Game Notes - June 9, 2007
U.S. MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GOLD CUP MARCHES ON: The U.S. Men's National Team continues their CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense when they face Trinidad & Tobago in their second group match on Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Fans can watch all the action live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, or follow along on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
STUDIO 90's SUMMER TOUR: It's a loaded summer for our national teams. The MNT are in the Gold Cup and Copa America, the WNT are playing their "Send Off" matches as they get set for the World Cup and the Under-20s competing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. So how can we keep fans our informed on everything that's happening? Well, Studio 90 is back and will be bouncing between the MNT, WNT and U-20s to provide updates on all three teams. It's Studio 90's Summer Tour and first up we're with the MNT as they kick off the Gold Cup with two games at The Home Depot Center.
- With the 1-0 win against Guatemala in the first match, the U.S. sits in second place in Group B on the basis of goals scored after El Salvador defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-1
- Pablo Mastroeni has arrived into camp, completing the USA’s Gold Cup roster. He has one more match remaining on a suspension following the USA’s 1-1 draw against Italy in the 2006 World Cup.
- Oguchi Onyewu is suspended for the match after receiving two yellow cards in the 1-0 win against Guatemala in the first group match
- Team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Frankie Hejduk each picked up cautions in the match. Should they receive another yellow card in the preliminary phase, they will have to serve a one-match ban
- Sierra Mist Man of the Match Clint Dempsey’s goal against Guatemala was his third career tally in the Gold Cup in six games, and his second in as many matches for the United States
- Seven players got their Gold Cup debuts in Thursday’s match, including five starters. In his first appearance, Tim Howard earned his ninth career shutout in 20 appearances for the senior team. The neophytes: Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Taylor Twellman
- The U.S. has a 12-1-3 record vs. Trinidad & Tobago, including an unblemished 9-0-0 record on home soil. Five of the victories at home have come via shutout, the last being a 1-0 win in final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Five players on today’s roster appeared in the victory on Aug. 17, 2005, in East Hartford, Conn.: Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Onyewu, Steve Ralston, Twellman
- Keller, who is the all-time leader in Gold Cup appearances for the USA (21), can become the only player in U.S. history to appear in six of the regional championship tournaments
- He’s sitting on 98 caps for the United States, two away from 100 and the record set for goalkeepers by Tony Meola
- Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who already has five goals and one assist in 2007, is tied for second on the all-time U.S. Gold Cup scorers list with Brian McBride at eight goals
- Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst is the only player on the roster in search of his debut appearance for the U.S. in any competition
- With the appearances of Hejduk and Ralston against Guatemala, there are now 44 players with at least one cap in 2007 (26 domestic and 18 foreign-based) over the first six games, and 12 have made their debut appearance for the U.S. Six players on the roster have two Gold Cup medals in their trophy case (Beasley, Bocanegra, Donovan, Hejduk, Keller)
- Onyewu scored his first international goal in the 2005 edition of the tournament, his strike in second-half stoppage time lifting the U.S. past Honduras in the 2-1 semifinal win on July 21, 2005, at Giants Stadium
- Keller is the oldest player at 37 years of age. At 19 years old, U-20 midfielder Michael Bradley is the youngest on the block
- The U.S. improved its lifetime record against Guatemala to 10-4-4. They have never lost to Guatemala on home soil, compiling an 8-0-1 record with seven shutouts
- Johnson is currently leading MLS in scoring, with nine goals in as many matches. Taylor Twellman is second on the charts with seven goals
- The U.S. returns eight players from the 2005 championship team, led by Golden Boot winner DaMarcus Beasley. The midfielder had three goals and four assists in the 2005 tournament
- Beasley, who collected his 13th career goal in the 4-1 win against China on June 2 in San Jose, scored his first-ever international goal in the USA’s opening match of the 2002 Gold Cup. His goal in the 92nd minute sealed a 2-1 win against Korea on Jan. 19 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
• The U.S. is playing its fifth match at The Home Depot Center, and the second in an official competition. The team is 3-0-1 in Carson
GOLDEN IN GROUP PLAY: Through eight tournament appearances, the U.S. has remained remarkably unforgiving in the group phase. Going into Saturday’s match, the USA holds an unbeaten 19-0-1 record in group play, recording 13 shutouts in 20 matches. The lone blemish to an otherwise perfect record came in 2005 when the U.S. and Costa Rica played to a scoreless draw on July 12, 2005, in Foxborough.
LANDON CLOSING IN ON HISTORY: With the three-goal performance against Ecuador on March 25, Donovan moved into a tie for first place with Eric Wynalda on the USA’s all-time points list (84). While it took Wynalda 106 caps, the 25-year old Donovan reached the milestone in 87 appearances. Already with five goals in four games this year, Landon is tied for second place with legendary U.S. forward Brian McBride (30), just four behind Wynalda.
THREE FOR THREE?: The U.S. and T&T have met twice previously in Gold Cup play, and have not faced off in the event since 1996. The first meeting came in the first match of the inaugural tournament in 1991, the U.S. winning 2-1 on June 29 at the Rose Bowl. Keller manned the pipes for the second contest – also the first group game – as the U.S. ran out 3-2 winners on Jan. 13, 1996 in Anaheim. Also on the field that day was one of the guys currently sitting alongside Bob Bradley on the coaches’ bench, Mike Sorber.
Date Result U.S. goals
June, 1991 2-1 W Balboa, Murray
Jan. 13, 1996 3-2 W Moore, Wynalda (2)
GOLD CUP ROUNDUP: The 2007 edition of the Gold Cup kicked off with a pair of surprising results on Wednesday in Miami, starting with Canada's 2-1 upset win against Costa Rica. Deportivo la Coruna striker Julian de Guzman potted two straight goals to erase an early lead for the Ticos. In the second half of the doubleheader, Gold Cup newcomers Guadeloupe pulled out a 1-1 draw against Haiti in front of a largely pro-Haitian crowd at The Orange Bowl. Haiti took the lead on a penalty in the 36th minute, but the tiny archipelago with a population of less than 500,000 got the tying goal in the 54th minute off the foot of Cedric Fiston. In Group C action, Panama demonstrated the form that saw them through to the 2005 final, powering to a 3-2 win against Honduras. The Hondurans were reduced to 10 men after a 26th minute red card to Wilson Palacios, but they stayed close and added a goal in the 90th minute to keep things interesting. In the final match of the first games of the Gold Cup, goals from Jared Borguetti and Nery Castillo erased an early Cuban lead to give Mexico a slim 2-1 victory. For all the latest tournament information, go to the special Gold Cup section on ussoccer.com
2005 GOLD CUP REWIND: The USA’s route to their third Gold Cup title was a tricky one, culminating in a penalty kick shootout against Panama after a scoreless draw in regulation in the tournament final at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Beasley, Donovan and Onyewu were named to the all-tournament team, while Keller and John O’Brien received honorable mentions. To get to the final, the U.S. needed two goals in the semifinal’s dying moments to overcome a 1-0 deficit to Honduras in a match that saw head coach Bruce Arena sent off early in the second half. O’Brien scored the equalizer just four minutes from time, setting the stage for Onyewu’s game-winning header in the 92nd minute. The U.S. had collected two wins and a draw in the group phase, the scoreless tie against Costa Rica ending their 18-game winning streak in the first round of the Gold Cup. In the quarterfinal, a pair of Beasley goals highlighted an inspired 3-1 win against Jamaica.
U.S. MNT GOLD CUP BY THE NUMBERS:
0 – Number of losses in group play
3 – Gold Cup championships won
5 – Number of finals reached, the most of any nation
8 – Players on the roster who were part of the 2005 Gold Cup-winning team
8 – Goals scored by Landon Donovan in tournament history, tied with Brian McBride for second most in U.S. history and one behind the all-time leader
14 – Players on the U.S. roster who had never played a match in the Gold Cup going into the tournament
29-4-5 – Lifetime record in the Gold Cup. In addition to winning three times, the U.S. has finished second twice and third twice
PROVING GROUND: If recent history is any guide, the 2007 Gold Cup will be the place that some players emerge as key future components in the U.S. arsenal. In the 2002 edition, just six months before the World Cup, Pablo Mastroeni entered the event as the only player without a single appearance in World Cup qualifying, and Beasley had played just 45 minutes in the final qualifier against Trinidad. Both went on to have major impacts in the USA’s historic quarterfinal run in Korea. Last time around, defender Jimmy Conrad earned his first cap for the U.S. in the 4-1 win against Cuba in the opener, and 11 months later he appeared in the USA’s 1-1 draw against eventual World Cup champion Italy in Kaiserslautern
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 5-0-1 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.
ON THE HORIZON - ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA AND PARAGUAY IN COPA AMERICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group C with Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay for the 2007 Copa America, a 12-team tournament which will take place from June 26 to July 15 in nine cities across Venezuela. The U.S. will open the tournament against Argentina on Thursday, June 28 at Estadio Jose “Pachencho” Romero in Maracaibo. The U.S. will then face Paraguay on July 2 at Estadio Agustin Tovar “La Carolina” in Barinas, before finishing group play against Colombia on July 5 at Estadio Metropolitano de Futbol de Lara in Barquisimeto. For the United States, the appearance will mark their third entrance into CONMEBOL’s signature event. The last time the U.S. competed in the tournament in 1995, the U.S. upset defending champion Argentina, 3-0, to advance to the quarterfinals where they defeated Mexico and eventually finished in fourth place.
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.
On the field for the USA
June 7, 2007 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
USA 1 Clint Dempsey 26’
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 6-Michael Bradley, 5-Benny Feilhaber (12-Jay DeMerit, 81), 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Taylor Twellman (14-Steve Ralston, 71), 8-Clint Dempsey (9-Eddie Johnson, 61)
GUA: 1-Ricardo Tregueno: 2-Leonel Noriega (15-Luis Swisher, 89), 3-Pablo Melgar, 5-Henry Medina, 6-Gustavo Cabrera (capt.); 7-Claudio Albizuris, 8-Jose Contreras, 11-Marvin Avila (12-Carlos Figueroa, 81), 14-Rigoberto Gomez (19-Mario Rodriguez, 71), 18-Carlos Quinones; 20-Carlos Ruiz
On the field for T&T
June 7, 2007 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B
El Salvador 2 Ramon Sanchez 38’, Dennos Alas 81’
T &T 1 Silvio Spann 8’
SLV: 1- Juan Gomez, 2- Leonel Guevara, 5- Jose Henriquez, 18- Alexander Escobar, 19- Alfredo Pacheco, 7- Victor Hugo, 8- Carlos Menjivar (14- Ramon Sanchez, 9), 17- Dennis Alas, 21- Eliseo Quintanilla, 11- Ronald Cerritos, 16- Cesar Larios (23- Jose Martinez, 64)
TRI: 21- Jan Michael Williams, 5- Keyeno Thomas, 6- Thomas Nickcolson, 17- Seon Power, 20- Anthony Noriega, 2- Romauld Aguillera, 15- Andrei Pacheco, 16- Silvio Spann (8- Kerry Baptiste 73’), 18- Densill Theobald, 12- Gary Glasgow (11- Andre Toussaint, 67), 14- Darryl Roberts (9- Errol Mc Farlane, 84)
August 17, 2005 – Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. – 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
USA 1 Brian McBride 2’
USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 4-Chris Albright, 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 7-Eddie Lewis; 19-Steve Ralston (9-Santino Quaranta, 72), 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 5-John O’Brien (14-Chris Armas, 46), 15-Bobby Convey; 21-Landon Donovan, 20-Brian McBride (13-Taylor Twellman, 83)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Greg Vanney, 11-Jeff Cunningham, 12-Jimmy Conrad
TRI: 21-Kelvin Jack; 3-Avery John, 4-Marvin Andrews, 2-Atiba Charles (8-Scott Sealy, 46+), 6-Dennis Lawrence; 9-Aurtis Whitley, 16-Silvio Spann, 7-Christopher Birchall, 20-Collin Samuel (5-Brent Sancho, 46+); 19-Dwight Yorke (capt.), 14-Stern John (15-Kenwyne Jones, 55)
Subs not used: 1-Shaka Hislop, 18-Densil Theobold, 23-Anthony Wolfe, 24-Cyd Gray