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Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title

CHICAGO (June 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will defend the USA’s title at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The roster includes 17 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Ten players from this group have been a part of USA teams that have won a Gold Cup in the past, including six from the squad that won in 2013.

The MNT will take the pitch for a final Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Ticket sales for that game have already exceeded 25,000 and it is on track to break the record for attendance at a soccer game in Tennessee. (TICKETS)

Four days later, the five-time Gold Cup champions will begin their quest at title defense in the 13th edition of the tournament with the opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. (GOLD CUP SCHEDULE)

Twelve CONCACAF teams will compete for the Gold Cup trophy: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean. The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal that features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia).

With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup, which is the ultimate goal for Klinsmann and the team.

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition," said Klinsmann. "Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

The MNT is coming off two huge road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany, and is riding a four-match unbeaten streak against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world (3-0-1). The USA is 4-2-1 on the year.

After the Group Stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round may replace up to six players on the roster.

U.S. Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seventeen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players on the roster with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, of which 10 have lifted the trophy
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time participant.
  • Brad Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout versus Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup Final.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • The win against Germany its last time out was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champion
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as the Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. Also picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi and Davis were both part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and are the only players on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist. 

 


MNT Earns Famous Victory Over Reigning World Cup Champs

For the second time in five days, the U.S. Men’s National Team successfully converted in the last three minutes of a game, this time to defeat No.1-ranked and 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany, 2-1 at RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne.

Happy Goalversary Clint Dempsey and John Brooks!

It was the first game for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It was a matchup with Ghana, the team that had eliminated the USA in the previous two World Cups and the MNT’s first opponent in the “Group of Death.” It was John Brooks, one year ago today, that a headed in a heart-stopping goal in the 86th minute to give the U.S. a 2-1 win. A dream scenario for Brooks had become reality.

The game began with a historic strike, when the USA took an immediate 1-0 lead off a Clint Dempsey goal that came 29 seconds into the match. It was the fastest goal in World Cup history for the U.S. and a goal that made Dempsey the first MNT player to score in three World Cups.

The defense stifled a number of attacks from Ghana in the minutes that followed, but in the 82nd, the African nation broke through with an equalizing goal. With eight minutes left, the U.S. pushed ahead, battled for a scoring opportunity and earned corner kick, which set the stage for Brooks.

“I had a dream,” Brooks said in the pandemonium that followed the win. “I told some teammates that I dreamed that I scored in the 80th minute and we win the game. Now it was the 86th minute, and we won.”

The 21-year-old, playing in his first World Cup game overwhelmed by the moment and the realization of his dream fell to his knees on the pitch as his teammates embraced him.


MNT Beats Netherlands, Prepares for Germany

Watch behind the scenes as the #USMNT beat Netherlands with an incredible second-half fight back. Michael Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann also preview the match against no. 1 ranked Germany.

USA Records Win for the History Books with 4-3 Victory against Netherlands

AMSTERDAM (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team completed an astonishing second-half comeback in the last two minutes of the game to defeat No.6-ranked Netherlands 4-3 at Amsterdam Arena for the first time in five meetings between the two teams.

Danny Williams equalized in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood notched the game-winner in the 90th to complete the stirring comeback. Gyasi Zardes began the scoring for the U.S. in the first half and John Brooks’ goal mid-way through the second frame set the stage. The four goals mark the first time the U.S. has scored more than one goal against the Dutch in a match.

For Zardes, Williams and Wood, the goals were the first of their international careers, while Brooks’ strike was his first since his momentous game-winner against Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Next, the U.S. MNT face 2014 FIFA World Cup champion and No.1-ranked Germany in Cologne on June 10. Fans can follow in-game updates on Twitter ( @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NED – Klass-Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay), 27th minute:
From the left side, Memphis Depay played the ball past Gyasi Zardes to send a cross to Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who escaped both Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks to head the ball into the back of the net from six yards out. USA 0, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson), 33rd minute: Aaron Johannsson passed the ball outside of the Netherlands box to Fabian Johnson, who was looming on the upper right side corner. Johnson controlled the pass and sent a cross to the far post where Gyasi Zardes awaited. Calm and collected, Zardes gave the ball a great touch with his right foot, tipping it in from a sharp angle inside the near post past the Dutch goalkeeper to even matters before half. USA 1, NED 1 ( SEE GOAL)

NED – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Van der Wiel), 49th minute: Second half sub Van der Wiel outpaced his marker before sending a long cross toward Huntelaar. The Dutch striker outjumped his defender and once again headed it home for his second of the game. USA 1, NED 2

NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar), 53rd minute: Huntelaar drove a shot from 15 yards out that deflected off Depay and past Guzan towards the far post where it banked in off the woodwork into the opposite corner. USA 1, NED 3

USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin), 70th minute: Michael Bradley came running into the right side of the box where he found DeAndre Yedlin. Yedlin gave the ball a single touch before crossing it to the middle where John Brooks used the inside of his left foot to guide a shot inside the near post for his second career MNT strike. USA 2, NED 3 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Danny Williams, 88th minute: Following a corner from Michael Bradley that sent the ball to the middle of the box, Netherlands’ Lukk De Jong headed it clear to the top of the box. Danny Williams was waiting above the half circle to collect the short clearance and took a shot with his right foot that deflected off Dutch forward Luuk de Jong to tie the game. USA 3, NED 3 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris), 90th minute: Michael Bradley gained possession of the ball after a defensive recovery and ran it through the midfield into attacking territory. Bradley found a patient Jordan Morris on the right side and sent him a pass that he smartly crossed to Bobby Wood, who tapped it in with the inside of his right foot for the game-winner in the last-minute. USA 4, NED 3 (FINAL) ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 3rd minute: Robin Van Persie scooted into the box after a bit of miscommunication from the USA defense. His attempt was blocked by Brad Guzan and despite another Netherlands player getting the rebound to try again, the USA No. 1 was prepared and corralled the ball to keep the U.S. out of trouble. 

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 15th minute: In the clearest scoring opportunity for the USA until that point, Michael Bradley served a corner kick into the box, where it bounced around before finding Gyasi Zardes. He fired a bullet from eight yards away toward the net but Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was ready and made a point-blank save to deny the goal.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 22nd minute: Brek Shea had a fantastic run on the left flank after a midfield pass from Michael Bradley, and got himself into position to face Cillessen one-on-one. Shea’s shot from about five yards out went straight into Cillessen’s legs, which ricocheted the ball out and avoided any further attacking chance from the USA.

USA – Kyle Beckerman, 39th minute: Netherlands had a clear shot at a goal during a scramble inside the USA box, when Kyle Beckerman tracked back to make a vital interception before kicking the ball out of play, allowing the U.S. to reset.

USA – Brad Guzan and Kyle Beckerman, 47th minute: Robin Van Persie volleyed over John Brooks to head toward the net, but Guzan had a quick reaction and blocked the attempt. Van Persie tried again but this time it was Beckerman who cleared it off the line.

NED – Jasper Cillessen, 64th minute: Gyasi Zardes had a free path into the goal, sending a shot with his left foot towards the far post. Cillessen wasn’t caught off guard and stepped up to make the block with his left leg.

USA – Fabian Johnson, 83rd minute : Netherlands got inside the box and past Brad Guzan. Fabian Johnson came from behind and cleared the ball off of the missed attempt from the Dutch player, getting some help from the post to send it out of bounds.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90th minute: Luuk De Jong turned a ball goalward but Guzan expertly sprung across to keep the match tied. The follow up fell to De Jong once again but his second attempt hit the crossbar.

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark. He now has 97 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list and is the only player on this roster that played against the Netherlands in 2010.
  • The goals from Gyasi Zardes, Danny Williams and Bobby Wood were their first goals with the MNT.


Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT will travel to Germany, to play the 2014 FIFA World Cup Champion at RheinEnergiesSTADION in Cologne. Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The United States is 1-4-0 all-time against Netherlands. The teams have played twice in the U.S. and now three times in Amsterdam. The Netherlands has outscored the U.S. 10-5 in the five-game series. Before today’s game, the USA had been outscored 7-1.
  • This was the first matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach and the first victory for the USA against the European soccer power.
  • Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015.
  • Guzan earned his 13th win with the MNT.
  • Ventura Alvarado, who made his first start for the USA the last time out against Mexico, made his second consecutive start for the USA tonight.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley wore the captain’s armband for the fourth-straight match.
  • It was the second time since the World Cup game against Germany on June 26, 2014 that midfielders Bradley and Kyle Beckerman started together.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's six matches so far in 2015. The two other MNT players that have appeared in all six games in 2015 are Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • Yedlin nabbed his first point of 2015 after providing the assist on John Brooks’ goal late in the second half.
  • Williams, who scored the game-tying goal in today’s match, was the first new player that Klinsmann capped when he became the MNT head coach.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in 2015: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Clint Dempsey, Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Brek Shea, Williams, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes.
  • It was Wood’s second appearance of 2015. He was last on the field on Jan. 28 during the USA’s 3-2 loss to Chile.

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

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Netherlands
Date:  June 5, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Amsterdam Arena; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kickoff:  2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local)
Attendance:  46,000
Weather:  68 degrees; Indoor

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
NED                          1          2          3

NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Memphis Depay)                     27th minute
USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)                               33
NED – Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Gregory Ven Der Wiel)             49
NED – Memphis Depay (Klaas Jan Huntelaar)                     53
USA – John Brooks (DeAndre Yedlin)                                 70
USA – Danny Williams                                                       88
USA – Bobby Wood (Jordan Morris)                                    90

Lineups:
USA:   1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 19-Ventura Alvarado (15-Michael Orozco, 46), 6-John Brooks, 11-Brek Shea (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 57); 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 63), 7-Alfredo Morales (10-Mix Diskerud, 56); 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Aron Johannsson (18-Bobby Wood, 65), 20-Gyasi Zardes (8-Jordan Morris, 80)
Subs Not Used : 3-Brad Evans, 12-Nick Rimando, 13-Juan Agudelo, 16-Miguel Ibarra
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

NED:  1-Jasper Cillessen; 2-Daryl Janmaat (12-Gregory Van Der Wiel, 46), 3-Jeffrey Bruma, 4-Bruno Martins Indi, 5-Daley Blind; 6-Jordy Clasie (24-Wesley Sneijder, 78), 7-Quincy Promes, 10-Robin Van Persie (capt.) (18-Davy Propper, 57), 11-Memphis Depay, 8-Georgino Wijnaldum; 9-Klaas Jan Huntelaar (19-Luuk De Jong, 78)           
Subs Not Used: 13-Joel Veltman, 14-Karim Rekik, 15-Jetro Willems, 16-Stefan De Vrij, 17-Luciano Narsingh, 20-Tjaronn Chery, 21-Steven Berghuis, 23-Tim Krul
Head coach: Guus Hiddink

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 17 / 21
Shots on Goal: 11 / 10
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 3 / 8
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
NED – Gregory Van Der Wiel (caution)         85th minute

Officials: 
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant  1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant  2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
4th Official: Richard Liesveld  (NED)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Michael Bradley

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