HOUSTON (February 6, 2008) — The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their dominating undefeated streak at home against Mexico this evening with an exciting 2-2 draw in front of 70,103 fans at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The match was a high-paced affair, with the U.S. jumping out to a 2-1 lead at halftime, only to surrender the tying goal just two minutes into the second half to Mexico’s Jonny Magallón, who had both goals for the Tri-Colores. The U.S. goals came from defender Oguchi Onyewu and 18-year-old Jozy Altidore, making his first start for the United States.
“There were some good things that you need to see in a tough environment and in a tough game,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, whose U.S. record now stands at 13-5-2, “and there were some things that you see that you still need to improve on. These kind of games are what the players look forward to and as coaches, we understand that we need this kind of games in order to look hard at our players and our team to find things that we need to improve.”
The U.S. is now undefeated in its last 10 home games against Mexico, compiling an impressive 8-0-2 record since 2000. The U.S. has outscored Mexico 17-3 in that stretch, including Wednesday’s match, which was the highest scoring game in the series in almost 11 years (dating back to a 2-2 draw on April 20, 1997, a span of 17 games).
The opening goal of the game came in the 29th minute after the USA’s first sustained pressure of the match, with Onyewu finishing a towering, precise header from eight yards out that left Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa helpless. Onyewu began the sequence with a long throw-in from the left sideline that the Mexican defense failed to clear, allowing Landon Donovan to alertly lift the ball back into the area from the right side of the penalty area and allow the hulking defender to expertly head home off the right post.
Mexico tied the match in the 35th minute on a close-range strike from Jonny Magallón, after a brilliantly played free kick from Pavel Pardo on the right flank eluded the U.S. defense and slid dangerously to the back post. Magallón eluded Drew Moor to slam his shot from four yards out into the upper left corner of the goal.
Mexico’s second goal also came on a close-range back-post strike from Magallón, who again beat Moor to the spot, this time finishing a deflected corner from Carlos Vela (by defender Carlos Salcido at the near post) just two minutes into the second half to even the score.
Magallón’s two goals were sandwiched around a stunning header from the young Altidore (18 years, 92 days), making his first start for the United States. Altidore’s 40th minute strike was slammed home from nine yards out after Moor had gotten forward on the right flank to hit a pinpoint cross into the area. The goal was the result of a strong U.S. counterattack led by Bobby Convey, who eventually fed Clint Dempsey, who in turn fed Michael Bradley to create the space for Moor.
With the goal, Altidore became the youngest player to score for the United States in the modern era.
Just two minutes after the USA’s second goal, Dempsey thought he had a goal of his own, hitting a 22-yard turnaround laser into the lower right corner of the goal. However, in controlling the ball off his chest on a long pass from Onyewu, the Texas native was whistled for offside.
Despite watching the U.S. surrender two goals to Mexico at home for the first time in nine years, goalkeeper Tim Howard was exceptional in the net for the United States, making a number of strong saves, and more importantly securely controlling every ball he was able to get his hands on. The Everton goalkeeper finished the match with six saves.
Overall, the testy match between the two old rivals featured six yellow cards, including four against the United States. Through 54 all-time meetings with Mexico, the U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-11 in a series that dates to 1934. However, the United States owns a dominating 12-6-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Additionally, since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 27 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-8 advantage.
The 70,103 fans marked the fourth largest attendance for a USA-Mexico match in the United States (and the largest outside the state of California). It was also the second largest soccer crowd in Texas history. The U.S. wore their new home white Nike uniforms for the first time, and the match also featured the debut of the team's new game ball (the Total 90 Omni).
Next up for the United States is an away match on March 26 against Poland in a city to be determined. The U.S. last faced Poland on March 1, 2006 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a lone goal from Clint Dempsey provided a 1-0 victory in a match that included a heavy snowfall during the second half. In June, the U.S. will travel to face fourth-ranked Spain as both teams prepare for major international events in the summer, the United States getting ready for their first World Cup qualifier on June 15 in Carson, Calif., while Spain gets ready for the 2008 European Championship.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Mexico
Date: February 6, 2008
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Reliant Stadium – Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. CT
Weather: Roof closed – 50 degrees outside
1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
Mexico 1 1 2
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (Landon Donovan) 29th minute
MEX – Jonny Magallon (Pavel Pardo) 35.
USA – Jozy Altidore (Drew Moor) 40.
MEX – Jonny Magallon (Carlos Salcido) 47.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 21-Drew Moor, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 6-Ramiro Corrales; 10-Landon Donovan, 13-Ricardo Clark (Maurice Edu, 79), 4-Michael Bradley (5-Benny Feilhaber, 63), 15-Bobby Convey (7-Eddie Lewis, 70); 9-Jozy Altidore, 8-Clint Dempsey (19-Freddy Adu, 63)
Subs not used: 11-Pat Noonan, 16-Michael Parkhurst, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 2-Jonny Magallon, 3-Carlos Salcido (14-Fausto Pinto, 59) 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Israel Castro; 6-Gerado Torrado, 7-Fernando Arce (18-Cesar Villaluz, 90+), 8-Pavel Pardo, 11-Carlos Vela (16-Giovanni Dos Santos, 71); 9-Antonio De Nigris (15-Juan Carlos Cacho, 67), 10-Adolfo Bautista (17-Antonio Naelson, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Luis Michel, 13-Oscar Rojas,
Head Coach: Hugo Sanchez
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 3 / 13
Shots on Goal: 2 / 9
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 19 / 13
Offside: 4 / 3
MEX – Carlos Salcido (caution) 38th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 45.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution) 69.
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 76.
USA – Ramiro Corrales (caution) 89.
MEX – Gerardo Torrado (caution) 90+.
Referee: Carlos Batres (GUA)
1st Asst.: Carlos Pastrana (HON)
2nd Asst.: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Oguchi Onyewu
HOUSTON (Feb. 5, 2008) — The U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against rival Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 6, will include the greatest amount of coverage ever, with ussoccer.com and ESPN will be providing a variety of programming on a number of different platforms before, during and after the game. The U.S. and Mexico will face off for the 54th time at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, live on ESPN2 and Univision at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT).
The in-depth coverage will begin on Tuesday afternoon on ussoccer.com and finish with a live post-match show, which will be streamed simultaneously on ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com. Along with the extended coverage of the match against Mexico, usssoccer.com will continue to provide photos, videos, written features and a behind-the-scenes look at the team on the official MNT blog.
On Tuesday, ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will provide live streaming of the USA’s pre-match press conference with head coach Bob Bradley and goalkeeper Tim Howard. The press conference will be the final media availability for Bradley and Howard before Wednesday’s match, and will begin at approximately 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT).
On Wednesday, the coverage jumps to television as ESPN Classic will replay the U.S. Men’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in last year’s friendly at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., at 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT). In the match, played in front of a sold-out crowd of 62,462 on Feb. 7, 2007, the U.S. got two second half goals from Jimmy Conrad and Landon Donovan to continue their undefeated streak against Mexico.
Closer to the match, fans can go to ussoccer.com and watch an exclusive Studio 90 pre-game show which will begin at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. CT). The pre-game show will cover a myriad of topics around the USA-Mexico rivalry, including a unique look at the brand new home jersey the MNT will wear for the first time on Wednesday, an interview with Jozy Altidore and an inside look into what it’s like for Fulham FC midfielder Clint Dempsey to travel back to the United States and prepare for an international match.
At 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT) fans can get an exclusive live look into the pre-game warm-ups on the field at Reliant Stadium as ussoccer.com’s MatchACCESS will once again provide streaming. With less than an hour before kickoff, fans will get a feel for the building anticipation as the stadium begins to fill up, and also find out both teams’ starting line-up.
ESPN2’s coverage of match will also include a pre-game show, beginning at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT) before the kickoff time of 9:25 p.m. ET. Veteran soccer television announcer JP Dellacamera and former U.S. MNT captain John Harkes will lead ESPN’s coverage of the match, along with sideline reporter Pedro Gomez. Rob Stone will be the on-site studio host and will be joined on set with former U.S. WNT captain Julie Foudy.
After the match at approximately 11:30 p.m. ET (10:30 CT), fans can check out an in-depth post-match show that will be broadcast live simultaneously on ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com. Hosted by ESPN talent, the live web program will include a breakdown of the match, interviews with head coach Bob Bradley and select players, and much more.
Fans looking for a place to watch the U.S. take on Mexico can head to one of U.S. Soccer's Official Viewing parties being hosted by the Official U.S. Soccer Bars. In Chicago, fans should meet at The Globe, winner of U.S. Soccer's Best Soccer Bar in 2007. Fans will also be sure to fill up perennial U.S. Soccer Best Soccer Bar contenders Nevada Smiths in New York and Summers Restaurant in Washington, D.C.
This match marks the kick off of U.S. Soccer's Official Bar program which will provide fans with a listing of the top U.S. Soccer Bars in the country. To become an Official U.S. Soccer Bar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA vs. Mexico – Complete Coverage
|Tuesday, Feb. 5||Live Pre-game Press Conference (ussoccer.com)||5:15 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||USA vs. Mexico – Feb. 7, 2007 (ESPN Classic)||12 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Studio 90 Pre-Game Show (ussoccer.com)||5 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Live Look-in on Stadium Warm-ups (ussoccer.com)||8:30 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||ESPN2 Pre-Game and Game Broadcast (ESPN2)||9 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, Feb. 6||Live Post-Game Show (ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com)||11:30 p.m. ET|
• The majority of the 22-man U.S. roster arrived into Houston on Sunday, with Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Oguchi Onyewu scheduled to land late Monday afternoon
• The U.S. will debut the new Nike home kit Wednesday night, as well as the new Total 90 Omni ball
• The match on Feb. 6 will mark the 54th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 12-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 26 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-7 advantage
• The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting an 8-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 15 goals, while the Mexicans scored only a single goal on American soil in this decade
• Seven players on the U.S. roster were on the field when the teams met in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, including both goalscorers: Carlos Bocanegra, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan (1), Benny Feilhaber (1), Tim Howard, Oguchi Onyewu. Michael Bradley and Michael Parkhurst were also part of the championship-winning squad
• Eleven players on the roster appeared in the USA’s 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center, including nine starters and both goalscorers: Josmer Altidore, Ricardo Clark, Ramiro Corrales, Brad Davis, Landon Donovan (capt., 1) Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Drew Moor, Pat Noonan, Michael Parkhurst, Eddie Robinson (1)
• The victory was the 10th straight time the U.S. has either tied or won their opening game of the year, with the U.S. also defeating Sweden to start the streak, 1-0, in 1998
• With the game-winning goal in the Jan. 19 game, Eddie Robinson became the 44th player in the 95-year history of U.S. Soccer to score in his first game with the national team. He is also the 11th player to accomplish the feat for the U.S. in the modern World Cup era (since 1986) and the sixth to do it this decade
• Robinson is one of four hometown favorites on the roster, the two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo contributing a quartet to the group. He is joined by Ricardo Clark, who appeared in both of the USA’s victories against Mexico last year, Brad Davis and Stuart Holden
• Along with Holden, two other players are being called up from the U-23 Men’s National Team that recently wrapped up camp in Bradenton, Fla. New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore will be looking for his third cap, while Toronto FC midfielder and reining MLS Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu has started in the last three matches for the full team
• The USA is 6-0-5 lifetime in the state of Texas. The U.S. has played Mexico twice in the Lone Star State. Following the 0-0 draw at Reliant Stadium on May 8, 2003, Eddie Pope bundled home the game-winner in the 93rd minute to deliver the U.S. a well-deserved 1-0 victory on April 28, 2004 in Dallas.
• Bobby Convey and Landon Donovan both made their debut appearance for the full team against Mexico, and both in the same game. Donovan scored in the 1-0 win on Oct. 25, 2000, in Los Angeles
• Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the squad, the 25-year-old having earned 97 appearances. With his goal against Sweden last month, he claimed the top spot on the USA’s all-time scoring list with 35 career goals. Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career against Mexico, highlighted by the goal during the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored in both meetings last year, notching the game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final
• U.S. Assistant Mike Sorber played two years for Pumas in the Mexican First Division
• Mexico head coach Hugo Sanchez is one of only two players to play in both the NASL and MLS, joining former U.S. international Roy Wegerle in achieving that accomplishment
DO “AWAY” GAMES HURT? Prior to the ‘Guerra Fria’ in Columbus (the USA’s 2-0 qualifying win on Feb. 28, 2001), the U.S. expected to walk into a domestic venue that was anything but supportive of their home team. While past managers have always talked about the valuable experience of a hostile environment no matter the location, how about the results? Take a look at the top five attended USA-Mexico games on home soil to see how the U.S. has fared.
Date Venue Result Attendance
June 16, 1996 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 2-2 T 92,216
Feb. 15, 1998 L.A. Coliseum (Los Angeles) 0-1 L 91,255
June 4, 1994 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) 1-0 W 91,123
May 8, 2003 Reliant Stadium (Houston) 0-0 T 69,582
Feb. 7, 2007 Univ. of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale) 2-0 W 62,462
THREE THAT COUNT: While only three players on the roster have scored against Mexico, it’s hard to argue the significance of the points they have produced. Landon Donovan has four career goals against Mexico, including his first-ever international, the game-tying goal in last year’s Gold Cup final, and of course his picture-perfect header off an Eddie Lewis cross during the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Mr. Lewis happens to be the second player with a goal against El Tri, his strike in the 2-1 qualifying loss in 2005 in Mexico City marking the first U.S. goal in Mexican soil since 1986. That goal proved decisive in the race for the top spot in final round qualifying, the U.S. finishing in first place ahead of Mexico by virtue of being one better in goal differential. And finally Benny Feilhaber, who certainly made his debut turn against Mexico count when he nailed a 72nd minute volley that sealed the USA’s second consecutive Gold Cup title.
A BALL LIKE NO OTHER: When the U.S. Men take on Mexico this Wednesday, they’ll be kicking around a new ball – the Total 90 Omni. A ball is a ball, right? Not exactly. The Omni was tested for more than two years in Nike research labs and is engineered to set new performance standards for consistency, accuracy and visibility. The Omni’s innovative panel geometry places the hexagons and pentagons precisely together to create a nearly perfect sphere, which distributes pressure more evenly across the panels for what the engineers call a “360-Degree Sweet Spot.” The design of the ball is also beneficial for the players. The black asymmetrical band encircling the ball generates a more powerful visual signal as it rotates, providing a quicker read on ball location, spin rate, speed and trajectory from any angle. The U.S. and Mexico will actually be one of the first teams to actually play with the ball in an official match, as the Omni is making its premier for the first time on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the Croatia-Holland and South Korea-Turkmenistan matches.
CONQUERING CONCACAF: For those who like to debate which team is the Gigante of CONCACAF, here’s a stat to consider: the United States has not lost to a regional opponent at home in 46 consecutive matches, amassing a 37-0-9 record since 2001. The last loss came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 qualiyfing loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. And of those 46 games, only two were played at altitude!
NEAR THE TOP OF THE TABLE: Three members of the USA’s foreign legion are faring extremely well with their clubs heading into the second half of their league campaigns. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has posted back-to-back clean sheets in EPL play and 12 overall in all competitions, backstopping Everton as they sit in fourth place in the English Premier League table and having already earned a place in the knockout phase of the UEFA Cup. Meantime, midfielder Michael Bradley enters the camp in fine form for Heerenveen, having scored six goals in his team’s last five matches to help elevate Heerenveen into third place in the Dutch Eredivisie, one point behind perennial Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax. Bradley has 16 goals in all competitions, one shy of the season record for a U.S. international set by Earnie Stewart, who scored 17 times in his debut season at Dutch club Willem II in 1990-91. In Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu and Standard de Liege have gone 20 games without a loss this season, sitting one point behind league leaders Club Brugge in the Jupiler League table.
.500 IN THE 500TH: With the 2-0 win against Sweden, the U.S. celebrated its 500th international match by reaching an even .500 average for only the second time since 1937 (the first coming last year during the Gold Cup after the 2-1 win against Panama). With head coach Bob Bradley collecting a 13-5-1 record since last year, the USA's record currently stands at 194 wins, 194 losses and 112 ties in 500 official games. Amazingly, the U.S. bottomed out at 55 games below .500 just 12 short years ago with a 1-0 loss to Sweden back on August, 16, 1995 (88-143-70). That's a pretty impressive climb back to even.
MORE HELPING HANDS: U.S head coach Bob Bradley has bolstered his staff with three new editions in 2008. On the technical side, former Egyptian national team goalkeeper Zak Abdel will train the goalkeepers, the former Chivas USA goalkeeper coach having previously assisted Sigi Schmid with the U.S. U-20 MNT that participated in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland. Additionally, Pierre Barrieu has rejoined the national team staff after a year with the New York Red Bulls. Barrieu served as the Strength and Conditioning coach for the national team for a four-year span that included two World Cups. On the medical side, Bradley has appointed Ivan Pierra to be the Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s National Team. Pierra has assisted the national team programs since 1993, and had served as the ACT for the Los Angeles Galaxy from the inception of the club in 1996.
NEW VOICES FROM THE BROADCAST BOOTH: Fans tuning into the USA-Mexico game on ESPN2 will hear some very familiar voices from the U.S. Soccer world as J.P. Dellacamera and John Harkes assume the lead role of calling games for the national team. Dellacamera has been broadcasting soccer for nearly 30 years, providing calls for some of the most important parts of the sport’s history in the United States, including the 1989 “Shot Heard Round the World” and 1999 Women’s World Cup Final. Harkes, the former captain of the U.S. national team who retired from playing in 2002, served as an ESPN analyst for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
On the field for the USA
January 19, 2008 – Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – International Friendly
USA 2 Eddie Robinson 15’, Landon Donovan 48’ pen
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 15-Drew Moor, 8-Eddie Robinson (16-Michael Parkhurst, 46) 12-Jimmy Conrad (7-Clarence Goodson, 46), 6-Ramiro Corrales; 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), (23-Jeremiah White, 81), 13-Ricardo Clark, 19-Maurice Edu, 22-Brad Davis (26-Sacha Kljestan, 72); 20-Taylor Twellman (14-Josmer Altidore, 46), 11-Pat Noonan (17-Chris Rolfe, 63)
SWE: 1 Rami Shaaban; 2-Mikael Lustig, 3-Mattias Bjärsmyr, 4-Peter Larsson, 5-Oscar Rönningberg (15-Behrang Safari, 61), 6-Daniel Andersson (capt.); 7-Niclas Alexandersson (18-Viktor Elm, 46), 8-Anders Svensson, 9-Andreas Johansson (16-Samuel Holmen, 61); 10-Rade Prica (20-Johan Oremo, 61), 11-Pontus Wernbloom (19-Andreas Dahl, 78)
On the field for México
October 17, 2007 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Friendly
México 2 Carlos Vela 30’, César Villaluz 32’
Guatemala 3 Rigoberto Gómez 30’, Marvin Ávila 64’, 74’
MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa, 2- Jonny Magallón (18-Juilo Domínguez, 46), 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Omar Esparza (Omar Arellano, 81), 5-Héctor Moreno (15-Edgar Castillo, 76), 6-Patricio Araujo (Jorge Hernández, 87), 7-César Villaluz, 8-Gonzalo Pineda, 11-Andrés Guardado, 10-Giovani Dos Santos (19-Pablo Barrera, 46), 9-Carlos Vela (17-Ismael Valdez, 46)
GUA: 25-Paulo Motta, 3-Pablo Sebastián Melgar, 6-Gustavo Cabrera, 7-Claudio Albizuris, 13-Néstor Martínez, 4-Yony Wilson Flores, 14-Rigoberto Gómez, 11-Marvin Ávila, 2-Leonel Noriega, 18-Carlos Quiñónez (19-Mario Rodríguez, 38), 20-Carlos Ruiz
June 24, 2007 – Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final
USA 2 Landon Donovan 62’ pen, Benny Feilhaber 73’
México 1 Andrés Guardado, 44’
Att: 60,000 (Sell Out)
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 16-Jonathan Spector (15-Frank Simek, 72), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey (20-Taylor Twellman, 69), 5-Benny Feilhaber, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (19-Ricardo Clark, 46), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 10-Landon Donovan
Subs not used: 9-Eddie Johnson, 12-Jay DeMerit, 14-Steve Ralston, 18-Kasey Keller
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 11- Oswaldo Sánchez, 2- Jonny Magallón, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Márquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio, 7- Alberto Medina (10-Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 78), 8- Pável Pardo, 9-Jared Borgetti (19-Omar Bravo, 40), 16-Jaime Lozano (23- Adolfo Bautista, 81), 18-Andrés Guardado, 21-Nery Castillo
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 14-Fausto Pinto, 20- Fernando Arce, 22- Francisco Rodríguez
Head Coach: Hugo Sánchez
CHICAGO (Feb. 2, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 22 players that will travel to Houston to prepare for the upcoming showdown with Mexico at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The match will be part of a two-and-half-hour broadcast window on both ESPN2 and Univision beginning at 8 p.m. CT. Fans will also be able to listen to the match on 75 affiliates of the Fútbol de Primera Radio Network, and can follow live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
More than 53,000 tickets have been sold for the second-ever meeting between the teams at Reliant Stadium. On May 8, 2003, nearly 70,000 fans packed the house to witness a fiercely contested 0-0 draw. The U.S. is currently riding an 8-0-1 unbeaten run on home soil against Mexico.
"With the match falling on an international fixture date, this is an excellent opportunity to get the nucleus of our team together as we continue to prepare for World Cup qualifying," said Bradley, who has collected a 13-5-1 record since becoming head coach last year. “The special nature of a USA-Mexico match provides a great test for our players, and it is something that as players and coaches we all look forward to. The experience can only benefit our group as we attempt to build a team that will help us achieve to goal of competing in South Africa in 2010.”
Seven players on the roster were on the field when the teams last met in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. In front of more than 60,000 fans in Chicago, goals by Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber lifted the U.S. to a 2-1 victory and their second consecutive Gold Cup title.
Bradley has called on a dozen players from European-based clubs, including the Fulham duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard joins the U.S. fold after a stellar year in 2007, appearing in a career-high 10 matches and earning eight victories. Everton are currently in fourth place in the English Premier League table. SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley enters the camp in fine form in league play, having scored six goals in his team’s last five matches to help elevate Heerenveen into second place in the Dutch Eredivisie.
On the domestic front, nine players from the recently completed training camp at The Home Depot Center are traveling to Houston. The two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo contributes four players, including Eddie Robinson, who scored the game-winning goal in the USA’s 2-0 win against Sweden in his first-ever appearance with the national team. He is joined by Ricardo Clark, who appeared in both of the USA’s victories against Mexico last year, Brad Davis and Stuart Holden. Along with Holden, two other players are being called up from the U-23 Men’s National Team that has just closed camp in Bradenton, Fla. New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore will be looking for his third cap, while Toronto FC midfielder and reining MLS Rookie of the Year Maurice Edu has started in the last three matches for the full team.
Landon Donovan is the leading capwinner on the squad, the 25-year-old having earned 97appearances. With his goal against Sweden last month, he claimed the top spot on the USA’s all-time scoring list with 35 career goals. Donovan has been a particular nemesis to El Tri, having scored four times in his career against Mexico, highlighted by the goal in 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored in both meetings last year, notching the game-tying goal in the Gold Cup final.
The match on Feb. 6 will mark the 54th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting an 8-0-1 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the USA has netted 15 goals, while the Mexicans scored only a single goal on American soil in this decade. In the team’s last meeting, the U.S. came from behind on goals by Donovan and Benny Feilhaber to capture their second-consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
The U.S. has a lifetime record of 14-29-10 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 12-6-8 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 26 times, with the U.S. holding a 12-7-7 advantage. In the teams’ most significant matchup, the United States defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, advancing the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in 72 years.
After the Mexico match, the U.S. will compete in a series of friendlies before beginning the attempt to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The U.S. will host their first qualifier on June 15, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.
|Player Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birth Date||Caps/G||Hometown||Club|
|Adu, Freddy||M||5’8”||140||6/2/1989||2/0||Potomac, Md.||SL Benfica (Portugal)|
|Altidore, Josmer||F||6’1”||175||11/6/1989||2/0||Boca Raton, Fla.||New York Red Bulls (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0||170||5/25/1979||53/8||Alto Loma, Calif.||Fulham FC (England)|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6’2”||175||7/31/1987||14/1||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Clark, Ricardo||M||5’10”||150||5/10/1983||11/1||Jonesboro, Ga.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Convey, Bobby||M||5'8||150||5/27/1983||45/1||Philadelphia, Pa.||Reading FC (England)|
|Corrales, Ramiro||D||6’1”||170||3/12/1977||5/0||Salinas, Calif.||SK Brann (Norway)|
|Davis, Brad||M||5’11”||165||11/8/1981||3/0||St. Charles, Mo.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Dempsey, Clint||F||6’1”||170||3/9/1983||36/9||Nacogdoches, Texas||Fulham FC (England)|
|Donovan, Landon||F||5'8||148||3/4/1982||97/35||Redlands, Calif.||Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)|
|Edu, Maurice||M||6’0”||170||4/18/1986||2/0||Fontana, Calif.||Toronto FC (MLS)|
|Feilhaber, Benny||M||5’9”||150||1/19/1985||14/2||Irvine, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6’4”||210||9/9/1984||5/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Holden, Stuart||M||5'10"||160||08/01/85||0/0||Houston, Texas||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
|Howard, Tim||GK||6’3”||210||3/6/1979||26/0||North Brunswick, N.J.||Everton FC (England)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M/D||5'10||155||5/17/1974||73/8||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Moor, Drew||D||6’0”||170||1/15/1984||3/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Noonan, Pat||F||6’0”||170||8/2/1980||14/1||Ballwin, Mo.||Aalesund FK (Norway)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6’4”||210||5/13/1982||28/2||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Parkhurst, Michael||D||5’11”||155||1/24/1984||3/0||Providence, R.I.||New England Revolution (MLS)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5’10”||175||8/13/1984||10/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Robinson, Eddie||D||6’1”||195||6/19/1978||1/1||Greensboro, N.C.||Houston Dynamo (MLS)|
ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Lewis (Derby County)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Pat Noonan (Aalesund FK)
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Head Coach: Bob Bradley (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Peter Nowak (Naples, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis. Mo.)
Assistant Coach: John Hackworth (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Zak Abdel (Los Angeles)
Fitness Coach: Pierre Barrieu (Verona, N.J.)
General Manager: Pam Perkins (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Trainers: Ivan Pierra (Los Angeles), Bruce Snell (Seattle)
Doctor: Michael Gerhardt (Los Angeles)
Equipment Manager: Tim Cook (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Video Coordinator: Mark Liskevych (Chicago)
Videographer: Alejandro Becker (Hollywood, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)
GLENDALE, Ariz. (February 7, 2007) — The U.S. Men’s National Team shutout Mexico for the eighth straight time with a familiar 2-0 scoreline in front of a sold out crowd of 62,462 Wednesday evening at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The shutout kept Mexico scoreless on American soil in this decade, as the U.S. has outscored their CONCACAF rivals 13-0 since 2000.
Jimmy Conrad scored the opening goal in the 52nd minute, stunning a predominantly pro-Mexico crowd with his driven header from a Landon Donovan corner kick. The goal marked the first international strike of Conrad’s career.
Donovan’s work-rate throughout the entire 90 minutes was rewarded in the game’s dying moments when he netted his 27th career strike on a spectacular breakaway finish past Oswaldo Sanchez. Donovan has scored in both games this year as the two-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year tallied the opening goal vs. Denmark in the USA’s 3-1 win on January 20 in Carson, Calif.
With his second-straight victory, head coach Bob Bradley became just the second U.S. coach to win his first two games (Robert Millar, 1930).
"The main thing is how proud we are of the effort,” said Bradley. “The camp has been a hard camp and the players have put a lot into it, and the talk throughout the entire camp was that at the end the spotlight comes on real bright for an important game. I felt really good about the way the players held together. Obviously, there were some periods in the game where they had to deal with tough moments, and yet I still felt that on the field there was a mentality that all the work that had gone into the last month paid off for them and they got their reward. And that's my main thought right now."
While the second half provided plenty of fireworks on the field, much of the action in the first 45 minutes took place in the stands. As both teams struggled to find their rhythm, the raucous crowd was in full swing from the opening whistle with U.S. and Mexico supporters trading chants and numerous waves sweeping through the stands.
Both teams’ nerves were apparent from the outset with each side collecting early cautions. Jonathan Bornstein was shown the yellow card for a miss-timed challenge in the 10th minute, while Carlos Salcido’s clumsy tackle was also punished just one minute later.
The play settled toward the end of the first stanza as dangerous chances materialized for both teams. Jared Borgetti was the focal point for a pair of Mexico opportunities. While a sliding U.S. defender defused his first attempt from 12 yards, the usually sure-headed front man had only himself to blame when he failed to convert a corner kick from half that distance as his glancing header narrowly cleared the far post in the 43rd minute.
At the other end, with halftime just seconds away, Donovan raced past the Mexico defense into the area with a chance to give the U.S. the lead. He fired a left-footed shot, hoping to beat Sanchez to the near side, but the Mexico ‘keeper was equal to the task, sprawling to his right to parry the shot over the endline.
As the second half commenced, Donovan once again found himself in the middle of the action. A nifty combination with Clint Dempsey nearly sprung the newly minted Fulham midfielder, but a last-second tackle prevented the break.
Donovan was sure to connect on his next dangerous opportunity, this time the result of a corner kick. His out-swinger found Conrad who used some savvy moves in goal-mouth traffic to elude his marker and rose to bury his header from eight yards out. Conrad’s goal marked the 10th different goal scorer against Mexico in the USA’s last 10 goals.
"We've been working on set pieces and talked about them the last couple of days, and knew we had some dangerous guys,” said Conrad, who collected his 19th cap by starting in central defense. “And we knew Landon could serve in some good balls. I took a step to the near post and kind of ran the guy who was marking me into some traffic and Landon played a great ball and I just picked a good spot and put it away.”
As Mexico pressed forward in search of an equalizer, they found some cracks in a young U.S. backline. Conrad and fellow central defender Carlos Bocanegra kept the unit organized helping to thwart a number of potentially dangerous Mexico chances. When they did break through, Tim Howard’s sound positioning continually frustrated the Tricolor attack.
Howard’s first big save of the second half came off a Mexico corner as the ball skimmed through the area to the back post, but the Everton ‘keeper tracked the play perfectly and hardly had to move as Omar Bravo steered his header low toward the corner. Just moments later, Howard again positioned himself perfectly, sliding off his line to cut down the angle as a Mexican attacker had gotten in behind the U.S. defense.
The U.S. did well to weather the storm and patiently waited for times to counter-attack. On one defensive clearance, the ball fell to the feet of Eddie Johnson who played a quick combination with Dempsey, allowing him to back-in a Mexican defender off the dribble before ripping a shot that Sanchez had to punch clear.
In injury time, Sanchez didn’t have any chance of pushing Donovan’s shot aside as the dynamic midfielder slipped behind the Mexican backline near the midfield stripe to run onto a Ricardo Clark through ball and dribbled around the Mexican ‘keeper before banging his shot into the open net with authority.
"It's always difficult to beat Mexico,” said Bradley. “It is a great rivalry. Our players get excited for every game against Mexico, so we knew their best was coming in tonight so we wanted to make sure that our players weren't afraid at all. I think they believe in themselves and that showed on the field."
The U.S. will return to action with a pair of friendlies against Ecuador (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa and Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 in Frisco, Texas. With the matches falling on international fixture dates, the camp is expected to complement a large number of European-based players. The March matches will serve as preparation for the two major championships the U.S. will compete in this summer.
The three-time champions will first try to defend their title against 11 other teams at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scheduled from June 6-24 in several cities across the United States. Just a few days later, the U.S. will participate in the 2007 Copa America, the regional championship of South America. The 12-team tournament will run from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Mexico
Date: February 7, 2007
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 7:25 p.m. MT
Weather: Clear, 69 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
Mexico 0 0 0
USA – Jimmy Conrad (Landon Donovan) 52nd minute
USA – Landon Donovan (Ricardo Clark) 91+.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 3-Jonathan Bornstein, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Chris Albright (Joshua Gros, 68), 12-Jimmy Conrad; 2-Clint Dempsey (Brian Carroll, 75), 13-Ricardo Clark, 15-Bobby Convey, 25-Pablo Mastroeni (capt.); 10-Landon Donovan, 17-Chris Rolfe (9-Eddie Johnson, 64)
Subs not used: 24-Joe Cannon, 14-Bryan Namoff, 20-Taylor Twellman, 21-Justin Mapp, 23-Bobby Boswell
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sánchez; 2-Ricardo Osorio, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Márquez; 5-Ramon Morales (18-Andres Guardado, 46), 6- Gerardo Torrado (22-Omar Bravo, 62), 7-Alberto Medina (17-Jose Francisco Fonseca, 46), 8-Pável Pardo, 14-Gonzalo Pineda; 10-Cuauhtémoc Blanco (23-Adolfo Bautista, 46), 9-Jared Borgetti
Subs not used: 12-Guillermo Ochoa, 15-Joaquin Beltran, 19-Israel Castro,
Head Coach: Hugo Sanchez
Stats Summary: USA MEX
Shots 5 6
Shots on Goal 4 2
Saves 5 2
Corner Kicks 2 8
Fouls 14 17
Offside 2 4
USA – Bornstein (caution) 10th minute
MEX – Salcido (caution) 11.
USA – Bocanegra (caution) 42.
MEX – Torrado (caution) 60.
USA – Carroll (caution) 78.
Referee: Mauricio Navarro (CAN)
1st Asst.: Hector Vergara (CAN)
2nd Asst.: Amado DeLuca (CAN)
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Jimmy Conrad
The USA is 6-0-1 in seven home games against Mexico this decade, outscoring their rival 11-0.
The USA’s current seven game unbeaten streak at home against Mexico is not the longest in team history. From Oct. 3, 1976 to April 20, 1997, the United States went eight games without a loss against Mexico (4-0-4, 14 GF, 6 GA).
Mexico has not scored a goal in the United States in 663 minutes (which is a span of eight games and seven consecutive shutouts).
Since 1990, the U.S. is 10-7-7 in 24 games against Mexico, which includes a dominating 9-3-5 record in the United States (and a 1-0-1 record in neutral venues).
Bruce Arena lost his first two games against Mexico back in 1999, including a 1-0 overtime thriller in Mexico City in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The two previous U.S. coaches (Bora Milutinovic in 1991 and Steve Sampson in 1995) each won their first games against Mexico.
The USA won the first ever match between the two nations in 1934, a one-game World Cup qualifier in Italy to decide who would represent CONCACAF in the second World Cup. Mexico then won the next 10 matches in the series and went unbeaten in 24 games across 46 years.
all stats as of Feb. 6, 2007
Date of Birth
May 27, 1983
Sporting Kansas City