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Klinsmann Calls in 24 Players for Training Camp in Preparation for March 5 Match Against Ukraine in Cyprus

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country. Kickoff at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

“In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have moved the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate the efforts of Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association as we worked through this situation.”

The last time the U.S. Men’s National Team played an international friendly on neutral ground was against Poland on March 1, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a goal from current U.S. captain Clint Dempsey sealed a 1-0 USA victory.

“Finding a solution and moving the game outside the country and playing in Cyprus is helpful for both of us,” said Klinsmann. “It’s definitely a very good ‘Plan B,’ and we very much appreciate it and say thank you to the Ukraine Federation and the Cyprus Federation.

The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making this the one opportunity for European-based players to play for the National Team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp. The team will begin gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2, for two days of training before traveling to play for the first time in Cyprus.

“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”

A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams. In addition, 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clint Dempsey finished with six goals in 2013, which equals a career high that he set last year. He is concluding a two-month loan spell with Fulham and will return to Seattle following the match against Ukraine.
  • Tim Howard has earned 96 caps and is four shy of becoming the third goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach 100 appearances. He also has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola.
  • Jozy Altidore had eight goals in 2013 and has 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five consecutive games, and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar. Altidore’s Sunderland side faces Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 22 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA’s last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia.
  • Terrence Boyd has 13 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna in this campaign, including eight in the Austrian Bundesliga and five in the Europa League.
  • Mix Diskerud is the only player on the roster to participate in the USA’s opening match of 2014, a 2-0 win against Korea Republic. He has appeared in 14 of the USA’s last 15 matches dating back to July 5, 2013, against Guatemala. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 13-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
  • Geoff Cameron has snatched the regular role as right back at Stoke City, starting in 26 of 27 games in the Premier League this season. Having played as a central and wide defender as well in central midfield for the USA, he started in a total of six matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Brad Guzan backstopped three huge results in qualifying in 2013, collecting back-to-back clean sheets against Costa Rica in the Snow Clasico and the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico four days later, and then helping the U.S. to a 3-2 win against Panama in the final game of the Hexagonal. He has posted five shutouts in eight career World Cup qualifiers.
  • Jermaine Jones joins the squad for the first time since moving to Besiktas on loan in January, although a groin issue has prevented him from seeing action so far in Istanbul.
  • Midfielder Fabian Johnson has secured a move next season from Hoffenheim to Borussia Moenchengladbach – the former club of Michael Bradley.
  • Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his third look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made two previous appearances, having started in the win against Bosnia and the game in Austria.
  • Alejandro Bedoya, who transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France last summer, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
  • Oguchi Onyewu returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since being a part of the squad that won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup last July.
  • Tim Ream, a regular starter at Bolton, gets his first call up since the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August.
  • It has been more than a year since Reading midfielder Danny Williams saw action for the U.S., having last earned minutes in the 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in San Pedro Sula. He has started the last 15 league games for Reading and has scored twice this month.
  • Will Packwood has the chance to earn his first cap for the Senior National Team. The 20-year-old defender plays alongside Jonathan Spector at Birmingham City. A leg injury prevented Packwood from participating in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

MNT Weekend Rewind: Jermaine Back on the Board, Cherundolo Back in Action

This past weekend, numerous U.S. Men’s National Team players put in positive performances for clubs across Europe. From scoring goals to not allowing them and everything in between, here’s a rundown of notable performances by Yanks abroad.

Highlights of the weekend action from MNT players abroad:

  • Jermaine Jones hit a cannon of a shot that provided the insurance for Schalke in a 3-0 win against Stuttgart. The goal was the first for Jones in a Schalke uniform since he tallied against Galatasary in the Champions League last February, and his first in league play since September of 2012.
  • Steve Cherundolo returned to the field for the first time since May, entering as a substitute as Hannover posted a 2-0 shutout against Frankfurt.
  • Speaking of first minutes, Brek Shea earned his first Premier League action of the campaign when he played the final 30 minutes for Stoke City in their 4-0 loss at Everton.
  • Tim Howard collected his seventh shutout of the campaign, equaling the current English Premier League best mark, as Everton now sits fifth place in the table.
  • Michael Bradley started for Roma in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta, which kept his side in second place. Bradley has now appeared in all but one Serie A match for which he was available this season.

The coming week promises to deliver more action for U.S. MNT players as there are a bevy of mid-week English Premier League matches on NBCSN Live Extra, including Howard and Everton visiting Manchester United (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET), Shea and his Stoke City teammate Geoff Cameron hosting Cardiff City (Wednesday, 2:45 ET) and Jozy Altidore’s Sunderland welcoming Chelsea to the Stadium of Light (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET.).

Across the Channel, Alejandro Bedoya and Nantes face a double-game week, first welcoming Valenciennes to Bretagne before traveling to Marseille on Friday (4:45 p.m. ET, beIN Sport).

A chance for silverware will be on hand when Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Sporting Kansas City take on Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake in the 18th edition of MLS Cup, which will air Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and UniMas.

MNT Weekend Round Up: Diskerud's Drive or Johannsson's Jive?

Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson are roommates on the road for the MNT - and pretty darn good bowlers as well, but that's another story. Each had a magnificent goal for their club on the weekend, sparking the debate: who had the better finish?

Start with Mix Diskerud, who scored for Rosenborg in the Norwegian Cup final against Molde. A nice bit of patience, a nice set-up touch, then, hello Upper 90!

Johannsson had what has become a typical finish for the young striker, taking on a defender and cutting back across the goal before finishing far post. The strike was his 15th in all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar.

You can be sure these two guys are debating it, so now you decide...

In other highlights from the weekend:

  • Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea were on the winning end of their duel with Jozy Altidore as Stoke City won 2-0 against Sunderland.
  • The Merseyside derby produced a cracker as Tim Howard and Everton drew 3-3 with Liverpool.
  • Fabian Johnson returned to the starting lineup for Hoffenheim in his side’s losing effort against FC Augsburg.
  • The MNT will be well represented at the 2013 MLS Cup, as U.S. regulars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) and Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) have advanced to the Final that takes place Dec. 7 at Sporting Park. Sporting KC collected a 2-1 win in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semis against Houston, while Real Salt Lake picked up an impressive 1-0 win in the West semis on the road at Portland.

Two games remain on the slate for MNT players this Monday as Michael Bradley and Roma host Cagliari (2:30 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT) while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa are at West Brom (3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).

U.S. MNT Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0 Victory against Panama

  • Substitute Brek Shea Scores Winning Goal in 69th Minute, 42 Seconds After Entering the Match
  • USA Wins Gold Cup for Fifth Time as Landon Donovan Wins Tournament MVP
  • U.S. Extends Record Overall Winning Streak to 11 Games and Ties Record For Home Winning Streak at 10

CHICAGO (July 28, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 1-0 on a second half goal from substitute Brek Shea to win the championship of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The hard-fought victory in front of 57,920 fans at Soldier Field marked the fifth time the USA has won the Gold Cup, having previously won the tournament in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The USA also pulled to within one title of tying Mexico for most overall Gold Cup championships.

With the victory, the USA earned a spot in the playoff that will be held between the champions of the 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, with the winner of that match earning a berth to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. If the USA also wins the 2015 Gold Cup, it will earn an automatic berth to the Confederations Cup.

With U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann watching from a stadium suite high above the action while serving his suspension following his ejection from the semifinal, the USA had the vast majority of possession throughout the match. Still, Panama was well-organized on its defensive end, giving the USA little space in the attacking third.

After a tight first half that produced little in the way of scoring chances for either team, the USA came out of the break connecting more passes at a higher pace, and that opened up some space to work on the flanks. The winning goal came in the 69th minute from the right wing as Alejandro Bedoya, with some space to work after Michael Parkhurst’s overlap froze a defender, cut back into the middle and slipped a pass on the ground into the penalty area. The ball clipped a defender and slipped behind the Panama back line.

Landon Donovan made a run onto the pass and took a swing at the ball with his right foot near the top of the six-yard box. Though Donovan missed, that froze Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo to his line. The ball skipped through to the far post, and although it looked headed into the lower left corner, Shea made sure by tapping it into the net from a foot away.

Shea had come into the game just 42 seconds earlier for Joe Corona, and the goal was the second of his career for the U.S. Men’s National Team. It was the third time in the tournament a U.S. substitute had provided instant offense, following Eddie Johnson’s goal 15 seconds after entering the game against El Salvador in the quarterfinal and Shea’s first-ever MNT goal against Costa Rica in group play, when he scored the game-winner five minutes after coming on.

The USA had a legitimate shout for a penalty kick in the 52nd minute as Donovan’s cross from the right side of the penalty area caught the trailing arm of Carlos Rodriguez, but referee Joel Aguilar let the play go on.

Panama had to come out of its shell in search of an equalizer, but the U.S. defense held firm. A 72nd-minute strike after a corner kick from Roberto Chen went wide left, and Panama had some scrambled away clearances, but those were as close as the Central Americans got to tying the score.

The USA could have closed out the game in the 84th minute, but Shea’s cross on the ground from the left flank somehow was clipped over the goal from close range by Eddie Johnson.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will return to action next in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match will kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Additional Notes:

  • There was one change to the U.S. MNT starting lineup from the semifinal victory against Honduras, with Joe Corona earning the start on the left side of the midfield in the 4-2-3-1 formation in place of Jose Torres.
  • The victory extended the USA’s record winning streak to 11 games, four more than its previous high of seven straight wins accomplished in 2007. The USA also improved to 12-2-2 in 2013.
  • Along with its overall winning streak, the USA tied a record for longest U.S. home winning streak at 10, which was set from June 15, 2008, through July 11, 2009.
  • Landon Donovan was the only player on the USA’s Gold Cup roster who started all six matches during this year’s tournament.
  • Donovan finished the tournament with 18 career Gold Cup goals and seven goals in 2013 to lead the team, and he increased his U.S. MNT career record to 56 goals.
  • Donovan shared the tournament’s top scorer award with teammate Chris Wondolowski and Gabriel Torres of Panama. Each player scored five goals in the tournament.
  • All nine goals the USA has scored against Panama in its Gold Cup history have been in the second half.
  • The U.S. won the 2005 Gold Cup against Panama in penalty kicks after tying 0-0.
  • The USA out-scored its opponents 20-3 for the tournament.
  • The U.S. was forced to make an early substitute when Stuart Holden went down with a sprained right knee in the 18th minute and had to be replaced by Mix Diskerud in the 23rd. Holden will be evaluated further after the match.
  • The win marked the third time the USA has won the Gold Cup from the run of play, having also won two titles in penalty kicks.
  • Captain DaMarcus Beasley, who had the honor of lifting the Gold Cup trophy, made his 109th career appearance, moving within one of sixth-place Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110 caps each).
  • Defender Omar Gonzalez made his Gold Cup debut as an 88th-minute substitution for Alejandro Bedoya.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned his first shutout of the tournament and improved to 5-0-0 during the competition. Rimando is now 6-0-0 overall with two clean sheets in 2013.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: July 28, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Final
Venue: Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
Kickoff: 3 p.m. CT
Attendance: 57,920
Weather: 64 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Brek Shea (Alejandro Bedoya) 69th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 25-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 23); 20-Alejandro Bedoya (24-Omar Gonzalez, 89), 10-Landon Donovan, 6-Joe Corona (23-Brek Shea, 68); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Will Bruin, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 6-Gabriel Gomez (16-Rolando Blackburn, 74), 7-Blas Perez, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 9-Gabriel Torres (18-Jairo Jimenez, 65), 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 23-Roberto Chen
Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonagas, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Jean Carlos Cedeno, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 17-Roderick Miller, 21-Richard Dixon
Head Coach: Julio Valdez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Fouls: 19 / 16
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Alejandro Bedoya (caution)   63rd minute
USA – Eddie Johnson (caution)       90
USA – Brek Shea (caution)              90+4
PAN – Jairo Jimenez (caution)         90+4

Officials:
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Fourth Official: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman


Brek Shea to Replace Injured Joshua Gatt on Gold Cup Roster

Chris Pontius Added to 35-Player Pool

CHICAGO (July 6, 2013) – U.S. midfielder Joshua Gatt has been ruled out of the Gold Cup after suffering a knee injury on June 29 while playing for Molde FK in the Norwegian First Division. Further details on the injury will be provided by the club. Gatt was injured in the 41st minute of the 3-1 win against Sarpsborg and remained in Norway to undergo an MRI evaluation.

Klinsmann has added Brek Shea to the final Gold Cup roster. Per tournament rules, an injured player may be replaced on the roster up to 24 hours prior to a team’s first match in the group phase.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation for Josh,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is now a couple of times that he has been injured after receiving a call up to the National Team, and it must be frustrating and disappointing. He has been making great progress and we were really looking forward to the opportunity to see him in action. We wish him all the best.”

Shea has been training with the U.S. team since July 1 when the group gathered in San Diego, and entered in the 59th minute of the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala.

D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius has been added to the pool of 12 players still eligible to be chosen for any additional changes to the 23-player roster. In addition to a change for injury, teams are allowed to make up to four changes to the roster in the 24 hours following their final group match.

Due to unforeseen circumstances that affected some teams competing in the 2013 C0NCACAF Gold Cup, the Gold Cup Committee recently agreed on adjustments to the tournament Regulations that allowed every participating team to make up to three changes to their 35-man and 23-man rosters. All non-injury final roster changes had to be made by July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Edu and Ashe Withdraw from MNT Camp

CHICAGO (May 27, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will be without Corey Ashe and Maurice Edu after each was forced to withdraw through injury. No replacements will be added to the U.S. roster.

Ashe suffered a groin strain in the Houston Dynamo's 1-1 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. He had been called in for the match against the game against Belgium on May 29 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland (TICKETS).

Edu has been diagnosed with a sports hernia. Following the completion of his loan at Bursaspor, he returned to Stoke City where the team medical staff made the diagnosis.
Shea continues to be bothered by a right calf strain incurred at Stoke City. He will go to Dallas for individual treatment, and when he is fit for full training he will be available to return to the U.S. camp. No timetable has been set.

The team has a pair of friendlies against Belgium and Germany before continuing FIFA World Cup Qualifying against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras in June. They have a 23-game unbeaten streak at home in World Cup Qualifying, and currently sit third in the table with four points, just one point behind leaders Panama.

The U.S. Men's National Team will host a public training session Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available for $3 in the West 3rd lot.

Fans who pre-register on ussoccer.com
will be entered to have a chance to meet U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the stadium prior to the training session.

U.S. ROSTER FOR BELGIUM BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire),
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Possessing size, speed and agility, Brek Shea is well suited to become a potent attacking threat. The tireless midfielder made a name for himself on an international level with both his fearless runs as he became a regular member of the U.S. team in the second half of 2011, and is expected to play a big role in the USA’s efforts to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. After appearing in every playoff match to help FC Dallas reach the 2010 MLS Cup, he enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 that included a series of career highs and lead to a nomination for the MLS Most Valuable Player Award and a spot on the MLS Best XI.

  • Credited with his first career assist for the U.S. on the equalizer against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011
  • One of three players to appear in every game in 2011 under Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Became the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the U.S. Men's National Team when he started on Oct. 12, 2010, against Colombia
  • First called up to camp in 2008 when he was in the squad for the USA's trip to Barbados in the second round of World Cup qualifying
  • Represented the United States in both a U-20 and U-17 FIFA World Cup
  • Named to the MLS Best XI and nominated for the MLS MVP Award in 2011
2011: One of only three players (along with Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard) to appear in each of the first seven games under Jurgen Klinsmann … Started five games … Added an assist on Robbie Rogers’s equalizer against Mexico on Aug. 10 … 2010: Earned his first cap with the full team when he started in the friendly against Colombia on Oct. 12, 2010, in Chester, Pa. … 2008: Called up to national team camp for the first time when he joined the squad for the second leg of the second round of World Cup Qualifying against Barbados ... Under-23s: Represented the U.S. U-23 team in France for the Toulon International Tournament, appearing in all three games and making one start … Under-20s: A member of the U.S. U-20 roster for the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, he started and played the full 90 minutes in all three group matches … Named to U.S. U-20 roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago … Participated in the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland with the U.S. U-20 team, scoring twice in three games … Played in all three games for the U.S. U-20 team in Portugal in the Campos Verde International Tournament, scoring the only U.S. goal against Cape Verde Islands on April 15 and wore the captain’s armband in 3-0 win over Northern Ireland on April 16 … Under-17s: Member of the U.S. FIFA U-17 World Cup roster … Made his U.S. debut with the U-17’s versus Trinidad and Tobago … Scored first international goal in a friendly versus Jamaica U-17s in 2006 … First Appearance: Oct. 12, 2010 vs. Colombia … First Goal: None.

2011: Named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for league MVP … Made 31 appearances for FC Dallas in the regular season, starting 30 of those … Played the full 90 minutes in 28 games, recording a new career high of 2,647 minutes … Scored 11 goals and added three assists, also new career highs … Closed the year with a training spell at Arsenal in London … 2010: Finished the season with career highs in games played (25), games started (21), goals (5), and minutes (1,797) … Played in all four of FC Dallas' playoff games in its march to 2010 MLS Cup, earning two assists … 2009: Made 19 regular season appearances and earned his first MLS start for FC Dallas on May 23 against the LA Galaxy… Recorded his first professional MLS assist in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 7… 2008: Made his professional and MLS debut at Chivas USA on April 20 as a substitute in the 86th minute …Moved to center back under head coach Schellas Hyndman, where he played the full 90 against Club America on Sept. 7.

The middle of five children, with two older brothers and two younger sisters … Son of Charles and Kirsten … Dad played football at Virginia Tech … Family ancestry is Norwegian … Lists Lil Wayne as his favorite artist … Voted No. 1 in the 2011 “24 Under 24” ranking of MLS players … Enjoys painting. 

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