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2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Jozy Altidore F 6-1 175 11/6/89 Boca Raton, Fla. Toronto FC 80/27
Ventura Alvarado D 5-11 170 8/16/92 Phoenix, Az. Club America (Mexico) 5/0
Kyle Beckerman M 5-10 165 4/23/82 Crofton, Md. Real Salt Lake 45/1
Alejandro Bedoya M 5-10 160 4/29/87 Weston, Fla. Nantes (France) 39/2
Michael Bradley M 6-2 185 7/31/87 Princeton, N.J. Toronto FC 98/13
John Brooks D 6-4 170 1/28/93 Berlin, Germany Hertha Berlin (Germany) 12/2
Timmy Chandler D 6-1 180 3/29/90 Frankfurt, Germany Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) 21/0
Clint Dempsey F 6-1 170 3/9/83 Nacogdoches, Texas Seattle Sounders FC 112/40
Mix Diskerud M 6-0 150 10/2/90 Oslo, Norway New York City FC 30/6
Brad Evans D 6-1 160 4/20/85 Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle Sounders FC 19/1
Greg Garza D 5-8 155 8/16/91 Grapevine, Texas Club Atlas (Mexico)
Omar Gonzalez D 6-5 210 10/11/88 Dallas, Texas LA Galaxy 25/0
Brad Guzan GK 6-4 210 9/9/84 Homer Glen, Ill. Aston Villa (England) 30/0
Aron Johannsson F 6-0 165 11/10/90 Mobile, Ala. AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) 12/3
Fabian Johnson M 6-0 155 12/11/87 Munich, Germany Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 32/1
Alfredo Morales M 6-0 163 5/12/90 Berlin, Germany Ingolstadt (Germany) 10/0
Nick Rimando GK 5-11 180 6/17/79 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake 21/0
Tim Ream D 6-1 165 10/5/87 St. Louis, Mo. Bolton Wanderers (England) 12/0
Chris Wondolowski F 6-0 165 1/28/83 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes 27/9
William Yarbrough GK 6-2 160 3/20/89 Aguascalientes, Mexico Club Leon (Mexico) 2/0
DeAndre Yedlin D 5-8 150 7/9/93 Seattle, Wash. Tottenham Hotspur (England) 17/0
Gyasi Zardes F 6-2 175 9/2/91 Hawthorne, Calif. LA Galaxy 7/1
Graham Zusi M 5-10 160 8/18/86 Longwood, Fla. Sporting Kansas City 28/3

2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jozy Altidore

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
11/6/1989

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Boca Raton, Fla.

Club:
Toronto FC

Ventura Alvarado

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
8/16/1992

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Phoenix, Az.

Club:
Club America (Mexico)

Kyle Beckerman

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
4/23/1982

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Crofton, Md.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Alejandro Bedoya

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
4/29/1987

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Weston, Fla.

Club:
Nantes (France)

Michael Bradley

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
185

Birthdate:
7/31/1987

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Princeton, N.J.

Club:
Toronto FC

John Brooks

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
1/28/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
Hertha Berlin (Germany)

Timmy Chandler

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
3/29/1990

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Frankfurt, Germany

Club:
Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

Clint Dempsey

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
170

Birthdate:
3/9/1983

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Nacogdoches, Texas

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Mix Diskerud

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
10/2/1990

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Oslo, Norway

Club:
New York City FC

Brad Evans

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
4/20/1985

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Greg Garza

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
8/16/1991

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Grapevine, Texas

Club:
Club Atlas (Mexico)

Omar Gonzalez

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-5

Weight:
210

Birthdate:
10/11/1988

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
LA Galaxy

Brad Guzan

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
210

Birthdate:
9/9/1984

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Homer Glen, Ill.

Club:
Aston Villa (England)

Aron Johannsson

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
11/10/1990

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mobile, Ala.

Club:
AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)

Fabian Johnson

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
155

Birthdate:
12/11/1987

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Munich, Germany

Club:
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)

Alfredo Morales

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
163

Birthdate:
5/12/1990

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
Ingolstadt (Germany)

Nick Rimando

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
180

Birthdate:
6/17/1979

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Montclair, Calif.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Tim Ream

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
10/5/1987

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
Bolton Wanderers (England)

Chris Wondolowski

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:
1/28/1983

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Danville, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

William Yarbrough

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-2

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
3/20/1989

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Aguascalientes, Mexico

Club:
Club Leon (Mexico)

DeAndre Yedlin

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Weight:
150

Birthdate:
7/9/1993

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Seattle, Wash.

Club:
Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Gyasi Zardes

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:
9/2/1991

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Hawthorne, Calif.

Club:
LA Galaxy

Graham Zusi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
160

Birthdate:
8/18/1986

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Longwood, Fla.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Greg Garza added to U.S. Roster for 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) —  U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added Greg Garza to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster, following approval from CONCACAF after completing the application process. Garza replaces Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, who was ruled out with a knee injury.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Garza played in the last five games of 2014, starting three. He has two starts in 2015, including one in the 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio. The Atlas-based left back has been a part of every level of U.S. National Team programming, beginning with the U-14’s.

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 36,000 for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2013/2011), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

Q&A: Klinsmann Readies Group for Final Gold Cup Tune-Up Against Guatemala

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with ussoccer.com about the USA’s July 3 friendly against Guatemala and the Gold Cup, which begins July 7

ussoccer.com: How have the first few days of camp gone?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “We are really excited to be in Nashville and to get the whole Gold Cup preparation going. It’s a very short preparation because it’s only a one week window before we move over to Dallas for the first game in the Gold Cup, so things are going smoothly. The big challenge is to get the European-based players and also the Mexican-based players on the same page with the MLS players because they had a different schedule. They had a quick break, a quick vacation and we have to get them up to speed as quickly as possible, so that’s kind of the key goal here in Nashville, to get everybody on the same page and play a good game. We are very, very excited to be in Nashville. We’re expecting a huge crowd, which excites us all, and hopefully we get the right start into a very busy Gold Cup.”

ussoccer.com: One of the challenges putting together this roster was the fitness of the players who have finished their seasons. Are you pleased with what you have seen?
J
K: “We are pleased with the shape that the players were in coming in, especially the ones that were on a break. They had their training plans and they followed them, but still you’re not in a team environment and you’re not in a game rhythm, so it’s really our job to get them up to game speed and get them sharp as quickly as possible, and with sharpness and physical shape comes confidence. Overall it’s going well. We are now two days away from the game in Guatemala, which is an important benchmark for us because we can clearly see where our players stand right now. We hope for a good atmosphere and a good game for our guys. It’s this kind of spirit we hope to carry into the Gold Cup from the beginning on.”

ussoccer.com: With an eye towards the opening game of the Gold Cup against Honduras, how will you approach the lineup choices for the Guatemala game?
JK: “I think the game against Guatemala will give us a really big hint toward the starting eleven a couple of days later in Dallas against Honduras. In the friendly with Guatemala we have the chance to use six subs. We will use all six subs most likely to give the players minutes and give them a chance to show us what they have. As we get closer to the opening game we’re going to zoom in and plan through hopefully a long tournament.”

ussoccer.com: You said when you announced the roster that once you got into camp that you were going to have a coffee with Clint Dempsey. How did that discussion go?
JK: “I had a very, very good conversation with Clint about what happened during the Open Cup, but also about how we want to approach things. For the time being we thought it’s the best thing to give the captaincy to Michael Bradley and let Clint focus on what he’s all about. Clint is about scoring goals. We need Clint Dempsey badly with the National Team. We need him in a good spirit. What happened was a mistake, but it was the first red card in his career and a lot of people went at him. I think the best thing for everyone right now is to let him concentrate really on playing and doing what he does best. It’s his performance on the field. It’s his delivery for the U.S. National Team, and he has always delivered. He’s at 40 goals for his country and I told him I want him to score many, many more. Hopefully in this summer’s Gold Cup he becomes the top scorer in the tournament. We need Clint in a free spirit and that’s why we decided to kind of take that captaincy and move it over to Michael for the Gold Cup and then we’ll see.

ussoccer.com: Jordan Morris suffered the first setback of his career with the stress fracture in his leg. What was your message to him as he begins his recovery process?
JK: “Well obviously Jordan Morris was a guy on our radar for the final knockout stage. He would have come in already training with the team for the first portion, but with the injury that he got we felt that it was safer to deal with it right now immediately, so he’s going to be out for four to six weeks. It’s a bummer for him, because he’s done extremely well over the last year. He’s one of our most promising talents coming through the ranks, but those setbacks happen and maybe we see him towards the end of the tournament joining the group just for the fun of it. It’s just sad for him because he was in very good shape.”

ussoccer.com: You came into this tournament saying the priority is “win now.” What was your message to the team as camp started?
JK: “Well the message to the team is very straight forward. We are under the expectations of winning this tournament. Even if we know that teams like Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico all are very good teams and can also beat us, you’ve got to be on top of things. You’ve got to be very disciplined, you’ve got to be focused and in a CONCACAF tournament you’ve got to be patient. We give them all of those bullet points and keywords that they hopefully always remember throughout the entire tournament. When things don’t always work out the way you want them to work out, we rely a lot on our fans. We need our American Outlaws. We need our fans everywhere we go, especially when things get a little bit tricky or a little bit edgy on the field. We really need them to push us, because we expect most of the teams to play against us in a very defensive style. It’s not going to be an open game like in a World Cup where you have the best teams in the world and they just go at you. In most of our games in the Gold Cup, it’s going to be the opposite. They’re going to defend first of all and then hope for a counter break or for a set piece to score against us. We told the players right from the beginning that it’s expected that we go through it with a lot of discipline and with a lot of aggressiveness and a lot determination, and that they represent the most amazing country in the world and that they always keep in mind who they represent and what they stand for. It’s with that spirit we want to go into this Gold Cup.”

ussocer.com: What’s been your impression of the Women’s National Team and message would you send along to them heading into the Gold Cup?
JK: “Our entire team is thrilled. We all watched the game against Germany and we all were cheering for them and kept our fingers crossed. They’re in the World Cup final, and this is amazing. They’ve done tremendous job. They went through a very tricky group stage and a very difficult one. They won knockout games, which are very difficult to play, and they made it to the finals. This is huge for Jill Ellis and her team. It’s a tremendous accomplishment already, but now it’s about getting the icing on the cake. We’re going to watch it all. We’re going to be as loud as we can, even though they won’t hear us, but already a huge accomplishment for them and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the final.”

USA Takes on Guatemala in Final Gold Cup Tune-Up

The U.S. Men’s National team will face off with Guatemala in a final friendly before the team embarks on its title defense of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The game will be played at Nissan Field in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

With more than 33,000 tickets sold, it will be the most-attended soccer game ever in the state of Tennessee, breaking the MNT’s own record, which was set in 2011 when 29,059 fans watched USA-Paraguay. Over the three matches the National Team has played in Nashville, the average attendance has been 27,720.

The USA is coming off road wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany. The matchup with Guatemala will serve as the final tune-up for the team before it starts play at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7 at 8:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás.

The 23-player U.S. roster is an experienced group. Sixteen players were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, making the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). Additionally, six players on the roster were a part of the team that won the Gold Cup in 2013. All together, the 23 players average 30 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.

The USA has played seven international friendlies in 2015, going 4-2-1. The team is riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak that includes wins over world No. 1 Germany, sixth-ranked Netherlands, archrival Mexico, and a 1-1 draw with then No.-12 ranked Switzerland in Zurich. 

Guatemala and the United States have met 24 times. The U.S. is unbeaten in the last 20 matches between the two (14-0-6), its longest unbeaten streak against any nation.

USA vs. Guatemala:

  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the MNT’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • All four of the USA’s losses to Guatemala have been on the road in Guatemala City, and three of the four ties were also away from U.S. soil. In the USA, the MNT’s record against Guatemala is 14-0-1.
  • The USA has outscored the Guatemala 39-17.
  • The teams’ last meeting was also a Gold Cup tune-up ahead of the 2013 edition of the tournament. On July 5, 2013 in San Diego, California, the U.S. rolled to a 6-0 win. Alejandro Bedoya and Chris Wondolowski each contributed a goal.
  • In 2012 the team’s met for a pair CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The first took place in June in Guatemala City, where the two tied 1-1. In that game Fabian Johnson assisted Clint Dempsey for the USA’s goal. Guatemala’s Marco Pappa bent in a stunning free kick in the 83rd minute of the game to level it and secure the only point for the Guatemalans against the U.S. in the last eight years.  Later that year in October, Dempsey would find the net against Guatemala two more times, notching a brace to lead the U.S. to a 3-1 win. Michael Bradley assisted on Dempsey’s second score.
  • Pappa is teammates with Dempsey and Brad Evans at Seattle Sounders FC, while Guatemala defender Elias Enoc Vasquez plays alongside Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake.
  • This will be the third matchup between the teams during Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach (2-0-1). 

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)
*Years listed after players’ clubs denote inclusion in previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Sixteen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Twelve players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, nine of whom have lifted the trophy.
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT.
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time Gold Cup participant on the U.S. roster.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • The win against Germany in its most recent match was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champions.
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as Bolton Wanderers’ Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. After picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is now a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club an automatic spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Gyasi Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi was a part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and is the only player on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. In recent seasons he marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist.  

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley, who assisted on Mix Diskerud’s equalizer in the 2-1 win against Germany on June 10, is now tied for sixth on the U.S. MNT all-time list for assists with 14. His 13 goals rank him No. 13 all-time.
  • Following the win over Germany, Brad Guzan moved into fifth on the all-time wins list with 14.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (37-17-12) ranks third among the USA’s all-time winningest coaches. Ahead of Klinsmann are National Soccer Hall of Famers, Bruce Arena (71) and Bob Bradley (43).  

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
National Football Federation of Guatemala
Founded: 1919
FIFA Affiliation: 1946
Head Coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno
FIFA World Ranking: 93
Best World Cup Finish: Never Qualified
Leading Cap-Winner: Carlos Ruiz (116)
Leading Goalscorer: Carlos Ruiz (57)

Guatemala Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Victor Ayala (Antigua GFC), Ricardo Jerez (Alianza Petrol), Paulo Motta (Municipal)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Stefano Cincotta (Chemnitzer), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas), Wilson Lalin (Comunicaciones), Deniss Lopez (Municipal), Ruben Morales (Comunicaciones), Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Jorge Aparicio (Comunicaciones), Gerardo Arias (Petapa), Jose Contreras (Comunicaciones), Carlos Figueroa (Comunicaciones), Kendel Herrarte (Comunicaciones), Brandon De Leon (Comunicaciones), Jonathan Marquez (Comunicaciones), Carlos Mejia (Comunicaciones), Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS (4): Jairo Arreola (Comunicaciones), Edgar Chinchilla (Antigua GFC), Minor Lopez (Atlético CP), Carlos Ruiz (Municipal/Guatemala)

GUATEMALA NOTES:

  • Carlos Ruiz is the oldest player (35) on the roster, and is the leading cap-winner (116) and goalscorer (57) in Guatemala national team history
  • Ivan Sopegno became the head coach of the Guatemalan side on May 21, 204. Prior to taking the reins, the former Argentine goalkeeper coached Guatemalan club CSD Comunicaciones to five titles between 2008-2014
  • Eleven players from this roster play for Comunicaciones
  • The roster is almost entirely domestic. Only four of the 23 players come from non-Guatemalan clubs: Ricado Jerez (Alianz Petrol/Colombia); Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas); Elias Enoc Vasquez (Real Salt Lake), and Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders FC)
  • Guatemala closed out 2014 with wins in five of its last seven games, but has only won once in 2015 (1-0, vs. Bermuda, June 15) with a 1-3-2 record
  • 22-year-old Jorge Aparicio is the youngest player on the roster. 

LAST TIME 
On the field for USA against Guatemala:  
July 6, 2013 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, California – International Friendly  

USA                6          Herculez Gomez 43, Landon Donovan 55, 72; Chris Wondolowski 71,
                                   Clarence Goodson 84, Alejandro Bedoya 88
Guatemala     0         

USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman (8-Mix Diskerud, 46), 16-Jose Torres (11-Stuart Holden, 46); 10-Landon Donovan (17-Will Bruin, 73), 6-Joe Corona (20-Alejandro Bedoya, 59), 2-Edgar Castillo (23-Brek Shea, 59); 9-Herculez Gomez (19-Chris Wondolowski, 59)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 12-Sean Johnson, 18-Jack McInerney
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann


GUA: 1-Ricardo Jerez; 2-Carlos Castrillo, 3-Enoc Vasquez, 13-Victor Hernandez (14-Luis Cardona, 59), 5-Carlos Gallardo (6-Milton Leal, 78); 24-Jonathan Lopez (17-Enrique Miranda, 76), 8-Sergio Trujillo (9-Wilber Perez, 59), 16-Jonathan Marquez, 22-Edward Santeliz; 18-Minor Lopez Campollo (19-Angelo Padilla 85), 10-Jose Contreras (capt.) (7-Marlon Sequen, 86)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Kevin Arriola, 12-Victor Ayala
Head coach: Victor Monzón

Zusi Aims for Impactful Return to MNT

The USMNT was playing some pleasing soccer during their memorable run at the 2014 World Cup.  Having played a big role in Brazil last summer, Graham Zusi has been sidelined with a variety of injuries in the year since. After playing in 10 games for the U.S. in 2014, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder has yet to appear in a match for the USA in 2015. Now fully fit, Zusi is back in the mix with the MNT just in time for the year’s biggest undertaking, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“It feels fantastic to be back,” Zusi said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in with the guys, and walking into the hotel and seeing some familiar faces was really nice. It’s been a little frustrating with a slew of injuries for the past six months, but I feel good now and it’s great to be back.”

The Orlando, Florida, native first made an impact on the international scene during the final round of qualifying in 2013, providing the killer strike against Panama that knocked the Central American nation out of running for a spot at the 2014 World Cup. 

Knee Injury Rules Brad Davis Out of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (June 30, 2015) — Due to a knee injury, Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis has been ruled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. U.S. Soccer is in the process of submitting the required paperwork to CONCACAF  to allow for a replacement.

Per tournament rules, pending CONCACAF approval a team may replace an injured player on the roster up to 24 hours prior to its first match due to injury. The player must come from the 35-man preliminary roster, which was due on June 5.

Meantime, Atlas defender Greg Garza has been brought into camp and will be included on the roster for the friendly against Guatemala on July 3 in Nashville (5:30 p.m. CT, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network).

The U.S. team is training in Nashville ahead of its final tune-up before the start of the Gold Cup. Ticket sales have already surpassed 33,000, ensuring a record crowd for a soccer game in the state of Tennessee.

 

Q&A: Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup Roster Approach: “Do everything possible to win this competition.”

ussoccer.com: How did you go about assembling this roster?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition. Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the Senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

ussoccer.com: You’ve chosen a lot of players with a lot of experience. How important is experience in a tournament?
JK: “Going into a Gold Cup, especially in our region here, experience means a lot. You need players that stay calm in very emotional and very difficult and very tough battles. It can get nasty, things might not go your way in some moments, so you have to stay cool and you have to always be on top of things. I think the experience that players like Brad Guzan, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, Nick Rimando have, just to name a few of them, those guys bring the experience with them to stay calm and get the job done. The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

ussoccer.com: Do the type of opponents that the U.S. will face in the Gold Cup impact the roster decisions?
JK: “In the Gold Cup obviously you’ll deal with different types of opponents than if you maybe went to Europe to play European sides, or to South America to play South American sides like last year in the World Cup in Brazil. It’s very different now in the Gold Cup where our main rivals are from Central America and they play a specific way. They’re all different in their own terms, but you need to put that in consideration when you put the pieces together in terms of your roster. You need to have guys that are experienced in dealing with teams like that. If you look at our group, it’s a very difficult with Panama and Honduras and also Haiti is a team that’s a little unpredictable, so you need to have guys in your team right now that can deal with surprises, that can deal with issues, and can deal with maybe being a goal down and turn things around. That’s why we chose a really good mixture of experience and also younger guys that bring really good energy to the table.”

ussoccer.com: How will you approach the possibility of changing up the six players after the group stage?
JK: “I think having the opportunity to change players already after the group stage is something that we took advantage of two years ago when we won the Gold Cup with six consecutive wins.  So it’s important to have that option, but it’s also important to tell the initial group, ‘Hey, you’re in the driver’s seat here, you set the tone.’ And then depending on what happens - if it’s suspensions, if it’s god forbid injuries or whatever, we have the chance to make high quality subs. We will definitely have that in the back of our minds.  But first and foremost comes the group stage, and that is a very difficult group that we have as I mentioned with Panama, Honduras, and Haiti, so first we have to go through there and then we can think about maybe making some changes after the group phase.”

ussoccer.com: What was your reaction to the situation with Clint Dempsey?
JK: “The situation with Clint Dempsey, obviously, is something that I saw basically on the internet.  I was in Europe still after our games against Holland and Germany.  It’s something that nobody wants to see. It’s a mistake, and mistakes happen.  So, obviously when he comes in next week to Nashville in preparation for our friendly game with Guatemala, we’ll sit down and talk through that and we’ll go from there.  It’s something that nobody wants to go through. Nobody wants to get red carded. Nobody wants to get suspended and be in discussion by the fans and the media for a mistake you make. But it’s on the other hand, it’s part of the game too. So we’ll take a little bit of a step back and we’ll discuss it in person in a relaxed way and go from there. “

ussoccer.com: How are you handling the European-based players that have been on break?
JK: “Well the tricky part of this Gold Cup is that because it’s in July, which ideally like Copa America or the Women’s World Cup would have been in June, the players coming from Europe are all done with their seasons, so they went on quick vacations and had a tightened vacation phase and now we have to shoot them up for the Gold Cup. It’s not easy for them, but it is doable and its part of their job. They have a training plan and work out plans in order to stay in shape. We’ll take it from there in Nashville in preparation for the friendly with Guatemala, and get them one step at a time into the Gold Cup because we want to have the strongest team possible with us. Our biggest rival Mexico will come with their strongest group also with European-based players, so we want to meet them face to face and make sure that they stay behind us. I’m sure our players were conscientious in their vacation periods. They are conscious that there is a lot at stake and they’re going to be well prepared.”

ussoccer.com: How important will fan support be during this tournament?
JK: “I think the biggest part that were hoping to get from this summer’s Gold Cup, because it’s a crucial competition because it qualifies us for the Confederations Cup in Russia, is our fans. We need our fans to be behind us. We need the American Outlaws to be organizing in every venue that we go to and we want to show to everybody throughout the country that we have the most amazing fans in the world. We had hundreds or even thousands of fans in Holland when we played Holland in Amsterdam. We had a whole block of fans in Cologne against Germany when we beat the number one team in the world. We want to take that energy into the Gold Cup. We need their support a lot, and the players feel really privileged to see them there and see them behind the goal, especially when things are not working the way you want them to wok and in a tournament like the Gold Cup that is always full of surprises. You might be a goal down, two goals down, but it’s all about belief, about keeping  on going, keeping on pushing and turning things around. We did it in Holland. We did it in Germany. We came from behind and we beat them.  It might happen to us in the Gold Cup, too, so hopefully we’ll have thousands and thousands of our fans in the stadium giving us that support.”

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players to Defend Gold Cup Title

CHICAGO (June 23, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 23-player roster that will defend the USA’s title at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The roster includes 17 players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Ten players from this group have been a part of USA teams that have won a Gold Cup in the past, including six from the squad that won in 2013.

The MNT will take the pitch for a final Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala on July 3 at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Ticket sales for that game have already exceeded 25,000 and it is on track to break the record for attendance at a soccer game in Tennessee. (TICKETS)

Four days later, the five-time Gold Cup champions will begin their quest at title defense in the 13th edition of the tournament with the opening round match against Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. That game will also be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMás. (GOLD CUP SCHEDULE)

Twelve CONCACAF teams will compete for the Gold Cup trophy: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean. The winning team qualifies for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team participates at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (a World Cup dress rehearsal that features the champion from each region in the world, the defending World Cup Champion, and the host, which in 2017 will be Russia).

With the Gold Cup win in 2013, the U.S. has already qualified for that playoff. Should the MNT win the Gold Cup this summer, it would earn an automatic bid for the Confederations Cup, which is the ultimate goal for Klinsmann and the team.

“Our approach for putting together the roster for this summer’s Gold Cup, which is very, very important to us, is obviously to do everything possible to win this competition," said Klinsmann. "Winning it would qualify us for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, so putting the pieces together is very crucial. That’s why we came out with a roster full of quality, but also a lot of experience; players that are used to playing in the CONCACAF region and also younger players that came through the ranks over the last year that made a stamp on the senior National Team program. It’s an exciting roster, and obviously we have a chance to make some changes after the group stage if necessary. We put all of these things into consideration, and we believe we have a very, very strong group that can win this prestigious tournament.”

The MNT is coming off two huge road wins against No. 6-ranked Netherlands and reigning World Cup champion Germany, and is riding a four-match unbeaten streak against opponents ranked in the top 20 in the world (3-0-1). The USA is 4-2-1 on the year.

After the Group Stage, teams that qualify for the quarterfinal round may replace up to six players on the roster.

U.S. Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy/2013), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/2011)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake/2009, 2013), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/2011, 2013), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/2007, 2011), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo/2005), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC/2013), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/2011), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC/2005, 2007, 2011), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes/2011, 2013)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Seventeen players on this roster were a part of the MNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013).
  • Six players were a part of the USA team that won the Gold Cup in 2013: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski
  • The USA has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and six out of the last seven. The team finished in third place in 2003 after losing to a Kaka-led Brazil.
  • Clint Dempsey (15), Michael Bradley (11) and Beckerman (11) have all played in more than 10 Gold Cup games. Bedoya and Wondolowski are also experienced players on the roster with eight Gold Cup caps each.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have previously played in the Gold Cup, of which 10 have lifted the trophy
  • The 23 players on the roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT
  • The USA has won the Gold Cup five times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) and finished as the runner-up four times (1992, 1998, 2009, 2011). The MNT has finished outside of the top four only once (2000).
  • Dempsey (5), Wondolowski (5), Beckerman, Bradley, and Diskerud, have all scored goals in previous Gold Cups. All five of Wondolowski’s goals came in the 2013 Gold Cup, where he tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot.
  • Dempsey is the only two-time winner (2005, 2007) and the only three-time participant.
  • Brad Davis scored the game-winning penalty kick in the shootout versus Panama in the 2005 Gold Cup Final.
  • Seven different players from this roster have scored for the USA in 2015: Jozy Altidore, Bradley, John Brooks, Dempsey, Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, and Gyasi Zardes.
  • Bradley is on track to earn his 100th cap in the MNT’s opening match with Honduras on July 7. He now has 98 appearances since debuting for the USA in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • The win against Germany its last time out was the fourth victory for the U.S. MNT over a top-10 ranked opponent since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the helm in 2011.
  • Brad Evans assisted on the game-winning goal in the team’s win over the reigning World Cup champion
  • Tim Ream has earned honors as the Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons
  • Against Netherlands on June 5, Brad Guzan made his first appearance since he played against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014. It was his first start of 2015. Also picking up the win against Germany, Guzan is a perfect 2-0-0 in 2015.
  • Fabian Johnson helped lift Borussia Mönchengladbach to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga that earned the club a spot in the 2016 UEFA Champions League group stage. The German side went 10-0-2 with Johnson in the starting lineup this season.
  • Johannsson recorded four goals in his final three matches as AZ Alkmaar snatched the third spot in the Dutch Eredivisie and a place in the 2016 UEFA Europa League.
  • Alfredo Morales played a key role in FC Ingolstadt securing first place in the second division in Germany and subsequent promotion to the Bundesliga.
  • Bradley has played every minute of the USA's seven matches so far in 2015. In addition to Bradley, two other MNT players have appeared in all seven games this year: Zardes and DeAndre Yedlin.
  • In the absence of Dempsey, Bradley has started as the team’s captain in five straight matches.
  • Graham Zusi and Davis were both part of the team that represented the U.S. in the World Cup last summer and are the only players on the roster without an appearance for the MNT in 2015
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.
  • Ventura Alvarado has appeared in five straight matches since making his debut in a U.S. uniform on March 25 against Denmark. Alvarado is a regular starter for the Club America team that captured the CONCACAF Champions League title and a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup. Alvarado has started in the last three games for the U.S. MNT, in which the team is 3-0-0.
  • Seven leagues from six countries are represented on the roster: Canada, England, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and the United States. 
  • Altidore leads the team in points with five in 2015 on two goals and an assist. 

 


To the Gold Cup and Beyond

Every training session and every game this year for the U.S. Men’s National Team has built to this point. It’s time for the U.S. MNT to defend its title. It’s time for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is a biennial tournament of CONCACAF teams; a tournament to crown the best of the Caribbean, North and Central American nations. As always, 12 countries will vie for the prize: three from North America, five from Central America and four from the Caribbean.

The winning team will hoist the 35-pound golden trophy, be declared the region’s best team and qualify for a playoff to determine which CONCACAF team will participate at the FIFA Confederations Cup - a competition ahead of the World Cup which features the champion from each region of the world, as well as the host nation and the defending World Cup champion.

The CONCACAF playoff for the Confederations Cup is a matchup of the Gold Cup winners from the two Cups that led into it. The U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2013 and has already qualified for the playoff, so a repeat performance as Gold Cup champions would make its berth in the Confederations Cup automatic.

 For the USA, a team that has gone through a transition period and has featured a number of new players in the months since last summer’s World Cup, the experimentation will come to a stand still for this tournament. The goal laid out by Jurgen Klinsmann has been direct: Win.

This summer, the U.S. Men will go for Cup number six and will try to earn their way back to the Confederations Cup. The MNT excelled in the 2009 edition in South Africa, beating then No. 1-ranked Spain in the semifinals, and advancing to the final to finish as the runner-up. It was the USA’s first trip to a FIFA tournament final.

The experience of a Confederations Cup provides players with an opportunity of a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. They play in the same stadiums they’ll play in in the following summer and they get a chance to experience the climate and the culture, things that surely helped the U.S. advance to the Round of 16 in South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. Success in the tournament also sends a message to viewers worldwide of which teams are poised to be contenders in the World Cup.

"The Gold Cup really is about getting the job done and winning it and qualifying us for the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017," said Klinsmann. "That’s why it’s really crucial for us to have players on the roster that have tremendous experience.”

The United States and Mexico have been the most successful nations in Gold Cup history. El Tri has six trophies and the U.S. has five of the 12 total tournaments that have been contested. Canada is the only other Nation with a trophy, when it pulled off a shocking win in 2000. The U.S. has reached the Gold Cup Final in five straight tournaments and in six of the last seven.

The MNT is currently riding an impressive four-game unbeaten streak against FIFA top 20-ranked opponents. It all began in March when the MNT drew 1-1 with then No. 12 FIFA-ranked Switzerland in Zurich, even while playing with 10 men down the stretch. In April, the U.S. followed with 2-0 win over arch-nemesis Mexico, and in June it traveled back to Europe to take down sixth-ranked Netherlands, 4-3, and the reigning World Cup champion Germany, 2-1.

Each result was an important one as well as a stepping stone in preparation for the year’s zenith that is now realized in the form of the Gold Cup, the confederation championship. The United States, the reigning champion, will now look to defend its title and its holding as CONCACAF’s best team. A spot in Russia in 2017 is also on the line, making this tournament a welcomed opportunity for a nation carving its path on a continued quest to be the best.

Experienced MNT Roster Ready to Defend Gold Cup Crown

Nearly a year on from the U.S. Men’s National finishing its run in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the team tackles its first true hurdle of the 2018 World Cup cycle as they look for a second consecutive regional title at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken a “win now” approach with this summer’s competition, hoping to directly qualify to the 2017 FIFA Confederation’s Cup and nullify the need for a future playoff with another nation. 

With that in mind, the final roster Klinsmann named for the Gold Cup on Tuesday is heavy on veteran players that bring big-game experience to the table. 

Together, the 23 players on Klinsmann’s roster average 30.5 international appearances with 14 having played in a minimum of 20 matches for the U.S. MNT. Seventeen players were also part of the U.S. team at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, marking the highest return rate of players between the two rosters in years where the Gold Cup has followed the FIFA World Cup (1991, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2013). 

The U.S. returns six players from the 2013 championship-winning side: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Mix Diskerud, Omar Gonzalez, Nick Rimando and Chris Wondolowski. 

Having made three previous CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters in 2005, 2007 and 2011, Clint Dempsey leads the list of 13 players that have previously played in the confederation championship, of which 10 have lifted the Gold Cup and eight played in a previous final. Dempsey has played in all three finals in which he’s been part of the roster and is the only two-time winner on the 2015 Gold Cup squad. 

From an attacking perspective, Dempsey and Wondolowski each have five career goals in the Gold Cup, tied for fifth on the USA’s all-time list. Wondo, shared the Golden Boot in 2013. Though technically speaking someone named Chris Wondowlowski scored three of those! 

Klinsmann will also have Jozy Altidore at his disposal, who at 25 years old is already fifth on the all-time U.S. scoring chart with 27 goals, and if penalties are needed at any point, Klinsmann can turn to Brad Davis, who, in just his second cap, scored the game-winning spot kick in the USA’s shootout win vs. Panama to win the 2005 Gold Cup Final. 

In goal, while Brad Guzan has never played in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match, the Aston Villa ‘keeper brings big tournament experience, posting a career record of 5-1-1 and five shutouts in World Cup Qualifying.  He backstopped the U.S. in the 3-0 win against Egypt at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as the team’s recent friendly wins against sixth-ranked Netherlands and current world champions Germany. Guzan will be backed by one of the heroes of the 2013 U.S. Gold Cup squad in Rimando, who shined during the U.S. team’s run to its fifth regional title. 

Coming off strong back-to-back performances against the Netherlands and Germany, midfielder Michael Bradley looks set to become the 16th player in U.S. history to achieve the 100 cap milestone. Sitting on 98 appearances, Bradley would become the fourth youngest player in U.S. history to reach the century mark, behind only Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones and Marcelo Balboa.

USWNT Faces Colombia on Anniversary of MNT 1994 World Cup Win

Tonight, the U.S. Women’s National Team squares off against Colombia in the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Coincidentally, the game falls on the 21st anniversary of the U.S. Men’s National Team historic win against Colombia at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

On that night of June 22, 1994, midfielder Earnie Stewart tucked in the game-winning goal to lead the USA to a 2-1 victory. With the win, along with the team’s draw against Switzerland, the U.S. was able to reach the knockout round of the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

Through the dogged efforts of the U.S. players, and particularly the defensive efforts of captain Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas and Marcelo Balboa, the team was able to upset one of the dark horse candidates to win the tournament in front of 93,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Balboa nearly added to triumph with a spectacular bicycle kick effort from a corner that missed the Colombia net by mere inches. The USA’s other goal came on an own goal from Andrés Escobar, who was tragically killed in the aftermath of the game.

When the match ended and the U.S. nabbed the victory, the stadium erupted with jubilation. Balboa recalls the moment fondly, “We celebrated – and if you go back to that game – there’s flags wrapped around players. We’re doing victory laps. We won the World Cup that day, that’s what it felt like.” Later the u

Alexi Lalas

The performance by the United States and the success of the tournament overall marked a new era for the sport in this country. For players dreaming to wear the red, white, and blue, the win was an experience they would never forget.

“I watched a ton of games during that World Cup and the tournament in 1990 as well,” remembers former U.S. defender Eddie Pope. “I can picture Earnie scoring that goal, and I remember thinking what a great moment it was for the U.S. team."

Tonight, it will be the USWNT’s turn to take on Colombia, and the team will be playing to make sure a U.S. win on the world’s biggest stage is once again the outcome. 

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
Jozy Altidore F 6-1 175 11/6/89 Boca Raton, Fla. Toronto FC 80/27
Ventura Alvarado D 5-11 170 8/16/92 Phoenix, Az. Club America (Mexico) 5/0
Kyle Beckerman M 5-10 165 4/23/82 Crofton, Md. Real Salt Lake 45/1
Alejandro Bedoya M 5-10 160 4/29/87 Weston, Fla. Nantes (France) 39/2
Michael Bradley M 6-2 185 7/31/87 Princeton, N.J. Toronto FC 98/13
John Brooks D 6-4 170 1/28/93 Berlin, Germany Hertha Berlin (Germany) 12/2
Timmy Chandler D 6-1 180 3/29/90 Frankfurt, Germany Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) 21/0
Brad Davis M 5-11 165 11/8/81 St. Charles, Mo. Houston Dynamo 17/0
Mix Diskerud M 6-0 150 10/2/90 Oslo, Norway New York City FC 30/6
Clint Dempsey F 6-1 170 3/9/83 Nacogdoches, Texas Seattle Sounders FC 112/40
Brad Evans D 6-1 160 4/20/85 Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle Sounders FC 19/1
Omar Gonzalez D 6-5 210 10/11/88 Dallas, Texas LA Galaxy 25/0
Brad Guzan GK 6-4 210 9/9/84 Homer Glen, Ill. Aston Villa (England) 30/0
Aron Johannsson F 6-0 165 11/10/90 Mobile, Ala. AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) 12/3
Fabian Johnson M 6-0 155 12/11/87 Munich, Germany Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 32/1
Alfredo Morales M 6-0 163 5/12/90 Berlin, Germany Ingolstadt (Germany) 10/0
Nick Rimando GK 5-11 180 6/17/79 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake 21/0
Tim Ream D 6-1 165 10/5/87 St. Louis, Mo. Bolton Wanderers (England) 12/0
Chris Wondolowski F 6-0 165 1/28/83 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes 27/9
William Yarbrough GK 6-2 160 3/20/89 Aguascalientes, Mexico Club Leon (Mexico) 2/0
DeAndre Yedlin D 5-8 150 7/9/93 Seattle, Wash. Tottenham Hotspur (England) 17/0
Gyasi Zardes F 6-2 175 9/2/91 Hawthorne, Calif. LA Galaxy 7/1
Graham Zusi M 5-10 160 8/18/86 Longwood, Fla. Sporting Kansas City 28/3
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