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U.S. MNT Faces Bosnia-Herzegovina for First Time on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium – Sarajevo
Aug. 14, 2013

FIRST MEETING BETWEEN USA AND BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA COMES AS QUALIFYING PREP: The late-summer fixture date has once again proved a benchmark opportunity for the United States as they face 13th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo. Kickoff at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

Both teams hold first place in their groups in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying and are gearing up for critical matches next month. This is the first meeting between the nations in official competition.

The USA’s roster is comprised largely of European-based players who are coming off the summer break and beginning the new league campaigns. The game also provides an opportunity to introduce new players into the Senior Team setup, as four players make their debut in an MNT camp: John Brooks, Cody Cropper, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood.

On Tuesday, Johannsson’s application to FIFA for a change of association was approved. He is now an available option for U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad on Wednesday. (Q & A with Aron Johannsson)

Bosnia-Herzegovina is ranked No. 13 in the world, its best-ever ranking in its history, which is due to their impressive performance in European qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After six matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina leads Group G with five wins and a draw, and holds a three-point lead over Greece. Overall, the Dragons are on an undefeated run of nine matches.

The U.S. is currently riding a record-setting 11-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.

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.

The U.S. resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose (beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio, 10 p.m. ET). Four days later, a sold-out crowd will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. 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

  • Jozy Altidore has scored in his last four matches for the United States and is one of only six U.S. players to accomplish this feat, joining William Looby, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan (twice).
  • Six players on the roster appeared in all three of the USA’s wins in World Cup Qualifying in June: Altidore, Michael Bradley, Brad Evans, Howard, Eddie Johnson and Fabian Johnson.
  • A total of six players were part of the Gold Cup-winning squad: Alejandro Bedoya, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson and Michael Parkhurst.
  • Six players participated in the combined U-20/U-23 MNT camp in November of 2011 in Duisburg coached by Tab Ramos: Terrence Boyd, John Brooks, Corona, Cody Cropper, Diskerud and Bobby Wood.
  • Roma midfielder - and teammate of Michael Bradley - Miralem Pjanic is joined by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic and the strike duo of Manchester City's Edin Dzeko and Stuttgart forward Vedad Ibisevic on Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 20-player roster. Dzeko is the country’s all-time leading scorer with 27 goals.


U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)


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

2:30 p.m.

8 p.m.

Goodson, Corona, Johnson, Donovan, Diskerud

Johnson, Donovan (2)

Shea

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

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*

5:30 p.m. CT

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

  • Tim Howard is the leading cap-winner on the roster with 90 appearances.
  • Leagues from 10 different countries are represented on the roster. Seven players come from playing in England, and five from Germany.
  • Four players on the roster are based in North America, with the Seattle Sounders sending the duo of Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson and Club Tijuana contributing Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona.
  • Evans scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston, the first ever road victory in qualifying against The Reggae Boyz.
  • Corona scored his first and second career goals for the National Team during the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Having joined the squad after the group phase, Johnson scored 15 seconds after he entered the game in the 60th minute of the USA’s 5-1 win against El Salvador in the quarterfinal.
  • Johnson is tied for the most appearances this year for the MNT with DaMarcus Beasley, each having played in 12 matches.
  • Bedoya, who recently transferred to Nantes in Ligue 1 in France, also 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. In the Gold Cup Final, he set up Brek Shea for the championship-winning goal.
  • Sacha Kljestan comes off another championship season with Anderlecht and scored a cracker in Sunday’s 4-1 win against Genk.
  • Four players are in camp with the Senior Team for the first time: John Anthony Brooks, Cody Cropper, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood.
  • Cropper started all three matches for the U.S. at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • A native of Hawaii, Wood played in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 20-year-old 1860 Munich forward could become the second player from Hawaii ever to play for the Senior Team, following Brian Ching.
  • Brooks has been a part of the youth national team set up at the U-20 level. He made his debut appearance in the Bundesliga this past weekend and did so in style, scoring the game-winner in the 6-1 win for Hertha Berlin against Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Johannsson’s application to FIFA for a change of association was approved Tuesday. He previously represented Iceland at the U-21 level. Johannsson, who was born in Mobile, Ala., has scored twice in as many games for AZ Alkmaar, including a penalty in the 3-2 win against Ajax on Sunday.
  • Terrence Boyd finished his first season at Rapid Vienna with 15 goals in all competitions.
  • 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.
  • Danny Williams moved in the summer from Hoffenheim to Reading of the English League Championship.
  • Tim Ream returns to the fold for the first time since October of 2011.


IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • After the 1-0 Gold Cup Final victory against Honduras, the U.S. MNT currently holds a record plus-25 goal differential in 2013. The USA has outscored its opponents 39-14 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 17 career goals, Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson are tied for seventh place on the USA’s all-time scoring list with DaMarcus Beasley and Earnie Stewart.
  • 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 ever 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: Meetings between the USA and Bosnia-Herzegovina in international competition
  • 2: U.S. players on the roster who scored their first international goal in 2013 (Bedoya, Corona)
  • 4: Number of players in search of their first cap for the MNT
  • 10: Countries with leagues represented on the U.S. roster
  • 11: Consecutive wins (team record)
  • 23: U.S. MNT wins under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 60: Number of total goals scored by U.S. players on the roster



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 23-8-6 record.
  • He has led the MNT to an 11-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 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which it 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
11 – Consecutive wins, a team record
15 – Clean sheets
23 – Wins
34 – Goals allowed
67 – 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: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine
Founded: 1920 (Joined FIFA in 1996)
Current FIFA Ranking: 13
Head Coach: Safet Susic
Best World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Caps Leader: Zvjezdan Misimović (73)
Top Scorer: Edin Dzeko (29)

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA UPDATE

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina is atop Group G of UEFA Qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with 16 points from six games. The 5-0-1 record includes 23 goals scored and only three surrendered.
  • The Zmajevi (Dragons) have never qualified for the World Cup, having reached the qualifying playoffs in each of the last two cycles and losing out to Portugal in both.
  • The squad is led by an aggressive attacking force with Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko at the helm, who is the top scorer in European qualifying with eight goals. His strike partner is Vedad Ibisevic, formerly of Hoffenheim and now plying his trade with Stuttgart, who is the second leading scorer in the campaign alongside Tomer Hemed of Israel.
  • Team captain and Bayern Leverkusen defender Emir Spahić is the second all-time leading capwinner with 65 appearances.
  • Bosnia head coach Safet “Pape” Susic is a former international who took over in 2009. In 2012, he was voted the best foreign player of all time in the French League by France Football.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (FK Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VfR Aalen)
DEFENDERS (5): Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (FC Zorya Lugansk), Mensur Mujdza (SC Freiburg), Ervin Zukanovic (Genk)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Sejad Salihovic (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Adnan Zahirovic (VfL Bocum), Elvir Rahimic (CSKA Moscow), Haris Medunjanin (Gazientepspor), Miroslav Stevanovic (Elche), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split)
FORWARDS (3): Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB)


LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
July 28, 2013 – Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill. – 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup – Final

USA         1   Brek Shea
Panama  0

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 21-Clarence Goodson, 25-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Stuart Holden (8-Mix Diskerud, 23); 20-Alejandro Bedoya (24-Omar Gonzalez, 89), 10-Landon Donovan, 6-Joe Corona (23-Brek Shea, 68); 26-Eddie Johnson
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 13-Tony Beltran, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Will Bruin, 19-Chris Wondolowski, 22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 2-Leonel Parris, 4-Carlos Rodriguez, 5-Roman Torres (capt.), 6-Gabriel Gomez (16-Rolando Blackburn, 74), 7-Blas Perez, 8-Marcos Sanchez, 9-Gabriel Torres (18-Jairo Jimenez, 65), 19-Alberto Quintero, 20-Anibal Godoy, 23-Roberto Chen
Subs Not Used: 3-Harold Cummings, 10-Eybir Bonagas, 11-Cecilio Waterman, 12-Luis Mejia, 13-Jean Carlos Cedeno, 14-Juan Perez, 15-Alex Rodriguez, 17-Roderick Miller, 21-Richard Dixon
Head Coach: Julio Valdez

On the field for Bosnia-Herzegovina:
June 7, 2013 – Stadionas Skonto – Riga, Latvia – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Group G
Latvia                         0
Bosnia-Herzegovina  5  Lulic 48, Ibisevic 53, Medunjanin 63, Pjanic 80, Dzeko 82

LVA: 1-Andris Vanins; 2-Pavels Mihadjuks, 4-Nauris Bulvitis, 6-Deniss Ivanovs, 3-Oskars Klava; 7-Vladimirs Kamess (21-Vladislavs Gabovs, 59), 13-Kaspars Gorkss, 20-Alans Sinelnikovs, 18-Aleksandrs Fertovs; 9-Maris Verpakovskis (15-Artis Lazdins, 15), 17-Edgars Gauracs (14-Valerijs Sabala, 64)
Head Coach: Aleksandrs Starkovs

BIH: 1-Asmir Begovic; 13-Mensur Mujdza, 4-Emir Spahic, 6-Elvir Rahimic (16-Edin Visca, 70), 21-Ervin Zukanovic; 8-Miralem Pjanic, 15-Sejad Salihovic (17-Senijad Ibricic, 79), 18-Haris Medunjanin (7-Miroslav Stevanovic, 70), 16-Senad Lulic; 9-Vedad Ibisevic, 11-Edin Dzeko
Head Coach: Safet Susic

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