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U.S. Men's National Team Set to Kick Off 2013 Gold Cup Against Belize


2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belize
JELD-WEN Stadium – Portland, Ore.
July 8, 2013

MNT GETS GOLD CUP GOING AGAINST BELIZE: The quest for the fifth Gold Cup title for the United States begins July 9 when the team opens Group C action against Belize. Kickoff for the first ever international meeting between the teams is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision. ( Watch at Official U.S. Soccer Bars) Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

Costa Rica and Cuba round out the USA’s opponents in the group. With a record of 25-1-2 all-time in the group phase, the United States has proved dominant in the early part of the tournament. With the World Cup less than a year away, the mix of veterans and younger players are hoping 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 U.S. heads to Portland for the fourth time in team history and the first since 1998. This is the second trip to Cascadia in less than a month, following the USA’s 1-0 victory against Panama in World Cup Qualifying in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

BEASLEY NAMED GOLD CUP CAPTAIN: Klinsmann has named three-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley as the U.S. captain for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Beasley has enjoyed a resurgence with the National Team after receiving his first call-up in seven months when he was added to the roster for the World Cup Qualifiers in March against Costa Rica and Mexico. “His leadership and experience will be very valuable in this tournament, and he can help connect some of the younger players to what we have been building,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Gold Cup Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United – 0/0), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8) : Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo – 0/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla – 17/6), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake – 0/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes – 10/2), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon – 9/1), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla 0/0), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg – 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake – 6/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg – 5/0), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg – 0/0), Stuart Holden (Bolton – 5/2), Brek Shea (Stoke City – 0/0), Jose Torres (Tigres – 0/0)
FORWARDS (5) : Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo – 0/0), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy – 28/13), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union – 0/0), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes – 3/0)

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

6-0 W

Gomez, Donovan (2), Wondolowski, Goodson, Bedoya

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

  • Brek Shea has replaced the injured Joshua Gatt (knee) on the final 23-man roster. Additionally, Chris Pontius has been added to the 35-player pool.
  • Eight players on the roster have experience in the Gold Cup, and four are former champions: DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2005, 2007), Landon Donovan (2002, 2005, 2007), Oguchi Onyewu (2005, 2007) and Michael Parkhurst (2007).
  • Donovan is the USA’s all-time leader in appearances (28) and goals (13) in the Gold Cup.
  • Kyle 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 tying goal in the 2-1 win in extra time 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 Stuart Holden in the 4-0 win on July 4, 2009, against Grenada.
  • Coincidentally, the goals by Beasley and Onyewu came in the 92nd minute.
  • A total of 12 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: Beasley, Beckerman, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez, Goodson, Bill Hamid, Holden, Sean Johnson, Parkhurst, Nick Rimando and Brek Shea.
  • 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.
  • 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 scored 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 second 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.

FROM USA-GUATEMALA

  • Landon Donovan scored his 50th and 51st career international goals as the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Guatemala 6-0.
  • Chris Wondolowski and Alejandro Bedoya each notched their first international goals, “Wondo” finishing a loose ball intended for Stuart Holden while Bedoya got on the end of a Brek Shea cross.
  • It was the USA's most lopsided win since an 8-0 victory against Barbados on June 15, 2008.
  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak against Guatemala to 20 games (14-0-6) and is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala.
  • The USA moved to 6-2-2 this year and 5-1-1 in U.S.-hosted games in 2013.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup included five players making their first appearances of 2013.
  • Landon Donovan earned his 145th career cap in his first action since the USA's historic 1-0 victory against Mexico on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made his first start of 2013. His previous appearance came on Jan. 25, 2012, when he and Sean Johnson split duties en route to a 1-0 victory against Panama in Panama City.
  • Rimando did not need to make a save en route to his second career shutout in his seventh career appearance.
  • Defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Michael Parkhurst and midfielder Jose Torres also made their first starts and appearances this year.
  • Onyewu earned his 67th career cap in his first match since his second-half substitution during the USA's 3-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8, 2012.
  • Parkhurst, playing in his 16th career MNT game, saw the pitch for the first time since he started in the USA's come-from-behind 3-1 victory against Guatemala on Oct. 16, 2012, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
  • Torres appeared in his 21st game and first since the USA's 1-0 victory against Jamaica on Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • DaMarcus Beasley wore the captain's armband on Friday and will maintain the captain's role heading into the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. This was the second time Beasley started a game as captain and the first since Oct. 15, 2008, against Trinidad & Tobago. Beasley has now appeared in 104 career matches, which ranks ninth on the all-time MNT list.
  • Joe Corona made his first start for the senior team and collected his fifth career cap.
  • Klinsmann made two substitutions to open the second half, bringing in Stuart Holden for Torres and Mix Diskerud for Kyle Beckerman. Holden made his 20th career appearance and third of 2013 while Diskerud made his first appearance of the year and the fourth overall in his young international career.


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 on June 2, 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 51 goals and 48 assists.


GOLD CUP BY THE NUMBERS:

0               Meetings between the U.S. and Belize in international play
1               Loss for the United States in the group phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup
5               U.S. players on the roster who scored their first career goal during the Gold Cup
9               Players on the U.S. roster with at least one cap in the tournament
13            Career goals in the Gold Cup for Landon Donovan, a U.S. record
14            Players on the roster seeking their first cap playing in the tournament

THE USA IN PORTLAND

  • The United States has played three matches in Portland beginning in 1985, collecting an unbeaten 2-0-1 record and two wins by shutout.
  • The team drew 1-1 on April 4, 1985, against Canada with a goal from current U-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez.
  • In one of the most famous results in U.S. Soccer history, current U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos scored a rocket from 22 yards to deliver the U.S. the 1-0 win in World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica on Sept. 7, 1997, that virtually guaranteed its place in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • The U.S. hosted Kuwait on May 24, 1998, in the penultimate tune-up before the ’98 World Cup in France. Ramos once again got on the scoreboard and was joined by Earnie Stewart as the USA earned a 2-0 win.

ABOUT THE GOLD CUP

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the Confederation Championship encompassing the region of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. With 35 member nations, a total of 12 teams reach the Gold Cup tournament. Five teams advance through the qualification tournament in Central America (the Copa Centroamerica), while four qualify from the Caribbean championship (the Digicel Cup). The three teams from North America – Canada, Mexico and the United States – receive automatic entry.

The Gold Cup consists of two phases: the group phase and the knockout phase. In the group phase, there are three groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout phase, along with the two best third-place teams. The knockout phase begins with quarterfinals and is single elimination. In the knockout phase, if teams are tied at the end of regulation they will play two 15-minute overtime periods. If there is no winner, the match will be decided by penalty kicks.

The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff against the winner of the 2015 tournament to determine CONCACAF entrant in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C
Canada El Salvador Belize
Martinique
Haiti Costa Rica
Mexico Honduras Cuba
Panama Trinidad & Tobago United States

Visit ussoccer.com for the complete Gold Cup information. 

ON USSOCCER.COM:
2013 MNT Statistics

VIDEO
USA-Guatemala Full highlights
USA-Guatemala post-game reaction
Gomez Goal
Donovan hits #50
Wondolowski first international goal
Donovan second goal
Goodson hammers home
Bedoya first international goal

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RELEASES

QUOTE SHEETS


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 17-8-6, which now includes two five-game winning streaks: one 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, and the current one which began with the 4-3 win against second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match on June 2 in Washington, D.C.
  • 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: BELIZE
Football Federation of Belize
Founded: 1980 (Joined FIFA in 1986)
Head Coach: Ian Mork
Best Gold Cup Finish: First Appearance
Caps Leader: Elroy Smith (31)
Top Scorer: Deon McCaulay (16)

BELIZE UPDATE

  • This is the first time Belize has qualified for a major international competition, the last of the seven Central American Zone countries to play in a CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Belize head coach Ian Mork is a native of Wichita, Kan.
  • Belize features two players who compete in the Honduras Primera División, goalkeeper Shane Orio (Marathón) and defender Elroy Smith, who is the nation’s all-time cap leader with 31.
  • Striker Deon McCauley scored 11 goals in eight matches in World Cup Qualifying for Brazil 2014, and still leads the CONCACAF region goal scoring table even after the June matches in the final Hexagonal. McCauley has scored 16 goals in 26 full internationals.
  • Virtually all of the players come from clubs in Belize. Six report from Police United, while five were enlisted from Belize Defense Force and four from Placencia Assassins.
  • Michael Salazar plays at the University of California-Riverside.
  • Belize played a pair of matches against local sides in preparation for the Gold Cup. They defeated the Cayo All-Stars selection in a pair of games in Belize City, by 2-0 and 7-0 score lines.

HOW THEY REACHED THE GOLD CUP

  • Belize qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup after reaching the semifinals of the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana for the first time.
  • Belize qualified for the Gold Cup thanks to a 2-1 group-stage win over Nicaragua, a result that guaranteed it a spot in the semifinals. Deon McCaulay dramatically netted the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time.
  • The victory was the first for Belize in the competition after 23 all-time matches.
  • In the semifinals, Honduras defeated Belize 1-0, and El Salvador defeated Belize 1-0 in the third-place match.

BELIZE ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : 22-Frank Lopez, 27-Shane Orio, 1-Woodrow West
DEFENDERS (7) : 13-Dalton Eiley, 7-Ian Gaynair, 23-Tyrone Pandy, 8-Elroy Smith, 28-Harrison Tasher, 18-Evral Trapp, 5-Kahlil Velasquez
MIDFIELDERS (7) : 12-Elroy Kuylen, 3-Trevor Lennen, 14-Andres Makin, 25-Devon Makin, 16-Ashley Torres, 30-Luis Torres, 2-David Trapp
FORWARDS (6) : 24-Lennox Castillo, 20-Daniel Jimenez, 6-Evan Mariano, 9-Deon McCaulay, 10-Harrison Roches, 11-Michael Salazar

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
July 5, 2013 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, Calif. – International Friendly
USA                    6           Herculez Gomez 42; Landon Donovan 55 (pen), 72; Chris
                                        Wondolowski
71; Clarence Goodson 84; Alejandro Bedoya 88
Guatemala         0

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 46), 16-Jose Torres (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Will Bruin, 73), 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 2-Edgar Castillo (23-Brek Shea, 59); 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 18-Jack McInerney
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Carlos Castrillo, 3-Enoc Vasquez, 13-Victor Hernandez (14-Luis Cardona, 59), 5-Carlos Gallardo (6-Milton Leal, 78); 24-Jonathan Lopez (17-Enrique Miranda, 76), 8-Sergio Trujillo (9-Wilber Perez, 59), 16-Jonathan Marquez, 22-Edward Santeliz; 18-Minor Lopez Campollo (19-Angelo Padilla 85), 10-Jose Contreras (capt.) (7-Marlon Sequen, 86)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Kevin Arriola, 12-Victor Ayala
Head coach: Victor Monzon

On the field for Belize:
June 11, 2013 – Antigua, Guatemala – International Friendly
Guatemala          0
Belize                  0

GUA: Ricardo Jerez; Luis Cardona, Johny Giron, Hector Moreira, Milton Gary Leal; Marco Pappa (Marco Tulio Ciani, 75), Renato Sequen (Luis Samayoa, 83), Sergio Trujillo, Kevin Arriola (Julian Priego, 57); Wilber Perez (Edgar Chinchilla, 57) y Angelo Padilla (Edward Santeliz, 70)
Head Coach: Victor Monzon

BLZ: Woodrow West; (Shane Orio, 46), Elroy Smith, Evral Trapp, Ian Gaynair, Dalton Eiley; Ashley Torres (Christobal Gilharry, 46) Trevor Lennen, Harrison Rochez (Luis Torres, 62); Daniel Jimenez, Elroy Kuylen (Harrison Tasher, 89), Michael Salazar
Head coach: Ian Mork


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