U.S. MNT Kicks Off 2014 against Korea Republic at Sold-Out StubHub Center on Feb. 1
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Korea Republic
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
Feb. 1, 2014
U.S. MNT KICKS OFF 2014 AGAINST KOREA REPUBLIC AT SOLD-OUT STUBHUB CENTER: With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men’s National Team will kick off this important year in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time in team history. The U.S. hosts the Korea Republic at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, Feb. 1, at StubHub Center before a capacity crowd of 27,000 spectators. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes Radio and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. MNT is coming off a record-setting 2013 that included 16 victories and a .761 winning percentage (16-4-3 record). The team captured its fifth Gold Cup title and finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup for the third-consecutive cycle. The USA also enters 2014 with a record 12-game home winning streak.
The year-opening January camp began with 26 players on Jan. 6 at the National Training Center and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, as the team conducted a “dry run” for the World Cup by using the same hotel and training site it will utilize this summer. Five players returned to their clubs following the return to Los Angeles, while Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst was added to the roster.
The game against Korea is one of only two scheduled matches for the USA prior to the start of World Cup training camp in May. The U.S. will next face Ukraine on March 5 in Kharkiv, with that match falling on an international fixture date and thus allowing U.S. head coach the opportunity to select any player from the pool.
The squad is packed with veterans of the World Cup qualifying campaign, as a total of 10 players helped the United States advance to the finals for the seventh-consecutive time. With roster spots still up for grabs and precious few opportunities left to impress, this game against another team that has qualified for Brazil provides a big chance for players to give Klinsmann a reason to pencil their name in to the final 23-man roster.
U.S. Men’s National Team By Position –
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:
ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Stadium Metallist; Kharkiv, Ukraine
Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil
Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil
Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil
** 2014 FIFA World Cup
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- In 2013, Landon Donovan was the U.S. Men’s National Team leader in assists (8) and tied with Jozy Altidore for the team lead in goals (8). Both marks rank second in his personal career. Donovan’s career-best yearly marks include 10 assists in 2009 and nine goals in 2007.
- Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is coming off a career year with the MNT. In his six starts in 2013, Rimando went a perfect 6-0-0 and posted two shutouts. Rimando also allowed only four goals in 540 minutes (0.67 goals against average). For his career, Rimando has 12 caps, three clean sheets and a 9-0-0 record.
- Midfielder Graham Zusi had a career year with the MNT, making 12 appearances in 2013. Zusi started nine games, contributed two assists and two goals, one of which eliminated Panama from World Cup qualification on Oct. 15. In second-half stoppage time, Zusi scored the game-tying goal during the USA’s eventual 3-2 victory in Panama City. Panama needed to win in order to advance to a two game playoff against Oceania champion New Zealand. Instead, Mexico advanced to the playoff and then past New Zealand to earn a spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
- The majority of the squad has been with the group for the duration of January, including a two-week “dry run” for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Following that portion of the schedule, Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall returned to their clubs. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst to the roster for the Los Angeles camp and international friendly against South Korea.
- The 29-year-old Parkhurst returned to MLS in mid-January after seeing limited playing time with FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. Columbus traded a 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick and allocation money to the New England Revolution for Parkhurst’s rights. Parkhurst was the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year and 2007 MLS Defender of the Year for the Revolution.
- Four players currently with the team are in search of their first cap for the MNT: Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin and Portland Timbers defender Michael Harrington.
- Gil and Yedlin were members of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Both players started in all three games, with Gil scoring a goal in the opener against Spain. Though the USA did not advance through the proverbial Group of Death that included Spain, France and Ghana, the U.S. U-20s did earn a 1-1 draw against France, which was the eventual World Cup champion. Ghana took third place.
- San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was third on the USA’s goal scoring list in 2013 with the first six goals of his international career in nine appearances. Heading into the year, Wondolowski did not have a goal in eight appearances from 2011-12. Wondolowski’s signature event of 2013 was the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he tied with Donovan for the team lead with five goals. Wondolowski scored three goals during the USA’s 6-1 victory against Belize on July 9 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., becoming the third USA player to tally a hat trick in a Gold Cup match.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS:
- Forward Landon Donovan enters 2014 needing only 10 appearances to match Cobi Jones’ career record of 164 appearances from 1992-2004. Donovan has 154 caps since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2000.
- Donovan is the all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57), points (171) and starts (140).
- Forward Eddie Johnson currently has 19 goals in 61 games. Johnson ranks eighth on the all-time goal scoring list and is two behind sixth-place Jozy Altidore and Bruce Murray (21 career goals).
- The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
- The U.S. MNT has won a record 12 straight games at home. The USA’s last home loss was a 4-2 defeat to Belgium on May 29, 2013, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Since that game, the USA has outscored its opponents at home by a 37-7 margin.
USA VS. KOREA REPUBLIC SERIES:
- The U.S. is 1-3-2 all-time against the Korea Republic.
- The USA and Korea Republic meet for the first time since the group phase of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where the United States played the host to a 1-1 draw on June 10 in Daegu. The Clint Mathis delivered a wonder strike and Brad Friedel turned away a penalty kick to earn the U.S. a critical point.
- Before the 2002 World Cup, the teams played their opening group match of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which Korea was an invited participant. A young DaMarcus Beasley scored his first international goal in the 2-1 victory on Jan. 19 in Pasadena, Calif.
- The USA drew 1-1 against South Korea on March 12, 1994, in Fullerton, Calif., with Marcelo Balboa scoring for the U.S.
- Korea Republic’s three victories included the following: a 1-0 victory on June 12, 1987, in Busan, Korea Republic; a 2-1 win on Aug. 13, 1989, in Los Angeles; and a 1-0 win on Dec. 9, 2001, in Seogwipo, Korea Republic.
- John Harkes scored the USA’s lone goal in the 1989 matchup – his first international goal for the MNT.
BY THE NUMBERS:
4 Players from camp in search of their first MNT cap (Luis Gil, Michael Harrington, Mike Magee, DeAndre Yedlin)
14 USA’s FIFA ranking
16 Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign
27 Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
53 Korea Republic’s FIFA ranking
57 Career goals by Landon Donovan
154 Career caps for Donovan
LOOKING TO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP:
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the duration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on June 16 in Natal. That is followed by a 6 p.m. ET match against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus and a 12 p.m. ET match on June 26 against Germany. For the full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit ussoccer.com.
- Group A: Brazil Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
- Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
- Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
- Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
- Group D: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
- Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
- Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
- Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Home Page on ussoccer.com
- Release: U.S. MNT Drawn with Germany, Portugal and Ghana into Group G
- Quote Sheet: 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw with Jurgen Klinsmann and Sunil Gulati
- Quote Sheet: 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw with U.S. MNT Players
- World Cup by the Numbers:
- Tim Howard’s World Cup Performance in Modern Era
- U.S. MNT’s Record Against 2014 Field
- USA Holds Winning Mark Against CONMEBOL in Group Stage
ALSO ON USSOCCER.COM:
- Soccer for All
- The Home Stretch
- American Graffiti, Brazilian Style
- Pitch Perfect: The USA’s Training Site in Brazil
- One More Shot: Brad Davis
- January Possibilities: Matt Besler and Graham Zusi
- Climbing the Ladder: DeAndre Yedlin, Shane O’Neill and Luis Gil
- The Boy from Brazil: Benny Feilhaber
Features and Q&As:
- Jurgen Klinsmann: ‘We left it to the players: Build your case’
- Final Countdown: MNT Players Discuss Brazil Trip, Camp for South Korea Match
- U.S. Soccer to Feature Match Access Coverage of U.S. MNT on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1
- Klinsmann Brings 22 Players to Los Angeles for Final Portion of January Camp
JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements in that time:
- Overall, Klinsmann has a 27-10-7 record. He ranks fourth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Bora Milutinovic (30), Klinsmann (27) and Steve Sampson (26).
- He has won a record-setting 12 straight games at home.
- He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
- The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
- The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
- The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
- Committed to challenging the group against the best, Klinsmann has guided the United States to a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
o Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time
o Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
o Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
o Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
- 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 Die Mannschaft to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish at 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 FIFA World Cup.
- Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.
IN FOCUS: KOREA REPUBLIC
Korea Football Association
Founded: 1928 (Joined FIFA in 1948)
Head Coach: Hong Myung-Bo
FIFA World Ranking: 53
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 9 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Fourth Place (2002)
KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Jung Sung-Ryong, 21-Kim Seung-Gyu, 23-Lee Bum-Young
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Jin-Po Park, 3-Kim Dae-Ho, 4-Kang Min-Soo, 5-Ji-Nam Lee, 6-Kim Ju-Young, 14-Lee Yong, 16-Kim Kee-Hee, 20-Kim Jin-Su
MIDFIELDERS (10): 7-Yeom Ki-Hun, 8-Lee Ho, 12-Jin-Hyung Song, 13-Lee Myung-Joo, 15-Min-Woo Kim, 17-Ko Yo-Han, 18-Lee Seung-Ki, 19-Kim Tae-Hwan, 22-Park Jong-Woo
FORWARDS (2): 9-Kim Shin-Wook, 11-Lee Keun-Ho
KOREA REPUBLIC ROSTER NOTES:
- Korea Republic has qualified for its eight straight FIFA World Cup and ninth overall when the team heads to Brazil later this year.
- South Korea is in Group H with Belgium, Algeria and Russia.
- South Korea has opened 2014 with a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on Jan. 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a 4-0 loss to Mexico on Jan. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
- Striker Kim Shin-Wook scored South Korea’s lone goal against Costa Rica in the 10th minute.
- Korea Republic played up a man for much of the second half against Costa Rica, which saw Christopher Meneses pick up a straight red card and Mauricio Castillo pick up a second yellow card in the final minutes.
- Head coach Hong Myung-Bo is a former defender and four-time FIFA World Cup veteran from South Korea’s teams in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. He retired from soccer in 2004 when he was playing for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. Hong is the first Korean to ever play in MLS, making 38 appearances from 2003-04.
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 19, 2013 – Ernst-Happel-Stadion; Vienna, Austria – International Friendly
AUT 1 Marc Janko 33
USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 20-Geoff Cameron (2-Eric Lichaj, 81), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (19-Chris Wondolowski, 90); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (15-Terrence Boyd, 67); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (16-Sacha Kljestan, 76), 9-Aron Johannsson (10-Mix Diskerud, 56), 21-Brek Shea (18-Eddie Johnson, 56); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 22-Bill Hamid, 6-Brad Evans, 14-Michael Orozco
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
1-Robert Almer; 2-Gyorgy Garics, 3-Aleksandar Dragovic, 5-Christian Fuchs (capt.), 7-Marko Arnautovic (13-Markus Suttner, 81); 9-Lukas Hinterseer
(14-Philipp Zulechner, 85), 11-Martin Harnik (17-Florian Klein, 81), 16-Martin Hinteregger, 18-Christoph Leitgeb (4-Kevin Wimmer, 90+2); 21-Marc Janko
(19-Veli Kavlak, 68), 27-David Alaba (6-Andreas Ivanschitz, 72)
Subs Not Used: 12-Heinz Lindner, 23-Ramazan Ozcan, 20-Guido Burgstaller, 22-Manuel Ortlechner
Head Coach: Marcel Koller
On the field against Korea Republic:
June 10, 2002 – Daegu World Stadium; Daegu, Korea – 2002 FIFA World Cup – Group D
USA 1 Clint Mathis 24
KOR 1 Jung Hwan Ahn 78
USA: 1-Brad Friedel; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (7-Eddie Lewis, 75), 5-John O’Brien, 21-Landon Donovan; 11-Clint Mathis (15-Josh Wolff, 83), 20-Brian McBride
Subs Not Used: 3-Gregg Berhalter, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 6-David Regis, 8-Earnie Stewart, 9-Joe-Max Moore, 13-Cobi Jones, 14-Steve Cherundolo, 16-Carlos Llamosa, 18-Kasey Keller, 19-Tony Meola
1-Woon Jae Lee; 4-Jin Cheul Choi, 20-Myung Bo Hong (capt.), 7-Tae Young Kim; 22-Chong Gug Song, 5-Nam Kim Il, 6-Sang Chul Yoo (11-Yong Soo Choi, 70),
13-Eul Yong Lee; 9-Ki Hyeon Seol, 18-Sun Hong Hwang (19-Jung Hwan Ahn, 56), 21-Ji Sung Park (14-Chun Soo Lee, 38)
Subs Not Used: 2-Young Min Hyun, 3-Sung Yong Choi, 8-Tae Uk Choi, 10-Young Pyo Lee,12-Byung Ji Kim, 15-Min Sung Lee, 16-Doo Ri Cha, 17-Jong Hwan Yoon, 23-Eun Sung Choi