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MNT Players in Club Action Across the Globe and the Airwaves this Weekend

With the USMNT’s March friendlies against Denmark (March 25, ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN) and Switzerland (March 31, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) quickly approaching, time is running out for the players to convince the coaching staff they should be included for the matches that start the honing process for the all-important 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. The staff will have plenty of opportunity to watch the player pool in action this weekend – and so will fans!

Check out all the MNT players in action with their clubs across the globe (All TV times ET):

FRIDAY
The spotlight is on the kickoff of the 20th season of Major League Soccer when the 2014 defending champion LA Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire. World Cup vet Omar Gonzalez stands at one end with MNT neophyte Gyassi Zardes as the pair stare down Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson at the other. (10 p.m., UniMas)

SATURDAY
The FA Cup quarterfinals kick off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium on offer in one of the oldest and most prestigious cup competitions in the world. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host West Bromwich Albion in the first leg (12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus). In another final eight matchup, Reading midfielder Danny Williams continues his resurgence as the Royals head to League One side Bradford City (7:45 a.m., FS1). In the only Premier League match of the weekend, DeAndre Yedlin’s Spurs travel to QPR with a huge opportunity to pick up points in the race to reach European competition next season (10 a.m., NBCSN).

In Germany, Fabian Johnson is fresh off scoring his first goal of the campaign and Borussia Moenchengladbach travel to Mainz looking to keep their hold on third place in the Bundesliga table (12:30 p.m., GolTV).

South of the border, Club Tijuana look to maintain their lead at the top of the Liga MX Torneo Clausura after going 6-1-1 in the first eight matches. Joe Corona hopes to continue to earn minutes after recovering from injury, while Greg Garza will be kept out as a precaution after a minor hip injury on the weekend. Meantime, defender Michael Orozco has started all eight games for Puebla and has helped his side to fourth place as they travel to Chiapas (10 p.m., UDN).

MLS has a host of matches available on DIRECT KICK/MLS LIVE, led by the debut of Jozy Altidore alongside MNT compatriot Michael Bradley at Toronto FC when they square off against cross-coast Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps (6 p.m.). Check local listings for the full MLS schedule.

SUNDAY
Last things first – the U.S. Under-17 MNT has a chance to book their ticket to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Currently sporting a 3-0-0 record at the top of Group A in CONCACAF Qualifying, a win against host Honduras would guarantee advancement to this fall’s tournament in Chile (FOX Soccer Plus, 10 p.m.).

The big draw will be the debut of the newest additions to MLS, with 60,000 plus packing the Citrus Bowl to watch Orlando City FC hosts NYCFC. Brek Shea is hoping for a jumpstart to his career wearing the purple of the Lions, while Mix Diskerud kicks off his domestic professional career with the Big Apple’s newest MLS entrant NYCFC (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.). Matt Besler will marshal the backline and Graham Zusi appears to be ready to go when Sporting Kansas City hosts the new look New York Red Bulls (FS1, 7 p.m.), while MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution will be without their MNT contingent in Seattle as Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are still sidelined for the opener against U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, MNT defender Brad Evans and Sounders FC (FS1, FOX Deportes, 9:30 p.m.). 

WHAT ELSE TO CHECK OUT …
Alejandro Bedoya returns from the infirmary to join his Nantes teammates when they meet Stade de Reims, who hover three points above the relegation zone … Jonathan Spector’s Birmingham City side have surpassed their point total from last season, and hope to climb into the top half of the table against Midlands rival Derby …  It could be young versus younger in Holland when Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar travel to face Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Sunday … Finally, Eintracht Frankfurt’s starting right back Timmy Chandler gets an early look at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne, which will host USA-Germany on June 5. 

Photo Gallery: MNT Training & Travel to Dublin

Photos from the U.S. MNT's final training session in London before departing for Dublin to face Ireland on Nov. 18.

MNT vs. Colombia: Highlights - November 14, 2014

Colombia knocked off the U.S. Men's National Team 2-1 in front of more than 24,000 at Craven Cottage in London.

Photo Gallery: USA, Colombia Square Off in London

Photos from the U.S. MNT's match against Colombia at Craven Cottage in West London on Nov. 14, 2014. Although the USA lost 2-1 on the night, the match drew a record crowd of 24,235 for an international game played the the famed home of England's Fulham FC. 

MNT Drops 2-1 Decision to No. 3 FIFA-Ranked Colombia

LONDON (Nov. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore scored an early goal, but No. 3 FIFA-ranked Colombia scored two unanswered goals in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory in front of 24,235 spectators, a record attendance for an international match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham. Carlos Bacca scored the game-tying goal in the 60th minute and Teofilo Gutierrez the game-winner in the 87th minute. 

Altidore’s 10th-minute tally from the penalty spot was the 25th of his international career and team-leading fourth of 2014. 

The USA is now 16-35-9 all-time against top-10 FIFA-ranked opponents and 3-10-4 all-time against Colombia. 

The U.S. MNT wraps up its 2014 schedule against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Univision. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty), 10th minute: The USA drew a penalty kick when Jermaine Jones headed the ball into the right side of the box toward Rubio Rubin. Rubin was fighting off Pablo Armero for the 50-50, when Armero’s left arm made contact with the ball. That led to Altidore’s penalty kick and the USA striker hesitated on his approach against Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas, who dove to his left as Altidore’s shot was driven just behind him toward the middle of the frame. The tally was the U.S. MNT’s first in a London-based game; the team had been outscored 13-0 in three previous London matches. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez), 60th minute: Rodriguez played a through ball in the direction of Teofilo Gutierrez, who was in an offside position. Gutierrez refrained from touching the ball, and referee Szymon Marciniak decided that he did not impact the play and let play continue while the USA back line screamed for a whistle. Meanwhile, Bacca made a dash to the ball, took a touch to his right, and from the corner of the six-yard box slotted the ball into the net for the equalizer. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona), 87th minute: From the right side of the box, Cardona lofted the ball to the left side over second-half sub Julian Green and connected with Gutierrez, who headed the ball top shelf in the center of the goal past diving USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan. USA 1, COL 2 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 27th minute: Following a corner kick from the left side, Colombia’s Jeison Murillo lofted his header toward the upper left corner of the frame. Guzan instinctively reached up to bat the ball over the crossbar. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 41st minute: James Rodriguez built up the attack with a creative back heel toward Carlos Bacca and the Colombia forward shot from the right side. Jones tracked back in time to deflect the ball out of bounds to keep Colombia off the score sheet. 

COL – Camilo Vargas, 59th minute: Colombia’s goalkeeper was challenged nearly 15 minutes into the second half when Jermaine Jones headed the ball off of a corner kick. Jones tried for the inside right of the frame, but Vargas cut down the angle to make the save. 

USA – Brad Guzan, 64th, 65th and 68th minutes: Colombia dictated the play for much of the second half and created three great scoring chances in a four-minute span. Carlos Sanchez’s right-footed shot deflected off of DeAndre Yedlin, and Guzan dove to his left for the save. Guzan then stopped a rolling shot from Teofilo Gutierrez and also turned away a Pablo Armero attempt from outside the box. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Jozy Altidore moved into sole possession of fifth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list with his 25th-career goal. Altidore moved past Joe-Max Moore (24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002).
  • DaMarcus Beasley entered Friday’s match in the second half to earn his 121st cap, which ranks fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The USA’s final match of 2014 kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, Univision
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-4-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 0-4-0 all-time in games played in the London area.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal, making his fourth start of the year and 28th cap overall.
  • The starting back line included Greg Garza on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and a center back pairing of John Brooks and Jermaine Jones. For Jones, it was his second straight match on defense after featuring primarily in the midfield throughout the year. Yedlin earned his 10th cap and second start of the year.
  • The USA’s starting midfield in a 4-1-3-2 formation included Kyle Beckerman in a holding role, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya on the outside and Mix Diskerud in the middle. Bedoya now leads the U.S. MNT with 11 caps in 2014.
  • The starting front line featured team captain Jozy Altidore and the MNT debut for Rubio Rubin, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.
  • To open the second half, Johnson dropped into the defense and Yedlin pushed up to midfield.
  • In the 67th minute, Klinsmann made a pair of subs with Bobby Wood replacing Rubin and Alfredo Morales entering for Bedoya.
  • DaMarcus Beasley replaced Garza in the 70th minute.
  • USA midfielder Lee Nguyen made his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute.
  • Julian Green was brought into the match for Yedlin in the 86th minute.
  • Rubin had a couple of dangerous scoring chances in each half during his MNT debut. Rubin’s closest came in the 47th minute when Bedoya set him up beautifully with a right-footed cross from the left side. Rubin got behind the Colombia defense, but his header went just wide right of the frame.
  • The USA dodged a couple scares from Colombia’s attack in the first half. In the 33rd minute, Colombia nearly capitalized on a USA giveaway in the midfield that lead to Carlos Bacca’s right-footed shot, which deflected off of the right post and went out of bounds for a U.S. goal kick. Then, just before halftime, Bacca’s shot from outside the box deflected off of Jones. Colombian players screamed for a hand ball, which replays showed deflected off of Jones’ left arm.
  • The USA is now 2-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s armband.
  • The U.S. is 33-14-11 all-time under Klinsmann.

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Nov. 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Craven Cottage; London, England
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 24,235
Weather: 52 degrees, clear

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty)                      10th minute
COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez)       60
COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona)   87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (16-Julian Green, 86), 13-Jermaine Jones, 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 70); 15-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (4-Alfredo Morales, 67), 10-Mix Diskerud (8-Lee Nguyen, 78), 23-Fabian Johnson; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 9-Rubio Rubin (19-Bobby Wood, 67)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 12-Nick Rimando, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

COL: 12-Camilo Vargas; 3 -Pedro Franco, 4-Santiago Arias, 7-Pablo Armero, 23-Jeison Murillo; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar (27-Edwin Cardona, 74), 11-Juan Cuadrado (15-Juan Quintero, 89), 10-James Rodriguez (capt.); 17- Carlos Bacca (20-Adrian Ramos, 79), 19-Teofilo Gutierrez (21-Jackson Martinez, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Leandro Castellanos, 2-Cristian Zapata, 16-Eder Balanta, 22-Jose Cuadrado, 24-Daniel Bocanegra, 25-Alexander Mejia, 26-Carlos Carbonero, 28-Brayan Angulo, 14-Yimmi Chara 
Head Coach: José Pékerman

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Abel Aguilar (caution)    29th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution )  35

Officials:
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
4th Official: Lee Probert (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman

Guzan has exemplified the long lineage of quality U.S. goalkeepers, demonstrating an ability to rise to the occasion in big matches. The Chicago-area native stepped up in 2013 for the MNT when he filled in for an injured Tim Howard and posted back-to-back shutouts during FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Guzan went abroad in 2008 when he transferred to the Premier League’s Aston Villa, where he was voted the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and Aston Villa supporters.

  • Has suited up for the U.S. three times and started two games in 2014, remaining perfect in 2014 with a 2-0-1 record.
  • Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • In 2013, earned back-to-back clean sheets in FIFA World Cup Qualifying – a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on March 22 in the Snow Clasico, followed by a 0-0 draw on March 26 against Mexico at Estadio Azteca
  • Was named Aston Villa Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season
  • Served as backup at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Wore the captain’s armband and presided over the USA’s 1-0 victory against South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge
  • Recorded a shutout in the 3-0 victory against Egypt that helped provide the U.S. the margin needed to advance to the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup
  • Posted three shutouts at the 3-1-1 record in 2010 World Cup qualifying
  • Saved four penalties in one match on Oct. 27, 2009, for Aston Villa, one in regulation time and three more in a penalty shoot-out win against Sunderland in the Round of 16 of the League Cup
  • The 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and also a member of the year’s MLS Best XI, he was in the net for the majority of Chivas USA’s Western Conference championship season
2014: Has suited up for the U.S. three times and started two games, remaining perfect in 2014 with a 2-0-1 record ... Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... played the second half of a 2-1 victory over June 1 ... 2013: Made four appearances and posted a 2-1-1 record and two clean sheets … Earned a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the infamous Snow Clasico World Cup qualifier on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. … Was named Budweiser Man of the Match for his three-save performance as the USA earned a scoreless draw against Mexico on March 26 in World Cup qualifying at Estadio Azteca …2012: Called into camp by Jurgen Klinsmann in February … Appeared in goal to preserve a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 … 2010: Served as Tim Howard’s deputy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … He made the most of his three appearances, twice earning ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors … The first came in his impressive 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Brazil on Aug. 10 … Guzan wore the captain’s armband for the first time and led a young U.S. squad to a 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge … 2009: Made four starts … Played in the USA’s 2-2 draw in qualifying on March 28 in El Salvador … Faced nine shots in posting the shutout that earned the U.S. a 3-0 victory against Egypt on June 21 in Rustenburg and second place in Group B of the Confederations Cup … Started the USA’s final two matches of the year, the friendlies in Slovakia and Denmark … 2008: Featured in seven games, a career best … Started five games, with his substitute appearances coming against England at Wembley Stadium and Spain in Santander … Featured heavily in World Cup qualifying, posting clean sheets in both matches of the second round against Barbados as well as the final semifinal round group match, a 2-0 win against Guatemala on Nov. 19 in Commerce City, Colo. … Also started in the USA’s 2-1 loss in Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain ... 2007: Played the second half of both the USA’s 1-0 victories against Switzerland and South Africa in the fall … A member of the team which competed in the 2007 Copa America tournament … Made one appearance in Venezuela, starting the final group stage game against Colombia … Provided one of the highlights of the tournament when he saved a penalty kick during that game … Also a member of the 2007 Gold Cup winning team, though he didn’t make any appearances in the competition …2006: Made his first appearance for the United States in goal during a friendly against Guatemala in February … Became the youngest to start in goal on his national team debut since Brad Friedel 14 years earlier … Earned a shutout en route to a 4-0 U.S. victory … Under-23s: Featured in all three games during the 2008 Olympics as an overage player, turning in a memorable effort against Nigeria and keeping a clean sheet in the opening match against Japan … First Appearance: Feb. 19, 2006, vs. Guatemala … First Shutout: June 15, 2008, vs. Barbados.
2013: Was named the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and team supporters … In July, signed a four-year contract extension with Aston Villa … Assisted the game-winning goal and made five saves during Aston Villa’s 3-2 victory against Manchester City on Sept. 28 … 2012: Notched a clean sheet and made five saves in Aston Villa’s first win of the season in the form of a 2-0 win against Swansea City on Sept. 15 … Picked up six saves and another clean sheet in a scoreless draw against Arsenal on Nov. 24 … 2011:Made 16 appearances while on loan to Hull City, helping the squad to finish in the middle of the table at 11th place … Guzan’s first match in goal for Hull City resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Jan. 1, but Guzan helped his new club to a nine-match unbeaten streak with the American in goal … Overall, Hull City posted a record of 7-4-5 in Guzan’s 16 appearances … 2010: Continued to serve as Brad Friedel’s deputy in league play … Started both of Villa’s matches against Rapid Vienna in Europa League qualifying on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 … Started in the 3-1 victory against Blackburn on Sept. 22 in the third round of the Carling Cup … 2009-10: Finished the 2009-10 campaign with 10 appearances and a 1.20 goals against average in Cup competitions and Europa League action … Went the distance in both Europa League matches against Rapid Vienna, posting a 1-0 loss away and a 2-1 win in the return leg at Villa Park … Helped Villa to the Carling Cup final by posting a 1-0 shutout victory on Jan. 14 in the first leg of the semifinal and getting the win a wild 6-4 victory six days later ... Played in three other Carling Cup fixtures, collecting three victories and two shutouts, including a 4-2 win against Portsmouth on Nov. 30 in the quarterfinal … Saved four penalties in one match, one in normal time and three more in a penalty shootout win against Sunderland on Oct. 27 at the Stadium of Light in the fourth round of the Carling Cup  … Led the team to the title in the 2009 Peace Cup, with victories against Atlante, Porto and in the final against Juventus … 2008-09: Moved to Aston Villa prior to the start of the season … Finished the season with eight appearances, including five in the UEFA Cup … His lone appearance in the EPL came when he entered in the 63rd minute of a 5-0 loss on March 27 at Liverpool, surrendering one goal … Backed up Brad Friedel for Premier League games and featured on the substitutes’ bench for the majority of Aston Villa games in the second half of the year … 2008: Featured in 15 matches with Chivas USA before signing for Aston Villa on July 11 for a fee of around $1.2 million ... 2007: Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after sporting a league best 0.93 GAA over the course of the season … Made 27 appearances for Chivas, anchoring a backline that was the stingiest in the league … Helped the Los Angeles club to its first ever Western Conference Championship … 2006: In his second year minding the nets for Chivas, he struggled with injury and was scratched from the starting lineup for much of the season … Eventually, he regained his starting spot and went on to make 13 appearances for Chivas USA … Under Bob Bradley, he started for Chivas in both of the team’s Western Conference playoff games, marking the first time in history the franchise had competed in the MLS postseason … 2005: As a 20-year-old, he became Chivas’ first ever draft pick and the highest goalkeeper ever selected in the MLS Superdraft at the time … Went on to feature in 24 games for Chivas.

Guzan married his wife, Breanne, in Chicago in the summer of 2011 ... Represented the U.S. as captain when the team met with former South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 2010 after the Mandela Challenge Cup … Lists his idols in soccer as Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller … His favorite band is U2 … Threw out the first pitch for a Chicago White Sox game in 2008 ... Played club ball for the Chicago Magic, now a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Played two years at South Carolina, captaining the team in his sophomore season and earning All-American honors … Was a starter as a freshman, and featured in every single match posting a 0.96 GAA … In high school he was a four-year letter winner at Providence Catholic (Ill.).

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