key defensive interceptions of the first half as Shin-Wook Kim would have had a clear shot on goal.

The U.S. was inches away from potentially going into the break with a two-goal lead. In the 43rd minute, center back Omar Gonzalez played a perfect long ball to Wondolowski on the right side. He dished across the six-yard box in search of Donovan, but Donovan’s lunging effort was just short of connecting with the ball.

Korea Republic asserted itself in the second half, forcing Rimando into a pair of saves in the first 15 minutes. Min-Woo Kim’s free kick in the 53rd minute got past the USA’s three-man wall, and Rimando bobbled the save at the near right post, but had ample time to collect without allowing a rebound. Then in the 58th minute, Shin-Wook Kim found a seam in the USA defense to head the ball directly to Rimando.

After those scares, however, the USA gained a two-goal cushion in the 60th minute. Immediately off of Evans’ throw-in on the right side, Zusi crossed in toward Donovan making a run to the near right post. The ball took a deflection back to Wondolowski who was once again in the right place at the right time, slotting the ball home for his second goal.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. has now posted a 12-2-8 record in calendar openers since 1993. Prior to 1993, the USA had lost its previous six straight calendar-opening games from 1987-92.
  • The USA moved to 28-10-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in the goal behind the back line of right back Brad Evans, center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler and left back Michael Parkhurst.
  • In the midfield was Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud, the trio of Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, and Chris Wondolowski up front in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
  • In the 62nd minute, Klinsmann made three subs for the USA. Eddie Johnson replaced Wondolowski, Benny Feilhaber entered for Diskerud and Clarence Goodson took over for Besler.
  • Two members from the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team made their U.S. MNT debuts. Defender DeAndre Yedlin replaced Evans in the 74th minute and midfielder Luis Gil entered for Davis in the 75th minute.
  • New York Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander earned his second-career cap as he entered the game in the 82nd minute for Zusi.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date:
Feb. 1, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
2 p.m. PT
Attendance:
27,000 (so)
Weather:
69 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Brad Davis) 4th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Landon Donovan) 60

Lineups:
USA:
1-Nick Rimando; 2-Brad Evans (14-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 60), 4-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Michael Parkhurst; 6-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud (15-Benny Feilhaber, 60), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 7-Graham Zusi (20-Eric Alexander, 82), 11-Brad Davis (16-Luis Gil, 75), 9-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 17-Dax McCarty
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

KOR: 1-Sung-Ryong Jung; 20-Jin-Su Kim (19-Taehwan Kim, 79), 6-Ju-Young Kim, 16-Kee-Hee Kim, 14-Yong Lee; 8-Ho Lee (13-Myung-Joo Lee, 70), 22-Jong-Woo Park, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Yohan Go; 11-Keun-Ho Lee (18-Seunggi Lee, 70), 9-Shin-Wook Kim
Subs Not Used: 21-Seunggyu Kim, 23-Bumyoung Lee, 3-Dae-Ho Kim, 4-Min-soo Kang, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 2-Jinpo Park, 12-Jinhyung Song, 7-Kihun Yeom
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 9 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match:
Chris Wondolowski

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)


Johnson’s lightning quick first step, overall strength and aerial prowess make him an attacking threat. Regular playing time on loan at Aris in Greece proved timely as he showcased his form and earned a spot on the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Challenged by a slew of able strikers, he has had successive loan spells from parent club Fulham, from Cardiff City to Aris and now Preston North End in the English League Championship.

  • A member of the USA’s preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Johnson has eight goals in only nine FIFA World Cup qualifying appearances, and still holds the distinction as the only U.S. player to score a hat trick coming of the bench (Oct. 13, 2004 vs. Panama)
  • Went on a record-breaking tear from late 2004 to early 2005 when he became the first player in MNT history to score in each of his first four appearances, three of which were 2006 World Cup qualifying games
  • Owns one of the most prolific scoring careers in U.S. Youth National Team history, tallying 37 career goals in 51 international youth games with the U-17s, U-20s and U-23s
  • Moved to Europe with Fulham in 2008 and has found success during loan spells with Cardiff City in the English League Championship and Aris in the Greece Super League
2010: Improved form earned him a spot on the 30-man preliminary roster for the FIFA World Cup … Played the final 14 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Holland on March 3 in Amsterdam … Started on May 25 against the Czech Republic in the first match of the Send-Off Series … Went 45 minutes on Oct. 12 against Colombia in Chester, Pa … 2009: Made two appearances, entering as a reserve in the USA’s final matches of the year, playing 45 minutes on Nov. 14 against Slovakia and 39 minutes on Nov. 18 against Denmark … 2008: Appeared in six games for the U.S. in 2008, including starts against England, Spain and Argentina prior to World Cup qualifying … Put in a bustling performance as he earned Man of the Match honors for his effort against England on May 28 at Wembley Stadium … Began his second World Cup cycle in fine fashion when he came off the bench to score a late goal in the 8-0 win against Barbados on June 15 … 2007: Took part in both the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2007 Copa America tournament in Venezuela … In the Gold Cup, he made three appearances at forward, scoring once from a Landon Donovan assist against Trinidad & Tobago … At Copa America, he provided one of the shocks of the tournament, when he put the United States up 1-0 against Argentina after he set-up and converted a penalty kick early on in the match … Started all three games for the United States in Venezuela … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad that appeared in Germany, he took part in two of the three games in Group E play … Concluded 2006 with 11 appearances, four as a starter, scoring one goal and tallying one assist … Scored in front of his former home crowd in the 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb. 19 in Frisco, Texas …  2005: Finished 2006 World Cup qualifying with seven goals in seven appearances, tied for most goals with Landon Donovan … Had three goals in six appearances before an injury to his great right toe effectively ended his year in mid-May … Two of those goals came in the final round of World Cup qualifying, including the USA’s first goal of the hexagonal when he headed home a Steve Cherundolo cross in the 2-1 on Feb. 9 in Trinidad … Earned Man of the Match honors in that game, as well as the 1-0 victory against Honduras on March 19 in Albuquerque in which he scored the game-winner … Got his second goal of the final round in the 2-0 win against Guatemala on March 30 in Birmingham, slamming home a 12-yard shot off the right post after collecting a back-heel touch from Landon Donovan in the penalty area … Managed one more appearance, entering as a sub in the 57th minute of the 0-0 qualifying draw on Sept. 7 in Guatemala … 2004: Made appearances in the final three games of 2004, starting one match and scoring in each match for a total of five goals … Earned his first cap and goal against El Salvador on Oct. 9, coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute and sealing the 2-0 victory with a tap-in four minutes later … Scored a hat trick as a substitute against Panama in RFK Stadium on Oct. 13, putting away three goals in the final 25 minutes (the first U.S. player to ever notch three goals as a substitute) … Scored the lone U.S. goal in a 1-1 qualifying draw with Jamaica in the final game of 2004 … Under-23s: Was a member of the U.S. U-23 team that missed out in their bid for Athens 2004 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico … Made four appearances during the tournament, including two starts … Named to the roster for the second round of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against St. Kitts & Nevis in 2003 … Scored two goals in a 6-0 win in the first leg in St. Kitts … Under-20s:  Led the team during the two-year cycle with 12 international goals in 21 appearances … Helped the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, scoring four goals … His four goals and one assist was good enough to win the tournament’s Golden Boot, becoming the first U.S. Men’s player at any FIFA World Championship to win the award … Was named to the 20-player FIFA World Youth Championship All-Star Team … Started and played all 270 minutes in all three games at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament … Scored two goals at the qualifying tournament, notching the game-winner against Haiti and tallying the final goal against Canada … Under-17s:  The team’s top scorer in 2000 and 2001 … Scored an amazing 23 goals in 25 career U-17 international matches … Leading scorer with five goals at the 2001 CONCACAF qualifying tournament … Scored a hat trick in the deciding match at the tournament, a 4-0 win against El Salvador … Was the only player to start in all 25 of the U-17’s internationals in 2001-2002 … First Appearance: Oct. 9, 2004, vs. El Salvador … First Goal: Oct. 9, 2004, vs. El Salvador.
2010: Returned to Fulham to start the 2010-11 campaign, where he earned sporadic minutes as a reserve … Appeared in a total of 10 matches before the end of the year …  2009-10: Pulled regular minutes on loan at Aris FC of the Greek Super League, scoring five goals in 15 appearances from January to May … Netted a pair in the 2-0 win against Olympiakos on April 28 … Made three appearances for Fulham in the first half of the season, figuring in Europa League qualifying, the EPL and the League Cup … 2008-09: Agreed to a year-long loan deal with FA Cup finalists Cardiff City of the English League Championship … Made 15 appearances and notched two assists for Cardiff during the first half of the season ... 2007-08: Transferred to Fulham of the English Premier League … Made six appearances for the Cottagers during their fight against relegation, starting four games ... 2007: An explosive season in MLS saw Johnson net a career high 15 goals … Also chipped in with a career-high six assists in 24 games as Kansas City advanced all the way to the conference finals … 2006: In February, he was traded to the Kansas City Wizards, where in his first year with the team he endured a bout of poor form, scoring only twice in 19 appearances … Kansas City narrowly missed out on a playoff spot, finishing behind New York by one point … 2005: In a year blighted by injury, he made only 15 appearances for FC Dallas … He started 13 of those games, and still managed to find the net five times …  2004: Had a breakout season, leading the Dallas Burn in scoring with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists … His point total was tied for third overall in the entire league, and 12 goals tied for a league high … Seven of his 12 goals on the year were game-winners …  Played in 26 games, staring all but one … 2003: Played in 22 games, starting 13 … Scored three goals in the regular season and one in the team’s lone U.S. Open Cup match … 2002: Played in 11 games in 2002, missing almost half the season … Appeared as a sub in the first two games before missing 10 games with a high left ankle sprain … Scored the game-winning goal in overtime and registered his first MLS assist against D.C. on Sept. 19, 2002 … 2001: Signed a Nike Project-40 contract and entered the 2001 MLS SuperDraft … Drafted by the Dallas Burn with the seventh pick of the second round (19th overall) on Feb. 5 … Scored his first MLS goal in dramatic fashion, netting a stoppage-time equalizer against New England on July 4 in front of 21,343 fans … Scored two goals in 10 appearances … Started his only league match of his rookie year on Aug. 4 against the Revolution … Made his MLS debut on May 12 in a 4-0 win against Columbus.

High School – Was a 2001 Parade Magazine All-American after his junior season … A two-year starter at Flagler Palm Coast High School, he was named to the All-State teams both seasons ... As a freshman helped his team to a 26-5-1 record and finished as the District’s leading scorer.

Personal – Featured in ESPN The Magazine’s 2006 ‘Next’ Issue, which showcases up and coming athletes from across the sports spectrum … Also played football his freshman year of high school, making the team as a wide receiver ... Values the opportunity to be a role model to inner city kids … Lists Thierry Henry as his most admired player … Mother is Lewanna Johnson ... Has an older sister, Shaunta, and a younger brother, Cecil Hubbert … Is the father of daughter Zoë Baker-Johnson, born Dec. 28, 2005.

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