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U.S. MNT Closes Out 2012 Against No. 9-Ranked Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Krasnodar

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Russia – International Friendly
Kuban Stadium; Krasnodar, Russia
Nov. 14, 2012

USA CLOSES OUT 2012 AGAINST NO. 9-RANKED RUSSIA: The U.S. Men’s National Team will cap off 2012 with an intriguing matchup against ninth-ranked Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at what is expected to be a capacity crowd of 38,000 at Kuban Stadium in Krasnodar. Following historic road wins against Italy and Mexico, the U.S. seeks its first victory against the hosts. The match kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow the game on’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

CLOSING IN ON HISTORY: With one match left to play in 2012, the U.S. is currently sitting on its best winning percentage for a calendar year in the modern era with a 9-2-2 record and .769 winning percentage. The next best performance came in 2005 when the team went 13-3-4 with a .750 winning percentage. The USA is 5-1-1 in international friendlies this year, including its first ever wins against eighth-ranked Italy in Genoa on Feb. 29 and a 1-0 win in Mexico on Aug. 15, which marked the U.S. MNT’s only victory on the road against its regional rivals. (A Snapshot of 2012)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (AS Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goalscorers/TV


Jan. 21


1-0 W

Ricardo Clark

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

Jan. 25


1-0 W

Graham Zusi

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

Feb. 29


1-0 W

Clint Dempsey

Stadio Luigi Ferraris; Genoa

May 26


5-1 W

L. Donovan (3), M. Bradley, J. Jones

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

May 30


1-4 L

Herculez Gomez

FedExField; Landover, Md.

June 3


0-0 T


BMO Field; Toronto, Canada

June 8

Antigua & Barbuda*

3-1 W

Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

June 12


1-1 T

Clint Dempsey

Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City

Aug. 15


1-0 W

Michael Orozco Fiscal

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

Sept. 7


1-2 L

Clint Dempsey

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

Sept. 11


1-0 W

Herculez Gomez

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 12

Antigua & Barbuda*

2-1 W

Eddie Johnson (2)

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium; North Sound, Antigua

Oct. 16


3-1 W

Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey (2)

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Nov. 14


10 a.m.

ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision Deportes

Kuban Stadium; Krasnodar, Russia

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying


  • A total of 20 players were called into camp that began Nov. 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. The team trained there twice on Monday before departing Tuesday morning for Krasnodar.
  • Tim Howard leads all U.S. players in games started this year (11).
  • Jermaine Jones has played in a career-high 11 games this year with 10 starts.
  • Herculez Gomez has a career-best three goals in 2012, tied for second-most on the team.
  • Jozy Altidore returns to the U.S. squad after not being named to the roster for the final two qualifiers in the Semifinal Round. The AZ Alkmaar-based striker has 12 goals in all competitions, including nine in the Dutch Eredivisie, which is currently the third highest total in the league.
  • Timmy Chandler is back in camp for the first time in 2012, having last appeared for the United States in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011, in Ljubljana.
  • Two players are making their first appearance in a senior team camp: former U.S. Under-23 midfielders Joshua Gatt and Joe Gyau. Gatt’s club Molde just clinched the 2012 Norwegian Tippeligaen title this past weekend – the second straight title for Gatt and Molde.
  • Also reunited in this camp are Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud. The pair combined for the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 win against South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge , when Agudelo became the youngest U.S. player in the modern era to score for the senior team.
  • Eight players on the roster are 23 years old or younger: Agudelo, Terrence Boyd, Chandler, Diskerud, Gatt, Gyau, Sean Johnson and Danny Williams.
  • On a roster of 20 players, leagues from 11 different countries are represented. The German Bundesliga contributes the most with five players.


  • With his goal against Guatemala in the last match of the Semifinal Round, U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra became the USA’s all-time leading scorer for defenders with 14 career goals, passing the previous record of 13 set by Marcelo Balboa.
  • Bocanegra, who is tied with Eddie Johnson for 10th on the all-time goals list, is one tally behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004).
  • Bocanegra has appeared in 109 matches for the U.S. MNT and sits one cap behind sixth-place Paul Caligiuri (110 caps from 1984-98).
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard moved into sole possession of third place all-time in U.S. MNT goalkeeper caps with his 83rd appearance during the USA’s 3-1 win against Guatemala on Oct. 16. Kasey Keller (102 caps) and Tony Meola (100) are atop the goalkeeping appearances list.


  • Host Russia is 2-0-2 all-time against the USA in a series that started with Russia’s 1-0 win on Feb. 13, 1993, in Orlando, Fla.
  • The U.S. garnered a scoreless draw on Feb. 21, 1993, in Palo Alto, Calif., and a 1-1 draw on Jan. 29, 1994, in Seattle.
  • In the only previous meeting on Russian soil, the USA dropped a 2-0 decision on April 26, 2000, in Moscow.
  • Former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas is responsible for the only USA goal in the series, scoring off a header with five minutes remaining to salvage a 1-1 draw in 1994 in front of 43,651 spectators at the Kingdome in Seattle. ( MNT vs. Russia Highlights – Jan. 29, 1994 )
  • The match will be the third time U.S. coaches have matched wits with Russia head coach Fabio Capello. The Italian national stood at the helm of the England National Team for two meetings, most famously the 1-1 draw in the teams’ opening group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


  • The USA’s upcoming friendly against Russia marks the third time this year the team will play a team in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. The U.S. earned a 1-0 win against eighth-ranked Italy on Feb. 29 and fell 4-1 to sixth-ranked Brazil on May 30 in Landover, Md.
  • The U.S. is 15-33-7 all-time against top-10 opponents since FIFA began its rankings in August of 1993.
  • Russia was ranked outside of the top 10 in the previous four meetings against the USA.


  • 6: USA players born in 1990 or later on the current roster
  • 6: Shutouts by the USA in 2012 for a 5-0-1 record
  • 7: One-goal decisions for the U.S. in 2012 (6-0-1)
  • 9: Russia’s current FIFA ranking, jumping up three spots from the previous ranking
  • 10: Different goalscorers for the U.S. in 2012
  • 11: Goals allowed by the U.S. in 13 games this year
  • 14: Goals scored by strikers for the U.S. in 2012
  • 21: Goals scored by the U.S. in 2012
  • 27: USA’s current FIFA ranking, moving ahead five spots from the previous ranking
  • 27: Combined goals from Carlos Bocanegra (14) and Jozy Altidore (13) – half of the 54 goals in the current roster
  • 29: Career shutouts for goalkeeper Tim Howard
  • 109: Career caps for Carlos Bocanegra, who ranks seventh all-time


  • The U.S. will continue its bid to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup when the Hexagonal opens on Feb. 6, 2013, on the road against Honduras. The official draw for the Final Round of World Cup qualifying was held by CONCACAF on Nov. 7 in Miami. Three of the first four of the USA’s matches will be contested away from home.
  • 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, 2013. 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.
  • In the Semifinal Round, 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.

NOMINEES NAMED FOR 2012 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Four of the five nominees for the prestigious U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award are in camp in Russia: Michael Bradley, Herculez Gomez, Tim Howard and Fabian Johnson. Clint Dempsey, the two-time winner and reigning holder of the award, is not in the squad. Additionally, two of the nominees for Young Male Athlete of the Year, Terrence Boyd and Danny Williams, are also part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad assembled in Krasnodar. Fans can vote for their favorite nominee all week on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 19. The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This is the first year U.S. Soccer will name a Disabled Athlete of the Year.


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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his second year and first 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 11-6-3, and he led the team on a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2001, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • 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.

Russian Football Union
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Fabio Capello
Best World Cup Finish: Fourth place in 1966 as the Soviet Union


  • Russia leads Group F of UEFA’s first round of World Cup qualifying with a 4-0-0 record and four shutouts against Northern Ireland (2-0 on Sept. 7), Israel (4-0 on Sept. 11), Portugal (1-0 on Oct. 12) and Azerbaijan (1-0 on Oct. 16).
  • Alexander Kerzhakov has three goals during World Cup qualifying – two against Israel and the team’s lone goal against Portugal. He has 22 goals in 67 international appearances.
  • Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made his debut for Russia’s national team at the age of 18 in April 2004.
  • Goalkeeper Alexander Belenov earns his first call-up to Russia’s senior team. He plays his club ball for local side Kuban Krasnodar.
  • Forward Alexander Kokorin scored his first national team goal on Sept. 11 during the team’s 4-0 victory against Israel in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • Russia is trying to become one of 13 UEFA teams that will qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Nine group winners automatically advance and four more teams advance through a playoff.
  • Seven players on Russia’s roster play for Zenit St. Petersburg, which won its second straight Russian Premier League title earlier this year.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Belenov (Kuban Krasnodar), Vladimir Gabulov (Anzhi Makhachkala)
DEFENDERS (7): Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Renat Yanbayev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Spartak Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Igor Denisov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Maxim Grigoriev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Magomed Ozdoyev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid Castilla)
FORWARDS (4): Artem Dzyuba (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (Anzhi Makhachkala)

On the field for USA:
Oct. 16, 2012 – LIVESTRONG Sporting Park – Kansas City, Kan. – 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Semifinal Round – Group A

USA   3   Carlos Bocanegra 10; Clint Dempsey 18, 36
GUA   1   Carlos Ruiz 5

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 20-Geoff Cameron, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 2-Michael Parkhurst; 19-Graham Zusi (7-Maurice Edu, 78), 14-Danny Williams, 4-Michael Bradley, 18-Eddie Johnson (11-Joe Corona, 90); 8-Clint Dempsey, 9-Herculez Gomez (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66)
Subs not used: 5-Kyle Beckerman 12-Brad Guzan, 17-Alan Gordon, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

: 1-Ricardo Jerez Jr.; 2-Ruben Morales, 3-Elias Vasquez, 4-Erwin Morales, 23-Jonathan Lopez; 6-Wilfred Velasquez, 10-Mario Rodriguez (22-Minor Lopez, 46), 11-Jose Manuel Contreras, 15-Manuel Leon, 18-Carlos Figueroa (16-Marco Pappa, 46); 20-Carlos Ruiz (capt.) (17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 88)
Subs not used: 12-Cristian Alvarez, 21-Jaime Carbajal; 5-Wilson Lalin, 13-Claudio Albizuris, 7-Marco Tulio Ciani, 8-Gonzalo Romero, 14-Sergio Trujillo, 9-Henry Lopez, 19-Lester Ruiz
Head Coach: Ever Hugo Almeida

Vs. Russia
April 26, 2000 – Dynamo Stadium – Moscow, Russia – International Friendly

USA   0
RUS   2   Egor Titov 63, Valeriy Karpin 90+2

USA: 18-Kasey Keller, 2-Frankie Hejduk (8-Brian West, 88), 4-Robin Fraser, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 6- David Regis; 13-Cobi Jones, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-Tony Sanneh, 14-Chris Armas (15-Chad Deering, 46), 7-Eddie Lewis (9-Jason Kreis, 74), 20-Brian McBride
RUS: 1-Rousian Nigmatullin; 2-Dmitri Khlestov, 5-Alexei Solomatin, 6-Maxim Demenko; 3-Dmitri Khokhlov (18-Viktor Onopko, 46), 9- Egor Titov, 8-Valeriy Karpin (Capt.), 7-Dmitri Alenichev (17-Andrei Tikhonov, 46), 4-Alexei Smertin; 10-Serguei Semak (14-Alexandre Panov, 60), 11-Vladimir Beschastnykh

On the field for Russia
Oct. 16, 2012 –2014 World Cup Qualifier

RUS   1   Roman Shirkov 84
AZE   0

RUS: 1-Igor Akinfeev, 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 7-Igor Denisov, 9-Aleksandr Kokorin, 11-Aleksandr Kerzhakov (10-Alan Dzagoev, 79), 14-Vasili Berezutski, 15-Roman Shirkov, 19-Aleksandr Samedov (18-Vladimir Bystrov), 20-Viktor Fayzulin (8-Denis Glushakov, 46)
Head Coach: Fabio Capello

AZE: 1-Kamran Agayev, 4-Mahir Shukurov, 7-Vagif Javadov, 8-Aleksandr Chertoganov (11-Rauf Aliyev, 84), 9-Cihan Ozkara, 10-Branimir Subasic (19-Rahid Amirguliyev, 63), 13-Ali Gokdemir, 15-Ruslan Abisov, 17-Vuqar Nadirov (16-Cavid Huseynov, 46), Maksim Medvedev, 21-Vladimir Levin
Head Coach: Berti Vogts