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U.S. MNT Faces Guatemala on July 5 in Tune-Up for CONCACAF Gold Cup


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala – International Friendly
Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, Calif.
July 5, 2013

MNT GETS GOLD CUP TUNE-UP AGAINST GUATEMALA: With the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup on the horizon, the U.S. Men’s National Team will play its only tune-up match before the event when it hosts Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego (TICKETS). Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. (Watch at Official U.S. Soccer Bars) Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has indicated that the starting group that faces Guatemala will be considered the favorites to be the first XI for the Gold Cup, giving fans in San Diego the first look at the group that will lead the charge for the USA’s fifth confederation championship title. DaMarcus Beasley has been named the U.S. captain for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Beasley Gets Armband for Gold Cup)

The group began gathering on July 1, and will play the first match for the MNT in San Diego since 2006. The mix of veterans and younger players are hoping the Guatemala match and the Gold Cup will prove to be a launching point for a spot in World Cup Qualifying and ultimately Brazil in 2014. (From Gold Cup to World Cup?)

The teams’ last meeting came in the final group game of the Semifinal Round of World Cup Qualifying. With the 3-1 win on Oct. 16, 2012, the United States finished in first place and advanced to the Hexagonal while also eliminating Guatemala from the competition.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8) : Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)
FORWARDS (5) : Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


U.S. MNT 2013 RESULTS/SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 29

Canada

0-0 T

--

BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6

Honduras*

1-2 L

Dempsey

Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

1-0 W

Dempsey

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.

March 26

Mexico*

0-0 T

--

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

May 29

Belgium

2-4 L

Cameron, Dempsey

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

June 2

Germany

4-3 W

Altidore, Dempsey (2), own goal

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7

Jamaica*

2-1 W

Altidore, Evans

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11

Panama*

2-0 W

Altidore, E. Johnson

CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.

June 18

Honduras*

1-0 W

Altidore

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 5

Guatemala

11 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

July 9

Belize^

11 p.m.

FOX Soccer

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13

Cuba^

3:30 p.m.

FOX

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

8 p.m.

FOX Soccer

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 6

Costa Rica*

TBD

beIN SPORT

Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

Sept. 10

Mexico*

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

ESPN network, WatchESPN, UniMas

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

beIN SPORT

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup


ROSTER NOTES

  • A total of 11 players were part of a portion, or all, of the past MNT camp that saw the U.S. collect four straight victories and earn nine points in World Cup Qualifying: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodson, Bill Hamid, Stuart Holden, Sean Johnson, Michael Parkhurst and Nick Rimando.
  • Six players on the roster play professionally in Mexico, the most ever on a U.S. squad: Beasley, Castillo, Corona, Gomez, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Jose Torres. Castillo and Corona have been joined by Gomez this offseason at Club Tijuana, while Beasley and Orozco are paired at Puebla.
  • Club Tijuana is one of two teams that have three players on the USA’s Gold Cup roster, along with Real Salt Lake, which contributes Beckerman, Tony Beltran and Rimando. (Watch Three Cheers for Nick Rimando)
  • Beasley started four straight matches at left back in May and June – including the 4-3 win against Germany and consecutive victories in qualifying against Jamaica and Panama – before missing the Honduras match through a card accumulation suspension. With his start against Belgium on May 29, he became the 13th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps. (Watch Beasley tribute)
  • Castillo and Corona had another historic run with Club Tijuana, this time in the 2013 Copa Libertadores where they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to top-seed Atletico Mineiro based on away goals.
  • Landon Donovan returns to the National Team fold for the first time since August of 2012, when he played 45 minutes in the 1-0 win against Mexico.
  • Donovan has 28 appearances and 13 goals overall in Gold Cup play, both team records.
  • Oguchi Onyewu will be in the U.S. uniform for the first time since June 8, 2012, when he entered as a sub in the 3-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda that kicked off the USA’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
  • Eight players on the roster have experience in the Gold Cup, and four are former champions: Beasley (2002, 2005, 2007), Donovan (2002, 2005, 2007), Onyewu (2005, 2007) and Parkhurst (2007).
  • Beckerman, who captained the U.S. in the 0-0 draw against Canada earlier this year, became one of five players on the roster to score his first goal with the National Team in a Gold Cup game when he tallied the game-tying goal in the 2-0 win in overtime against Panama in the 2009 Gold Cup quarterfinal. Clarence Goodson one-upped him in the next game, scoring the game-winner against Honduras in the 2-0 win on June 23 in Chicago. Onyewu also made his first count, scoring in second-half stoppage time to deliver the U.S. a dramatic 2-1 victory in the 2005 Semifinal.
  • The others: Beasley potted the game-winner in stoppage time of the opener of the 2002 Gold Cup on Jan. 29, 2002, against Korea Republic, and Holden in the 4-0 win on July 4, 2009 against Grenada.
  • Coincidentally, the goals by Beasley and Onyewu came in the 92nd minute.
  • Gomez had 11 goals in all competitions for Santos Laguna and reached the Liga MX semifinals after having reached the CONCACAF Champions League final earlier this year. Gomez potted a pair of goals during the Semifinal Round, including the game-winner against Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus.
  • Holden returned to the U.S. fold for the first time since October of 2010 and played in two matches, including as a reserve in the 2-0 win against Panama on June 11 in Seattle. (Watch as Holden discussed his return to the MNT)
  • Jack McInerney enters his first camp with the senior team tied as the leading scorer in Major League Soccer with 10 goals. A former member of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, he appeared in all four games for the U.S. in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scoring two goals and helping the squad to the Round of 16.
  • McInerney and Corey Ashe are the only two players on the roster in search of their first cap. Both Tony Beltran and Will Bruin made their first appearance in the draw against Canada earlier this year.
  • Alejandro Bedoya has recorded five goals and four assists in 11 league games this year for Helsinborg. After being a late addition to the roster for the 2011 Gold Cup, he had a breakout performance, starting in four matches including all three in the knockout phase.
  • San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s MLS single-season goals record in 2012 with 27 total. Wondolowski collected both the MLS Golden Boot and MVP award and was named MLS Player of the Month four times.


IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • Four players on the roster are part of the inaugural U-17 Residency Program class in 1999: Beasley, Beckerman, Donovan and Onyewu.
  • With the win against Germany, the U.S. is now 2-1-1 under Klinsmann against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world.
  • The first ever victory in Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying added to the list of firsts during Klinsmann’s tenure that include the win against four-time World Cup champion Italy and the road win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.
  • Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader with 49 goals and 48 assists.



USA vs. GUATEMALA

  • The U.S. is 13-4-6 against Guatemala. The series started in 1977 with Guatemala hosting and winning all of the first four matches.
  • Since the USA’s 1-0 loss to Guatemala on Jan. 10, 1988, the team has posted a 19-game unbeaten streak (13-0-6).
  • At home, the United States is 11-0-1 against the Chapines, posting nine shutouts.
  • The teams’ most recent meeting came in the final group game of the Semifinal Round of Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Guatemala led the group going into the match before the U.S. posted a resounding 3-1 victory on Oct. 16, 2012, in Kansas City .
  • The U.S. lineup that day: 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)
  • Coincidentally, no U.S. player on the roster has scored against Guatemala.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Consecutive games in which Jozy Altidore has scored
  • 5: Number of starts together for Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in central defense
  • 12: Goals by Clint Dempsey in his past 16 appearances
  • 12: Career goals in qualifying for Dempsey, tied for first all-time for the U.S.
  • 24: Consecutive games unbeaten at home for the U.S. in World Cup Qualifying



2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
The U.S. has snatched the top spot in the group by collecting maximum points in three consecutive victories against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras. Now on 13 points through six matches, the U.S. has posted four shutouts. Jozy Altidore lit the lamp in the past three wins, and with the result against Honduras the U.S. increased its consecutive unbeaten streak for home qualifiers to 25 games (23-0-2) since 2001.


CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

6

4

1

1

7

3

+4

13

Costa Rica

6

3

1

2

7

3

+4

11

Mexico

6

1

0

5

3

2

+1

8

Honduras

6

2

3

1

6

7

-1

7

Panama

6

1

2

3

5

7

-2

6

Jamaica

6

0

4

2

2

8

-6

2

Visit ussoccer.com for the complete World Cup Qualifying schedule and results .


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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE:
Jurgen Klinsmann is in his third year and second 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 16-8-6, which includes a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2011, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • The United States finished 2012 with a 9-2-3 record and .750 winning percentage, matching the USA’s best ever winning percentage in a calendar that previously occurred in 2005.
  • With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. collected four historic victories. In addition to USA’s first win in Jamaica in qualifying, the team won for the first time against four-time World Cup champion Italy, capturing its first ever victory against Mexico on Mexican soil and defeating his former team and second-ranked Germany.
  • 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.



IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Head Coach: Victor Hugo Monzon
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified in 11 attempts
Caps Leader: Guillermo Ramirez (106)
Top Scorer: Carlos Ruiz (55)


GUATEMALA UPDATE

  • The Guatemalan team is in rebuilding mode after failing to qualify for the Gold Cup and the World Cup. Gone is all-time leading goalscorer Carlos Ruiz, who has retired from international football.
  • New head coach Victor Hugo Monzon is a former captain of the Guatemala National Team and former coach of their U-17 squad.
  • The roster boasts four players from Comunicaciones, who will represent Guatemala in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.
  • Five players on the roster have faced the United States, including starting goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez, who earned his first cap in the 4-0 loss to the USA in 2006.

GUATEMALA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Victor Ayala (Malacateco), Ricardo Jerez Jr. (Alianza Petrolera)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Carlos Gallardo (Marquense), Johny Giron (Xelaju), Victor Hernandez (Heredia), Milton Leal (Xelaju), Jonathan Lopez (Marquense), Elias Vasquez (Comunicaciones)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Cardona (Malacateco), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Jean Marquez (Comunicaciones), Angelo Padilla (Puntarenas), Wilber Perez (Suchitepequez), Renato Sequen (Municipal), Sergio Trujillo (Municipal)
FORWARDS (4): Kevin Arriola (Xelaju), Minor Lopez (Marquense), Enrique Miranda (Heredia), Edward Santeliz (Malacateco)


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
June 18, 2013 – Rio Tinto Stadium –Sandy, Utah – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

USA           1  Jozy Altidore 73
Honduras  0

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 23-Fabian Johnson; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (20-Geoff Cameron, 74); 19-Graham Zusi (14-Brad Davis, 74), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 18-Eddie Johnson (2-Edgar Castillo, 87); 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-Kyle Beckerman, 9-Terrence Boyd, 10-Joe Corona, 11-Stuart Holden, 15-Michael Parkhurst , 16-Sacha Kljestan, 21-Clarence Goodson
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 18-Noel Valladares; 12-Arnold Peralta (14-Oscar Boniek Garcia, 75), 5-Jose Velasquez, 4-Juan Pablo Montes, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 19-Andy Najar, 8-Wilson Palacios, 20-Jorge Claros, 15-Roger Espinoza; 10-Mario Martinez (17-Marvin Chavez, 69), 13-Carlo Costly (21-Roger Rojas, 33)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernandez, 2-Osman Chavez, 3-Brayan Beckeles, 6-Juan Carlos Garcia, 9-Rony Martinez, 11-Diego Reyes, 16-Johnny Leveron, 22-Donis Escober, 23-Orlin Peralta
Head coach: Luis Suarez

Vs. Guatemala
Oct. 16, 2012 – Sporting Park – Kansas City, Kan. – FIFA World Cup Qualifier

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

GUA: 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

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