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Photo Gallery: MNT Hartford Training - Oct. 9, 2014

Photos from the #USMNT's Thursday training session and press conference at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, ahead of the USA's game against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10.

Photo Gallery: MNT Harvard Training - Oct. 8, 2014

Photos from the #USMNT's third training session on the campus of Harvard University ahead of the USA's game against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10.

Photo Gallery: MNT Harvard Training - Oct. 7, 2014

Photos from the #USMNT's second training session on the campus of Harvard University ahead of the USA's game against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10.

Klinsmann Names 22-Player Roster for #USAvECU

CHICAGO (Oct. 6, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into camp in preparation for the upcoming friendly against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10, in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff between the two countries, which both qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is set for 7 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

Note: Jurgen Klinsmann originally called in 21 players and added Chris Wondolowski on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

After a 15-year international career in which he became the most accomplished player in team history, U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) will make his final appearance for the United States when he plays against Ecuador. More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the match. (TICKETS)

Following the USA’s game in East Hartford, Klinsmann is expected to make several changes to the U.S. roster that will travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to face regional rival Honduras in the USA’s first match in Palm Beach County. (TICKETS)

“We look at these two games as an opportunity to take a picture of the player pool as it stands now,” said Klinsmann. “Already the hierarchy starts to shift in some ways, which is normal at the beginning of a cycle. We are excited to look at this group against a very competitive team like Ecuador, and then we will have a chance to bring some different faces for the game against Honduras. Obviously, it’s going to be a special night on Friday as everyone in the U.S. Soccer family will have the chance to honor the amazing career of Landon Donovan.”

A total of 15 players return from the USA’s 1-0 win against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, including 10 starters and game-winning goal scorer Alejandro Bedoya.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES

  • Set to earn his 157th cap for the United States, Landon Donovan will end his tenure with the MNT as the USA’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), World Cup caps (12), and World Cup goals (5).
  • Jozy Altidore captained the U.S. in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. He had previously earned that honor once before, during the USA’s dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, to cap off the Hexagonal.
  • Alejandro Bedoya played for Boston College before signing his first professional contract with Örebro in 2009.
  • World Cup goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando are headed to East Hartford, each sporting impressive records in a National Team uniform. Guzan has recorded nine shutouts in 18 career starts, with six of those clean sheets earned in World Cup qualifiers. Rimando has never lost a game for the Senior National Team, posting a near-perfect 10-0-1 record.
  • Timmy Chandler enters camp having started the season with a new Bundesliga club. Chandler moved from Nurnberg to his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Mix Diskerud is one start shy of reaching double digits for the Senior National Team. With 21 caps and three goals, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-3 record when Diskerud steps onto the field.
  • Joe Corona made the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Corona and Michael Orozco made their first appearances of 2014 in Prague. Both players now have 12 international appearances under their belt.
  • Tim Ream earned his eighth cap in that game, and made his first appearance since the USA’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the table, appearing in all nine matches and scoring the opening goal of the campaign. Born in Germany to Peruvian parents, he has been deployed as a holding midfielder and also in defense.
  • Joe Gyau made his Bundesliga debut for Dortmund when he entered as a sub in the 2-2 draw against Stuttgart on Sept. 24, and has since become a regular on the game-day roster. He spent three semesters in the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. His father Philip earned six caps with the U.S. MNT from 1989-91.
  • Greg Garza made his senior MNT debut in the 1-0 win against Czech Republic. The Club Tijuana left back has now competed for the United States at every age level, beginning with the U-14 Boys’ National Team.
  • Bill Hamid has backstopped D.C. United to a historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in the league.
  • 1860 Munich striker Bobby Wood has played five matches to start the 2. Bundesliga season. The 21-year-old native of Hawaii and former Irvine Strikers forward made his Senior National Team debut in the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2013.
  • Minnesota United FC forward Miguel Ibarra becomes the first player from the modern NASL to be called into the Senior National Team. The 24-year-old was voted the NASL Player of the Month for September.
  • Several players from the 1-0 win against Czech Republic were called into duty for the U.S. U-23 MNT, which will hold a four-day camp in Brazil culminating in a match against the host U-23 team on Oct. 13 in Brasilia: Cody Cropper, Emerson Hyndman, Jordan Morris and Rubio Rubin.

Academy Alumni: Saad Lifts Sporting; Miazga and NYRB Blank Revs

Former Development Academy Player of the Year Soony Saad (Vardar, Michigan Wolves) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal during Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Friday.

Saad’s first start of 2014 included a 45th-minute strike from just outside the box that gave Sporting a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. Kansas City is tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings with D.C. United with 22 points, one point behind the New England Revolution.

Miazga Makes First MLS Start: New York Red Bulls homegrown player Matt Miazga made his first MLS start going the full 90 minutes on the Red Bulls back line defense. Miazga helped the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory against New England Revolution on Sunday. It was second appearance this year and third appearance overall of his career.

Shipp Records Brace for Fire: Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, formerly of the Fire’s Academy and Chicago Magic PSG, scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. His first, a left-footed strike from just inside the 18-yard box, cut into the Sounders 2-0 lead. Shipp found the net again in the 82nd minute to bring the Fire to within a goal at 3-2, which stood as the final score. Shipp’s two goals were his fourth and fifth of the year. He now has two multi-goal games on the season, with a hat trick against New York on May 10.

Gil Scores in Draw: Former Pateadores player and 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup participant Luis Gil scored a goal in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw against Columbus on June 4. Gil broke a scoreless tie early in the second half when he finished a rebound off Abdoulie Mansally’s shot, shooting across Crew keeper Steve Clark off the left post and in. It was Gil’s second goal of the season and the 10th of his career.

Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid made two saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw against the Columbus on Saturday. Another former Academy Player of the Year and Andromeda product, Dillon Powers, had an assist during the Colorado Rapids’ 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. Powers has two goals and four assists on the season.

Under-20s: Heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Gil has two goals and an assist in five games. Both goals came during the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. He tallied a penalty kick during the USA's opening 2-1 win against Haiti on feb. 18, 2013, adn scored the first goal of the tea's 4-2 victory against Canada on Feb. 26 in the all-important quarterfinals to clinch a spot in the U-20 World Cup. Gil was named to the 2013 CONCACAF Championship All-Tournament Team. In 2012, Gil tallied a goal and an assist in three games with two starts. He became part of the U-20 picture in 2011, scoring a goal in two matches. Earlier in 2013, Gil played the full 90 minutes in a match against Panama. He debuted with the U-20s on Jan. 22, 2010, with a 90-minute effort in the first game of the Copa Chivas tournament against Pachuca in Guadalajara, scoring the USA’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss … Under-18s: In 2010, Gil played for the U-18s at the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal from May 21-31 and captained the team during a May 27 loss to Norway. Also at the tournament, Gil set up the game’s lone goal during a 1-0 win against Romania on May 28 … Under-17s: Gil scored five goals in 32 appearances for the U.S. U-17 MNT after joining the Residency Program for the spring of 2008. In 2009, Gil tallied four goals and an assist in 18 games and was named U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year. Gil had an assist and played in the USA’s four games at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and was the youngest member of the U.S. squad at the tournament. His four goals ranked second-best on the U-17 MNT in 2009. During the group stage, Gil played the full 90 minutes in wins against Malawi and United Arab Emirates and a 2-1 loss to Spain, and his performance in Nigeria garnered attention from European clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Gil is in the midst of his fourth season with Major League Soccer's real Salt Lake in 2013. Before joining the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team, Gil had logged 13 starts and 14 games, 1,016 minutes, two goals and an assist. In 2012, his third season with Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, Gil set career highs in games started (19), games played (19) and assists (3) while also contributed a goal. In 2011, Gil started in 14 of his 25 regular-season games and scored two goals. He made his RSL debut on March 26, 2011, against the LA Galaxy as a second half sub during a 4-1 win. Though Gil did not play in a regular-season match for RSL in 2010, he did play in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match and in CONCACAF Champions League action. Salt Lake acquired Gil from the Kansas City Wizards in February of 2010.

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