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U.S. MNT Prepared to Square Off against Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Paraguay
International Friendly
LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
March 28, 2011

PARAGUAY AT LP: After a thrilling 1-1 draw against Argentina, the U.S. completes the two-game set when they face 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Paraguay at LP Field in Nashville. The U.S. will be making their third appearance in Nashville, including a final round World Cup qualifier on April 1, 2009, when Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in U.S. history to record a hat trick, pacing the U.S. to a 3-0 victory against Trinidad &Tobago (TICKETS). Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura will broadcast the match live at 7 p.m. CT, and fans can follow the match at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

QUICK HITS

  • The U.S. team traveled to Nashville with 21 players after Edson Buddle was released back to FC Ingolstadt. The team will dress 18 players on match day.
  • The U.S. holds a 2-1-2 lifetime record against Paraguay, posting three shutouts. In addition to a 3-0 victory in the 1930 World Cup (July 17 in Montevideo, Uruguay), the USA collected a 2-0 win on July 6, 2003 in Columbus. The teams last met at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela, where a young U.S. team fell 3-1 to the Paraguayans in Barinas after entering halftime with an even scoreline.
  • Four players on the current roster started in that game: Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber, and Sacha Kljestan.
  • The U.S. is coming off a thrilling 1-1 draw against Argentina in front of a record-setting crowd of 78,936 at New Meadowlands Stadium. The USA’s team that night: Tim Howard; Jonathan Spector (Timmy Chandler, 46), Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), Jermaine Jones (Juan Agudelo, 46), Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan; Jozy Altidore.
  • Donovan made his first appearance for the U.S. since the 2-0 loss on Aug. 10, 2010, to Brazil; DeMerit his first since the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Howard earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors after making five saves, some of spectacular quality. It’s his second MOTM performance against Argentina after receiving the same credit from the 0-0 draw three years ago.
  • Agudelo’s game-tying goal gave the 18-year-old his second goal in three appearances for the full team. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra collected his eighth career assist on the play.
  • Jozy Altidore has a great history at LP Field, having become the youngest U.S. player in the modern era to score a hat trick when he tallied three in the 3-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The U.S. lineup that day: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 8-Clint Dempsey (16-Sacha Kljestan, 84), 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (6- José Torres, 81), 17-Jozy Altidore
  • Jozy was also part of the U-23 squad that defeated Canada in the semifinals of the CONCACAF U-23 championship that qualified the United States for the 2008 Olympic Games.
  • Thirteen players on the current U.S. roster were part of the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 129 international appearances. At the other end of the spectrum, David Yelldell is the only player on the roster without a cap, after Timmy Chandler made his debut coming on as a second-half sub against Argentina.
  • A total of 12 players on the roster have scored at least one goal for the United States. Donovan leads all U.S. scorers with 45 career goals; Dempsey will hit No. 20 with his next strike. Third most? U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who has a dozen.
  • Seventeen of the 21 players play outside the U.S, representing clubs in 11 different countries.
  • Five players are currently on loan spells: Altidore (Bursaspor), Bradley (Aston Villa), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn), Lichaj (Leeds United), Onyewu (FC Twente).
  • The New York Red Bulls are the only team to contribute two players in Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream. Both youngsters earned their full team debut in the 1-0 against South Africa in the 1-0 win on Nov. 17, 2010 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. With that appearance, Agudelo became the first alumnus of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to play for the full team. Mixx Diskerud also made his first appearance that day, setting up Agudelo for the game-winner.
  • The U.S. is making its third appearance at LP, including the final round World Cup qualifier on April 1, 2009, against T&T. Overall, the USA has a 1-1-0 record in the state of Tennessee.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 23.4                                    Average Caps: 30.5
Most Caps:129 (Landon Donovan)             Least Caps: 0 (David Yelldell)
Oldest: 38 (Marcus Hahnemann)                Youngest: 18 (Juan Agudelo)

Play professionally in: England (7), Germany (2), United States (3), Belgium (1), Canada (1), Denmark (1),
France (1), Mexico (1), Netherlands (1), Norway (1), Scotland (1), Turkey (1)                                                                                                              

Hometown by state and country: California (7), Illinois (3), Germany (2), New Jersey (2), Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Norway, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin (1 each)

U.S. Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (MSV Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Timothy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (2): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor)

NEXT UP – SPAIN: Next up on the docket is another tantalizing friendly, the U.S. hosting 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff against the No-1 ranked team in the world and defending European Champion is set for 4:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The high profile friendly takes place three days before the U.S. begins group play in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. and Spain have met just four times previously, with Spain holding a 3-0-1 edge. The USA’s lone victory is the most famous of the encounters. Facing a Spain team that had been on an international record setting run of 15-consecutive victories and a 35-game unbeaten streak, goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey lifted the United States to a 2-0 victory and a place in their first final of a major FIFA tournament.

LAST TIME AT LP: Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in history to score a hat trick for the U.S. Men’s National Team, tallying all three goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team in a dominating 3-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in front of a raucous crowd of 27,959 at LP Field. Altidore had midfielder Landon Donovan to thank for his record-setting performance, as the USA’s all-time leading scorer set up the 19-year-old forward for all three of his strikes while increasing his record-setting tally of career assists. Altidore’s goals marked the first time in his career in which he has scored goals in consecutive games, having scored the USA’s first goal against El Salvador in the 2-2 draw on Saturday, March 28, at Estadio Cuscatlán. It also marked the first time that the U.S. has produced multiple goal scorers in three consecutive home matches, with Sacha Kljestan notching a hat trick in the 3-2 win against Sweden on Jan. 24, 2009, and Michael Bradley scoring a brace in the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus.

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Several U.S. players have the opportunity to collect individual and team honors across Europe this season, two already having recorded their name in the record books. Clint Dempsey’s 10th Premiership goal of the season – scored against U.S. teammate Tim Howard in a 2-1 loss to Everton – set the mark for most goals by a U.S. player in a season in the EPL. Up north in Glasgow, Maurice Edu earned another trophy with Rangers, the Glasgow side defeating Old Firm rivals Celtic in extra time on March 20 to capture the 2011 CIS Cup crown. In Holland, on-loan defender Oguchi Onyewu has enjoyed a resurgence with an FC Twente that remains in contention for three trophies: the Eredivisie title, the Dutch Cup, and the UEFA Europa League, where they face Villarreal in the quarterfinals. South in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht currently hold the top spot in the league table. Kljestan has 20 league appearances already in his first season at the defending Belgian league champions.

#REDALLOVER: The U.S. Men's National Team took to the field wearing a brand new red jersey against Argentina, sporting the fan-selected motto "Indivisible" on the sleeve. The new national team uniform was inspired by supporters who voiced a desire for a red jersey to complete the red, white and blue kit trio to mirror the U.S flag. The new jersey was available for purchase at Niketown and at the stadium, and fans can buy their new red uniform at ussoccerstore.com [authentic | replica]. One lucky fan got the shirt off Jay DeMerit's back at Times Square before the game. Fabian responded to a @ussoccer tweet and was the first person to come and shake Jay’s hand.

CAPTAIN CARLOS: Carlos Bocanegra is entering his fifth year as captain for the United States. After being first out of the tunnel for the first time on June 2, 2007, against China, he has worn the captain’s armband 41 times, leading the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He is also the second all-time among defenders in goals scored for the United States with 12 total, one behind Marcelo Balboa.

TURNED 50: With his appearance on Oct. 12 against Colombia last year, Michael Bradley became the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps. One of five U.S. players to play every minute at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he scored the game-tying goal against Slovenia that kept the USA’s hopes of advancing alive. The 2007 U.S. Young Male Athlete of the Year has represented the United States at the World Cup level for both the full team and the U-20s, as well as at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Quickest to 50 caps
1.     Landon Donovan
2.     Chris Henderson
3.     DaMarcus Beasley
4.     Michael Bradley
5.     Tony Meola

DOUBLE DEUTSCH: The only two new U.S. players on this roster have a lot in common. Both were born in Germany with an American serviceman for a father and a German mother; both grew up in Germany, and both are making their debut in a U.S. national team camp. FC Nürnberg defender Timmy Chandler has captured a regular starting role, the 20-year old having quickly risen through the ranks before realizing his dream of being called into the U.S. camp. MSV Duisburg goalkeeper David Yelldell has had a different career trajectory, slowly earning his chops first in England and now the German Second Bundesliga where he has marshaled his side to a place in the DFB Cup final. He’s particularly proud that his efforts have paid off with a call up. Incidentally, they join a third German-American who has donned the stars and stripes in midfielder Jermaine Jones.

DUAL NATIONALS: Three players on the roster are in the unusual circumstance of not only having passports from two countries but also having represented both. Jones played for Germany in qualifying for the U-21 European Championship and in friendlies for the full team before requesting a change of association. Chandler played twice for the Germany U-15 team in friendlies, but never saw action in official competition. Born to an American mother and Norwegian father, Diskerud made two appearances for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Having debuted with the U.S. U-20 MNT at the Campos Verde International tournament in April 2008 where he recorded three assists against Northern Ireland, he then played against the U.S. for Norway at a U-18 event the following month.

THE BOB BRADLEY FACTFILE: As Bob Bradley continues the beginning of his second four-year cycle, a look at the stats from the first go around reveal an impressive list of achievements. In the four year cycle culminating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States:

  • Won its group at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1930 (that's 80 years ago), and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
  • Earned the first point and win for the U.S. in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
  • Went unbeaten in group play during a World Cup for the first time ever, earning a 1-0-2 record.
  • Produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • Posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35 match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
  • Only one of two teams to beat Spain since November of 2006.
  • Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 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.
  • Scored the most goals (42) of any team in the world in 2010 World Cup qualifying.
  • Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 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).

THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Record
All-Time: 39-21-12
Qualifying: 13-3-2
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 125
Goals Against: 86
Shutouts: 26

Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 25-5-5, 74 GF, 33 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-7-4, 11 GF, 23 GA
UEFA: 7-8-3, 26 GF, 26 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 4-1-0, 7 GF, 2 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 21-3-2
Losing at half: 3-9-4
Tied at half: 14-9-6

By year …
2007: 12-5-1
2008: 9-3-2
2009: 13-8-3
2010: 5-5-4
2011: 0-0-2

THE GOLD CUP COMETH: This year’s first major competition for the United States hits in the summertime with the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. will compete in Group B against Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe. The U.S. has captured the crown four times, and has appeared in the last three Gold Cup finals, collecting back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2007 while facing Mexico in the last two championship matches. Winning the 2011 version of the confederation championship has a massive bonus attached to it – the right to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil just one year prior to the World Cup. That experience can be critical, as the USA learned during their run to the final of the 2009 Confed Cup in South Africa where they defeated No.1-ranked Spain the semifinal. The U.S. team continues to hold the impressive distinction of never having lost a match in the group phase of the tournament, holding a lifetime record of 24-0-2 in round-robin play.

STUDIO 90:
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PARAGUAY FACT FILE
Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol
Founded: 1906 (Joined FIFA in 1925)|
Head Coach: Gerardo Martino
Current FIFA Ranking: 24
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (2010)
Best Copa America Finish: Champion (1953, 1979)
Caps Leader: Carlos Gamarra (110)
Top Scorer: José Saturnino Cardozo (25)

ON A ROLL: Paraguay are coming off their fifth-consecutive appearance in a FIFA World Cup, falling to eventual champion Spain in the quarterfinals after finishing in first place of Group F. They arrived in South Africa after completing their best ever performance in World Cup qualifying, finishing in third place in CONMEBOL with 33 points and ten victories while suffering only three defeats on the road.

KEEPING THE TEAM INTACT: As Paraguay prepares for the 2011 Copa America having been drawn into Group B with Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela, head coach Gerardo Martino has kept much of the squad intact from the successful run in South Africa. Possessing a unique style for a South American team that shows more of a European flavor, they are a mobile, physical and aggressive team that likes to put their opponents under pressure. The strength of the squad is its spine, starting with veteran goalkeeper Justo Villar. Paulo Da Silva anchors the backline, while 2010 FIFA World Cup veterans Edgar Barreto and Cristian Riveros run the center of the park. Up top, Dortmund-based striker Lucas Barrios has started his national team career in fine fashion, potting four goals in 12 appearances.

LAST TIME…
On the field for USA
March 26, 2011 – New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J. – International Friendly
USA                        1              Juan Agudelo 59
Argentina              1              Esteban Cambiasso 42

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Jonathan Spector (21-Timmy Chandler, 46), 15-Jay DeMerit, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (Capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (9-Juan Agudelo, 46), 4-Michael Bradley, 7-Maurice Edu, 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Landon Donovan; 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 6-Tim Ream, 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 14- Edson Buddle, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

ARG: 1-Mariano Andujar; 8-Javier Zanetti, 4-Nicolas Burdisso, 6-Gabriel Milito; 24-Marco Rojo, 20-Ever Banega, 14-Javier Mascherano (Capt.), 5-Esteban Cambiasso (16-Lucas Biglia, 73); 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi, 10-Lionel Messi, 7-Angel Di Maria
Subs not used: 3-Nicolas Otamendi, 9-Jose Josa, 11-Javier Pastore, 12-Adrian Gabbarini, 15-Marcos Angeleri, 17-Fernando Belluschi, 18-Nicolas Gaitan, 19-Mario Bolatti, 21-Augustin Marchesin, 23-Eduardo Salvio
Head Coach: Sergio Batista

On the field for Paraguay
March 26, 2011 – Oakland Coliseum –Oakland, Calif. – International Friendly
Mexico                  3              Javier Hernandez 7, 34, Andres Guardado 28
Paraguay              1              Cristian Riveros 86

MEX: Alfredo Talavera, Ricardo Osorio (Paul Aguilar, 79), Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Rafael Márquez, Carlos Salcido, Gerardo Torrado, Israel Castro, Antonio Naelson (Giovani Dos Santos, 70), Andrés Guardado (Jorge Torres Nilo, 64), Pablo Barrera (Carlos Vela, 75) y Javier Hernández (Aldo de Nigris, 64)
Head Coach: José Manuel de la Torre 

PAR: Justo Vilar, Darío Verón (Marcos Cáceres, 71), Paulo Da Silva, Antolín Alcaraz, Enrique Vera (Marcos Rivero, 77), Aureliano Torres, Néstor Ortigoza (Marcelo Estigarribia, 59), Cristian Riveros, Osvaldo Martínez (Hernán Pérez, 61), Edgar Benítez (Oscar Cardozo, 61) y Lucas Barrios
Head Coach: Gerardo Martino

vs. Paraguay
July 2, 2007– Estadio Agustin Tovar – Barinas, Venezuela – Copa America
USA                        1              Ricardo Clark 40
Paraguay              3              Edgar Barreto 30, Oscar Cardozo 56, Salvador Cabanas 90+2

USA : 18-Kasey Keller (Capt.); 15-Drew Moor, 3-Jay DeMerit (7-Dan Califf, 65), 12-Jimmy Conrad, 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 5-Benny Feilhaber, 19-Ricardo Clark, 14-Ben Olsen (21-Justin Mapp, 71), 16-Sacha Kljestan (25-Lee Nguyen, 80); 20-Taylor Twellman, 9-Eddie Johnson
Subs not used: 2-Marvell Wynne, 4-Bobby Boswell, 6-Heath Pearce, 8-Herculez Gomez, 10-Charlie Davies, 11-Eddie Gaven, 17-Kyle Beckerman, 23-Brad Guzan
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

PAR: 1-Justo Villar (capt.) (22-Aldo Bobadilla-56); 2-Darío Veron, 5-Julio César Caceres, 14-Paulo da Silva, 3-Claudio Morel Rodriguez; 6-Carlos Bonet, 8-Edgar Barreto, 16-Cristian Riveros, 19-Jonathan Santana (20-Enrique Vera, 77); 18-Oscar Cardozo (7-Salvador Cabanas, 73), 9-Roque Santa Cruz
Subs not used: 4-Julio Manzur, 10-Julio dos Santos, 11-Aureliano Torres, 12-Joel Zayas, 13-Jose Salcedo, 15-Edgar Gonzalez, 17-Dante Lopez, 21-Nelson Cuevas
Head Coach: Gerardo Martino

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