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Bradley Announces 30-Man Preliminary Roster for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Players Will Report To Princeton Beginning May 15 for Training Camp;
Send-Off Series Matches Are May 25 Against Czech Republic in East Hartford
and May 29 against Turkey in Philadelphia

CHICAGO (May 11, 2010) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has submitted to FIFA the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 1 for the final roster that will travel to South Africa. The 30 players will begin reporting to Princeton, N.J., on May 15 for the start of training camp, with field sessions beginning two days later.

The U.S. will face two of the traditionally stronger teams from Europe in the Czech Republic and Turkey in the Send-Off Series prior to departing for South Africa. Nearly 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the match against Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford, Conn. (tickets) Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Galavision. The final home tune-up match against Turkey will be played May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where almost 40,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET. For both matches, ESPN will be airing a special 30-minute pre-game show. Fans can also follow the games live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

"Throughout the past three years a number of players have contributed to our journey toward South Africa and we appreciate all of their efforts," said Bradley. "We are very excited to get this group together to begin our pre-World Cup training camp as we continue to prepare for the challenge of the World Cup."

The U.S. team will depart for South Africa on May 30, arriving the following day. The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

 

Bob Bradley Names 20-Person Roster For Feb. 24 Match Against El Salvador

  • Twenty Players Will Travel from Carson, Calif. to Tampa, Fla. For Feb. 24 Game with El Salvador
  • Kickoff for Match Set for 7 p.m. ET, with live Coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2010) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 20 players to travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Feb. 24 match against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium. The U.S. team is concluding a ten-day camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and will travel to Florida on Sunday in preparation for the game.

The match against El Salvador, the USA's second game of 2010, can be seen live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click Here For Detailed Roster 
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

U.S. Falls 3-1 To Honduras In Opening Match of 2010

  • U.S. Goes Down To 10 Men Only 17 Minutes Into Match 
  • Goodson Nets Second Career Goal and Second Against Honduras 
  • U.S. To Continue World Cup Preparations Against El Salvador on February 24 in Tampa

CARSON, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 3-1 to fellow 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Honduras in its opening match of 2010 after playing down a man for more than 70 minutes at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Clarence Goodson’s second half goal was not enough to overturn the deficit in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 18,626 fans. The loss ends an eight-game winning streak for the U.S. against Honduras, including four straight victories in 2009, highlighted in October by a 3-2 U.S. win in Honduras that clinched a World Cup berth for the United States.

"The starting point for the game in January is always assessing players," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who concluded a three-week camp with a largely inexperienced group of national team players, including 23 players with less than 10 caps. "Seeing them in a good game, a tough game, gives you the opportunity to find out what guys are all about. It gives you an indication as to where they might fit in as you move things forward. So we take a lot from it.”

The first half opened with some probing attacks by both teams, but neither squad was able to gain possession in the final third. The U.S. was thrust into difficult circumstances after just 17 minutes, when defender Jimmy Conrad was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the box. The ejection was compounded by Honduras’ goal, which Carlos Pavon rammed home from the penalty spot at the second attempt.

"I didn't think we had a good start to the game,” Bradley said. “Maybe some of that was nerves, but the sharpness you want to see at the beginning of games to establish things was not good enough. Obviously, the whole situation where we lose a player on a second yellow card on a play that also gives a [penalty] forces us to chase the game."

Conrad’s early card came back to haunt the U.S. when he was called for pulling down Palacios as the forward ran through the box in the 17th minute. Palacios started the play about 40 yards from goal, looking for a give-and-go to Pavon on his right. Pavon had other ideas and fired a shot over the crossbar, but while running through the box Conrad’s hand grazed the shoulder of Palacios and the Honduran went down easily. Pointing immediately to the spot, Mexican official Benito Archundia then showed a shocked Jimmy Conrad his second yellow of the night before ending the defender’s night with the ensuing red.

Looking to make up for his late penalty miss in Honduras last October, Pavon stepped up and finished cleanly to put Honduras up 1-0. A call from the assistant referee canceled out the goal, but Pavon calmly took the second attempt and placed it inside the left post outside the reach of Perkins to secure the lead in the 19th minute.

Down to 10 men, the U.S. tried to rally, but both forwards again found themselves starved for service. Honduras doubled their lead when Pavon took a pass deep down the right sideline and curled a cross in for Palacios, the striker’s diving header beating Perkins to give Honduras true breathing room.

Despite improved passing in the midfield, the U.S. entered the locker room at the half still looking to get on the scoreboard. U.S. head coach Bob Bradley exchanged defender Clarence Goodson for Cunningham, and the team began the second stanza looking to push to get back in the game.

In the 49th minute, Rogers received a ball from Feilhaber on the left side, and taking the space afforded inside, let fly with a blast from 40 yards that beat Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escober but rattled off the right post. Rogers again threatened one minute later, taking a ball down the middle of the pitch before being brought down from behind by Honduran captain Amado Guevara. The Honduran captain was shown a yellow, and the resulting free kick by Sacha Kljestan went high.

Honduras appeared to finish off the game in the 53rd minute with a six-pass sequence that led to their third goal. Taking a throw-in down the left sideline, Guevara passed it to Palacios, who dropped it back to Roger Espinoza at the top left corner of the box. Espinoza gave a small touch to Guevara, who gave it to Palacios running across the top of the box. With the defense looking to close down the shot, Palacios slipped a through ball in for Espinoza, who remained unmarked and tucked a left-footed shot into the far post side netting.

Bradley made four substitutions at the hour mark, bringing on Conor Casey, Heath Pearce, Alejandro Bedoya and Brad Davis. The appearance was the first for Bedoya, giving the young midfielder his first cap at age 22.

The new entrants began to push the pace of the game. It paid off in the 70th minute, when defender Marvell Wynne earned a corner with a streaking run down the right side. Davis sent a floating cross towards the back left post where Goodson rose above Escober’s gloves to head it home for his second-career goal.

With U.S. fans awakening, the Americans kept up the pressure in an attempt to pull back another. Bedoya’s probing run down the right side in the 80th minute resulted in a curling cross looking for Casey, but a tentative Escober managed to punch it clear.

As stoppage time approached, the U.S. earned some late chances, the most threatening a Brad Davis free kick just outside the top of the box. The well struck blast was smartly pushed over the bar by the goalkeeper. Honduras cleared the ensuing corner, and Archundia blew his whistle for the final time on the night to give the U.S. its first January loss since 1997.

U.S defender Jonathan Bornstein enjoyed a kind welcome from Honduran fans, as his goal against Costa Rica in stoppage time on the final day of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying last year clinched a World Cup berth for the small Central American nation. Honduran and U.S. fans alike can bid on the boots Bornstein was wearing when he scored that historic goal at ussoccer.com, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the American Red Cross to help fund relief efforts in Haiti.

The U.S. will continue preparations with a game against El Salvador on February 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Bradley will conduct a camp at The Home Depot Center two weeks before the match, before traveling to Florida.

U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report

Match: United States vs. Honduras
Date: January 23, 2010
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. PT
Attendance: 18,626
Weather: Cool, clear – 55 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1    2     F
USA                        0     1    1
HON                       3      0    3

HON – Carlos Pavon (penalty kick)          19th minute
HON – Jerry Palacios (Carlos Pavon)        37
HON – Roger Espinoza (Jerry Palacios)     53
USA – Clarence Goodson (Brad Davis)      70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Jimmy Conrad (capt.), 8-Chad Marshall (2-Heath Pearce, 61), 4-Marvell Wynne; 14-Robbie Rogers (6-Brad Davis, 61), 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Dax McCarty, 77) 7-Kyle Beckerman (9-Conor Casey, 60), 16-Sacha Kljestan (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 61); 19-Jeff Cunningham (3-Clarence Goodson, 46), 17-Robbie Findley
Subs not used: 18-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

HON: 12-Donis Escober; 5-Erick Norales, 6-Johnny Palacios, 23-Mauricio Sabillon, 17-Roger Espinoza (7-Mariano Acevedo, 90); 19-Danilo Turcios, 20-Amado Guevara (capt.) (13-Melvin Valladares, 56), 21-Emilio Izaguirre, 15-Walter Martinez (14-Oscar Garcia, 68); 9-Carlos Pavon (25-Georgie Welcome, 78), 16-Jerry Palacios (10-Ramon Nunez, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Ricardo Canales, 2-Osman Chavez, 4-Carlos Palacios , 18-Noel Valladares
Head Coach: Reinaldo Ruida

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 6
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jimmy Conrad (caution)     6th minute
HON – Jerry Palacios (caution)      9
USA – Jimmy Conrad (caution)     17
USA – Jimmy Conrad (sent off)     17
HON – Amado Guevara (caution)   50

Officials:
Referee: Benito Archundia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Lopez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Jonathan Bornstein

 

U.S. Picks Up First Road Win of Final Round Qualifying with 1-0 Win in Trinidad & Tobago to Move into First Place

  • U.S.Sits in First Place with 16 Points with Two Matches Remaining in Qualifying; Clinches Top Four Position in the Table
  • Clark Scores First Qualifying Goal; Donovan Registers Eighth Assist in Final Round
  • Two Qualifiers Remain as U.S. Travels to Honduras on Oct. 10, Hosts Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Sept. 9, 2009) — Ricardo Clark’s first career FIFA World Cup qualifying goal in the 62nd minute against Trinidad & Tobago put the U.S. three points closer to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 victory in Port of Spain.  

After eight games, the U.S. sits in first place of the six-team group with 16 points on the strength of a 5-2-1 record. The U.S. has clinched a top four position, which guarantees at least a playoff with the fifth-place team from South America for a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  

In other CONCACAF action on Wednesday night the home teams posted 1-0 victories, with Mexico besting Honduras and El Salvador remaining undefeated at home against Costa Rica. With four consecutive victories, Mexico is now in second place with 15 points. Honduras falls to third with 13 points and Costa Rica has 12 points and is in fourth. El Salvador, with eight points, is still hanging on with a chance of finishing as high as third-place, and Trinidad & Tobago has been eliminated.  

There are scenarios in which the U.S. could advance without earning any points over the final two games, however the U.S. controls its own destiny and can clinch a top three position and an automatic berth by earning at least two points from their last two matches. To clinch the position on MatchDay 9 against Honduras, the U.S. would have to equal or exceed the number of points that Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago. 

The first chance to clinch a berth will come on Oct 10 when the U.S. travels to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, before returning home to close out the final round on Oct. 14 against Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Tickets for the match at RFK Stadium go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 10, 12 p.m. ET.

The win against Trinidad & Tobago was just the third for a road team in the CONCACAF final round of qualifying as the U.S. joins Costa Rica (at Trinidad & Tobago) and Mexico (at Costa Rica) as victors away from home. All told, the home team has posted an 18-3-3 record this year.

The U.S. has scored 14 goals in the final round through eight games, and Landon Donovan has scored two while assisting on another eight including Clark’s game-winner. Donovan also tied Cobi Jones with the U.S. record for the most assists in a year (9).  

Also, for the first time since the last two matches of 2005, the U.S. has gone consecutive games avoiding the referee’s book, meaning that the six players who played carrying a yellow card – Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, Clark, Clint Dempsey, Donovan and Benny Feilhaber – will be available on Oct. 10 in Honduras. 

"For us it was a very important three points,“ said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “We felt that it was well earned because tonight was a difficult game. A lot of credit goes to Trinidad & Tobago. I felt they put a great effort out tonight and made it very hard. We spoke at halftime and we understood the game we were in. We felt we could raise the level in the second half and we're pleased with the win.” 

The U.S. starting lineup had just two changes from Saturday’s 2-1 victory against El Salvador, with Clark replacing Feilhaber in central midfield and Oguchi Onyewu returning from suspension to replace Chad Marshall and start in the middle of the defense with Bocanegra.  

The first chance of a sloppy first half came for the U.S., as Dempsey blasted a free kick wide in the fifth minute, and 15 minutes later Charlie Davies hit a low shot on goal from 20 yards out that was easily stopped by Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Clayton Ince.  

Trinidad & Tobago adjusted personnel slightly, moving Carlos Edwards to the right wing and it nearly paid immediate dividends. In the 27th minute, Edwards dropped a short pass to Cornell Glen on the right side, and he played a cross to the far post where Kenwyne Jones faded away from Onyewu to head the ball down to the feet of Tim Howard.  

Two minutes later, Glen injected himself again as a throw-in on the left wing bounced over Bocanegra, and Glen turned on his marker and chipped Howard, only to have his effort hit the crossbar. Off Trinidad & Tobago’s heart-stopping chance, the U.S. countered with Jonathan Bornstein playing the ball up the left for Donovan. Altidore received the ball from Donovan, and after holding off a defender cracked a 22-yard shot that Ince parried out to his right.  

A pair of Trent Noel free kicks from just outside the area were the final two Soca Warrior shots of the half, and each was dangerous after questionable fouls called on Onyewu. In the 37th minute, Howard was called to dive to his right post to push away a shot that almost found the bottom corner, and five minutes later Noel’s effort called on Howard to dive the same way but the ball sailed wide of the post.  

In stoppage time of the first half, Donovan and Altidore combined with a slow-developing one-two combination, with Altidore patiently awaiting Donovan to cut into the left side of the area. He played a perfect ball into the space and Donovan’s left-footed shot cut back into Ince’s right leg as the kick save went out of bounds.  

The U.S. created its first chance of the second half in the 52nd minute, pushing for a counter-attack after a Trinidad & Tobago corner kick. Edwards’ service was headed down dangerously in the area, but Bornstein cleared and the U.S. found Altidore wide open up on the left wing.  After pushing forward, he tried to find Davies, but the ball bounced off Davies for a goal kick.  

Just as Bradley was prepared to go to his bench, the U.S. finally broke through with the goal. Bornstein challenged for a 50-50 throw-in and the ball landed at the feet of Bradley, who took a good first touch and played the ball into space for Dempsey in the middle. Dempsey found Donovan on the left just outside the 18-yard box and as Dempsey and others ran through, he found Clark trailing the play. Clark blasted a 26-yard shot that tailed away from Ince and into the net. Clark became the 15th U.S. player to score a goal this cycle, and the eighth to notch a game-winning goal. He was also the 18th different player to score in 2009, matching the record number of different goal scorers set by the U.S. team in 1993 and 2000. 

The U.S. twice had clear chances to increase the margin of victory to two goals for the first time in Trinidad & Tobago, with a Dempsey shot saved by a diving Ince in the 78th minute and in the 89th minute, Donovan redirected a bouncing cross from substitute Stuart Holden just inches over Ince and the crossbar. Holden, who has appeared off the bench in the last three U.S. qualifiers, came on in place of Dempsey in the 82nd minute.

Howard was on task three times down the stretch, first punching away a long-range line-drive off the foot of Edwards in the 64th minute and later scooping up another soft header from Jones. Then, in second-half stoppage time, an Edwards cross deflected off Bornstein’s foot and Howard dove to keep the ball off his left post. Howard earned his sixth shutout in 11 qualifying appearances and his goals against average dropped to 0.73. He also earned career win number 28 to pass Brad Friedel for third place on the all-time list.

The game was the ninth USA-Trinidad & Tobago match played in Port of Spain, and the ninth decided by one goal or less as the U.S. improves to 5-2-2 on the island of Trinidad.

-    United States Men's National Team Match Report    -

Match: United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: September 9, 2009
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Final Round
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82 degrees

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

USA - Ricardo Clark (Landon Donovan)        62nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey (7-Stuart Holden, 82), 13-Ricardo Clark, 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan; 9-Charlie Davies (11-Brian Ching, 77), 17-Jozy Altidore (16-Benny Feilhaber, 63) 
Subs not used: 6-Steve Cherundolo, 14-Jose Francisco Torres , 15-Chad Marshall, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

TRI: 1-Clayton Ince; 11-Carlos Edwards, 3-Radanfa Abu Bakr, 6-Dennis Lawrence (capt.), 4-Jlloyd Samuel; 10-Hayden Tinto (12-Keon Daniel, 66), 2-Clyde Leon, 8-Trent Noel (9-Jason Scotland, 84), 16-Silvio Spann (14-Kerry Baptiste, 72); 13-Cornell Glen, 17-Kenwyne Jones
Subs not used: 5-Keyeno Thomas, 7-Densil Theobald, 15-Lyndon Andrews, 18-Marvin Philip
Head Coach: Russell Latapy

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 11 / 10
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 14 / 14
Offside: 3 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Jlloyd Samuel (caution)        25th minute

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

ussoccer.com Man of the Match:
Michael Bradley

U.S. Men's National Team Gets Three Points Closer to South Africa with 2-1 Defeat of El Salvador

·        U.S. Comes From Behind With Goals From Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore in Final Five Minutes of First Half

·        Landon Donovan Sets U.S. Record With 32nd Career World Cup Qualifying Appearance

·        Up Next is Trinidad & Tobago at Hasely Crawford Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 9 in Port-of-Spain live on ESPN Classic and Galavision at 7 p.m. ET

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 5, 2009) — The U.S. Men’s National Team got goals from Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore in the closing minutes of the first half to come from behind and defeat El Salvador 2-1 this evening at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. With the victory, the U.S. moved into second place in the six-team final round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying with just three matches remaining.

The U.S. fell behind in the 32nd minute when Christian Castillo headed home after a poor U.S. clearance, but after a handful of near-misses a Landon Donovan free kick found Dempsey for the equalizer in the 41st minute. Five minutes later, with seconds left before the halftime whistle, Altidore put the U.S. in the lead for good when he nodded home another service from Donovan, this time in the run of play.  Donovan earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors on a night when he set the record for most World Cup qualifying appearances for a U.S. player, playing in his 32nd qualifier. 

"I think what stood out after the goal was strong response from everybody on the field,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “That says a lot about what these guys are all about. They understand how difficult these games are and how competitive they are. The second half we certainly had some opportunities to get the third goal, which is always important. When you don't, you sometimes need a big save and Timmy Howard made a big save at the end." 

The U.S. is tied with Honduras on 13 points, but Honduras holds the top spot with a better goal differential which they increased this evening with a 4-1 victory against Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico jumped to third place after a surprising 3-0 victory against Costa Rica at Estadio Saprissa. Costa Rica slipped to fourth place with the defeat.  

The final round of qualifying resumes on Sept. 9, when the U.S. visits Trinidad & Tobago at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. ESPN Classic and Galavision will televise the game live at 7 p.m. ET with a pre-game show starting coverage at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic. Fans can follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via twitter at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

The win continued the United States’ dominance in home World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador, as they now hold a 12-0-2 record dating back to 1977.

With referee Jose Pineda stopping play several times for fouls, neither team was able to establish much of a rhythm early on in the match.  

In the 28th minute, Dempsey and Charlie Davies almost hooked up for the first U.S. goal of the day. Collecting a poor clearance by El Salvador, Benny Feilhaber took the ball from the right side of the pitch, chipping it over his marker and down on his left foot. Moving to the left, he passed it off to Davies, who was patiently waiting along the left sideline. The forward paused, pushed the ball past his defender and turned on the jets to beat his marker to the endline. Davies looked up and sent the ball to a waiting Dempsey right at the penalty spot, but the Fulham striker’s left-footed shot went wide to the left. 

Five minutes later, that missed opportunity stood glaring as El Salvador got on the scoreboard first. Jonathan Bornstein’s mishit clearance fell inside the U.S. box to the feet of Zelaya. With time to collect the ball inside the top corner, the forward sent a floating ball towards Christian Castillo at the penalty spot. Castillo out-jumped defender Jonathan Spector and headed the ball past the outstretched fingers of the wrong-footed Howard.  

In the 39th minute the U.S. threatened again, this time drawing even closer to that elusive tying goal. The U.S. worked a quick free kick to Spector on the right side. Spector sent in the cross and found Dempsey diving for the header, but the midfielder’s attempt hit the ground and agonizingly bounced over the frame.

Seconds later Davies again was sent in with a through ball, this time from Altidore. Davies beat the ‘keeper to the ball and got off a shot from a tough angle, but defender Mardoqueo Gonzalez was able to get back and clear the shot off the line to keep El Salvador in the lead.  

Despite the near misses, the U.S. seemed to grow stronger, and after knocking on the door for the last 10 minutes they finally broke through with the tying goal from Dempsey. Castillo was called for a handball on the right side of the field midway in the El Salvador half, providing the U.S. with a free kick. Donovan whipped the ball into the box where Dempsey beat El Salvador’s offside trap and was all alone in front of the goal to hit a diving header perfectly into the bottom left hand corner from just outside the six yard box.  Dempsey now has five goals in the 2010 qualifying campaign. 

Refusing to let up, the Americans continued attacking in an attempt to take control of the game going into halftime. After earning two corners that were cleared out by the Salvadoran defense, Donovan again sent in a cross from the left side. The deflection fell to Michael Bradley on the left side, and the midfielder used his body to shield the ball as he dribbled up and down the left side of the goal box, looking for an option. He eventually pulled a second defender towards him, leaving Donovan wide open to receive his simple pass and then send in yet another cross. This one was perfectly placed right on the penalty spot, where Altidore leapt up and powered a header into the left side netting for a picture-perfect goal in the second minute of stoppage time.  Altidore’s sixth goal in the 2010 qualifying cycle – and his second game-winner – moved him into the top spot in the USA’s qualifying scoring list through 15 matches in the campaign.

Looking at a one goal deficit at the start of the second half, El Salvador head coach Carlos de los Cobos was forced to make his first substitution of the game early, bringing on Osael Romero for Arturo Alvarez in the 50th minute after Alvarez appeared to aggravate a sore hamstring. 

The U.S. appeared to gain the insurance goal in the 58th minute off the foot of Jozy Altidore, but the breakaway goal was called off. Starting the attack in their own end, Donovan sent a long pass along the ground to Dempsey at the halfway line. Pushing it around his defender, it appeared to go too far ahead before Dempsey raced to lunge and push the ball through for Altidore from just inside the half before sliding into a defender. The pass fell perfectly to Altidore, who walked in alone and slotted a shot right through the Montes’ legs, and while the offside flag stayed down, Pineda whistled Dempsey for a foul and the goal was nullified.

Four minutes later, the U.S. displayed their counter-attacking prowess yet again. After stripping Zelaya at the top of the box, Bocanegra got the ball to Donovan who played a quick give and go with Bradley. Taking the return pass 30 yards upfield, Donovan then played a give and go with Dempsey, but Dempsey’s return pass was a step in front of his partner. Coming back to take the touch was Altidore, but he was whistled offside.  

In the 72nd minute, Charlie Davies went down with a contusion to his left calf, causing Bradley to make his first substitution of the day. Bringing on midfielder Stuart Holden, Dempsey moved up top to partner with Altidore.

The final two U.S. substitutions came in the final ten minutes of the match, with Bradley calling upon Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman in the 80th minute for Feilhaber and Jose Francisco Torres in the 85th for Altidore.

Desperate to steal a point, El Salvador started throwing numbers forward for the final minutes of the match. They almost succeeded in the 87th minute, after Zelaya sent in a cross from the left side of the pitch. The ball fell to the chest of Castillo, who brought the ball down and tapped it to an open William Reyes. The second-half substitute took the pass with his back to the goal from the center of the box, and while turning put the point-blank shot on frame, where Howard made the big save needed to preserve the win, diving down to his right to palm the shot.

As the game drew to a close in the 89th minute, Holden almost created the final goal, using fresh legs to steal the ball away from Denis Umanzor. After stripping the left back, Holden took the ball to the end line and sent in a cross that was too high for Donovan, leaving the ball for a streaking Torres who slammed a header towards the goal, but Montes made his best save of the day to keep El Salvador only down a goal.

Match: United States vs. El Salvador
Date: Sept. 5, 2009
Competition: FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Final Round
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 6 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees 

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

SLV – Christian Castillo (Rodolfo Zelaya)      32nd minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Landon Donovan)      41
USA – Jozy Altidore (Landon Donovan)        45+2               

Lineups:
USA:  1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector, 15-Chad Marshall, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey , 5-Benny Feilhaber (16-Kyle Beckerman, 80), 4-Michael Bradley, 10-Landon Donovan; 9-Charlie Davies (7-Stuart Holden, 73), 17-Jozy Altidore (14-Jose Francisco Torres, 85)
Subs not used: 6-Steve Cherundolo, 11-Brian Ching, 13-Robbie Rogers, 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley 

SLV: 1-Miguel Montes; 3-Marvin González, 4-Mardoqueo Gonzalez, 12-Manuel Salazar, 13-Deris Umanzor; 5-Ramón Flores (14-William Reyes, 63), 6-Arturo Álvarez (8-Osael Romero, 50), 7-Ramón Sánchez (capt.), 10-Eliseo Quintanilla (9-Rudis Corrales, 75), 17-Christian Castillo; 11-Rodolfo Zelaya
Subs not used: 2-Alexander Escobar, 15-Alfredo Pacheco, 16-Denis Alas, 18-Dagoberto Portillo
Head Coach: Carlos de los Cobos 

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 13 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 15 / 14
Offsides: 2 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
SLV – Luis Hernández (caution)                       9th minute
SLV – Rodolfo Zelaya (caution)                        80

Officials:
Referee: Jose Pineda (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastrana (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Giron (HON)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Zelaya (HON) 

ussoccer.com  Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan

Bradley Names 24-Man Roster to Prepare for Crucial World Cup Qualifiers Against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago

  • U.S. Takes on El Salvador on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. MT in First Ever World Cup Qualifier at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • Trinidad & Tobago To Host MatchDay 8 on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. ET in Port-of-Spain
  • ESPN Classic and the Univision Networks to Air Both Matches Live; Fans Can Also Follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter

CHICAGO (Aug. 27, 2009) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 24 players that will train in advance of the critical FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. first hosts El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah (tickets). Kickoff at Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 6 p.m. MT., and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. Four days later, the U.S. returns to Hasley Crawford Stadium to take on Trinidad & Tobago. The match kicks off in Port-of-Spain at 7 p.m. ET, with live coverage on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com’s newly upgraded MatchTracker.

The U.S. team will begin gathering Aug. 30 in Utah for training. Following the match against El Salvador, the U.S. team will travel Sept. 7 to Trinidad. The U.S. currently sits in third place in the final round hexagonal, collecting 10 points and a 3-2-1 record through six games. Costa Rica leads the pack with 12 points, while Honduras holds second place based on a superior goal differential to the United States. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth place team from South America.

“Clearly these are very important games in our effort to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who holds an unblemished 7-0-0 record at home in World Cup qualifying. “As we expected, qualifying in this region is very competitive. Both El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago will be hungry to get points from these matches, and we have an opportunity to position ourselves well to secure a berth for South Africa.”

Seventeen players on the roster return from the group that defeated No. 1-ranked Spain and finished runners up to Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup in June. Tim Howard, who missed the previous match in this round against El Salvador while serving a one-game suspension, has posted an impressive seven shutouts in 12 all-time World Cup qualifying appearances. Clint Dempsey, honored with the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the Confederations Cup, tallied three times in South Africa, including goals against Spain and Brazil. Dempsey is tied for second place in scoring for the U.S. in this qualifying cycle, netting four goals along with Michael Bradley, Brian Ching and Landon Donovan.

Led by team captain Carlos Bocanegra, four players have appeared in all six of the USA’s final round qualifiers thus far. Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 116 international appearances. Long the USA’s all-time leading scorer in both goals and assists, his strike in the 2-1 qualifying win against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago lifted Donovan to the top of the team’s all-time scoring list in World Cup qualifying with 11 career goals. Now with 31 career World Cup qualifying caps, Donovan is poised to surpass Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna as the USA’s leader in appearances in qualifying.

Jozy Altidore leads all U.S. scorers in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with five goals, including a record-setting hat trick performance in the 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1 in Nashville, Tenn. With the three goals, the 19-year-old Altidore became the youngest player in U.S. history to record a hat trick. Altidore also scored the first goal to spark the USA’s comeback in the 2-2 draw on March 28 in El Salvador, marking the first time the team has faced and erased a two-goal deficit to earn a point on the road.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman and forward Robbie Findley are making their first appearance on a World Cup qualifying roster. Along with Robbie Rogers, they are only players on the roster without a cap in qualifying. Stuart Holden earned his first World Cup qualifying cap against Mexico. With his goal at Estadio Azteca, Charlie Davies now has recorded two goals in qualifying in three appearances.

The U.S. is playing for the first time at Rio Tinto Stadium, and only the second-ever match in the state of Utah. During qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, two goals from Donovan paced the U.S. to a 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4, 2005, at Rice Eccles Stadium in front of more than 40,000 fans.

Holding a lifetime record of 13-1-5 against El Salvador, the U.S. has never lost to the Salvadorans in World Cup qualifying (4-0-3). The team will be without the services of defender Oguchi Onyewu, who will be serving a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation.

This is the fourth consecutive World Cup qualifying cycle in which the U.S. and T & T have faced off, and the sixth overall since 1985. The U.S. holds a 10-1-2 record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, including a 3-1-1 record on the road.

Following these matches, the U.S. will close out the 10-game, round robin final round with matches against Honduras and Costa Rica. The United States will travel to face Honduras on Oct. 10, and finishes group play on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Click for full roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 12/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 22/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 19/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 3/0), Clarence Goodson (IK Start: 1/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 2/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 17/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake: 0/0), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 11/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 6/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 18/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 2/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 9/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 16/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 3/2), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 31/11), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake: 0/0)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

Marshall returned to the national team fold in 2009, four years after scoring a debut goal in his first cap against Colombia in 2005. An aerial presence who possesses an ability to read the game, Marshall partnered with Clarence Goodson to great success during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The California native also filled in next to Carlos Bocanegra during the World Cup qualifying-win against El Salvador in Sandy, Utah. On a club level Marshall continued to prosper, capturing his second consecutive MLS Defender of the Year Award while being named to the MLS Best XI in 2009.

• Marshall made his third World Cup qualifying appearance, and first of the 2010 cycle, on Sept. 5, 2009 against El Salvador in Sandy, Utah. With Oguchi Onyewu suspended, Marshall slotted in along team captain Carlos Bocanegra in the center of defense helping the USA to a vital 2-1 victory
• Partnered with Clarence Goodson in the center of defense during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, making five appearances and being named to the All-Tournament Team as the USA made the final
• Marshall has represented the USA at a variety of levels throughout his career. He started two games at the 2001 U-17 FIFA World Cup, made five appearances during the 2003 U-20 FIFA World Cup, and was also part of U-23 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in 2004
• A well-decorated MLS veteran who enters his seventh year with the Crew, Marshall is the reigning MLS Defender of the Year and a member of the MLS Best XI, having earned both honors in back to back years
2009: Appeared in six games for Bob Bradley’s team, a career high … Made his first 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying appearance in a 2-1 victory against El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah … Made five appearances during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, anchoring a USA team that advanced all the way to the final of the regional championship … Named to the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament team for his efforts in center defense alongside Clarence Goodson, who was also named to the All-Tournament team … 2005: Debuted for the national team in a 3-0 victory against Colombia on March 9 in Fullerton, Calif. … Played 90 minutes and scored his first national team goal in his first cap … Went on to make three more appearances during 2005 … Debuted in World Cup qualifying in a 0-0 draw with Guatemala on Sept. 7, 2005, playing ninety minutes alongside Jimmy Conrad … Featured in World Cup qualifying again on Oct. 12, 2005, alongside Danny Califf in a 2-0 victory against Panama … Under-23s: Made his first U-23 appearance in February, 2004 … Appeared in four CONCACAF Olympic qualifying games … Started three games during the qualifying tournament in Mexico … Under-20s: Made 30 career appearances with the U-20 Men’s National Team … Started all five games during the 2003 FIFA Youth Championship in the UAE … Was the only player to appear in all 19 international matches in 2003 … Under-17s: Made 12 appearances for the U-17s … Started two games during the 2001 FIFA Youth Championship in Trinidad & Tobago … Started all three games at the 2001 CONCACAF Under-17 World Championship Qualifying tournament … Started in four of the USA’s shutouts at the Theesen International Tournament in Germany in June 2001, helping the U.S. to a third-place finish … First Appearance: March 9, 2005 vs. Colombia … First Goal: March 9, 2005 vs. Colombia.
2009: Made 18 appearances in a season curtailed by injuries and U.S. Men’s National Team duty … Helped Columbus to a second consecutive MLS Supporters Shield … Earned his second consecutive MLS Defender of the Year honors and also a second consecutive appearance in the MLS Best XI … Scored four goals to match his career high … 2008: Returned in 2008 to make 29 appearances for a Crew side which won the MLS Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup … Scored a career-high four goals, including the winning goal on a header in the 2008 MLS Cup Final against New York … Earned MLS Defender of the Year honors and was also named to the MLS Best XI ... 2007: Injury-plagued in 2007, he made only 12 appearances as the Crew slumped to sixth place in the Eastern Conference … 2006: Continued to prosper, making 26 appearances and contributing a goal and an assist to the Crew’s season … 2005: Made a career-high 30 appearances, starting every single game … Scored his first goal on July 9, 2005 against San Jose … 2004: Signed with the Columbus Crew after being drafted second overall in the 2004 MLS Draft … Played 28 games as a rookie, showing incredible poise for a young defender.

Son of Duane and Sandra Marshall, has a younger sister named Jacyln … Enjoys working on his house … Rode horses as a child and once had a horse named Frank.

Played two years at Stanford, featuring for the Cardinal during the 2002 and 2003 seasons … Earned Soccer America Freshman of the Year honors after appearing in 21 games as Stanford made the final of the College Cup … In 2003 he was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection and started all 19 games he appeared in … Named Parade Magazine’s Best Defender in 2002 … Dubbed Soccer America’s No. 1 college recruit … Named San Bernardino/Riverside County Player of the Year during his senior season at Rubidoux High School.

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