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U.S. Men Prepare for Colombia in Copa America


Men’s National Team Notes
Wednesday, July 4
Barquisimeto, Venezuela

FINAL MATCH: The U.S. arrived into Barquisimeto on Tuesday and trained this afternoon at the Estadio Metropolitano de Lara, site of their third and final group match. The USA-Colombia match will be the first in this venue, and will be followed by Argentina against Paraguay, which will determine the winner of Group C. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET and fans can follow live on GolTV and Telefutura, or on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

QUICK HITS
• The U.S. arrived into Barquisimeto on Tuesday and will train this afternoon at the Estadio Metropolitano de Lara. The USA-Colombia match will be the first in this venue, and will be followed by Argentina against Paraguay, which will determine the winner of Group C
• Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber are carrying cautions into the Colombia match
• The U.S. holds a 3-8-3 lifetime record against Colombia, going 1-1-1 in this decade.  The teams last meeting resulted in a 3-0 win for the U.S. on March 9, 2005 in Fullerton, Calif.
• Three players on the current roster appeared in that match: Eddie Gaven, Eddie Johnson and Taylor Twellman
• Ben Olsen is the only other player to have competed against Colombia at the senior level, entering as a reserve in the 2-2 draw on Feb. 19, 2002, in Miami
• Ricardo Clark’s goal against Paraguay marked his debut international goal for the full team in only nine appearances
• Five players have gone 180 minutes through two matches so far: Bornstein, Clark, Jimmy Conrad, Johnson, Kasey Keller
• Only four of 22 players have not seen any minutes: Bobby Boswell, Charlie Davies, Brad Guzan, Heath Pearce
• Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber are now the first duo ever to earn 10 or more caps in their first year with the men’s team. Claudio Reyna was the most recent of five players to have previously opened his career with 10 or more caps, making a rookie-record 19 appearances in his first year with the team in 1994
• Bornstein leads the team in minutes played in 2007 (900), having played every minute of all 10 games in which he has appeared
• Drew Moor became the 16th player to earn his first career cap in 2007, the most in any year since Brad Friedel, Cobi Jones and Joe-Max Moore were among the 21 debutantes in 1992, but well behind the record of 49 players set in 1973
• With Moor’s start, there are now 50 players with at least one cap this year (32 domestic and 18 foreign-based) over the first 13 games
• These past two games represent the full team's first back-to-back losses since the 2003 Confederation's Cup, a string of 66 matches. The U.S. lost to Turkey on June 19 and Brazil on June 21 in St. Etienne and Lyon, respectively
• Eddie Johnson’s penalty strike against Argentina was his 11th international goal in 28 matches.  The USA’s has now scored seven of their 27 goals from the penalty spot this year 
• Altogether, 13 players on the roster have been a part of a youth FIFA World Championship roster, whether it be at the U-23, U-20 or U-17 level. A total of nine players were members of the USA’s roster for either the 2003 or 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup
• MLS players dominate the roster, with 15 of the 22 players plying their trade in the United States.

HELP DOESN’T COME: Despite no points after two games, the U.S. still had hope for advancing to the group stage, but the help they needed from their neighbors to the south didn’t arrive on Wednesday night.  Going into Wednesday’s matches between Mexico-Chile and Brazil-Ecuador, the Mexicans sat atop Group B with six points, Brazil and Chile had three each, and Ecuador had zero. With Chile holding a minus-1 goal differential, a loss to Mexico would have left them with three points and at least a minus-2 goal differential. The U.S. – with a minus-5 goal differential – could then have had a chance to beat Colombia and make up the difference. All was lost though when Mexico and Chile tied, 0-0, in a yawner.

HOPING HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: When the U.S. and Colombia last met two years ago, the U.S. also put out a young and inexperienced side.  Six players – goalkeeper Jon Busch, defenders Richie Kotschau, Chad Marshall and Brian Mullan, and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Pat Noonan – made their first starts for the U.S. men, with Busch, Kotschau, Marshall and 86th minute sub Nat Borchers earning their first caps.  Marshall added icing to the cake by scoring a goal in his debut.  The 3-0 victory that day could easily represent the precise result required for the U.S. to advance.  Let’s hope that Colombia doesn’t learn from history and is condemned to repeat it.

VENEZUELA WINS GROUP A: The hosts have done their country proud by finishing first in Group A and winning their first Copa America match in 40 years. The vinotintos topped the table with five points by concluding with a dull 0-0 draw against Uruguay, a result which also ensured Uruguay’s passage into the next phase.  In the earlier match, an 84th minute goal by Claudio Pizarro leveled the score at 2-2, stunning a hopeful Bolivian team and delivering a second place finish to Peru.

COPA AMERICA PRIMER:  The Copa América is the longest running international football competition in the world, held for the first time in 1916 in Argentina. The tournament was previously known as Campeonato Sudamericano de Selecciones (South American Championship of National Teams). Argentina, the odds-on favorite in 2007, has won the championship 14 times, the most of any nation.  Since 1984, CONMEBOL adopted the policy of rotating the right to host the Copa América amongst the ten member confederations. Venezuela is the last country to host the competition in the rotation.  Matches in the 2007 edition will be held in nine cities across Venezuela, San Cristobal hosting the opening ceremonies while Maracaibo – site of the USA’s opening match against Argentina – getting the final.

USA EN LA COPA

ECUADOR ‘93
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorers Location  
June 16, 1993 Uruguay 0-1 L --   Ambato
June 19, 1993 Ecuador 0-2 L --   Quito
June 22, 1993 Venezuela 3-3 T Henderson, Doyle,  Quito
   Kinnear

URUGUAY ‘95
Date Opponent Result U.S. Goalscorers Location  
July 8, 1995 Chile 2-1 W Wynalda (2)  Paysandu
July 11, 1995 Bolivia 0-1 L --   Paysandu
July 14, 1995 Argentina 3-0 W Wynalda, Klopas, Lalas  Paysandu
July 17, 1995 Mexico (q) 0-0 T (4-1 pk) --   Paysandu 
July 20, 1995 Brazil (s) 0-1 L --   Maldonado
July 22, 1995 Colombia (3) 1-4 Moore  Maldonado  


DID YOU KNOW? Talk about ‘youth movement’ on this roster. If you take the players born in the 1960s and the 1970s, they are outnumbered 18:4 by players born in the 1980s. Here’s how the numbers break down:

Decade    No. of players    Caps
60s                     1                  102
70s                     3                   64
80s                   18                 125

GOLD CUP GLORY: The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half, behind goals from Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber.

In addition to laying claim to their third regional crown since 2002, the victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup paves the way for the USA’s invaluable participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, an eight-team tournament being staged in South Africa one year before the 2010 World Cup.

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 10-2-1 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.

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

July 2, 2007 – Estadio Agustin Tovar,  Barinas, Venezuela  – 2007 Copa America
USA                1  Ricardo Clark 40’
Paraguay  3   Edgar Barreto 30’, Oscar Cardozo 56’, Salvador Cabanas 92+

USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); 15-Drew Moor, 3-Jay DeMerit (7-Dan Califf, 65), 12-Jimmy Conrad, 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 5-Benny Feilhaber, 19-Ricardo Clark, 14-Ben Olsen (21-Justin Mapp, 71), 16-Sacha Kljestan (25-Lee Nguyen, 80); 20-Taylor Twellman, 9-Eddie Johnson

PAR: 1-Justo Villar (capt.) (22-Aldo Bobadilla-56); 2-Darío Veron, 5-Julio César Caceres, 14-Paulo da Silva, 3-Claudio Morel Rodriguez; 6-Carlos Bonet, 8-Edgar Barreto, 16-Cristian Riveros, 19-Jonathan Santana (20-Enrique Vera, 77); 18-Oscar Cardozo (7-Salvador Cabanas, 73), 9-Roque Santa Cruz

On the field for Colombia

July 2, 2007 – Estadio Jose Panchencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  – 2007 Copa America
Argentina        4 Hernan Crespo 20’ pen, Juan Riquelme 34’, 46+, Diego Milito 92+
Colombia    2  Edixon Perea 10’,  Jaime Castrillón 73’ 

ARG: Roberto Abbondanzieri - Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Gabriel Milito, Gabriel Heinze - Juan Verón (Luis González, 80), Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso - Juan Román Riquelme - Lionel Messi (Carlos Tévez, 84) and Hernán Crespo (Diego Milito, 21).
 
COL: Miguel Calero - Gerardo Vallejo, Iván Córdoba, Luis Amaranto Perea, Javier Arizala - Fabián Vargas, John Viáfara (Jaime Castrillón, 62), Jorge Banguero - David Ferreira (Macnelly Torres, 76) - Hugo Rodallega and Edixon Perea (Andrés Chitiva, 67).


Vs.  Colombia

March 9, 2005 – Titan Stadium, Fullerton, California  – International Friendly
 USA  3 Pat Noonan 25’, Chad Marshall 33’, Clint Mathis 66’
 Colombia 0 
 
USA: 18-Jon Busch; 7-Brian Mullan, 12-Chad Marshall, 3- Ritchie Kotschau, 5-Chris Albright; 25-Pablo Mastroeni (Capt.), 8-Clint Dempsey, 14-Steve Ralston (24-Eddie Gaven, 76), 11-Clint Mathis (20-Taylor Twellman, 68); 13-Pat Noonan; 9-Eddie Johnson (21-Brian Ching,

COL: 1-Juan Carlos Henao; 5- Andrés Orozco, 3- Aquivaldo Mosquera (2-Julián De La Cuesta, 46), 6-César Fawcett (4-Humberto Mendoza); 17-Juan Carlos Ramirez (Capt.) (16-Héctor Hugo Hurtado,46),
7- Edixon Perea (13-Andrés Casañas 46), 10-Victor Pacheco (14-Hugo Rodallega, 61), 21-John Javier Restrepo, 19-Camilo Zúñiga (23-John Viáfara, 46), 18-Luis Gabriel Rey (8-Aldo Leao Ramírez, 77)

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