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U.S. Men's National Team Starts Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in San Pedro Sula


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Feb. 6, 2013

U.S. MNT FACES HONDURAS TO KICK OFF HEXAGONAL: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying when it travels to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Estadio Olimpico. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer. The USA’s first home qualifying match is March 22 against Costa Rica at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., and for the first time ever, U.S. Soccer is offering complete travel package courtesy of Anthony Travel.

The U.S. and Honduras are part of the six-team Hexagonal along with Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. The 10-game, round-robin format will be contested from Feb. 6-Oct. 10. The top three teams will automatically advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will compete in a two-leg playoff against the champion from the Oceania Confederation.

The United States is coming off a scoreless draw against Canada on Jan. 29 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The match was the team’s opener of 2013 as U.S. Soccer celebrates its 100-year anniversary and is hosting a number of events throughout the Centennial campaign. (CENTENNIAL HOME)


 U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals) – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa – 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton – 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire – 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City – 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander – 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City – 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana – 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg – 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders – 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy – 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim – 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg – 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Roma – 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor – 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 – 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht – 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres – 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim – 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City – 3/0)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar – 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur – 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos – 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders – 11/10)

U.S. MNT 2013 SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goal scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 29

Canada

0-0 T

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BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Feb. 6

Honduras*

4 p.m.

beIN SPORT

Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras

March 22

Costa Rica*

10 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision Family

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

March 26

Mexico*

10:30 p.m.

ESPN and Univision networks

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

June 7

Jamaica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 11

Panama*

TBD

TBD

TBD

June 18

Honduras*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sept. 6

Costa Rica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Sept. 10

Mexico*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

TBD

TBD

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying


ROSTER NOTES

  • All of the USA’s goal scorers from the Semifinal Round are on the roster, led by Clint Dempsey, who tallied five in six games and two road goals.
  • Herculez Gomez collected two goals during the Semifinal Round, including the game-winner against Jamaica on Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus.
  • Carlos Bocanegra scored two Semifinal Round goals, as well. His equalizer against Guatemala on Oct. 16 marked his 14th career strike that set the all-time record for a U.S. defender, moving him ahead of 2005 National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa (13 career goals).
  • Eddie Johnson scored two goals in his return to the National Team for the first time since being a part of the preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He scored both goals during a 2-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, 2012, the latter a game-winner in the 90th minute.
  • Dempsey, Gomez and Tim Howard were the only three players to appear in all six matches in the Semifinal Round.
  • Jermaine Jones led all U.S. field players in games played (12) and minutes (1,002) in 2012.
  • Entering 2012 with only one previous cap, Geoff Cameron ended the year with the second-most minutes played among the U.S. field players.
  • Should he appear in the World Cup qualifier, Timmy Chandler will officially become cap-tied to the United States. Chandler has already played in nine friendly matches.
  • Howard sits in second place all-time for victories among U.S. goalkeepers (45), and third in shutouts (29). He has nine clean sheets in 22 World Cup Qualifying appearances.
  • Brad Guzan brings an additional three shutouts in five matches played in qualifying.
  • Bocanegra has 31 career caps in World Cup Qualifying, the second-most in U.S. history along with Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna.
  • Dempsey is on 26 caps, tied for eighth-most with Jeff Agoos, DaMarcus Beasley and Steve Cherundolo.
  • Cherundolo is sidelined with a knee injury and was not available for selection.
  • Seven players from the January camp roster earned a spot on the roster – Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Sean Johnson and Graham Zusi. Of that group, only Eddie Johnson and Zusi have seen action in a World Cup Qualifier.
  • Besler and Gonzalez have earned the past two MLS Defender of the Year awards.


IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson are tied for second place along with Brian McBride on the USA’s all-time scoring list in World Cup qualifying goals with 10 each.
  • Dempsey is also tied with McBride for third all-time with 30 career goals. McBride had 30 goals in 95 games from 1993-2006, and Dempsey’s 30 have come in 91 matches since debuting for the U.S. MNT in 2004.
  • Johnson and defender Carlos Bocanegra are tied for 10th on the all-time goals list and one tally behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004).
  • Bocanegra is currently tied with Paul Caligiuri for sixth all-time with 110 international games and will move into sole possession of sixth with his next appearance.

ROAD TO THE HEXAGONAL
United States Semifinal Round Results (4-1-1; first place in Group A):

  • June 8, 2012: USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • June 12, 2012: USA 1, Guatemala 1
  • Sept. 7, 2012: Jamaica 2, USA 1
  • Sept. 11, 2012: USA 1, Jamaica 0
  • Oct. 12, 2012: USA 2, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • Oct. 16, 2012: USA 3, Guatemala 1

The U.S. went 4-1-1 to win Group A and advance along with Jamaica into the next stage. The USA finished the round with three straight victories against Jamaica (1-0 on Sept. 11), Antigua & Barbuda (2-1 on Oct. 12) and a come-from-behind 3-1 win on Oct. 16 against Guatemala to win the group. The U.S. has qualified for six straight FIFA World Cup tournaments, amassing a 63-34-31 overall record in World Cup qualifying.

Honduras Semifinal Round Results (3-1-2; first place in Group C):

  • June 8, 2012: Panama 2, Honduras 0
  • June 12, 2012: Honduras 0, Canada 0
  • Sept. 7, 2012: Honduras 3, Cuba 0
  • Sept. 11, 2012: Honduras 1, Cuba 0
  • Oct. 12, 2012: Honduras 0, Panama 0
  • Oct. 16, 2012: Honduras 8, Canada 1

Honduras posted a 3-1-2 record to win Group C and advance along with Panama into the next stage. Panama also went 3-1-2, but Honduras won the group with a plus-9 goal differential versus Panama’s plus-4. After starting off Group C play with a 2-0 loss to Panama and a scoreless draw against Canada, Honduras went 3-0-1 down the stretch, capped off by a dominant 8-1 victory against a Canada side that needed a draw or victory to advance to the Hexagonal. Honduras is looking to qualify for its third World Cup (1982, 2010).


CAUTION SITUATION

  • Five USA players are currently carrying yellow cards in World Cup qualifying: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension.
  • For Honduras, five players carry yellow cards from the Semifinal Round of World Cup Qualifying: Victor Bernárdez, Carlo Costly, Maynor Figueroa, Arnold Peralta and Mauricio Sabillon. Sabillon, a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup team, was not called into the team for Wednesday’s Final Round Qualifier against the U.S.


USA vs. HONDURAS

  • The U.S. holds a 12-3-3 all-time record against Honduras in a series dating back to 1965.
  • The last time the two teams met, Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal in the 36th minute as the USA topped Honduras 1-0 on Oct. 8, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who made six saves, picked up his 37th career victory to tie Tony Meola for second on the all-time win list for goalkeepers.
  • The 2011 win also was Jurgen Klinsmann’s first victory as the U.S. MNT head coach.
  • The U.S is 3-1-1 in games played in Honduras and 3-0-0 in San Pedro Sula. The USA’s loss and draw came at Tegucigalpa.
  • In the past 10 meetings, the U.S. is 9-0-1 against Honduras since 2002.
  • In World Cup Qualifying matches, the U.S. is 4-1-1 all-time against Honduras.
  • In 2009, the U.S. went 4-0-0 against Honduras, including a 2-0 victory on July 23 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and a thrilling 3-2 victory on Oct. 10 to clinch a berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

USA IN FINAL ROUND WORLD CUP QUALIFYING OPENERS

  • In its past four cycles, the U.S. is 3-0-1 in its first match of the Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying, having collected three straight victories.
  • On March 2, 1997, the U.S. and Jamaica played to a scoreless draw to open the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying in Kingston, Jamaica. Scoring chances were minimal for both teams, with U.S. defender Mike Burns coming up with one of the bigger stops – a 40th-minute clearance at the goal line – while Kasey Keller and the USA defense maintained the clean sheet.
  • On Feb. 28, 2001, first-half sub Josh Wolff scored a goal and assisted an Earnie Stewart tally as the USA blanked Mexico 2-0 in the opener of the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Wolff entered the game in the 15th minute for Brian McBride, who had to leave the match because of swelling over his eye following a collision with Mexico defender Rafael Marquez. Wolff’s winner came in the 47th minute off of a Clint Mathis assist, and Wolff played a cross in to Stewart in the six-yard box for a two-goal cushion in the 87th minute.
  • On Feb. 9, 2005, the U.S. opened the Final Round with a 2-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago at Port of Spain, Trinidad. Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis each scored a goal. With his eight-yard header, Johnson became the first U.S. MNT player to score at least one goal in his first four matches and tied William Looby (1955) and Brian McBride (2001) as the only players to score in four consecutive games. Lewis gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute with his first World Cup Qualifying goal struck just inside the right post.
  • On Feb. 11, 2009, the U.S. opened the Final Round of Qualifying with a 2-0 victory against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Michael Bradley scored both goals in the 43rd minute and in second-half stoppage time to become the fourth U.S. player to score two goals in a game against Mexico. His first goal came on a rebound after Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez saved an Oguchi Onyewu header. Bradley’s second goal came from 25 yards out and was set up by Jozy Altidore.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 3: Consecutive wins in Final Round World Cup Qualifying openers
  • 5: Consecutive games unbeaten dating back to last year (3-0-2)
  • 5: Goals for Clint Dempsey in the Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
  • 9: Career World Cup Qualifying shutouts for goalkeeper Tim Howard
  • 10: All-time goals in World Cup Qualifying for Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson
  • 28: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 31: Career World Cup Qualifying caps for Carlos Bocanegra to lead the roster
  • 59: Honduras’ current FIFA ranking
  • 744: Matt Besler’s rating in the debut of the Castrol U.S. Soccer Index to lead all players

ON USSOCCER.COM:

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Page | 2013 MNT Statistics | Castrol U.S. Soccer Index

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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 11-6-5, 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.
  • With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. collected two historic victories, winning for the first time against four-time World Cup champions Italy and then capturing its first ever victory against Mexico on Mexican soil.
  • 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: HONDURAS
Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
(National Autonomous Football Federation of Honduras)
Founded: 1951 (Joined FIFA in 1951)
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Best World Cup Finish: Group stage in 1982 (0-1-2 record)


HONDURAS UPDATE

  • Honduras is coming off a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in the title match of the UNCAF Copa Centroamericana.
  • Honduras head coach Luis Fernando Suarez called in a roster that features four players from Major League Soccer – Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) and Mario Martínez (Seattle Sounders), forward Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution) and defender Victor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes).
  • Forward Christian Altamirano and defender Orlin Peralta were brought in this week to replace defender Emilio Izaguirre and midfielder Andy Najar.
  • Najar, who at age 17 was the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year at D.C. United, was sold to the Belgian club a week ago and was injured during training. Izaguirre injured his knee during Celtic’s Scottish Premier League game against Kilmarnock.
  • Honduras is looking to qualify for its third World Cup. In its other two appearances, Honduras was last in the group stage of its respective four-team group, posting a 0-1-2 record in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and a 0-2-1 mark at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

HONDURAS ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Donis Escobar (Olimpia), José Mendoza (Marathón), Noel Valladares (Olimpia)
DEFENDERS (8): Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Víctor Bernárdez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chávez (Wisla Krakow), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Juan Carlos García (Olimpia), Juan Pablo Montes (Platense), Arnold Peralta (Vida), Orlin Peralta (Vida)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jorge Claros (Hibernian), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Oscar Boniek García (Houston Dynamo), Luis Garrido (Red Star Belgrade), Alex López (Olimpia), Mario Martínez (Seattle Sounders), Aldo Oviedo (Real España)
FORWARDS (5): Christian Altamirano (Marathon), Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Carlo Costly (Veria), Roger Rojas (Olimpia), Georgie Welcome (Motagua)


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Jan. 29, 2013 – BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Texas – International Friendly

USA 0
CAN 0

LINEUPS:

USA: 12-Sean Johnson; 3-Tony Beltran (21-Benny Feilhaber, 46), 5-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Matt Besler, 2-Justin Morrow; 6-Kyle Beckerman (capt.) (14-Alfredo Morales, 74), 7-Graham Zusi (18-Juan Agudelo, 64), 11-Brad Davis (17-Alejandro Bedoya, 64), 8-Brad Evans; 10-Chris Wondolowski (19-Joshua Gatt, 46), 9-Eddie Johnson (23-Will Bruin, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Bill Hamid
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CAN: 22-Simon Thomas; 2-Nik Ledgerwood, 3-Ashtone Morgan, 4-Nana Attakora (13-Doneil Henry, 64), 5-Dejan Jakovic; 7-Terry Dunfield (16-Matthew Stinson, 51), 8-Kyle Bekker (17-Kyle Porter, 90), 9-Tosaint Rickets, 11-Russell Teibert (19-Evan James, 89); 12-Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, 14-Dwayne De Rosario (capt.) (10-Frank Jonke, 81)
Subs not used: 6-Philippe Davies, 15-Emmanuel Gomez, 18-Roberto Stillo, 20-Mason Trafford, 21-Andres Fresenga
Head coach: Colin Miller


Vs. Honduras
Oct. 8, 2011 – Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla. – International Friendly

USA 1 Clint Dempsey 36
HON 0

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal (14-Oguchi Onyewu, 46), 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Tim Chandler (13-Jonathan Spector, 76); 6-Kyle Beckerman; 8-Danny Williams (16-DaMarcus Beasley, 65), 7-Maurice Edu (17-Michael Bradley, 65), 11-Brek Shea; 10-Clint Dempsey, 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 83)
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 15-Jeff Larentowicz
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escobar; 16-Mauricio Sabillon, 2-Osman Chavez, 4-Johnny Leveron, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.); 14-Boniek Garcia (15-Marvin Chavez, 77), 12-Alfredo Mejia, 17-Roger Espinoza (8-Jorge Claros, 74), 10-Julio Cesar de Leon (7-Mario Martinez, 69); 9-Jerry Bengtson (11-Roger Rojas, 65), 13-Carlo Costly
Subs not used: 1-Donaldo Morales, 5-Erick Norales, 24-Bryan Beckeles
Head coach: Luis Suarez


On the field for Honduras
Jan. 27, 2013 – Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica – Copa Centroamericana Final

HON 0
CRC 1 Giancarlo Gonzalez 38

LINEUPS:
CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton; 4-Michael Umaña, 3-Giancarlo Gonzalez, 20-Rodney Wallace (Juan Diego Madrigal, 73), 14-Christopher Meneses, 6-Jose Salvatierra, 5-Celso Borges, 10-Osvaldo Rodriguez (Pablo Salazar, 84), 9-Alvaro Saborio, 21-Randall Brenes (Jairo Arrieta, 90), 7-Ariel Rodriguez

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 6-Juan Carlos Garcia, 5-Victor Bernardez, 2-Brayan Beckeles, 13-Pablo Montes, 14-Juan Carlos Garcia, 19-Luis Garrido, 10-Mario Martinez, 8-Arnold Peralta (Georgie Welcome, 72), 21-Roger Rojas, 11-Jerry Bengtson

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