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Game Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Costa Rica


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica - 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Estadio Nacional – San Jose
Sept. 6, 2013

USA IN SAN JOSE TO ATTEMPT TO MAKE HISTORY:  The U.S. Men’s National Team resumes World Cup Qualifying with another historic opportunity when it faces Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose. Leading the Hexagonal with 13 points through six games, the MNT has never won an away qualifier in Costa Rica. The Ticos are second place in the group with 11 points.

Kickoff at Estadio Nacional is set for 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on  beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. is riding a record-setting 12-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship.

U.S. team captain Clint Dempsey is primed to earn his 100th cap for the United States. Dempsey has 12 goals in World Cup Qualifying during his international career, which ties him for first place on the USA’s all-time list. He is the only U.S. player to appear in all 12 matches in this qualifying cycle.

Klinsmann just passed the two-year anniversary of his tenure with the U.S. Men’s National Team and has compiled some impressive results, including a record-tying winning percentage in 2012 (.750) and a record-setting winning streak that utilized 35 different players.

Four days later, a sold-out crowd in Columbus, Ohio will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T at Crew Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.

TOP FIVE NOTES

  • There is a scenario in which the U.S. could qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup following the Costa Rica match. In order for that to occur, the U.S. must beat Costa Rica, Mexico must tie Honduras, and Panama must lose or draw against Jamaica.
  • Jozy Altidore was cleared to resume workouts Tuesday after receiving a full medical evaluation.  He sat out Sunderland’s match on Sept. 1 with soreness in his hamstring.
  • Altidore has scored in his last five matches for the United States, becoming the only player in U.S. history to accomplish this feat. He was Budweiser Man of the Match in the USA’s 4-3 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scoring three goals and recording an assist.
  • Dempsey’s seven goals in this qualifying cycle leads all U.S. scorers. His most recent strike in the campaign proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. [WATCH SNOWCLASICO HIGHLIGHTS]
  • A total of 11 players were part of the Gold Cup winning squad: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Edgar Castillo, Mix Diskerud, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Michael Orozco and Nick Rimando.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

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

 

8 p.m.

Goodson, Corona, Johnson, Donovan, Diskerud

Johnson, Donovan (2)

Shea

E. Johnson, Altidore (3)

 

beIN SPORT

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*

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

Oct. 11

Jamaica*

TBD

ESPN network, WatchESPN, UniMas

Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 15

Panama*

TBD

beIN SPORT

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
^2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup

ROSTER NOTES

  • Eight players on the U.S. roster are carrying yellow cards. Their next caution will result in a one-match suspension: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones.
  • Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Omar Gonzalez are the only four players to have started all six games in the Hexagonal.
  • Donovan returns to World Cup Qualifying action for the first time since June 12, 2012, the 1-1 draw in Guatemala, an absence spanning 10 matches.
  • He is the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup Qualifying appearances (37), and currently sits on 21 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 2013. He owns the single-year point record of 22 set in 2007 (9 goals, 4 assists).
  • Eddie Johnson leads all U.S. players with 13 appearances in 2013, and has accumulated four goals and one assist. Beasley, who captained the team in the Gold Cup, has started the most games (12).
  • Besler and Gonzalez have been the center back pairing for the last four qualifiers, beginning with the historic 0-0 draw against Mexico on March 26 in Mexico City.
  • Bedoya, who recently transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France, got on the scoresheet for the first time in his international career when he tallied in the 6-0 win against Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
  • Two players on the roster made their senior team debut in the win against Bosnia. John Brooks, a dual citizen of the United States and Germany, started at center back. AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Johannsson, born in Mobile, Ala., completed his change of association from Iceland in time to enter as a substitute in the 63rd minute. The 22-year-old has four goals for AZ thus far this season.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven matches played in qualifying in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
  • Guzan was voted the 2013 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
  • Leagues from eight different countries are represented on the roster.

USA vs. COSTA RICA

  • The United States has never won an away World Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica and holds 0-7-1 record.
  • The U.S. is 6-8-3 all-time in World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica. Overall, the USA enjoys a slight edge in the series at 13-12-6, having taken the upper hand in 2013 after capturing consecutive 1-0 wins in official competitions this year.
  • Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner and DaMarcus Beasley earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors in the Snowclasico on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. A total of 10 players on the current roster saw action in that match. The lineup that day: Guzan; Cameron, Goodson, Beasley; Jones (Edu, 83), Bradley; Zusi (E. Johnson, 75), Dempsey, Gomez (Beckerman, 90+4); Altidore
  • That victory ended a five-game unbeaten streak for Costa Rica against the U.S. at 3-0-2, dating back to 2005.
  • In the third game of the Gold Cup group stage, Brek Shea tallied the lone goal on July 16 in East Hartford, Conn.
  • Donovan (2001, 2009) and Beasley (2005, 2009) have each played twice in qualifiers in Costa Rica. Bradley and Howard both participated in the 3-1 loss on June 3, 2009, in San Jose.
  • Bradley, Dempsey and Donovan (3) have all scored against Costa Rica, and all three in World Cup Qualifiers. Bradley’s goal started the comeback that resulted in a 2-2 draw on Oct. 14, 2009, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. That result delivered the USA a first-place finish in the Hexagonal and forced Costa Rica into a playoff against Uruguay, which they lost.
  • The U.S. posted its first victory against Costa Rica on June 14, 1988, a 1-0 international friendly win in San Antonio, Texas.
  • The USA’s first World Cup Qualifying win against Costa Rica was a 1-0 shutout on April 30, 1989, in St. Louis, Mo. National Soccer Hall of Famer and current U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos had the game’s only goal in the 72nd minute.
  • The team’s most successful stretch against Costa Rica was a three-game winning streak from 2002-05.
  • The U.S. earned a 2-0 victory on Feb. 2, 2002, to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup title, with goals from Josh Wolff and Jeff Agoos and a four-save shutout from goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
  • The USA rallied from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 3-2 victory in the third-place game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 26, 2003. Bobby Convey scored his first international goal in the 66th minute for the game-winner. Carlos Bocanegra had a 29th-minute goal and Earnie Stewart notched an equalizer in the 56th minute.
  • For its third-straight win against Costa Rica, the USA posted a 3-0 victory on June 4, 2005, in World Cup Qualifying in Salt Lake City, which was the last time the U.S. has beaten Costa Rica in international competition. Donovan scored a pair of goals and Brian McBride added an 87th-minute goal for the three-goal advantage.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

6

4

1

1

7

3

 +4

13

Costa Rica

6

3

1

2

4

2

+2

11

Mexico

6

1

0

5

3

2

+1

8

Honduras

6

2

3

1

6

7

  -1

7

Panama

6

1

2

3

5

7

  -2

6

Jamaica

6

0

4

2

2

8

  -6

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 6
Mexico v. Honduras        9:30 p.m. ET
Costa Rica v. USA             10 p.m. ET
Panama v. Jamaica          10 p.m. ET

Sept. 10
USA v. Mexico                  8 p.m. ET
Jamaica v. Costa Rica      8 p.m. ET
Honduras v. Panama      9 p.m. ET

Visit ussoccer.com for the complete World Cup Qualifying schedule and results.

IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • After the 4-3 win against Bosnia, the U.S. MNT currently holds a record plus-26 goal differential in 2013. The USA has outscored its opponents 43-17 this year, ranking ahead of the USA’s 2000 campaign when the squad outscored its opponents 34-11 (plus-23 goal differential).
  • With the win against El Salvador on July 21, the MNT collected double-digits in victories in a single year for the eighth time in team history.
  • Now with 35 goals, Dempsey is second on the USA’s all-time scoring list behind Donovan.
  • Altidore sits in seventh place with 20 goals.
  • 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.
  • The first victory in Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying added to the list of firsts during Klinsmann’s tenure that include the win against four-time World Cup champion Italy and the road win against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

BY THE NUMBERS:
0              Wins for the U.S. in Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying.
1              U.S. player on the roster who scored his first international goal in 2013 (Bedoya)
5              Number of U.S. players on the roster with at least 80 caps
8              Countries with leagues represented on the U.S. roster
12           Consecutive wins (team record)
24           U.S. MNT wins under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: On July 29, 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The former World Cup and European Champion has been at the helm for two years. Here’s a look at the program’s achievements so far. 

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 24-8-6 record
  • He has led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2012 with a 9-2-3 record, good for a .750 winning percentage and equaling the best ever winning percentage.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 Gold Cup, during which they 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

By the numbers:
8 – Wins in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
12 – Consecutive wins, a team record
15 – Clean sheets
24 – Wins
37 – Goals allowed
70 – Goals scored

MORE IN THE 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’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: COSTA RICA
Costa Rican Football Federation
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
Best World Cup Finish: Round of 16 in 1990 (2-2-0 record)
Leading Capwinner: Walter Centeno (137)
Top Scorer: Rolando Fonseca (47)

COSTA RICA UPDATE

  • Since falling to the United States on March 22 in Colorado, the Costa Ricans are unbeaten in their last four World Cup Qualifiers, going 3-0-1 and posting four straight shutouts. That includes three wins at home and a 0-0 draw in Mexico.
  • The Ticos have deployed 38 different players in this cycle.
  • Alvaro Saborio sits in fifth place on the MLS scoring charts with 10 goals. He came off his best MLS season in 2012 with Real Salt Lake after scoring 17 goals. That was the third-most goals in the league and set a new RSL record, breaking the mark of 16 set by Jeff Cunningham in 2006.
  • Saborio is Costa Rica’s leading scorer with seven goals in this World Cup Qualifying cycle – six in the semifinal round to lead all CONCACAF players and a goal in the final round. He notched a hat trick on June 12, 2012, during a 4-0 victory against Guyana.
  • Costa Rica scored 14 goals en route to a runner-up finish in Group B of the semifinal round qualifying and tallied two goals in the final round opener against Panama. The 16 total goals lead all CONCACAF teams, followed closely behind Mexico, which had 15 goals in the semifinal round and played Jamaica to a scoreless draw on Feb. 6 in its final round opener.

COSTA RICA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense).
DEFENDERS (8): Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), José Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Giancarlo González (Valerenga), Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (Saprissa), Óscar Duarte (Brugges), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Júnior Díaz (Mainz).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Cristian Bolaños (Copenhagen), José Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Celso Borges (AIK), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesunds), Diego Calvo (Varelenga), Mauricio Castillo (Saprissa).
FORWARDS(6): Bryan Ruiz (Fulham), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Randall Brenes (Cartaginés), Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake), Víctor Núñez (Herediano) , Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano).

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Aug. 14, 2013 – Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium - Sarajevo, Bosnia – International Friendly
Bosnia-Herzegoniva       3              Edin Dzeko 8, 90; Vedad Ibisevic 30        
USA                                       4              Eddie Johnson 55; Jozy Altidore 59, 84, 86

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans (11-Bobby Wood, 87), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-John Brooks, 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Michael Parkhurst, 80); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (16-Sacha Kljestan, 69), 19-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Joe Corona, 63), 8-Mix Diskerud (2-Edgar Castillo, 45), 18-Eddie Johnson (7-Aron Johannsson, 63); 17-Jozy Altidore
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 9-Terrence Boyd, 21-Tim Ream
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BIH: 1-Asmir Begovic; 4-Emir Spahic (capt.) (23-Toni Sunjic, 45), 3-Ermin Bicakcic, 15-Sejad Salihovic (7-Miroslav Stevanovic), 21-Ervin Zukanovic (19-Edin Visca, 62); 16-Senad Lulic, 6-Elvir Rahimic (14-Adnan Zahirovic, 45), 8-Miralem Pjanic (18-Haris Medunjanin, 61), 10-Zvjezdan Misimovic; 9-Vedad Ibisevic (2-Avdija Vrsajevic, 45), 11-Edin Dzeko
Substitutions Not Used: 22-Asimir Avdukic; 12-Jasmin Fejzic
Head coach: Safet Susic

On the field for Costa Rica
Aug. 14, 2013 – Estadio Quisquiya  – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – International Friendly
Costa Rica                                           4              Celso Borges 48, 70, Pablo Herrera 76, Mauricio Castillo 86
Dominican Republic                       0             

DOM: Miguel Lloyd, Joan de la Cruz, César García, Kerbi Rodríguez, Hansley Martínez, Francisco Ubiera, Cayetano Bonnin, Heinz Batmettler, Samuel Lustenberger, Jonathan Faña, Domingo Peralta
Head Coach: Clemente Hernández

CRC: Patrick Pemberton, Óscar Duarte, Giancarlo González, Junior Díaz, Cristian Gamboa, Yeltsin Tejeda, Michael Barrantes, Bryan Ruiz, Celso Borges, Jonathan McDonald, Yendrick Ruiz
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Vs  Costa Rica
July 16, 2013 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. –2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Group C
USA                                       1              Brek Shea 80
Costa Rica                           0             

USA: 12-Sean Johnson; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 11-Stuart Holden, 8-Mix Diskerud; 20-Alejandro Bedoya (6-Joe Corona, 80), 10-Landon Donovan, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 77); 19-Chris Wondolowski (9-Herculez Gomez, 77)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Nick Rimando, 2-Edgar Castillo, 3-Corey Ashe, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 13-Tony Beltran, 14-Kyle Beckerman, 17-Will Bruin, 18-Jack McInerney, 22-Bill Hamid
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CRC: 18-Patrick Pemberton (capt.); 16-Carlos Johnson, 3-Giancarlo González, 4-Michael Umaña, 15-Junior Diaz;8-Kenny Cunningham, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 5-Celso Borges, 19-Roy Miller (14-Christopher Meneses, 68); 20-Rodney Wallace (10-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 71), 22-Jairo Arrieta (9-Alvaro Saborio, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Leonel Moreira, 2-Kendall Watson, 6-Juan Madrigal, 7-Mauricio Castillo, 11-Michael Barrantes, 12-Yendrick Ruiz,13-Ariel Rodriguez, 21-Esteban Granados, 23-Luis Torres
Head Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
 

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