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U.S. MNT Set to Finish Record-Setting Year with International Friendly against Austria in Vienna


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Austria – International Friendly
Ernst-Happel-Stadion – Vienna, Austria
Nov. 19, 2013

RECORD-SETTING CAMPAIGN CONCLUDES IN VIENNA: The U.S. caps off a record-setting 2013 campaign when it faces Austria for the first time since 1998. Kickoff at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna is set for 2:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

With a draw against Scotland, the U.S. has guaranteed it will finish with its best winning percentage in team history, surpassing the .750 mark achieved in both 2005 and 2012. Having reached the World Cup final competition for the seventh-consecutive time, the USA finished in first place in qualifying in the CONCACAF region for the third straight time. After completing a team-record 12-game winning streak, the U.S. has won 16 games in 2013, already a team high for a calendar year.

This is one of two remaining international fixture dates before the World Cup training camp begins next May. The FIFA World Cup Draw will be held Dec. 6 near Salvador, Brazil.

TOP NINE NOTES

  • The USA will finish the year with the best winning percentage during a calendar year in U.S. MNT history. The USA is now 16-3-3 (.795) and will top the previous winning percentage record of .750 in 2005 (13-3-4) and 2012 (9-2-3) no matter the result of its final match of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 19, against Austria.
  • The 16 victories are a record for a calendar year, topping the previous mark of 13 wins in 2005 and 2009.
  • Tim Howard, who wore the captain's armband for the fourth time in 2013 during the 0-0 draw with Scotland on Nov. 15, now has 34 career shutouts for the United States, holding second place all-time ahead of National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola. He is one win away from tying Kasey Keller (53) at the top of the USA’s all-time list for goalkeepers.
  • Jozy Altidore has eight goals this year and 21 all-time, including four in World Cup Qualifiers. He set a team record by scoring in five-consecutive games (6/2-8/14), and, with his three-goal performance against Bosnia, became the third player to score two career hat tricks for the U.S. National Team, joining Landon Donovan and Peter Millar.
  • DaMarcus Beasley, who captained the team in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, has 16 starts in 2013, the most of any U.S. player, and is tied in appearances with Eddie Johnson. The 16 games represent the most in a calendar year during Beasley’s 12-year international career.
  • U.S. striker Terrence Boyd plays for local club Rapid Vienna, with Ernst-Happel-Stadion serving as his home venue. Boyd has six goals in league play for Rapid Vienna this campaign and 10 in all competitions. He is coming off scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against Genk in the Europa League.
  • This is the USA’s first visit to Austria since 1998 and second overall. The first encounter came April 22, 1998, when the United States captured a 3-0 victory in one of its final matches before the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • Following the draw against Scotland, the U.S. MNT is now 27-9-7 under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He is ahead of Steve Sampson (26-22-14 record from 1995-98) for sole possession of fourth place on the USA’s all-time winning coaches list. Klinsmann is three victories behind third-place Bora Milutinovic (30-35-31 record from 1991-95).
  • The U.S. will finish 2013 on a 12-game home winning streak, a record run that began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The USA’s previous record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3)
:Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7)
: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (6)
: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5)
: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), 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

6-0 W

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

Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.

July 9

Belize^

6-1 W

Wondolowski (3), Holden, Bedoya, Donovan

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13

Cuba^

4-1 W

Donovan, Corona, Wondolowski (2)

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

1-0 W

Shea

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

July 21

July 24

July 28

Aug. 14

Sept. 6

El Salvador^

Honduras^

Panama^

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Costa Rica*

5-1 W

3-1 W

1-0 W

4-3 W

1-3 L

Goodson, Corona, E. Johnson, Donovan, Diskerud

E. Johnson, Donovan (2)

Shea

E. Johnson, Altidore (3)

Dempsey (penalty)

M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Md.

Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

Soldier Field; Chicago

Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium; Sarajevo

Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica

Sept. 10

Mexico*

2-0 W

E. Johnson, Donovan

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

2-0 W

Zusi, Altidore

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15

Panama*

3-2 W

Orozco, Zusi, Johannsson

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

Nov. 15

Scotland

0-0 T

---

Hampden Park; Glasgow, Scotland

Nov. 19

Austria

2:45 p.m.

NBC Sports Network, UniMas

Ernst-Happel-Stadion; Vienna, Austria

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

ROSTER NOTES

  • Tim Howard has recorded six shutouts for Everton this season and has not surrendered a goal in the past 330 minutes of league play.
  • Michael Bradley made his first appearance since the USA's 1-0 victory against Honduras in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying on June 18 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
  • Eddie Johnson has accumulated five goals and one assist in 2013. He scored the goal that completed the USA's quest to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on Sept. 10.
  • Jermaine Jones (Schalke) and Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht) are the only two U.S. players involved in the UEFA Champions League this season.
  • Kljestan has scored seven league goals for Anderlecht, already a personal best. He had scored in three straight matches heading into this weekend.
  • Before receiving a one-time change of association to play for the United States, Jones played his first game for Germany here in Vienna in a 3-0 win in a friendly against Austria on Feb. 6, 2008, also at Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
  • Alejandro Bedoya has now started in the USA's past four matches - the only player to do so. Bedoya has appeared in 11 matches this year and 24 in his career.
  • Eric Lichaj made his first appearance of 2013 and ninth-career cap when he replaced Brad Evans in the 72nd minute. He had not played for the MNT since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
  • AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson has posted 14 goals in all competitions this season, including nine in league play. He scored two on the weekend, netting both in the 2-2 draw at Feyenoord. Johannsson scored the game-winning goal against Panama in the USA's last World Cup Qualifier in the 2014 cycle, a 3-2 win on Oct. 15 in Panama City. Born in Mobile, Ala., he completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute of the USA's 4-3 win against Bosnia in August.
  • Mix Diskerud has appeared in 12 of the USA's past 13 matches dating back to July 5 against Guatemala. He played in all six matches in the 2013 Gold Cup-winning run, and started the last two World Cup qualifiers. The United States holds an unbeaten record of 12-0-3 all-time in games in which Diskerud has appeared.
  • Brad Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win in Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston. Recording his first goal for the MNT, his strike in the second minute of second-half stoppage time handed the U.S. a huge three points. He has started at right back for the past seven games for which he was available, including five World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks gets his second look with the Senior Team. The 20-year-old dual citizen of the United States and Germany has made one previous appearance, having started in the win against Bosnia.
  • Brek Shea is back in the squad for the first time since helping the U.S. to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Shea scored the lone goal in the USA's 1-0 win against Panama in the championship final.
  • Edgar Castillo, Landon Donovan, Clarence Goodson and Brad Guzan are all nursing injuries and not available for selection. Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson are also unavailable due to picking up injuries while in camp with the team before the Scotland match.

USA VS. AUSTRIA

  • The United States holds a 1-1-0 lifetime record against Austria.
  • The first meeting took place in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, during the USA’s first appearance in the tournament in 40 years. With U.S. assistant coach Andi Herzog on the field for Austria, the USA lost 2-1 in Florence. Bruce Murray tallied the lone goal for the United States.The USA lineup: Meola (c), Doyle, Banks (Wynalda, 55), Windischmann, Armstrong, Balboa, Caligiuri (Bliss, 83), Ramos, Harkes , Murray, Vermes
  • On April 22, 1998, the United States rode goals from Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna to a comfortable 3-0 win in Vienna.
  • The USA lineup (3-6-1): Keller; Burns, Dooley, Pope; Jones, Reyna (Wegerle, 90), Deering, Maisonneuve (Preki, 70), Hejduk (O’Brien, 80), Stewart (Agoos, 87), Wagner (McBride, 46).
  • That victory marked the USA’s first one European soil since Aug. 28, 1991, a 2-0 against Romania.
  • Herzog lives in Vienna, the former Austria captain still holding the country's all-time record for appearances (103). Among other duties, Herzog heads up the USA's scouting efforts in Europe.

IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • Jozy Altidore scored his 21st international goal during the USA’s 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 11, moving into a tie with Bruce Murray for sixth on the all-time MNT scoring list.
  • DaMarcus Beasley passed Claudio Reyna for fifth all-time on the U.S. MNT appearance list on Oct. 11. Reyna had 112 caps from 1994-2006, and Beasley has suited up 113 times for the MNT since 2001.
  • Tim Howard is now tied with Brian McBride for 16th place on the U.S. MNT all-time appearances list with his 95th cap.
  • The U.S. MNT’s victory against Panama on Oct. 11 brought the team record to 16-3-2 in 2013. The previous wins record was 13 set in 2005 and 2009.
  • The U.S. MNT established a record consecutive wins streak in U.S.-based games following the Sept. 10 victory against Mexico in Columbus. After the Oct. 10 victory against Jamaica, the USA now has 12 straight wins at home. The previous U.S. MNT record was 10 straight wins from June 15, 2008, to July 11, 2009. The current home winning streak began with a 4-3 victory against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. MNT currently holds a record plus-29 goal differential in 2013. The USA has outscored its opponents 51-22 this year, ranking ahead of the USA’s 2000 campaign when the squad outscored its opponents 34-11 (plus-23 goal differential).
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann moved past Steve Sampson for fourth on the all-time victories list with 27 following the Oct. 15 win against Panama. Bruce Arena holds the record with 71 wins from 1998-2006, followed by Bob Bradley (43 wins, 2007-11) and Bora Milutinovic (30 wins, 1991-95).
  • Following 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.
  • With the win against El Salvador on July 21, the U.S. MNT collected double-digit victories in a single year for the eighth time in team history.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0 Goals given up at home by the U.S. in the Final Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying
0 Defeats for the MNT when Mix Diskerud makes an appearance
6 Games with four or more goals scored in 2013
8 Goals leading U.S. MNT scorers Jozy Altidore and Landon Donovan have in 2013
13 Multiple-goal games for the MNT in 2013
16 Starts for the U.S. by DaMarcus Beasley, most of any player this year
16 Wins for the U.S. in 2013, a record for a calendar year
17 Different U.S. goalscorers in 2013
22 Total games played by the MNT in 2013
27 U.S. MNT wins under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
34 Career shutouts for Tim Howard
39 Players with at least one cap in 2013
51 Total goals scored in 2013

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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. The former World Cup and European Champion has been at the helm for two years. Here is a look at the program’s achievements in that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 27-9-7 record.
  • He has won a record-setting 12 straight games at home.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
  • 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 U.S. finished 2012 with a 9-2-3 record, good for a .750 winning percentage and equaling the best ever winning percentage to date.
  • 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, under Klinsmann the United States has 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:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • 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 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 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: AUSTRIA
Österreichischer Fußball-Bund

Founded:
1904 (Joined FIFA in 1905)
Current FIFA Ranking:
53
Head Coach:
Marcel Koller
Best World Cup Finish:
Third Place (1954)
Caps Leader:
Andreas Herzog (103)
Top Scorer:
Toni Polster (44)

AUSTRIA UPDATE

  • The Austrians narrowly missed out on reaching the qualifying playoffs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, finishing three points behind Sweden for second place in Group C while Germany took the top spot.
  • Levante midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz is the leading cap winner with 65 games played for Austria.
  • Marc Janko leads all Austrian scorers on the roster with 15 goals in 36 appearances.
  • Once again, MNT connections abound on the roster. Christian Fuchs, the second-most capped player on the roster, is a defender at Schalke with Jermaine Jones. In the midfield, Marko Arnautovic plays alongside Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea at Stoke, while Marcel Sabitzer and Terrence Boyd are teammates at Rapid Vienna.

AUSTRIA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : 1-Robert Almer (Energie Cottbus), 12-Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna), 23-Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt)
DEFENDERS (9) : 3-Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), 5-Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04), 2-Grorgy Garics (Bologna), 4-Martin Hinteregger (Red Bull Salzburg), 17-Florian Klein (Red Bull Salzburg), 22-Manuel Ortlechner (Austria Vienna), 15-Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen), 13-Markus Suttner (Austria Vienna), -Kevin Wimmer (Colonge)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : 27-David Alaba (Bayern Munich), 7-Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), -Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz 05), 20-Guido Burgstaller (Rapid Vienna), 11-Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), 6-Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante), 10-Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), 19-Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), 18-Christoph Leitgeb (Red Bull Salzburg)
FORWARDS (3) : 9-Lukas Hinterseer (Wacker Innsbruck), 21-Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), 14-Philipp Zulechner (Groedig)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:

Nov. 15, 2013 – Hampden Park – Glasgow, Scotland – International Friendly

USA 0
Scotland 0

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans (2-Eric Lichaj, 72), 3-Omar Gonzalez, 20-Geoff Cameron, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (10-Mix Diskerud, 62); 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Chris Wondolowski, 81), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 62), 18-Eddie Johnson (21-Brek Shea, 62); 17-Jozy Altidore (15-Terrence Boyd, 90)
Subs Not Used:
12-Sean Johnson, 5-John Brooks, 14-Michael Orozco
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

SCO: 1-David Marshall; 2-Alan Hutton, 3-Steve Whittaker (18-Lee Wallace, 69), 4-Grant Hanley, 5-Gordon Greer; 6-Barry Bannan (14-Steven Naismith, 81), 7-Charlie Mulgrew, 8-Scott Brown (capt.), 9-Steven Fletcher; 10-Robert Snodgrass (20-Ross McCormack, 69), 11-Craig Conway (19-Gary MacKay-Steven, 84)
Subs Not Used: 12-Matthew Gilks, 13-James McArthur, 15-Christophe Berra, 16-Charlie Adam, 17-Russell Martin, 21-Scott Fox, 22-Ikechi Anya, 23-Craig Bryson
Head Coach: Gordon Strachan

On the field for Austria:
Oct. 15, 2013 – Torsvollur – Torshavn, Faroe Islands – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round

Austria 3 Andreas Ivanschitz 16, Sebastian Proedl 64, David Alaba 67 (pen)
Faroe Islands 0

AUS: 12-Heinz Lindner; 3-Aleksandar Dragovic, 4-Emanuel Pogatetz, 5-Christian Fuchs (capt.) (13-Markus Suttner, 71), 6-Andreas Ivanschitz; 8-David Alaba, 11-Martin Harnik (16-Marcel Sabitzer, 71), 15-Sebastian Proedl (22-Manuel Ortlechner, 80), 17-Florian Klein; 19-Veli Kavlak, 20-Philipp Hosiner
Subs Not Used: 1-Robert Almer, 2-Gyorgy Garics, 7-Jakob Jantscher, 9-Andreas Weimann, 10-Zlatko Junuzovic, 14-Julian Baumgartlinger, 18-Christoph Leitgeb, 21-Lukas Hinterseer, 23-Ramazan Ozcan
Head Coach: Marcel Koller

FRO: 1-Gunnar Nielsen; 2-Jonas Naes, 3-Viljormur Davidsen, 4-Johan Davidsen, 5-Rogvi Baldvinsson; 6-Suni Olsen (Joan Edmundsson, 81), 7-Frodi Benjaminsen (capt.), 8-Hallur Hansson, 10-Christian Holst (12-Christian Mouritsen, 71); 13-Pol Justinussen, 18-Pall Klettskaro (20-Klaemint Olsen, 74)
Subs Not Used: 9-Daniel Udsen, 14-Atli Gregersen, 15-Erling Jacobsen, 16-Kristian Joensen, 17-Finnur Justinueen, 19-Heini Vatnsdal, 21-Rol Danielsen, 23-Simun Hansen
Head Coach: Lars Olsen

Vs. Austria:
April 22, 1998 – Ernst-Happel-Stadion – Vienna, Austria – International Friendly

USA 3 Frankie Hejduk 54, Brian McBride 89, Claudio Reyna 90+3
Austria 0

USA : Kasey Keller; Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Eddie Pope; Cobi Jones, Claudio Reyna (Roy Wegerle, 90), Chad Deering, Brian Maisonneuve (Preki Radosalvljevic, 70), Frankie Hejduk (John O’Brien, 80), Ernie Stewart (Jeff Agoos, 87); David Wagner (Brian McBride, 46)
Head Coach: Steve Sampson

AUS : Michael Konsel (Franz Wohlfahrt, 46), Harald Cerny (Markus Schoop, 57), Peter Schottel, Martin Hiden, Anton Pfeffer (Walter Kogler, 46), Roman Mahlich, Ivica Vastic, Dietmar Kuhbauer, Toni Polster (Mario Haas, 57), Andreas Herzog (Hannes Reinmayr, 57), Gilbert Prilasnig (Martin Amerhauser, 46)
Head coach: Herbert Prohaska

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