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Q&A: Klinsmann, "Now the players need to prove if they are still in the top spot or not.”

ussoccer.com: What was the approach to putting this roster together?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for Mexico game a month from now. Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10.  Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl.”

“With these games, it is not the time to be patient. This is really now time for the guys to make a really strong impression that they understand the situation we’re in because of what happened in the Gold Cup. These games are not about developing things for the future. This is about proving a point towards the Mexico game.”

ussoccer.com: What is the objective for these matches?
JK: “Coming into two games like this against Brazil, whose accomplishments speak for themselves, and Peru coming off a third place finish in Copa America, this is now a huge opportunity for the players to  show us that they deserve to go to the Mexico clash. Initially with the games – and also going back to the games against Holland and Germany – our goal was to get these experiences for World Cup qualifying and Copa America next summer. Now obviously the focus has shifted and we are zoomed in on the CONCACAF Cup and qualifying for the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia.”

ussoccer.com: How will having some of the veterans back help this team in camp?
JK: “We will just want to make it very, very intense and competitive from the first day on in training, so the veterans need to set the tone and they need to understand that there's a high energy there. The ones that were not a part of the Gold Cup, and the other ones that were with us before like a Danny Williams or a Bobby Wood, they need to prove a point now. This is really now about truly competing. It’s about competing for spots, competing for the Rose Bowl and obviously also towards the World Cup qualifiers.”

ussoccer.com: You said that you have been tracking Andrew Wooten for a while. What do you like about him and what kind of opportunity does he have with this camp?
JK: “We've been watching him for more than two years now and we like how dynamic he is and we like his nose for goals.  He has a very good instinct of where the ball will drop in the box and knows how to finish things off. We don’t look at him as a youngster coming in because he's 25 years old and in a certain way he's a late bloomer. For him it's important not to lose one second of time to impress his teammates and obviously the coaching staff. It's a chance that he has been waiting for for a long time, and because he’s on a good run right now he deserves that chance, but he needs to jump in the cold water and right away swim really fast.” 

ussoccer.com: Is there an opportunity for a player to step up in the striker position?
JK: “I think the situation with our forwards is wide open. Obviously the most consistent player over the last years with us has always been Clint Dempsey, but Clint right now also has some injury issues and is obviously not the youngest anymore, so we constantly try to develop the next wave of forwards and so far nobody has a real big advantage over another guy. This is really crucial for them to understand. There's a time period to break in and make yourself comfortable and be a part of a group, but there's also a time to understand the moment to step up and build your future in the team. Now after a year that we called a transition year where we developed young forwards like an Aron Johannsson and a Bobby Wood and obviously some others, we are eager to see the next generation of forwards becoming consistent. By that I mean first of all scoring goals.”

Ready, Set, Watch: 22 Televised Games Feature MNT Players this Week

With the huge friendlies against Peru and Brazil on the horizon next month set against the backdrop of the massive USA-Mexico match on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl, you can be sure Jurgen Klinsmann and the coaching staff is keeping a close eye on the player pool. Their job is made a lot easier thanks to the impressive number of games being televised this week involving MNT players. A total of 22 matches featuring more than 30 current MNT players will be broadcast. Here’s a look at what to watch for in the action around the world.

Bundesliga Begins

Let the games begin in Germany. With the highest average attendance of the top leagues in Europe, Bundesliga play for the 2015-16 season begins this weekend, as does the first season of these matches being broadcast on FOX. A number of MNT players will look to get off on the right foot.

Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the league last year, which ultimately earned the club a spot in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup in the first half of 2015, and begins this year’s run on Saturday against rival and traditional powerhouse Borussia Dortmund.

John Brooks is back for his third year at Hertha Berlin. Brooks has earned 71 appearances there since debuting in 2012, becoming a regular starter in the latter stages of the season. Berlin begins its season against Augsburg on Saturday.

Timmy Chandler, who scored his first international goal this summer in the MNT’s match against Guatemala, is back for another year at his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt. The team begins the year against Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Aron Johannsson makes his debut in the German top flight. He finished the year at AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, recording four goals in his final three matches as his former club snatched the third spot and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League. Now Johannsson takes his talents to Werder Bremen, which opens its campaign on Saturday against Schalke.

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Alfredo Morales led FC Ingolstadt to a first place finish in second Bundesliga a year ago which promoted the team to the premier division. Ingolstadt debuts against Mainz on Saturday.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com, FOX Deportes

Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin

John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)

8/15

9:15 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Werder Bremen v. Schalke

Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)

8/15

9:30 a.m. ET

FOXSoccer2go.com

Mainz v. FC Ingolstadt

Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)

8/15

12:30 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 2, FOXSoccer2go.com

Dortmund v. Borussia Monchengladbach

Fabian Johnson (‘Gladbach)

8/16

9:30 a.m. ET

FOX Sports 1, FOXSoccer2go.com

Wolfsburg v. Frankfurt

Timmy Chandler (Frankfurt)

Premier League Continues

The English Premier League got started last weekend and play continues across the pond this week.

Brad Guzan, who earned the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the 2015 Gold Cup, posted a clean sheet in the season opener. Now he’ll stand between the posts against perennial Premier League powerhouse Manchester United on Friday. Fellow netminder Tim Howard will also be in action for Everton, as the Toffees take on Southampton.

Brad Guzan

DeAndre Yedlin continues to challenge for a spot at Tottenham Hotspur. The club hosts its home opener against Stoke City, where Geoff Cameron started at centerback in his side’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/14

2:45 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

8/15 7 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network Southampton vs. Everton Tim Howard (Everton)

8/15

10 a.m. ET

NBC Sports Network

Tottenham vs. Stoke City

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham), Geoff Cameron (Stoke)

Vamos Vamos

Liga MX is in full swing now and a number of MNT players will be in action south of the border.

Ventura Alvarado scored his first goal of the season last week in Club America win against Motagua in the Champions League. This week the team will look to keep up the momentum when it faces Santos on Friday night.

Joe Corona, coming off a sweet assist that led to the game-winner last week, plays with Veracruz on Tuesday night against his former team Club Tijuana and the current home of defender Michael Orozco.

Greg Garza and Atlas can be seen twice on TV this week. The first game is against Pumas on Wednesday, the second is Saturday night against Puebla.


Greg Garza

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Liga MX debutant Miguel Ibarra have a pair of games this week. Leon takes on Tigres on Tuesday night, then can be seen Saturday night when they travel to Morelia.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/11

7:50 p.m. PT

Azteca

Club Tijuana v. Veracruz

Joe Corona (Veracruz), Michael Orozco (Tijuana)

8/12

8 p.m. MT

Galavision

Pumas v. Atlas

Greg Garza (Atlas)

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

NBC Universo

Leon v. Tigres

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon)

8/14

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Club America v. Santos

Ventura Alvarado (Club America)

8/15

7:20 p.m. CT

Azteca

Atlas v. Puebla

Greg Garza (Atlas),

8/15

11:30 p.m. ET

Azteca

Morelia v. Leon

William Yarbrough, Miguel Ibarra (Leon) 

MLS Heating Up

With the playoff race heating up, the MLS season is getting very interesting.

A quartet of MNT players will be in action Wednesday in the semifinal of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup when Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake. Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will do their best to push RSL through, but their MNT teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi from Sporting KC stand in the way.

League MLS matches continue on Thursday, when New York City FC hosts first place D.C. United at Yankee Stadium. Mix Diskerud is in a New York state of mind, while D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and Perry Kitchen will try to pick up another road win.

On Friday, Chris Wondolowski will try to score his 10th goal of the season when San Jose Earthquakes host Colorado Rapids.

MLS Saturday is MNT Saturday. Captain Michael Bradley, who scored a brilliant MLS Goal of the Week nominee last weekend, and Jozy Altidore travel with Toronto FC to Harrison, N.J., for a match against the Red Bulls. Shortly after that game kicks off, New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo play in a game featuring five MNT players (Juan Agudelo, DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis, Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones). Moving westward, the LA Galaxy with Gyasi Zardes and Omar Gonzalez visit FC Dallas, while up in Kansas City, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Sporting KC host Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The night concludes with Real Salt Lake taking on Portland Timbers in Sandy, Utah, where Kyle Beckerman will captain RSL with Nick Rimando between the posts.


Brad Evans

On Sunday afternoon, Seattle Sounders FC featuring Clint Dempsey and their team captain Brad Evans will do their best to hold off the visiting Orlando City SC.

Date

Time

Networks

Matchup

MNT Players in Action

8/12

7:30 p.m. CT

youtube.com/ussoccer

Sporting KC v. Real Salt Lake

(Open Cup Semifinal)

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/13

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York City FC v. D.C. United

Mix Diskerud (NYC FC), Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)

 

8/14

 

8 p.m. PT

 

UniMas

 

San Jose Earthquakes v. Colorado Rapids

 

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

8/15

7 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)

8/15

7:30 p.m. ET

MLS Direct Kick

New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo

Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones (New England), DaMarcus Beasley, Brad Davis (Houston)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

FC Dallas v. LA Galaxy

Omar Gonzalez, Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

8/15

8 p.m. CT

MLS Direct Kick

Sporting Kansas City v. Vancouver Whitecaps

Matt Besler, Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)

8/15

7 p.m. PT

MLS Direct Kick

Real Salt Lake v. Portland

Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

8/16

2 p.m. PT

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Seattle Sounders FC v. Orlando City SC

Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders)

 

MNT Falls To Panama on PKs in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. 

Trailing 1-0 at the tail end of the second half, substitutes DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey combined to level the match, 1-1. 

As the clock continued ticked away, both sides attacked and generated chances, but none found the back of the net, and after an additional 30 minutes of extra time, the match was off to penalty kicks. 

In PKs, the U.S. converted its two opening penalties, but then saw a miss and two consecutive saves by Panama ‘keeper Luis Mejia, which made Harold Cummings’s conversion in the fourth round the winning kick. With the result, the MNT finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Later this year, the MNT will face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – either Jamaica or Mexico – in a one-game playoff for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN– Roberto Nurse (Ronaldo Blackburn) 55th minute: Roberto Blackburn slipped a pass up to Nurse, who attacked U.S. defenders Tim Ream and John Brooks and pushed into the box. Nurse sidestepped Brooks, freeing himself to curl a shot around Guzan and into the net for the game’s first goal. USA 0, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin) 70th minute:  Michael Bradley looped a long ball to Yedlin, who chested it down in the box, took a turn and sent it across to Dempsey on a late run. The defense and goalkeeper had collapsed on Yedlin, which freed Dempsey to bury his seventh goal of the tournament to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL)

Penalty Shootout:
USA-Aron Johansson: Johansson sent the first shot right down Broadway and in for a score. USA 1, PAN 0
PAN-Roman Torres: Torres responded with a well struck goal into the top right corner. USA 1, PAN 1
USA-Clint Dempsey: In what was signature style for the month of July, having already chipped two goalies on PK’s, Dempsey did so again to put the U.S. ahead. USA 2, PAN 1
PAN-Abdiel Arroyo: Arroyo stutter stepped and blasted a shot low and hard by a diving Guzan. USA 2, PAN 2
USA-Fabian Johnson: Johnson came up third for the U.S. and sent his kick over the crossbar. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Armando Cooper: Cooper rolled his attempt and Guzan dove to his left and corralled it to keep the shootout level. USA, 2, PAN 2
USA-Michael Bradley: The U.S. captain sent a shot hard to the left, but Mejia guessed right for Panama and deflected it away. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Harold Cummings: Cummings sent a shot to the left, Guzan dove and got a hand to it, but the ball powered into the net. USA 2, PAN 3
USA-DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley blasted a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Mejia was headed that way, and he made a diving save to end the game in Panama’s favor. USA 2, PAN 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Time Ream 36th minute: Armando Cooper intercepted an errant MNT pass and countered with pace down the center of the field. He attacked the box, beat a defender and then slid a shot past Brad Guzan towards the back post. Fortunately for the U.S., Tim Ream was there, booting the ball off the goal line and out of bounds for a corner kick.

USA – Fabian Johnson 54 minute: From a corner kick, Panama sent a ball in that forward Ronaldo Blackburn headed sharply at goal. Fabian Johnson was there to clear it off the goal line to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan (save) 81st minute: A Panama cross from the outside on the left found the head of Ronaldo Blackburn, who directed it firmly toward the back post. Brad Guzan fully extended and just reached the ball with his left hand, pawing it down before taking another dive to smother it.

USA– Brad Guzan (save) 108st minute: Roberto Nurse was freed on the left side for an attack at goal. As he wound up and fired off a shot, DeAndre Yedlin slid in and deflected it. The Ball continued to spin at goal, but Guzan was ready for it and knocked it away on a dive.

Coming up Next: #USAvPER
Location: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Date: September 4, 2015
Opponent: Peru 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the competition, which is the most-ever by an American player in a single Gold Cup tournament.
  • Dempsey’s 12 Gold Cup goals tie him with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the tournament’s all-time list behind only Landon Donovan (18).

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to his starting XI from the team that began Wednesday’s Semifinal against Jamaica: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Graham Zusi, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski all came into the lineup.
  • Corona earned his first start of the tournament. 
  • Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley were the only two U.S. players to start all six matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The match was the U.S. MNT’s third in a Gold Cup third place match and marked the first time the team had not won the game (2-1-0)
  • The U.S. MNT record against Panama dropped to 12-1-4 (5-1-3 in Gold Cup games)
  • The MNT is now 3-2-3 all-time in matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

MNT Falls to Jamaica in Gold Cup Semifinal

ATLANTA (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from the 2015 Gold Cup Wednesday night after a 2-1 Semifinal loss to Jamaica at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Trailing 2-0 at the start of the second half, the U.S. came out quickly on the attack and Michael Bradley scored his second goal of the tournament to cut the Jamaica in half. Chances continued to come for the MNT, but none found the net, and when the final whistle blew, it signaled the USA’s first loss to Jamaica in Gold Cup play.

Jamaica led at the break after two quick goals from set pieces late in the first half. Darren Mattocks headed home a long throw in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes doubled the lead five minutes later with a free kick from just outside of the box.

The USA will play either Panama or Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday, July 26 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. The broadcast information on the semifinal is still to be determined.

The MNT will also face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The one-game playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence) 31st minute: A long throw in from Kemar Lawrence found Mattocks in the center of the box, where he rose highest and flicked a header to the back post. The ball floated over diving U.S. ‘keeper Brad Guzan and bounced in off the post. USA 0, JAM 1

JAM – Giles Barnes 36th minute:  Brad Guzan was whistled for a handball after he was deemed to have advanced out of the penalty area. Jamaica was awarded a free kick on the right side of the box and Barnes stepped up to take the kick, curling it over the wall and in at the near post to put Jamaica up by a pair. USA 0, JAM 2

USA – Michael Bradley 48th minute: Just after the restart, the ball was played into Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. He took a turn and fired at Jamaica’s goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who batted it down in front of him. Dempsey followed and got a shot away before Michael Bradley followed up for the third time to tap it home from eight yards.USA 1, JAM 2 (SEE GOAL ) (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 30th minute: Fabian Johnson barreled down the left side on the attack and made a sharp cut in to his right, crossing his defender and freeing himself for a shot. Johnson placed a shot toward the far post, but Thompson dove to his left to deflect it away.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 44th minute: Alejandro Bedoya threaded a pass to Clint Dempsey in the box, who shielded a man away and ripped a shot with his left foot. Thompson came out and smothered the shot.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 57th minute: USA captain Bradley turned on the edge of the area and blasted a vicious swerving drive toward goal. Thompson was momentarily fooled but managed to get his body behind the shot, deflecting it off his chest and off the post to preserve the lead.

JAM – Ryan Thompson (save) 71st minute: Brad Evans sent a long throw in into the box, which John Brooks Reached with a header. Brooks’ header went on frame, but Thompson dove to stop it.

Coming up Next: Gold Cup Third-Place Game
Location: PPL Park – Chester, Pa.
Opponent: TBD
Broadcast information:  TBD 
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Milestone Watch:

  • With his goal U.S. captain Michael Bradley became the fourth player with 15 goals & 15 assists for the #USMNT (Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda)
  • With tonight’s start, Bradley ties goalkeeper Tim Howard for 11th on the all-time MNT cap list with 104 appearances.
  • Midfielder Kyle Beckerman made his 50th all-time appearance for the USA in tonight’s match.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup from the Cuba Quarterfinal match: John Brooks returned to central defense after serving a one-game suspension, while Brad Evans stepped in at right back.
  • Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan continued as the lone U.S. players to start all five matches of the tournament.
  • The start was the first for Evans since the second Gold Cup group match, a 1-0 victory against Haiti on July 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
  • The MNT is now 13-2-8 all-time against Jamaica and is 10-1-3 against the Reggae Boyz at home. The U.S. record against Jamaica in the Gold Cup falls to 3-1-0.
  • The MNT is 2-1-0 all-time in Atlanta.
  • The loss was the first for the MNT under Jurgen Klinsmann in the Gold Cup.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date:  July 22, 2015
Competition:  2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue:  Georgia Dome; Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff:  6 p.m. ET
Attendance:  TBA
Weather:  indoor

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

JAM – Darren Mattocks (Kemar Lawrence)         31st minute
JAM – Giles Barnes                                               36
USA – Michael Bradley                                        48

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 16-Brad Evans, 6-John Brooks, 13-Ventura Alvarado, 23-Fabian Johnson; 5-Kyle Beckerman (10-Mix Diskerud, 67) , 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 20-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 9-Aron Johannsson (26-Alan Gordon, 73)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough; 3-Omar Gonzalez, 15-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Timmy Chandler, 24-Joe Corona, 25-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 23-Ryan Thompson; 19-Adrian Mariappa, 4-Wes Morgan, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Garath McCleary, 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 10-Jobi McAnuff, 15-Je Vaughn Watson; 9-Giles Barnes (2-Christopher Humphrey, 85), 11-Darren Mattocks (18-Simon Dawkins, 57)
Sub Not Used: 1-Andre Blake, 6-Lance Laing, 7-Andre Clennon, 8-Michael Seaton, 13-Dwayne Miller, 14-Allan Ottey, 16-Joel Grant, 24-Omar Holness, 25-Sean McFarlane
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 21 / 10
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 11 / 8
Fouls: 13 / 10
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution)      31st minute
JAM – Garath McCleary (caution)     45+1
USA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution)      88

Officials: 
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBA

Behind The Crest: Ep. 5 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

The U.S. Men's National Team begins the knockout round with a comprehensive win against Cuba in Baltimore. From there the group shifts focus quickly to the semifinal where they meet Jamaica in Atlanta.
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One of the shining performers in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Johnson established himself as one of the premier right backs. Having been a stalwart in both midfield and defense, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann utilized Johnson’s versatility through the USA’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Johnson became a part of the U.S. National Team after having a change of association request granted by FIFA. Born to an American serviceman and German mother, in Munich, Johnson initially played for Germany at the youth national team level, earning a medal as Germany captured the 2009 U-21 European Championship.  After helping Hoffenheim gain prominence, he transferred to legendary Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Career highlights:

  • Started all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at right back
  • Ranked third on the U.S. MNT and set a personal best with three assists in 2013, including two game-winning assists to Jozy Altidore in World Cup qualifiers against Panama on June 11 and Honduras on June 18
  • Led Hoffenheim with four assists during the 2012-13 Bundesliga campaign
  • Earned his first cap for the U.S. when he entered as a substitute on Nov. 11, 2011, against France
  • Granted approval for a change of association by FIFA in the fall of 2011 

2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Has played and started five matches for the MNT this year... Recorded the assist on Gyasi Zardes' goal in historic 4-3 victory against Netherlands on June 5...  2014: One of the standout right backs at the World Cup, he started all four matches … 2014: Made a career-high 11 appearances, all as a starter ... Recorded a goal against Turkey and an assist against Nigeria, both 2-1 victories during the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Posted three assists – third-most on the team and a career-high – while making eight appearances for 581 minutes of action … Had back-to-back, game-winning assists in World Cup qualifying, dishing to Jozy Altidore during a 2-0 victory against Panama on June 11 in Seattle, followed by another assist to Altidore for a 1-0 USA win against Honduras on June 18 in Sandy, Utah … Assisted Altidore’s game-tying goal during an eventual 4-3 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo ... 2012: Got his first taste of official competition for the USA, playing in three World Cup qualifiers … A calf injury kept him out of the Antigua & Barbuda match, but he returned to start in the 1-1 draw in Guatemala on June 12  … He set up Dempsey’s goal in that game, slipping him a ball just outside the area … Notched his first career point when he clipped a cross to Herculez Gomez for a goal in the 4-1 loss to Brazil … Had a solid performance in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar  … 2011: Made two appearances, including one start, for the U.S. … Earned his first cap in the 1-0 loss against France on Nov. 11 as a second-half substitute … Joined training camp for the matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 and Belgium on Sept. 6, but had not yet received approval for a change of association … First Appearance: Nov. 11, 2011, vs. France … First Goal: June 1, 2014, v. Turkey


2014: Made a move to Borussia Moenchengladbach for the 2014-15 Bundseliga campaign... Appeared in eight games, starting three, before the winter break ... Recorded one goal to help his club to third place in the Bundersliga table early in the season... 2013: Appeared in 12 games in the 2013 portion of Hoffenheim’s 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign … 2012-13: In 31 appearances, Johnson led Hoffenheim with four assists and added three goals during the 2012-13 Bundesliga season … 2011: Has played 14 games and scored one goal in all competitions in the first half of the season … Set up Johnson delivered a pair of assists to Vedad Ibisevic in Hoffenheim’s 2-0 win at Nürnberg on Dec. 10 … Added an assist in the 1-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Oct. 22 and in the 2-0 win against Ausburg on Aug. 20 … Made his debut for Hoffenheim on July 30 in the DFB Deutsch Cup match against Germania Windeck, when he came on as a second-half substitute and scored a goal in the 3-1 win … Joined Hoffenheim on a three-year deal … 2010-11: Started one game out of the six matches he played in for Wolfsburg … 2009-10: Played in 10 league games for Wolfsburg, starting four of those … Tallied his first goal for Wolfsburg in the 2-2 tie against Freiburg on Dec. 5, 2009, when he scored the second equalizer  … Joined VfB Wolfsburg on July 14, 2009 … 2008-09: Increased his career high for games played to 33, all starts, and scored two goals for Munich … Notched Munich’s third goal in the 5-1 rout of St. Pauli on March 1, 2009 … Scored the opening goal in his side’s 3-0 win against FSV Frankfurt … 2007-08:Played a career-high 28 games and scored his first professional goals for Munich … Added a goal in stoppage time to seal the equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Erzgebirge on May 18, 2008 … Scored his first goal on Aug. 26, 2007, in the 3-0 win against Hoffenheim … 2006-07: Made 25 appearances for 1860 Munich in his first full season at the senior level … Promoted to the first team of 1860 Munich in July of 2006 after spending 10 years with the club at the youth level. 

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