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Good Memories Await Klinsmann, USA in London

The U.S. Men’s National Team will soon take the field to face fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup finalist and No.3-ranked Colombia in a Nov. 14 friendly set to mark the USA’s penultimate game of 2014. The match will take the MNT overseas to the home of Fulham FC – historic Craven Cottage in London – a home away from home for many U.S. players, who have spent time at or are currently part of the English club. To date, more than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the match.

The West London club has always been a special place for players who have donned the Red, White and Blue. Current MNT forward Clint Dempsey spent six seasons at Fulham and broke the record for most goals by an American with 37, surpassing the mark set by fellow U.S. and Fulham icon, Brian McBride.

McBride, who left an indelible mark on the Whites, quickly became one of the fans most beloved players in his four years with the club from 2004-08. The two-time Fulham Player of the Year amassed 33 goals and was named captain for the 2007-08 season. Recently, McBride was named to a special committee to help select the club’s manager. His legacy is visible throughout the stadium, but perhaps most notably in the stadium pub which was renamed McBride’s in his honor.

Fulhamerica Homecoming

If there is one venue the U.S. Men’s National Team could call home outside United States, it would undoubtedly be Fulham’s Craven Cottage. Plenty of current and former players can find the stadium on the river Thames without a GPS. 

The list of U.S. internationals that pulled on the Fulham jersey is long and distinguished, including goalkeepers, goal scorers, FIFA World Cup veterans and aspiring leaders. 

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (1999-2002) was the first to don the Cottager’s kit in the modern era and former U.S. MNT midfielder and defender Eddie Lewis arrived a year later (2000-2002). Despite not playing a game the whole season, his coach Jean Tigana insisted on keeping Lewis until season’s end, making him the last to arrive at the USA’s pre-World Cup training camp in 2002. Lewis went on to deliver one of the most famous crosses in U.S. history

Later in the decade, three-time World Cup veteran Kasey Keller spent a season at Craven Cottage (2007), while striker Eddie Johnson had a three-year spell there (2008-11) spent mostly on loan. 

The most accomplished and celebrated U.S. players at Craven Cottage are strikers Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey. McBride (2004-08) scored 33 goals during his tenure and became such a fan favorite that the stadium pub now bears his name. He was a two-time Fulham Player of the Year, and was named captain for the 2007-08 season. Most recently, McBride was named to a special committee to help select the club’s next manager. 

“I think it’s the perfect fit. The Fulham supporters are incredibly loyal and have a great appreciation for what the American players bring to the table,” McBride said of Craven Cottage. “For the U.S. players and fans who will be there for the first time, they will experience a very special place. There is a heart and soul to Craven Cottage that goes beyond just a stadium; it’s like playing in front of your family.” 

Not to be outdone, Dempsey picked up McBride’s scoring reins at Fulham. In addition to famous goals – the game-winner against Liverpool that saved Fulham from relegation in 2007 and the wonder strike against Juventus in the Europa League Round of 16, among others – the Texan set the team record for the most career tallies in the Premier League (50) by an American, surpassing his 2006 World Cup teammate, McBride.

 Former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra also made a big impression with the Fulham faithful (2004-08), becoming one of the few MNT players in history playing outside the United States to wear the captain’s armband for both club and country. He was the second leading scorer in the 2006-07 campaign with five goals – behind McBride – and finished his career there with eight total in 116 appearances. 

“I’m thrilled that the U.S. Men’s National Team will play at a stadium that has meant so much to the American players who got their chance at Fulham,” Bocanegra said. “The fans there were incredibly supportive of us, and we have so many great memories there. Craven Cottage has one of the most intimate atmospheres I’ve ever played in. Sitting in the Cottage is like having a rooftop seat at Wrigley Field – it’s an experience every fan should have in their lifetime.” 

The American line of succession at Fulham has now been passed to 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman, who played extensively in Fulham’s Youth Academy and scored a goal in the U-18 FA Cup Final. Now earning regular minutes for the first time, Hyndman debuted for the senior MNT in the 1-0 win against the Czech Republic in Prague this past September.

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.

Klinsmann Names 22 Players for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 2

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 22 players to train in Phoenix in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff for the USA’s final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

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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