Now just over two months out, the U.S. MNT players have their eyes set on making an impact for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. For now, their work is with their club teams, where last weekend a number of U.S. players made a difference.
Jozy Altidore, F, Toronto FC
Altidore collected his third and fourth goals of the season after notching a double in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over Orlando City SC. In the 50th minute, Altidore quickly played a free kick from inside of the center circle to teammate Sebastain Giovinco, who in-turn touched it right back to Altidore. From there Altidore did the rest, zipping past the defense and ripping a shot that just tipped off Orlando City GK Donovan Ricketts’ hands and bounced in off the far post. In the 83rd minute, he got around the defense again. His second score came when he took down a long pass and fooled both a defender and the goalkeeper with a cut in the box that he followed with a left-footed finish.
Fabian Johnson, D, Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fabian Johnson played a key part in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. Johnson completed 29 of 34 passes one of which set up the game-winning goal. The win was huge for ‘Gladbach as it clinched at least a qualifying spot in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.
Clint Dempsey, F, Seattle Sounders FC
Clint Dempsey led the Seattle Sounders to a victory over rival Portland Timbers by scoring the game-winning goal in the 77th minute of the match. In front of a crowd of 41,541 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Dempsey tapped in a rebound from close range after Andy Rose’s initial shot was saved by the Portland GK Adam Kwarasey. The goal was Dempsey’s second through Kwarasey in the last year. He put one past him in just 30 seconds into the USA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup opener against Ghana last June.
Alejandro Bedoya, M, Nantes
Alejandro Bedoya headed home the game-tying goal for Nantes in its Ligue 1 road match versus Toulouse. With two minutes left in regulation, Nantes trailed by a goal and was given a corner kick. Bedoya made his move to the back post and buried a header to save a point for Nantes.
Aron Johannsson, F, AZ Alkmaar
Aron Johannsson tallied his sixth goal of the season for AZ, flicking in a cross with the outside of his left foot for a goal in the game’s 35th minute. AZ would go on to win 2-0 over FC Twente. The win was important for AZ as the team continues to work for a Europa League spot. Johannsson’s team now trails the third-place position by three points with two more matches to play this season.
ZURICH (March 31, 2015) – Defender Brek Shea’s first-half, free-kick goal helped steer the U.S. Men’s National Team to a 1-1 draw against No.-12 ranked Switzerland at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich on Tuesday.
The U.S. had to play the final 20 minutes of the match with 10 men after forward Jozy Altidore was sent off in the 68th minute for protesting being called for a foul by head referee Luca Banti. Although, Valentin Stocker notched the equalizer for Switzerland in the 80th minute, the USA was able to repel Switzerland’s pressure to earn a result.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea, 45th minute: After Alfredo Morales was fouled in the closing moments of the first half, the U.S. was set up for a free kick from 20 yards out. Both Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea stood behind the ball but it was Shea that took the kick and bent it perfectly over the wall and into the top right corner. USA 1, SUI 0 (SEE GOAL)
SUI – Valentin Stocker, 80th minute: Following a short corner, Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka played in a cross from the left side. A group of players went up for it and the ball bounced off Silvan Widner into the path of Stocker, who poked home a shot from four yards out. USA 1, SUI 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
- The U.S. MNT now has an all-time record of 1-3-4 against Switzerland.
- Goalkeeper William Yarbrough made his international debut for the USA, entering as a second half sub for Nick Rimando in the 46th minute.
- Brek Shea’s goal was his second of the year and fourth of his career.
- Jozy Altidore earned his 80th cap against Switzerland. The red card was the first he has received in his career with the USMNT.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
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- Michael Bradley recorded his second start as captain. He also wore the armband for the MNT on March 25 against Denmark.
- Bradley is the only player to have played the full 90 in all four matches for the USMNT so far this year.
- Danny Williams made his first start since Feb. 6, 2013, when he took the field against Honduras, and his first appearance since the U.S. played Ukraine on March 5, 2014.
- With Shea’s goal, the USMNT has now scored in the first half of its last nine matches (the last time the team did not score a first-half goal was against Belgium in last summer’s World Cup). This is the fifth 1-0 lead the U.S. has taken into halftime over that stretch and the seventh lead overall.
- The U.S. has not trailed at halftime of a match since playing Portugal at the 2014 World Cup when it went into the locker room trailing 1-0.
- Jordan Morris came into the game in the 89th minute. Morris was called into the MNT squad on March 29 after playing with the Under-23 MNT against Bosnia-Herzegovina on March 27 when he scored the opening goal in a 5-2 win.
- Brek Shea’s free-kick goal was the first direct free kick score for the U.S. since Jozy Altidore scored from a free kick on Aug. 14, 2013 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: March 31, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Weather: 48 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SUI 0 1 1
USA – Brek Shea 45th minute
SUI – Valentin Stocker (Silvan Widner) 80
USA: 1-Nick Rimando (22-William Yarbrough, 46); 21-Timmy Chandler, 15-Michael Orozco (19-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks, 13-Brek Shea; 14-Danny Williams, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 76), 7-Alfredo Morales (5-Tim Ream, 89), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.); 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 89), 17-Jozy Altidore (sendoff, 68)
Subs Not Used: 3-Greg Garza, 10-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 18-Rubio Rubin
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
SUI: 21-Roman Burki; 2-Stephan Lichsteiner (6-Silvan Widner, 46), 22-Fabian Schar, 5-Steve von Bergen, 3- Jacques Fracois Moubandje; 8-Gokhan Inler (capt.) (10-Granit Xhaka, 46), 16-Gelson Fernandes (9-Haris Seferovic, 72), 7-Fabian Frei (17-Pajtim Kasami, 46), 23-Xherdan Shaqiri; 19- Josip Drmic (15-Breel Embolo, 56), 18-Admir Mehmedi (14-Valentin Stocker, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yann Sonner, 4-Fabian Lustenberger, 11-Valon Behrani, 12-Marwin Hitz, 13-Ricardo Rodriguez, 20-Johan Djourou
Head coach: Vladimir Petkovic
Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 68th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (ejection) 68
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Brek Shea
Still a growing player at age 24, 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 70 caps and double digits in goals scored for the senior team, he is a veteran in his own right and looking to add leadership to his stable of big-game qualities for the National Team. After stints at five clubs in three years throughout Europe, Altidore found stability in 2011 with Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar, where he finished with 51 goals in all competitions through two seasons and helped the team reach the quarterfinals of the 2013 UEFA Europa League. Desiring to further challenge himself, Altidore engineered a move to English Premier League side Sunderland in the summer of 2013.
- Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S. and played in one game, against Ghana on June 16, before injuring his hamstring
- Has played and started eight matches in 2014, and scored three times - twice against Nigeria on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida during the last game of the Send-Off Series before the FIFA World Cup, and once against Honduras on Oct. 14 during a friendly in his hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, where he earned Man of the Match honors
- Goal against Honduras marked his 24th goal with the U.S. MNT, tying him for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches
- Named 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year for his record-breaking performance during the year
- Set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games on his way to becoming top scorer for the U.S. in 2013- tying Landon Donovan on eight goals
- His four goals in 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifying gave him 10 total and moved him into a tie for fourth on the MNT's all-time WCQ goals scored with fellow forward Brian McBride
- 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
2014: Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S. and played in one game, against Ghana on June 16, before injuring his hamstring ... Has played and started eight matches in 2014, recording two goals against Nigeria on June 7 in a 2-1 victory, and one goal against Honduras on Oct. 14 in a 1-1 draw ... Goal against Honduras marked his 24th goal with the National Team, tying him for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches ... 2013: With nine appearances (eight starts) and four goals in the 2013 Hexagonal, he has now amassed 26 career caps in World Cup qualifying and notched 10 tallies, tying for fourth on the USA’s all-time WCQ goals scored chart with Hall-of-Fame forward Brian McBride … Set a U.S. MNT record when he scored seven goals in five consecutive appearances from June 2-Aug. 14 … Handed the captain’s armband by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the first time in the team’s final 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, a 3-2 win in Panama that handed the U.S. first place atop the Hex … Notched his second career hat-trick in an epic 4-3 comeback win at Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 … 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
2013: Secured a transfer to English Premier League club Sunderland from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar after scoring 31 goals across all competitions, a record for American players in Europe … His 13th-minute goal in the KNVB Cup Final proved the game-winner and gave AZ its first Cup title since 1982 ... 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.