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U.S. MNT Looks to Rebound in FIFA World Cup Qualifying Rematch Against Jamaica on Tuesday


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica – World Cup Qualifying
Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 11, 2012

U.S. LOOKS TO REBOUND IN WORLD CUP QUALIFYING REMATCH AGAINST JAMAICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team will have the home crowd in its corner when it faces Jamaica in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying rematch at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. A sellout crowd will be on hand for the fourth match of the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF qualifying, which will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker for live updates and join the discussion around the game via Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA (1-1-1, 4 points) dropped into a tie for second place with Guatemala in Group A following Friday’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica (2-0-1, 7 points) at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Despite the USA’s early lead thanks to Clint Dempsey’s goal 35 seconds into the match (a U.S. record for the fastest goal in qualifying), Jamaica tallied back-to-back goals off free kicks and posted its first win in history against the United States.

Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanskville, Penn. In recognition of playing on 9/11, U.S. Soccer will honor the occasion by distributing American flags to all those in attendance, and will recognize three first responders from the New York City Fire Department: Captain Joseph Brosi, Battalion Chief Wayman Iriarte, and Lieutenant Jason Hickey. All three are members of the FDNY Soccer Club.

The U.S. Men’s National Team was the first U.S. team in any sport to play post-9/11 when it defeated Jamaica 2-1 on Oct. 7, 2001, in a World Cup qualifier in Foxborough, Mass. With that win, the USA advanced to its fourth consecutive World Cup.

FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING – CONCACAF SEMIFINAL ROUND
The Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF consists of three groups of four teams each, comprised of the top six seeds (USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Cuba) being split into three groups and joined by six previous group winners from the second round (Panama, Canada, El Salvador, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Guatemala). The top two teams from each group advance to the Final Round, with that stage to be played from February through October 2013. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team would then play a two-game playoff against the champion of the Oceania region to determine the other World Cup-bound team.

The U.S. is tied for second in Group A with Guatemala as both teams are equal in points (4) and goal differential (plus-1). Guatemala is coming off a 3-1 win against Antigua & Barbuda. Jamaica, on the strength of its 2-1 win against the USA on Sept. 7, holds a three-point group lead and can advance to the Final Round of qualifying with a win combined with a Guatemala-Antigua & Barbuda draw.

Among the rest of the CONCACAF field, Mexico leads Group B with a 3-0-0 record and nine points – a five-point lead over Costa Rica. Canada holds a slim lead in Group C with a 2-0-1 record and seven points. Trailing close behind is Panama (2-1-0, 6 points).

GROUP A STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Jamaica

3

2

0

1

4

2

+2

7

USA

3

1

1

1

5

4

+1

4

Guatemala

3

1

1

1

5

4

+1

4

Antigua & Barbuda

3

0

2

1

2

6

-4

1

Group A Schedule
June 8
USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
Jamaica 2, Guatemala 1

June 12
USA 1, Guatemala 1
Antigua & Barbuda 0, Jamaica 0

Sept. 7
Jamaica 2, USA 1
Guatemala 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1

Sept. 11
Jamaica at USA
Guatemala at Antigua & Barbuda

Oct. 12
USA at Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica at Guatemala

Oct. 16
Guatemala at USA
Antigua & Barbuda at Jamaica


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

0-0 T

--

BMO Field; Toronto, Canada

June 8

Antigua & Barbuda*

3-1 W

Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

June 12

Guatemala*

1-1 T

Clint Dempsey

Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City

Aug. 15

Mexico

1-0 W

Michael Orozco Fiscal

Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

Sept. 7

Jamaica*

1-2 L

Clint Dempsey

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

Sept. 11

Jamaica*

8 p.m.

ESPN2/ESPN3/Galavision

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 12

Antigua & Barbuda*

7 p.m.

beIN SPORT

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium; North Sound, Antigua

Oct. 16

Guatemala*

7 p.m.

ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision family

LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

*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 (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Clarence Goodson is suspended for Tuesday’s match because of yellow card accumulation. Goodson was issued a yellow card in the 67th minute of Friday’s game against Jamaica to go along with his first yellow during the 1-1 draw against Guatemala on June 12. Heading into Tuesday, Maurice Edu, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones are each sitting with a yellow card.
  • Clint Dempsey has now scored in three straight World Cup qualifiers. The start for Dempsey was his first action in any competition since the June 12 match against Guatemala.
  • Playing against Jamaica on Sept. 7, Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Danny Williams made their first appearances in a World Cup qualifier. Cameron earned his first qualifier start and Williams played his first match in an official competition with the United States. Joe Corona, Graham Zusi and Nick Rimando have yet to earn a cap in qualifying.
  • Jermaine Jones leads all U.S. players in games played (9) and minutes (787) in 2012.
  • Eighteen players on the roster were part of the group that earned four points from the first two World Cup Qualifiers this past June, including all three goal scorers: Clint Dempsey (2), Carlos Bocanegra and Herculez Gomez.
  • Real Salt Lake’s Rimando joined the team in Columbus for Tuesday’s match against Jamaica. Earlier in the camp, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was with the team for the trip to Jamaica. Johnson, whose parents are both of Jamaican descent, headed back to Chicago after the road match as his MLS team prepares for a Wednesday tilt against Toronto FC.
  • Bocanegra is one of four players who have changed squads between the USA’s 1-0 win against Mexico in Mexico City on Aug. 15 and the resumption of World Cup qualifying: Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) and Maurice Edu (Stoke City).
  • Michael Orozco Fiscal, who tallied the game-winner at Estadio Azteca during the program’s first victory in Mexico, is with the MNT for the second time in 2012. Also that day, Fabian Johnson lined up at right back for the first time while Maurice Edu stood in central defense for the first time in the Klinsmann era.
  • Hannover captain Cherundolo is taking part in his fourth qualifying cycle; Bocanegra, Dempsey and Howard are participating in their third.
  • Howard sits in second place all-time for victories among U.S. goalkeepers (32) and third in shutouts (28). He has eight clean sheets in 19 World Cup qualifying appearances.
  • Brad Guzan brings an additional three shutouts in five matches played.
  • The U.S. strike force has started out sizzling in their club campaigns. Altidore has four goals in four league matches with AZ Alkmaar. Terrence Boyd has deposited six goals in all competitions for Rapid Vienna. Gomez has scored twice in five appearances this season for Mexican side Santos Laguna.
  • Michael Parkhurst has scored two goals this season for Nordsjaelland of Denmark. Parkhurst helped lead the club to its first Danish Superliga championship last season and automatic qualification for the 2012-13 Champions League.
  • Bocanegra is the leading cap winner in World Cup qualifying on the roster with 28 appearances.
  • Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi is tied for second place in assists (12) in MLS this season.
  • Three players on the U.S. roster earned their first cap against Jamaica, including two in the same game. Cherundolo started in the USA’s 2-2 draw on Sept. 8, 1999, in Kingston, while both Dempsey and Jonathan Spector appeared as subs in the 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in Columbus.



USA-JAMAICA

  • The U.S. is 10-1-8 all-time against Jamaica, scoring 32 goals while allowing 12. The Sept. 7 loss was the USA’s first blemish in the series.
  • The USA is 8-0-3 in home matches against Jamaica.
  • The two goals allowed in the World Cup qualifier on Friday was just the second time in the series where the U.S. surrendered multiple goals against Jamaica. The other was a 2-2 draw on Sept. 8, 1999, in an international friendly.
  • The United States holds a 2-0-2 World Cup qualifying record against Jamaica in U.S.-based matches. The USA posted a 5-1 win on Aug. 13, 1988, in the first qualifier between the two countries; a 1-1 draw on Oct. 3, 1997, in Washington, D.C.; a 2-1 victory on Oct. 7, 2001, in Foxborough, Mass.; and a 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Among the 11 USA goals scored against Jamaica in World Cup qualifying history, two players have posted multi-goal efforts: Frank Klopas had two goals on Aug. 13, 1988, as did Joe-Max Moore on Oct. 7, 2001. Seven other players have scored one goal against Jamaica in qualifying, with Dempsey being the most recent on Friday.


IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Clint Dempsey now has eight career goals in World Cup qualifying, which ties for fourth all-time on the U.S. list with Eddie Johnston. Altidore is tied for sixth place with six goals.
  • Dempsey now has the two fastest goals in World Cup qualifying history for the United States. His goal 35 seconds in against Jamaica supplanted his own record of 53 seconds which he set in the 8-0 win against Barbados on June 15, 2008, at The Home Depot Center.
  • Dempsey, who has 28 career goals, is now two behind third-place Brian McBride (30).
  • Jozy Altidore earned his 50th career cap for the senior team with the start against Jamaica on Sept. 7. Among the current U.S. roster for the Jamaica qualifiers, Altidore has the fifth-most international appearances.With his goal against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8, Carlos Bocanegra moved into a first-place tie with Marcelo Balboa for most career goals by a U.S. defender (13).



BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Career appearances against Jamaica for Clint Dempsey
  • 5: U.S. players on the roster who play in the English Premier League
  • 9: Jamaica players representing clubs from Major League Soccer
  • 19: All-time meetings between the U.S. and Jamaica since 1988
  • 33: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 60: Jamaica’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 8-6-3, 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 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: JAMAICA

  • Jamaica Football Federation
  • Founded: 1910 (Joined FIFA in 1962)
  • Head Coach: Theodore Whitmore
  • FIFA Ranking: 60
  • Highest FIFA Ranking: 27 (1998)
  • Lowest FIFA Ranking: 116 (2008)
  • Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1998)



JAMAICA UPDATE

  • Jamaica’s roster for World Cup Qualifiers against the United States features nine players from Major League Soccer, including five from Canadian-based clubs.
  • Forward Luton Shelton, who scored the game-winning goal in Friday’s win against the USA, has 32 career goals in 65 international appearances.
  • In his rookie season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, forward Darren Mattocks has tallied seven goals and one assist in just 16 matches for the Canadian side.
  • In the first two Group A matches of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for Jamaica, Demar Phillips and Ryan Johnson helped give the Reggae Boyz a 2-1 win against Guatemala on June 8 at National Stadium in Kingston. In the second match, Jamaica was stymied on the road at Antigua & Barbuda and settled for a scoreless draw on June 12 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.



JAMAICA ROSTER BY POSITION 
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dwayne Miller (Syrianska), Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen)
DEFENDERS (8): Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC), Adrian Mariappa (Reading), O’Brian Woodbine (Vaasan Palloseura), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), Andrae Campbell (Nottodden), Nyron Nosworthy (Watford), Lovel Palmer (Portland Timbers)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Dane Richards (Vancouver Whitecaps), Je-Vaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo), Errol Stevens (Arnett Gardens FC), Rodolph Austin (Leeds United), Jason Morrison (Aaelsund), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United), Joel Senior (Harbour View)
FORWARDS (6): Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Kavin Bryan (Vicem Hai Phong), Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC), Luton Shelton (Karabukspor), Tramaine Stewart (Aaelsund)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Sept. 7, 2012 – National Stadium – Kingston, Jamaica – 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Group A
USA         1   Clint Dempsey 1
Jamaica   2   Rodolph Austin 23, Luton Shelton 62

LINEUPS:
USA : 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 23-Fabian Johnson; 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams, 58), 7-Maurice Edu (11-Brek Shea, 72); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 72), 9-Herculez Gomez
Subs not used: 2-Jonathan Spector, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Jose Torres, 19-Graham Zusi
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM : 13-Dwayne Miller; 19-Arian Mariappa, 2-Nyron Nosworthy, 14-Lovel Palmer; 15-Je-Vaughn Watson, 17-Rodolph Austin, 7-Jason Morrison, 6-Jermaine Taylor (capt.); 21-Luton Shelton (8-Joel Senior, 83); 18-Kavin Bryan (5-Darren Mattocks, 63), 9-Ryan Johnson (10-Omar Cummings, 90+1)
Subs not used: 1-Duwayne Kerr, 23-Jacomeno Barrett, 4-Shavar Thomas, 3-Dicoy Williams, 12-Andrae Williams, 16-O’Brian Woodbine, 22-Ewan Grandison, 11-Dane Richards, 20-Tremaine Stewart
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore

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