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U.S. Men Set to Face The Netherlands on Wednesday, March 3

U.S. Men’s National Team
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monday, March 1

WORLD CUP TEST: The U.S. Men’s National Team could not ask for a better test three months out from the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they face the third-ranked Netherlands this Wednesday, March 3 at Amsterdam ArenA. Kickoff for the final FIFA international fixture date before the 32 World Cup teams meet in South Africa is set for 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker and at

CLOSING IN ON WORLD CUP ROSTER: With one final opportunity to bring together his top players before naming the squad for the World Cup in May, U.S. head coach Bob Bradley has assembled a 20-player roster which includes sixteen European-based players, three domestic-based players and one player based in Mexico. The players started to gather on Sunday, Feb. 28 in Amsterdam, with a handful also arriving on Monday after playing in their weekend matches. The U.S. will train have two days of training before facing the Netherlands.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Everton), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

UNIFORM UNVEILING: The match against the Netherlands will also be the on-field debut of the 2010 Men's National Team away kit which the team will wear during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The new away jersey is obsidian blue with a white sash with red trim across the front from the right shoulder to the left side, and includes a red round-neck collar. Designed by Nike with the national culture and identity of the U.S. in mind, the jersey echoes the uniform worn by the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which they defeated England 1-0 in one of the biggest upsets in the history of soccer. The replica jerseys are available to fans now at and will begin to ship on March 3, the day of the jersey’s debut on the field. The jersey is entirely constructed with fabric recycled polyester from plastic bottles and features materials to stay cool and Dri-Fit moisture control. The U.S. Soccer crest is embroidered over the heart.


  • Bob Bradley's roster of 20 players were all present for Monday’s training session in Amsterdam.
  • Bradley can dress 18 players for Wednesday's match and has six substitutions available.
  • The U.S. has never taken a point or scored a goal against the Netherlands in three meetings, with a 0-3-0 record and five goals against.
  • The Netherlands currently holds the third spot in FIFA’s World Rankings. The U.S. is 2-11-1 all-time against teams ranked in the top three, and 0-2-0 against the third-ranked team in the world since FIFA began the rankings in 1993.
  • This is the highest ranked team that the U.S. has ever played away. All 14 previous meetings against top-three teams were at neutral or home sites. Previously the Netherlands (No. 4, 0-1 L in 2004) and Spain (No. 4, 0-1 L in 2008) were the highest-ranked road opponents for the U.S.
  • The last meeting between the teams came in the same venue six years and 12 days ago on Feb. 18, 2004. The U.S. lost 1-0 on an Arjen Robben goal.
  • DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan have each faced the Netherlands two times, while Carlos Bocanegra has appeared once.
  • Brad Guzan, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Stuart Holden faced the Netherlands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when the Dutch came from behind to tie the U.S. 2-2. Ryan Babel, on the roster for Wednesday’s game, scored the first Dutch goal. Altidore scored the second U.S. goal.
  • Several U.S. players are without an appearance for Bradley’s squad for an extended amount of time. Marcus Hahnemann last appeared on Oct 17, 2007, when he started against Switzerland in Basel while Frank Simek last appeared in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final on June 24 of that year, coming on as a replacement for Jonathan Spector.
  • Two U.S. players are returning to the mix after injuries forced them to miss time in 2009. Maurice Edu (knee) last appeared as a final-minute substitute against El Salvador on March 28, 2009, while Jay DeMerit (eye) could make his first appearance since his start against Mexico on Aug. 12, 2009.
  • Two players have made their U.S. first appearance for Bradley within the last year. Holden debuted on July 4, 2009, with an Independence Day goal in the Gold Cup, while Alejandro Bedoya first appeared on Jan. 23 of this year against Honduras.
  • Just four players on this roster carry over from last week’s 2-1 win against El Salvador in Tampa, Fla., including three quarters of the starting defense in Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein and Heath Pearce. Robbie Findley started at forward.
  • Bornstein captained the U.S. for the first time in that match while making his first U.S. start as a central defender.
  • Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki) is the first player called into a U.S. camp while playing professionally in Greece since Apollon’s Frank Klopas in 1995.
  • Fourteen of the 20 players appeared in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying for the U.S., although only half of that number, seven, appeared in at least half of the USA’s qualifiers (Tim Howard, Pearce, Bocanegra, Donovan, Beasley, Bradley and Altidore).
  • Just more than half of the U.S. roster from the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup is represented in Amsterdam. The 12 players are Guzan, Howard, Bocanegra, Bornstein, DeMerit, Pearce, Spector, Beasley, Bradley, José Torres, Altidore and Donovan.
  • Three players – Holden, Pearce and Goodson – appeared for the U.S. in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The U.S. has a 3-6-0 record in March against European opponents in Europe.

Average Age: 25.7
Average Caps: 30
Most Caps: 120 (Landon Donovan)
Fewest Caps: 1 (Alejandro Bedoya)
Oldest: 37 (Marcus Hahnemann)
Youngest: 20 (Jozy Altidore)

Play professionally in: England (9), USA (3), Scotland (2), France (1), Germany (1), Greece (1), Mexico (1), Norway (1), Sweden (1)

MARCH FIXTURES?: In both 2002 and 2006, the U.S. played March friendlies in Europe. In 2002, the U.S. traveled to face Germany in Rostock on March 27, and 14 of the 15 players to see the field were eventually named to Bruce Arena’s 2002 FIFA World Cup roster (although we are counting both Chris Armas, who was injured after being named to the roster, and his replacement, Steve Cherundolo). Clint Mathis scored two goals in the 4-2 loss, and would go on to score once in the 2002 World Cup. In 2006, the U.S. played a pair of European games in March, hosting Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on March 1 and facing Germany in Dortumund on March 22. Of the 17 players to play in the 1-0 win against Poland, 13 made the 2006 FIFA World Cup roster. Dempsey scored in that match and later would score in that summer’s FIFA World Cup. Of the 15 players to take the field on March 22, 2006, in a 4-1 loss, 11 were on the 2006 World Cup squad.

TWO PLAYERS VISIT SQUAD: With the trip to Amsterdam representing the only gathering of European-based players before the naming of the World Cup roster, two additional players have been invited to visit the team in camp in Amsterdam. Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo has been cleared to train after spending a month recovering from a broken bone in his shoulder. Cherundolo will work out with the team for two days before returning to Hannover on Tuesday evening to resume training with his club in preparation for the remainder of the season. Oguchi Onyewu continues his rehabilitation process on the torn patellar tendon suffered Oct. 14, 2009, in the USA's final qualifier for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but will not train with the team.

SEND-OFF SERIES: After Wednesday's match, which is the last game scheduled for the USA before the naming of the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster, the U.S. will play a two-game Send-Off Series against the Czech Republic on May 25 at a location to be determined and then Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on May 29 prior to departing for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The USA has faced the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) on two occasions, both coming in World Cups. Four years ago the U.S. fell 3-0 to the Czechs, then ranked No. 2 in the world, in Gelsenkirchen to open the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, while Czechoslovakia handed a young U.S. team a 5-1 loss on June 10, 1990, in Italy in the Americans first match in a World Cup in 40 years. The U.S. holds a 0-1-1 record against Turkey, who made a memorable run to the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship. The two sides' most recent meeting came during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, with the Turks collecting a 2-1 victory in Lyon, France.

FOURTH TIME A CHARM?: The U.S. has played the Netherlands three times in its history, falling to the Oranje in all three matches while never scoring a goal. In the first meeting between the two countries, the U.S. fell by a 2-0 score on Feb. 21, 1998, in Miami. Four years later, the U.S. faced the Netherlands in their final tune-up match before the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and suffered a similar fate in Foxborough, Mass., but Bruce Arena’s squad put in a good performance, with only the heroics of goalkeeper Ronald Watterreus preserving the Dutch victory. Two players on the field for the USA that day are available for selection on Wednesday: DaMarcus Beasley started at left wing while Landon Donovan came on as a second-half sub. For the Netherlands, midfielder Andre Ooijer is the only holdover. The last meeting occurred in the same location as Wednesday’s match – Amsterdam ArenA – with the U.S. falling 1-0 after then 19-year-old Arjen Robben found the net in the 57th minute.

HOLLAND CONNECTIONS: Midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley are familiar with the Netherlands, having played PSV and Heerenveen, respectively. Beasley played for PSV from 2004-2007, winning two league titles (2005, 2006) and a Dutch cup (2005) with the Eindhoven club. While at the Philips Stadion, Beasley would also become the first American to play in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when he lined up against AC Milan in 2005. Bradley signed for Heerenveen in 2006 after a stint with the MetroStars in MLS. After establishing himself with the Eredivisie club, he went on to score 21 goals during the 2007-08 season before signing for Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga during the summer of 2008.

FRENEMIES: There are a few connections amongst members of the Dutch and American teams. Mark van Bommel, Ibrahim Affellay and Andre Ooijer all played with DaMarcus Beasley at PSV. Both Affellay and Ooijer remain at PSV while van Bommel has since moved on to Bayern Munich via Barcelona. Oguchi Onyewu is a current teammate of forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at AC Milan in Serie A.

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: The U.S. Men's National Team finished atop the FIFA World Cup qualifying Final Round standings in CONCACAF for the second consecutive cycle, besting Mexico by one point. Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage-time goal with only seconds remaining leveled the score in the final qualifying match with Costa Rica on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., the 2-2 draw giving the USA the vital point it needed. The result at RFK Stadium, coupled with Mexico's draw by the same score with Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain, kept the U.S. first with El Tri second. The late drama in the nation's capital served to shake up third and fourth spot in the standings as well, with Honduras the beneficiary. Los Catrachos won on the road in El Salvador (the first time in the final round the visitors won in San Salvador) and leapfrogged Costa Rica to claim the third and final automatic berth to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States* 10 6 2 2 19 12 +7 20
Mexico* 10 6 3 1 17 11 +6 19
Honduras* 10 5 4 1 17 11 +6 16
Costa Rica 10 5 4 1 15 15 0 16
El Salvador 10 2 6 2 10 16 -6 8
Trinidad & Tobago 10 1 6 3 10 22 -12 6

* qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

INTO THE NEXT 50: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 57 games under his belt, seeing 89 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 complete, a review of the body of work during the past nearly-three years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Bradley’s 31 victories in 50 games outdistanced his predecessor Bruce Arena, who had collected 25 victories at that point in his tenure. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:

  • Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup. 
  • Finished in first place in CONCACAF qualifying, collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign while going unbeaten at home in nine matches.
  • Won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15).
  • Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. 
  • Won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008). 
  • Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland). 
  • Played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2). 
  • Played matches on four continents. 
  • Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

All-Time: 35-17-6
Qualifying: 13-3-2
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 107
Goals Against: 69
Shutouts: 22

Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 68 GF, 34 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-6-0, 16 GF, 14 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 2-6-2
Tied at half: 12-8-2

By year …
2007: 12-5-1
2008: 9-3-2
2009: 13-8-3
2010: 1-1-0

GROUPED TOGETHER: The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria. The USA has faced England, ranked ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, on nine prior occasions and holds a 2-7-0 record against the 1966 World Cup champions. Most recently the two sides met in a friendly on May 28, 2008 at Wembley Stadium, where Fabio Capello's side earned a 2-0 victory. Slovenia (ranked 33rd) and Algeria (28th) have never faced the United States and the games in South Africa will mark the first meetings between the countries in any competition.

U.S. MNT 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C Schedule

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) Venue
June 12 England 8:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Rustenburg
June 18 Slovenia 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. Ellis Park Stadium; Johannesburg
June 23 Algeria 4 p.m. / 10 a.m. Tshwane/Pretoria

ELITE GROUP: Here is a look at the 32 teams from around the world who have booked their tickets to South Africa and the confederations they're coming from:

Host Country: South Africa
AFC – Asia (43 teams, 4.5 berths): Australia, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic
CAF – Africa (53 teams, 5 berths): Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria
CONCACAF – North America, Central America, Caribbean (35 teams, 3.5 berths): Honduras, Mexico, USA
CONMEBOL – South America (10 teams, 4.5 berths): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
OFC (10 teams, .5 berths) – New Zealand
UEFA – Europe (53 teams, 13 berths): Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

Of these teams, only the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain and Korea Republic have participated in all six World Cups since 1990.

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Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Founded: 1889 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Best World Cup Finish: Second Place (1974 and 1978)
Best European Championship Finish: Champions (1988)
Caps Leader: Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top Scorer: Patrick Kluivert (40)
Key Players: Mark van Bommel, Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben, Rafael van der Vaart

GOALKEEPERS (3): Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Piet Velthuizen (Vitesse Arnhem), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht);
DEFENDERS (7): Edson Braafheid (Celtic), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord), John Heitinga (Everton), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andre Ooijer (PSV), Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Ibrahim Afellay (PSV), Orlando Engelaar (PSV), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax);
FORWARDS (5): Ryan Babel (Liverpool), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Eljero Elia (Hamburg), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).

UNDEFEATED IN QUALIFYING: After a disappointing quarterfinal exit in Euro 2008, the Netherlands appointed Bert van Marwijk to lead the quest for South Africa. The European power cruised through qualifying, posting an impressive 8-0-0 record while becoming the first UEFA team to qualify for the World Cup. An offense averaging more than two goals a game in qualifying is perhaps expected from the Dutch, who have long been known for their flamboyant attacking play. However, the defense, which allowed just two goals in those eight qualifiers, is proving to be equally noteworthy. Led by veteran captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Holland is a team made up of players from Europe's biggest club and rightly a perennial contender for any international tournament.

IT'S NEVER EASY: Netherlands has been drawn into Group E of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Denmark, Japan and Cameroon. Bert van Marwijk's team opens the World Cup in Johannesburg on June 14 when they meet fellow UEFA qualifiers Denmark. Five days later Netherlands meets Japan before rounding out group play against Cameroon. Should the team advance, they will cross over in a second round match with a member of Group F, which includes Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.

Netherlands 2010 FIFA World Cup Group E Schedule

Date Opponent Venue
June 14 Denmark Soccer City; Johannesburg
June 19 Japan Durban
June 24 Cameroon Cape Town

On the field for USA
Feb. 24, 2010 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. – International Friendly
USA                2      Brian Ching 75, Sacha Kljestan 90+2
El Salvador     1      Rudis Corrales 59

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 21-Brad Evans, 13-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Clarence Goodson, 6-Heath Pearce; 14-Robbie Rogers (5-Geoff Cameron, 86), 16-Sacha Kljestan, 7-Kyle Beckerman (17-Dax McCarty, 79), 8-Brad Davis (3-Eddie Gaven, 46); 9-Conor Casey (11-Brian Ching, 46), 10-Robbie Findley (19-Jeff Cunningham, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Troy Perkins, 4-Chad Marshall
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

SLV: 1-Miguel Montes; 2-Alexander Escobar, 3-Marvin González, 5-Ramón Flores (20-Odir Flores, ), 12-Manuel Salazar, 13-Deris Umanzor; 7-Ramón Sánchez (capt.), 8-Osael Romero (14-Dennis Alas, 71), 17-Juan Carlos Moscoso; 9-Rudis Corrales, 16-Arturo Álvarez
Subs not used: 4-Mardo Henríquez, 11-Andrés Flores, 15-Alfredo Pacheco, 6-Shawn Martin, 18-Dagoberto Portillo, 19-Edgar Álvarez
Head Coach: José Luis Rugamas

On the field for Netherlands
Nov. 18, 2009 – PSV Stadium, Eindhoven, Netherlands – International Friendly
Netherlands    0
Paraguay         0

NED: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-Johnny Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst (capt.) (14-Edson Braafheid, 46); 8-Nigel de Jong (20-Orlando Engelaar, 46), 6-Mark van Bommel (21-Wout Brama, 71), 10-Rafael van der Vaart (19-Otman Bakkal, 85); 11-Eljero Elia (18-Ryan Babel, 46), 9-Dirk Kuyt (17-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 62), 7-Ibrahim Afellay
Subs not used: 12-Khalid Boulahrouz, 15-Stijn Schaars, 16-Michel Vorm, 22-Piet Veithuizen
Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk

PAR: 1-Justo Villar; 2-Dario Veron, 3-Claudio Rodriguez, 21-Antonin Alcaraz, 14-Paulo da Silva (9-Roque Santa Cruz, 48); 8-Nestor Ortigoza (6-Carlos Bonet,, 71), 15-Victor Caceres, 16-Cristian Riveros, 13-Eduardo Ledesma; 7-Oscar Cardozo (11-Jorge Achucarro, 65), 18-Nelson Valdez (23-Dante Lopez, 80)
Subs not used: 4-Denis Caniza, 5-Julio Caceres, 12-Aldo Bobadilla, 17-Aureliano Tores, 19-Edgar Benitez
Head Coach: Gerardo Martino

On the field vs. Netherlands
Feb. 18, 2004 – Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam – International Friendly
USA                0
Netherlands   1   Arjen Robben 57

USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk (6-Steve Cherundolo, 85), 3-Gregg Berhalter, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 12-Corey Gibbs; 15-Bobby Convey, 13-Chris Armas, 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.) (16-Josh Wolff, 72), 7-Eddie Lewis (17-DaMarcus Beasley, 46); 20-Brian McBride (9-Clint Mathis, 61), 21-Landon Donovan
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 13-Kerry Zavagnin, 22-Chris Klein
Head Coach: Bruce Arena

NED: 1-Edwin van der Sar; 2-Johnny Heitenga, 3-Jaap Stam, 4-Philip Cocu (18-Boudewijn Zenden, 72), 5-Wilfred Bouma (12-Frank de Boer, 80); 6-Edgar Davids (14-Clarence Seedorf, 46), 7-Andy van der Meyde (20-Roy Makaay, 46), 8-Wesley Sneijder (15-Mark van Bommel, 46); 9-Ruud van Nistelrooy (17-Pierre van Hooijdonk, 80), 10-Rafael van der Vaart, 11-Arjen Robben.
Subs not used: 13-Marc Overmars, 16-Ronald Wattereus, 19-Nigel De Jong
Head Coach: Dick Advocaat