KICKING OFF THE CAMPAIGN: After nearly 18 months of planning and preparation, the U.S. will take its first step on the road towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa when they host Barbados on Sunday, June 15 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at The Home Depot Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
• All 21 players on the U.S. roster are available for selection. The roster will be trimmed to 18 players on match day.
• In the second round stage of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, an aggregate goal scoring system is used. If the score is tied after regulation time at the end of the second match, the teams will play 30 minutes of extra time. If still tied, penalties will decide who advances to the semifinal round.
• The second leg of the Second Round series will be played Sunday, June 22 at 3 p.m. ET in Barbados. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Galavision.
• The U.S. has posted a 2–2–2 record in 2008, which includes a road win against Poland and a 0–0 draw against No. 1-ranked Argentina. Overall, the U.S. has scored seven goals while surrendering five.
• Oguchi Onyewu leads the U.S. in minutes played (392) in 2008, followed by Clint Dempsey (387) and Michael Bradley (377).
• The United States and Barbados have met twice in international competition, both as part of the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Eddie Lewis and Landon Donovan are the only players on the current roster who were involved in those matches.
• The USA collected a 12–2–4 record in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, outscoring their opponents 35–11 while collecting 11 shutouts. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8–0–1, with all eight victories coming by shutout.
• In the previous cycle of World Cup qualifying, Landon Donovan led all U.S. internationals in appearances (16) and minutes played (1,359). DaMarcus Beasley appeared in 13 matches in the 2006 cycle.
• Donovan is the leading capwinner in World Cup qualifying on the roster, with 20 appearances from both the 2002 and 2006 campaigns. Eddie Lewis is second with 17 career caps, while Frankie Hejduk (11) is entering his fourth qualifying cycle. All told, there are 13 players on the roster with experience in World Cup qualifying.
• Donovan also finished tied for the team lead in goals scored (7) during the last cycle, along with Eddie Johnson. Johnson became the first player in U.S. history to score three goals as a substitute when he recorded a hat trick in the 6–0 Semifinal Round qualifying victory against Panama on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium.
• Eight players on the USA’s preliminary roster vs. Barbados have not appeared in a World Cup qualifier: Freddy Adu, Michael Bradley, Dominic Cervi, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljestan and Heath Pearce.
• The Home Depot Center will be hosting its first-ever World Cup qualifier. The U.S. holds an unbeaten 5–0–1 record at the HDC, including four shutouts. The HDC will forever have a place in U.S. Soccer history as the site where Donovan set the USA’s all-time goalscoring mark. The team started the 2008 campaign with a 2–0 victory against Sweden, with Donovan’s game-winner improving his career scoring tally to 35 goals. Click here to see an interactive feature on Donovan’s record-breaking performance on ussoccer.com.
• Six players on Bob Bradley's roster were also in the squad in the opening game of World Cup qualifying four years ago against Grenada: DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Landon Donovan, Frankie Hejduk and Eddie Lewis. All except Hejduk were used in the game, with Beasley recording his first multiple-goal game for the U.S. in the winning effort.
• The group that played against Grenada in the first game of World Cup Qualifying featured seven players who would later start the opening game against the Czech Republic in the 2006 FIFA World Cup: DaMarcus Beasley, Steve Cherundolo, Landon Donovan, Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna. Eddie Lewis appeared as a sub against the Czech Republic.
• The current roster largely resembles the team that battled No. 1-ranked Argentina to a 0–0 draw on June 8 at Giants Stadium, with 19 of 21 players selected from that group. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra returns to the fold, while Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching has also been added to the mix.
• Three players on the roster are current title holders from their respective leagues. Oguchi Onyewu helped marshal Standard de Liege to their first league crown in 25 years in Belgium, while Danny Califf captained Aalborg to their Danish League title since 1999. On the domestic front, Brian Ching sports back-to-back championship rings with the Houston Dynamo.
• Ching is currently tied with a gaggle of players in third place in the MLS scoring charts with five goals. They are all chasing Donovan, whose nine goals are good for league’s best.
IN THE NEWS
DONOVAN JOINS THE CENTURY CLUB: With his start in the Argentina match last weekend, Landon Donovan added another remarkable statistic to his already impressive international résumé by becoming the fourth youngest male player of all-time to earn 100 caps. Only 10 other U.S. players have achieved that mark, with Kasey Keller being the most recent player to reach 100 appearances when he minded the net during last year’s Gold Cup semifinal victory against Canada. Cobi Jones remains the USA’s all-time capwinner with 164 appearances — still good for fourth most in the world — while Marcelo Balboa holds the distinction of become the first U.S. player, either male or female, to join the century club.
Youngest 100 Cap Winners
Name Nationality Birthdate 100th Cap
1. Cha Bum-Kun South Korea 5/22/1953 10/9/1977
2. Sami Al-Jaber Saudi Arabia 12/11/1972 5/27/1998
3. Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi Saudi Arabia 5/24/1971 9/27/1998
4. Landon Donovan USA 3/4/1982 6/6/2008
5. Cobi Jones USA 6/16/1970 2/10/1998
U.S. 100 Cap Winners
Name Caps Goals (SO) Era
1. Cobi Jones 164 15 1992–2004
2. Jeff Agoos 134 4 1988–2003
3. Marcelo Balboa 128 13 1988–2000
4. Claudio Reyna 112 8 1994–2006
5. Paul Caligiuri 110 5 1984–1998
6. Eric Wynalda 106 34 1990–2000
7. Kasey Keller 102 (47) 1990–
8. Earnie Stewart 101 17 1990–2004
9. Tony Meola 100 (32) 1988–2006
10. Joe-Max Moore 100 24 1992–2002
11. Landon Donovan 100 35 2000–
RANDOM COINCIDENCE: Landon Donovan reached the 100 cap mark last Sunday against Argentina when he captained the side to a 0–0 draw with the number one ranked team in the world. Four years ago, the U.S. went into World Cup qualifying with then-captain Claudio Reyna having recently achieved the same milestone. Like Donovan, Reyna reached his 100th cap in the last tune-up game before World Cup qualifying, going all 90 minutes in a 4–0 victory of Honduras in Foxboro, Mass.
IN QUALIFYING FOR THE USA: Overall, the U.S. holds a 46–30–28 lifetime record in FIFA World Cup qualifying play, posting a 34–9–16 mark since 1990. In the last three qualifying cycles, the U.S. boasts an impressive 24–1–6 record on home soil. A complete view of facts and figures on the U.S. in FIFA World Cup qualifying will follow.
USA IN AGGREGRATE PLAY: There have been five times in the USA's World Cup qualifying history that the team has faced a two-game, aggregate goal series, producing nearly evenly split results. Losing the first two series to Mexico (1960) and Haiti (1969), the U.S. rebounded to post series victories against Netherlands Antilles (1984), Jamaica (1988) and Grenada (2004). Only once has the U.S. started a series at home, drawing 3–3 with Mexico, while picking up three wins and a loss in their other matches on U.S. soil. The complete history:
Year Opponent Results
1960 Mexico 3–3 H, 0–3 A (Mexico wins 6–3)
1969 Haiti 0–2 A, 0–1 H (Haiti wins 3–0)
1984 Netherlands Antilles 0–0 A, 4–0 H (USA wins 4–0)
1988 Jamaica 0–0 A, 5–1 H (USA wins 5–1)
2004 Grenada 3–0 H, 3–2 A (USA wins 6–2)
PREP WORK: With the international retirement of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride, and Eddie Pope following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. began an earnest re-tooling process in January of 2007 to prepare for the quest to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals. With the campaign starting Sunday, a look back on the numbers of the last 18 months reveals some excellent advance work for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The U.S. has
• Compiled a 14–7–3 record, with 38 goals scored and 25 against
• Defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 Confederations Cup
• Won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history
• Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history
• Played five matches against four teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain)
• Played matches on four continents and in two major international tournaments
• Used 65 different players
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The roster boasts five players who are age-eligible to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, led by SC Heerenveen midfielder Michael Bradley. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen to a place in the UEFA Cup. Four players on the roster — Freddy Adu, Dominic Cervi, Maurice Edu and Sacha Kljestan — were part of the Under-23 team that helped the U.S book a ticket to Beijing by reaching the finals of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament in March. Of the 21 players on the roster, seven were members of U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.
EURO ROUNDUP: The group of MNT pool players who are on the books of European teams is continually growing. As exemplified by Bob Bradley's roster for the Barbados game, Sunday’s U.S. team boasts professionals who are searching increasingly farther and wider for the opportunities afforded by playing abroad.
For all the players currently in camp, the 2007–08 season in Europe is now a closed book. Between the 15 players that played in seven different leagues, there were varying degrees of success. Click here to share in the triumphs and disappointments of the MNT’s adventures abroad.
BE OFFICIAL: Aren't sure the wife (or husband) will let you take that trip out to the HDC for the opening qualifying game against Barbados? While we'd rather see you on site cheering the MNT on, we know that's not going to be the case every game. But, we still want you to be a part of the U.S. Soccer experience so we've got the next best spot - an Official U.S. Soccer Bar. While you might not be in the stadium, you can still support the team with loads of your fellow supporters and watch the game in an atmosphere that is pretty loud and rowdy. There are four Official U.S. Soccer Bars that will hold viewing parties for every MNT game: The Globe Pub (Chicago), Nevada Smiths (New York), Small Bar (Chicago) and Summer's Restaurant (Arlington, Va.). Make sure to make your way to one of these establishments for every MNT match!
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IN FOCUS: USA-BARBADOS
The United States has faced Barbados only twice before, winning both matches in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying in 2000. In the first game, a brace from Joe-Max Moore paced the U.S. to a resounding 7–0 victory against Barbados in Foxborough, Mass. Also on the scoresheet was Eddie Pope, a rare international goal for the defender who made 82 appearances for his country.
The U.S was also victorious when traveling to Barbados, beating the Caribbean country 4–0 in the fall of the same year. The game was much closer than the lopsided scoreline would suggest, and the U.S. went into the halftime break staring elimination from the World Cup in the face. With Guatemala beating Costa Rica, the U.S. returned to the field knowing that nothing less than a win would do, and Bruce Arena's team responded accordingly (despite the fact that Arena himself watched the game from the stands while serving a touchline ban).
Goals from Clint Mathis and Earnie Stewart paved the way to a 4–0 victory, and the U.S. could breathe easy knowing it had booked its passage into the final round of CONCACAF Qualifying.
Past U.S. Lineups vs. Barbados:
USA 7 – 0 BRB - August 16, 2000 – Foxborough, Mass.
Friedel, Sanneh, Pope-1 (Lewis), Berhalter, Regis, Stewart-1, Armas (O’Brien-1), Reyna (capt.) (Ramos-1), Jones, Moore-2 , McBride-1
BRB 0 – USA 4 – November 15, 2000 – Waterford, Barbados
Meola (capt.), Agoos, Berhalter, Llamosa, Armas, Klein, Lewis (Jones -1), Ramos, Stewart -1, Moore (Razov - 1), Mathis -1 (Williams)
USA-BARBADOS IN 2000:
THE U.S. CONTINGENT- While there is plenty of experience on the U.S. roster, only two players have had an up-close glimpse at Sunday’s opponent. Eddie Lewis appeared in both matches against Barbados more than eight years ago, including a start in the 4–0 win in Waterford. A young Landon Donovan made the game-day roster for the USA’s final match of the Semifinal Round, less than a month after earning his first cap in the 2–0 win against Mexico on Oct. 25, 2000, in Los Angeles.
U.S. Roster vs. Barbados
Goalkeepers (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 3/2 SO)
Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 11/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 14:0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 11/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 7/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 0/0)
Midfielders (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 0/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 14/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 0/0), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC: 0/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 17/2), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 9/0)
Forwards (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 6/2), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy:20/7),
Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 7/0), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC: 7/7)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup qualifying caps/goals
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Barbados reached the second round after defeating Dominica by an aggregate score of 2–1 in the first phase of qualifying. A Jeffrey Williams goal in the 42nd minute off a lightning counter-attack neutralized a quality finish by Richard Pacquette on a rain-soaked pitch on Feb. 6 in Dominica. On March 26 back in Barbados, a goal by Dwayne Stanford in the 75th minute rescued the hosts and earned them a reunion with the United States.
February 6, 2008 – Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – First Round, First Leg
Dominica 1 Richard Pacquette 20’
Barbados 1 Jeffrey Williams 42’
DMA: Glenson Prince, Colin Bernard (Macaza White, 84), Wayne Phillip, Paul Victor (Prince Austrie, 61), Delbert Daley, Shayne Dailey, Ryan Edgar, Joel Ettienne Clark, Daniel Francis (Lenanard Remy, 73), Sham Addi John, Richard Pacquette.
BRB: Alvin Rose, Brian Neblett, Dyson James, Romelle Braithwaite, Johnathan Straker, Rondell Vaugn (Rivierre Williams, 70), Norman Ford, Jeffrey Williams, Elvis DeFraitas, Johnathan Nurse, Neil Harvey.
March 26, 2008 – Kensington Oval, Barbados – 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – First Round, Second Leg
Barbados 1 Dwayne Stanford 75’
BRB: 1-Alvin Rouse, 2-Dyson James, 5-Brian Neblett, 6-Romel Braithwaite, 7-Riviere Williams, 8-Jonathan Forde, 9-Jon Nurse, 10-Norman Forde (17-John Parris, 81), 13-Rashida Williams, 15-Elvis Defreitas, 16-Emmerson Boyce (14-Dwayne Stanford, 62)
DMA: 1-Glenson Prince, 3-Shern Dailey, 5-Delbert Dailey, 6-Colin Bernard, 7-Daniel Francis, 8-Ryan Edgar, 9-Richard Pacquette, 10-Joel Clarke, 13-Jefferson Louis, 14-Paul Victory, 16-Macaza White
IN OTHER ACTION: Along with the U.S. and Barbados, there are 22 other teams competing in the home-and-way format of the Second Round in CONCACAF Qualifying. The winners will be divided into three groups of four teams for the semifinal phase, with the top two teams in each group moving on to the final round hexagonal. But first things first – the Second Round pairings:
Guatemala – St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago – Bermuda
Antigua & Barbuda – Cuba
Belize – Mexico
Jamaica – Bahamas
Honduras – Puerto Rica
St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Canada
Grenada – Costa Rica
Suriname – Guyana
Panama – El Salvador
Haiti – Netherlands Antilles
UP NEXT? Should the U.S. advance, they have a more storied history against the three teams it might face in its Semifinal Round group. The U.S. owns a 10–4–5 all-time record (26 goals for, 15 goals against) versus Guatemala, including a 15-game unbeaten streak, and a 4–0–4 record in qualifying. The U.S. squared off against Guatemala in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, winning, 2–0, on March 30, 2005, in Birmingham, Ala., behind goals from Eddie Johnson and Steve Ralston. In the away match in Guatemala City, which came on the heels of the World Cup berth-clinching victory over Mexico, the U.S. and Guatemala battled to a scoreless draw.
The U.S. also has an undefeated record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, holding an 8–0–2 record. The two countries last met during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with the U.S. winning both matches. The first meeting was the opening match of the Final Round and the U.S. got goals from Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis for a 2–1 victory in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the second match, Brian McBride tallied the lone goal in a 1–0 victory in East Hartford, Conn.
The U.S. has only faced Cuba once before in World Cup qualifying, dating back to a two-game series in 1949 that was played in Mexico City, Mexico. The U.S. tied Cuba, 1–1, in their first meeting and then won, 5–2, during a three-team group that also included Mexico. Overall, the U.S. holds a 5–1–1 record against Cuba with 21 goals for and nine goals against.
On the field for the USA
June 8, 2008 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey - International Friendly
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 22-Oguchi Onyewu (23-Jay DeMerit, 61), 5-Danny Califf, 15-Heath Pearce (7-Eddie Lewis, 78); 4-Michael Bradley (26-Maurice Edu, 46), 25-Pablo Mastroeni; 8-Clint Dempsey (19-Freddy Adu, 61), 10-Landon Donovan (capt.), 17-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Frankie Hejduk, 91+); 9-Eddie Johnson (12-Sacha Kljestan, 74)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
ARG: 1-Roberto Abbondanzieri; 3-Gonzalo Rodriguez, 4-Nicolas Burdisso (2-Martin Demichelis, 46), 6-Gabriel Heinze, 13-Pablo Zabaleta (8-Javier Zanetti, 77); 5-Fernando Gago, 7-Maximiliano Rodriguez (20-Fernando Cavenaghi, 74), 14-Javier Mascherano (capt.); 9-Julio Cruz (19-Lisandro Lopez, 64), 11-Sergio Aguero (15-Ever Banega, 88), 18-Lionel Messi (17-Jose Sosa, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Sergio Romero, 16-Jonas Gutierrez
Head Coach: Alfio Basile
On the field for Barbados
June 9, 2008 - National Sports Center, Devonshire, Bermuda - International Friendly
Bermuda 3 Keishan Bean 12', 18', John Nusum 45'
BMU: 1-Timmy Figureido (13-Mykal Crockwell, 80), 2-Antonio Lowe, 4-Kevin Richards, 5-Kofi Dill, 6-Meshach Wade, 8-Omar Shakir, 10-Keishen Bean (17-Kwame Steede, 79), 16-John Nusum (12-Tyrell Buress, 58), 18-Khano Smith, 19-Reggie Lambe (11-Jason Davis), 20-Devaun DeGraff (14-Kris Frick, 70)
Subs not used: Marquel Waldron, Domico Coddington
Head Coach: Kenny Thompson
BRB: 1-Adrian Chase, 2-Dwight James, 4-Gregg Belle, 5-Bryan Neblett, 6-Romell Brathwaite (3-Rondell Vaughan, 60), 7-Miles Jones (8-Brett Carrington, 69), 9-Riviere Williams, 10-Norman Forde, 11-Macolm Marshall, 14-Walton Burows (16-Barry Skeete, 45), 17-John Parris
Subs not used: 18-Omari Eastmond
Head Coach: Eyre Sealy
November 15, 2000 - Waterford, Barbados – 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Semifinal Round
USA 4 Clint Mathis 63', Earnie Stewart 73', Cobi Jones 77', Ante Razov 90'
BRB: Horace Stoute; Neil Bovell (Michael Forde, 46), Agustus Hurdle (Romell Burgess, 75), John Parris, Matthew Joseph; Wayn Sobers, Gregory Goodridge (capt.), Michael Gikes, Paul Lovell; Ryan Lucas (Kenroy Skinner, 79), Llewellyn Riley
Head Coach: Horace "Tobacco" Beckles
USA: Tony Meola (capt.); Jeff Agoos, Gregg Berhalter, Carlos Llamosa; Chris Armas, Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis (Cobi Jones, 61), Tab Ramos, Earnie Stewart; Joe-Max Moore (Ante Razov, 81), Clint Mathis (Richie Williams, 78)
Head Coach: Bruce Arena