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U.S. MNT Ready to Face El Salvador in Final Group B Match


U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup Update
June 11, 2007
Boston, Mass.


U.S. MNT ARRIVES IN BOSTON FOR FINAL GAME OF FIRST ROUND: The U.S. Men's National Team arrived in Boston, Mass., atop Group B with six points. The U.S. next faces El Salvador on Tuesday, June 12, at Gillette Stadium at 7 p.m. ET in the final Group B match of the tournament, live on Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura and ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. A win or a tie against El Salvador would clinch first place in the group for the U.S., after which the team would face the third place team from Group A or C in the quarterfinals. A second place finish would put them against the first place team from Group A and a third place finish would match them up against the first place team from Group C.

QUICK HITS

  • With the 2-0 win against T&T, the United States moved into first place in Group B with one game remaining. A tie or win against El Salvador on Tuesday night would secure the USA’s spot at the top of the group
  • Collecting six points after two matches has guaranteed the United States a spot in the quarterfinals since they will finish at least as one of the two best third-place teams in the preliminary phase
  • The U.S. is the only team in the tournament that has yet to surrender a goal
  • Heading into Tuesday’s encounter, the U.S. holds a 12-1-4 lifetime advantage against El Salvador
  • Oguchi Onyewu is available for selection after serving a one-match ban for receiving two yellow cards in the 1-0 win against Guatemala in the first group match
  • Carlos Bocanegra and Frankie Hejduk are carrying cautions into the El Salvador match. Should they receive another yellow card in the preliminary phase, they will have to serve a one-match ban. After the completion of the preliminary phase, all previous cautions are nullified
  • Landon Donovan’s assist on Eddie Johnson’s goal against T&T was the 25th of his career (already a record) and moved him past Eric Wynalda into first place all-time for the United States with 85 career points
  • The goal for Johnson was his first for the United States since a 4-0 victory against Guatemala on Feb. 19, 2006 (a span of 13 games)
  • Brian Ching, Johnson and Justin Mapp all posted their first career Gold Cup points in the 2-0 win
  • Kasey Keller, who is the all-time leader in Gold Cup appearances for the USA (22), became the only player in U.S. history to appear in six of the regional championship tournaments. Frankie Hejduk is second among active players in Gold Cup appearances with 19 during five tournaments
  • Keller earned his 99th cap for the United States in the 2-0 shutout, one shy of 100 and the record set for goalkeepers by Tony Meola
  • The victory was the 51st of Keller’s career, and it was his 47th all-time shutout, extending his all-time USA bests
  • Six players got their Gold cup debuts in Saturday’s match, all as starters: Brian Ching (1), Ricardo Clark, Justin Mapp, Michael Parkhurst, Jonathan Spector and Frank Simek. Adding in the tally from the Guatemala game, a total of 13 players have now cut their Gold Cup teeth in the first two games
  • The U.S. improved its record to 13-1-3 vs. Trinidad & Tobago, including an unblemished 10-0-0 record on home soil. Six of the victories at home have come via shutout
  • Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who already has five goals and two assists in 2007, is tied for second on the all-time U.S. Gold Cup scorers list with Brian McBride at eight goals
  • With the appearance of Michael Parkhurst against T&T, there are now 45 players with at least one cap in 2007 (27 domestic and 18 foreign-based) over the first seven games, and 13 have made their debut appearance for the U.S.
  • Six players on the roster have two Gold Cup medals in their trophy case (Beasley, Bocanegra, Donovan, Hejduk, Keller)
  • Oguchi Onyewu scored his first international goal in the 2005 edition of the tournament, his strike in second-half stoppage time lifting the U.S. past Honduras in the 2-1 semifinal win on July 21, 2005, at Giants Stadium
  • Keller is the oldest player at 37 years of age. At 19 years old, U-20 midfielder Michael Bradley is the youngest on the block
  • Johnson is currently leading MLS in scoring, with nine goals in as many matches. Taylor Twellman is second on the charts with seven goals
  • The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team, led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. The midfielder had three goals and four assists in the 2005 tournament
  • Beasley, who collected his 13th career goal in the 4-1 win against China on June 2 in San Jose, scored his first-ever international goal in the USA’s opening match of the 2002 Gold Cup. His goal in the 92nd minute sealed a 2-1 win against Korea on Jan. 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
  • Three of the last six meetings between the U.S. and El Salvador have come in Foxborough, Mass., with the U.S. earning two-goal victories in 1997, 2003 and 2004
  • Overall, the USA is 14-1-4 in Foxborough, posting 10 shutouts

GOLDEN IN GROUP PLAY: Through eight tournament appearances, the U.S. has remained remarkably unforgiving in the group phase. Going into Tuesday’s match, the USA holds an unbeaten 20-0-1 record in group play, recording 14 shutouts in 21 matches. The lone blemish to an otherwise perfect record came in 2005 when the U.S. and Costa Rica played to a scoreless draw on July 12, 2005, in Foxborough.

FOUR FOR FOUR?: The U.S. and El Salvador have met three times previously in Gold Cup play, all resulting in shutout victories for the USA. The U.S. has outscored El Salvador 8-0 in those matches, and holds a 12-1-4 advantage in the all-time series. The teams met once in the knockout phase of the tournament, Brian McBride exploding for three goals in the 4-0 victory that culminated in the U.S. winning the 2002 title

Date                         Result      U.S. goals
Jan. 16, 1996         2-0 W       Balboa, Wynalda
Jan. 27, 2002 (q)   4-0 W       McBride (3), Razov
July 12, 2003          2-0 W       Lewis, McBride

GOLD CUP UPDATE: The 2007edition of the confederation championship has produced some rather surprising results through the first two group matches. In Group A, the tiny French department of Guadaloupe is approaching Cinderella status after earning a win against Canada and a draw against Haiti during their first ever appearance in the tournament. At the other end of the spectrum, Costa Rica has only one point to show from its first two matches. Group C has proven just as unpredictable, highlighted by a heavily favored Mexico falling 2-1 in a match that included a missed penalty by Honduras, a converted penalty by Cuahutemoc Blanco followed by a red card for the fiery forward, and then an 89th minute game-winner for the Catrachos. Panama, who improbably reached the 2005 final, sits atop the group after collecting four points from two matches. To recap, Panama sits in first place with four points, Mexico and Honduras each three and Cuba gets one point for the tie. With Mexico-Panama and Honduras-Cuba slated for the final matchday of the preliminary phase, this quartet is going down to the wire. For all the latest standings, news, and updates, go to the special Gold Cup section on ussoccer.com.

2005 GOLD CUP REWIND: The USA’s route to their third Gold Cup title was a tricky one, culminating in a penalty kick shootout against Panama after a scoreless draw in regulation in the tournament final at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Beasley, Donovan and Onyewu were named to the all-tournament team, while Keller and John O’Brien received honorable mentions. To get to the final, the U.S. needed two goals in the semifinal’s dying moments to overcome a 1-0 deficit to Honduras in a match that saw head coach Bruce Arena sent off early in the second half. O’Brien scored the equalizer just four minutes from time, setting the stage for Onyewu’s game-winning header in the 92nd minute. The U.S. had collected two wins and a draw in the group phase, the scoreless tie against Costa Rica ending their 18-game winning streak in the first round of the Gold Cup. In the quarterfinal, a pair of Beasley goals highlighted an inspired 3-1 win against Jamaica.

U.S. MNT GOLD CUP BY THE NUMBERS:

0 – Number of losses in group play

3 – Gold Cup championships won

5 – Number of finals reached, the most of any nation

8 – Players on the roster who were part of the 2005 Gold Cup-winning team

8 – Goals scored by Landon Donovan in tournament history, tied with Brian McBride for second most in U.S. history and one behind the all-time leader

14 – Players on the U.S. roster who had never played a match in the Gold Cup going into the tournament

22 – Gold Cup appearances by Kasey Keller, the most of any U.S. player in history

30-4-5 – Lifetime record in the Gold Cup. In addition to winning three times, the U.S. has finished second twice and third twice

PROVING GROUND: If recent history is any guide, the 2007 Gold Cup will be the place that some players emerge as key future components in the U.S. arsenal. In the 2002 edition, just six months before the World Cup, Pablo Mastroeni entered the event as the only player without a single appearance in World Cup qualifying, and Beasley had played just 45 minutes in the final qualifier against Trinidad. Both went on to have major impacts in the USA’s historic quarterfinal run in Korea. Last time around, defender Jimmy Conrad earned his first cap for the U.S. in the 4-1 win against Cuba in the opener, and 11 months later he appeared in the USA’s 1-1 draw against eventual World Cup champion Italy in Kaiserslautern

BOB’S JOB: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati officially handed the reigns of the U.S Men’s National Team to Bob Bradley at a press conference on May 16 in New York City. Bradley, 49, initially was named interim head coach on Dec. 8, 2006, and proceeded to become the first coach in team history to win his first three games, going 6-0-1 overall. Already he has already seen the vast majority of the current player pool first hand despite the existence of only one extended international fixture date. He has also brought U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen and U-17 head coach John Hackworth into training camp environments to begin to establish a coordinated strategy throughout the national teams programs. He enters the job having established a record of wins unmatched in MLS history (124). Bradley spent 2006 as head coach of Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, where he was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. During his one season at Chivas USA, Bradley turned around a team with the worst record in the league in 2005, leading them into the playoffs as the third-place finisher in the Western Conference. Bradley has previously been on the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant with the Under-23 Men’s National Team at the 1996 Olympics and also assisted at several winter training camps and games during Bruce Arena’s tenure as Manager of the U.S. MNT. He collected one MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire, including The Double in 1998 during the club’s inaugural season. During his 12-year MLS career as a head or an assistant coach, Bradley’s team’s qualified for the playoffs every year.

ON THE HORIZON - ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA AND PARAGUAY IN COPA AMERICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group C with Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay for the 2007 Copa America, a 12-team tournament which will take place from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open the tournament against Argentina on Thursday, June 28 at Estadio Jose “Pachencho” Romero in Maracaibo. The U.S. will then face Paraguay on July 2 at Estadio Agustin Tovar “La Carolina” in Barinas, before finishing group play against Colombia on July 5 at Estadio Metropolitano de Futbol de Lara in Barquisimeto. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event. The last time the U.S. competed in the tournament in 1995, the U.S. upset defending champion Argentina, 3-0, to advance to the quarterfinals where they defeated Mexico and eventually finished in fourth place.

AND THEN A TRIO OF FRIENDLIES ACROSS THE POND: Following a busy summer of tournament play, the U.S. has scheduled a series of friendlies in Europe. The team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.


LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA
June 9, 2007 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. –2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
USA    2    Brian Ching 29’, Eddie Johnson 54’
T&T    0

USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); Frank Simek, 12-Jay DeMerit, Michael Parkhurst, 4-Jonathan Spector; 14-Steve Ralston, 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp; 11-Brian Ching (6-Michael Bradley, 65), 9-Eddie Johnson (20-Taylor Twellman, 72)

TRI: 21-Jan Michael Williams, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Thomas Nickcolson (8-Kerry Baptiste, 24), 17-Seon Power, 20- Anthony Noriega (13-Christon Baptiste, 20), 2-Romauld Aguillera, 15-Andrei Pacheco (7-Trent Noel, 81), 16-Silvio Spann, 18-Densill Theobald, 11-Andre Toussaint, 14-Darryl Roberts

On the field for El Salvador
June 9, 2007 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. –2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
Guatemala    1   Jose Contreras 69’
El Salvador    0

GUA: 1-Ricardo Trigueno - 2–Leonel Noriega, 3–Pablo Melgar, 5–Henry Medina, 6–Gustavo Cabrera, 7–Claudio Albizuris, 8–Jose Contreras, 12–Carlos Figueroa (17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 58), 18–Carlos Quinones, 19–Mario Rodríguez (11–Marvin Avila, 46), 20–Carlos Ruiz (27–Jairo Arreola, 80)

SLV: 1–Juan Gomez (22–Dagoberto Gamero, 45) - 2–Leonel Guevara, 5–Jose Henriquez, 7-Victor Merino (14: 23-Jose Martinez), 9–Juan Campos, 11–Ronald Cerritos (20–Francisco Alvarez, 78), 14–Ramon Sanchez, 17–Dennis Alas, 18–Alexander Escobar, 19–Alfredo Pacheco, 21- Eliseo Quintanilla

On the field vs. El Salvador
October 9, 2004 – Estadio Cuscatlan, San Salvador –2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
El Salvador   0
USA                2     Brian McBride 29’, Eddie Johnson 75’

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 23-Eddie Pope, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 12-Cory Gibbs; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 5-Kerry Zavagnin, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 21-Landon Donovan (Capt.), 11-Clint Mathis (7-Eddie Lewis, 68); 20-Brian McBride (19-Ed Johnson, 71), 16-Josh Wolff (13-Cobi Jones, 88).

SLV: 1-Misael Alfaro; 2-Rafael Tobar, 3-Marvin Gonzalez, 5-Victor Velasquez (Capt.); 13-Deris Umanzor, 7-Victor Merino, 17-Jorge Rodriguez (21-Josue Galdamez, 80), 8-Santos Cabrera (16-Isaac Zelaya, 80), 4-Marvin Benitez; 9-Fredy Gonzalez (23-Jose Martinez, 70), 11-Ronald Cerritos.


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