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U.S. Men's National Team Set for FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Panama in Seattle


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama – FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Final Round
CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.
June 11, 2013

MNT STARTS TWO-GAME WORLD CUP QUALIFYING HOME SET IN SEATTLE: Fresh off a massive road victory against Jamaica, the U.S. Men’s National Team hits the halfway point of Final Round Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when it hosts Panama at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff for the first qualifier in Seattle since 1976 is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. (Watch at Official U.S. Soccer Bars). Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

Having collected its first ever World Cup Qualifying victory on Jamaican soil, the U.S has seven points from their first four matches (three on the road) and is tied with Mexico and Costa Rica at the top of the group. Costa Rica holds a superior goal differential, while the Mexicans have played one extra game.

The U.S. enters the match sporting a 23-match unbeaten run in qualifying at home, the 21-0-2 record dating back to 2001. Following the Panama match, the United States heads to Salt Lake City where it will face Honduras at a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium, the home of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (AS Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

U.S. MNT 2013 SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 29

Canada

0-0 T

--

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6

Honduras*

1-2 L

Dempsey

Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

1-0 W

Dempsey

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

March 26

Mexico*

0-0 T

--

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

May 29

Belgium

2-4 L

Cameron, Dempsey

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

June 2

Germany

4-3 W

Altidore, Dempsey (2), own goal

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7

Jamaica*

2-1 W

Altidore, Evans

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11

Panama*

9:30 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.

June 18

Honduras*

9 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 9

Belize^

11 p.m.

FOX Soccer

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13

Cuba^

3:30 p.m.

FOX

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

8 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 6

Costa Rica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sept. 10

Mexico*

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

ESPN network, WatchESPN, UniMas

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

beIN SPORT

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Costa Rica

4

2

1

1

4

2

+2

7

USA

4

2

1

1

4

3

+1

7

Mexico

5

1

0

4

3

2

+1

7

Panama

4

1

0

3

5

3

+2

6

Honduras

4

1

2

1

4

6

-2

4

Jamaica

5

0

3

2

2

6

-4

2

June 7, 2013
Jamaica 1, USA 2
Costa Rica 1, Honduras 0
Panama 0, Mexico 0
Jamaica 1, Panama 1

June 11
USA v. Panama
Honduras v. Jamaica
Mexico v. Costa Rica

Visit ussoccer.com for the complete World Cup Qualifying schedule and results .

ROAD TO THE HEXAGONAL
United States Semifinal Round Results (4-1-1; first place in Group A):

  • June 8, 2012: USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • June 12, 2012: USA 1, Guatemala 1
  • Sept. 7, 2012: Jamaica 2, USA 1
  • Sept. 11, 2012: USA 1, Jamaica 0
  • Oct. 12, 2012: USA 2, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • Oct. 16, 2012: USA 3, Guatemala 1

ROSTER NOTES

  • Jurgen Klinsmann’s lineup for the match against Jamaica mirrored the starting XI he deployed against Germany, marking the first time in the 28 games under his command that he utilized the exact same starters. Historically speaking, this is a common practice amongst National Teams.
  • Graham Zusi received his second yellow card of the cycle in the Jamaica match and will be suspended for Tuesday’s match.
  • Seven players are carrying yellow cards into the game against Panama: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Fabian Johnson. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Danny Williams has left the squad as he continues to get back to full fitness. Brek Shea remains a possibility to be recalled to the roster and will be evaluated this week. The Stoke City midfielder has been training and receiving treatment in Dallas since May 27.
  • Jermaine Jones left the Jamaica game in the 59th minute and was diagnosed with a minor concussion following a head-to-head collision with Jamaica’s Daniel Gordon. He traveled with the team to Seattle and will undergo further evaluation.
  • Against Jamaica, Brad Evans scored his first career goal for the National Team in dramatic fashion, netting the game-winner in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. "It's pure elation after the goal for sure, especially doing it front of our fans [at that end of the stadium],” Evans said. “It's a great feeling and I'm happy for the team that we got three points."
  • Now with 10 caps, he made his first ever start at right back when joined the starting XI against Germany. Coincidentally, when he earned his first cap with the MNT against Grenada on July 4, 2009 in Gold Cup, he entered as a substitute at that position.
  • Jozy Altidore netted his seventh career goal in qualifying to open the scoring, marking his first in a qualifier since Sept, 5, 2009, a string of 12 matches.
  • It was his second goal in as many games, and put to bed another streak. When he whipped in a wicked side-volley for the opening goal against Germany, Altidore ended a scoreless spell for the National Team dating back to Nov. 15, 2011 against Slovenia.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler have now paired three times in central defense. In addition to Friday night’s win, they started together in the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico on March 26 and the 4-3 win against Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match . In the Mexico game, Besler became only the second U.S. player in history to start a World Cup qualifier with fewer than two caps.
  • He was replaced in the match by Geoff Cameron, who played in central midfield for the first time during Klinsmann’s tenure, having been deployed as both a center back and a right back.
  • With seven goals in this World Cup Qualifying cycle, Clint Dempsey is now tied with Landon Donovan for the all-time lead in U.S. history with 12 overall. He is the only player to appear in all eight matches of this cycle.
  • Dempsey is now the official captain of the U.S. team. He has worn the armband in the qualifiers in March against Costa Rica and Mexico before receiving the honor on a full-time basis.
  • Altidore tallied 31 goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar, breaking the single-season record for an American in Europe that was set by Dempsey (23) last year. Altidore became the first U.S. player to be named to the Dutch Eredivisie Team of the Year.
  • DaMarcus Beasley earned his 100th cap in the game against Belgium, becoming the 13th player in U.S. MNT history to reach that milestone.
  • Beasley has earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors twice taking the role at left back, having collected the honor in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in the World Cup Qualifier in Denver and the defeat against Belgium.
  • Seven players from the January camp roster have earned a spot on the USA’s current roster –Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Omar Gonzalez, Tally Hall, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson and Graham Zusi.
  • Zusi has appeared in the last seven qualifiers going back to the Semifinal Round, making five starts. Now holding double-digit caps, he has taken advantage of the opportunity that started 18 months ago.
  • Stuart Holden came on as a late substitute against Belgium, replacing Sacha Kljestan in the 81st minute. It was Holden's first appearance for the USA since Oct. 12, 2010, a 0-0 draw against Colombia.
  • Sacha Kljestan earned his first start under Klinsmann in that match, lining up against the country where he plays his club ball for Anderlecht.
  • Eddie Johnson has 10 career goals in qualifying to his credit, tied for second all-time with Brian McBride.
  • Terrence Boyd finished his first season at Rapid Vienna with 15 goals in all competitions.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
  • Guzan was voted the Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
  • Between UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League, a total of 11 U.S. players competed in regional cup competitions this season.
  • Sean Johnson (May 26-30), Bill Hamid (May 30-June 2), Tally Hall (June 2-8) and Nick Rimando (June 9-19) will all rotate through camp at different stages and serve as the third goalkeeper.
  • Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona completed the historic run with Club Tijuana in the 2013 Copa Libertadores after losing in the quarterfinals against top-seeded Atletico Mineiro on away goals. The teams drew 2-2 on May 23 in Tijuana, and again 1-1 on May 30 in Brazil.

IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK


  • Scoring twice against Germany while earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors, Dempsey surpassed Eric Wynalda for second place on the USA’s all-time scoring list with 35 goals.
  • With the win against Germany, the U.S. is now 2-1-1 under Klinsmann against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world.
  • The first ever victory in Jamaica in World Cup qualifying added to the list of firsts during Klinsmann’s tenure that include the win against four-time World Cup champion Italy and the road win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.
  • DaMarcus Beasley is the 13th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps. He has 28 career caps in World Cup Qualifying, good for fifth-most on the USA’s all-time list.
  • With his start on March 22 against Costa Rica, Beasley became the eighth MNT player to have appeared in at least one National Team match for 13 consecutive years. Frankie Hejduk (14 straight years) leads the consecutive years played list, while six other players have played in a U.S. MNT match for 13 straight years – Marcelo Balboa, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 12th career goal in World Cup Qualifying during the USA’s 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22, tying him for first place all-time with Landon Donovan. Eddie Johnson and Brian McBride are tied for third in WCQ goals with 10 apiece.Eddie Johnson is tied with Carlos Bocanegra for 10th on the all-time goals list and one tally behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004).


USA vs. PANAMA

  • The United States holds an 8-1-2 lifetime record against Panama, including a 7-1-1 record on U.S. soil.
  • A total of 10 of the 11 meetings between the two teams have come in either the CONCACAF Gold Cup or FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • The teams last met in a friendly for the first time, a 1-0 win on Jan. 25, 2012, in Panama City. Graham Zusi scored his first international goal while Jermaine Jones captained the young team. U.S. goalkeeper and Budweiser Man of the Match Nick Rimando earned his sixth career cap.
  • In the 6-0 in on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Eddie Johnson became the first U.S. player in history to record a hat trick as a substitute.
  • The teams met in the final of the 2005 Gold Cup, a 0-0 draw that was decided in penalties. The winning shooter in the penalty kick shootout? Brad Davis.
  • In qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the teams met four times, playing home and away in both the Semifinal and Final Rounds of Qualifying. The U.S. won three times with one tie.
  • In their last encounter in official competition, Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in the USA's 1-0 victory in the Semifinal Round of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, marking the fourth straight time that the U.S. has eliminated Panama from the Gold Cup's knockout round.
  • Earlier in that tournament, Panama collected its only victory against the United States, a 2-1 win on June 11 in Tampa, Fla. The defeat remains the only U.S. loss ever in the group phase of the tournament dating back to 1991.
  • Brad Evans came on as a reserve when the U.S. defeated Panama 2-1 in overtime of the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 18, 2009, in Philadelphia.
  • Jermaine Jones started and Chris Wondolowski entered as a sub in the 2-1 loss in last summer's Gold Cup. Panama's Blas Perez drew the penalty kick that proved decisive in that match. Jones and Juan Agudelo were then in the first XI when the U.S. gained redemption in the semifinal.
  • Both games in Panama came during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In the Semifinal Round, the teams dueled to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 9, 2004, after Cobi Jones knocked in the tying goal in the 92nd minute. They squared off again in the Final Round on June 8, 2005, when the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 victory behind goals from Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan and Brian McBride.

BY THE NUMBERS:
2               World Cup Qualifiers held in Seattle
3               Number of starts together for Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in central defense
4               U.S. players who have scored against Panama (Dempsey, Goodson [2], Johnson [3], Zusi)
12            Goals by Clint Dempsey in his past 15 appearances
12            Career goals in qualifying for Dempsey, tied for first all-time for the U.S.
23            Consecutive games unbeaten at home for the U.S. in World Cup Qualifying

ON USSOCCER.COM:

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Page | 2013 MNT Statistics

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann is in his third year and second full calendar year in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Below are some of his past accomplishments as a player and coach.

  • Klinsmann was named the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach on July 29, 2011, making him the 35th coach in the history of the program.
  • Klinsmann’s record as head coach of the Men’s National Team is 14-8-6, which includes a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2011, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. collected four historic victories. In addition to USA’s first win in Jamaica in qualifying, the team won for the first time against four-time World Cup champion Italy, capturing its first ever victory against Mexico on Mexican soil and defeating his former team and second-ranked Germany.
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: PANAMA
Federación Panameña de Fútbol
Founded: 1937 (Joined FIFA in 1918)
Current FIFA Ranking: 38
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdes
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Second Place (2005)
Caps Leader: Ricardo Phillips (110)
Top Scorer: Luis Tapia (27)

PANAMA UPDATE

  • Panama is coming off a 0-0 draw at home to Mexico, led by the defensive effort of team captain Felipe Baloy. They have played three of their first four matches in Panama City, posting a 1-0-2 record.
  • FC Dallas striker Blas Perez is in jeopardy of missing the match due to gastroenteritis.
  • Perez leads all Panama scorers with 10 goals in this qualifying cycle.
  • Luis Tejada played for one season at Real Salt Lake.
  • Following this game, the Panamanians will complete the trio of qualifiers when they travel to Costa Rica for the June 18 game in San Jose.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
June 7, 2013 –National Stadium – Kingston, Jamaica –2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
JAM                        1               Jozy Altidore 30, Brad Evans 90+2
USA                        2               Jermaine Beckford 89

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones (20-Geoff Cameron, 59), 4-Michael Bradley; 19-Graham Zusi, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (2-Edgar Castillo, 76); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Eddie Johnson, 83)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 9-Terrence Boyd , 10-Joe Corona, 11-Stuart Holden, 14- Brad Davis, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 22-Clarence Goodson
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 1-Donovan Ricketts (capt.); 2-Daniel Gordon, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 5-Alvas Powell, 3-O'Brian Woodbine; 4-Marvin Elliott, 17-Rodolph Austin, 18-Jermaine Hue (7-Jermaine Beckford, 70), 22-Garath McCleary (16-Omar Daley, 75); 8-Jermaine Johnson (14-Theo Robinson, 68), 9-Ryan Johnson
Substitutions Not Used : 23-Andre Blake, 13-Dwayne Miller, 6-Montrose Phinn, 10-Keammar Daley, 11-Darren Mattocks, 12-Evan Taylor, 15-Je-Vaughn Watson, 20-Jeremie Lynch, 21- Damien Williams
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore

Vs. Panama
Jan. 25, 2012 –Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama – International Friendly
PAN                        0
USA                        1               Graham Zusi 9

USA :1-Nick Rimando (12-Sean Johnson, 46); 2-A.J. DeLaGarza, 4-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Geoff Cameron, 3-Zach Loyd (14- Heath Pearce, 41); 6-Ricardo Clark (16-Jeff Larentowicz, 67), 8-Jermaine Jones (capt.); 7-Chris Wondolowski (13-Jeff Parke, 55), 10-Graham Zusi (15-Brad Evans, 66); 11-Brek Shea; 9-Teal Bunbury (18-C.J. Sapong, 76)
Subs not used: 17-Benny Feilhaber
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN:
1-Luis Mejia, 17-Carlos Rodriguez, 2-Eric Vasquez, 14-Eduardo Dasent, 3-Rolando Algandona; 11-Amir Waithe (15- Luis Ovalle, 71), 8-Marcos Sanchez, 6-Gabriel Gomez (13-Juan DeGracia, 90+2), 19-Alberto Quintero (20- Rolando Botello, 77); 7-Blas Perez (capt.), 16-Luis Renteria (9-Manuel Mosquera, 75)
Subs not used: 12-Kevin Melgar, 5-Sergio Thompson, 4-Edward Benitez
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

On the field for Panama
June 7, 2013 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama –2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
PAN                        0
MEX                        0

LINEUPS:
PAN – Penedo; Baloy, L. Henríquez, R.Torres, C. Rodríguez, Parris, Gómez (Cooper, 59) , A. Henríquez, Sánchez; Tejada (Barahona, 79), B. Pérez (Blackburn, 71)
Subs not used: A. Quintero, A. Rodríguez, G.Torres, Cummings, J. Pérez, Mejía, Chen, Godoy, Escobar, Reyna
Head Coach: Julio Dely Valdez

MEX – Corona; Salcido, Moreno, Rodriguez, Meza; Torrado, Zavala; Guardado, dos Santos (Reyna, 68), Aquino (Flores, 73); Hernandez (de Nigris, 80)
Subs not used: Talavera, Reyes, Ochoa, Herrera, Mier, Molina, Torres, Barrera, Jiménez
Head Coach: Jose Manuel de la Torre



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