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U.S. MNT Wins Third Consecutive World Cup Qualifier with 1-0 Victory Against Honduras

  • United States Now Has 13 Points after Six Hexagonal Matches
  • Jozy Altidore Scores Game-Winner in 73rd Minute
  • Men's National Team Reconvenes July 1 in San Diego in Preparation for 2013 Gold Cup

SANDY, Utah (June 18, 2013) – Jozy Altidore scored his fourth goal in four straight matches this evening when he tallied the game-winner for the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 1-0 victory against Honduras in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The 73rd-minute goal started when midfielder Graham Zusi slipped the ball along the left edge of the penalty box for Fabian Johnson and he smartly pulled the ball back to Altidore who finished with an impressive first-time left-footed strike into the lower right corner.

The goal put Altidore in elite company as he became just the sixth player to score in four straight games, joining William Looby, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan (twice).

With the third straight victory in World Cup Qualifying, the U.S. sits in command of first place in the Hexagonal with 13 points and increased its consecutive unbeaten streak for home qualifiers to 25 games (23-0-2) since 2001.

“First and foremost, a huge compliment to the team,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “It’s been exactly what we expected. It was a difficult game. We expected them to play very defensively, to be nine or 10 guys behind the ball to make all the spaces really tight. It was difficult to play through their wall, basically, but we found ways and we told them at halftime to keep pushing, to raise a little bit the tempo even more, to find Jozy more, to find Clint [Dempsey] more, to find those little gaps that they were leaving open.

“A good team finds ways to score and that’s what they did. They scored and they deserve a huge compliment. In a game like this, what really matters is that you keep going and be patient and find the goal.”

The U.S. Men’s National Team will gather beginning July 1 in San Diego in preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Klinsmann’s team has been drawn into Group C of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica.

The U.S. will face CONCACAF rival Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego in the team’s only tune-up before the start of the 2013 Gold Cup (TICKETS).

Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can follow live ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Honduras had one of their few opportunities just before stoppage time at the end of the first half, when former MLS rookie of the year Andy Najar streaked down the right side of the field. Najar had a clear opportunity on goal, but Tim Howard stood his ground and punched the ball clear for the save.

The U.S. turned up the heat in the second half and had a great chance off a free kick in the 56th minute. Zusi swung in a picture-perfect service from the right side and Brad Evans headed the ball on target from six yards out, but Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares was in position for the reaction save.

In the 63rd minute, Zusi, who returned after serving a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards, again caused problems for the Honduras defense when he took the ball deep down the left side and hit a cross that ricocheted off the goal post and the goalkeeper’s hand. After a scramble for the ball inside the box, Clint Dempsey’s header hit the arm of Honduras defender Wilson Palacios but the referee didn’t blow the whistle for the deserved penalty kick. 

Additional Notes

  • Clint Dempsey now has 99 caps, one shy of becoming the 14th player in MNT to make 100 appearances.
  • The attendance of 20,250 is a sellout and the largest crowd for a Men’s National Team game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • Jermaine Jones (concussion) and Graham Zusi (suspension) returned to the starting lineup after missing the match against Panama.
  • Jones earned a yellow card in the 10th minute. Overall, the U.S. has 10 players now carrying yellow cards into their upcoming World Cup Qualifying match against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose. The other nine players are: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson.
  • The U.S. is now 5-2-1 all-time against Honduras.
  • The U.S. is now 2-0-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium, and 3-0-0 overall in the state of Utah.
  • The U.S. will open group play of the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Belize on July 9 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., before returning to Salt Lake City to face Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium in their second group match on July 13. The United States finishes the group in Hartford, Conn., against Costa Rica on July 16 at Rentschler Field.
  • The U.S. will be seeking to capture its fifth Gold Cup title. The winner of this tournament will qualify for a playoff against the 2015 winner for the right to compete in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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

Match: U.S.  Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: June 18, 2013
Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Attendance: 20,250 (sellout)
Weather: 93 degrees, clear

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)       73rd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 23-Fabian Johnson; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (20-Geoff Cameron, 74); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 74), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 18-Eddie Johnson (2-Edgar Castillo, 87); 17-Jozy Altidore
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-Kyle Beckerman, 9-Terrence Boyd, 10-Joe Corona, 11-Stuart Holden, 15-Michael Parkhurst , 16-Sacha Kljestan, 21-Clarence Goodson
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 18-Noel Valladares; 12-Arnold Peralta (14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 75), 5-Jose Velasquez, 4-Juan Pablo Montes, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 19-Andy Najar, 8-Wilson Palacios, 20-Jorge Claros, 15-Roger Espinoza; 10-Mario Martinez (17-Marvin Chavez, 69), 13-Carlo Costly (21-Roger Rojas, 33)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernandez, 2-Osman Chavez, 3-Brayan Beckeles, 6-Juan Carlos Garcia, 9-Rony Martinez, 11-Diego Reyes, 16-Johnny Leveron, 22-Donis Escober, 23-Orlin Peralta
Head coach: Luis Suarez

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 13 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 9 / 3
Fouls: 16 / 11
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)                  10th minute
HON– Arnold Peralta (caution)                    34
HON – Wilson Palacios (caution)                75
HON – Jose Velasquez (caution)                  81

Officials:
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ramon Louisville (SUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Fourth Official: Javier Santos (PUR) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

So Long Seattle, Hello Salt Lake

Five things we take away from Seattle and bring to Salt Lake City

- Jozy Altidore has scored in consecutive World Cup Qualifiers, and is the second player to do it in this cycle. Clint Dempsey has done it twice: vs. Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala in the Semifinal Round, and Honduras and Costa Rica in the Hexagonal.

- Eddie Johnson now has 11 career goals in WCQ, sitting one behind leaders Dempsey and Landon Donovan on the all-time list.

- After being shown a yellow card in second-half stoppage time, DaMarcus Beasley will serve a one-match suspension and has departed camp.

- The USA-Panama match drew the second-highest rating for a World Cup Qualifier in ESPN history.

- The U.S. is 2-0-0 in the state of Utah, with both matches coming in World Cup Qualifying. Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore paced the United States to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 5, 2009, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The previous visit came during the 2006 cycle, when the USA earned a comprehensive 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4, 2005, at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

 

U.S. Men's National Team Takes Top Spot at Halfway Point of Hexagonal With 2-0 Win Against Panama in Seattle

  • U.S. Sits atop the group in the Final Round after First Five Games for Second Time in Last Five Cycles
  • U.S. improves to 3-1-1 in the Hexagonal, including three shutouts
  • Jozy Altidore Scores in Third Straight Match
  • U.S. MNT Continues 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 18 against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; Game Will be Broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 7 p.m. MT

SEATTLE (June 11, 2013) - The U.S. Men’s National Team extended their unbeaten streak in home World Cup Qualifiers to 24 straight games and took sole possession of first place in the Final Round with a 2-0 win against Panama Tuesday night in Seattle in front of 40,847 fans at CenturyLink Field.

Altidore tallied the game-winner in the 36th minute off a perfectly placed cross from Fabian Johnson, giving the striker his third goal in as many games. Altidore now has 16 international goals in his career, putting him ninth on the MNT all-time scoring list ahead of Cobi Jones. The goal was also his seventh in the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, tying him with Landon Donovan for the most in MNT history.

Less than 20 minutes into the second half, Seattle Sounders FC striker Eddie Johnson gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in front of his home crowd, with a deft finish after a long pass from Geoff Cameron. The goal was his 11th in 16 career World Cup Qualifying games, and puts him one behind all-time leaders Clint Dempsey and Donovan.

With a 3-1-1 record and three shutouts, the U.S. sits alone atop the Hexagonal with 10 points, two points clear of both Costa Rica and Mexico. This is the first time the U.S. has led the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying at the halfway mark since the 2002 qualifying cycle, and just the second time in the last five cycles.

In the 80th minute, DaMarcus Beasley nearly made it 3-0 when he took off on a remarkable 60-yard run down the left flank and received a perfect through ball from Altidore, but his shot nicked the left post and went wide.

The U.S. will complete the trio of World Cup Qualifiers when they host Honduras on June 18 in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

Additional Notes:

  • The 40,847 fans at CenturyLink was the seventh largest crowd for a home FIFA World Cup Qualifier and the second largest ever for a U.S. MNT match in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Klinsmann made two changes from the lineup against Panama, placing Geoff Cameron into central midfield to replace Jones and bringing Eddie Johnson on at right midfield to replace the suspended Graham Zusi.
  • DaMarcus Beasley received his second yellow card of the cycle during tonight’s match, going into the referee’s book in the second minute of second half stoppage time. Beasley will be suspended for the match against Honduras in Salt Lake.
  • Jozy Altidore, Cameron and Tim Howard were also yellow carded during tonight’s match. They join six more players who are also carrying yellow cards: Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Fabian Johnson. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Fabian Johnson’s assist was the third in his national team career and first of 2013.
  • Stuart Holden came on as a late sub, making his first FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearance since the match against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009.
  • Corona made his first appearance of the Hexagonal, also entering the field as a late sub. His last World Cup qualifying appearance was on Oct. 16, 2012 vs. Guatemala.
  • Eddie Johnson is now tied for 10th all-time with 15 goals for the USA. He’s level with Cobi Jones who tallied 15 times in his record-setting 164 international appearances for the Men’s National Team.
  • Altidore earned his second-consecutive Budweiser Man of the Match award after taking the top spot on June 7 in Jamaica.
  • Howard earned his first clean sheet of 2013, first clean sheet in this year’s Hexagonal, second clean sheet of this World Cup Qualifying cycle, and 26th clean sheet in his career in tonight’s 2-0 win.
  • The United States is now 9-1-2 against Panama all time, including an 8-1-1 record on U.S. soil.
  • Mexico, which tied 0-0 with Costa Rica earlier tonight for their third straight scoreless draw at home in the Final Round, has already played an additional match due to their participation in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

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

Match: U.S.  Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: June 11, 2013
Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying; Final Round
Venue: Century Link Field; Seattle
Kickoff: 7:08 p.m. PT
Attendance: 40,847
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (Fabian Johnson)              36th minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (Geoff Cameron)            53

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 20-Geoff Cameron; 18-Eddie Johnson (10-Joe Corona, 87), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Brad Davis, 87); 17-Jozy Altidore (11-Stuart Holden, 90+1)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 2-Edgar Castillo, 9-Terrence Boyd, 15-Michael Parkhurst , 16-Sacha Kljestan, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Roman Torres, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 4-Carlos Rodriguez; 8-Marcos Sanchez, 21-Amilcar Henriquez (9-Gabriel Torres, 78), 11-Armando Cooper (10-Nelson Barahona, 60), 19-Alberto Quintero; 20-Anibal Godoy (16-Rolando Blackburn, 59); 18-Luis Tejada
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Luis Mejia, 3-Roberto Chen, 6-Gabriel Gomez, 7-Edwin Aguilar, 13-Jean Carlo Cedeño, 14-Juan de Dios Perez, 15-Kevin Melgar, 17-Luis Henriquez, 22-Rolando Escobar
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 20 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution)                            56th minute
PAN – Marcos Sanchez (caution)                      69
USA – Geoff Cameron (caution)                        69
USA – DaMarcus Beasley (caution)                   90+2
USA – Tim Howard (caution)                              90+3

Officials:
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Luis Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Joseph Ramirez (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

U.S. MNT Moves into Second Place in Hexagonal, Tops Costa Rica 1-0 in Final Round World Cup Qualifying at Sold-Out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

  • Dempsey Captains USA to Important Three Points in Second Match of Hexagonal; Now Tied for First Place on MNT All-Time World Cup Qualifying Scoring List
  • Goalkeeper Brad Guzan Earns Fourth-Career WCQ Shutout
  • USA Improves WCQ Home Unbeaten Streak to 23 Games at 21-0-2
  • U.S. MNT Resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on March 26 against Mexico at Estadio Azteca; Game will be Broadcast Live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision at 10:30 p.m. ET

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (March 22, 2013) – Amid a deluge of snow and wind on the third day of spring, the U.S. Men’s National Team fought through blizzard conditions to earn a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. The match took place in weather conditions never before seen for a U.S. World Cup qualifier in front a sellout crowd of 19,374 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

U.S. forward Clint Dempsey, who was named the team captain by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for this match and Tuesday’s clash with Mexico, scored his 32 nd-career goal in the 16th minute. With seven goals in this cycle, he has tied Landon Donovan at the top of the USA’s all-time list for goals in World Cup qualifying. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, starting for the injured Tim Howard, made five saves for his fourth-career shutout in World Cup Qualifying.

With the win, the USA (1-1-0, 3 points) moved into second place in the Hexagonal, one point behind Honduras (1-0-1, 4 points).

The USA improved its World Cup Qualifying unbeaten streak at home to 23 games (21-0-2) and 42-6-12 all-time in home qualifying matches.

The U.S. resumes World Cup Qualifying when it faces Mexico on Tuesday, March 26, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow the game online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Earlier Friday in the Hexagonal, Honduras rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Mexico (0-0-2, 2 points) at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Panama (0-0-2, 2 points) and Jamaica (0-0-2, 2 points) played to a 1-1 draw at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wearing their Nike Centennial kit for the first time in celebration of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100-year anniversary, the USA’s white jerseys at times got lost in the heavy snow. Even with a tremendous effort throughout the match from the Dick’s Sports Goods Park grounds crew, who continually cleared snow off the sidelines, goal lines and penalty area lines, the conditions worsened steadily over the course of 90 minutes.

The match became a battle of wills and it was the USA that got the crucial first goal just 16 minutes into the match. Jozy Altidore received a pass near the left side of the penalty area and took a touch to the inside before firing a shot from 19 yards out that was deflected by Costa Rica defender Roy Miller. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas was moving toward the left post and was caught far out of position on the deflection, which bounced perfectly to Dempsey, who crisply tapped in from close range to give the United States a 1-0 lead.

The goal was Dempsey’s seventh of this World Cup Qualifying cycle, moving him ahead of Costa Rica’s Alvaro Saborio for tops in CONCACAF. His 12th career World Cup Qualifying goal also placed him in a tie with Landon Donovan for first place on the USA’s all-time list.

Costa Rica’s first shot on goal came in the 38th minute off the foot of Bryan Oviedo, but his strike from the left side went directly to Guzan who caught it and held it securely on the snowy turf.

The United States, which held more than 60 percent of the possession in the first half, probed for a second goal just before halftime. In the 42nd minute, Dempsey appeared to have been tripped up in the box by Miller, but play went on. Later in the sequence, Dempsey mustered a shot that was deflected out for a U.S. corner kick.

In the 55th minute, played was stopped momentarily as the FIFA’s match commissioner and Salvadoran referee Joel Aguilar met on the sidelines, surrounded by players from both teams, to discuss the playing conditions. The referee directed the grounds crew to clean the snow off the lines and ordered play to continue.

Guzan was tremendously composed in the perilous conditions throughout the match en route to the clean sheet. In the 60th minute, Saborio took a shot from a tough angle from the right side and Guzan stayed low for the save. The ball bounced away from him just a bit but he quickly smothered to prevent any possibility of a rebound.

Costa Rica briefly thought it had the equalizer in the 70th minute when defender Michael Umaña headed the ball off the inside of the left post and across the goal line. The goal was correctly waved off as several Costa Rican players were in an offside position when the cross was served, and the USA maintained a one-goal lead the rest of the way as snow continued to pile up on the pitch.

The victory ended Costa Rica’s five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) against the U.S., while the USA improved to 42-6-12 in World Cup Qualifying home matches.

Additional Notes:

  • With his 32nd-career goal, Clint Dempsey is now only two goals behind second-place Eric Wynalda (34) and 17 behind all-time leader Landon Donovan (49).
  • DaMarcus Beasley earned his 98th-career cap and got the start at left back to become just the eighth player to appear in at least one National Team game for 13 consecutive years. Frankie Hejduk leads the group with 14 consecutive years with an appearance, while Beasley is tied for second with Marcelo Balboa, Donovan, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart.
  • Beasley, who earned Man of the Match honors, made his first start at left back since the USA’s World Cup Qualifying 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on June 3, 2009, in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Omar Gonzalez is the only player on the MNT to have played and started in all three games this year. The defender has more than doubled his career caps, making his fifth international appearance on Friday.
  • Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his sixth-career appearance in a World Cup Qualifying match and collected his 21st career international cap.
  • Dempsey made his team-leading 28th appearance in a World Cup Qualifying game. Beasley now has 27 career caps in WCQ matches.
  • The U.S. moved to 6-8-3 all-time in World Cup Qualifying and 12-12-6 overall in international play against Costa Rica.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-0 all-time in Colorado and 2-0-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • Four U.S. players on the roster are currently carrying yellow cards in World Cup qualifying: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu and Graham Zusi. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is now 12-7-5 at the helm of the U.S. MNT.
  • With his second-half yellow card, Costa Rica’s Roy Miller will miss his team’s next match against Jamaica.

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


Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: March 22, 2013
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier; Final Round
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,374 (sellout)
Weather: 29 degrees, snowy

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

USA – Clint Dempsey                                     16th minute

Lineups:
USA : 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron, 3- Omar Gonzalez, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones (6-Maurice Edu, 83), 4-Michael Bradley; 19-Graham Zusi (18-Eddie Johnson, 75), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 9-Herculez Gomez (5-Kyle Beckerman, 90+4); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 22-Sean Johnson, 12-Nick Rimando, 2-Tony Beltran, 14-Matt Besler, 15- Justin Morrow, 10-Joe Corona, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 11-Brek Shea, 23-Terrence Boyd
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC : 1-Keylor Navas, 2-Christian Gamboa (6-Juan Diego Madrigal, 81), 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 4-Michael Umaña, 7-Cristian Bolaños (12-Joel Campbell, 62), 8-Bryan Oviedo (16-Diego Calvo, 73), 9-Alvaro Saborio, 10-Bryan Ruiz (capt.), 11-Michael Barrantes, 13-Ariel Rodriguez, 19-Roy Miller
Subs not used: 18-Patrick Pemberton, 5-Celso Borges, 14-Christopher Meneses, 15-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 20-Kendall Waston, 21-Keylor Soto, 22-Jairo Arrieta
Head coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 6 / 8
Shots on Goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 5 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 16 / 15
Offsides: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Roy Miller (caution)                             49th minute
CRC – Giancarlo Gonzalez (caution)              90

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV)
Fourth Official: Marlon Mejía (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: DaMarcus Beasley

Bradley Names Initial 17-Man Roster To Face South Africa on Nov. 17

CHICAGO (November 9, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 17-man initial roster that will travel to face 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg. Kickoff for the 2007 Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup is set for 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The complete roster will be finalized following this weekend’s matches. Players will report to camp on Nov. 12 in Johannesburg. The match falls on the first of two international fixture dates scheduled for the week of Nov. 17, and Bradley has chosen to take advantage of the break by selecting 11 players based in Europe.

"This match is a great way to cap off a very productive year,” said Bradley, who is 11-5-1 in 2007 and making his first trip to Africa with the team. ”Once again we have the opportunity to draw on a group of players who will certainly play a large role in our attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, and the game against South Africa will be a good first taste of what this environment will be like.”

The U.S. roster includes nine players from the squad that captured the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualified the United States for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan led the U.S. with four goals in the tournament, now having amassed nine goals in 12 matches this year. With 34 career international goals, the 25-year-old is one goal away from becoming the USA’s all-time leader in scoring.

Eleven of the 17 players on the roster ply their trade in seven different countries in Europe (Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Scotland). Fulham FC send the duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey, with Dempsey tallying three goals and two assists in 12 appearances for the U.S. this year. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who minded the nets in the Gold Cup final, has already posted ten shutouts in 25 games for the United States. Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has three goals and three assists in 2007 and was the USA’s second leading scorer in the Gold Cup. SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley, 20, is the only player to have appeared in both the 2007 Gold Cup for the full team and then the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. Bradley tallied the game-winner in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel.

While Donovan leads all capwinners on the roster with 96 total, there are five players heading to South Africa with five caps or less, including two 2007 MLS season award winners. Brad Guzan was voted Goalkeeper of the Year in only his second season with Chivas USA, while Maurice Edu – who earned his first cap in the win against Switzerland – has been honored as the Rookie of the Year. Fellow U-20 World Cup teammates Freddy Adu and Josmer Altidore will be reunited for the first time since Canada this summer, with the New York Red Bulls striker seeking his first-ever cap with the full team.

The Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, an annual one-off event typically hosted in South Africa, began in 1994 and has seen South Africa face opponents like Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Nigeria and a host of others.

The United States will make a rare trip to Africa, playing on the continent for just the third time in their history. Their last visit came nine years to the day before the November match, a 2-1 loss to Morocco on Nov. 17, 1998 in Marrakech. The only other trip to Africa was also against Morocco in 1992, when the U.S. suffered a 3-1 loss in Casablanca. As the 2007 Gold Cup Champions, the U.S. will represent CONCACAF in the 2009 Confederations Cup to be held in South Africa one year prior the World Cup.

In the only prior meeting between the two sides, the U.S. beat South Africa, 4-0, on June 3, 2000 in Washington, D.C. Cobi Jones tallied twice that day, with Earnie Stewart and Claudio Reyna rounding out the scoring as Kasey Keller earned the shutout.

Led by Brazilian national Carlos Alberto Parreira, who coached Brazil to the 1994 World Cup championship in the United States, the Bafana Bafana will call upon a full strength side for the U.S. match. Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy is South Africa’s all-time leading scorer, having posted 24 goals in 50 international appearances. South Africa are the current holders of the COSAFA Cup, having defeated Zambia on penalties in the 2007 edition of the tournament.

South Africa Roster vs. USA
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld), Moeneeb Josephs (Wits University)
DEFENDERS (7): Bradley Carnell (Karlsruhe), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Vuyo Mere (Mamelodi Sundowns), Benson Mhlongo (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers), Bryce Moon (Ajax Cape Town), Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund), Brent Carelse (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Djurgardens), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Siyabonga Nkosi (Arminia Bielefeld), Steven Pienaar (Everton), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs)
FORWARDS (4): Lerato Chabangu (Mameodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Fanteni (Ajax Cape Town), Benedict McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers), Sibusiso Zuma (Arminia Bielefeld)

Eight days after the Nov. 17 match, South Africa will host the Preliminary Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The event, held in Durban, will determine the qualifying schedule for 156 countries spanning five confederations. The South American qualifying competition began Oct. 13 with all ten teams in action.

ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2) – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7) –Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathon Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6) – Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), 
FORWARDS (2) – Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC)

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)
Assitant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdelbaaset (Los Angeles)
Fitness Coach: Anthony Slater (Los Angeles)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Jim Hashimoto (Wilmington, Del.)
                 Bruce Snell (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Doctor: George Chiampas (Chicago)
Chiropractor: George Billauer (Los Angeles)

U.S. MNT 2007 Schedule
Date         Match Venue Result / Kickoff / TV
Jan. 20    USA vs. Denmark Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 3-1 W
Feb. 7      USA vs. Mexico Univ.of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.) 2-0 W
March 25 USA vs. Ecuador Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.) 3-1 W
March 28 USA vs. Guatemala Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 0-0 T
June 2      USA vs. China Spartan Stadium (San Jose, Calif.) 4-1 W
June 7      USA vs. Guatemala ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 1-0 W
June 9      USA vs. T&T ^ Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2-0 W
June 12    USA vs. El Salvador^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 4-0 W
June 16    USA vs. Panama ^ Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 2-1 W
June 21    USA vs. Canada ^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 24    USA vs. Mexico ^ Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-1 W
June 28    USA vs. Argentina # Estadio Jose Romero (Maracaibo) 1-4 L
July 2        USA vs. Paraguay # Estadio Agustin Tovar (Barinas) 1-3 L
July 5        USA vs. Colombia # Estadio Metropolitano FdL (Barquisimeto) 0-1 L
Aug. 22     USA vs. Sweden Ullevi Stadium (Goteborg, Sweden) 0-1 L
Sept. 9      USA vs. Brazil Soldier Field (Chicago) 2-4 L
Oct. 17      USA vs. Switzerland St. Jakob-Park (Basel, Switzterland) 1-0 W
Nov. 17     USA vs. South Africa Ellis Park (Johannesburg, South Africa) 9 a.m. ET / FSC / Galavision

^ CONCACAF Gold Cup
# Copa America

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Falls To Argentina, 1-0, in World Cup Preparation Match at PAETEC Park in Rochester, NY


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (May 15, 2007) — In a game that served as a warm-up for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, defending world champion Argentina held off a fierce United States attack on Tuesday night at PAETEC Park in Rochester, N.Y., and made a 55th minute goal stand for a 1-0 victory.

In a game that saw both teams earn several good scoring chances, the United States seemed to get the better of the offensive opportunities throughout the game, outshooting Argentina 15-8, but couldn’t break through goalkeeper Emiliano Centeno. A perfectly taken free kick by Alejandro Gomez from the right side of the box found Diego Braghieri, who timed his run perfectly to head the ball in the back of the net for the game’s only goal.

“In the end we didn't convert our chances and they converted the one they had,” said U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen. “I can't be prouder of the mentality of the team though. We put the reigning world champions on their heels. It's a great lesson to be learned at this point, that the little things make a difference. I'm not happy about the loss, don't get me wrong, but at the same time there are a lot of building blocks and positive things we can work on.”

The first chance for either team came in the fourth minute when Robbie Rogers beat his defender down the left side and played a square ball to Danny Szetela in the middle of the field. Szetela took a touch toward goal, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

Near the half-hour mark, Facundo Coria picked the ball off Szetela’s feet in the middle of the field and created Argentina’s best chance of the half, taking a touch toward goal from 25 yards out. He rifled a low, hard shot that forced U.S. goalkeeper Chris Seitz to fully extend to get a hand on the ball and get it over the end line for his best save of the night.

Josmer Altidore almost put the U.S. up in the 38th minute when he received a ball and touched it by defender Gabriel Mercado before dribbling in on goal. With a few step-overs as he moved inside the area, he put defender Braghieri off balance, before ripping a left-footed shot, but Centeno came up with the first of five big saves on the night.

The U.S. came out of the locker room for the second half with their eyes on the goal. Quick chances came when a ball was chipped into the box looking for Altidore, but Centeno was once again up to the task. Less than a minute later, Rogers again played a ball into the box that found Altidore, who brought the ball down with his chest around two defenders, but his shot went well over the crossbar. Staying on the attack, defender Tim Ward found Freddy Adu alone in the box, but his shot ended up right in the hands of the goalkeeper.

In another flurry of offense for the United States in the 59th minute, Adu took a free kick from 30 yards away that hit the crossbar and bounced almost straight down, only to be cleared by the Argentine defense. On the ensuing corner, the U.S. played it short and Johann Smith chipped a ball into the box for Altidore. Altidore was able to make something out of a half-chance and get a shot off as he was being surrounded by defenders, but again Centeno came up with a big save off of a point blank shot.

In stoppage time, Argentina was content to play the ball long and let their forwards run onto it to wind down the clock, but the U.S. kept the pressure on until the end. The last chance came on a free kick to the left of Argentina’s box, and everyone for the U.S., including Seitz, was pushed forward looking for the equalizer. The cross drifted to the far post and went just over Amaechi Igwe’s head as the final whistle blew.

Both teams will be taking part in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place in Canada from June 30-July 22. The U.S. was drawn into Group D with Korea Republic, Poland and Brazil. This is the sixth straight appearance for the U.S. in the world championship and their 11th overall. The U.S. opens against Korea Republic on June 30, then faces Poland on July 3 and concludes group play on July 6 against four-time U-20 world champions Brazil. The U.S. will play Korea Republic and Poland at The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, before heading to Ottawa to face Brazil at Frank Clair Stadium

This will be the second team Rongen will take to a FIFA U-20 World Cup, having coached the U.S. Under-20s at the 2003 event in the United Arab Emirates (then named FIFA World Youth Championship), leading the team to an impressive fifth place finish.

In Canada, the U.S. will look to improve on its disappointing 12th place finish in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, when they were knocked out of the Round of 16 by Italy after going undefeated in group play. In 2003, the U.S. led Argentina for most of the match until an equalizer in the final moments and a penalty kick in overtime ended their chances for their second appearance in the semifinals of a U-20 World Cup. The only appearance in the final four of a U-20 World Cup by a U.S. team was in Saudi Arabia in 1989 when current MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller helped lead his team to a best-ever fourth place finish. 

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Game Report -

Participants: USA vs. Argentina
Competition: International Friendly
Location: PAETEC Park; Rochester, N.Y.
Date: May 15, 2007
Weather: Warm, 70 degrees
Attendance: 3,531

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

ARG – Diego Braghieri (Alejandro Gomez) 55th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Chris Seitz; 3-Amaechi Igwe, 5-Nathan Sturgis, 14-Julian Valentin (15-Jalil Anibaba, 76), 2-Tim Ward; 11-Freddy Adu (capt.), 7-Danny Szetela, 4-Bryan Arguez (10-Rodrigo Lopez, 46); 8-Robbie Rogers (13-Sal Zizzo, 62), 12-Josmer Altidore, 9-Johann Smith
Subs not used: 19-Michael Stephens, 24-Alec Dufty
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen

ARG: 1-Emiliano Centeno; 2-Gabriel Mercado, 3-Marcelo Cardozo, 4-Santiago Villafane, 5-Matias Sanchez, 6-Diego Braghieri (20-Jorge Sotomayor, 88), 11-Leonel Vangioni (16-Nicolas Dul, 64), 13-Fernando Meza, 17-Facundo Coria (15-Frederico Scoppa, 85), 18-Santiago Malano (9-Milton Joel Caraglio, 69); 19-Alejandro Gomez (21-Jonotan Chavez, 79)
Subs not used: 7-Diego Perotti,, 12-Agustin Marchesin
Head Coach: Hugo Tocalli

Statistical Summary:   USA  ARG
Shots                                 15      8
Shots on goal                    5       5
Saves                                  4       5
Fouls                                  12    22
Corner Kicks                      8       4
Offside                                 1       4

Misconduct Summary:
ARG – Matias Sanchez (caution)      11th minute.
USA – Freddy Adu (caution)               60.
ARG – Alejandro Gomez (caution)    69.
ARG – Diego Braghieri (caution)       84.
ARG – Jorge Sotomayor (caution)     90.


Officials:
Referee: Steve DePiero
AR1: Amato DeLuca
AR2: Joe Fletcher
Fourth Official: Richard Sanchez

Still a growing player at age 23, Jozy Altidore has added seasoning and sophistication to an already physically imposing game. He has developed range and positional sense in addition to superior body control. Having surpassed 50 caps and double digits in goals scored for the senior team, he is a veteran in his own right and is looking to add consistency to his stable of big goals for the national team. Altidore is benefitting from long-sought stability at AZ Alkmaar, where he finished last season with 19 goals in all competitions and helped the team reach the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

  • A critical force in the U.S.’s march in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring game-winning goals against Canada and Guadeloupe and earning Man of the Match honors in both games
  • Assist on Michael Bradley’s game-tying goal against Slovenia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup voted Best Assist for 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
  • Started all four 2010 World Cup matches, earning ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Algeria
  • Finished as the leading scorer for the U.S. in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with six goals
  • Became the youngest player in U.S. Men’s National Team history to score a hat trick, tallying all three goals in the 3-0 victory in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1, 2009, in Nashville
  • Part of Peter Nowak's Under-23 side that qualified for the Olympics in Beijing and appeared in all three games at the Olympics, scoring during the 2-2 tie on Aug. 10 against the Netherlands
  • Became the first U.S. international to score in Spain's La Liga when he grabbed a goal on Nov. 1, 2008, against Athletic Bilbao

 

2012: Appeared in seven matches, starting three ... Used his size and skill in the area to tee up Clint Dempsey for the game-winner in the historic 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa ... With four appearances in the Semifinal Round, he has now amassed 10 career caps in World Cup qualifying ... Finished the year with a strong effort in the 2-2 draw against Russia in Kransnodar ... 2011: Made 13 appearances for the MNT, scoring three goals to raise his career tally to 13 … Scored a penalty against Slovenia for the U.S.’s third goal in the 3-2 win on Nov. 15 … Played in four games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the opening win against Canada when he converted a pass from Donovan in the 15th minute, and against Guadeloupe when he scored the game-winner in the ninth minute …. Earned Man of the Match honors for both games … A hamstring injury prevented him from playing in the final … 2010: Started all four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Registered an assist on Michael Bradley’s game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw on June 18 against Slovenia, knocking down a header to put the ball in the path of Bradley for the goal that kept the U.S. alive in the tournament … Earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors for his efforts in that game … Pushed his career goal tally to double digits, scoring on May 29 against Turkey in the Send-Off Series, tapping home a feed from Landon Donovan and in the 2-2 draw on Oct. 9 against Poland when he took down a great through ball from Jermaine Jones … 2009: Finished with a career-high 17 appearances and six goals … Earned back-to-back ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors by scoring in the 2-2 comeback draw on March 28 in El Salvador before potting a hat trick three days later at home against T&T in Nashville … Scored the game-winning goal against No. 1-ranked Spain on June 24 in the Confederations Cup semifinal, turning on Villarreal teammate Joan Capdevila before firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas … Recorded his second game-winning goal in World Cup qualifying when he headed home a Donovan cross in first half stoppage time of the 2-1 win against El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah … 2008: Earned his first start and scored his first MNT goal against Mexico during a 2-2 draw on Feb. 6, 2008, in Houston … Set a record at the time for the youngest player to score for the U.S. during the modern era … Made his first World Cup qualifying appearance as a substitute against Cuba in October, scoring the fifth goal of a 6-1 rout at RFK Stadium … 2007: Earned first cap with the MNT on Nov. 17, coming on as a sub in the 65th minute of the USA’s 1-0 victory against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup … Under-23s: A member of the Olympic team that competed in Beijing in August 2008, he appeared in all three games during the tournament … Came on as a sub against the Netherlands and promptly scored when he tapped in a cross from Michael Orozco-Fiscal to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead … Started three of the four games he appeared in during Olympic qualifying, twice drawing fouls that set up U.S. goals on free kicks …  Under-20s: Earned 17 caps for the Under-20s, scoring six goals … Started all five games at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, scoring four goals … Tallied both goals in the USA’s 2-1 win against Brazil … Also scored against Poland and in the quarterfinal match against Austria … Made his first U-20 appearance against reigning World Champion Argentina … Part of the CONCACAF qualifying team that finished at the top of the group … Played in two games during qualifying … Under-17s: Joined U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in August 2004 … Youngest player on the roster when he joined Residency … Was a prolific scorer in 2005 with the ‘89s, scoring 19 goals in 26 games and adding four assists … Appeared in the 2005 Under-17 World Cup against Italy and the Netherlands … Was one of only three players born in 1989 to make roster … Tallied first international goal with the Under-17 team against Australia at the 2004 Nike Friendlies … Scored two of the team’s four goals to help the U.S. win the Toyota Football Championship in Japan in 2004. First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2007, vs. South Africa … First Goal: Feb. 6, 2008, vs. Mexico

2012: Amassed 11 league goals in the first half of the 2012-13 campaign ... Capped of an impressive first season with AZ by scoring 19 goals in all competitions, including 15 in league play that contributed to a fourth-place finish in the Eredivisie table ... Finished seventh on the league goalscoring chart ... Recorded four multiple-game goals, including a pair in a Europa League qualifier on Aug. 25 against Aalesund ... Scored in his club debut, a 3-1 win against PSV on Aug. 7 ... 2011: Transferred to AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract on July 14, 2011, whose sporting director is former U.S. international and 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Earnie Stewart … Scored five goals in his 17 Eredivisie games in the first half of the season, including a brace in the 4-0 victory against NEC Nijmegan … Scored a goal in his first game with AZ, a 3-1 win against PSV Eindhoven … Made seven appearances in the Europa League, scoring four goals … 2010-11: Loaned to defending Turkish League champion Bursaspor to close out the 2010-11 campaign … Finished the loan spell with 12 appearances and one goal … Scored his first goal for the Turkish side on April 8 … During the first half of the season, appeared in nine matches in all competitions for Villarreal, including four starts in the Europa League … Scored in both legs of the Copa del Rey fourth-round series against Polideportivo Ejido, helping Villarreal to a 3-1 aggregate goals victory …Made one league appearance, entering as a sub on Oct. 31 against Sporting Gijon … 2009-10: Moved to Hull City on loan for the 2009-10 campaign … Started his tenure in fine fashion, coming on the 60 th minute and quickly setting up the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 22 against Bolton … Followed with the lone goal in the 1-0 victory in the Carling Cup against Southend United three days later … Appearances reached into double digits before the new year … Finished the loan spell at Hull City with 26 league appearances and one goal … 2008-09: Transferred to Villarreal of Spain's La Liga in June of 2008 for an MLS record fee thought to be around the $10 million mark … Debuted for Villarreal as a second half substitute against Deportivo La Coruña on Sept. 14 … Scored his first goal for the club on Nov. 1 when he netted in the 90th minute against Athletic Bilbao … Loaned to second division leaders Xerez in January, but the team’s form and minor toe surgery prevented Altidore from cracking the lineup … 2007: Had a breakout season with the Red Bulls in 2007, scoring nine goals and adding four assists in 15 games in his second season … 2006: Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Columbus on Sept. 30, 2006, in just his second professional game … Played every minute (180) of the playoff series against D.C. in 2006, scoring the team’s lone goal of the series on a header in the second match … Finished rookie season with nine appearances and four goals … Drafted in the second round (17th overall) by the MetroStars (now the N.Y. Red Bulls) of Major League Soccer.

 

A native of Livingston, N.J., he moved to Florida as a child … Born to Haitian parents Joseph and Gisele, whom he lists as personal heroes … Has become very active in helping raise money for relief efforts in Haiti … One of three U.S. players featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s 2010 World Cup Guide … Has one older brother, Janak, and two sisters, Sadia and Lindsay … Sadia played soccer at East Carolina University.

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