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U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
International Friendly
PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Oct. 11

QUICK HITS

  • Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo returned to their clubs following Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Poland, with Cherundolo having earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors on Saturday night.  The FC Dallas duo of Heath Pearce and Brek Shea joined the team Sunday in Philadelphia.
  • Jozy Altidore scored the 10th goal of his international career when he gave the U.S. an early lead against Poland.  Jermaine Jones got his first point in his first cap when he put Altidore through for the score.
  • Oguchi Onyewu’s goal in the 52nd minute was his second career against Poland (the first on March 26, 2008 in Krakow), and both were scored in similar circumstances.  Substitute Stuart Holden for Landon Donovan delivering the corner, both were headers, and both were the USA’s second of the night.
  • The match was Onyewu’s first for club or country since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when he played 80 minutes in the 2-2 draw on June 18 against Slovenia.
  • It’s also the first goal for a U.S. defender since Bocanegra tallied the USA’s goal in the 2-1 loss to Holland on March 3 in Amsterdam.
  • Maurice Edu made his first start for the full team at centerback. He had previously played in that spot for the U.S. Olympic Team in 2008 in Beijing and also slotted in at defense towards the end of the USA's Send Off Series match with Czech Republic this May.
  • The USA’s starters against Poland (4-2-3-1): 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 19-Maurice Edu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 15-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 11-Stuart Holden, 8-Clint Dempsey, 22-Benny Feilhaber; 17-Jozy Altidore
  • Altidore and Dempsey were the U.S. scorers in the team’s last visit to Philadelphia, a 2-1 victory against Turkey in the Send Off Series and the USA’s final match in the United States before heading to South Africa.
  • The USA holds a 3-9-3 lifetime record against Colombia.  In the four meetings since 2000, they are 1-2-1.
  • The last matchup came in the 2007 Copa America, the U.S. falling 1-0 on July 5 in Barquisimeto.  Brad Guzan, Eddie Johnson and Heath Pearce were in the starting XI that day.
  • The last time the teams met on U.S. soil came during the USA’s preparation for a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico.  On March 9, 2005, in Fullerton, Calif., Dempsey and Johnson were on the field as the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 victory.
  • The U.S. has only played one other time on Oct. 12 since the U.S. began international play in 1916.  With qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup secure, the U.S. played their final match of the qualifying campaign against Panama in Foxboro.  With Tim Howard getting his second qualifying start and Jonathan Spector his first, the U.S. marched to a 2-0 victory.  Dempsey was also part of the winning group that day.
  • Eleven players on the roster were part of the squad that led the U.S. to a first place finish in group play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years, and six of those are 25 years old or younger.
  • Three players played every minute in South Africa: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard.
  • Three players were part of the historic goal that led to the 1-0 victory against Algeria: Howard, who alertly picked out Landon Donovan to start the counter attack; Jozy Altidore, who whipped the cross into the box; and Clint Dempsey, who bravely crashed the goal and had his shot saved by the ‘keeper, the rebound falling to Donovan.
  • Howard earned a shutout in that match, the USA’s first in the World Cup since the team's historic 2-0 victory against Mexico in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea Republic. The shutout was also just the second for the United States in 22 World Cup matches dating back to 1950.
  • Howard earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors for his six-save performance against England.
  • Bradley’s game-tying goal in the 83rd minute against Slovenia was his first in a World Cup and the eighth of his international career, and helped earn the point the U.S. needed to avoid elimination that day.
  • Nine players on the roster have scored at least one international goal, and five have scored in 2010: Altidore, Bradley, Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson and Onyewu.
  • Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has recorded five shutouts in 14 appearances for the U.S., including three clean sheets in five World Cup qualifiers. Overall he has posted a 7-4-1 record.
  • Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 67 international appearances.  He’s also the leading scorer with 19 goals.  He has two career goals in the World Cup (6/22/06 v. Ghana, 6/12/10 vs. England), and is one of three U.S. players in history to score in multiple World Cups along with Brian McBride and Donovan. 
  • Eric Lichaj and Brek Shea are the only two players on the roster in search of their first international cap. 
  • Alejandro Bedoya and Eddie Johnson were part of the 30-man preliminary World Cup roster that trained in Princeton prior to the team’s departure for South Africa.
  • Bedoya’s parents are originally from Colombia, leaving slightly divided loyalties amongst the family.  ussoccer.com spoke with Bedoya about the excitement of this game and his career for club and country.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 25.8                          Average Caps: 30.3
Most Caps: 67 (Clint Dempsey)         Fewest Caps: 0 (Eric Lichaj, Brek Shea)       
Oldest: 31 (Tim Howard)                 Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)

Play professionally in: England (7), Germany (2), Norway (2), United States (2), Denmark (1), Italy (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1)

Hometown in: California (5), Illinois (4), Florida (3), Texas (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Rhode Island (1), Virginia (1)

BACK IN PENNSYLVANIA: The U.S. is playing only their fourth match in the Keystone State since 1990, but the area has been a good host to the team.  With a 3-1-0 record, the team has scored seven goals while surrendering four.  Philadelphia hosted the quarterfinal of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. collected a 2-1 victory against Panama in overtime.  Clarence Goodson is the only member of the current roster to see the field that day.

MICHAEL BRADLEY TO HIT THE BIG 5-0: It’s hard to believe that Michael Bradley is only 23 years old.  After being brought in as a practice player before the 2006 World Cup and getting his first two caps in the Send-Off Series, Bradley has grown into one of the most important players in the U.S. arsenal.  As he is about to collect his 50th cap for the United States, remember that in four years he has:

  • Played every minute in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring the critical game-tying goal against Slovenia that kept the U.S. in the hunt to advance from the group phase.
  • Started in 15 of 18 qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Scored both goals in the 2-0 final round qualifying win against Mexico in Columbus.
  • Finished with five goals in qualifying, and four ussoccer.com man of the match performances.
  • Tied for the team lead in starts and finished second in minutes played for two consecutive years.
  • Played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympic Games.

BACK TO THE BROTHERLY LOVE BACKING THE BID:  The match against Colombia will mark the national team’s return to Philadelphia – one of 18 cities included in the USA's bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 – for only the third time since 1990, and will play their first match at the new home of Philadelphia Union. Philadelphia leads all U.S. bid cities in petition signatures supporting the bid with 92,532 signatures.

COLOMBIA AND ’94: One of the most enduring legacies in U.S. Soccer history was the hosting of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.  A group of young U.S. upstarts advanced out of the group phase, largely based on a shock 2-1 victory against Colombia, one of the dark horse favorites to win it all that year.  An Earnie Stewart goal boosted the U.S. to victory that day, along with the performance of one of his teammates: current U.S. assistant coach Mike Sorber.

UNION CONNECTIONS:  The U.S. team is being hosted at PPL Park, home of the expansion Philadelphia Union and a group with several ties to the national team.  Union boss Peter Nowak served as Bradley’s assistant for the full team after playing under Bradley during the championship years with the Chicago Fire.  Philly assistant John Hackworth held a similar role in the U.S. set-up, and kit man Tim Cook also held the same post for both club and country.

GETTING IT DONE IN SHORT ORDER: Jozy Altidore’s reach into double-digit scoring inspired a thought about the most proficient goalscorers in U.S. history. Here’s a look at the top 10, based on goals per 90 minutes in a career with a minimum of 10 goals.

Name

         G

       GP

GP90M

Klopas, Frank

12

40

2.02

Johnson, Eddie

12

41

2.17

Altidore, Jozy

10

31

2.32

Wynalda, Eric

34

106

2.41

McBride, Brian

30

95

2.51

Mathis, Clint

12

46

2.54

Donovan, Landon

45

128

2.62

Ching, Brian

11

45

2.70

Moore, Joe Max

24

100

2.87

Dempsey, Clint

19

66

2.98

CLUB NEWS: Clint Dempsey scored against West Ham in Fulham’s last match to give his side a 1-1 draw, the second time this season his goal helped Fulham earn a point … Benny Feilhaber has five goals in his last four matches for AGF Aarhus, who lead the table in the Danish First Division … Maurice Edu has started five of seven league matches for Rangers, who are tied at the top with Celtic on points but behind on goal differential … He has played 90 minutes in both of their Champions League group matches, including the 0-0 draw away to Manchester United …  Stuart Holden, who has earned a regular role as a starter for Bolton, signed a new three-year contract … Alejandro and his side Örebro sit in third place in the table with five matches remaining.  That spot would be good enough to enter in Europa League qualifying … With their 2-2 draw against Colorado, Heath Pearce and Brek Shea are part of an MLS record-setting 19-match unbeaten run with FC Dallas. The mark is a record for a single season, and ties the all-time record set by the Columbus Crew.

SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT THE NEW GUYS:

Jermaine Jones had tried to switch associations and play for the United States prior to 2009 - He had initially inquired about playing for the United States years before, but he was rendered ineligible having played for Germany in qualifying for the 2001 U-20 World Cup in Argentina.  After FIFA changed the rule, he was the first to apply for a change of association.  Born in Germany to an American father and a German mother, he moved to the United States and stayed here until he was six years old.

Eric Lichaj holds two passports, and one of them is Polish - Both of Eric's parents were born in Poland and moved to the United States when they were kids.  He has dual citizenship, and his Polish passport allows him to play in England without a work permit.  The Polish FA had made inquiries to Aston Villa about Lichaj, but he had long since decided that he wanted to represent the United States.

THE BOB BRADLEY FACTFILE: In the four year cycle culminating the in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States:

  • Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 (that's 80 years ago), and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
  • Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
  • Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time ever, earning a 1-0-2 record.
  • Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35 match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
  • Only one of two teams to beat Spain since November of 2006.
  • Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
  • Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
  • Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008.
  • Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland).
  • Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).

THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Record
All-Time: 38-21-9
Qualifying: 13-3-2
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 122
Goals Against: 84
Shutouts: 25

Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-7-1, 9 GF, 21 GA
UEFA: 7-8-3, 26 GF, 26 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 3-1-0, 6 GF, 2 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 3-9-3
Tied at half: 13-9-4

By year …
2007: 12-5-1
2008: 9-3-2
2009: 13-8-3
2010: 4-5-3

A SOUTH AFRICAN THANK YOU: The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel to South Africa to take on 2010 FIFA World Cup hosts South Africa on Nov. 17 at the magnificent Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. Coverage of the USA’s final match of the year begins at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the match will also be broadcast live on Galavision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer. The U.S. will be returning to South Africa for the first time since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Men’s National Team news (in short form, of course) by following at www.twitter.com/ussoccer.

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: What’s the next best thing to being at a game surrounded by your fellow screaming fans? Watching a game at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow screaming fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. Head to the bars after work Tuesday night and watch the USA’s first game at the New Meadowlands Stadium! A full list of Official U.S. Soccer Bars is available at ussoccer.com.

U.S. SOCCER ON FACEBOOK: Stay connected with everything involving the national teams on the “Official U.S. Soccer Page” on Facebook. More than 315,000 fans are following the place where you can post videos, interact with other fans and follow the latest news from all U.S. Soccer teams. The Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook is the best place to keep with your favorite teams and make your voice heard in the U.S. Soccer community.

THE GAME IS IN US: Support for United States' bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 has picked up some serious steam since the launch of http://gousabid.com. Twelve other nations are bidding to host at least one of the tournaments and if we're going to win the honor of hosting the FIFA World Cupâ„¢, it'll be because of the overwhelming grassroots support of soccer fans who believe in our bid's official theme, The Game Is In US. Please take a moment to sign the petition to officially show your support for the US bid to bring the World Cupâ„¢ back to America.

IN FOCUS: COLOMBIA
Federación Colombiana de Fútbol
Founded: 1924 (Joined FIFA in 1936)
Head Coach: Hernán Darío Gómez
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Round of 16 (1990)
Best Copa America Finish: Champions (2001)
Caps Leader: Carlos Valderrama (111)
Top Scorer: Arnoldo Iguaran (25)
Key Players: Giovani Moreno, John Javier Restrepo, Mario Yepes

REBUILDING AGAIN: Since winning Copa America in 2001, Colombia has failed to take the next step and qualify for the FIFA World Cup, missing out on three consecutive tournaments in Korea/Japan, Germany and South Africa. Los Cafeteros managed some decent results in the last cycle, and opened CONMEBOL qualifying with an unbeaten run of six games, including a draw against Brazil and victory against Argentina. Colombia suffered vital losses against Uruguay and Chile down the homestretch, however, and eventually finished one point behind Uruguay for a place in the CONMEBOL/CONCACAF playoff for a World Cup berth. Hernán Darío Gómez is back for a second stint at the helm of the national team and the veteran coach is charged with taking Colombia back to the World Cup, where he has coached on two prior occasions. He took Ecuador to its first World Cup in 2002 and also managed Colombia in their last foray on the world stage in 1998.

PROMISE OF YOUTH: While Colombia has not found much success on the world stage in senior events, the performance of its youth teams have the FCF looking up. The Colombia squad took fourth place in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Egypt, beating Netherlands, Argentina and Turkey before succumbing to eventually Champions Switzerland in the semifinals. In 2011 soccer will come to Colombia when the country plays host to the U-20 World Cup.

ROSTER SPOT: Gomez' squad draws on players from nine different countries, locally based in Colombia and as far reaching as Turkey and Mexico. While veteran Inter Milan defender Ivan Cordoba was forced to withdraw due to injury, the backline still contains a veteran presence in the form of Mario Yepes, teammate of Oguchi Onyewu at AC Milan. Portugese-based Falcao is the highest scorer in the squad with six goals and the Porto forward scored the winning goal in Colombia's recent 1-0 win against Ecuador at Red Bull Arena.

Colombia Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Breiner Castillo (Independiente Medellin), Farid Mondragon (Cologne), David Ospina (Nice)
DEFENDERS (6): Pablo Armero (Udinese), Aquivaldo Mosquera (America), Luis Amaranto Perea (Atletico Madrid), Juan David Valencia (Independiente Medellin), Mario Yepes (AC Milan), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Juan Cuadrado (Udinese), Victor Ibarbo (Atletico Nacional), John Javier Restrepo (Independiente Medellin), John Valencia (Once Caldas), John Viafara (La Equidad)
FORWARDS (5): Falcao (Porto), Teofilo Gutierrez (Trabzonspor), Giovani Moreno (Racing Club), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Darwin Quintero (Santos Laguna)

LAST TIME…
On the field for USA
Oct. 9, 2010 – Soldier Field – Chicago – International Friendly
USA                 2          Jozy Altidore 13, Oguchi Onyewu 52
Poland            2
          Adam Matuszczyk 29, Jakub Blaszczykowski 73

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 19-Maurice Edu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 15-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley; 11-Stuart Holden, 8-Clint Dempsey, 22-Benny Feilhaber (7-Alejandro Bedoya, 63 ); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 2-Jonathan Spector, 9-Eddie Johnson, 13-Eric Lichaj, 16-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

POL: 1-Artur Boruc; 2-Lukasz Mierzejewski, 8-Rafal Murawski, 9-Robert Lewandowski, 10-Ludovic Obraniak, 14-Michael Zewlakow (capt.), 15-Adam Matuszczyk, 16-Jakub Blaszczykowski, 18- Adrian Mierzejewski (17-Andrzej Niedzielan, 71), 24-Dariusz Pietrasiak, 26-Lukasz Piszczek
Subs not used: 4-Hubert Wolakiewicz, 5-Grzegorz Bonin, 6-Jacek Kielb, 7-Ebi Smolarek, 12-Przemyslaw Tyton, 13-Kamil Glik, 19-Bartosz Salamon, 20-Radoslaw Majewski, 21-Artur Jedrzejczyk, 22-Grzegorz Sandomierski, 23-Kamil Grosicki
Head Coach: Franciszek Smuda

On the field for Colombia
Oct 8, 2010 – Red Bull Arena – Harrison, N.J. – International Friendly

Colombia         1          Falcao 77
Ecuador           0         

COL: David Opsina; Juan Camilo Zuniga, Luis Perea, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero; Victor Ibarbo (Carlos Quintero, 60), Jhon Viarfara, John Restrepo, Adrian Ramos (Falcao, 77); Giovanni Moreno (Jhon Valencia, 89), Teofilo Gutierrez (Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, 69).
Head Coach:  Hernán Darío Gómez

ECU: Maximo Banguera; Isaac Mina, Jorge Guagua, Neicer Reasco, Christian Noboa, David Quiroz; Michael Arroyo (Christian Suarez, 85, Juan Carlos Paredes, 90), Walter Ayovi, Chistian Benitez (Luis Fernando Saritama, 75); Jaime Ayovi, Joffre Guerron (Joao Rojas, 65)
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

vs. Colombia
July 5, 2007– Estadio Metropolitano – Barquisimeto, Venezuela – 2007 Copa America
USA                 0
Colombia         1          Jaime Castrillón 14

USA: 23-Brad Guzan; 15-Drew Moor, 4-Bobby Boswell, 7-Dan Califf (capt.), 6-Heath Pearce; 16-Sacha Kljestan, 17-Kyle Beckerman, 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp (10-Charlie Davies, 64); 9-Eddie Johnson (25-Lee Nguyen, 72), 8-Herculez Gomez (11-Eddie Gaven, 46)
Subs not used: 18-Kasey Keller, 2-Marvell Wynne, 3-Jay DeMerit, 5-Benny Feilhaber, 12-Jimmy Conrad, 13-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Ben Olsen, 20-Taylor Twellman
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

COL: 12-Robinson Zapata, 22-Camilo Zuñiga, 14-Luis Perea, 3-Mario Yépez, 5-Javier Arizala; 17-Jaime Castrillón, 21-Jorge Banguero, 15-John Viáfara (13-Vladimir Marín, 55), 20-Macnelly Torres (8-David Ferreira, 85); 19-César Valoyes (10-Andrés Chitiva, 78), 11-Hugo Rodallega
Subs not used: 1-Miguel Calero, 2-Iván Córdoba, 4-Gerardo Vallejo, 6-Fabián Vargas, 7-Edixon Perea, 9-Alvaro Rodríguez, 16-Jair Benítez, 18-Luis Rey
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

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