Former U.S. Soccer MNT Player Eddie Lewis Transitions from Player to Coach: “I think players assume becoming a coach is easy … it’s anything but that.”
You had a long and successful professional playing career in the MLS, overseas, and for the U.S. MNT. What are a few of your most memorable moments
Eddie Lewis: “As a player, I think the moments that always stand out are historic moments, moments that impacted your career. I was fortunate enough to play in the first ever MLS game, which was a major milestone in U.S. Soccer history in terms of finally establishing itself as a soccer nation. Certainly the first games I played abroad were very special, my time with the National Team, the World Cup in Korea. Being a part of such a special group that not only was a wonderful team, but also made history in U.S. standards was something I’ll never forget.”
Is there any particular moment that is the proudest of your career?
EL: “I’d say my proudest accomplishment as a player without question was representing my country in the World Cup. There are a lot of feats you want to achieve as a professional player but playing in the World Cup is about more than just soccer. It is about representing your country, it’s about being surrounded by the best players in the world. It’s the apex of any soccer player’s career. I will never underappreciate that accomplishment.”
What motivated you to first get involved in coaching?
EL: “I think for any former player coaching is a natural extension to stay connected to the game. It is a big undertaking. I think often players assume that becoming a coach is an easy transition. Although the experience helps, it’s anything but that. I have been quietly addressing some of the requirements that are involved in being a good coach. If I decide to fully take that route, I want to commit to it in that way.”
Are there any coaches that you looked up to as a player throughout your career?
EL: “I’ve been fortunate to play for some very good coaches and under some wonderful managers. You take bits and pieces from different managers and coaches and try to apply those things as you move into that position. One particular coach that stands out was a first team coach when I was at Fulham. His name is Christian Damiano. He changed my whole mindset about how the game should be played from my position specifically, and what the requirements were. That was a pivotal moment in my career.”
How do you think your background as a professional player can help as a coach?
EL: “As a former professional player, it certainly lends a great deal of credibility to the next step in coaching, but it stops very quickly after that. The benefit of being a player is that it allows you to see things within the game, but the requirements of a coach are very different. The fact that you played at a high level doesn’t really mean a whole lot in terms of how you do as a manager or coach. I’m certainly cognizant of that and beginning to understand the requirements to be a good coach. It’s not easy.”
During your professional years, you spent nine years overseas in England. How will that experience affect your style as a coach today?
EL: “As a player, I was fortunate to play abroad for a number of years. I played under European managers that had a different style than American managers. The players I played with and the culture that surrounds the game there offered benefits. My time abroad will certainly be of great value as a coach, but it is one small part of a very big puzzle as a manager.”
You earned your U.S. Soccer “B” license after you retired in 2010. Do you feel that coaching education is important even for those that have played at
the professional level?
EL: “I am very strongly in favor of Coaching Education for anyone interested in coaching, and certainly former players are no different. In the U.S., we must continue to strengthen the coaching requirements in terms of the academic and professional licenses that are required to hold high-level positions within the game. These requirements exist in many other countries, and as the sport becomes more competitive in the U.S., I think they will become crucial.”
: In September you spent time in camp with Javier Perez and the U-18 Men’s National Team.
Tell us about how that opportunity came about.
EL: “Javier Perez reached out to me and presented the opportunity to spend the week with the current U-18 team. Although I wasn’t in an active coaching role at the time, he knows me well enough to know that I’m interested in the future of our country from a soccer standpoint and that I’m actively involved through my business. I was very intrigued by the opportunity and excited to be there. I think very highly of Javier as well as Carson Porter and Brian Johnson. The time spent not only on the field, but off the field as well, has been a valuable experience.”
Given that you have been in their shoes, what advice did you try to give players at the U-18 age group?
EL: “Part of the role in camp was to provide some experience to some of the younger players. They are extremely talented. I reminded them many times that they are technically much further ahead than my generation was. At the same time, they are young men and they are on the verge of entering a professional environment. Certainly, I think I can lend some experience and help in that department while still having a good time along the way.”
Describe how soccer has evolved since you were their age.
EL: “The game has evolved enormously since I was a child. When I was a young player it was a very fragmented system in terms of how U.S. Soccer tried to identify players and develop them properly to be successful not only in our nation, but to compete internationally. We still have a ways to go, but this week has been wonderful evidence of how far things have come in terms of preparation and professionalism, not just from the coaching staff, but also from the players in their mentality. They are already very professional at a young age. It has been a very positive experience.”
What are your goals as a coach and where would you like to go after working with the U-18 Men’s National Team?
EL: “Truthfully, I do not have any specific goals as a coach at this point. This week has been a good opportunity for me to get a taste of the coaching experience. In some ways, I think it is an inevitable path because I have an incredible love for the game. Coaching is a great way to stay connected to the new generations as they are moving into the game and moving forward. There is something to be said about being able to put on a pair of soccer shoes and get out and move the ball around and watch the players and enjoy some of that soccer culture that was a part of my life for so long but is not at the forefront anymore.”
A World Cup qualifying campaign is a team effort in every sense of the term. Through five matches in World Cup qualifying, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has deployed 27 different players. In the last cycle, 43 guys earned a cap and 17 put their name on the scoresheet.
Significant contributions can often be made by the players least likely to get a headline. The latest chapter in the legacy of players rising to the occasion in World Cup qualifying is of a resurgent forward getting a second shot at being a star and a 30-year-old earning his first cap by peaking at the right time and possessing the qualities that precisely matched the moment.
Eddie Johnson might have scored the most important goals of his career on Friday night, powering home two headers to deliver a vital 2-1 win for the United States against Antigua & Barbuda. Having last appeared for the MNT in 2010 and last scored two years before that, Johnson seemed an unlikely candidate to be the hero. He was aided by Alan Gordon, a striker who has quietly put together the two best years of his professional career and personified a “carpe diem” moment by teeing up the game-winner in his first-ever appearance for the National Team.
This pair is just one example from the history books. Steve Ralston scored only four goals in 36 games for the National Team, so he didn’t figure to have a huge part in the annals of U.S. scoring lore. Yet his rebound goal off a free kick from Eddie Lewis in the 53rd minute against Mexico proved to be the one that sealed the USA’s ticket to the 2006 FIFA World Cup after the United States collected another 2-0 victory against their regional rivals.
Fast forward to 2009, when the U.S. traveled to Honduras for the ninth of 10 matches in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Anything less than a victory would have meant the USA’s fate would have come down to the last game, and it was facing a Honduran team that had yet to lose at home during the entire cycle. In a move questioned by many media and fans, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley deployed Conor Casey at forward. While featuring in several matches that year, the Colorado Rapids striker hadn’t scored a single goal in 15 matches at the international level. A bold challenge on a header and a nifty touch silenced the heavily-partisan crowd in San Pedro Sula as Casey potted the USA’s first two goals, and the team went on to capture a 3-2 victory and a spot in South Africa.
Just when you thought the drama couldn’t get any higher, the U.S. found itself down 2-1 at home against Costa Rica and needing a draw to finish first in the group. With the seconds ticking away in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, defender Jonathan Bornstein took the unprecedented step of charging into the penalty area for a U.S. corner kick. Unexpected and unmarked, he made a near-post run and nodded home a header that set off wild celebrations on a truly emotional night in Washington, D.C.
World Cup qualifying is indeed a journey, and it’s never just the 23 players on any given roster. For sure there are key players who are a part of every match, but it’s not always the big boys who make the biggest impact. Sometimes it’s the right player, in the right time and in the right moment that seizes the chance and delivers exactly what the team needs. And just as often as not, those are the moments that make history.
On the two-game series against Barbados:
"For the series we feel good about the work we've done. This was an opportunity to use different players and it is important to get some young players experience. We had the confidence that we were strong enough defensively that we would hold together to get the win."
"Barbados deserves a great deal of credit for the mentality that they brought to the pitch today. From the start they played aggressively and tried to push the game more [than last week]. In that regard, credit goes to their coaches for preparing the team well."
On man of the match Eddie Lewis:
"Eddie is a veteran player that has done a very good job coming into camps and setting a good example for young players. He's helped with the leadership that all teams need and today we rewarded him with the captains armband because this entire month he has been excellent in all ways.
U.S. midfielder and Sierra Mist Man of the Match EDDIE LEWIS
On his goal:
"We started figuring out early that the third runner was going to be the key. Their defenders were following our forwards, but they weren't doing such a good job of tracking midfield runs. I saw an opportunity to run through, and Freddy played a nice ball. I saw the 'keeper coming, and just tried to slip it through."
On the performance:
"It was a much different game than last week. We knew it wasn't going to be a game of a lot of goal. Barbados came out with a good mentality, and we knew if we were just patient and controlled the game that the goal would come. We had a lot of new players on the field, so it took a while for things to get comfortable. It was important to get some of these guys that experience, and in the end we did what we needed to do."
On being named captain:
"It was certainly an honor. I appreciate the gesture on Bob's part. I just wanted to set a good example and try to be a good leader out on the field."
U.S. Defender Danny Califf
On gaining experience as a team:
"I think that as a group we've experienced a lot. From the three games we had leading up we learned a bit about playing against World Class teams in places that are difficult to play at. We've taken a lot from this qualifying experience as well. Even after the 1st leg, a team like Barbados put up a challenge and refused to lie down. We have some guys with experience now in World Cup Qualifying and that will be of value down the road."
"In qualifying everything is magnified and there is not so much room for error. We were fortunate to get a big league in the first game and that facilitated the changes we made today. It took some pressure off but there's always a question in the back of your head because anything can happen on any day in soccer."
U.S. MNT Advance to Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying With 9-0 Aggregate Score Against Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (June 22, 2008) — With a 1-0 victory against Barbados Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Men’s National Team captured the two-game, aggregate goal series by a 9-0 margin, advancing to the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Eddie Lewis scored the only goal of the game in the second leg of the affair at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, providing the U.S. with their fourth straight shutout against the small Caribbean nation.
The U.S. will now prepare for their first match of the Semifinal Round, which will be on the road against Guatemala on Aug. 20. Overall, the U.S. will play a total of six games in the round-robin Semifinal Round, facing all three opponents in the four-team group home and away. The top two teams will advance to the Final Round hexagonal that will be played in 2009.
Along with the U.S. and Guatemala, Cuba advanced to the Semifinal Round group with an 8-3 aggregate score against Antigua & Barbuda, including a 4-0 victory this afternoon. Also advancing was Trinidad & Tobago, who defeated Bermuda 2-0 in the second leg for a 3-2 aggregate score. Guatemala advanced with a 9-1 aggregate score againt St. Lucia.
After heading to Guatemala, the U.S. will travel to Cuba on Sept. 6 and then host either Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago on Sept. 10. The second half of the round-robin play will begin against Cuba at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 11, before moving to Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 and finishing in Denver against Guatemala on Nov. 19.
“For the series we feel good about the work we've done,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “This was an opportunity to use different players and it is important to get some young players experience. We had the confidence that we were strong enough defensively that we would hold together to get the win."
Lewis, wearing the captain’s armband as he earned his 19th World Cup qualifying appearance, struck the game-winning goal in the 21st minute. After some nifty dribbling in the midfield, Freddy Adu, who earned his first World Cup qualifying start, spotted Lewis slicing behind the Barbados defense and slipped a nicely weighted through ball between two defenders directly into his path. Charging into the area, Lewis spotted the ‘keeper closing in and calmly slotted his shot through Alvin Rouse’s legs to the far right corner.
With a thumping 8-0 win in the first leg against Barbados, Bradley made seven changes to his starting line-up in Bridgetown, fielding a youthful side. The only remaining players that started last week were goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Heath Pearce and midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley.
In total, seven players made their first appearance in a World Cup qualifier, including four in the starting line-up: Jay DeMerit, Sacha Kljestan, Drew Moor and Danny Szetela. In the second half, Bradley used all three his substitutions on the trio of Chicago Fire players – Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington and Chad Barrett – getting them their first taste of World Cup qualifying.
The teams spent the first quarter hour feeling each other out under the blistering sun in Bridgetown, with the U.S. maintaining most of the possession while forcing the hosts to chase the game. The U.S. also had the majority of the chances on goal, with Kljestan getting a great chance in the 18th minute when he nodded a Heath Pearce cross towards goal, but it was deflected away by Ramuel Miller. Pearce had a scoring opportunity of his own in the 36th minute when he was sent through, but his strike was wide left.
Barbados played much better compared to the first leg and came alive in the final five minutes of the fist half, getting their first real chance in the 41st minute when a flick-on header by Mark McCammon found Jonathan Nurse just inside the box. Nurse cut to his left and let go a low left-footed drive, only to have Drew Moor make a sliding block to avert the danger.
The second half started at a slower pace as the heat continued to take its toll, but Barbados was still pushing into the attack and had their best chance of the match to pull even in the 57th minute. Midfielder and captain Paul Ifill sent a long ball to the top of the penalty area where McCammon deftly chested the ball into the path of a streaking Rommelle Burgess, who ripped a one-timer from nine yards out that clanged off the crossbar.
The U.S. pushed forward in the second half looking to put the game out of reach, but couldn’t find the final pass. In the 74th minute, Moor pushed his way up the right side and beat a defender to get into the penalty area, but his tempting cross along the six-yard box didn’t find anyone.
Ifill, who plays at Crystal Palace in England, was the best player on the field for Barbados. In the 85th minute, he started the final chance for his country switching the point of attack from left to right with a long pass to Rondell Vaughan. The substitute sent a ball high into the penalty area where McCammon and Guzan collided allowing the ball to fall to John Parris who finished it into the net, but McCammon was called offside to nullify the goal.
In the final moments of the game, Barrett and Bradley both had opportunities but both of their chances were off target.
U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report
Match-up: USA vs. Barbados
Date: June 22, 2008
Competition: FIFA World Cup qualifier
Venue: Kensington Oval - Bridgetown, Barbados
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny and warm, 85 degrees
1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
BRB 0 0 0
USA – Eddie Lewis (Freddy Adu) 21st minute.
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Drew Moor, 15-Jay DeMerit, 2-Danny Califf, 11-Heath Pearce; 10-Sacha Kljestan, 12-Michael Bradley, 8-Danny Szetela (14-Chris Rolfe, 66), 7-Eddie Lewis (capt.); 16-Freddy Adu (13-Chad Barrett, 86), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (12-John Thorrington, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Chris Seitz, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 9-Brek Shea
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 5-Bryan Neblett, 6-Jonathan Straker, 7-Paul Ifill (capt.), 9-Marc McCammon, 11-Jonathan Nurse (12-Malcolm Marshall, 81), 13-Riviere Williams (8-Rondell Vaughan, 68), 14-Ramuel Miller, 15-Emerson Boyce, 16-Barry Skeete, 17-John Parris
Subs not used: 18-Adrian Chase, 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Gregg Belle, 10-Arantes Lawrence
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy
Shots 9 3
Shots on goal 1 0
Saves 0 0
Corner Kicks 2 3
Fouls 11 7
Offside 5 4
Referee: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
1st Asst.: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
2nd Asst.: Hairo Fuentes (PAN)
Fourth Official: Luis Rodriguez (PAN)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Eddie Lewis
CHICAGO (June 20, 2008) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley named 19 players to the squad that will travel to face Barbados in the second leg of CONCACAF’s second round of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Kickoff at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, is slated for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Following the U.S. MNT’s 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, Bradley opted to release 10 players, and the current squad has been in southern Florida preparing for this Sunday’s game. The team travels to Barbados on Friday following training. Tim Howard continues to rehabilitate a lower back sprain suffered prior to the Barbados match, while Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to illness.
“We understand that we need to have a maturity about us to go and finish the job,” said Bradley. “We also have the chance to give some different players an opportunity in World Cup qualifying, which we believe will keep us fresh and sharp."
The roster still retains a core of experienced players, with two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis leading the way with 79 caps. Lewis had an assist in last Sunday’s victory, and is the only player on the roster to have played in Barbados – he was part of the team in 2000 that traveled to the island needing a win to advance to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.
Not far behind Lewis is midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, who has appeared in 76 games for the U.S. The Glasgow Rangers winger is slowly working himself back into game shape following a lengthy layoff from injury, and has appeared in the last four games for his country. U.S. team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have also been retained. Onyewu, who scored in back-to-back games against Mexico and Poland earlier this year, leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (482).
In all, there are eight players on the roster who saw time in last weekend’s game. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan went 90 minutes en route to keeping a clean sheet in his first World Cup qualifying experience, while defender Heath Pearce had an assist and midfielder Michael Bradley chipped in with his second career goal for the United States. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen a place in the UEFA Cup.
Six players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Chris Seitz - were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Bradley and Danny Szetela are also age eligible for the U-23 tournament in the Olympics. Szetela is coming off a successful loan spell at Serie B outfit Brescia, and has one cap to his name, having appeared in last year’s 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Oct. 17, 2007 in Basel, in which he helped set up the goal.
The U.S. is pursuing qualification for its sixth-consecutive FIFA World Cup, and is coming off the most successful qualifying campaign in team history. During the last cycle, the U.S. compiled a 12-2-4 record over 18 matches with 10 shutouts, scoring 35 goals, while allowing just 11. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout. In the seventh match of the final round hexagonal, goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley gave the U.S. a 2-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3, 2005, marking the first time since 1934 that the U.S. was the first team from the CONCACAF region to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
** Note: Brek Shea was added to the roster late Friday.
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Barbados
FIFA World Cup Qualifier
June 22, 2008
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birthdate||Caps / Goals||Hometown||Club|
|Adu, Freddy||M||5'8"||140||06/02/89||8/0||Potomac, Md.||SL Benfica (Portugal|
|Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'8"||145||05/24/82||76/15||Ft. Wayne, Ind.||Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)|
|Barrett, Chad||F||5'11"||180||04/30/85||0/0||Beaverton, Ore.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Bocanegra, Carlos||D||6'0"||170||05/25/79||58/9||Alta Loma, Calif.||Out of Contract|
|Bradley, Michael||M||6'2"||175||07/31/87||20/2||Cedar Grove, N.J.||SC Heerenveen (Holland)|
|Califf, Danny||D||6'1"||175||03/17/80||19/1||Orange, Calif.||FC Midtjylland (Denmark)|
|Cervi, Dominic||GK||6'6"||205||07/09/86||0/0||Norman, Okla.||Out of Contract|
|DeMerit, Jay||D||6'0"||185||12/04/79||8/0||Green Bay, Wis.||Watford FC (England)|
|Guzan, Brad||GK||6'4"||210||09/09/84||8/0||Homer Glen, Ill.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Kljestan, Sacha||M||6'1"||150||09/09/85||6/0||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Lewis, Eddie||M||5'10"||155||05/17/74||79/9||Cerritos, Calif.||Derby County (England)|
|Moor, Drew||D||6'0"||170||01/15/84||4/0||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'4"||210||05/13/82||34/4||Olney, Md.||Standard de Liege (Belgium)|
|Pearce, Heath||D||5'10"||175||08/13/84||15/0||Modesto, Calif.||Hansa Rostock (Germany)|
|Rolfe, Chris||F||5'8"||145||01/17/83||7/0||Kettering, Ohio||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
|Seitz, Chris||GK||6'4"||210||03/02/87||0/0||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||Real Salt Lake (MLS)|
|Shea, Brek||F||6'3"||180||02/20/90||0/0||College Station, Texas||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Szetela, Danny||M||5'11"||172||06/07/87||1/0||Clifton, N.J.||Brescia (Italy)|
|Thorrington, John||M||5'8"||150||10/17/79||1/0||Palos Verdes, Calif.||Chicago Fire (MLS)|
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 1/1 SO), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 12/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Drew Moor (FC Dallas: 0/0) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 15/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 1/1), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 18/2), Danny Szetela (Brescia: 0/0), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
FORWARDS (3): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 1/0), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 0/0)
U.S. Men Open 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying With A Dominating 8-0 Win Against Barbados at The Home Depot Center
CARSON, Calif. (June 15, 2008) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying and took a commanding lead in first leg of their Second Round two-game series against Barbados this afternoon with a historic 8-0 victory at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The eight-goal win is the largest margin of victory ever in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and ties the record for the most goals scored by the U.S. in a match. The U.S. scored eight goals in a friendly against the Cayman Islands on Nov. 14, 1993, but also allowed a goal in the 8-1 victory.
Clint Dempsey started the rout when he tallied the quickest goal ever scored by the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, when he finished a fantastic service from Carlos Bocanegra only 53 seconds into the match. Michael Bradley and Brian Ching added goals in the first half before the U.S. wore down a tired Barbados defense in the second half to score five more goals, including three in the final nine minutes of the game. Dempsey and Ching both ended up with two-goal performances with goals in the second half, while an own goal and strikes from Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson provided the U.S. with the record performance.
"It's good to get the whole thing underway,” said U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “We spent a lot of time thinking about just getting off on the right foot, and a goal early like that certainly is getting off on the right foot. From there, it's just an exercise of staying sharp, trying to play the right ball, the right timing, and finish off some of plays so we could have a margin. We were able to do that, so in those ways it was a definite success."
The second leg of the two-game series against Barbados will be played on Sunday, June 22 at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
U.S. players and staff will travel to Miami on Monday to practice for the week before heading to Barbados on Friday for their final preparations.
In the Second Round stage of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, an aggregate goal scoring system is used, which means Barbados would need to earn a similar eight-goal margin of victory in regulation play in the next match to force 30 minutes of extra time. If still tied, penalties will decide who advances to the Semifinal Round.
The first record of the day was started by Bocanegra who drove a long ball from the left side of the midfield stripe into the right side of the penalty area, perfectly dropping the ball over the head of a Barbados defender and finding his former club teammate. Dempsey chested the ball down and then drove a low strike into the left corner past goalkeeper Alvin Rouse.
It took the U.S. a little less than 11 minutes to get their next goal, this effort not coming as cleanly as the record breaker. Right back Steve Cherundolo streaked down the sideline and swung a cross into the penalty area towards both Ching and Dempsey who were crashing in on goal. With a defender attempting to cover both U.S. players inside the six yard box, the ball bounced around before popping out for Ching to take a strike on goal, but Rouse made the save. The deflection landed in the middle of the penalty area where Bradley was able to pounce on the rebound and rip a crushing left-footed strike into the right side of the net to record a goal in his first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifier.
After just missing on the earlier sequence, Ching got some help from midfielder Pablo Mastroeni to earn his first goal since the 2007 Gold Cup. A short corner kick by Donovan to DaMarcus Beasley started the sequence, and Beasley then fed it back to Donovan who had run to the top of the penalty area. Donovan quickly slipped the ball to his right for a wide-open Mastroeni, and the two-time World Cup veteran unleashed a blast towards the mash of players in the box where it deflected off Ching and found the back of the net.
Mastroeni would leave the game in the 26th minute with a strained left glut muscle, being replaced by Freddy Adu.
All was quiet on the other end of the field for U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who started in place of usual first-choice goalkeeper Tim Howard. The Everton netminder had suffered a lower back strain in training on Friday and was not included in the 18-player game-day roster. Guzan didn’t have to make a single save in his fourth start for the full team and his first appearance in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Overall the U.S. only allowed Barbados to get off two shots, none in the second half.
Donovan started the second half scoring frenzy when he struck a free kick in the 59th minute, surprising Barbados by alertly taking a 30-yard shot while the defense was attempting to organize. Almost standing directly over the ball, Donovan took just one step before hitting a looping shot that found the lower left corner of the goal. The goal increased Donovan’s goal scoring record to 36 and was his first non-penalty strike in five goals, going back to his hat trick performance against Ecuador on March 25, 2007.
Four minutes later, Bradley slipped Ching through down the middle of the Barbados defense with a deft chip. Ching collected the ball and struck a point-blank attempt, only to be thwarted by Rouse once again, but the deflection fell to Dempsey and he easily tapped the loose ball into the wide-open net.
Eddie Johnson came on in the 81st minute and didn’t hesitate to get in on the record-breaking goal performance as he scored just a minute later on his first touch of the game. Heath Pearce provided the assist on the goal, streaking down the left flank and whipping in the cross for Johnson, who nodded it home from eight yards out.
Up 6-0, Barbados inadvertently provided the U.S. with their seventh goal when defender Daryl Ferguson accidentally knocked in a cross from Eddie Lewis while trying to stave off a poaching Ching.
Ching finished off the rout with the USA’s third goal in nine minutes when he latched onto a low cross from Cherundolo on the right sideline.
There were six other CONCACAF Second Round qualifying matches played on Sunday, with the most surprising scoreline coming out of Trinidad & Tobago where the home team lost, 2-1, to Bermuda. Mexico, Canada, Panama and Jamaica all won their first leg matches, while Haiti and the Netherlands Antilles played to a scoreless draw.
-- U.S. Men’s National Team Game Report --
Match-up: USA vs. Barbados
Date: June 15, 2008
Competition: FIFA World Cup qualifier
Venue: The Home Depot Center – Carson, California
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT
Weather: Warm, sunny, 75 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 5 8
BRB 0 0 0
USA – Clint Dempsey (Carlos Bocanegra) 1st minute.
USA – Michael Bradley 12.
USA – Brian Ching (Pablo Mastroeni) 20.
USA – Landon Donovan 59.
USA – Clint Dempsey 63.
USA – Eddie Johnson (Heath Pearce) 82.
USA – Own goal (Daryl Ferguson) 86.
USA – Brian Ching (Steve Cherundolo) 89.
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 15-Heath Pearce; 10-Landon Donovan (9-Eddie Johnson, 81), 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (16-Freddy Adu, 26), 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey (7-Eddie Lewis, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Matt Reis, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 13-Maurice Edu, 14-Danny Calif
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse; 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Greg Belle, 5-Bryan Neblett; 8-Jonathan Forte (13-Riviere Williams, 69), 10-Norman Forde (Capt.) (12-Malcolm Marshall, 72), 11-Jonathon Nurse (17-John Parris, 76), 15-Rommelle Burgess; 7-Paul Ifill, 9-Mark McCammon.
Subs not used: 16-Barry Skeete, 18-Adrian Chase
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy
Stats Summary: USA / BRB
Shots 22 / 2
Shots on goal 14 / 0
Saves 0 / 7
Corner Kicks 7 / 2
Fouls 15 / 12
Offside 5 / 4
BRB – Norman Forde (caution) 18th minute.
USA – Oguchi Onyewu (caution) 18.
BRB – Bryan Neblett (caution) 59.
BRB – Malcolm Marshall (caution) 79.
Referee: Marco Antonio Rodriguez (MEX)
1st Asst.: Jose Luis Camargo (MEX)
2nd Asst.: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Sierra Mist Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey
Date of Birth
May 17, 1974
Los Angeles Galaxy