Ahead of its next match, the U.S. MNT has traveled and trained across Europe from Aarhus, Denmark to its base camp in Zurich, Switzerland. The USA faces Switzerland on March 31 at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. Fans can also get all the latest on the U.S. MNT on social media.
The U.S. MNT has gathered in Zurich for a pair of international friendlies against Denmark (March 25) and Switzerland (March 31). The team got right out on the training pitch ahead of the game against Denmark, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark. The match will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMás and UDN. Fans can catch all the latest from the USA's trip to Europe on Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer, @ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer.
CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).
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The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.
Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.
Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.
“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”
The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.
Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.
- A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
- Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
- Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
- Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
- Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
- Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015. Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
- Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
- Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
- Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
- Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
- Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
- Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Republic of Ireland
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Ireland
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local)
Weather: 48 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
IRL 1 3 4
IRL – Anthony Pilkington (David McGoldrick) 7th minute
USA – Mix Diskerud (Chris Wondolowski) 39
IRL – Robbie Brady (David McGoldrick) 55
IRL – James McClean 82
IRL – Robbie Brady 86
USA: 22-Bill Hamid; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 21-Timmy Chandler (24-Jordan Morris, 76); 15-Kyle Beckerman (2-Tim Ream, 87); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Rubio Rubin, 77), 4-Alfredo Morales (3-Greg Garza, 65); 18-Chris Wondolowski (19-Bobby Wood, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 25-Sean Johnson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
23-Shay Given (22-Rob Elliot, 85); 6-Cyrus Christie, 20-Alex Pearce, 5-Ciaran Clark, 17-Robbie Brady; 13-Anthony Pilkington (11-James McClean, 64),
18-Stephen Quinn, 12-David Meyler (capt.); 14- Anthony Stokes (7-Aiden McGeady, 60); 21-David McGoldrick (9-Shane Long, 77), 10-Daryl Murphy (8-Jeff
Subs Not Used: 2-Seamus Coleman, 4-John O’Shea, 15-Richard Keogh, 16-Darren Randolph, 19-Jon Walters
Head Coach: Martin O’Neill
Stats Summary: USA / IRL
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 11 / 6
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 1 / 3
USA – Kyle Beckerman (caution) 37th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 65
USA – Geoff Cameron (caution) 85
IRL – Aiden McGeady (caution) 90
USA – Fabian Johnson (caution) 90+2
IRL – David Meyler (caution) 90+4
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Paul Mclaughlin (IRL)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman
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
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
Date of Birth
Oct 5, 1987
St. Louis, Mo.
Bolton Wanderers (England)