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MNT vs. Mexico: Field Level Highlights - April 2, 2014

Field level highlights from The U.S. Men's National Team's 2-2 draw against longtime rival Mexico in front of 59,066 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: MNT vs. Mexico – April 2, 2014

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Mexico
April 2, 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY
On match:
“I thought the first half was pretty good. We talked at halftime about understanding what they were going to put in at the beginning of the second half. But obviously just because you talked about it, doesn’t mean we are able to prevent it. They’re still a team that lives off confidence; they get a goal and the crowd gets into it and they start feeling pretty good about themselves. When they get to 2-2, at that point, the game opens up and they can score or we can score. At the end, we deserve to win I think. I think Eddie Johnson’s goal was onside, the play with Julian Green was maybe inside the box, maybe right on the edge, but there was certainly contact. If you look at it from the bigger picture, good game, great atmosphere, good night for the fans, and a good test for us as we move forward toward the summer.”

On the USA’s formation:
“I think one of our strengths is that we have the ability to play in a lot different ways. I didn’t look at it differently tonight, other than you’re playing with a guy, Kyle, who does a good job at taking care of things, being disciplined. So it gives me more freedom to be mobile, to be on the move, to get forward, to get down.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder GRAHAM ZUSI
On the second half:
“For one reason or another, we came out a bit flat, which I can’t tell you why. They were able to get that goal off the set piece, which gave them quite a bit of momentum. Once a team like that picks up momentum, it’s hard to stop them.”

On the team formation:
“I think it depends on who you are playing as well. I think different formations offer different things. If we are playing one forward underneath or two up top, it doesn’t matter, our mentality should stay the same. We have to figure out what the game is giving us, and what is happening as it’s happening.”

On Jurgen Klinsmann’s rotation of players:
“It’s been a pretty solid group for us for a few years now. Different games are going to bring different situations, and we have to adapt to those.”

U.S. Men’s National Team defender OMAR GONZALEZ
On the first goal the USA allowed in the second half to Rafael Marquez:
“On that play, Kyle [Beckerman] and I were talking before and I said they are going to pick me so we have to switch. We just haven’t practiced enough set pieces, and I was picked and we weren’t able to switch. It was a great header by Marquez. Once they scored that goal, they put a lot of pressure on us.”

On his performance:
“I think that overall, I did pretty well – it was just that one corner. I’m happy that this is a friendly and it’s something that I have to keep working on. The only tough part is that you don’t want to be too handsy because you get called for the PK. It’s a little bit tough to manage, but we still have to keep on working hard. Nothing is set in stone, so I have to continue with my head down and keep working hard. I am going back with the Galaxy, hopefully get some wins, and get that call to the camp.”

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On the match: 
“I felt good tonight. It was nice to get some minutes on the field, obviously. I wanted to start the game, but the circumstances didn’t allow that. It was fun to be a part of. It was another really good game between the two teams. I enjoyed it.”

On how he feels from a health standpoint:
“When I am healthy and healthy enough to train, I train and I train well. This week was tough. I had some tendonitis, so I wasn’t able to move the way I want to. It was good to back off a little bit and still get minutes tonight. I thought was a little bit impactful and helped make a little bit of a difference.”

On how the team played:
“I thought we started well; I thought we were too cautious in the second half. I thought we needed to come out with better energy in the second half keep the pressure on them. I think when they get a goal, their confidence goes up and they’re a different team. We allowed that. We allowed them back in the game.”

U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper NICK RIMANDO
On the match: 
“In the first half, we got our chances and we put them away. In the second half, the coach got on them a little bit. They came after us. They got two goals, unfortunately, but we chased for the winner, gave them some opportunities in the end. But, we got a result. We have to improve on that.”

On Mexico coming back for the draw:
“You have a flow in the beginning. I think the coaches want to see some players, see what they can do on the field, so you’re going to make some subs. It takes a little bit for them to get in the rhythm with the players who are already on the field, but I thought they adjusted well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the winner at the end.”

On the second half:
“In the second half, toward the end, I think both teams were pushing for the game-winning goal, so there was a lot of room in the midfield. Unfortunately we didn’t get a goal, but we kept it a tie, and that’s a result.”

On Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez playing together:
“I think they’ve been together for a while now. I think Clarence [Goodson] has played with both. They’re strong in the air; they’re starting, I think, to get really comfortable with each other. With Michael in front of them, it makes it even more comfortable. Always room to improve, and we have a couple more months until the World Cup.”

Klinsmann Names 22 Players for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 2

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 22 players to train in Phoenix in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff for the USA’s final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Dos-A-Cero Part III – The Five Year Anniversary

“Before the game in the locker room, you looked around and you looked in everybody’s eyes and you knew that everybody was really excited to play; it was a big game. We stepped on the field and for 90 minutes were committed to do whatever it took for each other.”

So spoke a 21-year-old Michael Bradley in the aftermath of his two-goal, Man of the Match performance against Mexico in the USA’s first match of the 2009 Hexagonal.

Bradley, then an enterprising young midfielder for German Bundesliga climbers Borussia Monchengladbach, had just spurred the U.S. Men’s National Team to its sixth “Dos-A-Cero” victory against arch rival Mexico since the turn of the millennium and its third straight in World Cup Qualifying matches at Columbus Crew Stadium.

In the face of rainy, blustery conditions, a sell-out crowd arrived that night to lend boisterous support to the Men’s National Team, which needed a big save from goalkeeper Tim Howard on Giovanni Dos Santos from point-blank range to survive a nervous opening to the match.

Once the USA found its rhythm however, the team began to take control, finding space down the flanks for the overlapping runs of outside backs Heath Pearce and Frankie Hejduk. On the half-hour mark, Clint Dempsey pounced on a loose ball in the Mexico box to draw a brave stop from goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, before Howard was called into action at the other end as the game opened up with the break approaching.

It was at that critical stage, Bradley drew first blood. A barnstorming run from local, Columbus Crew favorite Hejduk earned the USA a corner that DeMarcus Beasley sent curling toward the back post for Landon Donovan to head back into the mixer. As the ball pinged around in front of Mexico’s net, Bradley was first to stick out a boot and knock the ball into the goal and the USA into the lead.

On the other side of half time, the match, which was a civil affair on the whole, took a nasty turn just after the hour mark. In the wake of his team’s best scoring chance of the game, Mexico center back Rafael Marquez made a reckless, studs-up challenge on Howard when the American goalkeeper ventured to claim a cross into the middle of his penalty area. As the ensuing flash point roiled around him, referee Carlos Batres brandished Marquez with a straight red card, bringing to an end the Mexico captain’s evening and his team’s chances of drawing back into the match.

From that point, the USA methodically closed out the game before Bradley hammered home the final nail in the coffin. Two minutes into added time, Jozy Altidore, playing in the first Hexagonal match of his career, sent Donovan free down Mexico’s right flank. With a pair of defenders closing in, Donovan smartly held the ball up and found the late run of Bradley, who took one touch before blasting a dipping drive beneath Sanchez from 25 yards out.

“I think he was fantastic aside from the goals. He was up and down the field, side to side, steaming into tackles, winning balls, collecting second balls , winning balls without fouling, which is important; he did everything right,” said Howard of his center midfielder outside the stadium after the victory. “We all trust in the relationship we have with Michael as a teammate.”

In the ensuing matches of the Hexagonal, the U.S. MNT went on to earn a 6-2-2 record and finish atop the CONCACAF standings in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

U.S. MNT vs. Korea Republic: Post Match Quotes - Feb. 1, 2014

MNT vs. Korea Republic: Post-Match Quote Sheet
International Friendly
Feb. 1, 2014

U.S. MNT forward CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI
On if he has established a secure place on the team:
“My mind frame doesn’t change. Any time I get this wonderful opportunity to represent my country, I’m going to try to make the most of it. That’s always been my mind frame since day one and that’s how it’s going to be till the last.”

On taking advantage of being in the right place at the right time to score both goals against Korea Republic:
“I take pride in myself and try to study the game so I can find myself in the right place. Especially when you have great teammates like Landon Donovan, Graham Zusi and Brad Davis, it makes my job a lot easier. Credit to those guys as well.”

On where he sees an opportunity to make the final 23-man roster for the FIFA World Cup:
“It’s so far out, you can’t play the numbers game in this situation. You hope for a call-up and if you get one, you try to make the most of it whenever you can. Just let your work do the talking.”

On the confidence to continue finding scoring opportunities throughout the game:
“Especially as a striker, it’s a part of my game that helps put the ball in the back of the net. You always need that. But, I take pride in doing other things as well, doing the dirty work, tracking down players, winning tackles, things like that. It’s part of who I am.”

On Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann showing faith in him by naming him a starter:
“That’s why coach Klinsmann is a great coach. He makes those decisions. All I can do is go out there and make the most out of any opportunity I get. I thoroughly enjoyed this January camp, getting out there every day and showing what I have to this coaching staff.”

U.S. MNT midfielder GRAHAM ZUSI
On executing the week’s game plan in the match:
“A lot of work we put into this camp was that first decisive ball or bypassing some of their midfielders, getting our midfielders beyond their midfielders then playing the ball wide and attacking from the flanks. A big part of this camp was not the side-to-side build-up, it was that penetrating ball, which leads to a quick attack. Both our goals came from just that.”

On teams in the USA’s World Cup group being proficient on the counter attack and how the U.S. can defend that system of play:
“I think playing teams like South Korea can only better us in preparation for that. They’re an extremely disciplined team and when they win it they go with numbers quickly. For us to see that beforehand is a big help, and the way we preformed was encouraging to see us come out with a shutout first and foremost and then to also get a couple goals.”

U.S. MNT midfielder LANDON DONOVAN
On South Korea finding some success on the counter attack and how such a tactic could affect the team at the World Cup:
“We really emphasized at this camp being confident and playing not just lumping the ball forward and hoping to see what happens. We wanted to take this opportunity in a friendly to be confident and play. We could go to Brazil, play three games and sit back for 90 minutes and pray we get results. But, that’s not how we’re going to progress as a soccer nation, so we’re going to go with the confidence to play.

“My point is when you play you open up and try to be assertive. Sometimes you get countered and part of it is knowing how to put out fires. I thought Kyle [Beckerman] did a good job at that, I thought our back line did an excellent job. Our recovery after losing the ball tonight was great. Once in a while teams are going to do that and we’re going to do that to teams as well. It’s part of the game and especially now with how fast the game is, it can happen. So, either you can take advantage of them or the other team does and it can be the difference.”

On the experience of being named captain:
“It was really nice. I really enjoyed it. I liked being a part of this group a lot this month. [There are] a lot of eager, excited players, and I think I really took on the leadership in the end in the right way. I wanted to do that and I was very honored to have the arm band.

“I don’t know the statistics, but throughout my career when I would wear the armband, I would guess that I play significantly better. I take that role very seriously. I take it professionally. Again, someone can do the stats, but I think our team record is probably pretty good when it happens.”

On playing out of the back throughout much of the game:
“It went pretty well. You get picked off at times. The field was a little bit sticky, so at times, it was a little bit difficult. But, I’m proud of our guys for having the confidence to do it. The modern game is such that, the more you have the ball, the more you can wear teams down and generally speaking, the more successful you’re going to be. It’s a lot more enjoyable to have the ball instead of defending for 90 minutes. We’re evolving as a nation. That wouldn’t have happened five years ago even. We’re getting better and we still have a lot of work to do, but it was good progress.”

On the sold-out atmosphere at StubHub center:
“Really impressed with the crowd. I thought the energy was great. The National Anthem was great; it got everyone going. It’s a lot of fun to play in that kind of environment as a player, especially in our home stadium. I really enjoyed it.”

U.S. MNT Blanks Korea Republic 2-0 in 2014 Opener in Front of Sell-Out Crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center

  • Chris Wondolowski Scores Two Goals for Eight Career International Goals
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando Improves to 10-0-0 in Career, Tying for Fifth on All-Time Wins List
  • USA Heads to Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist; Kickoff Time to be Announced at Later Date, with Broadcast on ESPN and Univision Networks and ESPN Deportes Radio

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2014) – Led by two goals from forward Chris Wondolowski, the U.S. Men’s National Team opened the 2014 campaign in stellar fashion with a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic in front of a sell-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center.

Wondolowski tallied once in each half in support of USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who made five saves and improved to 10-0-0 in his international career. Rimando is now tied for fifth on the all-time goalkeeper victories list with Brad Guzan, and also collected the fourth shutout of his career. Wondolowski now has eight goals in his career after scoring six in 2013 – five during the USA’s run to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

The U.S. improved to 2-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic, with the other victory coming in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Next up for the U.S. MNT will be an international friendly against Ukraine on March 5 at Stadium Metallist in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The kickoff time will be announced at a later date, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision networks and on ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the MNT on Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA wasted no time attacking the net against Korea Republic. In the fourth minute, Landon Donovan, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time since 2011, started the sequence finding Graham Zusi on the right flank. Zusi crossed in to Brad Davis, whose left-footed shot was deflected by goalkeeper Sung-Ryong Jung, but Wondolwoski converged on the rebound to take a 1-0 lead.

The USA midfield and defense maintained a strong recovery prowess when Korea Republic’s offense tried to counter attack, but Korea Republic did find some close moments by virtue of several corner kick opportunities.

The visitors nearly found an equalizer in the eighth minute when Jong-Woo Park’s corner kick was deflected in at the near right side and Rimando made a clutch stop at the edge of the goal line.

In the run of play, one of Korea Republic’s near chances in the 35th minute included Min-Woo Kim’s attack from the left as he got past outside back Brad Evans and crossed the ball into the box. U.S. defender Matt Besler made one of the key defensive interceptions of the first half as Shin-Wook Kim would have had a clear shot on goal.

The U.S. was inches away from potentially going into the break with a two-goal lead. In the 43rd minute, center back Omar Gonzalez played a perfect long ball to Wondolowski on the right side. He dished across the six-yard box in search of Donovan, but Donovan’s lunging effort was just short of connecting with the ball.

Korea Republic asserted itself in the second half, forcing Rimando into a pair of saves in the first 15 minutes. Min-Woo Kim’s free kick in the 53rd minute got past the USA’s three-man wall, and Rimando bobbled the save at the near right post, but had ample time to collect without allowing a rebound. Then in the 58th minute, Shin-Wook Kim found a seam in the USA defense to head the ball directly to Rimando.

After those scares, however, the USA gained a two-goal cushion in the 60th minute. Immediately off of Evans’ throw-in on the right side, Zusi crossed in toward Donovan making a run to the near right post. The ball took a deflection back to Wondolowski who was once again in the right place at the right time, slotting the ball home for his second goal.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. has now posted a 12-2-8 record in calendar openers since 1993. Prior to 1993, the USA had lost its previous six straight calendar-opening games from 1987-92.
  • The USA moved to 28-10-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in the goal behind the back line of right back Brad Evans, center backs Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler and left back Michael Parkhurst.
  • In the midfield was Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud, the trio of Graham Zusi, Landon Donovan and Brad Davis, and Chris Wondolowski up front in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
  • In the 62nd minute, Klinsmann made three subs for the USA. Eddie Johnson replaced Wondolowski, Benny Feilhaber entered for Diskerud and Clarence Goodson took over for Besler.
  • Two members from the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team made their U.S. MNT debuts. Defender DeAndre Yedlin replaced Evans in the 74th minute and midfielder Luis Gil entered for Davis in the 75th minute.
  • New York Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander earned his second-career cap as he entered the game in the 82nd minute for Zusi.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
Date:
Feb. 1, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
2 p.m. PT
Attendance:
27,000 (so)
Weather:
69 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Brad Davis) 4th minute
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Landon Donovan) 60

Lineups:
USA:
1-Nick Rimando; 2-Brad Evans (14-DeAndre Yedlin, 74), 5-Matt Besler (21-Clarence Goodson, 60), 4-Omar Gonzalez, 3-Michael Parkhurst; 6-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud (15-Benny Feilhaber, 60), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 7-Graham Zusi (20-Eric Alexander, 82), 11-Brad Davis (16-Luis Gil, 75), 9-Chris Wondolowski (18-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sean Johnson, 17-Dax McCarty
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

KOR: 1-Sung-Ryong Jung; 20-Jin-Su Kim (19-Taehwan Kim, 79), 6-Ju-Young Kim, 16-Kee-Hee Kim, 14-Yong Lee; 8-Ho Lee (13-Myung-Joo Lee, 70), 22-Jong-Woo Park, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Yohan Go; 11-Keun-Ho Lee (18-Seunggi Lee, 70), 9-Shin-Wook Kim
Subs Not Used: 21-Seunggyu Kim, 23-Bumyoung Lee, 3-Dae-Ho Kim, 4-Min-soo Kang, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 2-Jinpo Park, 12-Jinhyung Song, 7-Kihun Yeom
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 9 / 16
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Warner Castro (CRC)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Budweiser Man of the Match:
Chris Wondolowski

One of the elite U.S. players and a veteran of three FIFA World Cups, Donovan plays an integral role in the fortunes of the U.S. team. Possessing exceptional skills with both feet and great vision, he has a seemingly endless supply of energy and the ability to unhinge defenses with runs through the midfield. In an international career chock full of records and highlights, Donovan added to the most iconic moments in U.S sports history when he scored the game-winner against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup that sent the U.S. into the knockout phase and set off frenzied celebrations across the country. Already the top scorer in U.S. history, he is now the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup games played and goals scored. Captaining the LA Galaxy to two consecutive Supporters Shields and the 2011 MLS Cup title, Donovan will complete a second loan spell at Everton in early 2012 before the league season.

  • Holds the all-time record for both U.S. goals scored (46) and assists (47)
  • Scored the last-minute goal against Algeria that gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory and instantly became the most iconic moment in U.S. Soccer history
  • The three-time World Cup veteran is the U.S. leader in World Cup games played (12) and goals scored (five) 
  • A four-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Award winner 
  • In the final round of qualifying, his talents were on full display, where he contributed to 12 of the USA’s 19 goals 
  • Earned his 100th cap against Argentina in June of 2008, becoming the fastest American to ever accomplish that feat and the fourth fastest player in history to reach the century mark for his country
  • Honored as the 2011 MLS Cup MVP in leading the Galaxy to a 1-0 win against Houston, his fourth league title

2012: Scored his third-career hat trick when he potted three in the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors ... Felled his archrival Mexico, playing 45 minutes in teh historic 1-0 win on Aug. 15 at Estadio Azteca ... Started the first two qualifiers of the Semifinal Round oagainst Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala, increasing his team record to 37 caps in World cup Qualifying ... His six appearances were the fewest in a calendar year since 2000 ... 2011: Made an appearance in all six CONCACAF Gold Cup games as the U.S. reached the final for the fourth consecutive time … During the tournament, Donovan reinforced his place at the top of the U.S. goal-scoring and assist records … Notched an assist in the opening game against Canada, setting up Jozy Altidore, then set up Clint Dempsey for the game-winner against Panama that sent the USA to the final … Scored the USA’s second goal in the loss against Mexico and his second goal against Mexico in a Gold Cup Final (2007); at the same time became the U.S. and CONCACAF’s record goal scorer with 13 tallies in the tournament … 2010: Played every minute of every game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring three times … Became the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup games played (12) and goals scored (five), and is the only U.S. player to score in multiple games in the same World Cup … Delivered the USA’s first goal in the two-goal comeback against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg, roofing a close-range shot from a steep angle … Scored the game-winner in the 92nd minute against Algeria on June 23 that gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory and a spot in the Round of 16 … Converted the penalty for the USA’s lone goal in the overtime loss to Ghana … 2009: Finished with the most minutes played (1,350), most goals (5), most assists (10) and tied for first in games played (15) … Recorded at least one point in eight of 10 final round qualifiers … His 10 assists in a calendar year were a U.S. record and included helping on all three of Altidore’s record-setting goals on April 1 against Trinidad & Tobago … Converted penalties in back-to-back qualifiers, in the 3-1 loss on June 3 in Costa Rica and the 2-1 victory against Honduras in Chicago three days later … His goal in the Confederations Cup final on June 28 against Brazil earned the Best Goal award for the 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards …Set up Charlie Davies for a goal on Aug. 12 in Mexico City, giving the U.S. its first-ever lead at Estadio Azteca … His game-winning free kick strike in the 3-2 victory on Oct. 10 in Honduras booked the USA’s place in the 2010 World Cup …  2008: Became the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. when he converted a penalty kick against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. … Earned his 100th cap in the memorable 0-0 draw with Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium … Became the fourth youngest player in history to reach 100 caps … Began his third World Cup Cycle, starting all five qualifiers he appeared in during 2008 ... Scored a cheeky free-kick against Barbados at The Home Depot Center in June, when he caught the goalkeeper setting up his wall and dumped the ball into the open net … Assisted on DaMarcus Beasley's second goal in the 6-1 rout of Cuba on Oct. 13 at RFK Stadium with a beautiful cross field pass … 2007: His nine goals tied the U.S. mark for most in a single year, and his 23 total points set the record … In his first appearance in 2007, he scored from the penalty spot against Denmark on Jan. 20, setting the pace for a blistering year in terms of scoring … Donovan was on target again against Mexico in February, scoring a fantastic goal after picking the ball up at midfield, splitting the Mexican defense, and rounding the helpless Oswaldo Sanchez before passing it into the empty net … In the next match against Ecuador, he scored one of the best hat tricks in team history, volleying home from 18 yards, scoring from a similar lengthy run just after halftime and drilling a picturesque, 20-yard drive into the top corner later in the game … A member of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad that defeated Mexico in the final, this time by the score of 2-1 … He tallied four goals (all from penalties) in the tournament, and was named to the Best XI, along with teammate Frankie Hejduk … His penalty against Mexico took him to 34 career goals for the national team, tying him with Eric Wynalda for the all-time lead … 2006: A member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, his second appearance at the tournament, Donovan started all three games for the United States in Germany … He finished the year tied for the most appearances on the team with 11 and led in minutes played (925) … For the first time in his national team career, he went the whole calendar year without scoring a goal … 2005: Led the team in goals and points for the third year running … One of the stars for the U.S. during final round qualifying, he finished with three goals and four assists in eight matches … In one of his finest performances of the year, he scored a pair in the 3-0 win against Costa Rica on June 4 in Salt Lake … Added the middle goal in the 3-0 win against Panama four days later …Twice set up Eddie Lewis for goals in qualifying, in the 2-1 win on Feb. 9 in Trinidad and the 2-1 loss to Mexico on March 27 in Mexico City … Wore the captain’s armband in the Trinidad match in Hartford … In addition to setting up the game-winner in Trinidad, he did the same June 8 in Panama when his corner kick found the head of Carlos Bocanegra … Scored three goals in the USA’s championship run in the 2005 Gold Cup, including a double off the bench on July 7 against Cuba … One of three U.S. players named to the All-Tournament Team … 2004: Emphatically demonstrating his role as the future leader of the national team, he ended the year with the most minutes played (1,243) and games started (14), and tied for the lead in goals scored (5) … Named Man of the Match four times, including the World Cup qualifying wins against Grenada on June 20, and Panama on Oct. 13 … Scored the first two goals in the Panama match, pacing the U.S. to a 6-0 victory … Totaled four goals and four assists in eight World Cup qualifiers, making him the top point-getter on the team … Recorded a goal or an assist in seven of the eight qualifiers in 2004 … Given the honor of wearing the captain’s armband in the 2-0 qualifying win in El Salvador on Oct 9, he reprised the role for the final two qualifiers against Panama and Jamaica … 2003: His star continued to rise in 2003, bagging seven goals and five assists to top the MNT scoring charts … Recorded 1,244 minutes in 15 games played, best on the team … His two-assist performance against Canada on Jan. 18 earned him the first of three Man of the Match honors … Became the fourth player in MNT history to record four goals in a game during the USA’s 5-0 dismantling of Cuba in the Gold Cup quarterfinal … A wicked, mazy run through the Venezuelan defense on Mar. 29 made Donovan a ussoccer.com Best Goal of 2003 candidate … Added goals against Wales (May 26) and Paraguay (July 6) … 2002: Scored two goals in the 2002 World Cup, including the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico in the Round of 16 … Was named to the All-World Cup Honorable Mention Team … The only U.S. player to appear in all 20 matches in 2002, he played more minutes (1,563) and started more matches (17) than any other MNT player ... Finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points (six goals, two assists) … Named to the Gold Cup All-Tournament First Team after recording one goal and one assist …Named Man of the Match four times, including the World Cup victory against Mexico … Scored two goals in the 4-0 route of Honduras in Seattle on March 2 … 2001: His first full year with the senior team produced great promise … Played in four qualifiers, starting three … Became part of U.S. Soccer history in the 2-1 qualifying win against Jamaica on Oct. 7 … After a nifty one-two with Claudio Reyna, his clever cut-back in the penalty area against Tyrone Marshall earned the penalty kick that secured the USA’s berth in the 2002 World Cup ... Played the last five matches of 2001 … 2000: Scored a goal in his first appearance in a 2-0 win against Mexico in Los Angeles on Oct. 25 ... Also set up a goal in his first full international match and was named Man of the Match ... 1999: Was called up against Argentina on June 13, 1999, but did not make an appearance in the game ... Under-23s: Was a part of the U-23 squad which missed out on qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympics after a semifinal loss to Mexico in Guadalajara in CONCACAF qualifying … Appeared in 15 of 20 overall games for the Under-23s in 2000, starting six … Appeared in four matches at the 2000 Olympics off the bench, scoring against Kuwait in a 3-1 win... Had a whopping nine goals and one assist in those 15 games, including four goals in eight internationals ... Scored two clinching goals in the crucial 4-0 win against Guatemala to earn a berth in Sydney ... Also notched a clincher in a 3-1 win against the Armenia Men’s National Team on Jan. 16, 2000 ... Helped the U‑23 team to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games by appearing in all six matches, starting four ... His first U-23 goal was the game-winner to beat Canada 2-1 in the bronze medal game on Aug. 6, 1999 ... Made his U-23 debut in a 7-0 rout at the hands of a very experienced Brazil team in Brasilia on April 7, 1999 ... Under-20s: Due to national team and club commitments, he played only nine matches with the Under-20s, all in 2001 … Tied for third in scoring with five goals and five assists (15 points) … Scored a goal and had two assists in the USA’s 5-1 win against hosts Trinidad & Tobago at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament … Played every minute of the USA’s four matches at the World Youth Championship in Argentina … Under‑17s: Finished his U-17 career with 35 goals and 16 assists in 41 international appearances, including 12 goals and three assists in just 14 caps in 1999 ... Earned the Gold Ball as the tournament’s most valuable player after leading the U-17s to fourth place at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand ... Scored three goals in the tournament, including the game-winning goal in the opening 2-1 win over host New Zealand (Nov. 10), the game-tying goal in a 1-1 tie with Poland (Nov. 13) and the opening goal in a 2-2 semifinal draw with Australia (Nov. 24) ... Led all goal-scorers with four goals at the 1999 CONCACAF Group B Qualifying Tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica ... Found the back of the net twice in the USA's historic 4‑3 win against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Feb. 4, 1999 ... Led the U‑17s in goals (23), assists (13) and international appearances (27) in 1998 ... Scored his first international goal in his international debut with the U‑17s on Feb. 13, 1998, a 2-1 loss to Mexico ... First Appearance: Oct. 25, 2000, vs. Mexico ... First Goal: Oct. 25, 2000, vs. Mexico.
2012: Captained the LA Galaxy to its second consecutive MLS Cup title ... His goal in the 65th minute in the 3-1 win against Huston marked his fifth-career tally in MLS Cup, a league record ... had two goals and three assists in five playoff matches ... Finished the regular season with 14 assists, second on teh league charts ... 2011: The Galaxy captain scored a team-high 12 goals in 23 matches and added three assists, with another three goals and one assist in his four Playoffs appearances … Won the 2011 MLS Cup, scoring the game winner in the final against the Houston Dynamo and collecting MVP honors … After missing games in October with a quadriceps injury, returned as a substitute on Oct. 20, to help the Galaxy clinch a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals … Led the Galaxy to their second Supporters Shield in two years …  2010: Tallied 16 assists in 24 matches to lead the league in that category … Added seven goals for the Galaxy, helping them to the 2010 Supporters Shield as the team with the most points in the regular season … Spent 10 weeks at Everton of the English Premier League, making 13 appearances and earning 10 starts … Scored two goals, against Sunderland on Jan. 27 and in his farewell match at home on March 7, against Hull … Started matches against Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United … Appeared in two Europa League matches against Sporting Lisbon … 2009: Scored 12 goals while captaining the Galaxy to the playoffs for the first time since 2005 … Led a Galaxy squad that finished as the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, after last year finishing tied for last in the conference … Named to the MLS All-Star team for the ninth time and earned his third MLS Best XI nomination … Moved on loan to Bayern Munich in a three-month deal that commenced on Jan. 1 … 2008: The Galaxy missed the playoffs for the third straight year during a tough season that saw a coaching change halfway through … Donovan stood out with a personal best 20 goals, giving him the MLS Golden Boot award … Named to the MLS Best XI, he was a finalist for the MVP award as well ... 2007: The Galaxy missed the playoffs for the second straight year in a tumultuous year that saw the arrival of David Beckham … Finished the season with a team-leading eight goals and 13 assists across 25 games … Continued his streak of being named as an MLS All-Star during each of his seven seasons in the league … 2006: Though the Galaxy failed to make the playoffs, Donovan tallied 12 goals and eight assists in 24 regular season appearances … He also scored four times and had one assist during the Galaxy’s Open Cup run where they made it all the way to the final, only to be eliminated by the Chicago Fire … The youngest player voted onto the MLS All-Time Best XI, a list generated as part of the league’s 10th anniversary season … 2005: After leading the San Jose Earthquakes to two MLS Cup titles, he played in Germany briefly before coming back in 2005 to lead the Galaxy to their second MLS Cup title … Personally, the triumph was his third MLS Cup title in five years, adding the U.S. Open Cup to the trophy case as well in 2005 … Went on a tear in the playoffs, netting four goals and one assist … Tallied both goals in the 2-0 win against Colorado on Nov. 5 in the Western Conference Finals … Had a pair in the Galaxy’s 3-1 win against San Jose in the first game of the semifinal round series on Oct. 23 in L.A. … Finished third in the league in scoring with 12 goals and 10 assists in 22 games … Second player in club history to record double-digit goals and assists in the same season … 2004-05: Began the 2005 calendar year at Bayer Leverkusen, making nine appearances that included minutes in both of their Champions League losses to Liverpool in the knockout phase … 2004: Had a somewhat muted season by his standards, posting six goals and ten assists … Voted an All-Star for the fourth straight year … 2003: Capped a remarkable season in 2003 with two goals in the MLS Cup final against Chicago, earning MVP honors … Donovan’s career high 12 goals in just 21 starts made him the Earthquakes’ leading scorer en route to his first Best XI selection … 2002: Made 20 appearances for San Jose in 2002, recording seven goals and three assists  … Played the final seven minutes against Dallas on June 22, less than 12 hours after returning from the World Cup in Korea … 2001: Returned to the U.S. to ply his trade with the Earthquakes … Played in 22 matches, recording seven goals and 10 assists … Scored five goals in six playoff matches to lead all scorers in MLS … Scored the first goal in the ‘Quakes 2-1 overtime victory against LA in MLS Cup … 2000-01: Named to Bayer Leverkusen’s first-team roster at the beginning of the 2000-01 season, but did not make any appearances before being loaned back to MLS ... 1999-2000: Signed a deal with German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in February 1999, becoming the youngest player in U.S. Soccer history to sign a professional contract overseas … Played on the reserve team in 1999-2000 with fellow American John Thorrington.
High School – Named to the 1999 Parade Magazine High School All‑American Team ... Also earned a 1998 NSCAA Youth All‑American selection ... Transferred to Redlands East Valley High School in 1998, where he tallied 16 goals ... Named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1997, scoring 17 goals.

Personal –
Serves as an ambassador for the United Against Malaria campaign …His goal and the USA’s win against Algeria chosen as Best Sports Moment at the 2010 ESPYs … Has been featured on the cover of several magazines and made repeated appearances on late night and morning shows on national networks …  House in Manhattan Beach was featured on MTV’s Cribs in early 2006 … Has a twin sister named Tristan, with whom he is extremely close ... His father, Tim, played semi‑pro hockey ... Is a sports video games enthusiast ... Favorite cities are Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Salt Lake City.
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