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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
Feb. 1, 2014
International Friendly
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
2 p.m. PT
27,000 (so)
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

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:

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

MNT Putting on a Clinic

U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski couldn’t believe his eyes.

As he watched one of the girls going through a dribbling exercise, out of nowhere she pulled off a “snake” and a “rainbow.”

“I thought ‘holy cow, I’m not sure I could do that.’ These girls were really impressive.”

Those were just a couple of skills on display when the U.S. Men’s National Team hosted a clinic for 30 girls in the ‘Estrelas do Futebol’ program at Barra Funda, the training ground of Sao Paulo FC and the USA’s base for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The clinic helped launch the “Sports for All” program spearheaded by the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, to promote social inclusion through sports. With Landon Donovan and nine other players as coaches, the girls rotated through a series of skills stations including dribbling, passing, shooting, and a 3 v. 3 game.

After, they posed for pictures with the players – the Portuguese-speaking Benny Feilhaber was a huge hit – and then got a guided tour of the facilities.

The “Estrelas do Futebol” program is an initiative of the U.S. Consulate in São Paulo, Sesc São Paulo, and Associação Alumni that offers public school girls between 13 and 15 years of age a year of classes in soccer, English, and leadership skills, with the goal of fostering diversity and creating future community leaders.

The “Sports for All” initiative also engenders greater social inclusion and builds young people’s abilities to compete in the labor market. The fundamental concepts are team work, developing a sense of leadership through sports, and the teaching and learning of English, emphasizing the importance of education to their future success.

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, 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 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

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)

Benny Feilhaber Q & A: “This is a chance for me to prove myself again.” : The team is underway with the ‘dry run’ portion of camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil. What are your impressions of the camp up to this point?
Benny Feilhaber :“The first week of training has been really good. The group came in really fit. We all got a good message from Jurgen coming into camp that this wasn’t a preseason camp and that we wanted to get everyone up to speed as quickly as possible. All the players did a really good job of coming in with their homework done during the offseason, and we we’re able to get going pretty quickly. It was a good first week in California and now, being here in Brazil, we’re ready to get started out here.” : You come into training as a veteran of this type of camp. What’s it like filling that role ?
BF : “Being a veteran is a lot different. Last World Cup I was one of the younger guys, not necessarily by age but by experience. You’re kind of taking everything in at that point. Now, it’s quite a bit different. Being on the opposite side is interesting, and I think you just fall into [the role] a little bit.

“It’s been good for me. I’ve been trying to use my experience here with the younger guys. Obviously, with this camp being in Brazil, I can help out with the language and what not with whoever needs help, so it’s interesting being on the opposite side of it. I like it so far.” : What is it you have enjoyed about your newfound role?
: “Well, it’s about responsibilities. The more you have, it becomes a positive thing. At least that’s the way I look at it. I think as a player you want to help the team as much as you can on the field and play your best soccer. It’s important off the field as well to help your teammates. Whether it’s in the locker room or just personally, [it’s about] everybody being good with one another. So that aspect of it, me trying to better myself and help out my teammates, is a positive feeling.” : What has head coach Jurgen Klinsamnn told you about your role both on and off the field?
: “He hasn’t talked to me as much about what he expects. I think that’s a good thing. You can read in between the lines about how he is as a person and what he expects from players. He’s just observing me a little more in that sense. It’s a good feeling and it’s good to have more responsibilities among your teammates and coaches. I’m sure when he wants something extra from me or he wants something that I haven’t been doing, he’s going to let me know. I look forward to that conversation, but I think he’s more observing from afar right now.” : What are the expectations that you set for yourself for this camp?
: “My expectations are always pretty high. I’ve played with the National Team in a World Cup before and I’ve played a good number of games, but I haven’t been able to break into the lineup with Jurgen yet. Like I said, everything’s up for grabs. There are five months left until the World Cup, and it’s ultimately every player’s goal to arrive at that stage and be able to participate.

“Coming into this camp is about proving myself again. I think there are times when I’ve played to a certain level and there are times when I haven’t. This year for me, especially with Kansas City, has been about becoming more and more consistent. If I can continue being consistent and playing at a higher level more often than not, then I think I’ll show Jurgen something. At the end of the day, you can only make his decision tough. I’m sure he’s going to bring a great group of 23 to the World Cup, and you have to make it a difficult decision for him to not bring you. That’s my goal.” : Any World Cup is a special opportunity, but for you being born in Brazil, when you imagine playing at a World Cup in that country, what goes through your mind?
: “Playing in a World Cup in Brazil would be incredible. Playing in a World Cup period is something extremely special. I was very lucky to get the opportunity to do that four years ago. Now, the World Cup being in Brazil, the country where I was born, where most of my family still lives, and if not the biggest, one of the biggest pro soccer countries in the world, it’s going to be quite an experience for anybody. For a Brazilian-born player like myself, it would be over the top. It’s a dream that I have and hopefully it comes true.” : What are some of the things you look forward to doing while you’re back in Brazil?
: “You always look forward to the things you miss. I miss the food. They have good steak here - I’m sure everybody knows about Brazilian steak houses in America. Seeing family, most of whom are in Rio de Janerio, would be fantastic, and maybe they’ll come up and see me here in Sao Paulo. I look forward to playing against Brazilian competition, like when we scrimmage Sao Paulo. Plenty to look forward to these next 12 days or so, and I’m excited to be here.” : As a native speaker, what are some of the Portuguese words and phrases you’re going to teach your teammates?
: “All the guys have been asking about Portuguese words and little phrases, so I have been teaching here and there. The easy ones are ‘thank you, obrigado.’ People are asking me about ‘water,’ that’s ‘agua.’ A lot of them are similar to Spanish. ‘More steak, mais carne.’ Slowly but surely, they’re getting the little phrases that they can ask people around the hotel and just people that they see. It’s exciting for everybody and obviously fun for me to be the teacher.” : What is the most important word or phrase the players need to know?
: “That’s a tough one. ‘Thank you, obrigado,’ and ‘please, por favor,’ are the basic ones. I don’t know if they’re the most important for the entire trip, but they’re good starters for sure.” : You came in with four other Sporting Kansas City players. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi have been here before, but how would you say Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic are acclimating and what advice have you given them?
: “Obviously, with Sporting Kansas City we had five guys come into camp. ‘Zus’ and ‘Bes’ are veterans already, have played a good number of games on the National Team, and Seth and Chance are both guys who are new to the National Team set-up. It’s fun to see it. I think it’s an important step for them, and I’m proud that they were able to get this opportunity.

“They’ve done a really god job the first week. Both came in fit like Jurgen asked. Seth’s a guy that’s fit throughout the year, so it’s not too tough for him. When everybody shows the kind of preparation like Seth and Chance have, they fit in. It’s good to see them acclimating with the guys not only on the field but off the field kind of being part of the group. There’s been a few times here or there when they’ve asked how things work or how we do things. I’ve done my best to answer their questions. Chance is my roommate, so we talk about things all the time and he’s getting what he needs out of it. It’s a slow process at first, and they’ve done a really good job in just a week of becoming part of the group.” : When the team was on the way to Brazil, what did you tell the other players to expect?
: “To be honest, I said I’ve been to Sao Paulo twice in my entire life. Both times were when I was really young and for short periods of time, so I know very little about Sao Paulo. What I did know is the food, what to eat, what’s good here and what to try; the fruits, the meat, the rice and beans, that kind of stuff.

“The Brazilian culture, they’re very warm people. They like to converse, they want to get to know you, especially when you’re a soccer player. They definitely want to know about your life, your profession, who we’re going to be playing against. They’re very warm people when they get to know you, and they’re eager to become friends with you. It’s easy to accept the culture and become one with it. A lot of the guys are feeling that out right now, and with 12 days here, we are going to leave with a lot of friends.”

Skillful and a deft passer, Feilhaber brings vision and composure on the ball to the U.S. midfield. Those skills proved useful at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he came on at halftime of three of the USA’s four matches. After successive knee injuries dampened his progress, Feilhaber resurrected his career for both club and country in the second half of 2009. His efforts in the 2009 Confederations Cup demonstrated his value to the depth of the U.S. side. After alerting the soccer world to his promise with the game-winning goal in the 2007 Gold Cup, he served as a member of Peter Nowak’s squad for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he appeared in all three games. His European professional continues for the third season at AGF Aarhus in Denmark, where he has evolved into one of his team’s most significant goalscorers.

  • Played in three of the USA’s four matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the coaching staff choosing to use his strengths coming off the bench
  • Played in six matches in 2010 World Cup qualifying, all in the final round
  • After a year-long absence from the full team, he appeared in all five matches of the 2009 Confederations Cup, including a start in the final against his native Brazil
  • His full-volley from 20 yards against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup Final guaranteed the USA’s place in the Confederations Cup
  • He served as a member of Peter Nowak’s squad for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he appeared in all three games
  • Continuing his strong run with AGF Aarhus, he scored five goals in three games in the span of a week in September 2010 and became one of a handful of Americans to score a hat trick in Europe
2010: Came on at halftime of the USA’s last three matches of the FIFA World Cup against Slovenia, Algeria and Ghana … Started in the 2-1 victory against Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia … Also got the nod against his native Brazil in the 2-0 loss on Aug. 10 … Appeared in a total of eight matches, starting four … 2009: Made his first appearance for the U.S. team in nearly 15 months when he entered as a halftime sub of the 2-1 win against Honduras on June 6 in Chicago … Appeared in all five matches of the Confederations Cup with two starts … His ball to Landon Donovan continued the play that led to the USA’s second goal in the 2-0 semifinal victory against Spain … He was a similar cog in the link to Santino Quaranta’s goal in the 2-0 victory against Honduras in Gold Cup group play on July 8 in Washington, D.C.  … One of two players to appear in World Cup qualifying, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup in 2009 for the U.S. … Made two starts in final round qualifying, including the 2-2 draw against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 back in D.C. … Played 90 minutes in front of his home crowd in Aarhus when the U.S. lost 3-1 to Denmark on Nov. 18 … 2008: Made just two appearances for the U.S. in 2008, including a late substitute appearance against Mexico in February and a similar cameo in the 3-0 victory against Poland in March … 2007: After making his debut against Ecuador in March, he went on to become one of only seven other players in U.S. history to make 10 or more appearances in their first calendar year with the team … Quickly elevated himself to the first team, seeking to stake a claim to fill the void left in center midfield after the 2006 World Cup … Scored his first goal in a Gold Cup warm-up against China … A member of the team that won the 2007 Gold Cup, he made five appearances throughout the tournament … Provided the Gold Cup moment played on highlight films around the world when he volleyed home the game-winner against Mexico in the final on June 24 in Chicago … Traveled to Venezuela as a member of the 2007 Copa America team … Started the first two matches for the United States, playing 90 minutes against both Argentina and Paraguay … Under-23s: Appeared in all three matches for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics … Under-20s: As a late addition to the U-20s pool, he made his first appearance with any youth national team in December 2004 and went on to be named U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2005 … Figured heavily for the team in 2005, and was included in the U-20 World Cup squad … At that tournament, he impressed while starting every game for the United States before they were eliminated in the second round … His spirited displays in Holland caught the eye of European scouts abroad, and paved the way for his move to Hamburg SV in July 2005 … First Appearance: March 25, 2007, vs. Ecuador … First Goal: June 2, 2007, vs. China.
2010: Appeared in all 17 matches in the first half of the 2010-11 season in the Danish First Division, including 14 league matches and three Cup games … Scored five goals in three games in the span of a week in September, including a hat trick in the 6-3 win against Skive IK on Sept. 21 in the third round of the Danish Cup … Had the lone goal for Aarhus in the 1-1 draw against Hobro two days earlier, and the last-minute game-winning free kick in the 3-2 win on Sept. 26 against HB Koge … 2009-10: Started in 21 of 27 matches played in all competitions … Scored his lone goal in the 3-2 on July 27 at Randers … An injured ankle kept him on the sidelines for the month of March … Aarhus was relegated to Denmark’s first division after the season … 2008-09: Moved to AGF Aarhus of the Danish Superliga on Aug. 15 and debuted for the club as a substitute on Sept. 1 … Knee injuries meant he made only two appearances in the first 20 matches of the 2008-09 campaign … Finally made his first start on April 19, 2009, a 1-0 win against FC Copenhagen … Played in eight of the last nine matches, four as a starter … 2007-08: After a successful summer with the U.S., he opted to move to Derby County in the English Premier League … Made his first appearance for Derby County on Sept. 17, 2007, in a 1-0 win against Newcastle … Ended the season with 10 appearances for the relegated Rams ... 2006-07: Started his second year with Hamburg by earning more minutes with the first team … Made his first career Bundesliga appearance on Oct. 12 against Schalke 04 … Made his first career Bundesliga start later that month when he played the fully 90 minutes in a 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen … Also appeared for Hamburg in the UEFA Champions League, when he came on as a second half sub at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on Nov. 21 … Made his Champions League debut against Porto on Nov. 1, 2006, losing 3-1 … Finished the season making nine appearances in all competitions for Hamburg as his club finished seventh in the Bundesliga … 2005-06: Signed his first professional contract for Hamburg SV of the German Bundesliga after he caught the eye of their scouts while on U-20 duty in Holland … During his first year for the club, he was limited to only reserve team appearances.

Born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and Austrian father, he moved to the United States when he was six years old … One of five U.S. players featured in a photo shoot in Interview magazine before the World Cup … Lists Brazil’s legendary Garrincha as the player he most admires … Has a tattoo that reads Per ardua ad astra, Latin for “through adversity to the stars.”

A walk-on at UCLA, he went on to play 16 games in his first season with the Bruins in 2003 … In his next year, he played in every match, helping UCLA to a 14-4-2 record … Scored five goals and had three assists for 13 points as UCLA advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.