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U.S. MNT Set For CONCACAF Gold Cup Title Defense vs. Guatemala


U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Update
June 7, 2007
Carson, Calif.


GOLD CUP KICKOFF: The U.S. Men's National Team is set to kick off their CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense on Thursday, June 7, at 6 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.

QUICK HITS

  • The Gold Cup roster has 23 players, with a maximum of 18 dressing on match day
  • The U.S. will be selecting from 21 players: goalkeeper Brad Guzan remains with Chivas USA while Colorado Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni is completing a three-match ban following a red card in the 2006 World Cup and will miss the first two matches of the tournament
  • The U.S. will wear white/blue/white for the opening match
  • 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
  • Kasey 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
  • 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
  • At the other end of the spectrum, a total of 14 players will be vying for their first-ever Gold Cup cap. Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst is the only player on the roster in search of his debut appearance for the U.S. in any competition
  • Six players on the roster have two Gold Cup medals in their trophy case (Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Donovan, Frankie Hejduk, Keller)
  • Oguchi 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. is 9-4-4 lifetime against Guatemala, scoring 21 goals and surrendering 15. They have never lost to Guatemala on home soil, compiling a 7-0-1 record with six shutouts
  • Eddie Johnson is the only player on the U.S. roster who has scored against Guatemala. Johnson had the game-winning goal in the 2-0 victory on March 30, 2005, in the final round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • Johnson is currently leading MLS in scoring, with nine goals in as many matches. Taylor Twellman is second on the charts with seven goals
  • All told, 42 players have at least one cap in 2005 (24 domestic and 18 foreign-based) over the first five games, and 12 have made their debut appearance for the U.S.
  • The U.S. playing only its fourth match at The Home Depot Center, and the first in an official competition. The team is 2-0-1 in Carson, including a 3-1 victory against Denmark on Jan. 20 earlier this year

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 have never played a match in the tournament

28-4-5 – Lifetime record in the Gold Cup. In addition to winning three times, the U.S. has finished second twice and third twice

GOLDEN IN GROUP PLAY: Through eight tournament appearances, the U.S. has remained remarkably unforgiving in the group phase. Going into tonight’s match, the USA holds an unbeaten 18-0-1 record in group play, recording 12 shutouts in 19 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 Guatemala have met twice previously in Gold Cup play, and have not faced off in the event since 1996. Both matchups resulted in 3-0 scorelines in the USA’s favor, the first coming in group play in the inaugural event in 1991. The teams squared off in the third place match in ’96, with Kasey Keller earning the shutout that day in front of 88,125 at the L.A. Coliseum:

Date                      Result       U.S. goals
July 1, 1991        3-0 W         Murray, Quinn, Wynalda
Jan. 21, 1996     3-0 W         Agoos, Kirovski, Wynalda

A SURPRISING START: 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. Definitely not the picture you expected from Group A after opening day.

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.

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 4-0-1 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.


LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA

June 2, 2007 – Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif. –International Friendly

USA       4      DaMarcus Beasley 10’ pk, Benny Feilhaber 28’, Clint Dempsey 75’, Oguchi Onyewu 79’
China    1       Zhang Yaokun 15’

USA: 1-Tim Howard (18-Kasey Keller, 46); 17-Jonathan Spector (2-Frank Simek, 74), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 16-Sacha Kljestan (11-Kamani Hill, 74), 5-Benny Feilhaber (15-Jesse Marsch, 80), 6-Michael Bradley; 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (14-Lee Nguyen, 80); 9-Ante Razov (19-Charlie Davies, 66)

CHN: 42-Chen Dong; 3-Zhang Shuai, 4-Zhang Yaokun, 13-Xu Yunlong, 5-Sun Xiang; 19-Dong Fangzhuo (18-Zheng Bin, 67), 8-Li Tie (29-Li Yan, 76), 21-Zhao Xuri (11-Du Wenhui, 89), 28-Wang Dong; 9-Shao Jiayi (capt.), 26-Wang Peng (7-Qu Bo, 59)

Vs. Guatemala
March 28, 2007 – Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas –International Friendly
USA                0
Guatemala    0

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 25-Frank Simek, 23-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jimmy Conrad, 4-Jonathan Spector (13-Wade Barrett, 74); 2-Clint Dempsey, 5-Benny Feilhaber (19-Kenny Cooper, 59), 8-Michael Bradley, 21-Justin Mapp; 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 9-Eddie Johnson (17-Brian Mullan, 67)

GUA: 1-Ricardo Tregueno; 5-Henry Medina, 3-Pablo Melgar, 6-Gustavo Cabrera, 7-Claudio Albizuris; 2-Leonel Noriega, 15-Freddy Thompson, 8-José Contreras, 12-Carlos Figueroa, 18-Carlos Quinonez: 20-Carlos Ruiz (17-Dwight Pezzarossi, 91+)


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