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U.S. MNT Set To Face Barbados on June 22 in Second Leg of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier


U.S. Men's National Team vs. Barbados
2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
June 22, 2008


FINISHING THE JOB: The U.S. heads to Barbados with an altered look from the team that secured a win in the first leg, but they maintain the same mission as they seek to secure their place in the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team carries an 8-0 lead into the second leg of the series that kicks off Sunday, June 22, at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision beginning at 2:55 p.m ET. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

QUICK HITS

  • The U.S. will travel with 18 players to Barbados.
  • In the second round stage of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, an aggregate goal scoring system is used. If the score is tied after regulation time at the end of the second match, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time. If still tied, penalties will decide who advances to the semifinal round.
  • Oguchi Onyewu is the only U.S. player carrying a caution into the second leg. His next yellow card at any stage of qualifying will result in a one-match suspension. For Barbados, team captain Norman Forde is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the campaign when he was cautioned against the United States.
  • The U.S. produced a thorough 8-0 victory in the first leg of the series on June 15 at The Home Depot Center. Clint Dempsey and Brian Ching had a pair each while Brad Guzan earned a shutout in his first ever World Cup qualifier. Dempsey’s goal just 53 seconds into the contest was the fastest goal ever for the U.S. in a qualifier.
  • The eight-goal win is the largest margin of victory ever in U.S. Men’s National Team history, and ties the record for the most goals scored by the U.S. in a match. The U.S. scored eight goals in a friendly against the Cayman Islands on Nov. 14, 1993, but also allowed a goal in the 8-1 victory.
  • Eight players on the current roster saw action in the win: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan, Eddie Lewis, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce. (starters in bold).
  • Four players earned their first qualifying cap that day: Freddy Adu, Michael Bradley (1), Maurice Edu and Heath Pearce.
  • Also that day, Bradley and Clint Dempsey (2) recorded their first goals in FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • With his goal against Barbados, Eddie Johnson now has eight goals in eight career qualifying matches. Johnson became the first player in U.S. history to score three goals as a substitute when he recorded a hat trick in the 6-0 semifinal round qualifying victory against Panama on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium.
  • Johnson and Landon Donovan are tied for second place on the USA’s all-time goalscoring list in FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • Oguchi Onyewu leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (482), followed by Michael Bradley (467).
  • The United States and Barbados had met twice in international competition prior to Sunday, both as part of the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Eddie Lewis is the only player on the current roster involved in those matches.
  • The U.S. collected a 12-2-4 record in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, outscoring their opponents 35-11 while collecting 11 shutouts. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout.
  • Eddie Lewis is the leading capwinner in FIFA World Cup qualifying on this roster with 18 career caps, while DaMarcus Beasley is now second with 14 qualifying caps.
  • Eight players on the USA’s current roster vs. Barbados have not appeared in a World Cup qualifier: Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Jay DeMerit, Drew Moor, Chris Rolfe, Chris Seitz, Danny Szetela and John Thorrington.
  • Two players on the roster are current title holders from their respective leagues. Oguchi Onyewu helped marshal Standard de Liege to their first league crown in 25 years in Belgium, while Danny Califf captained Aalborg to their Danish League title since 1999 before moving to FC Midtjylland.
  • The U.S. has posted a 3-2-2 record in 2008, which includes the victory against Barbados in their first qualifier, a road win against Poland and a 0-0 draw against No. 1-ranked Argentina. Overall, the U.S. has scored 15 goals while surrendering five.

IN THE NEWS

TRAVEL PARTNERS: The last five members on the roster to arrive traveled en masse following Chivas USA’s 2-0 victory against Chicago on Thursday night at The Home Depot Center. Sacha Kljestan scored his fifth goal of the MLS campaign – now on par with the Fire’s Chad Barrett – while Brad Guzan kept his third clean sheet of the season. Chris Rolfe and John Thorrington fill out the quintet making the cross-country trip to Miami before heading south to Barbados.

EXCUSED ABSENCES: U.S Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley released 10 players following the USA’s 8-0 victory against Barbados on Sunday, June 15. Two players – Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan – have since been recalled. The eight departed players are Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundulo (Hannover 96), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) and Matt Reis (New England Revolution). Five out of the eight players started in Sunday’s first leg match against Barbados and three players notched five of the eight U.S. goals. Dempsey’s goal put his name in the record books, scoring the fastest goal for the U.S. in FIFA World Cup qualifying history just 53 seconds into the match.

FIRST IN: When they arrived last Tuesday, Chris Seitz and Danny Szetela were the first of six new players added to the roster to arrive in Miami. Seitz started three of five matches in the USA’s successful bid to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games, including a 3-0 shutout victory against Canada in the semifinal match that secured the team’s ticket to Beijing. Szetela spent the last half-season on loan to Brescia in Italy’s Serie B, the side narrowly missing out on promotion to the Italian top-flight.

IN QUALIFYING FOR THE U.S.: Overall, the U.S. holds a 47-30-28 lifetime record in FIFA World Cup qualifying play, posting a 34-9-16 mark since 1990. In the last three qualifying cycles, the U.S. boasts an impressive 25-1-6 record on home soil. A complete view of facts and figures on the U.S. in FIFA World Cup qualifying will follow.

USA IN AGGREGRATE PLAY: There have been five times in the USA's FIFA World Cup qualifying history that the team has faced a two-game, aggregate goal series, producing nearly evenly split results. Losing the first two series to Mexico (1960) and Haiti (1969), the U.S. rebounded to post series victories against Netherlands Antilles (1984), Jamaica (1988) and Grenada (2004). Only once has the U.S. started a series at home, drawing 3-3 with Mexico, while picking up three wins and a loss in their other matches on U.S. soil. The complete history:

Year      Opponent                          Results
1960     Mexico                                3-3 H, 0-3 A (Mexico wins 6-3)
1969     Haiti                                    0-2 A, 0-1 H (Haiti wins 3-0)
1984     Netherlands Antilles        0-0 A, 4-0 H (USA wins 4-0)
1988     Jamaica                             0-0 A, 5-1 H (USA wins 5-1)
2004     Grenada                             3-0 H, 3-2 A (USA wins 6-2)

YOUTH MOVEMENT: The roster boasts seven players who are age-eligible to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, led by SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen to a place in the UEFA Cup. Five players on the roster – Freddy Adu, Chad Barrett, Dominic Cervi, Sacha Kljestan and Chris Seitz – were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Brescia midfielder Danny Szetela rejoins the fold after making his first appearance for the full team in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct. 17, 2007, in Basel.

PREP WORK: With the international retirement of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and Eddie Pope following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. began an earnest re-tooling process in January of 2007 to prepare for the quest to qualify for their sixth-consecutive FIFA World Cup finals. With the campaign starting this past Sunday, a look back on the numbers of the last 18 months reveals some excellent advance work for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Going into the first match against Barbados, the U.S. had:

  • Compiled a 14-7-3 record, with 38 goals scored and 25 against
  • Defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 Confederations Cup
  • Won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history
  • Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history
  • Played five matches against four teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them: Argentina (2), Brazil, Mexico, Spain
  • Played matches on four continents and in two major international tournaments
  • Used 65 different players

EURO ROUNDUP: The group of MNT pool players who are on the books of European teams is continually growing. As exemplified by Bob Bradley's roster of players for the Barbados game, today's U.S. team boasts professionals who are searching increasingly farther and wider for the opportunities afforded by playing abroad. For all the players currently in camp, the 2007-08 season in Europe is now a closed book. Between the 15 players that played in seven different leagues, there were varying degrees of success. Click here to share in the triumphs and disappointments of the MNT’s adventures abroad.

BE OFFICIAL: Aren't sure the wife (or husband) will let you take that trip out to the islands for the qualifying game against Barbados? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. There are four Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will hold viewing parties for every MNT game: The Globe Pub (Chicago), Nevada Smiths (New York), Small Bar (Chicago) and Summer's Restaurant (Arlington, Va.). Make sure to make your way to one of these establishments for every MNT match!

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IN FOCUS: USA-BARBADOS

Before last week’s game, the United States has faced Barbados only twice before, winning both matches in the Semifinal Round of World Cup qualifying in 2000. In the first game, a brace from Joe-Max Moore paced the U.S. to a resounding 7-0 victory against Barbados in Foxborough, Mass. Also on the scoresheet was Eddie Pope, a rare international goal for the defender who made 82 appearances for his country.

The U.S was also victorious when traveling to Barbados, beating the Caribbean country 4-0 in the fall of the same year. The game was much closer than the lopsided scoreline would suggest, and the U.S. went into the halftime break staring elimination from the World Cup in the face. With Guatemala beating Costa Rica, the U.S. returned to the field knowing that nothing less than a win would do, and Bruce Arena's team responded accordingly (despite the fact that Arena himself watched the game from the stands while serving a touchline ban).

Goals from Clint Mathis and Earnie Stewart paved the way to a 4-0 victory, and the U.S. could breathe easy knowing it had booked its passage into the final round of CONCACAF Qualifying.

Past U.S. Lineups vs. Barbados:
USA 7 – 0 BRB - August 16, 2000 – Foxborough, Mass.
Friedel, Sanneh, Pope-1 (Lewis), Berhalter, Regis, Stewart-1, Armas (O’Brien-1), Reyna (capt.) (Ramos-1), Jones, Moore-2 , McBride-1

BRB 0 – USA 4 – November 15, 2000 – Waterford, Barbados
Meola (capt.), Agoos, Berhalter, Llamosa, Armas, Klein, Lewis (Jones -1), Ramos, Stewart -1, Moore (Razov - 1), Mathis -1 (Williams)

THE U.S. CONTINGENT: While there is plenty of experience on the U.S. roster, only one player had an up-close glimpse at Sunday’s opponent. Eddie Lewis appeared in both matches against Barbados more than eight years ago, including a start in the 4-0 win in Waterford.

IN OTHER ACTION: Along with the U.S. and Barbados, there are 22 other teams competing in the home-and-way format of the Second Round in CONCACAF Qualifying. The winners will be divided into three groups of four teams for the semifinal phase, with the top two teams in each group moving on to the final round hexagonal. While most of the first matches ended in expected results, the shock of the first match weekend came when Bermuda stunned Trinidad & Tobago at with a 2-1 victory in Trinidad. The Soca Warriors, participants in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, head on the road desperate to make up the ground. Honduras became the first team to advance to the semifinal stage with a 6-2 aggregate scoreline against Puerto Rico. The other results from the weekend:

Grenada 2, Costa Rica 2
Antigua and Barbuda 3, Cuba 4
Suriname 1, Guyana 0
Guatemala 6, St. Lucia 0
USA 8, Barbados 0
St. Vincent 0, Canada 3
Haiti 0, Netherlands Antilles 0
Belize 0, Mexico 2
Panama 1, El Salvador 0
Trinidad and Tobago 1, Bermuda 2
Jamaica 7, Bahamas 0

*Honduras is through to the group stages after beating Puerto Rico 6-2 on aggregate.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Barbados reached the second round after defeating Dominica by an aggregate score of 2-1 in the first phase of qualifying. A Jeffrey Williams goal in the 42nd minute off a lightning counter-attack neutralized a quality finish by Richard Pacquette on a rain-soaked pitch on Feb. 6 in Dominica. On March 26 back in Barbados, a goal by Dwayne Stanford in the 75th minute rescued the hosts and earned them a reunion with the United States.

February 6, 2008 – Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – First Round, First Leg
Dominica 1 Richard Pacquette 20’
Barbados 1 Jeffrey Williams 42

DMA: Glenson Prince, Colin Bernard (Macaza White, 84), Wayne Phillip, Paul Victor (Prince Austrie, 61), Delbert Daley, Shayne Dailey, Ryan Edgar, Joel Ettienne Clark, Daniel Francis (Lenanard Remy, 73), Sham Addi John, Richard Pacquette.

BRB: Alvin Rose, Brian Neblett, Dyson James, Romelle Braithwaite, Johnathan Straker, Rondell Vaugn (Rivierre Williams, 70), Norman Ford, Jeffrey Williams, Elvis DeFraitas, Johnathan Nurse, Neil Harvey.

March 2 6, 2008 – Kensington Oval, Barbados – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – First Round, Second Leg Barbados 1 Dwayne Stanford 75’
Dominica 0

BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 2-Dyson James, 5-Brian Neblett, 6-Romel Braithwaite, 7-Riviere Williams, 8-Jonathan Forde, 9-Jon Nurse, 10-Norman Forde (17-John Parris, 81), 13-Rashida Williams, 15-Elvis Defreitas, 16-Emmerson Boyce (14-Dwayne Stanford, 62)

DMA: 1-Glenson Prince, 3-Shern Dailey, 5-Delbert Dailey, 6-Colin Bernard, 7-Daniel Francis, 8-Ryan Edgar, 9-Richard Pacquette, 10-Joel Clarke, 13-Jefferson Louis, 14-Paul Victory, 16-Macaza White

UP NEXT? Should the U.S. advance, they have a more storied history against the three teams it might face in its Semifinal Round group. The U.S. owns a 10-4-5 all-time record (26 goals for, 15 goals against) versus Guatemala, including a 15-game unbeaten streak, and a 4-0-4 record in qualifying. The U.S. squared off against Guatemala in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, winning, 2-0, on March 30, 2005, in Birmingham, Ala., behind goals from Eddie Johnson and Steve Ralston. In the away match in Guatemala City, which came on the heels of the World Cup berth-clinching victory over Mexico, the U.S. and Guatemala battled to a scoreless draw.

The U.S. also has an undefeated record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, holding an 8-0-2 record. The two countries last met during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with the U.S. winning both matches. The first meeting was the opening match of the Final Round and the U.S. got goals from Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis for a 2-1 victory in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the second match, Brian McBride tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 victory in East Hartford, Conn.

The U.S. has only faced Cuba once before in World Cup qualifying, dating back to a two-game series in 1949 that was played in Mexico City, Mexico. The U.S. tied Cuba, 1-1, in their first meeting and then won, 5-2, during a three-team group that also included Mexico. Overall, the U.S. holds a 5-1-1 record against Cuba with 21 goals for and nine goals against.

LAST TIME…

Vs. Barbados
June 15, 2008 - The Home Depot Center, Carson, California - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, 2nd Round, 1st Leg
USA             8      Clint Dempsey 1', 63', Michael Bradley 12', Brian Ching 20', 89', Landon
                              Donovan 59', Eddie Johnson 82', Own Goal 86'
Barbados   0

USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 15-Heath Pearce; 10-Landon Donovan (9-Eddie Johnson, 81), 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (16-Freddy Adu, 26), 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey (7-Eddie Lewis, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Matt Reis, 2-Frankie Hejduk, 13-Maurice Edu, 14-Danny Califf
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse; 2-Dyson James, 3-Daryl Ferguson, 4-Greg Belle, 5-Bryan Neblett; 8-Jonathan Forte (13-Riviere Williams, 69), 10-Norman Forde (Capt.) (12-Malcolm Marshall, 72), 11-Jonathon Nurse (17-John Parris, 76), 15-Rommelle Burgess; 7-Paul Ifill, 9-Mark McCammon
Subs not used: 16-Barry Skeete, 18-Adrian Chase
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy


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