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U.S. MNT Ready to Face Honduras in Last of Three-Game FIFA World Cup Qualifying Stretch



U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
FIFA World Cup Qualifier; Final Round
Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
June 18, 2013

MNT COMPLETES TRIO OF WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS BY HOSTING HONDURAS: With three straight victories under its belt and a spot at the top of the table heading into the second half of the Hexagonal, the U.S. Men’s National Team concludes a three-game set of qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when it hosts Honduras in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff at sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium is set for 7p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET), 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.

Coming off a comprehensive 2-0 win against Panama in front of a raucous crowd of 40,000 plus in Seattle, the U.S has 10 points from their first five matches (three on the road), posting three wins and three shutouts. Costa Rica and Mexico are tied on eight points, while the Mexicans have played one extra game.

The U.S. enters the match sporting a 24-match unbeaten run in qualifying at home, the 22-0-2 record dating back to 2001. The last loss on home soil came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of today’s visitors.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): 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 (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

U.S. MNT 2013 RESULTS/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) OG

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7

Jamaica*

2-1 W

Altidore, Evans

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11

Panama*

2-0 W

Altidore, E. Johnson

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

Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San Jose, Costa Rica

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
The U.S. vaulted to the top of the group with consecutive victories against Jamaica and Panama. Mexico has seen the vaunted fortress of Estadio Azteca become vulnerable as El Tri have only managed to produce three points from three straight scoreless draws at home. Ties are the new norm in the Final Round, already seven games having ended even with half the games completed. Costa Rica has put up two shutout victories at home and snatched two important points on the road. Honduras is batting .500 after five games, including a victory in the opening match of the Hexagonal against the United States. Panama, which started this trio of qualifiers in first place, has slipped off the pace after going scoreless in its last two matches. Jamaica has put their qualifying hopes in serious jeopardy with three consecutive losses, including two at home.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

5

3

1

1

6

3

+3

10

Costa Rica

5

2

1

2

4

2

+2

8

Mexico

6

1

0

5

3

2

+1

8

Honduras

5

2

2

1

6

6

0

7

Panama

5

1

1

3

5

5

0

6

Jamaica

6

0

4

2

2

8

-6

2





June 11
USA 2, Panama 0
Honduras 2, Jamaica 0
Mexico 0, Costa Rica 0

June 18, 2013
USA v. Honduras
Costa Rica v. Panama

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

  • Graham Zusi will be available following a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
  • Jermaine Jones has been cleared to play following the completion of the return to play protocol. Jones suffered a mild concussion in the 2-1 win against Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston.
  • Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman has been added to the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s game.
  • DaMarcus Beasley is suspended for the match after picking up his second yellow card of the cycle in the 2-0 win against Panama. Beasley recently surpassed the 100-cap mark for the United States and had started the previous six matches at left back.
  • Nine players are carrying yellow cards into the game against Panama: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans, Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • Jozy Altidore has now scored in three straight matches after he netted his eighth career goal in qualifying, putting in the game-winner against Panama.
  • His goal against Jamaica to open the scoring in the 2-1 win on June 7 marked 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.
  • Fabian Johnson’s assist on Altidore’s goal was the third in his National Team career and first of 2013.
  • Altidore earned his second-consecutive Budweiser Man of the Match award after taking the top spot on June 7 in Jamaica.
  • Howard earned his first clean sheet of 2013, first clean sheet in this year’s Hexagonal, second clean sheet of this World Cup Qualifying cycle, and 26th clean sheet in his career in the 2-0 win against Panama.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler have now paired five times in central defense. In addition to consecutive wins in the pasts two qualifiers, they started together in the opening game of 2013 against Canada, 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.
  • Geoff Cameron has played in central midfield in two straight matches, first coming on as a sub for Jones against Jamaica. He then started alongside Michael Bradley, using a perfectly-flighted pass to set up Eddie Johnson for the insurance goal against Panama. During Klinsmann’s tenure, he has typically been deployed as both a center back and a right back.
  • Eddie Johnson now has 11 career goals in World Cup Qualifying, one behind leaders Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan on the all-time list in U.S. history.
  • The only player to appear in all 11 matches during this qualifying cycle, Dempsey is now the official captain of the U.S. team. He had worn the armband in the qualifiers in March against Costa Rica and Mexico before receiving the honor on a full-time basis.
  • Stuart Holden came on as a late sub against Panama, making his first FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearance since the match against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009.
  • Corona made his first appearance of the Hexagonal, also entering the field as a late sub. His last World Cup Qualifying appearance was on Oct. 16, 2012 vs. Guatemala.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Herculez Gomez, Brek Shea and Danny Williams all left the squad during camp as they continue to get back to full fitness.
  • 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.
  • Prior to serving his suspension, Zusi had 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 sits in third place with 11 goals in qualifying matches.
  • Eddie Johnson is tied with 2011 National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004) for 10th on the all-time goals list.

USA vs.HONDURAS

  • The United States holds a 12-4-3 lifetime record against Honduras, including a 9-2-2 record on U.S. soil.
  • In World Cup Qualifying matches, the U.S. is 4-2-1 all-time against Honduras.
  • Honduras won the first meeting in the Final Round on Feb. 6, coming from behind after Clint Dempsey opened the scoring to rally for a 2-1 win.
  • Gonzalez made his first appearance in a World Cup Qualifier that day.
  • Dempsey has scored in consecutive games against Honduras. Previous to the qualifier in San Pedro Sula, he tallied the lone goal in the 36th minute as the USA topped Honduras 1-0 on Oct. 8, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made six saves, picked up his 37th career victory to tie Tony Meola for second on the all-time win list for goalkeepers.
  • The 2011 win also was Jurgen Klinsmann’s first victory as the U.S. MNT head coach.
  • Clarence Goodson has scored twice against Honduras, including a goal in the 2-1 win in the semifinal of the 2009 Gold Cup. Eddie Johnson has one career tally as well, scoring the lone goal in the 1-0 win on March 19, 2005, in Albuquerque.
  • The Catrachos hold the distinction of being the last visitor to win an away World Cup Qualifier against the United States, winning 3-2 in front of more than 50,000 fans on Sept. 1, 2001, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • In the past 10 meetings, the U.S. is 8-1-1 against Honduras since 2002.
  • In 2009, the U.S. went 4-0-0 against Honduras, including a 2-0 victory on July 23 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a thrilling 3-2 victory on Oct. 10 to clinch a berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup

BY THE NUMBERS:
2               World Cup Qualifiers held in Utah
3               U.S. players who have scored against Honduras (Dempsey [2], Goodson [2], Johnson)
3               Consecutive games in which Jozy Altidore has scored
5               Number of starts together for Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in central defense
12            Goals by Clint Dempsey in his past 16 appearances
12            Career goals in qualifying for Dempsey, tied for first all-time for the U.S.
24            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 15-8-6, 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: HONDURAS
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Founded: 1951 (Joined FIFA in 1951)
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Best World Cup Finish: Group stage in 1982 (0-1-2 record)
Caps Leader: Amado Guevara (137)
Top Scorer: Carlos Pavon (57)

HONDURAS UPDATE

  • Honduras is an even 2-2-1 through five matches, and has scored as many (6) as they have conceded
  • Honduras is coming off a 2-0 victory at home to Jamaica. They have taken all seven of their points at home, going 2-0-1.
  • Conversely, they have failed to score in two matches on the road.
  • They are facing several selection problems, starting with suspensions to Victor Bernardez and Luis Garrido. Maynor Figueroa is out injured, and Boniek Garcia is a question mark. Meantime, striker Jerry Bengston, their leading scorer in this cycle with seven goals, including the game-winner against the U.S. on Feb. 6, has left the squad in a dispute with the coach.
  • There are several players with MLS connections: Mario Martinez is teammates with Brad Evans at Seattle, while Boniek Garcia is a member of the Houston Dynamo along with Brad Davis. Jhony Leveron from Vancouver is a late add to the roster. Roger Espinoza moved to Wigan Athletic from Sporting KC, while Andy Najar left D.C. United and is now teammates with Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht.

HONDURAS ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Kevin Hernandez (Real España)
DEFENDERS (10) :Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Victor Bernardez (San Jose), Osman Chavez (Wisla Krakow), Juan Carlos Garcia (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Jhony Leveron (Vancouver Whitecaps), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua), Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Orlin Peralta (Vida), Jose Velasquez (Victoria)
MIDFIELDERS(8) :Marvin Chavez (San Jose), Jorge Claros (Hibernian), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Luis Garrido (Estrella Roja), Mario Martinez (Seattle Sounders), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Carlo Costly (Veria), Rony Martínez (Real Sociedad), Jerry Palacios (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Rojer Rojas (Olimpia)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
June 11, 2013 – Century Link Field – Seattle, Washington – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

USA                        2               Jozy Altidore 36, Eddie Johnson 53
Panama                 0

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 20-Geoff Cameron; 18-Eddie Johnson (10-Joe Corona, 87), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Brad Davis, 87); 17-Jozy Altidore (11-Stuart Holden, 90+1)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 2-Edgar Castillo, 9-Terrence Boyd, 15-Michael Parkhurst , 16-Sacha Kljestan, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 5-Roman Torres, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 4-Carlos Rodriguez; 8-Marcos Sanchez, 21-Amilcar Henriquez (9-Gabriel Torres, 78), 11-Armando Cooper (10-Nelson Barahona, 60), 19-Alberto Quintero; 20-Anibal Godoy (16-Rolando Blackburn, 59); 18-Luis Tejada
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Luis Mejia, 3-Roberto Chen, 6-Gabriel Gomez, 7-Edwin Aguilar, 13-Jean Carlo Cedeño, 14-Juan de Dios Perez, 15-Kevin Melgar, 17-Luis Henriquez, 22-Rolando Escobar
Head coach: Julio Dely Valdes

Vs. Honduras
Feb. 6, 2013 –Estadio Olimpico –San Pedro Sula, Honduras – FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Honduras             2               Juan Carlos Garcia 46, Jerry Bengston 79
USA                      1               Clint Dempsey 36

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 2-Timmy Chandler, 5-Omar Gonzalez, 20-Geoff Cameron, 23-Fabian Johnson; 14-Danny Williams (7-Maurice Edu, 58), 13-Jermaine Jones (19-Graham Zusi, 67), 4-Michael Bradley, 18-Eddie Johnson (16-Sacha Kljestan, 59); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 6-Michael Parkhurst, 9-Herculez Gomez, 10-Jose Torres, 11-Brad Davis, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Edgar Castillo, 21-Brad Evans, 22-Sean Johnson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON : 18-Noel Valladares , 5-Víctor Bernárdez, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 6-Juan Carlos García, 8-Arnold Peralta, 15-Roger Espinoza, 14-Oscar Boniek García, 19-Luis Garrido, 10-Mario Martínez, 11-Jerry Bengtson (20-Jorge Claros, 84), 13-Carlo Costly(9-Georgie Welcome, 90+3)
Subs not used: 22-Donis Escobar, 1-José Mendoza, 17-Brayan Beckeles, 2-Osman Chávez, 4-Juan Pablo Montes, 12-Orlin Peralta, 16-Alex López, 23-Aldo Oviedo, 7-Christian Altamirano, 21-Roger Rojas
Head coach: Luis Suarez

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