U.S. to Face Haiti in Group B Finale in CONCACAF Gold Cup
U.S. Men’s National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Haiti
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GROUP B FINALE: After clinching a quarterfinal berth with victories against Grenada and Honduras, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Haiti to determine first place in Group B. The MNT can win the group with a victory or a tie at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. ET live on Fox Soccer Channel, TeleFutura and the Futbol de Primera Radio Network (complete broadcast schedule). The U.S. is 6-0-1 in Gold Cup matches at Gillette Stadium, and has rolled with wins in the first two games of the Gold Cup for the 10th time. So far six different players have produced six goals for the U.S., and Troy Perkins has held strong in goal with his first two career shutouts. Ticket information for the Gold Cup is available at goldcup.org.
U.S. ROSTER AGAINST HAITI: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley will have 21 of his 30-player roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup available for selection to the game day roster against Haiti on Saturday night. Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber have left the team to begin preparations for their 2009-10 club seasons in Europe. Adu scored a goal in the opener against Grenada, and Feilhaber helped create both U.S. goals against Honduras. Four players on the roster have yet to debut for the U.S. and are looking for their first cap: goalkeeper Luis Robles, defender Jay Heaps and midfielders Colin Clark and Sam Cronin.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster – July 9-11 in Foxborough, Mass.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Out of Contract)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)
HOLDING THE POLE POSITION: Two wins in two games has the U.S. holding onto the top spot in Group B after not allowing a goal. The U.S. won their 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup opening match in 10 tries with the 4-0 win against Grenada at Seattle’s Qwest Field on July 4. Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies all scored for the U.S., while Rogers earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors assisting on the Adu and Holden goals in the first half, before scoring in the 60th minute. In the second game, the U.S. was deadlocked with Honduras at RFK Stadium for 74 minutes, but Santino Quaranta – returning after more than three years without an appearance – struck from 18-yards out after Benny Feilhaber choreographed a crisp passing sequence that resulted in the goal. Five minutes later, Bring Ching scored in his first appearance since April 1 as the U.S. took control of the game and the group with a 2-0 win. In goal, Troy Perkins earned the shutout in both affairs, coming up with a few key saves along the way.
ROUNDING OUT THE GROUPS: With one game to play, the three teams with six points – the U.S., Canada and Guadeloupe have secured quarterfinal berths. Group A will be decided first with a pair of games on Friday (July 10) in Miami. Costa Rica, with three points after two games, faces group leader Canada in the early match, while El Salvador (three points) faces Jamaica (zero points) in the night cap. El Salvador, Canada or Costa Rica all have a chance to claim the top spot in the group, while all four teams can still advance to the quarterfinals. In Group C, Guadeloupe faces Mexico in Phoenix, with Mexico needing a win to finish atop the group. In the other game, Panama faces Nicaragua. The top two teams in each group, as well as the two best third-place teams, advance to the quarterfinals which will be played on Saturday, July 18, in Philadelphia and on Sunday, July 19, in Arlington, Texas. Should teams be tied on points after the third game, the following are the order of the tiebreakers:
- Head-to-Head (greatest number of points in matches between the tied teams)
- Greatest Goal Difference in matches between tied teams (if more than two teams are tied)
- Most goals scored in matches among the tied teams (if more than two teams are tied)
- Greatest Goal Difference in all group matches
- Most goals scored in all group matches
- Drawing of lots
CONCACAF Gold Cup Standings and Results
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Six different players have scored the six U.S. goals through two games at the Gold Cup, which is the first time that six straight goals in a Gold Cup have come from six different players. Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers, Charlie Davies, Santino Quaranta and Brian Ching matched the U.S. record for most different players to score in the group matches, when six players accounted for seven goals in the 2007 Group Stage in matches against Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador. The total also already matches or exceeds the number of scorers at six previous Gold Cups. The record number of players to score in a single Gold Cup competition for the U.S. is nine, set in 2007.
WHO GETS THE NOD: Group play at the Gold Cup has traditionally given U.S. head coaches the opportunity to shuffle the lineup, and in the previous two editions both Bruce Arena in 2005 and Bob Bradley in 2007 each used 22 players in the three games with every player starting at least one match. In 2007, only Benny Feilhaber started all three group games – something that no player did in the 2005 edition. What does that mean for 2009? Bradley still has Luis Robles, Jimmy Conrad, Jay Heaps, Colin Clark and Sam Cronin waiting to appear for the first time, while Kenny Cooper and Davy Arnaud have played but are yet to be penciled into the Starting XI. However, for the first time ever there is a full week break between the group stage and knockout stage that doubles the rest time from the previous tournaments – meaning that Bradley would able to continue to use the same core of players to build cohesion in his inexperienced squad heading into the quarterfinals.
- Brad Evans, Michael Parkhurst and Heath Pearce each have a yellow card going into the match against Haiti. A yellow card on Saturday for any of these players would result in a suspension for the quarterfinals should the U.S. advance.
- For Haiti, James Marcelin, Fabrice Noel, Ednerson Raymond and Vaniel Sirin carry yellow cards into Saturday’s match.
- The U.S. extended its shutout streak in CONCACAF Gold Cup group play to 702 minutes spanning seven-plus matches and three tournaments. The last goal scored against the United States came in the 18th minute of the 4-1 win against Cuba on July 7, 2005, in Seattle. Goalkeepers contributing to the cause include Marcus Hahnemann and Kasey Keller (2005), Keller and Tim Howard (2007), and Troy Perkins (2009).
- On the flip side, the U.S. has scored 19 goals during the shutout streak through 11 different scorers.
- The U.S. has a 5-6-4 all-time record against Haiti, including a 1-1-1 record in three matches in the U.S. One of those three matches was a 3-0 U.S. win in the 2000 Gold Cup.
- The Americans have never lost in group play at the Gold Cup, holding a 23-0-1 record. The only tie came on July 12, 2005, in a scoreless affair with Costa Rica in Foxborough, Mass.
- The U.S. is 16-1-4 all-time in Foxborough, with a 7-0-3 mark at old Foxboro Stadium and a 9-1-1 record since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002.
- In Gold Cup play, the U.S. is 6-0-1 at Gillette Stadium, with Foxborough only hosting matches in the event since 2002.
- The Foxborough matches also include seven FIFA World Cup qualifiers in which the U.S. also has a 6-0-1 record, with the tie coming in 1997 against Mexico.
- All told, the U.S. is 13-0-2 against CONCACAF foes in Foxborough.
- The U.S. holds a 36-4-5 all-time record in the regional event and has outscored opponents 87-26.
- Santino Quaranta scored his first goal for the U.S. against Honduras, and was the 81st player to earn a cap under Bob Bradley. All told, 26 different players have scored a goal during Bradley’s tenure.
- Brian Ching’s goal against Honduras was his second career in the Gold Cup and 10th overall.
- The U.S. has never lost or tied a CONCACAF opponent at the Gold Cup when scoring a goal. The U.S. scored two goals in a tie with Colombia in the semifinals of the 2000 edition. The only loss when scoring a goal was a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in the 2003 edition.
- In 10 Gold Cups, this will only be the fifth time that the U.S. has played a third match in group play. From 1996-2003 the tournament included three-team groups.
- The U.S. is the two-time defending champion of the tournament, hoisting the trophy in 2005 and 2007. The U.S. also won the 1991 and 2002 editions.
- Ching and Michael Parkhurst return from the 23-man squad that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Steve Cherundolo has captained the U.S. for the first two games for first time in his career. He leads the squad in caps with 53 international appearances.
- Cherundolo, Jimmy Conrad and Quaranta return from the group that won the regional title in 2005 in a penalty-kick shootout against Panama.
- Eight of 21 players have appeared in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while two players, Cherundolo and Conrad, have appeared in a FIFA World Cup match.
- Goalkeeper Jon Busch, originally on the 23 man roster, is eligible for selection but will not join the team and will remain with the Chicago Fire unless needed due to suspension or injury.
CONCACAF EXPANDS U.S. GOLD CUP ROSTER TO 30 PLAYERS: CONCACAF announced a provision that allows any team participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the same year to expand its Gold Cup roster from 23 to 30 players. The provision was provided due to the extreme circumstances that teams face due to playing in back-to-back tournaments. As a result of this provision, the U.S. has added seven players to the U.S. roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. All seven players were members of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad in South Africa last month. Forwards Jozy Altidore and Conor Casey, midfielders Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be eligible for selection during the entire tournament; however, the U.S. will not have all seven players present for each Gold Cup match. Only 18 players will be eligible to dress for any given game.
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CONFED CUP RECAP: The U.S. made a historic run in the FIFA Confederations Cup, culminating in its first-ever final in a major international championship. After opening with two losses in group play to reigning FIFA World Cup champion Italy and eventual Confederations Cup champion Brazil, the U.S. clinched an unlikely berth to the semifinals by virtue of a 3-0 win against Egypt in the final group match. A semifinal appearance meant a date with No. 1-ranked Spain, who entered the game with a 35-match unbeaten streak. Goals in each half from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey lifted the U.S. to one of its greatest performances of all time and launched them into the final for a rematch with Brazil. The U.S. led the five-time world champion for 64 minutes, with first-half goals from Dempsey and Donovan, but eventually fell as Brazil scored three unanswered goals for a 3-2 victory. It was the first time in U.S. history that they lost after taking a two-goal lead. Even with the disappointing loss, the second-place finish stands as the best-ever performance for the U.S. in a FIFA competition.
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IN FOCUS: HAITI
HAITI FACT FILE
Fédération Haïtienne de Football
Founded: 1904 (Joined FIFA in 1934)
Head Coach: Jairo Rios (Colombia)
Best World Cup Finish: First Round, 1974
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Quarterfinals, 2002
Key Players: Pierre Bruny, Fabrice Noel
HAPPY TO BE HERE: After Cuba withdrew from the Gold Cup after qualifying as a semifinalist in Caribbean Zone qualifying, Haiti won a coin flip against Trinidad & Tobago for the right to participate after the two teams finished third with the same goal difference and goal totals in the final round.
SERIES HISTORY: The U.S. has faced Haiti 15 times in a series that dates to 1954, but Saturday’s matchup in Foxborough, Mass., will be the first time the sides have faced off north of the 33rd parallel. Twelve of the first 13 meetings came in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where the U.S. has a 4-3-5 record. Sandwiched in the middle was the northern-most meeting in the rivalry a 1-0 U.S. loss in San Diego, Calif., that eliminated the U.S. from qualifying for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Since the final meeting in Haiti in 1983, the teams have met twice in Miami, with the U.S. winning 3-0 in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and tying in a March 13, 2004, friendly in which Danny Califf salvaged the current U.S. home unbeaten streak against CONCACAF teams with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time at the Orange Bowl.
IN THE GOLD CUP: The teams have one previous meeting in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the U.S. getting a 3-0 victory on Feb. 12, 2000, in Miami. Jovan Kirovski, Eric Wynalda and Cobi Jones scored in the first-ever victory for the U.S. in the Orange Bowl, where they were 0-6-3 in games dating to 1984. Wynalda’s goal set the U.S. record of scoring in five-consecutive Gold Cups, a record which he will still hold after this year’s event because Landon Donovan, who scored in the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007 events is not on the U.S. roster this year.
IN POSITION: On the strength of a 2-0 win against Grenada on the second day of group play – their first win at the Gold Cup since 2002 - Haiti current sits in third place in Group B with three points. Honduras, also with three points, leads on the strength of their 1-0 win against Haiti in the group opener. Haiti’s goals in the second game came from a pair of players from the USL-1 Puerto Rico Islanders in Fabrice Noel and James Marcelin. Haiti could finish in any of the top three positions in the group depending on the final matchday’s results on Saturday.
Haiti Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Occenat Peterson (Aigle Noir), 18-Jean Dominique Zérphirin (ES Fréjus), 21-Wings Pierre-Louis (AS Mirebalais)
DEFENDERS (8): 3-Frantz Gilles (AS Cavaly), 4-Jean Paulin (unattached), 5-Lesly Fellinga (Heerenveen), 6-Frantz Bertin (OFI), 8-Judelin Aveska (Independiente Rivadavia), 13-Pierre Bruny (Don Bosco), 15-Ednerson Raymond (Baltimore SC), 17-Simson Exumé (AS Mirebalais)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 2-Evens Prophete (Aigle Noir), 7-Brunel Fucien (AS Capoise), 12-James Marcelin (Puerto Rico Islanders), 14-Mones Chery (Racing Club), 16-Markorel Sampeur (Violette A.C.), 19-Vaniel Sirin (Tempete), 22-Philibert Merceus (Don Bosco)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Leonel Saint-Preux (Minnesota Thunder), 10-Robin Jerome (unattached), 11-Fabrice Noel (Puerto Rico Islanders), 23-Abel Thermeus ( Debreceni), 20-Jean Alexandre (Austin Aztex)
LOOKING BACK AT THE ’07 RUN: In the 2007 Gold Cup final, the U.S. continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half behind a Landon Donovan penalty kick and the 2007 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards’ Best Goal from Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber’s one-time, full-volley blast sailed into the upper left corner past a helpless Oswaldo Sanchez and, after some heroic late goalkeeping from Tim Howard, held up as the game winner. That win earned the U.S. a place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as regional champions. The U.S. advanced to the final after a narrow 2-1 win against a tough Canadian side in the semifinal and a 2-1 win against a determined Panama in the quarterfinals. In the group phase, the U.S. was backed by three-consecutive shutouts in wins against El Salvador (4-0), Trinidad & Tobago (2-0) and Guatemala (1-0).
HOPING FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA: After five of 10 games, the U.S. sits in second place in the CONCACAF region’s FIFA World Cup qualifying, two points behind Costa Rica. The difference between the top two teams in the standings is the result of a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica suffered by the U.S. on June 3 on the artificial surface of San Jose’s Saprissa Stadium. Following the loss in Costa Rica, the U.S. defeated Honduras on June 6, in Chicago to continue an undefeated run in home qualifiers that dates to 2001. The road to South Africa started for the U.S. with a 9-0 aggregate win in a two-game series against Barbados, and continued in the fall as the U.S. posted a 5-1-0 record in the CONCACAF semifinal round in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Cuba.
CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING TABLE: The top three teams in the hexagonal table automatically earn berths to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while the fourth-place team will face a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place finisher in South America. The next set of games is slated for Aug. 12, when the U.S. travels in an attempt to earn their first victory against Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca.
CONCACAF Final Round Standings
BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 45 games under his belt, seeing more than 80 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup
- won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15)
- won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
- won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
- won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
- won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
- played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2)
- played matches on four continents
- posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 8-0-0
Goals For: 88
Goals Against: 45
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 18-2-3, 50 GF, 14 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 19-2-1
Losing at half: 1-4-1
Tied at half: 9-6-2
On the field for the USA
July 8, 2009 – Washington, D.C. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
USA 2 Quaranta 75, Ching 79
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 6-Steve Cherundolo (capt.), 4-Chad Marshall, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 2-Heath Pearce; 20-Santino Quaranta, 8-Logan Pause (25-Benny Feilhaber, 64), 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers; 11-Brian Ching (17-Kenny Cooper, 82), 19-Freddy Adu (9-Charlie Davies, 64)
Subs not used: 10-Stuart Holden, 16-Jay Heaps, 18-Luis Robles, 21-Brad Evans
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
HON: 22-Donis Escober; 5-Erick Norales, 11-Mariano Acevedo, 2-Osman Chavez, 16-Nery Medina; 14-Carlos Palacios, 23-Roger Espinoza (7-Rigoberto Padilla, 70), 18-Melvin Valladares, 13-Carlos Costly (24-Georgie Welcome, 79); 10-Marvin Chavez (8-Allan Lalin, 65), 15-Walter Martínez (capt.)
Subs not used: 3-David Molina, 4-Johnny Palacios, 12-Ricardo Canales, 21-Luis Ramos
Head Coach: Reynaldo Rueda
On the field for Haiti
July 8, 2009 – Washington, D.C. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
Haiti 2 Noel 13, Marcelin 79
HAI: 18-Jean Dominique Zérphirin; 6-Frantz Bertin, 3-Frantz Gilles, 15-Ednerson Raymond, 8-Judelin Aveska; 13-Pierre Bruny, 7-Brunel Fucien( 10-Robin Jerome, 69), 12-James Marcelin, 19-Vaniel Sirin (14-Mones Chery, 50); 11-Fabrice Noel (22-Philibert Merceus, 88), 9-Leonel Saint-Preux
Subs not used: 1-Peterson Occenat, 5-Lesley Fellinga, 20-Jean Marc Alexandre, 23-Abel Thermeus
Head Coach: Jairo Rios
GRN: 30-Desmond Noel; 11-Anthony Modeste, 5-Jason James (15-Rimmel Daniel, 26), 4-Cassim Langainge, 6-Marc Marshall; 23-Patrick Modeste (13-Dwayne Leo, 68), 7-Byron Bubb, 9-Ricky Charles, 25-Shane Rennie; 8-Delroy Facey, 10-Kithson Bain (12-Marcus Julien, 71)
Subs not used: 17-Evon Brown, 18-Lyndon Antoine, 19-Michael Mark, 33-Josh Charles
Head Coach: Tommy Taylor
March 13, 2004 – Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. – International Friendly
USA 1 Danny Califf 94+
Haiti 1 Alexander Boucicot 69
USA: 1-Jonny Walker (22-Kevin Hartman, 46); 17-Tony Sanneh (5-Chris Albright, 46), 23-Eddie Pope (capt.) (3-Dan Califf, 75), 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 12-Cory Gibbs; 19-Steve Ralston (13-Pat Noonan, 75), 15-Bobby Convey, 14-Chris Armas (11-Ante Razov, 66), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 21-Landon Donovan (8-Richard Mulrooney, 74), 16-John Wolyniec (9-Jovan Kirovski, 83)
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
HAI: 1-Fenelon Gabard; 2-Roosvelt Desir, 3-Gilles Frantz, 7-Wasdon Coriolan, 9-Jean Phillipe Peguero (12-Mac Herold Gracien), 10-Johnny Descollines, 11- Alexander Boucicot, 13-Bruny Pierre-Richard, 15 - Jemps Dorcelus (8-Romulos Turlien, 60), 20-David Sancius, 21-Mones Chery
Subs not used: 0-Luidgi Beauzile, 4-Peter Germain, 5-Josua Mayard, 14-Richardson Ulcenat, 19-Roody Lormera