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U.S. MNT Travels North of Border to Face Canada on June 3 at BMO Field in Toronto


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Canada
BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
June 3, 2012

U.S. TRAVELS NORTH OF BORDER TO FACE CANADA: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces Canada at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3, at BMO Field in Toronto in what is the third game of an 18-day stretch that U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is treating like a five-game tournament. It marks first time since November of 1997 that the USA is facing Canada north of the border. The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker for live updates and join the discussion around the game via Twitter @ussoccer and by tweeting the hashtag #USAvCAN.

Part of the Centenary celebrations for the Canada Soccer Association, the match will be the final tune-up for both teams before the start of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The U.S. opens qualifying in Group A when it takes on Antigua & Barbuda at 7 p.m. ET on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (ESPN, ESPN3, Galavision). The USA has never faced Antigua & Barbuda. Canada travels to face Cuba in Group C to open its qualifying on June 8 in Havana.

U.S. MNT 2012 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. goalscorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 21

Venezuela

1-0 W

Ricardo Clark

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

Jan. 25

Panama

1-0 W

Graham Zusi

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

Feb. 29

Italy

1-0 W

Clint Dempsey

Stadio Luigi Ferraris; Genoa

May 26

Scotland

5-1 W

L. Donovan (3), M. Bradley, J. Jones

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

May 30

Brazil

1-4 L

Herculez Gomez

FedExField; Landover, Md.

June 3

Canada

7 p.m.

NBC Sports Network/Univision Deportes Network

BMO Field; Toronto, Canada

June 8

Antigua & Barbuda*

7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN3/Galavision

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

June 12

Guatemala*

10 p.m.

Pay-Per-View/ustream.tv

Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City

Sept. 7

Jamaica*

TBD

Sept. 11

Jamaica*

8 p.m.

ESPN2/ESPN3

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 12

Antigua & Barbuda*

TBD

Oct. 16

Guatemala*

TBD

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

USA-BRAZIL REWIND

  • The USA’s five-game winning streak dating back to last year came to a halt as it fell to five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil 4-1 on Wednesday, May 30, in front of 67,619 spectators at FedExField in Landover, Md.
  • U.S. forward Herculez Gomez headed home his third career goal and first of the year in the 45th minute off a cross from Fabian Johnson. At the time, it cut Brazil’s lead to 2-1 going into the half. The assist was Johnson’s first of his international career.
  • U.S. forward Clint Dempsey returned to the pitch after missing the USA’s 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 as he continued his recovery from a groin injury. Dempsey was a 56th-minute sub for Jose Torres, and he came close to notching a goal in the 63rd minute when he lunged at the ball in the six-yard box, but Brazil’s Romula cleared it out of danger.
  • Oguchi Onyewu got the start at center back after coming off the bench during the Scotland match.
  • U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra was honored before the game for earning 100 caps for the National Team. He became the 12th player in U.S. history to achieve the century-mark feat when he started in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, 2011.
  • Brazil improved to 16-1-0 against the U.S. all-time. The USA moved to 15-33-7 against top-10 FIFA-ranked teams since the rankings began in August of 1993.

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clint Dempsey is coming off a record-setting season for a U.S. international in England, recording his 50th English Premier League goal and setting a single-season mark for league goals scored (17) and goals in all competitions (23). Dempsey scored the lone goal for the USA during its 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa.
  • Jermaine Jones leads the U.S. this year in minutes played (270) and assists (3). He scored his second international goal in the match against Scotland in a 5-1 victory on May 26, heading home the USA’s fifth on the night. Jones helped Schalke 04 to a third-place finish in the German Bundesliga and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
  • Michael Bradley played in a career-high 34 league games in his first season at Chievo Verona in Italy’s Serie A. Chievo finished in 10th place in the league table – the team’s best finish since it rejoined the top flight in 2008-09.
  • Donovan made his return to the National Team for the first time since September of 2011 when he scored three goals and assisted another during the USA’s 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26. Donovan has 49 goals and 140 caps following the Brazil match.
  • Jozy Altidore finished his first season at AZ Alkmaar with 19 goals in all competitions, 15 in league play and four in the UEFA Europa League.
  • Herculez Gomez became the first U.S. player to win both an MLS Cup title and Mexican League title as Santos defeated Monterrey in the Liguilla final. Gomez had 19 goals in all competitions for Santos this past season.
  • Five players on the roster serve as captain of their club team: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Clarence Goodson (Brondby).
  • Cherundolo led Hannover to a second-consecutive qualification for the Europa League, the side reaching the quarterfinals in this year’s tournament.
  • Despite his time away from MLS play, U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski is still tied for the league’s goalscoring lead with the New York Red Bulls’ Kenny Cooper with 11 goals each.
  • Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland clinched the team’s first Danish Superliga crown last month with a 3-0 victory against Horsens. Parkhurst started and played the full 90 minutes at right back.

USA VS. CANADA SERIES

  • The USA is 13-8-9 overall against Canada, with only one match played on a neutral site – a 3-0 U.S. loss on Dec. 22, 1976, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • It has been more than 43 years since Canada has hosted the U.S. in Toronto. The two teams have met twice before in Toronto, with Canada earning a 5-1 win on June 22, 1957, and a 4-2 victory on Oct. 17, 1968.
  • The last time the U.S. played in Canada, the USA was only one victory away from a spot in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Claudio Reyna tallied the game-winning goal off an assist by Roy Wegerle just five minutes into the match. Then Wegerle registered two goals of his own as the USA clinched a berth in France with a well-orchestrated 3-0 victory in World Cup qualifying on Nov. 9, 1997, in Vancouver.
  • Though the USA has a 3-6-1 record in matches in Canada, the U.S. has won back-to-back Canada-based matches. Before the 1997 victory in Vancouver, the U.S. earned a 2-0 win on Sept. 3, 1992, in St. John’s. Mike Sorber (26th minute) and Peter Vermes (60th minute) netted the USA’s goals during the international friendly.
  • The USA has done exceptionally well against Canada for the past two decades. The U.S. is in the midst of a 14-game unbeaten streak (8-0-6) since the USA dropped a 2-0 decision to Canada on April 2, 1985, in Vancouver.
  • The U.S.-Canada rivalry started on June 27, 1925, with host Canada defeating the USA 1-0 at Alexandra Park in Montreal. It was only seventh game in U.S. history since the team began competition in 1916. Canada had the upper hand early on during this rivalry, winning its first four matches on home soil against the USA. On the flip side, Canada generally struggled when it traveled to the U.S. The USA won three of its first four at home against Canada, including a pair of 6-1 victories in 1925 and 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

USA-CANADA MATCHES IN CANADA:

Date

Result

Location

June 27, 1925

0-1 L

Montreal

June 22, 1957

1-5 L ^

Toronto

Oct. 17, 1968

2-4 L ^

Toronto

Aug. 20, 1972

2-3 L ^

St. John’s

Aug. 5, 1973

2-0 W

Windsor

Sept. 24, 1976

1-1 T ^

Vancouver

Nov. 1, 1980

1-2 L ^

Vancouver

April 2, 1985

0-2 L

Vancouver

Sept. 3, 1992

2-0 W

St. John’s

Nov. 9, 1997

3-0 W ^

Vancouver

^ FIFA World Cup Qualifier
*The USA is 3-6-1 in Canada, 10-1-8 in the U.S.
*The USA is 13-8-9 overall against Canada, with only one match played on a neutral site (3-0 loss on Dec. 22, 1976, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Landon Donovan surpassed Jeff Agoos for the most starts in U.S. history with his 125th start during the USA’s 5-1 victory against Scotland on May 26. Agoos had held the previous record of 124 starts. Donovan currently holds U.S. records in career starts (126), goals (49), assists (48) and points (146). He is second in career appearances (140), trailing only 2011 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Cobi Jones (164).
  • U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra took sole possession of eighth all-time with his 103rd cap against Brazil, moving past former U.S. MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (103). In that match, Bocanegra also moved into sole possession of sixth all-time in career starts with 98, passing 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Tony Meola (97).
  • Defender Steve Cherundolo, who has 81 international appearances, will tie for 20rth all-time with his next cap. Brad Friedel, Eddie Lewis and Eddie Pope have 82 career caps. Cherundolo’s 77 starts currently tie him for 15th on the all-time list with Earnie Stewart.
  • The team’s three consecutive wins outside the USA – dating back to the Nov. 15, 2011 against Slovenia – matches two other stretches (Oct. 17, 2007-March 26, 2008; June 22, 2008-Sept. 6, 2008). A USA win against Canada on June 3 would set a new record.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 3: Career hat tricks for Landon Donovan
  • 9: Five-goal games in U.S. history following the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26
  • 10: Previous times the USA has played Canada on Canadian soil
  • 11: U.S. players since 1990 who earned their first caps against Canada
  • 14: Consecutive games in which the U.S. has remained unbeaten against Canada (8-0-6 since April 4, 1985)
  • 19: Goals by Jozy Altidore and Herculez Gomez with their club teams in all competitions this past season
  • 29: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 32: Goals Canada has scored against the U.S.
  • 35: World Cup qualifying appearances for Landon Donovan
  • 51: Goals the USA has scored against Canada
  • 75: Canada’s current FIFA ranking

ON USSOCCER.COM:

JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is in the midst of his second year and first 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 6-5-1, and he led the team on a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2001, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • 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 U.S.’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: CANADA
Canadian Soccer Association
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1912)
Head Coach: Stephen Hart
FIFA Ranking: 75
Highest FIFA Ranking: 40 (1996)
Best World Cup Finish: 24th (1986)

CANADA UPDATE

  • Six Canada players are currently with MLS teams: defenders Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC) and Ante Jazic (Chivas USA) and midfielders Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake) and Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United).
  • De Rosario was named the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player during a season that saw him play for three teams: Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. He was recently named MLS Player of the Month for May after posting four goals and two assists in six matches for D.C. United. De Rosario has played for the Canada National Team in 14 of the previous 15 years (missing out in 2009) from 1997-2011, and during that span accumulated 66 caps, 19 goals and 12 assists.
  • Center back and team captain Kevin McKenna and midfielder Atiba Huchinson have 56 international caps apiece and de Guzman has 53 appearances for the Canada National Team.
  • Midfielder and right back Samuel Piette is the youngest player on the roster at 17 years old and is the only person on the current roster looking for his first cap.

CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga), 18-Milan Borjan (Sivasspor), 22-Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK Fotbol)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Nike Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), 3-Mike Klukowski (Manisaspor), 4-Kevin McKenna (FC Koln), 5-Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo), 12-Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), 15-David Edgar (Burnley), 19-Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), 21-Ante Jazic (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC), 8-Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake), 13-Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven), 14-Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), 16-Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), 20-Samuel Piette (FC Metz), 23-Issey Nakajima-Farran (Brisbane Roar FC)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Iain Hume (Preston North End FC), 9-Tosaint Ricketts (FC Politehnica Timisoara), 10-Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), 17-Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Furth)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
May 30, 2012 – FedExField – Landover, Md. – International Friendly
USA     1   Herculez Gomez 45
Brazil  4   Neymar 12, Silva 26, Marcelo 52, Alexandre Patro 87

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo (2-Michael Parkhurst, 73), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Edgar Castillo, 80); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Kyle Beckerman, 80), 7-Maurice Edu (8-Terrence Boyd, 73); 10-Landon Donovan, 9-Herculez Gomez, 16-Jose Torres (8-Clint Dempsey, 56)
Subs not used: 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BRA: 12-Rafael; 21-Danilo, 14-Juan, 3-Thiago Silva (capt.), 6-Marcelo (23-Alex Sandro, 89); 5-Sandro, 8-Romula, 10-Oscar; 20-Hulk (15-Casimiro, 82), 9-Leandro Damiao (19-Alexandre Pato, 64), 11-Neymar (7-Lucas, 84)
Subs not used: 1-Jefferson, 2-Rafael, 13-Bruno Uvini, 17-Wellington Nem, 18-Giuliano, 22-Neto
Head coach: Mano Menezes

vs. Canada:
June 7, 2011 – Ford Field – Detroit, Mich. – CONCACAF Gold Cup
USA       2   Jozy Altidore 15, Clint Dempsey 62
Canada  0

USA
: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 15-Tim Ream, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.); 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (7-Maurice Edu, 79), 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore (16-Sacha Kljestan, 74), 9-Juan Agudelo (11-Chris Wondolowski, 65)
Subs not used: 5-Oguchi Onyewu,14-Eric Lichaj, 22-Alejandro Bedoya, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head coach: Bob Bradley

CAN: 1-Lars Hirschfeld, 2-Nik Ledgerwood, 4-Kevin McKenna, 5-Andre Hainault, 7-Terry Dunfield (21-Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, 82), 8-Will Johnson (10-Ali Gerba, 65), 11-Josh Simpson, 13-Atiba Hutchinson, 14-Dwayne De Rosario (9-Rob Friend, 81), 17-Simeon Jackson, 19-Marcel de Jong
Subs not used: 18-Milan Borjan, 3-Mike Klukowski, 16-Tosaint Ricketts, 20-Jaime Peters
Head Coach: Stephen Hart

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