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U.S. MNT Opens Centennial Celebration Year Against Northern Rival Canada on Tuesday in Houston


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Canada – International Friendly
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Jan. 29, 2013

U.S. MNT OPENS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION YEAR AGAINST NORTHERN RIVAL CANADA: The U.S. Men’s National Team opens the 2013 campaign with an international friendly on Tuesday, Jan. 29, against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

Having described this annual gathering as “not a preseason camp, but a preparation camp for a World Cup qualifier,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff have had a chance to closely examine the depth and talent in the player pool for the last three weeks as the team prepares for a year that includes final round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. is coming off a 9-3-2 record and .750 winning percentage in 2012, matching the top winning percentage of the modern era (the team also was 9-3-2 with a .750 percentage in 2008). The United States advanced to the Final Round of qualifying and has its sights on Honduras on Feb. 6 in San Pedro Sula. The USA’s first home qualifying match is March 22 against Costa Rica at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Along with the upcoming international friendly and Hexagonal, 2013 marks a momentous year for U.S. Soccer, which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and is hosting a number of events throughout the Centennial year. (CENTENNIAL HOME)

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (8): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


U.S. MNT 2013 SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 29

Canada

9 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision Deportes

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6

Honduras*

4 p.m.

beIN SPORT

Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

10 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision Family

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

March 26

Mexico*

10:30 p.m.

TBD

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

June 7

Jamaica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 11

Panama*

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 18

Honduras*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sept. 6

Costa Rica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sept. 10

Mexico*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

TBD

TBD

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying


CASTROL U.S. SOCCER INDEX TO DEBUT AFTER UPCOMING MATCH AGAINST CANADA:
U.S. Soccer and Castrol have announced a plan to expand the Castrol Index to the U.S. Men’s National Team ahead of the team’s Jan. 29 match against Canada in Houston. The launch of the Castrol U.S. Soccer Index builds upon Castrol’s success with the Castrol MLS Index in an effort to continue to engage soccer fans throughout the world. Launched in 2008 with Castrol’s official sponsorship of the UEFA Euro 2008, the Castrol Index further expanded and refined in partnership with FIFA for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and is now used around the world analyzing performances in the five major European Leagues.


ROSTER NOTES

  • Nineteen players on the U.S. roster ply their trade in Major League Soccer and three play professionally overseas.
  • MLS has 11 of 19 clubs represented on the roster, with the Houston Dynamo (Will Bruin, Brad Davis and Tally Hall) and Sporting Kansas City (Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi) leading the way with three players each. Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson and Jeff Parke played together with the Seattle Sounders in 2012 before Parke was traded to the Philadelphia Union in the offseason.
  • Johnson leads the current roster with 14 goals and 44 games. He scored twice and earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors when he led the U.S. to a 2-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012, in the Semifinal Round of World Cup Qualifying.
  • Kyle Beckerman has played 11 times since Klinsmann took the helm, the Real Salt Lake captain starting in seven of those matches.
  • San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s MLS single-season goals record in 2012 with 27. Wondolowski collected both the MLS Golden Boot and MVP award and was named MLS Player of the Month four times.
  • Three players were MLS Best XI selections in 2012. Wondolowski received the honor for the third time in his career, while Sporting Kansas City teammates Besler and Zusi received the honor for the first time.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Besler are the last two MLS Defender of the Year award recipients.
  • Zusi used the January camp last year to catapult into a regular role with the Men’s National Team, scoring the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Panama on Jan. 25, 2012. He went on to appear in six games, including three in World Cup qualifying.
  • Gonzalez scored a goal and earned MLS Cup MVP honors when the LA Galaxy won its second-consecutive league championship in a 3-1 win against Houston on Dec. 1, 2012.
  • Bruin scored a career-high 12 goals in the MLS regular season in 2012 and had four goals in six postseason games. Houston reached the MLS Cup final for the second consecutive season.
  • In his most recent appearance with the Men’s National Team, Mix Diskerud notched his first career international goal when he scored in second-half stoppage time to help the U.S to a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14, 2012. Joshua Gatt collected his first cap and his first start that day.
  • Juan Agudelo also registered an assist against Russia, knocking down a header into the path of Michael Bradley who guided a volley of the post and in to tie the game at one apiece.
  • Gonzalez, fellow Galaxy teammate A.J. DeLaGarza and Zusi played together for the University of Maryland. DeLaGarza and Zusi were part of the Terrapins’ 2005 and 2008 national championship teams and Gonzalez was on the 2008 squad.
  • Davis converted the game-winning penalty in the 2005 Gold Cup final against Panama in only his second ever appearance for the MNT.
  • Seven players are looking to earn their first cap with the senior team: Tony Beltran, Besler, Bruin, Hall, Connor Lade, Alfredo Morales and Justin Morrow.
  • Two players who were originally called into head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s January camp in Carson, Calif., departed because of injuries – San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour (sports hernia) and Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle (right knee).
  • Five players formerly competed in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy: forwards Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) and Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), midfielder Gatt (Michigan Wolves), defender Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls) and goalkeeper Bill Hamid (D.C. United).



IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • Goalkeeper Bill Hamid was the ninth player to earn a shutout in his first appearance when the USA blanked Venezuela 1-0 on Jan. 21, 2012. That match represents Hamid’s only game with the first team heading into Tuesday’s Canada matchup.
  • Ten players have scored a goal in their first MNT appearance in the modern era, and that includes two players on the current U.S. roster – Eddie Johnson, who scored a goal off the bench during a 2-0 win against El Salvador on Oct. 9, 2004; and Juan Agudelo, who is the most recent player to score in his debut with the lone tally of the USA’s 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010.
  • Eddie Johnson, who is tied with defender Carlos Bocanegra for 10th on the all-time goals list, is one tally behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004).



USA vs. CANADA

  • The U.S. has played Canada 31 times, representing its second-most frequent opponent ahead of Costa Rica (29 games) and behind Mexico (60 games).
  • The USA is 13-8-10 overall against Canada, with one match played on a neutral site – a 3-0 U.S. loss on Dec. 22, 1976, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • The USA’s 13 victories against Canada tie for fourth all-time against an opponent. The team also has 13 wins against Guatemala.
  • The U.S. has done exceptionally well against Canada for the past two decades and is in the midst of a 15-game unbeaten streak (8-0-7) since the USA dropped a 2-0 decision to Canada on April 2, 1985, in Vancouver.
  • Canada and the U.S. last faced each other on June 3, 2012, and played to a scoreless draw at BMO Field in Toronto.
  • Two of the U.S. MNT’s highest-scoring games came against Canada – 6-1 victories on Nov. 8, 1925, and Nov. 6, 1926.
  • The U.S.-Canada rivalry started on June 27, 1925, with host Canada defeating the USA 1-0 at Alexandra Park in Montreal. It was only seventh game in U.S. history since the team began competition in 1916. Canada had the upper hand early on during this rivalry, winning its first four matches on home soil against the USA. On the flip side, Canada generally struggled when it traveled to the U.S. The USA won three of its first four at home against Canada, including a pair of 6-1 victories in 1925 and 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y.



JANUARY OPENERS

  • The U.S. MNT is 10-5-5 all-time when it plays its opening game of the calendar year in January.
  • The USA and Canada have faced each other twice during the United States’ January opener, with the U.S. posting a 4-0 win on Jan. 18, 2003, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a scoreless draw on Jan. 22, 2006, in San Diego, Calif.
  • Tuesday’s game marks the U.S. MNT’s first January opener in Texas. The team has opened its calendar year 12 times in California, three times in Florida and twice in Arizona, including the most recent January opener – a dramatic 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz., when Ricardo Clark scored the winner in stoppage time.



U.S. IN THE LONESTAR STATE

  • The U.S. MNT is unbeaten in Texas, posting a 7-0-6 all-time record.
  • The U.S. has earned eight shutouts (6-0-2) and has outscored its opponents 18-8 all-time.
  • The last time the U.S. played in Texas was on June 22, 2011 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute to lead the USA to a 1-0 victory against Panama at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The win in front of more than 70,000 spectators advanced the U.S. to the Gold Cup Final three days later, where the USA fell 4-2 to Mexico.
  • The U.S. is 1-0-2 in Houston, with all three previous games taking place at Reliant Stadium. In addition to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal win against Panama, the U.S. played Mexico twice to draws – a scoreless stalemate on May 8, 2003, and a 2-2 tie on Feb. 6, 2008.
  • On that day in 2008, a young Jozy Altidore made his first start for the Senior Team and scored for the first time, becoming the youngest U.S. player in the modern era to register a goal. That record would be broken nearly three years later by Juan Agudelo.



BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Consecutive games unbeaten dating back to last year (3-0-1)
  • 7: Number of U.S. players who can earn their first cap
  • 10: All-time victories in 20 January openers (10-5-5)
  • 13: Goals allowed by the U.S. in 14 games in 2012
  • 14: Career goals by Eddie Johnson to lead the current U.S. roster
  • 16: All-time shutouts against Canada
  • 23: Goals scored by the U.S. in 2012
  • 28: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 64: Canada’s current FIFA ranking



WORLD CUP QUALIFYING UPDATE:

  • The U.S. will continue its bid to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when the Hexagonal opens on Feb. 6 on the road against Honduras (4 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT) as the official draw for the Final Round of World Cup qualifying was held by CONCACAF on Nov. 7, 2012.
  • The U.S., Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama are the six teams that will compete in the 10-game round-robin format from Feb. 6 to Oct. 15. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the fourth-place finisher will play a two-game playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.
  • The U.S. went 4-1-1 to win Group A and advance along with Jamaica into the next stage. The USA finished the round with three straight victories against Jamaica (1-0 on Sept. 11), Antigua & Barbuda (2-1 on Oct. 12) and a come-from-behind 3-1 win on Oct. 16 against Guatemala to win the group.
  • The U.S. has qualified for six straight FIFA World Cup tournaments, amassing a 63-34-31 overall record in World Cup qualifying.


ON USSOCCER.COM:

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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 11-6-4, 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 two historic victories, winning for the first time against four-time World Cup champions Italy and then capturing its first ever victory against Mexico on Mexican soil.
  • 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: CANADA
Canadian Soccer Association
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Colin Miller (interim)
Best World Cup Finish: Group stage in 1986 (team’s only World Cup appearance)


CANADA UPDATE

  • Canada has already played one match this year, a 4-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Tucson, Ariz.
  • D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario earned his team-leading 72nd cap that day in his first international match since suffering an MCL injury on Sept. 11, 2012, against Panama. De Rosario, Canada’s leading scorer with 20 career goals, was subbed out in the 60th minute.
  • De Rosario returns to Houston, where he won back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007 with the Houston Dynamo, earning MLS Cup MVP honors for the 2007 crown.
  • More than a third of Canada’s roster plays professionally in Major League Soccer with eight players competing in the league. Five players are teammates at Toronto FC.
  • Midfielder Kyle Bekker, 22, played for Boston College and was the third overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Bekker’s collegiate path (2009-12) just missed crossing with U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, whose junior and senior seasons (2007-08) were with Boston College after playing for Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2005 and 2006.
  • The average age of Canada’s roster is just under 25 years old – the youngest team they have assembled since May 2006.
  • Eight players on Canada’s roster were part of the U-23 team that handed the U.S. a costly 2-0 loss in Nashville during the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
  • Canada was eliminated from 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in a harsh manner. Needing only a draw to advance out of Group C to qualify for the Hexagonal, Canada was embarrassed with an 8-1 loss to Honduras on Oct. 16, 2012, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It was the team’s worst loss since an 8-0 defeat against Mexico in 1993, and Honduras and Panama advanced out of the group with 11 points each while Canada settled for third with 10 points.
  • Former Canada head coach Stephen Hart resigned two days later.
  • Interim coach Colin Miller is also the head coach for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.


CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga), Roberto Stillo (Genoa ), Simon Thomas (unattached)
DEFENDERS (6): Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Nana Attakora (FC Haka), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Mason Trafford (IFK Mariehamn), Andres Fresenga (Racing Club de Montevideo)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby), Philippe Davies (Richmond Kickers), Terry Dunfield (Toronto FC), Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (unattached), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Emmanuel Gomez (Club Atlético Griffa), Matt Stinson (Toronto FC), Evan James (unattached)
FORWARDS (3): Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf), Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton), Frank Jonke (FF Jaro)


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Nov. 14, 2012 – Kuban Stadium – Krasnodar, Russia – International Friendly

USA 2 Michael Bradley 76, Mix Diskerud 90+3
RUS 2 Fedor Smolov 9, Roman Shirokov 76

LINEUPS:
USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Timmy Chandler, 20-Geoff Cameron (6-Mix Diskerud, 87), 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (21-Clarence Goodson, 18), 23-Fabian Johnson; 14-Danny Williams (7-Maurice Edu, 73), 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 11-Joshua Gatt (15-Juan Agudelo, 63), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 87), 9-Herculez Gomez (16-Sacha Kljestan, 65)
Subs not used: 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

RUS : 12-Vladimir Gabulov; 2-Aleksandr Anyukov (5-Renat Yanbaev, 59), 14-Vasily Berezutskiy, 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 22-Andrey Eshechenko, 15-Roman Shirokov, 7-Igor Denisov (capt.), 23-Dmitry Kombarov (10-Alan Dzagoev, 46), 25-Fedor Smolov (24-Maxim Grigoriev, 11) (26-Denis Cheryshev, 80), 9-Alexander Kokorin (17-Artem Dzyuba, 67), 11-Alexander Kerzhakov (8-Denis Glushakov, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Vladimir Granat,18-Vladimir Bystrov, 21-Magomed Ozdoyev, 1-Igor Akinfeev, 13-Alexander Belenov
Head coach: Fabio Capello

Vs. Canada
June 3, 2012 – BMO Field – Toronto, Canada – International Friendly

USA 0
CAN 0

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo (2-Michael Parkhurst, 80), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (5-Oguchi Onyewu, 62), 15-Edgar Castillo; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones, 10-Landon Donovan (7-Maurice Edu, 73), 16-Jose Torres (17-Jozy Altidore, 62); 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 80)
Subs not used: 20-Geoff Cameron, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CAN: 1-Lars Hirschfeld; 15-David Edgar, 4-Kevin McKenna (capt.), 5-Andre Hainault, 21-Ante Jazic (3-Mike Klukowski, 88); 9-Tosaint Ricketts (7-Iain Hume, 86), 2-Nik Ledgerwood (16-Pedro Pacheco, 73), 6-Julian de Guzman (20-Samuel Piette, 86), 8-Will Johnson, 14-Dwayne De Rosario; 17-Olivier Occean (10-Simeon Jackson, 65)
Subs not used: 12-Dejan Jakovic, 13-Atiba Hutchinson, 18-Milan Borjan, 19-Ashtone Morgan, 22-Kenny Stamatopoulos, 23-Issey Nakajima-Farran
Head coach: Steven Hart

On the field for Canada
Jan. 26, 2013 – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium – Tucson, Ariz. – International Friendly

CAN 0
DNK 4 Andreas Cornelius 8, 35, 66; Kasper Lorentzen 11

LINEUPS:
CAN: 1-Lars Hirschfeld (22-Simon Thomas, 46); 4-Nana Attakora, 13-Doneil Henry, 3-Ashtone Morgan, 2-Nikolas Ledgerwood; 8-Kyle Bekker, 9-Tosaint Antony Ricketts (20-Mason Trafford, 87), 7-Terry Dunfield (6-Philippe Davies, 80), 5-Dejan Jakovic; 14-Dwayne De Rosario (19-Evan James, 63), 11-Russell Teibert (17-Kyle Porter, 71)

DEN: 1-Steffen Rasmussen; 3-Jores Okore (13-Daniel Hoegh, 77), 5-Mikkel Kirkeskov, 6-Lars Jacobsen (20-Henrik Dalsgaard, 46), 7-Casper Sloth; 2-Michael Silberbauer (14-Mads Albaek, 46), 9-Nicolai Jorgensen, 11-Andreas Cornelius (18-Nicklas Helenius, 68), 4-Kris Stadsgaard, 10-Dennis Rommedahl (17-Kasper Kusk, 46); 8-Kasper Lorentzen

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