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U.S. Men's National Team Set to Face Belgium on Wednesday, May 29, in Cleveland, Ohio


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Belgium – International Friendly
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
May 29, 2013

U.S. MNT GEARS UP FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY AGAINST BELGIUM IN CLEVELAND: The U.S. Men’s National Team is set for the first of two domestic international friendly matches in a span of five days when it hosts 15th -ranked Belgium on Wednesday, May 29, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland ( TICKETS). The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas. This is only the second appearance for the MNT in Cleveland, having collected a 2-0 win against Venezuela just prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The USA then faces Germany on Sunday, June 2, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., for its Centennial Celebration Match as U.S. Soccer commemorates its 100-year anniversary. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. Men's National Team will host a public training session Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available for $3 in the West 3rd lot. Fans who pre-register on ussoccer.com will be entered to have a chance to meet U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the stadium prior to the training session.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), 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

8 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio

June 2

Germany

2:30 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.

June 7

Jamaica*

9:30 p.m.

beIN SPORT

National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica

June 11

Panama*

9:30 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

CenturyLink Field; Seattle, Wash.

June 18

Honduras*

9 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 9

Belize^

11 p.m.

TBD

JELD-WEN Field; Portland, Ore.

July 13

Cuba^

3:30 p.m.

TBD

Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

July 16

Costa Rica^

8 p.m.

TBD

Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 6

Costa Rica*

TBD

TBD

TBD

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

  • Maurice Edu (sports hernia) and Corey Ashe (groin) were forced to withdraw from the roster. Brek Shea is receiving individual treatment in Dallas and will be available to return to the U.S. roster when he is fully fit to train.
  • A total of 14 players arrived into camp Sunday evening. The remaining seven completed the journey following their weekend matches in MLS and the Austrian Bundesliga (Terrence Boyd).
  • Clint Dempsey has seven goals in World Cup Qualifying in this cycle and 12 overall, and is now tied for first place on the USA’s all-time list.
  • Jozy Altidore tallied 31 goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar, breaking the single-season record for an American in Europe that was set by Dempsey (23) last year. Altidore became the first U.S. player to be named to the Dutch Eredivisie Team of the Year.
  • Eddie Johnson has 10-career goals in qualifying, tied for second all-time with Brian McBride.
  • Herculez Gomez finished with 11 goals in all competitions for Santos Laguna, having reached the Liga MX semifinals and the CONCACAF Champions League final earlier this year. Gomez potted a pair of goals during the Semifinal Round, including the game-winner against Jamaica on Sept. 11, 2012, in Columbus. Terrence Boyd finished his first season at Rapid Vienna with 15 goals in all competitions.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler return after the pair impressed in the scoreless draw against Mexico. In that game, Besler became only the second U.S. player in history to start a World Cup qualifier with fewer than two caps.
  • Besler replaced Clarence Goodson, who stood firm in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica and was subsequently sidelined with a hamstring injury.
  • With two straight clean sheets in March, Brad Guzan now has five shutouts in seven qualifiers in his career, posting a 4-1-2 record.
  • Guzan was voted the Aston Villa Player of the Year by both players and supporters.
  • Between UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Libertadores and CONCACAF Champions League, a total of 11 U.S. players competed in regional cup competitions this season.
  • Stuart Holden returns to the U.S. fold for the first time since October of 2010. Klinsmann has already indicated that Holden will be a part of this roster as well as the Gold Cup.
  • Sean Johnson (May 26-30), Bill Hamid (May 30-June 2), Tally Hall (June 2-June 8) and Nick Rimando (June 9-19) will all rotate through camp at different stages to serve as the third goalkeeper.
  • Michael Bradley will join the team in Washington, D.C., after playing in the Coppa Italia Final on May 26 in Rome. Roma fell 1-0 to city rivals Lazio.
  • Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona have continued the historic run with Club Tijuana in the 2013 Copa Libertadores, advancing to the quarterfinals to face Atletico Mineiro. The teams drew 2-2 on May 23, and will play the second leg May 30 in Brazil.

IN THE CENTENNIAL RECORD BOOK

  • DaMarcus Beasley is one appearance shy of becoming the 13th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps. He has 28 caps in World Cup qualifying, good for fifth-most on the USA’s all-time list.
  • With his start on March 22 against Costa Rica, Beasley became the eighth MNT player to have appeared in at least one National Team match for 13 consecutive years. Frankie Hejduk (14 straight years) leads list, while six other players have played in a U.S. MNT match for 13 straight years – Marcelo Balboa, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 12th career goal in World Cup Qualifying during the USA’s 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22, tying him for first place all-time with Landon Donovan. Eddie Johnson and Brian McBride are tied for third in WCQ goals with 10 apiece.
  • Dempsey has 32 international goals and is two behind second-place Eric Wynalda on the all-time list.
  • Eddie Johnson is tied with Carlos Bocanegra for 10th on the all-time goals list and one tally behind 2011 National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones (15 goals from 1992-2004).

USA vs. BELGIUM

  • The U.S. is 1-3-0 against Belgium all-time. This is the first meeting on U.S. soil.
  • The USA’s lone win came in the opener of the 1930 FIFA World Cup, a 3-0 victory on July 13 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Team captain Tom Florie, Bart McGhee and Bert Patenaude each scored a goal for the U.S., which was playing in just its 12th game in the Federation’s young history. The U.S. went 2-1-0 in the tournament and finished third out of the 13 participating World Cup teams.
  • Since that U.S. win, Belgium is in the midst of a three-game winning streak against the USA, posting three shutout victories. All of those victories have taken place in Brussels.
  • Belgium topped the U.S. 1-0 on April 22, 1995, in Steve Sampson’s first game as U.S. MNT head coach. Gunther Schepens tallied a goal in the 44th minute.
  • Nico Van Kerckhoven notched both goals in Belgium’s 2-0 victory against the U.S. on Feb. 25, 1998.
  • On Sept. 6, 2011, Belgium’s Nicolas Lombaerts scored a 55th-minute goal from 22 yards out with a shot that bounced off the wet turf and past USA goalkeeper Tim Howard for the 1-0 win at King Baudouin Stadium. The USA nearly found an equalizer in the closing minutes, but Maurice Edu was ruled offside when his 86th-minute attempt was disallowed. The match was Jurgen Klinsmann’s third as U.S. MNT head coach, and after starting his tenure at 0-2-1, Klinsmann would pick up his first victory in the next match against Honduras on Oct. 8, 2011.

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
The U.S. has collected four points after three matches to open the Hexagonal. Facing three of the first four matches on the road, the United States took three points in the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on March 22 in Denver, then picked up an historic draw at the Estadio Azteca when they tied in Mexico in World Cup Qualifying for only the second time ever. The U.S. faces a rare three-game set of qualifiers, first traveling to Jamaica for the second time in this qualifying cycle, having lost 2-1 on Sept. 7, 2012, in Kingston. Then it’s back to U.S. soil, where the team is currently enjoying a 21-0-2 unbeaten run in qualifying dating back to 2001. The USA faces Panama on June 11 in Seattle to reach the halfway point of the round, then welcomes Honduras to Salt Lake City on June 18.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Panama

3

1

0

2

5

3

+2

5

Costa Rica

3

1

1

1

4

3

+1

4

USA

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

Honduras

3

1

1

1

4

5

-1

4

Mexico

3

0

0

3

2

2

0

3

Jamaica

3

0

1

2

1

3

-2

2

Feb. 6
Honduras 2, USA 1
Costa Rica 2, Panama 2
Jamaica 0, Mexico 0

March 22
USA 1, Costa Rica 0
Honduras 2, Mexico 2
Jamaica 1, Panama 1

March 26
USA 0, Mexico 0
Costa Rica 2, Jamaica 0
Panama 2, Honduras 0

United States Semifinal Round Results (4-1-1; first place in Group A):

  • June 8, 2012: USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • June 12, 2012: USA 1, Guatemala 1
  • Sept. 7, 2012: Jamaica 2, USA 1
  • Sept. 11, 2012: USA 1, Jamaica 0
  • Oct. 12, 2012: USA 2, Antigua & Barbuda 1
  • Oct. 16, 2012: USA 3, Guatemala 1

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

BY THE NUMBERS:

9              Goals by Clint Dempsey in his past 12 appearances
12            Number of U.S. players on the roster with at least one goal for the National Team
15            Current FIFA ranking for Belgium
33            Current FIFA ranking for USA
99            Career caps for DaMarcus Beasley to lead the roster

ON USSOCCER.COM:

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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 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 12-7-6, which includes a five-game winning streak that started with a 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2011, against Slovenia and was capped off by a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26, 2012.
  • With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. collected two historic victories, winning for the first time against four-time World Cup champion Italy and then capturing its first ever victory against Mexico on Mexican soil.
  • 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 FIFA World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: BELGIUM
Royal Belgian Football Association
Founded: 1895 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots
Best World Cup Finish: Fourth place (1986)

BELGIUM UPDATE

  • Belgium’s roster boasts 10 players from the English Premier League.
  • A pair of Belgian players were named to the 2013 Premier League Team of the Year: Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who plays with Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele; and Europa League champion Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
  • Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany earned back-to-back appearances on that list in 2011 and 2012, having won the Premier League title last season.
  • Christian Benteke, a teammate of Brad Guzan at Aston Villa, finished in fourth place on the Premier League scoring chart with 19 goals. West Bromwich Albion’s Romelu Lukaku (on loan from Chelsea) was sixth with 17 goals.
  • Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini led the Toffees with 11 goals, who along with Tim Howard and fellow Belgian international Kevin Mirallas helped the team to a finish in the top six.
  • Belgium leads UEFA Group A in World Cup Qualifying with a 5-0-1 record and 16 points. Croatia also is 5-0-1, but Belgium holds the goal differential edge at plus-10, versus Croatia’s plus-7.
  • Belgium resumes World Cup Qualifying against Serbia on June 7 at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

BELGIUM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4) : Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim), Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid), Jean-François Gillet (Torino), Simon Mignolet (Sunderland)
DEFENDERS (9) : Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St. Petersburg), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Nacer Chadli (Twente), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte-Waregem), Timmy Simons (Nuremberg), Axel Witsel (Zenit St. Petersburg)
FORWARDS (8) : Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Maxime Lestienne (Club Brugge), Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion), Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Jelle Vossen (Genk)

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
March 26, 2013 – Estadio Azteca – Mexico City
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round

USA                        0
MEX                        0

LINEUPS:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 20-Geoff Cameron, 4-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 4-Michael Bradley, 6-Maurice Edu; 19-Graham Zusi (11-Brek Shea, 82), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 9-Herculez Gomez (13-Brad Davis, 71); 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Eddie Johnson, 55)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Tony Beltran, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 10-Joe Corona, 12-Nick Rimando, 15-Justin Morrow, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 21-Clarence Goodson, 22-Sean Johnson, 23-Terrence Boyd
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa (capt.); 13-Severo Meza, 16-Diego Reyes, 15-Hector Moreno, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo (8-Angel Reyna, 72), 17-Jesus Zavala, 3-Carlos Salcido, 11-Javier Aquino (9-Omar Bravo, 81), 18-Andres Guardado, 14-Javier Hernandez, 10-Giovani Dos Santos
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Hugo Ayala, 5-Carlos Alberto Peña, 6-Gerardo Torrado, 7-Hector Herrera, 12-Jesus Corona, 19-Jonny Magallon, 21-Jesus Molina, 22-Raul Jimenez, 23-Alfredo Talavera
Head Coach: José Manuel de la Torre

Vs. Belgium
Sept. 6, 2011 – King Baudouin Stadium – Brussels, Belgium – International Friendly
USA                        0
BEL                          1 Nicolas Lombaerts 55

LINEUPS:
USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Clarence Goodson, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Timmy Chandler; 6-Maurice Edu, 10- Jose Torres (15-Jeff Larentowicz, 76), 8-Clint Dempsey; 7-Robbie Rogers (14-Kyle Beckerman, 46), 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo, 46), 11-Brek Shea
Subs not used: 12-Bill Hamid, 13- Michael Orozco Fiscal, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 17- Jonathan Spector
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

BEL : 1-Simon Mignolet; 2-Laurent Ciman, 3-Toby Alderweireld, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Nicolas Lombaerts; 6-Timmy Simons; 7-Eden Hazard (16-Marvin Ogunjimi, 63), 10-Axel Witsel, 8-Marouane Fellaini (15-David Hubert, 63), 11-Dries Mertens; 9-Igor de Camargo (14-Romelu Lukaku, 63)
Subs not used: 12-Jean-Francois Gillet, 13-Timothy Derijck, 17-Jelle Vossen 18-Moussa Dembele, 19-Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, 20-Jelle van Damme, 21-Thibaut Coutois
Head Coach: George Leekens

On the field for Belgium
March 26, 2013 – KaraÄ‘orÄ‘e Stadium – Novi Sad, Serbia
FIFA World Cup Qualifying
BEL                          1 Eden Hazard 62
MKD                       0

LINEUPS:
BEL : 1-Thibaut Courtois; 2-Toby Alderweireld, 3-Thomas Vermaelen, 4-Vincent Kompany (capt.), 5-Jan Vertonghen, 6-Axel Witsel, 7-Kevin DeBruyne, 8-Moussa Dembele (16-Nacer Chadli, 56), 9-Christian Benteke, 10-Eden Hazard (17-Marouane Fellaini, 90), 14-Dries Mertens (11-Kevin Mirallas, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Simon Mignolet, 13-Laurent Ciman, 15-Daniel Van Buyten, 18-Steve Defour, 19-Jelle Vossen, 20-Romelu Lukaku, 21-Jean Francois Gillet, 22-Timmy Simons, 23-Sebastien Pocognoli
Head Coach: Marc Wilmots

MKD : 1-Tome Pacovski; 3-Daniel Georgievski, 4-Nikolce Noveski, 6-Vance Sikov, 7-Ivan Trickovski (14-Aleksandar Trajkovski, 63), 10-Goran Pandev, 13-Stefan Ristovski (2-Aleksandar Todorovski, 67), 16-Nikola Gligorov, 19-Agim Ibraimi, 21-Mirko Ivanovski, 22-Darko Tasevski (11-Ferhan Hasani, 46)
Subs not used: 8-Dejan Blazevski, 9-Adis Jahovic, 12-Martin Bogatinov, 15-Daniel Mojsov, 18-Aleksandar Lazevski, 20-Ostoja Stjepanic, 23-Kristijan Naumovski
Head Coach: Cedomir Janevski

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