MNT Jan 23, 2012
The U.S. players had a lot to celebrate Saturday night
- Ricardo Clark's game-winner in the 97th minute marks the latest goal scored in the second half by the United States in team history.
- Jurgen Klinsmann has collected back-to-back victories for the first time since becoming head coach last summer, following the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011, in Ljubljana.
- Four players earned their first cap: A.J. DeLaGarza, Bill Hamid, C.J. Sapong and Graham Zusi.
- With the shutout, Hamid becomes the ninth goalkeeper in U.S. history to record a clean sheet in his first game.
- Jermaine Jones wore the captain's armband for the first time.
- Brek Shea became the only player to appear in all eight matches since Jurgen Klinsmann became head coach.
- Benny Feilhaber made his first appearance for the U.S. since Oct. 12, 2010, a 0-0 draw against Colombia.
- The U.S. defeated a team from South America for the first time since March 25, 2007, a 3-1 win against Ecuador, ending a 13-match winless run against teams from that continent.
- Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz were on the field together for the first since playing for the New England Revolution in the 2008 MLS Conference Semifinals, a 3-0 loss on Nov. 6, 2008, against the Chicago Fire.
- DeLaGarza and Zusi were on the field together for the first time since winning the college cup for the University of Maryland on Dec. 14, 2008. Opposing them that day for the University of North Carolina was defender Zach Loyd.
- The crowd of 22,403 was the second-largest for a game in the state of Arizona.