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U.S. MNT Kicks Off 2014 against Korea Republic at Sold-Out StubHub Center on Feb. 1

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
International Friendly
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Feb. 1, 2014

U.S. MNT KICKS OFF 2014 AGAINST KOREA REPUBLIC AT SOLD-OUT STUBHUB CENTER: With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men’s National Team will kick off this important year in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time in team history. The U.S. hosts the Korea Republic at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 1, at StubHub Center before a capacity crowd of 27,000 spectators. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. MNT is coming off a record-setting 2013 that included 16 victories and a .761 winning percentage (16-4-3 record). The team captured its fifth Gold Cup title and finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup for the third-consecutive cycle. The USA also enters 2014 with a record 12-game home winning streak.

The year-opening January camp began with 26 players on Jan. 6 at the National Training Center and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the team conducted a “dry run” for the World Cup by using the same hotel and training site it will utilize this summer. Five players returned to their clubs following the return to Los Angeles, while Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst was added to the roster.

The game against Korea is one of only two scheduled matches for the USA prior to the start of World Cup training camp in May. The U.S. will next face Ukraine on March 5 in Kharkiv, with that match falling on an international fixture date and thus allowing U.S. head coach the opportunity to select any player from the pool.

The squad is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign, as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. With roster spots still up for grabs and precious few opportunities left to impress, this game against another team that has qualified for Brazil provides a big chance for players to give Klinsmann a reason to pencil their name in to the final 23-man roster.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7):
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):
Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4):
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

5 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

TBD


Stadium Metallist; Kharkiv, Ukraine

June 16

Ghana **

6 p.m.


Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

3 p.m.


Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

12 p.m.


Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

** 2014 FIFA World Cup

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • In 2013, Landon Donovan was the U.S. Men’s National Team leader in assists (8) and tied with Jozy Altidore for the team lead in goals (8). Both marks rank second in his personal career. Donovan’s career-best yearly marks include 10 assists in 2009 and nine goals in 2007.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is coming off a career year with the MNT. In his six starts in 2013, Rimando went a perfect 6-0-0 and posted two shutouts. Rimando also allowed only four goals in 540 minutes (0.67 goals against average). For his career, Rimando has 12 caps, three clean sheets and a 9-0-0 record.
  • Midfielder Graham Zusi had a career year with the MNT, making 12 appearances in 2013. Zusi started nine games, contributed two assists and two goals, one of which eliminated Panama from World Cup qualification on Oct. 15. In second-half stoppage time, Zusi scored the game-tying goal during the USA’s eventual 3-2 victory in Panama City. Panama needed to win in order to advance to a two game playoff against Oceania champion New Zealand. Instead, Mexico advanced to the playoff and then past New Zealand to earn a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • The majority of the squad has been with the group for the duration of January, including a two-week “dry run” for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Following that portion of the schedule, Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall returned to their clubs. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to the roster for the Los Angeles camp and international friendly against South Korea.
  • The 29-year-old Parkhurst returned to MLS in mid-January after seeing limited playing time with FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. Columbus traded a 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution for Parkhurst’s rights. Parkhurst was the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 MLS Defender of the Year for the Revolution.
  • Four players currently with the team are in search of their first cap for the MNT: Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin and Portland Timbers defender Michael Harrington.
  • Gil and Yedlin were members of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Both players started in all three games, with Gil scoring a goal in the opener against Spain. Though the USA did not advance through the proverbial Group of Death that included Spain, France and Ghana, the U.S. U-20s did earn a 1-1 draw against France, which was the eventual World Cup champion. Ghana took third place.
  • San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was third on the USA’s goal scoring list in 2013 with the first six goals of his international career in nine appearances. Heading into the year, Wondolowski did not have a goal in eight appearances from 2011-12. Wondolowski’s signature event of 2013 was the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he tied with Donovan for the team lead with five goals. Wondolowski scored three goals during the USA’s 6-1 victory against Belize on July 9 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., becoming the third USA player to tally a hat trick in a Gold Cup match.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Forward Landon Donovan enters 2014 needing only 10 appearances to match Cobi Jones’ career record of 164 appearances from 1992-2004. Donovan has 154 caps since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2000.
  • Donovan is the all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57), points (171) and starts (140).
  • Forward Eddie Johnson currently has 19 goals in 61 games. Johnson ranks eighth on the all-time goal scoring list and is two behind sixth-place Jozy Altidore and Bruce Murray (21 career goals).
  • The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
  • The U.S. MNT has won a record 12 straight games at home. The USA’s last home loss was a 4-2 defeat to Belgium on May 29, 2013, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Since that game, the USA has outscored its opponents at home by a 37-7 margin.

USA VS. KOREA REPUBLIC SERIES:

  • The U.S. is 1-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic.
  • The USA and Korea Republic meet for the first time since the group phase of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where the United States played the host to a 1-1 draw on June 10 in Daegu. The Clint Mathis delivered a wonder strike and Brad Friedel turned away a penalty kick to earn the U.S. a critical point.
  • Before the 2002 World Cup, the teams played their opening group match of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which Korea was an invited participant. A young DaMarcus Beasley scored his first international goal in the 2-1 victory on Jan. 19 in Pasadena, Calif.
  • The USA drew 1-1 against South Korea on March 12, 1994, in Fullerton, Calif., with Marcelo Balboa scoring for the U.S.
  • Korea Republic’s three victories included the following: a 1-0 victory on June 12, 1987, in Busan, Korea Republic; a 2-1 win on Aug. 13, 1989, in Los Angeles; and a 1-0 win on Dec. 9, 2001, in Seogwipo, Korea Republic.
  • John Harkes scored the USA’s lone goal in the 1989 matchup – his first international goal for the MNT.

BY THE NUMBERS:
4 Players from camp in search of their first MNT cap (Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Mike Magee, DeAndre Yedlin)
14 USA’s FIFA ranking
16 Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign
27 Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
53 Korea Republic’s FIFA ranking
57 Career goals by Landon Donovan
154 Career caps for Donovan

LOOKING TO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP:
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on June 16 in Natal. That is followed by a 6 p.m. ET match against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus and a 12 p.m. ET match on June 26 against Germany. For the full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit ussoccer.com.

Group Breakdown:

  • Group A: Brazil Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
  • Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
  • Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
  • Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
  • Group D: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
  • Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
  • Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
  • Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements in that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 27-10-7 record. He ranks fourth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Bora Milutinovic (30), Klinsmann (27) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He has won a record-setting 12 straight games at home.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, Klinsmann has guided the United States to a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:

o Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
o Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
o Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
o Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match

  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Die Mannschaft to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: KOREA REPUBLIC
Korea Football Association

Founded: 1928 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo
FIFA World Ranking: 53
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 9 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2002)

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Jung Sung-Ryong, 21-Kim Seung-Gyu, 23-Lee Bum-Young
DEFENDERS (8):
2-Jin-Po Park, 3-Kim Dae-Ho, 4-Kang Min-Soo, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 6-Kim Ju-Young, 14-Lee Yong, 16-Kim Kee-Hee, 20-Kim Jin-Su
MIDFIELDERS (10):
7-Yeom Ki-Hun, 8-Lee Ho, 12-Jin-Hyung Song, 13-Lee Myung-Joo, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Ko Yo-Han, 18-Lee Seung-Ki, 19-Kim Tae-Hwan, 22-Park Jong-Woo
FORWARDS (2):
9-Kim Shin-Wook, 11-Lee Keun-Ho

KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:

  • Korea Republic has qualified for its eight straight FIFA World Cup and ninth overall when the team heads to Brazil later this year.
  • South Korea is in Group H with Belgium, Algeria and Russia.
  • South Korea has opened 2014 with a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on Jan. 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a 4-0 loss to Mexico on Jan. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
  • Striker Kim Shin-Wook scored South Korea’s lone goal against Costa Rica in the 10th minute.
  • Korea Republic played up a man for much of the second half against Costa Rica, which saw Christopher Meneses pick up a straight red card and Mauricio Castillo pick up a second yellow card in the final minutes.
  • Head coach Hong Myung-Bo is a former defender and four-time FIFA World Cup veteran from South Korea’s teams in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. He retired from soccer in 2004 when he was playing for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. Hong is the first Korean to ever play in MLS, making 38 appearances from 2003-04.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 19, 2013 – Ernst-Happel-Stadion; Vienna, Austria – International Friendly

USA 0
AUT 1 Marc Janko 33

Lineups:
USA:
1-Tim Howard (capt.); 20-Geoff Cameron (2-Eric Lichaj, 81), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (19-Chris Wondolowski, 90); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Terrence Boyd, 67); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 76), 9-Aron Johannsson (10-Mix Diskerud, 56), 21-Brek Shea (18-Eddie Johnson, 56); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 22-Bill Hamid, 6-Brad Evans, 14-Michael Orozco

Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

AUT: 1-Robert Almer; 2-Gyorgy Garics, 3-Aleksandar Dragovic, 5-Christian Fuchs (capt.), 7-Marko Arnautovic (13-Markus Suttner, 81); 9-Lukas Hinterseer (14-Philipp Zulechner, 85), 11-Martin Harnik (17-Florian Klein, 81), 16-Martin Hinteregger, 18-Christoph Leitgeb (4-Kevin Wimmer, 90+2); 21-Marc Janko (19-Veli Kavlak, 68), 27-David Alaba (6-Andreas Ivanschitz, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Heinz Lindner, 23-Ramazan Ozcan, 20-Guido Burgstaller, 22-Manuel Ortlechner
Head Coach: Marcel Koller

On the field against Korea Republic:
June 10, 2002 – Daegu World Stadium; Daegu, Korea – 2002 FIFA World Cup – Group D

USA 1 Clint Mathis 24
KOR 1 Jung Hwan Ahn 78

Lineups:
USA:
1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 75), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis (15-Josh Wolff, 83), 20-Brian McBride
Subs Not Used: 3-Gregg Berhalter, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 6-David Regis, 8-Earnie Stewart, 9-Joe-Max Moore, 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Steve Cherundolo, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 18-Kasey Keller, 19-Tony Meola

KOR: 1-Woon Jae Lee; 4-Jin Cheul Choi, 20-Myung Bo Hong (capt.), 7-Tae Young Kim; 22-Chong Gug Song, 5-Nam Kim Il, 6-Sang Chul Yoo (11-Yong Soo Choi, 70), 13-Eul Yong Lee; 9-Ki Hyeon Seol, 18-Sun Hong Hwang (19-Jung Hwan Ahn, 56), 21-Ji Sung Park (14-Chun Soo Lee, 38)
Subs Not Used: 2-Young Min Hyun, 3-Sung Yong Choi, 8-Tae Uk Choi, 10-Young Pyo Lee,12-Byung Ji Kim, 15-Min Sung Lee, 16-Doo Ri Cha, 17-Jong Hwan Yoon, 23-Eun Sung Choi

Klinsmann to Bring 22 Players to Los Angeles for Final Portion of January Camp

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has finalized a 22-player roster for the last part of the January camp that will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. A total of 26 players were part of the group that began training on Jan. 7 in preparation for the match against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.

Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst has been added to the training camp roster and will join the team in Los Angeles.

The team has spent the last 12 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an opportunity to go through a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sao Paulo will be the site of the team’s base camp this summer ( Watch Now). The MNT will return to the United States on Saturday and have the weekend off before resuming training Monday.

“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”

The camp culminates with the friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Nearly 22,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4 ): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


Klinsmann Travels with 26 Players for Training Camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Team to Train at Sao Paulo FC in ‘Dry Run’ for 2014 FIFA World Cup; Camp Concludes with Friendly Against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to bring all 26 players called into the January camp on the trip to Brazil, where the team will train for 12 days as part of a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Klinsmann had considered trimming the roster to 23 players, but after an excellent week of training determined that the full group would travel.

“We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the group in the first week,” said Klinsmann. “The players came in very fit and have done really well in training. Therefore, we believe they have all earned a chance to go to Brazil for these next 12 days. We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup.”

The team will be based at the training site of Sao Paulo FC, one of the premier facilities in Brazil and the host of the U.S. base camp this summer. In addition to daily sessions, the U.S. will hold two closed-door scrimmages during the visit.

The camp culminates with a friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is the only game currently scheduled for the team to be played in the United States before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Klinsmann Calls 26 Players for First FIFA World Cup Preparation Camp of 2014

Roster Includes 10 Players Who Helped USA Qualify for Brazil; Camp Concludes with Friendly Against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 26 players to Carson, Calif., for the USA’s first FIFA World Cup preparation camp in 2014.

The camp, which runs from Jan. 6-Feb. 1, will be conducted across two continents. After six days in California, a 23-player group will base in Sao Paulo from Jan. 13-25 to give the players and staff a dry run of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The team will then return to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

The roster is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. At the other end of the spectrum, nine players will be looking to earn their first cap for the Senior Team.

“We are all very excited for this camp because, as a team, it will give us our first taste of Brazil,” said Klinsmann. “This is a very important camp in our preparations for the World Cup. It’s important for the players to continue developing their bond and sense of urgency for the tournament. It’s important for us to see how they do in Brazil, how the new players fit with the group and to make sure everyone is focused on reaching the highest level for next summer.”

The camp culminates with a friendly against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at the StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

More than 15,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in the New Year, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Ten players on the camp roster appeared in World Cup qualifying matches for the USA in 2013. Graham Zusi led all players with nine appearances and was followed closely by Omar Gonzalez and Eddie Johnson, each with eight.
  • Nick Rimando backstopped the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, collecting five victories and earning a shutout in the final, a 1-0 win against Panama.
  • Landon Donovan tied for the team lead in 2013 with eight goals. He started all six games in the Gold Cup and shared Golden Boot honors with Chris Wondolowski, each scoring five times. Mix Diskerud was the only other player to make an appearance in all six Gold Cup matches.
  • Twenty-five of the 27 players on the camp roster represent 11 different Major League Soccer teams. Current MLS champion Sporting Kansas City has five total (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic and Zusi) on the roster, the most of any team.
  • Besler, Feilhaber and Zusi were all included on last year’s January camp roster, while Myers and Sinovic are both receiving their first call up to a camp with the full U.S. MNT.
  • Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Chris Klute, Shane O’Neill and DeAndre Yedlin are also all receiving their first call-up to a camp with the Senior National Team.
  • Gil, O’Neill and Yedlin were all part of the 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neil started the final two.
  • Yedlin finished third in the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year voting.
  • Mike Magee was voted the 2013 MLS MVP after scoring 21 goals. The 29-year-old was also named to the League’s Best XI alongside Besler, Gonzalez and Zusi.
  • Thirteen players were also in attendance at last year’s January camp: Kyle Beckerman, Besler, Brad Davis, Diskerud, Evans, Tally Hall, Bill Hamid, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson, Wondolowski and Zusi.
  • Prior to that camp, Besler had never appeared for a U.S. National Team. He partnered with Gonzalez in central defense in the historic 0-0 draw in Mexico, becoming only the second player in U.S. history to start a World Cup qualifier with less than two caps.
  • After Donovan (154 caps/57 goals), Eddie Johnson is the most experienced member of the camp roster with 61 career caps and 19 goals. Johnson tied DaMarcus Beasley for the most MNT appearances in 2013 with 17 – nine of which he started.
  • In 2013, Johnson accumulated five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that completed the USA’s quest to qualify for the World Cup, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico.
  • Zusi earned his first cap for the MNT at the end of the 2012 January camp when he started in the 1-0 win against Venezuela, then scored his first international goal four days later when the tallied the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Panama.
  • Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second minute of second-half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back in eight of the last nine games for which he was available, including five World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Diskerud appeared in 13 of the USA’s last 14 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup winning run, and started the last two World Cup qualifiers. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 12-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.


U-23 Men Surrender Two Late Goals and Settle for 2-2 Draw vs. JFL Side Rosso Kumamoto

KUMAMOTO, Japan (February 23, 2007) - The U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team spent 82 minutes controlling the match on the field and on the scoreboard before surrendering back-to-back goals that led to a 2-2 draw against JFL side Rosso Kumamoto. Adam Cristman netted a pair of second half goals off deliveries from Sal Zizzo to seemingly give the U.S. command of the match, only to see goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes erase the lead and force the team to settle for a point. The U.S. finished their two-match tour of Japan with a 0-0-2 record, having tied the Japan U-22 Men’s National Team, 0-0, on Wednesday evening.

“For our team, it is disappointing to lose a two goal lead in the last 10 minutes of the match,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “Some of the play to get the lead was quite good, but we didn’t show a good mentality in finishing off the game. Give credit to Rosso Kumamoto for staying in the game and coming back. Overall, we have made some progress with this group over the last two weeks, and have a built a foundation for our work together in the future.”

The U.S. controlled the tempo from the opening whistle, and nearly put points on the board before the game had breathed to life. In the second minute, Arturo Alvarez whipped a free kick across the six-yard box where Rob Valentino had out-jumped his mark. However, the six-foot defender failed to make a solid connection as the ball skimmed off his forehead and out of bounds. The teams traded chances in the first 10 minutes, but it was clear the U.S. held the upper hand. Throughout the first 45 minutes the USA were able to combine through the midfield and find space down the flanks, but a lack of precision in the final third kept the score even going into halftime.

The U.S. came flying out of the gates to open the second half, and their persistence was rewarded almost instantly. Off a quick counter, Alvarez wedged a great through ball past a pair of defenders and hit a streaking Sal Zizzo who had timed his run perfectly. In one on one, he had picked out the far post only to see the ‘keeper make a fine kick save. The rebound fell to Cristman, who had alertly followed the play, and he calmly put home the game’s first goal.

The U.S. continued to probe the Kumamoto defense with runs through the middle of the park, and the Cristman-Zizzo partnership would once again pay dividends, this time sparked by the vision of Sacha Kljestan. The team captain cleverly laid a ball behind the back three and Zizzo used his superior pace to blow past several markers to reach the ball first. Turning the corner near the endline, he laid a perfectly weighted pass across the six-yard box that eluded goalkeeper Hiroki Kobayashi. It then became a foot race to the spot, with Cristman outworking his marker and sliding to knock the ball into the back of the net.

While still maintaining superiority in possession, the U.S. began to ease off on the pressure. Nevertheless, the hosts did not create any real scoring opportunities until back-to-back free kicks in the final 10 minutes, a stretch that would come to haunt the U.S. team.

A foul just outside the area set the table for substitute Daishiro Miyazaki, who calmly curled a bending free kick to the upper left corner in the 82nd minute to pull Kumamoto within a goal. Before the dust had settled, they had earned a seemingly innocuous free kick near the left sideline 40 yards from goal. The well-placed delivery finished its arc around the penalty spot, and defender Yusuke Suzuki won the challenge between Valentino and the on-rushing Justin Hughes. His glancing header sailed easily into the center of the net, setting up a frantic final 10 minutes as the U.S. pressed for the game-winner.

Two golden opportunities would come their way, both landing on the shoulders of midfielder Sean Franklin. With two minutes remaining in regulation, a quick USA counter put Kljestan in command of the charge. He slipped a ball wide to the hard charging Franklin, who found himself in alone on goal at the top right corner of the box. Choosing to take aim, he drilled a right-footed blast over the crossbar. Then with the final seconds ticking away, a clever combination between Kljestan and Zizzo in the area opened up space for Michael Harrington on the far left. Teeing up a cross, he picked out Franklin, who had raced across the goalmouth. His header from three yards out was miraculously foiled by substitute goalkeeper Yoichi Futori, who had scrambled back across the goal line and managed an improbable kick save to preserve the draw.

The draw keeps U.S. head coach Bob Bradley undefeated at the international level, combining two draws on this trip with victories against Mexico and Denmark as the head coach of the senior team. Bradley and assistant Peter Nowak will next get back to work with the full team at the end of March, convening a training camp to prepare for the upcoming friendlies against Ecuador (tickets) on March 25 in Tampa, Fla., and Guatemala (tickets) on March 28 in Frisco, Texas.

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

Match-up: U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Rosso Kumamoto
Date: February 23, 2007
Competition: Friendly
Venue: KKWing Stadium – Kumamoto, Japan
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local time
Attendance: 2,010
Weather: 48 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                                     1      2     F

USA                               0     2     2
Rosso Kumamoto      0     2     2

USA – Adam Cristman (Sal Zizzo) 46th minute
USA – Adam Cristman (Sal Zizzo) 57.
RKO – Daishiro Miyazaki 82.
RKO – Yusuke Suzuki 83.

Lineups:
USA: 24-Justin Hughes; 14-Hunter Freeman, 4-Patrick Ianni (5-Nathan Sturgis, 61’), 3-Rob Valentino, 20-Michael Harrington; 6-Quavas Kirk (15-Sean Franklin, 68’) 17-Sacha Kljestan (capt.), 7-Peter Lowry (2-Ryan Solle, 73’), 9-Arturo Alvarez; 16-Adam Cristman (12-Tim Ward, 73’), 11-Sal Zizzo
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

RKO: 21-Hiroki Kobayahsi (1-Youichi Futori, 87’), 4-Yusuke Suzuki, 16-Daisuke Yano (18-Naoya Ootaki, 46’), 22-Takumi Morikawa; 15-Atsushi Ichimura (14-Kenichi Kawano,46’), 26-Syohei Yamamoto, 28-Kosuke Yoshii, 5-Takeshi Yagamuchi (10-Kiyoshi Saitoh, 57’), 17-Masahiko Kumigai (27-Daishiro Miyazaki, 46’); 29-Yosuke Kobayashi (9-Yoshio Kitigawa, 46’), 30-Yuichi Yamauchi (24-Masahito Endoh, 70’)
Head Coach: Tomoyoshi Ikeya

Stats Summary: USA / RKO
Shots: 11 / 10
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 8 / 22
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
RKO – Daisuke Yano (caution) 21st minute
USA – Sacha Kljestan (caution) 31.
USA – Arturo Alvarez (caution) 86.
USA – Rob Valentino (caution) 90.

Officials:
Referee: Mr. M. Watanabe (JPN)
1st Asst.: Mr. J. Kashihara (JPN)
2nd Asst.: Mr. K. Murakami (JPN)
Fourth Official: Mr. T. Aiba (JPN)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Adam Cristman

U.S. U-23s Draw, 0-0, with Japan U-22 MNT in Kirin Challenge Cup

KUMAMOTO, Japan (February 21, 2007) — The U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team stood behind the stellar play of Sierra Mist Man of the Match Chris Seitz to earn a deserved 0-0 draw against the Japan U-22 National Team in Kumamoto, Japan. The more than 14,000 fans gathered at the KKWing Stadium witnessed a much-improved performance from the U.S. in the second half that earned the team a share of the spoils in the Kirin Challenge Cup, the first match under new head coach Bob Bradley.

Seitz made several key saves throughout the contest on a crisp evening in Kumamoto, twice getting help from the woodwork as well. Three other players from the squad that qualified for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup turned in quality performances, with defenders Nathan Sturgis and Tim Ward anchoring the defense while Sal Zizzo helped ignite the U.S. attack in the second half.

“I thought it was a good game,” said Bradley, who remains undefeated as a head coach for both the U-23’s and the full national team. “This is a new group, and in the first half I thought there were many players who were nervous. It took them a half to adjust, and I thought the second half was a very good step. The commitment was much better, and you could see the confidence growing as the game went on. It was a great atmosphere tonight and a good learning experience for our players.”

The newly formed U.S. team started out on unsure footing against a well-established Japanese side, searching to settle their nerves in the early going. They got a quick wake-up call early on when a counterattack led to a breakaway in the ninth minute, striker Sota Hirayama finding himself on the receiving end of a well weighted cross from Yohei Kajiyama. Seitz was quick to charge off his line, getting just enough of Sota’s strike to push the ball wide of the left post. Japan’s tall and mobile striker proved to be a handful throughout the evening, but the combination of Sturgis and Rob Valentino were equal to the task. Meantime, Kajiyama created another problem five minutes later, unleashing a 28-yard rocket that forced Seitz into a sprawling save.

“It was good to get my first game in with the U-23s. The intensity is very high, and it was one of the fastest games I have ever played in,” said Seitz. “I think it took our team a little bit of time to get settled in. It was our first game together, so we shouldn’t expect things to be perfect right away. We played much better in the second half and, in the end, it was a good result for us.”

The U.S. began to find some rhythm after a quarter hour, and after 20 minutes of staying well organized defensively, the attack began to show signs of life. Santa Clara midfielder Peter Lowry opened the bidding in the 35th minute, sending a riser from 25 yards over the crossbar. Five minutes before the interval, Arturo Alvarez showed some magical footwork when he sliced through a pair of defenders across the top of the box before turning a shot back towards the near post that barely skimmed wide.

The U-23s began the second half with much more poise and confidence, turning up the heat on the Japanese all over the field while piecing together several excellent combinations. The introduction of Zizzo and his pace instantly caused problems for the Japan defense. Still, it was the hosts who produced the first great chance of the second stanza. A free kick just outside the upper left corner of the area was delivered to the six-yard box where Hirayama found himself the beneficiary of a pick, rising to hammer a header that clanged off the crossbar.

The post would once again prove Seitz’s best friend, this time denying Koki Mizuno a goal after he diced through the box and tried to pick out the lower right-side netting. The rebound fell to Chikashi Masuda right on the doorstep, but again the quick reactions of Seitz preserved the shutout.

The USA produced the final two chances of the contest, beginning with a Zizzo header in the 89th minute that was powerful but predictably placed. The U.S. nearly snatched a win in the final minute of stoppage time when an outlet punt from Seitz hit substitute Michael Harrington in stride deep on the left flank in Japanese territory. Goalkeeper Kenya Matsui had mysteriously tried to beat Harrington to the punch, subsequently leaving the goal temporarily exposed, but team captain Masahiko Inoha recovered in time to block Harrington’s lofted attempt.

The U-23s will conclude their two-match tour on Friday night when they face local JFL side Rosso Kumamoto. Kickoff at KKWing Stadium is set for 7 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET). The players will depart Japan on Saturday morning and return to their respective clubs to resume training.

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

Match-up: U.S. Under-23 MNT vs. Japan U-22 National Team
Date: February 21, 2007
Competition: Kirin Challenge Cup
Venue: KKWing Stadium – Kumamoto, Japan
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local time
Attendance: 14,007
Weather: 53 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:
            1    2    F

USA     0    0   0
Japan  0    0   0


Lineups:
USA: 1-Chris Seitz; 15-Sean Franklin, 3-Rob Valentino, 5-Nathan Sturgis, 12-Tim Ward; 6-Quavas Kirk (11-Sal Zizzo, 46’) 17-Sacha Kljestan (capt.), 7-Peter Lowry, 9-Arturo Alvarez; 16-Adam Cristman (13-Jacob Peterson, 69’), 10-Jamie Watson (20-Michael Harrington, 83’)
Subs not used: 24-Justin Hughes, 2-Ryan Solle, 4-Patrick Ianni, 14-Hunter Freeman
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


JPN: 1-Kenya Matsui; 3-Naoaki Aoyama, 4-Hiroki Mizumoto, 5-Masahiko Inoha (capt.), 8-Keisuke Honda (14-Akihiro Ienaga, 72’), 10-Yohei Kajiyama, 16-Takuya Honda (13-Hiroyuki Mizumoto, 77’), 18-Koki Mizuno, 24-Tadanari Lee (11-Takuya Kokeguchi,72’), 9-Sota Hirayama (20-Yasuhito Morishima, 87’), 22-Robert Cullen (7-Chikashi Masuda, 60’)
Subs not used: 12-Kaito Yamamoto, 2-Yugo Ichiyanagi, 15-Kota Ueda, 17-Atsuto Uchida, 19-Kazuhiko Chiba, 21-Yohei Fukumoto, 23-Akihiro Hayashi
Head Coach:Yasuharu Sorimachi

Stats Summary:
USA/JPN

Shots 9/14
Saves 5/6
Corner Kicks 7/10
Fouls 20/21
Offside 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sean Franklin (caution) 63rd minute 
JPN – Naoaki Aoyama (caution) 68. 
JPN – Keisuke Honda (caution) 70.
USA – Tim Ward (caution) 75. 
JPN – Koki Mizuno (caution) 88.
USA – Sacha Kljestan (caution) 92+

Officials:
Referee: Chi Tang Wong (HNG)
1st Asst.: Ka Yu Fung (HNG)
2nd Asst.: Siu Chuen Lui (HNG)
Fourth Official: Minoru Tojo (JPN)

Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Chris Seitz

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