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U.S. MNT Prepare to Face Paraguay on July 2 in Second Copa America Match


U.S. Men’s National Team
Copa America Update
Barinas, Venezuela
July 1, 2007


BOUND FOR BARINAS: The U.S. Men's National Team packed up and headed east to Barinas this morning, just over 24 hours in advance of their second match of group play in Copa America. The U.S. next faces Paraguay on Monday, July 2, at the Estadio Agustin Tovar. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on GolTV and TeleFutura. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.

QUICK HITS

  • Jonathan Bornstein picked up a caution in the 4-1 loss to Argentina, meaning another yellow card in the group phase will result in a one-match suspension
  • The U.S. holds an unbeaten 2-0-2 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
  • Kasey Keller earned the shutout and wore the captain’s armband that day. He is the lone representative on this roster from that victory
  • Keller, who earned his 100th cap in the 2-1 win against Canada in the semifinals of the 2007 Gold Cup, is the only player on the roster to have played in a Copa America, making the all-tournament team in 1995 when the U.S. advanced to the semifinals
  • The loss to Argentina marked the USA’s first defeat in more than a year, ending the team’s 10-0-1 run in 2007 under Bradley
  • Two players earned their first cap in the Argentina match: Marvell Wynne as a starter and Herculez Gomez as a second half substitute
  • Adding Ben Olsen and Eddie Gaven to players getting their first game of ’07, there are now 49 players with at least one cap this year (31 domestic and 18 foreign-based) over the first 12 games, and 15 have made their debut appearance for the U.S.
  • Already with nine caps to his credit, Bornstein’s next appearance this year will make him the first U.S. player since Claudio Reyna (1994) to earn 10 caps in his first calendar year with the full team
  • Bornstein’s 810 minutes of action in 2007 is the most of any U.S. player
  • Eddie Johnson’s penalty strike against Argentina was his 11th international goal in 28 matches. The USA’s has now scored seven of their 26 goals from the penalty spot this year
  • There are 16 players on the roster who have 10 caps or less. Fourteen players are under the age of 25, with Eddie Gaven serving as the team’s youngest at 20 years old. There were three members of the group who are in their first-ever camp with the MNT: Colorado Rapids forward Hercules Gomez, FC Dallas midfielder Drew Moor and Toronto FC defender Marvell Wynne (Gomez and Wynne both earned their first cap)
  • Altogether, 13 players on the roster have been a part of a youth FIFA World Championship roster, whether it be at the U-23, U-20 or U-17 level. A total of nine players were members of the USA’s roster for either the 2003 or 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • Five players on the roster saw action in the USA’s 1-0 win against Argentina in the opening group match of the 2005 World Youth Championship: Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Gaven, Sacha Kjlestan, Lee Nguyen, Marvell Wynne
  • MLS players dominate the roster, with 15 of the 22 players plying their trade in the United States
  • Hamburg SV midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s Gold Cup winning strike was his second goal in nine appearances for the full team. His first came in the 4-1 win against China on June 2 in San Jose, also the game-winner

GOALS GALORE AS COPA ROLLS ON: Teams are posting big-time numbers as the 2007 edition of the South American championship continues to thrill with high scoring action. Already, there have been 27 goals scored in eight matches. Venezuela broke a 40-year winless spell in Copa America action by defeating Peru, 2-0, on June 30. The hosts now sit a top Group A with four points, with Peru and Uruguay on three and Bolivia with a single point after two matches. The tournament’s shocker still remains Mexico’s 2-0 win against Brazil, with Nery Castillo producing the highlight-reel goal of the tournament. For all of the latest results and updates, visit the Copa America section on ussoccer.com.

PARAGUAY BOMBARDS COLOMBIA IN OPENER: Paraguay delivered the pounding of the tournament so far, unloading for five goals against Colombia in the opening match of Group C. Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz collected a natural hat trick and reserve striker Salvador Cabañas added a pair as the Paraguayans cruised to a 5-0 win. Colombia will rue their late collapse, as three of the goals came in the final 10 minutes. Paraguay are two-time winners of Copa America (1953, 1979), and have a lifetime record of 60-58-31 in the tournament

BORNSTEIN ONE-v-ONE: Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein has had quite the ride in 2007, starting and scoring in his first game for the United States, winning a Gold Cup title, and facing one of the best teams in the world in Argentina. Already with nine caps to his credit, his next appearance this year will make him the first U.S. player since Claudio Reyna to earn 10 caps in his first calendar year with the full team. Through it all, the left back remains composed, confident, and hungry.

STUDIO 90 SUMMER TOUR: Studio 90’s Summer Tour has continued down to Venezuela to follow the U.S. Men as they compete in Copa America. Keep an eye out for a new show on Monday before the U.S. faces Paraguay, which will also include some updates from the U-20s as they continue their World Cup campaign in Canada.

BLOG-RIFFIC: Wondering what could possibly be going on inside the team here in Venezuela? Well, no need to wonder as we’ve got every angle covered with the MNT Summer Blog. We got you behind the scenes during the championship Gold Cup run, and now we’ve letting you know what’s up here in South America.

COPA AMERICA PRIMER: The Copa América is the longest running international football competition in the world, held for the first time in 1916 in Argentina. The tournament was previously known as Campeonato Sudamericano de Selecciones (South American Championship of National Teams). Argentina, the odds-on favorite in 2007, has won the championship 14 times, the most of any nation. Since 1984, CONMEBOL adopted the policy of rotating the right to host the Copa América amongst the ten member confederations. Venezuela is the last country to host the competition in the rotation. Matches in the 2007 edition will be held in nine cities across Venezuela, San Cristobal hosting the opening ceremonies while Maracaibo – site of the USA’s opening match against Argentina – getting the final.

USA EN LA COPA

ECUADOR ‘93
Date                     Opponent    Result   U.S. Goalscorers          Location
June 16, 1993    Uruguay        0-1 L      --                                     Ambato
June 19, 1993    Ecuador        0-2 L      --                                     Quito
June 22, 1993    Venezuela    3-3 T      Henderson, Doyle,      Quito
                                                                     Kinnear

URUGUAY ‘95
Date                    Opponent        Result                U.S. Goalscorers                  Location
July 8, 1995       Chile                 2-1 W                 Wynalda (2)                            Paysandu
July 11, 1995     Bolivia              0-1 L                    --                                              Paysandu
July 14, 1995     Argentina         3-0 W                 Wynalda, Klopas, Lalas       Paysandu
July 17, 1995     Mexico (q)        0-0 T (4-1 pk)     --                                              Paysandu
July 20, 1995     Brazil (s)          0-1 L                    --                                              Maldonado
July 22, 1995     Colombia (3)  1-4 L                   Moore                                      Maldonado


DID YOU KNOW? Talk about ‘youth movement’ on this roster. If you take the players born in the 1960s and the 1970s, they are outnumbered 18:4 by players born in the 1980s. Here’s how the numbers break down:

Decade    No. of players     Caps
60s                    1                     101
70s                    3                      61
80s                  18                     115

GOLD CUP GLORY: The U.S. Men’s National Team continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half, behind goals from Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber. In addition to laying claim to their third regional crown since 2002, the victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup paves the way for the USA’s invaluable participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, an eight-team tournament being staged in South Africa one year before the 2010 World Cup.

USA SURPASSES .500 PLATEAU: .500 anyone? It may not sound like much, but for the first time since 1937, a span of 70 years, the U.S. Men's National Team's all-time record stands at .500 or better. With head coach Bob Bradley’s record at 10-1-1, the USA's record currently stands at 191 wins, 190 losses and 111 ties in 489 official games. Amazingly, the U.S. bottomed out at 55 games below .500 just 12 short years ago with a 1-0 loss to Sweden back on August, 16, 1995 (88-143-70). That’s a pretty impressive climb back to .500 in a span of just 189 games.

BOB’S JOB: U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati officially handed the reigns of the U.S Men’s National Team to Bob Bradley at a press conference on May 16 in New York City. Bradley, 49, initially was named interim head coach on Dec. 8, 2006, and proceeded to become the first coach in team history to win his first three games, going 10-1-1 overall. Already he has already seen the vast majority of the current player pool first hand despite the existence of only one extended international fixture date. He has also brought U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen and U-17 head coach John Hackworth into training camp environments to begin to establish a coordinated strategy throughout the national teams programs. He enters the job having established a record of wins unmatched in MLS history (124). Bradley spent 2006 as head coach of Chivas USA in Major League Soccer, where he was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. During his one season at Chivas USA, Bradley turned around a team with the worst record in the league in 2005, leading them into the playoffs as the third-place finisher in the Western Conference. Bradley has previously been on the U.S. National Team coaching staff as an assistant with the Under-23 Men’s National Team at the 1996 Olympics and also assisted at several winter training camps and games during Bruce Arena’s tenure as Manager of the U.S. MNT. He collected one MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire, including The Double in 1998 during the club’s inaugural season. During his 12-year MLS career as a head or an assistant coach, Bradley’s team’s qualified for the playoffs every year.

AND THEN A TRIO OF FRIENDLIES ACROSS THE POND: Following a busy summer of tournament play, the U.S. has scheduled a series of friendlies in Europe. The team will play its first match on European soil in 2007 when they travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Ullevi Stadium in Goteborg, Sweden. For the double fixture date in October, the U.S. will first meet Catalonia on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the famed Camp Nou in Barcelona (time TBD), marking the debut match between the teams. Three days later, the U.S. will take on 2008 European Championship co-hosts Switzerland for the first game between the two sides in nearly 13 years, and the first since the 1-1 draw in the 1994 FIFA World Cup hosted by the United States. All three matches will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision, and fans can also follow live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA

June 28, 2007 – Estadio Jose Panchencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela – 2007 Copa America
USA              1    Eddie Johnson 9’ pen
Argentina    4     Hernan Crespo 11’, 64’; Pablo Aimar 78’, Carlos Tevez 85’

USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); 2-Marvell Wynne, 3-Jay DeMerit, 12-Jimmy Conrad, 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 5-Benny Feilhaber, 19-Ricardo Clark (17-Kyle Beckerman, 79), 14-Ben Olsen (11-Eddie Gaven, 62), 21-Justin Mapp; 20-Taylor Twellman (8-Herculez Gomez, 69), 9-Eddie Johnson
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

ARG: 1-Robert Abbondanzieri; 8-Javier Zanetti, 2-Robert Ayala (capt.), 15-Gabriel Milito, 6-Gabriel Heinze; 14-Javier Mascherano, 20-Juan Sebastian Veron, 19-Esteban Cambiasso (16-Pablo Aimar, 58), 10-Juan Roman Riquelme; 18-Lionel Messi (11-Carlos Tevez, 79), 9-Hernan Crespo
Head Coach: Alfio Basile


On the field for Paraguay

June 28, 2007 – Estadio Jose Panchencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela – 2007 Copa America
Paraguay    5     Roque Santa Cruz 30’, 46’, 80’; Salvador Cabañas 85’, 88’
Colombia    0

PAR: Justo Villar - Darío Verón, Julio César Cáceres, Paulo da Silva - Carlos Bonet, Edgar Barreto, Cristian Riveros, Claudio Morel - Jonathan Santana (Enrique Vera, 79) - Roque Santa Cruz (Dante López, 84) and Oscar Cardozo (Salvador Cabañas, 70). Coach: Gerardo Martino.

COL: Miguel Calero - Gerardo Vallejo, Iván Córdoba, Mario Yepes, Javier Arizala (Vladimir Marín, 63) - Alvaro Domínguez (Macnelly Torres, 56), John Viáfara, Fabián Vargas - David Ferreira - Hugo Rodallega (Luis Gabriel Rey, 76) and Edixon Perea. Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto


Vs. Paraguay

July 6, 2003 – Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio – International Friendly
USA             2     Landon Donovan 12’, Earnie Stewart 90
Paraguay    0

USA:18-Kasey Keller (capt.); 3-Greg Vanney, 6-Cory Gibbs (23-Nick Garcia, 87), 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 2-Frankie Hejduk; 22-Richard Mulrooney, 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 15-Bobby Convey (10-Claudio Reyna, 61), 8-Earnie Stewart; 21-Landon Donovan (20-Brian McBride, 90), 11-Clint Mathis (7-Eddie Lewis, 71).
Head Coach: Bruce Arena.

PAR: 12-Justo Villar; 14-Rodrigo Mendoza, 4-Ruben Maldonado, 5-Celso Ayala (capt.), 21-Jorge Nunez; 2-Diego Gavilan (20-Walter Avalos, 69), 8-Angel Ortiz; 16-Carlos Bonet, 11-Jorge Campos (15-Victor Ortiz, 46); 7-Derlis Soto (19-Jorge Acucharro, 70), 9-Juan Samudio (17-Fredy Bareiro, 46). Head Coach: Anibal Ruiz

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