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U.S. MNT Falls 4-1 to Republic of Ireland to Close out 2014 Campaign

DUBLIN, Republic of Ireland (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 4-1 to the Republic of Ireland in front of 33,332 spectators at Aviva Stadium to finish its 2014 campaign. Mix Diskerud’s fifth-career goal was the high point of the match for the USA, which conceded three unanswered goals in the second half. 

Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring for Ireland early in the first half before Robbie Brady scored two second-half goals, and James McClean capped the scoring with a second-half tally. 

The USA finishes the year with a 6-5-4 record, and Ireland continued its stronghold in Dublin with a 5-0-0 all-time record against the U.S. at its home site. 

The U.S. hit the woodwork twice, with Fabian Johnson’s 21st-minute attempt grazing the right post and Jozy Altidore’s 43rd-minute shot from the middle of the box ricocheting off of the crossbar. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
IRL – Anthony Pilkington (David McGoldrick), 7th minute: After the USA lost the ball in the midfield, Ireland countered with McGoldrick playing a through ball toward Pilkington, in between the USA’s center back pairing of Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron. Pilkington had a couple steps on Besler on the right side, and Bill Hamid left his line to try to beat Pilkington to the ball. However, Pilkington won that battle and chipped over Hamid and into the right side of the frame for an early lead. USA 0, IRL 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Mix Diskerud (Chris Wondolowski), 39th minute: Ireland captain David Meyler coughed up the ball in the midfield, and Alfredo Morales started the attack for the USA. After trying to find Wondolowski initially in the box, Morales’ pass deflected toward the left side of the box to Jozy Altidore. Altidore crossed back in, connecting with Wondolowski who headed the ball to Diskerud. With the sole of his boot, Diskerud’s karate-like shot slotted into the right side of the frame. It was Diskerud’s third goal of the year and fifth of his career. USA 1, IRL 1 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – Robbie Brady (David McGoldrick), 55th minute: The USA defense lost the ball near the corner flag and Ireland capitalized, crossing the ball in from the left side to McGoldrick at the top of the box. McGoldrick’s slick, back-heel pass opened the field for Brady on the left side of the six-yard box and he shot in between Bill Hamid’s legs to regain the lead. USA 1, IRL 2 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – James McClean, 82nd minute: Ireland put the match out of reach with McClean’s long-distance, left-footed shot from about 25 yards out. His shot took a deflection off of U.S. defender Geoff Cameron. Bill Hamid was diving to his left and tried to react in time to make a save with his leg, but the ball found its way into the back of the net. USA 1, IRL 3 (SEE GOAL) 

IRL – Robbie Brady, 86th minute: Brady’s left-footed free kick from 25 yards out sailed over the USA’s five-man wall and was placed perfectly into the upper left corner, well out of reach for a diving Bill Hamid. USA 1, IRL 4 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
IRL – Alex Pearce, 20th minute: USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya fought off Ireland’s defense to put in a cross from the right end line, eying Jozy Altidore at the far left post. Pearce intercepted with the header to surrender a U.S. corner kick.

USA – Bill Hamid, 27th minute: Ireland’s midfield lofted the ball toward the edge of the box, where the USA appeared to have control of the situation with numbers near the ball. However, the U.S. lost the ball to Ireland midfielder Daryl Murphy who shot from 10 yards out with a clear look at the goal. Hamid made himself big and stopped Murphy’s shot. 

IRL – Shay Given, 50th minute: Jozy Altidore had ample space when he shot from just outside 20 yards. Given anticipated the shot going the opposite direction, but he reacted in time to make the foot save and stave off the USA’s early attack in the second half. 

USA – Fabian Johnson, 78th minute: Ireland second-half sub Shane Long was all by himself to cross from the right side, but Johnson tracked back to clear the ball away from the far left side. The ball deflected off of USA defender Matt Besler for an Ireland corner kick. 

IRL – Shay Given, 81st minute: Forward Jordan Morris, making his U.S. MNT debut, had an immediate impact with a the dribble down the left side and cross to Greg Garza in the box. Garza shot from about nine yards out and Given kicked out a foot to make the save. It turned out to be an important moment for Ireland, which was hanging onto a one-goal lead and ended up scoring an insurance goal just one minute later. 

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is 2-5-2 all-time against the Republic of Ireland.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Bill Hamid in goal. Hamid earned his second cap and start. His only previous appearance was during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012, when he became the last U.S. goalkeeper to post a shutout in his first appearance.
  • The starting back line featured Timmy Chandler on the left, Fabian Johnson on the right and Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron at center back. Johnson was a starting midfielder against Colombia and switched to right back to open the second half of that match.
  • The USA’s starting midfield in a 4-1-3-2 formation included Kyle Beckerman in a holding role, Alfredo Morales and Alejandro Bedoya on the outside and Mix Diskerud in the middle. Bedoya earned his team-leading 12rth cap of 2014, and Morales earned his first start in his fifth overall appearance.
  • The starting front line featured team captain Jozy Altidore and Chris Wondolowski.
  • The USA is now 2-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s armband.
  • Among the USA substitutions against Ireland, Bobby Wood replaced Wondolowski to open the second half.
  • Greg Garza entered for Morales in the 65th minute to earn his fifth cap.
  • In the 76th minute, former Seattle Sounders FC Academy Player of the Year Jordan Morris made his MNT debut, replacing Timmy Chandler. Morris became the 50th player to earn a cap for Klinsmann this year. In the 77th minute, Rubio Rubin played in his second consecutive match, replacing Diskerud.
  • In the 87th minute, Tim Ream replaced Beckerman. Ream was brought in to replace John Brooks, who was kept out for precautionary reasons with a minor ankle issue.
  • Following the Colombia match, DeAndre Yedlin, Lee Nguyen, Jermaine Jones and DaMarcus Beasley returned to their respective Major League Soccer teams. Yedlin and Seattle Sounders FC are preparing to face the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 23, while the New England Revolution’s Jones and Nguyen are set to face the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship earlier that day.
  • The U.S. is 33-15-11 all-time under Klinsmann.

Photo Gallery: MNT Boca Raton Training

Photos from the U.S. MNT training session on Monday, Oct. 13, in Boca Raton, Florida. The USA is set to play Honduras in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

USA Ready for Honduras Test

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
International Friendly
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Oct. 14, 2014

U.S. MNT FACES HONDURAS FOR SECOND MATCH IN FIVE DAYS: The U.S. Men’s National Team, coming off a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 in Landon Donovan’s final match, is set to face Honduras on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer. This marks the USA’s third match of a new FIFA World Cup cycle looking toward Russia 2018.

SIX CHANGES MADE TO U.S. MNT ROSTER: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six roster changes following the U.S. MNT’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Friday, Oct. 10; they include 2014 FIFA World Cup participants Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson also joins the U.S. roster. John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan and Joe Gyau returned to their respective clubs.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt),  Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

--

Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

0-1 L

--

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

July 1

Belgium **

0-0 (1-2 OT L)

Green

Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

1-0 W

Bedoya

Generali Arena; Prague, Czech Republic

Oct. 10

Ecuador

1-1 T

Diskerud

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 14

Honduras

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Nov. 18

Ireland

2:45 p.m.

TBD

Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

** 2014 FIFA World Cup


Klinsmann Makes Six Changes as Several World Cup Veterans Added for #USAvHON

CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2014) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made six changes to the squad that tied Ecuador 1-1 on Oct. 10, adding several veterans to the roster who will make their first appearance for the MNT since the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States will host Honduras on Oct. 14 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kickoff at FAU Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer. (TICKETS

U.S. captain Clint Dempsey leads the list of added players who saw time in Brazil this summer, including Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi. Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson rounds out the new arrivals.

Returning to their clubs are John Brooks, Landon Donovan, Luis Gil, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, and Joe Gyau. The 22-year-old Gyau is being evaluated today after spraining his knee against Ecuador, and will return to Dortmund for treatment.

The match marks a homecoming for Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is a native of nearby Weston, Florida.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich) 

U.S. MNT ROSTER NOTES

  • Jozy Altidore was given the captain’s armband following the departure of Donovan from Friday’s game, marking the second straight time Altidore has served in that role. The forward also captained the U.S. in its 1-0 win against the Czech Republic.
  • Jermaine Jones, who scored a mesmerizing goal against Portugal in the World Cup in June, will be with the MNT for the first since signing for the New England Revolution this summer.
  • Nick Rimando has never lost a game for the Senior National Team, the former Miami Fusion goalkeeper posting a near-perfect 10-0-1 record.
  • Timmy Chandler enters having started the season with a new Bundesliga club. Chandler moved from Nurnberg to his hometown club Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer.
  • With a place in the first XI against Ecuador, Mix Diskerud has reached double digits starts for the Senior National Team. After scoring his fourth career goal, the U.S. team holds a remarkable 17-1-4 record when Diskerud steps on 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 against the Czech Republic in Prague. Both players now have 13 international appearances under their belt.
  • Ingolstadt midfielder Alfredo Morales has helped his side to the top of the 2. Bundesliga 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 by his club.
  • Greg Garza earned his first start against Ecuador in his second appearance for the MNT, having made his 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 an historic turnaround, the team becoming the first in the Eastern Conference to clinch an MLS playoff berth this season. A year ago, United finished the campaign with the worst record in MLS. Hamid will play with D.C. United against Houston on Sunday and then rejoin the squad in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • 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 Monday, Oct. 13, in Brasilia: Cody Cropper, Emerson Hyndman, Jordan Morris and Rubio Rubin.

MNT vs. Ecuador: Highlights - Oct. 10, 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan developed several good scoring chances during his 40 minutes of play and the USA drew Ecuador 1-1 in Donovan’s final international match in front of 36,115 fans at Rentschler Field.

CAREER STATS GP/GS            MIN         G              A             Pts              Y                R             W-L-T

2010                      1/1                 67          0              0               0                0               0             1-0-0
2011                      6/5              468          0              0               0                0               0             1-4-1
2014                      3/0              101          0              0               0                0               0             1-0-2
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3-Year Totals       10/6            636           3               1               7                0               0             3-4-3


A promising centerback who displays good instincts and skill passing out of the back, Ream emerged as a player to watch for the future. After a career-high six caps in 2011, Ream has made his comeback onto the senior team in 2014, after a three-year stint away from the MNT. One of the most consistent performers in MLS in 2010 amongst rookies and veterans alike, he started all 30 games for New York Red Bulls and helped the team to a regular season Eastern Conference title. Ream capped off his stellar rookie campaign with a starting appearance for the USA in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town in November 2010.


  • Has appeared in three games for the U.S. in 2014
  • Made his first appearance with the MNT in 2014 during the second half of the USA's 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. That was his first game since the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011
  • Collected a career-high six caps for the U.S. in 2011, including two starts in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
  • Made his first U.S. appearance when he paired with Clarence Goodson in central defense in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Started 33 games in all competitions for the New York Red Bulls in 2010, the most on the team, and was a finalist for the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Award
2014: Has played in three games for the U.S. in 2014 ... Made comeback appearance with the MNT after three years away during the second half of the USA's 1-0 win against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague ... That was his first game since the U.S. MNT’s 1-0 loss to Ecuador on Oct. 11, 2011 ... 2011: Reached career highs for both games played (6) and games started (5) … Played the full 90 minutes in each game he started, including the U.S.’s first two matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, against Canada and Panama … 2010: Started in his first ever call up to the national team, helping the U.S. to a 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2010 vs. South Africa … First Goal: None.
2014: Bolton Wanderers fans voted him fans player of the year ... Signed a new three-year contract with Bolton on July.6 ...  2013/2012: Signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Bolton Wanderers on Jan. 26 ... Made his debut during Bolton's 2-0 FA Cup win at Millwall on Feb. 18 ... Made Premiere League debut a week later in Bolton's 3-0 loss at Chelsea ... 2011:Started all 31 games in which he featured for the Red Bulls in the regular season and playoffs … Added an assist in the 2-2 tie against the New England Revolution on Aug. 20 … 2010: A finalist for the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Award … Ended his first professional season starting all 30 league matches and helped New York capture its second regular season Eastern Conference title … Made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, vs. the Chicago Fire … On Sept. 11, 2010, Ream scored his first professional goal against the Colorado Rapids … Drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Majored in business administration ... Is an avid fan of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues … Was a two-time letter-winner in high school in basketball ... Parents are Scott and Patty Ream ... Father and two brothers played soccer at the collegiate level ... One of five siblings ... Best skill outside of soccer is cooking.
Played four seasons at Saint Louis University … Earned the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award after contributing a career-high six goals and five assists while helping the team to post seven shutouts … Was a NSCAA Third Team All-American selection as a senior … Featured in 82 games during his career, missing just one match … Was a three-time NSCAA First Team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection.
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