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Klinsmann Calls in 24 Players for Training Camp in Preparation for March 5 Match Against Ukraine in Cyprus

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 24 players to training camp in Frankfurt, Germany, to begin preparations for its match against Ukraine on March 5 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The match was previously set to be played in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but the location was changed due to current conditions in the country. Kickoff at Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca is set for 2 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

“In conjunction with the Football Federation of Ukraine, we have moved the match on March 5 to Larnaca, Cyprus,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate the efforts of Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association as we worked through this situation.”

The last time the U.S. Men’s National Team played an international friendly on neutral ground was against Poland on March 1, 2006, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where a goal from current U.S. captain Clint Dempsey sealed a 1-0 USA victory.

“Finding a solution and moving the game outside the country and playing in Cyprus is helpful for both of us,” said Klinsmann. “It’s definitely a very good ‘Plan B,’ and we very much appreciate it and say thank you to the Ukraine Federation and the Cyprus Federation.

The match falls on the only FIFA international fixture date before May, making this the one opportunity for European-based players to play for the National Team prior to the start of the World Cup preparation camp. The team will begin gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday, March 2, for two days of training before traveling to play for the first time in Cyprus.

“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” said Klinsmann. “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”

A total of 21 players on the roster ply their trade in Europe. Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Seattle Sounders FC forward Dempsey and Club Tijuana defender Edgar Castillo are the only representatives on the squad from North American teams. In addition, 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will participate in training camp, but is not yet eligible to play in a match for the United States.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clint Dempsey finished with six goals in 2013, which equals a career high that he set last year. He is concluding a two-month loan spell with Fulham and will return to Seattle following the match against Ukraine.
  • Tim Howard has earned 96 caps and is four shy of becoming the third goalkeeper in U.S. history to reach 100 appearances. He also has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola.
  • Jozy Altidore had eight goals in 2013 and has 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five consecutive games, and with his three-goal performance against Bosnia became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar. Altidore’s Sunderland side faces Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 22 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA’s last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia.
  • Terrence Boyd has 13 goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna in this campaign, including eight in the Austrian Bundesliga and five in the Europa League.
  • Mix Diskerud is the only player on the roster to participate in the USA’s opening match of 2014, a 2-0 win against Korea Republic. He has appeared in 14 of the USA’s last 15 matches dating back to July 5, 2013, against Guatemala. Remarkably, the United States holds a record of 13-1-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
  • Geoff Cameron has snatched the regular role as right back at Stoke City, starting in 26 of 27 games in the Premier League this season. Having played as a central and wide defender as well in central midfield for the USA, he started in a total of six matches in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • Brad Guzan backstopped three huge results in qualifying in 2013, collecting back-to-back clean sheets against Costa Rica in the Snow Clasico and the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico four days later, and then helping the U.S. to a 3-2 win against Panama in the final game of the Hexagonal. He has posted five shutouts in eight career World Cup qualifiers.
  • Jermaine Jones joins the squad for the first time since moving to Besiktas on loan in January, although a groin issue has prevented him from seeing action so far in Istanbul.
  • Midfielder Fabian Johnson has secured a move next season from Hoffenheim to Borussia Moenchengladbach – the former club of Michael Bradley.
  • Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his third look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made two previous appearances, having started in the win against Bosnia and the game in Austria.
  • Alejandro Bedoya, who transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France last summer, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the USA’s 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
  • Oguchi Onyewu returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since being a part of the squad that won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup last July.
  • Tim Ream, a regular starter at Bolton, gets his first call up since the 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in August.
  • It has been more than a year since Reading midfielder Danny Williams saw action for the U.S., having last earned minutes in the 2-1 loss to Honduras on Feb. 6, 2013, in San Pedro Sula. He has started the last 15 league games for Reading and has scored twice this month.
  • Will Packwood has the chance to earn his first cap for the Senior National Team. The 20-year-old defender plays alongside Jonathan Spector at Birmingham City. A leg injury prevented Packwood from participating in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann Q & A: 'The Countdown is on'

The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a match against Ukraine – FIFA’s highest-ranked team not to qualify for this summer’s tournament. U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a squad of primarily European-based players for a final personal evaluation before the provisional roster is announced in May and the final preparation camp ensues shortly thereafter.

Klinsmann sat down with ussoccer.com to address what he and the coaching staff are looking for from the players during and after the match against Ukraine, the core and potential players that make up the current squad, what he expects from a talented Ukraine team and the excitement of feeling the World Cup just around the corner.

ussoccer.com: You haven’t had a chance to call in the European-based players since November. How are you viewing the opportunity this camp presents?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “Having this Ukraine game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players. You want to give them a chance to show where they are at and what’s going on in their specific situation. It’s great to call in players like Oguchi Onyewu, Will Packwood – his first time to come in – Tim Ream, who is playing consistently well at Bolton, Danny Williams, who has now kind of made his way through at Reading and playing week-in, week-out, and Juan Agudelo, who is now in Holland.

“It’s a huge opportunity for all those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the World Cup. We will get a good picture of them over those couple of days, and therefore, we left almost all the MLS players back in the United States.”

ussoccer.com: There will be two MLS-based players on the roster, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley. What was the thought process behind bringing them?
JK: “This is a huge game. We play Ukraine, which barley missed out on going to Brazil. They had a playoff against France, one of the best teams in the world. So you want to have a very strong team against Ukraine, and as I often mention our team is defined in its spine. The core group of the team is Tim Howard and then Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones in midfield, Clint Dempsey in front of them and then Jozy Altidore up front. These five players build our spine.

“Having Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey in for Ukraine is very important to us. Clint has played these two months at Fulham and Michael is coming off preseason camp with Toronto, so for us it’s very important to see both back in the team and putting their stamp on the game.”

ussoccer.com: This is the only game in which you will get to see the European-based players before the provisional roster announcement in May. What messages will be delivering to these players?
JK: “It’s difficult for us coaches to prepare everything for this summer’s World Cup only having this game on March 5 before going into preparation camp. It’s very little time to work with the players. Therefore, for the European-based players, in these three or four days we are together and the game against Ukraine, t’s even more important they have a good showing.”

“The coaching staff is doing a lot of scouting at their club teams. Whether it’s going to visit guys in the Premiership and Championship in England, the Bundesliga, going to France to see Alejandro Bedoya … these opportunities are very crucial to us.

ussoccer.com: You have invited eighteen-year-old Julian Green, who plays at Bayern Munich, to train with the team for two days in Frankfurt. What are you hoping to accomplish with him in his first introduction to the Senior National Team?
JK: “We are thrilled Julian accepted our invitation and comes into these two days in Frankfurt. We want to show him how things work with the United States team and with our environment. We want him to meet the players, to meet the staff, obviously to meet us coaches, and we want him to feel comfortable in our environment. With a lot of players who come through the ranks with dual citizenship, it’s going to be very difficult for those kids to choose which country they want to play for if they have this enormous talent to play at the highest level possible.

“Julian has this talent. Julian is an exceptional talent not only because he’s playing for Bayern Munich, but he’s shown that already over the past two years in the senior team environment there against the “older guys.” We are happy to welcome him for those two days. It’s a big step for him as we try to emotionally connect him to our program, because it’s not only a World Cup coming up this summer. Next year there’s a Gold Cup, then you have an Olympics, then you have Confederations Cup hopefully and soon comes the next World Cup around the corner in Russia. At the same time we have our eyes on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, we also have our eyes on developing the next generation of players, and Julian is a very important part of that.”

ussoccer.com: Ukraine narrowly missed out on going to this summer’s World Cup after losing a UEFA playoff to France. What do you expect from FIFA’s highest-ranked team not to make it to the World Cup?
JK: “I expect a very difficult game. If you look at their team, it’s a very high-quality team that they have. Obviously, they are highly disappointed in not going to Brazil, so when they get the opportunity to play against teams that are going to Brazil they want to beat them, so they want to beat us badly. We need to be prepared for that, and to prove again away from home that we can play with the good teams of the world. It’s going to be a great benchmark for us and a difficult game, but those are the environments that we need to go to in order to mature and improve.”

ussoccer.com: This is a chance for players to make their case for a spot on the World Cup roster. What answers can you get from this game as the World Cup approaches?
JK: “We want to see them preform on the field, but also over four days, we have time to sit down with them for a cup of coffee and discuss their individual situations. We just want the players to understand that every week really counts, every week matters. We want them to pick it up with their club teams. Some players like John Brooks – he sits on the bench right now. Because of injuries he lost his starting spot, and has to fight his way back into the team.

“So, the message to all the players is get a starting spot with your club team, to play week-in, week-out. Add to your schedule, on top of your club’s training, maybe one or two sessions a week on your own in order to get yourself a jump start when we go into World Cup preparation camp because it’s going to be very demanding. The message also is that we are on top of them in terms of scouting them, watching them, knowing exactly what’s going on. We talk to their club coaches. It’s a lot of monitoring work that goes on now over the next two-and-a-half months until we start preparation camp for the World Cup.”

ussoccer.com: You haven’t seen a lot of these players since November and a lot of key guys will be at this camp. Does that make you feel like the World Cup is right around the corner?
JK: “It feels already a little bit like that. We had the January camp where we went down for two weeks to Sao Paulo to try out the infrastructure there. I went myself last week again. Now having the European-based players coming in for the Ukraine game, it gives you the feeling that the countdown is on. We really count every day now to our first game against Ghana in Natalon June 16. It’s a long stretch of four years between World Cups, and once we get close to the tournament, it gets more exciting every day.”

MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

Another weekend will see a smattering of U.S. Men’s National Team players take the field across Europe and south of the Rio Grande as well. Only a few matches featuring U.S. players will be broadcast on TV in the States, but the offering of do-or-die FA Cup matches in England and a chance for Puebla to knock off Liga MX leaders Cruz Azul offer an excellent opportunity to scout a handful of players that will also be playing to earn a call up to the U.S. squad for its next friendly on March 5 against Ukraine in Kharkiv.

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

SATURDAY
FOX Sports 2
SUNDERLAND-SOUTHAMPTON (live) 7:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Jozy Altidore

FOX SoccerPlus
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY-CHARLTON ATHLETIC (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Oguchi Onyewu

beIN SPORTS Play
NICE-NANTES (live) 1:45 p.m. (Ligue 1)
Alejandro Bedoya

Univision
CRUZ AZUL-PUEBLA (live) 6 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

SUNDAY
FOX Sports 1
EVERTON-SWANSEA (live) 8:30 a.m. (FA Cup)
Tim Howard

FOX Soccer Plus
SHEFFIELD UNITED-NOTTINGHAM FOREST (live) 10 a.m. (FA Cup)
Eric Lichaj

beIN SPORTS
QPR-READING (delay) 1 p.m. (English League Championship)
Danny Williams

The Vets Speak Out

U.S. MNT midfielder DaMARCUS BEASLEY

On what he did with the down time after the World Cup qualifiers:
“I went to Cancun and just relaxed for a couple days. I had a bad toothache as well, so I took a little rest. After that, I went back to Miami and trained with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for eight days and got ready for camp.”

On taking the opportunity to play in the Gold Cup as well as the World Cup qualifiers:
“It’s just taking the opportunity to play more and be a part of this group. There are a lot of new guys coming in, a lot of old guys coming in, so it’s good to see familiar faces. At the same time, we’ve got a job to do. It’s a taxing summer, but it’s a fun one at the same time. We’ve got a chance to bring the cup back to the United States, and with the group that Jurgen has brought in, I think we’ve got a good chance to achieve that goal.”

On passing on what he’s learned in the past two years:
“For one, take the opportunity and grab it. You’re on the National Team for a reason. It’s not because this is our “B” team. They’re good players and they deserve to be here. We want to push the likes of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley and make them become better players. That’s why we’re here. We have a job to do. Any advice I would tell to the young guys that haven’t got a cap yet is take the opportunity. There are a lot of guys, including myself, that used this as a leapfrog that got to the World Cup in 2002, that used this exact tournament. You don’t take it lightly. You play every game like it’s your last. We’ve got a job to do and that’s win a Gold Cup.”

U.S. MNT defender CLARENCE GOODSON

On the mood of the team heading into the Gold Cup:
“I think everyone is excited today, the first day back. There is a lot of optimism in the group. Guys are hungry for the opportunity. They want to prove themselves to Jurgen and the whole country that they can play at this level. It’s a wonderful opportunity, so it’s something that we’re all looking forward to.”

On the responsibility of being a leader in a group of young players:
“I was captain of my team in Denmark for almost two years, so it’s something that comes very naturally. That’s a normal thing in any group for the older players, the players that have been around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or not, how many times have you been around and you know the system a bit and you welcome the new guys in and make sure they feel comfortable because this is a tournament and these guys are all here for a reason. What’s most important is making everybody feel welcome that they can play to the best of their ability and give all that have to the group.”

On the opportunity one year out from the World Cup:
“This is a big opportunity, not only myself, but for everyone. If you do well here, you put yourself in a good position to make the World Cup team, at least get a very hard look leading up to the World Cup, and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

On the excitement of returning to MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes:
“I’m thrilled. It’s something that’s been ongoing for a little bit, something that we’ve worked on. My wife and I, we always wanted to come back to America. San Jose, they got my rights when I left Dallas, and I think it’s something that was always in the back of their minds, and it was certainly in the back of my mind. Coming back, we were able to put it together that things work out. It’s a great time to come back. It’s a great team, a great place to live, great fans. I’ve already talked to (Chris Wondolowski), and he’s told me a bit about it. I told him that I’m going to ask him a lot of questions over the next few weeks. I’m thrilled to be back. This first and that next, and I really look forward to getting there and playing some games.”

U.S. MNT defender Oguchi Onyewu

On what it feels like to be back with the National Team:
“It’s been a year since I’ve been here and it feels good to be back. The Gold Cup is a special tournament that we’ve won a couple times and our objective is to bring it back to America and take it away from Mexico. I’m happy to be in the group and in the mix of things again and hopefully we get off on the right foot.”

On what is expected of him during the Gold Cup:
“Obviously, Jurgen is a supporter in my cause and he wants me to achieve good things and be a part of the group. One thing with everybody is you have to be playing regularly with your club, and that wasn’t the case this season, so I never expected to get the call ups for the camps, but hopefully that will change and I can turn things around this season and get back to where I was.’

On the hope that the Gold Cup will help with his club situation:
“I’m not going to say that this tournament will determine anything with my club situation. I want to take things a day at a time, and since I’m here with the National Team focus on the National Team. If this tournament transcends into a good club situation, then great, but right now I’m focused on this tournament and I’ll deal with the club situation afterwards.”

On using his experience in the Gold Cup as a model for younger players to get to the World Cup:
“I don’t think it’s necessarily just the Gold Cup. Every chance you have an opportunity to play with the National Team, that’s you’re opportunity to showcase your talents and the reason you got called up. The only advice I have to the players that this is their first cap or their second or third is to take the opportunity by two hands because you never know when you’re going to get it again.”

Competing for Championships

If pressure breeds experience and success builds confidence, then several of the U.S. internationals recently added to the roster are in a great position heading into the next few weeks with the National Team.

May 20 has turned out to be a big day for Herculez Gomez, Oguchi Onyewu and Michael Parkhurst, as each are staring at the opportunity to win a trophy that would reward outstanding seasons for their clubs and provide a big boost when they join their U.S. teammates here in Orlando.

“It’s really awesome to see,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who is constantly preaching that his players to be competing and performing well in big matches.  “Michael Parkhurst is playing right now for the chance to be Danish champions. Gooch is playing in the Portuguese Cup final. Herculez Gomez is playing for a title in Mexico. It would be awesome if these guys come in with their chests puffed out. The more success they have with their club teams, the more confident they are.”

One young international has already collected a title, with Terrence Boyd helping Borussia Dortmund II capture a crown in the fourth division while gaining promotion. Boyd scored in the final, increasing his season tally to 20 goals.

“Terrence Boyd has really been on a roll,” said Klinsmann. “He scored a goal in the final and won the title. We were really impressed with the way he presented himself against Italy, giving 200 percent and showing real hunger when he got into the game.”

Here’s a brief look at the scenarios:

Herculez Gomez:  The 2010 FIFA World Cup veteran could become the first U.S. player to win both an MLS Cup title and Mexican League title. Santos plays at home tonight against Monterrey in the second leg of the Liguilla final, having tied 1-1 in the first match. Gomez has been an integral part of what is arguably one of the top two teams in Mexico the last year, scoring 19 goals in all competitions.

Oguchi Onyewu:  Sporting Lisbon are playing in the Portuguese Cup final against Académica, seeking their 20th cup title. While they have already qualified, a win would guarantee a spot in the Group Phase of next season’s Europa League. Gooch has had a resurgent year in Portugal, proving to be a lion in the back.

Michael Parkhurst: In a massive turnaround, Nordsjaelland will enter the final matchday with their destiny in their own hands. They started today one point behind league leaders Copenhagen, and after winning 1-0 on May 20 at Brondy – captained by Clarence Goodson – and a 1-0 loss for Copenhagen, a win on May 23 would assure Parkhurst & Co. the SuperLigaen title.

U.S. MNT Ready to Face France in Paris

FACING THE FRENCH: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces its toughest challenge yet under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it takes on former World Cup champion France on Nov. 11 in Paris. Loaded with talent and boasting two players who are finalists for world football player of the year, the French are eager to build toward the European Championship next summer. The U.S. is doing building of its own, the friendlies in November representing one of the last big opportunities prior to the start of World Cup qualifying. The only stadium in the world to host both the FIFA World Cup final and the Rugby World Cup final now serves as the venue for the first meeting between these teams in more than 30 years. Kickoff at the Stade de France is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision and Univision.com. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7) : Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)

ROSTER NOTES

  • A total of 27 players have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann. 
  • Klinsmann has used five different starting lineups in as many matches. 
  • Ten leagues in nine countries are represented on the roster. Germany has the most with seven players, six coming from the Bundesliga. 
  • Two teams contribute two players to the U.S. roster. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu come from Rangers, while Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams join from Hoffenheim. 
  • Tim Howard and Bocanegra are the only two players to have started all five matches under Klinsmann. Brek Shea has started four and entered as a sub once (against Mexico). 
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 23rd career goal for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras. He is now fifth on the USA's all-time goalscoring chart, one behind Joe-Max Moore. 
  • Howard collected his 37th victory in that game, putting him in a second-place tie with fellow New Jersey native Tony Meola for wins by a U.S. goalkeeper. Kasey Keller tops the chart with 53 victories. 
  • He also moved into sole possession of third place on the career shutout list with 25 total, surpassing Brad Friedel. 
  • Six players on the roster are age-eligible for the U-23 MNT: Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Bill Hamid, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea and Danny Williams. 
  • Dempsey has now recorded 36 career goals in the English Premier League, tying Brian McBride for the most-ever by a U.S. international in England's top flight. Each goal he scores adds to the record he set for the most career goals scored by any Fulham player in the EPL. 
  • Altidore has scored eight goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar, including two in the Europa League. Buddle has six goals in 14 matches for FC Ingolstadt.
  • Maurice Edu has appeared in 100 games for Rangers . During his time in Glasgow, Rangers have won three consecutive Scottish Premier League titles. 
  • Hamid and Morales are the only two players on the roster in search of their first cap. Morales, who plays for Hertha Berlin, makes his debut in a full national team camp, having previously been involved with the U.S. U-20 MNT. 
  • Williams made his debut for the United States on Oct. 8 against Honduras, becoming the first player to earn his first cap under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. 
  • Johnson is in camp for the first since receiving approval from FIFA for a change of association. He can only represent the United States. 
  • Williams certified his U.S. citizenship and obtained a passport Sept. 30 in Frankfurt, confirming his eligibility to play for the United States. 
  • Beasley, Beckerman and Oguchi Onyewu were inaugural members of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton. The class of 1999 finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup in New Zealand. 
  • A total of 12 players on the roster play professionally in Europe, while two more play in Mexico. Seven play in MLS.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Clint Dempsey is the USA's fifth all-time scoring leader with 23 goals. 
  • Tim Howard is tied for second all-time in victories with Tony Meola. 
  • Howard is in third place in career shutouts with 25 clean sheets. 
  • Carlos Bocanegra has 12 career goals, one shy of the record for a U.S. defender currently held by Marcelo Balboa. 
  • Bocanegra has made 98 appearances for the United States and is two short of becoming the 12th player in U.S. history to reach 100 caps.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 Player who has played at the Stade de France (Bocanegra)
3 Players who are captains for their club team (Beckerman, Cherundolo, Goodson)
8 Players on the roster with 60 caps or more
27 Players who have earned at least one cap under Klinsmann
38 Average number of caps earned on the roster
98 Caps earned by Bocanegra

USA VS. FRANCE SERIES

  • The USA and France have only met twice previously, both matches taking place in 1979. 
  • France won both contests by a combined total of 9-0, including a 6-0 shutout on May 2, 1979, in E. Rutherford, N.J. 
  • In the second game of the home-and-home, France won 3-0 on Oct. 10, 1979, in Paris. Former U.S. MNT defender Ty Keough discussed the experience with ussoccer.com.

’LOS AND GOOCH PARLE FRANÇAIS : Both Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu have seen their career paths make a stop in France. Bocanegra spent three seasons in Ligue 1, starting at Saint-Étienne where he served as a regular starter for two years and was part of a backline that gave up the third fewest goals in the league during the 2009-10 season. He is only the player on the U.S. roster to have played a match the Stade de France, scoring a goal in the side’s 2-1 loss to Guingamp in the 2009 Coupe de France final. Onyewu signed with FC Metz straight from Clemson University, and stayed under contract with them for two years before moving to Standard de Liege following a loan spell in 2003-04. Gooch went on to win back-to-back titles with Standard. And yes, they both speak French.

ON FRENCH SOIL: The United States have competed twice in official competitions on French soil. In the 1998 World Cup, the U.S. did not advance out of its group that included Germany. Klinsmann appeared in the match against the USA, scoring in the 2-0 win. The U.S. qualified for the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, falling to Turkey and reigning World Cup champion Brazil before drawing with Cameroon.

MNT IN EUROPA LEAGUE: Several members of the national team are competing in the group phase of the Europa League, and with two games remaining in this stage many are poised to advance. Jermaine Jones and Oguchi Onyewu are on teams in first place in their groups, while Jozy Altidore has netted a pair of goals from four matches played. Get the latest update on the MNT in the Europa League here .

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his fourth camp in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann is the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team program. 
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 1-3-1, with two goals for and four against. 
  • As a player, Klinsmann was one of the game’s premier forwards and enjoyed a 17-year career that included stints in four major European leagues for a number of clubs, including VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich. 
  • One of the most well-known international players of all time, he earned 108 appearances for Germany and scored 47 goals while helping the team win the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the 1996 European Championship. 
  • Named manager of the German National Team in 2004, he guided Germany to a 20-8-6 record and a third place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, earning him Coach of the Year honors in Germany. 
  • Klinsmann melded young players with proven veterans and emphasized fitness and an aggressive, attacking style of play. Despite stepping aside as Germany’s manager after the World Cup, he left a foundation for ongoing success, including the core of the German National Team coaching staff and players. 
  • In July of 2008, Klinsmann became the head coach of his old club, Bayern Munich, where he aided in the design of a new player development and performance center. Bayern reached the quarterfinal of the Champions League that year, going 25-9-9 in all competitions under Klinsmann.

U-23 MNT IN CAMP NEXT DOOR: The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is holding a training camp from Nov. 7-16 at the Sportschule Wedau in Duisburg, Germany, at the same time the full Men’s National Team is in France and Slovenia. The 37-man squad includes full team regular Juan Agudelo. In the absence of U-23 head coach Caleb Porter, the team will be overseen by Claudio Reyna, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos and U-18 head coach Richie Williams. The team is scheduled to play closed-door scrimmages against the VFL Bochum reserves, Azerbaijan U-21 MNT, Bayer Leverkusen U-23 team and Bayer Leverkusen U-19 team. Klinsmann worked with U-23 head coach Caleb Porter and the rest of the coaching staff in order to structure the program in a similar fashion to the full team, including the approach to style of play, training sessions, and fitness testing. “It is very important that we are all on the same page in how we are working with the national teams and that we are all pulling in the same direction, since all roads lead to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “They will have full support from the National Team, and their camps will be run just like ours. In this initial camp they will gather as much information as possible. As this group gets together, it is important for all these players to understand that they have a very unique opportunity.”

VETERANS DAY SALUTE: With the United States observing Veterans Day on Nov. 11 – the holiday in France is called Armistice Day and honors the date of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I – the members of the U.S. National Team wrote an open letter to all those who served in the Armed Forces.

LAST TIME OUT: Despite outshooting their opponents 22-9, the U.S. fell 1-0 to Ecuador on Oct. 11 in the U.S. Men’s first match at Red Bull Arena. A 79th minute goal from Jaime Ayovi proved the difference for Ecuador, who four days earlier began their campaign to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used 17 players in the match and continued the approach of deploying Timmy Chandler as a left back behind Brek Shea.

NEXT UP – SLOVENIA: Four days after France, the U.S. will play its final match of 2011 when it comes up against Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This is only the second meeting between the nations in international play and the USA’s first visit to Slovenia. Coverage from Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana begins at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local) on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

IN FOCUS: FRANCE
Fédération Française de Football (FRA)
Founded: 1907 (Joined FIFA in 1907)
Head Coach: Laurent Blanc
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champion (1998)
Best European Championship finish: Champion (1984, 2000)
Caps Leader: Lilian Thuram (142)
Top Scorer: Thierry Henry (51)
Key Players: Eric Abidal, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Franck Ribery

FRANCE UPDATE

  • France secured its place in the 2012 European championship after finishing in first place in Group D one point ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  • The group’s outcome went down to the final matchday, France needing only a draw against Bosnia at home to advance. Bosnia held the lead into the 78 th minute before Samir Nasri put home a penalty kick that led to a 1-1 draw. 
  • The French are led by former World Cup and European champion Laurent Blanc, who has guided the team to a 15-match unbeaten run and a 10-2-5 overall record since taking the reins following the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • After the match against the United States, Les Bleus will host Belgium on Nov. 15 at the Stade de France.

FRANCE ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cédric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
DEFENDERS (7): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Matthieu Debuchy (Lille), Jérémy Mathieu (Valencia), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Réveillère (Lyon), Mamadou Sakho (PSG)
MIDFIELDERS (6) : Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Marvin Martin, (Sochaux), Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
FORWARDS (6): Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (PSG), Jérémy Ménez (PSG), Loïc Rémy (Marseille), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier)

FRANCE ROSTER NOTES

  • Eric Abidal (Barcelona) and Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) have been nominated for the prestigious 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or, which recognizes the world player of the year. 
  • Abidal, Alou Diarra, Florent Malouda and Franck Ribery played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy. 
  • Fourteen players on the France roster are on teams playing in the Champions League, and four more in the Europa League. 
  • Benzema is the leading goalscorer on the roster with 13 goals in 40 appearances.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:

Oct. 11, 2011 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly

USA        0
Ecuador  1   Jaime Ayovi 79

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo (13-Jonathan Spector, 46), 4-Oguchi Onyewu, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (14-Tim Ream, 72), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Kyle Beckerman; 7-Danny Williams (17-Edson Buddle, 65), 8-Maurice Edu (15-Michael Bradley, 46), 11-Brek Shea (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46)
Subs Not Used: 12-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

ECU : 1-Maximo Banguera; 2-Eduardo Morante, 3-Fricson Erazo, 18-Gabriel Achilier, 10-Walter Ayovi; 16-Antonio Valencia (13-Cristian Suarez, 63), 8-Edison Mendez (19-Luis Saritama, 69), 14-Segundo Castillo, 9-Jefferson Montero (17-Jaime Ayovi, 60); 11-Christian Benitez (15-Jairo Campos, 90), 7-Michael Arroyo (4-Juan Carlos Paredes, 86)
Subs not used: 6-Michael Quiñonez, 12-Adrian Bone
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

On the field for France:
Oct. 11, 2011 – Stade de France – Paris, France – Euro 2012 Qualifying – Group D

France                               1   Samir Nasri 78 pen
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1   Edin Dzeko 40

FRA : 1-Hugo Lloris; 22-Eric Abidal, 3-Patrice Evra, 13-Anthony Reveillere, 4-Adil Rami, 15-Florent Malouda (12-Marvin Martin, 61), 11-Samir Nasri, 6-Yohan Cabaye (20-Kevin Gameiro, 61), 17-Yann M'Vila, 14-Jeremy Menez, 21-Loic Remy (18-Alou Diarra, 82)
Subs not used: 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 5-Younes Kaboul, 7-Djibril Cissé, 16-Steve Mandanda
Head coach: Laurent Blanc

BIH : 1-Kenan Hasagic (12-Asmir Begovic, 46), 13-Mensur Mujdza (21-Darko Maletic, 61), 4-Emir Spahic, 23-Boris Pandza, 3-Sasa Papac, 6-Elvir Rahimic, 10-Zvjezdan Misimovic, 18-Haris Medunjanin (5-Adnan Zahirovic, 71), 8-Miralem Pjanic, 16-Senad Lulic, 11-Edin Dzeko
Subs not used: 9-Zlatan Muslimovic, 17-Senijad Ibricic, 20-Adnan Zahirovic, 21-Darko Maletic
Head coach: Safet Susic

Against France:
Oct. 10, 1979– Parc des Princes – Paris, France– International Friendly

France 3     Michel Platini 5, Roland Wagner 18, Loïc Amisse 23
USA     0

FRA: Dominique Dropsy (Philippe Bergeroo, 46), Gérard Janvion, Léonard Specht (Marius Trésor, 46), Christian Lopez, Maxime Bossis, Alain Moizan, Michel Platini (Jean-François Larios, 42), Dominique Bathenay, Roland Wagner (Patrice Lecornu, 46), Bernard Lacombe, Loïc Amisse

USA: Arnold Mausser (Winston DuBose, 46), Greg Makowski, Ty Keough, Steve Pecher, Doc Lawson, Tony Crudo (Perry van der Beck, 46), Larry Hulcer (Angelo di Bernardo, 46), Ringo Cantillo, Boris Bandov, Greg Villa (Njego Pesa, 46), Mark Liveric (Louie Nanchoff, 71)

 

A supremely athletic defender with towering aerial capabilities, Onyewu has been a mainstay in central defense for several years and fought his way back from injury to resume his already accomplished career. A torn patellar tendon in his knee suffered in the final match of World Cup qualifying in 2009 set him on a race to recovery that he completed in time to start two matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At the club level, Onyewu made one of the biggest moves in U.S. Soccer history when he signed for AC Milan as a free agent in the summer of 2009, though the rehab process made it difficult to crack what was already a star-studded lineup. Onyewu continues to advance his impressive European career, having joined Sporting Lisbon after a loan spell at Eredivisie’s FC Twente at the beginning of 2011.

  • A member of the U.S. team that reached the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final
  • Gamely battled back from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee to start in the first two matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against England and Slovenia
  • Scored the second goal in the USA’s 2-2 draw on Oct. 9, 2010, against Poland, increasing his career tally to six goals
  • Ever-present on the backline for the USA, he featured in all five Confederations Cup games in 2009 and eight final round World Cup qualifiers before going off injured in the final qualifier against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium on Oct. 14
  • A two-time winner of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, he was part of the championship squads in 2005 and 2007
  • An alumnus of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program, he helped the U.S. to their best-ever fourth place finish at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship along with Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley
  • Helped Standard Liege of Belgium to two consecutive titles following a 25-year drought.

U.S. National Team – 2011: Made four appearances for the U.S., including the 1-0 win against Honduras on Oct. 8, the U.S.’s first win under Jurgen Klinsmann … A member of of the team that reached the Gold Cup final … 2010: Started the opening group matches of the World Cup against England and Slovenia … Appeared in five straight matches, beginning with the May 25 match against Czech Republic in the Send-Off Series … Scored the second goal in the 2-2 draw on Oct. 9 against Poland, increasing his career tally to six goals … Wore the captain’s armband three days later in the 0-0 draw against Colombia in Chester, Pa. … 2009: Started a career-high 13 games to take his total above the half century mark for his career … Underlined his importance to the team by playing in eight final round World Cup qualifying games and all five Confederations Cup games in South Africa … Nominated for the 2009 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award … Went down injured in the final 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier with a torn patellar tendon set to keep him out for the first few months of 2010 … 2008: Started all 10 games he featured in during 2008 … Earned Man of the Match honors after scoring against Mexico in February and earned similar plaudits for his performances in the away matches against Spain and Cuba … Scored in the comprehensive 3-0 win against Poland on March 26 in Krakow … Tallied his first goal in World Cup qualifying in the 6-1 win against Cuba on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium, in front of friends and family from Maryland … All three of his goals came from headers … Consistently forced to mark some of the toughest players in the world, he came up against Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres … 2007: A member of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship squad, he featured in five of the six games for the team … Scored his second career goal for the U.S. when he headed home a DaMarcus Beasley free kick as part of a 4-1 victory against China in June … Earned Man of the Match honors in the 1-0 win against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17 in Johannesburg … Also appeared in the 2-0 victory against Mexico in Phoenix in February … 2006: Onyewu entered the 2006 FIFA World Cup having cemented his position as first choice center back, alongside Eddie Pope … He appeared in all three group games … Controversially called for a foul in the box in the Ghana game, a decision that led to the game-winning penalty … Finished the season with six appearances for the USA, all of them starts in central defense … 2005: Made quite an impression as a newcomer, winning nine caps … Scored his first-ever goal with the U.S. in dramatic fashion, heading home a Landon Donovan free kick in added time to beat Honduras and put the U.S. into the Gold Cup final … Recognized for his play by being voted to the tournament’s best XI … Named Man of the Match in opening round against Canada … Started in four of six Gold Cup matches, including the final … His other five starts were all in World Cup qualifying … On Sept. 3, in his strongest performance of the year, helped the U.S. stifle the Mexican attack and maintain a clean sheet while taking Man of the Match honors as the United States beat Mexico 2-0 to advance to World Cup finals … Took home the award for Best Performance: Player in ussoccer.com’s ‘Best Of’ series with his impressive defensive effort against Jared Borgetti in that Mexico match … 2004: Earned his first cap with the MNT, coming on as a reserve in the 86th minute against Panama at RFK Stadium on Oct. 13 in a 2006 FIFA World Cup semifinal round qualifier … In that game, he came close to getting his first goal when he went up for a corner kick and got a shoulder on the ball, knocking it goal-bound where a Panama defender deflected it into his own net for an own goal … Made his first start in the team’s next qualifier against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium on Nov. 17 … Under-20s: Totaled one goal and three assists in 15 international appearances for the U-20s … Started in all four matches during the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, playing every minute of every match … Notched an assist during the World Youth Championship … Played all 270 minutes at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, notching an assist against Guatemala … Under-17s: Started all five matches he appeared in at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, playing every minute of every match … Tallied two goals and two assists for the U.S. in New Zealand, including scoring the equalizer in their 2-2 draw with Australia in the semifinals … The USA’s leading goal scorer in the home-and-away series with El Salvador that the U.S. won 10-1 to advance to New Zealand … First Appearance: Oct. 13, 2004, vs. Panama … First Goal: July 21, 2005, vs. Honduras.
Professional – 2011: Played the full 90 minutes in every Portuguese Superliga and Europa League match in which he featured in the first half of the season … Headed home the game-winning goal in the 1-0 win against Nacional on Dec. 11 … Scored a goal in the 3-2 win against Rio Ave on Sept. 19 … Joined Sporting Lisbon on a three-year deal … 2010-11: Did not appear in a competitive match for AC Milan in the first half of 2010-11 season … Went on loan to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made eight appearances, including two 90-minute performances as a left back in his first two Eredivisie matches … 2009-10: Recovery from the patellar tendon injury kept him sidelined for the second half of the 2009-10 campaign … Signed for AC Milan on July 7, 2009, putting pen to paper on a three year contract … Made his competitive debut for Milan coming on as a second half sub during a Sept. 30 UEFA Champions League game against FC Zurich … 2008-09: In a title race that led to a playoff after the teams tied on points and goals scored, Standard and Anderlecht faced off for the league title, with Gooch’s side coming out victorious following a 2-1 aggregate victory … Narrowly missed out on qualification for the Champions League group stage after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Liverpool in extra time … Eliminated Tim Howard and Everton from European play when they dispatched the English side in the first round of the UEFA Cup … Scored against Sampdoria in group play as Liege qualified easily for the final 32 of the competition in 2009 … Ended his Liege career with 139 league appearances and 11 goals … 2007-08: Despite much speculation about where his club soccer would be played, he started the season again at Standard de Liege … The Belgian club enjoyed a blistering start to the season where they went unbeaten through 14 games and finished the season on a similar tear, losing only one game in 34 during the domestic campaign … They also took part in the UEFA Cup for the second year in a row … Hoisted the league trophy at the end of the season, the first Liege title in 25 years and Onyewu’s first trophy in his club career … 2006-07: After half a season at Standard Liege, he was loaned to Newcastle United of the English Premier League … Made his debut against Fulham on Feb. 3 … Went on to feature throughout the second half of the season, making 11 total appearances for Newcastle … New manager Sam Allardyce elected to not make the loan move permanent … He returned to Standard Liege at the beginning of the summer … 2005-06: Helped Standard Liege to an impressive second-place finish, their highest position in 11 seasons … Remained a fixture in the first XI, appearing in the vast majority of matches for which he was available … Anchored a defense that had kept nine clean sheets by the winter break … 2004-05: Narrowly missed qualifying for the 2005-06 UEFA Cup, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Racing Genk on the last match day of the year … An impressive showing forced Liege to exercise their option on the defender in October … He then claimed the starting role and was named one of the best defenders in the country … 2003-04: Was sent back to Metz, but once again the club loaned him to a Belgium club, this time to Standard Liege … Started 24 matches and scored one goal during the season as he impressed from his central defensive position … Was named player of the week in February … 2002-03: Suited up for his first match in a 1-0 victory against Bordeaux in a French League Cup match in January … After a coaching change, he was sent to Belgian side Louviere on loan after the season.
Personal – His given name, Oguchialu, means “God fights for me” … Called “Gooch” by his teammates … Featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue in 2009 … Father, Pete, played soccer in Nigeria before moving to the U.S. and attending Howard University … Has two brothers (Uche and Nonye) and two sisters (Chi-Chi and Ogechi).
College – Played two seasons at Clemson … Was named an All-American and nominated for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s highest individual honor … Helped Clemson reach the elite eight of the NCAA soccer tournament.
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