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U.S. MNT Closes World Cup Group Play Against Germany


U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Germany
2014 FIFA World Cup – Group G
Arena Pernambuco – Recife, Brazil
June 26, 2014

U.S. MNT CLOSES WORLD CUP GROUP PLAY AGAINST GERMANY: After a dramatic 2-1 victory against Ghana and a roller coaster 2-2 draw with Portugal to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team will finish Group G play against Germany on Thursday, June 26, at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. The game will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision and ESPN Radio. Fans can also follow live on Twitter @ussoccer. The U.S. sits in second place in the group with four points and a plus-1 goal differential trailing Germany, which also has four points, only on goal differential; Germany has a plus-4 goal differential. Germany hammered Portugal 4-0 in its World Cup opener before tying Ghana 2-2 in its second Group G match.

The USA’s draw with Portugal has the team in solid position to advance to the Round of 16, as any result against Germany would guarantee passage to the knock-out stage. The U.S. could still go through with a loss to Germany as long as Ghana and Portugal either tie or neither catches the USA on goal differential should they win. The U.S. gave up an early goal to Portugal’s Nani inside the opening five minutes but battled back to take command of the match through Jermaine Jones’ first World Cup goal of his career and Clint Dempsey’s fourth career World Cup strike. A win would have booked the USA’s ticket to the next round, but in the final seconds, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo swung in an immaculate cross that Varela headed into the back of the U.S. net, denying the U.S. the points needed to secure early passage to the Round of 16.

Jozy Altidore, who left the USA’s opening game against Ghana with a hamstring injury, has been ruled out for the Germany match. Dempsey (nose) and defender Matt Besler (hamstring), have recovered and from their respective injuries and will be available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has no other injury concerns with the squad.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

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Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

2-2 T

Bradley, Wondolowski

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

2-0 W

Diskerud, Johannsson

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2-1 W

F. Johnson, Dempsey

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

2-1 W

Altidore (2)

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

2-1 W

Dempsey, Brooks

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

2-2 T

Jones, Dempsey

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

12 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

TBD

TBD

Prague, Czech Republic

 ** 2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP – GROUP G

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

1

1

0

1

6

2

+4

4

USA

1

1

0

1

4

3

+1

4

Ghana

1

0

1

1

3

4

-1

1

Portugal

1

0

1

1

2

6

-4

1

Monday, June 16
Germany 4, Portugal 1; Arena Fonte Nova; Salvador
USA 2, Ghana 1; Arena das Dunas; Natal

Saturday, June 21
Germany 2, Ghana 2; Estadio Castelao; Fortaleza

Sunday, June 22
USA 2, Portugal 2; Arena Amazonia; Manaus

Thursday, June 26
USA vs. Germany; Arena Pernambuco; Recife
Portugal vs. Ghana; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha; Brasilia

For full standings and results, visit ussoccer.com’s 2014 FIFA World Cup homepage.

USA VS. GERMANY:

  • The U.S. has scored two goals in each of its past six matches, and seven of its eight games in 2014. The MNT has gone 5-1-2 during that span. The lone loss came against Ukraine on March 5 (a 2-0 defeat in Cyprus) and the draws came against Mexico (2-2 tie on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona) and Portugal (2-2 on June 22 in Manuas, Brazil).
  • The U.S. enters Sunday’s game on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2), with the draw against Mexico, followed by four straight wins against Azerbaijan, Turkey, Nigeria and then Ghana in the USA’sWorld Cup opener before the draw against Portugal.
  • This is the USA’s seventh consecutive appearance in the FIFA World Cup and 10th appearance overall.
  • The U.S. was the last international team to beat Germany, winnning 4-3 in its Centennial Celebration match on June 2, 2013. Six players on the current German roster appeared in that game. The U.S. jumped out to 2-0 lead on a Jozy Altidore goal and an own goal by the Germans. Clint Dempsey scored two second half goals to help fend off a rally from Germany.
  • The U.S. is 3-6-0 all-time against Germany.
  • The U.S. is 0-2-0 against Germany in the World Cup, losing 1-0 in the quarterfinals in 2002  in a game that featured a controversial no-call on a U.S. shot that appeared to be stopped on the line by a Germany handball. The U.S. also dropped the 1998 World Cup opener to Germany 2-0 in Paris, France.
  • Current U.S. MNT defender DaMarcus Beasley was on the roster when the U.S. played Germany in 2002. He is the only current member of the MNT that has played Germany in the World Cup.
  • The U.S. picked up its first win against Germany on February 6, 1999 in an international friendly in Jacksonville, Florida. The U.S. won 3-0 and would be Germany again later that year, a 2-0 victory in Guadalajara, Mexico during the FIFA Confederations Cup.
  • The U.S. was winless in its first three games against Germany, losing twice in 1993 in a pair of friendlies on June 13 in Chicago by a score of 4-3 and on December 18 in Palo Alto, California, when the U.S. was shut out 3-0. The third loss came in the opener of the 1998 World Cup in Paris, France.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made 80 appearances and scored 38 goals from 1990-98 as a member of the German National Team. He won a World Cup title with Germany in 1990, starting at forward and scoring three goals in the tournament. He scored five goals in the 1994 World Cup tournament and three in 1998, becoming the first player in history to score at least three goals in three consecutive World Cups. He still stands as the third highest scoring German with 11 World Cup goals.
  • Klinsmann also managed Germany from 2004-06, leading Die Manschaft to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup.

GROUP G DISCIPLINARY NOTES:

  • Germany: No infractions in June 16or 21 matches
  • Ghana: Mohammed Rabiu (caution on June 16; another caution during group stage through quarterfinals would result in one-game suspension); Sulley Muntari (caution on June 16 and 21; will serve one-game suspension on June 26)
  • Portugal: Pepe (red card ejection on June 16; served one-game suspension on June 22); Joao Pereira (caution on June 16; another caution during group stage through quarterfinals would result in one-game suspension); No infractions in June 22 match
  • USA: No infractions in June 16 match; Jermaine Jones (caution on June 22; another caution during group stage through quarterfinals would result in one-game suspension)
  • For players who have only one caution through the conclusion of the quarterfinal stage, that yellow card clears from his record heading into the semifinals.

AGAINST FIFA’S TOP 10:

  • For the 13th-ranked USA squad, Thursday’s game against No. 2 Germany will be the second consecutive game against a FIFA top-10 team after not having faced a top-10 team since defeating No. 2 Germany 4-3 on June 2, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Clint Dempsey scored twice in that Centennial Celebration match, Jozy Altidore scored the opening tally and the USA benefited from a Marc-Andre ter Stegen own goal.
  • The U.S. MNT is 16-33-9 all-time against top-10 teams in FIFA’s ranking system and 9-22-3 against top-5 teams.
  • This will be the sixth occasion in which the U.S. MNT will play top-5 FIFA-ranked teams in back-to-back games.
  • The last time the U.S. faced two top-5 teams in consecutive games was the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, earning a 2-0 win against No. 1 Spain on June 24 and then falling 3-2 to No. 5 Brazil on June 28.
  • The USA’s other top-5 back-to-back matchups include the following: June 4 and 8, 2008, against No. 4 Spain (1-0 loss) and No. 1 Argentina (0-0 draw), respectively; July 28 and 30, 1999, against No. 1 Brazil (1-0 loss) and No. 5 Germany (2-0 win) in the FIFA Confederations Cup; Feb. 10 and 15, 1998, against No. 1 Brazil (1-0 win) and No. 5 Mexico (1-0 loss) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup; and Dec. 18, 1993, and Jan. 15, 1994, against No. 3 Germany (3-0 loss) and No. 4 Norway (2-1 win).

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • After scoring against Ghana and Portugal, Clint Dempsey’s four goals in the World Cup lead the current squad, as he has scored in each of the three World Cup Finals in which he has played. He scored in the MNT’s first group stage match of the 2010 World Cup against England to earn a 1-1 draw, and he tallied the USA’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Ghana on June 22, 2006, in the last match of the group stage.
  • John Brooks’ game-winning goal against Ghana was the first international goal of his career and came in just his fifth cap with the U.S. MNT. It was his first cap in a FIFA World Cup.
  • Brooks, who has citizenship in both the U.S. and Germany, is now cap-tied to the United States with his appearance in an official FIFA competition.
  • Jermaine Jones’ assist on Dempsey’s goal against Ghana was the sixth of his career with the U.S. MNT and first of 2014.
  • Jones then scored his first World Cup goal with a fine solo effort against Portugal; it was third ever goal for the U.S. MNT.
  • Graham Zusi’s assist on Brooks’ 86th-minute goal was his second of the year and fifth of his career with the U.S. It came in Zusi’s first World Cup cap.
  • Zusi added his second career World Cup assist the very next game against Portugal on June 22, setting up Dempsey’s fourth career World Cup goal.
  • Among the U.S. players, the only other goal scorer in a FIFA World Cup match is Michael Bradley. He scored an 82nd-minute equalizer against Slovenia that helped bring the U.S. back from a 2-0 halftime deficit and force a 2-2 draw on June 18, 2010, in the USA’s second group stage match.
  • With the victory against, Ghana Tim Howard earned his second victory in a FIFA World Cup. His other victory was the USA’s 1-0 win against Algeria on June 23, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • The USA roster features five players who played in a previous FIFA World Cup: DaMarcus Beasley (2002, 2006, 2010), Dempsey (2006, 2010), Howard (2010), Altidore (2010) and Bradley (2010).
  • Altidore’s two goals in the U.S. MNT’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on June 7 were his first two of 2014 for club or country. He now has 23 career international goals. 
  • Fabian Johnson’s assist on Altidore’s first goal against Nigeria was his first of the year after leading the U.S. with three assists during World Cup qualifying.
  • Johnson recorded his first international goal in his 21st appearance during the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Turkey on June 1 during the Send-Off Series.
  • During this qualifying cycle for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Dempsey led the team with 14 appearances in the USA’s 16 games while posting a team-high eight goals.
  • Howard was 9-3-1 during the qualification process for this year’s World Cup, posting five clean sheets.
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied with Dempsey on three goals to lead the U.S. MNT in 2014.
  • Bradley and Zusi lead the U.S. with three assists each in 2014.
  • The U.S. roster features 10 players who represent Major League Soccer sides, including three sets of club teammates: Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman at Real Salt Lake; Matt Besler and Zusi at Sporting Kansas City; and Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin at Seattle Sounders FC.
  • Besler took home 2012 MLS Defender of the Year honors, a year after LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez earned the same award.
  • Altidore scored eight goals for the USA in 2013 and set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games as he earned 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year honors.
  • Julian Green earned his first U.S. cap on April 2 against Mexico as a second-half sub. Born in Tampa, Florida, Green is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. The 18-year-old played for Germany in qualifying for the UEFA U-19 championship, which required that he complete a one-time change of association that allows him to play for the U.S. National Team.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard increased his MNT record with win No. 55 of his career during the team’s 2-1 victory against Ghana on June 16. The record was previously held by Kasey Keller (53). Howard is now 55-28-15 all-time.
  • Howard set another goalkeeping record with his 100th start during the Ghana match, breaking the record set by Keller (99). Howard now has 102 caps in his career and with his next appearance will break Keller’s goalkeeping caps record.
  • Howard is currently second in career shutouts with 35, trailing Keller’s record of 47. Howard passed Meola for second when he notched his 33rd clean sheet on Oct. 11, 2013, a 2-0 victory against Jamaica to lead the USA to the top of its third straight Hexagonal.
  • Clint Dempsey’s goal during the June 16 match against Ghana was officially marked at 30 seconds, standing as the fastest U.S. goal and fifth-fastest overall in FIFA World Cup history.
  • Dempsey has now scored in all three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) in which he has appeared, becoming the only American to accomplish this feat.
  • With his fourth World Cup goal, Dempsey has tied for fourth on the USA list with Bert Patenaude, trailing only Landon Donovan (5). Two of his four World Cup goals have come against Ghana.
  • Dempsey became just the third MNT player to score at least one goal in 10 consecutive years after tallying the game-winner against Turkey on June 1. The only other two players to record a goal in that many consecutive years are Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda with 11 years each.
  • Dempsey has 39 goals for his career, second all-time behind Donovan’s record 57 goals.
  • Dempsey passed Wynalda (1990-2000) for ninth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time caps list by earning his 107th against Portugal.
  • Defender DaMarcus Beasley, who joined Claudio Reyna and Keller as the USA’s only four-time FIFA World Cup members, became the first U.S. player to make an appearance in four World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014). Keller (1990, 1998, 2002, 2006) did not play in two tournaments as the back-up to Meola in 1990 and Brad Friedel in 2002, and Reyna (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) did not play in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
  • Beasley is now tied for sixth among U.S. MNT players with nine World Cup caps, matching Eddie Pope and Tab Ramos.
  • Beasley and Dempsey are tied for eighth place in assists with 13 and are one behind Joe-Max Moore and Ramos who are tied for sixth with 14 assists in their National Soccer Hall of Fame careers.
  • Beasley’s 17 goals put him in a tie for ninth place all-time with Earnie Stewart.
  • With his 88th cap against Portugal, midfielder Michael Bradley sits in 19th place all-time in appearances two behind former midefielder John Harkes.
  • Bradley earned the 10th assist of his career on June 7 against Nigeria to tie for 12th-all-time in U.S. MNT history with Cherundolo, Chris Henderson, McBride and Stewart.
  • Chris Wondolowski, who is the USA’s joint-leading goal scorer with three goals in 2014, has nine for his career and is tied for 21st all-time with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. With his next goal, Wondolowski would tie Eddie Lewis’ mark of 10 goals from 1996-2008.
  • Jozy Altidore’s 23 goals during his international career rank sixth all-time for the U.S. MNT. He had previously been tied with Bruce Murray (21 goals from 1985-93). Altidore is one goal behind fifth-place Joe-Max Moore (24 goals from 1992-2002).
  • The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
  • The U.S. MNT saw its record 13-game home winning streak come to a close with the 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 13-0-0 mark started with a 4-3 win against Germany on June 2, 2013, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and stretched through the USA’s 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (32-11-9) passed Bora Milutinovic (30 wins) for third on the all-time wins list during the USA’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

USA IN BRAZIL:

  • The U.S. MNT is now 2-4-1 all-time in Brazil following the June 22 draw against Portugal. The USA’s two victories came in a 1-0 win against England in Belo Horizante on June 29, 1950, during the 1950 FIFA World Cup and the 2-1 win over Ghana on June 16 to open the 2014 World Cup.
  • Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the last time the U.S. played in Brazil was for an international friendly on Feb. 6, 1992, a 3-0 loss to Brazil in Fortaleza.
  • The MNT’s first trip to Brazil was on Aug. 17, 1930, when the U.S. played Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and lost 4-3.
  • The U.S. now has a 6-15-3 all-time record in games played in South America. Before the 2014 FIFA Cup, the U.S. last visited the continent in 2007 for the CONMEBOL Copa America in Venezuela, losing to Argentina, Paraguay and Columbia.

BY THE NUMBERS:

3                Goals by Chris Wondolowski to lead the USA in 2014

2                Germany’s FIFA Rankings

5                U.S. MNT Players with previous FIFA World Cup appearances (Altidore, Beasley, Bradley, Dempsey and Howard)

13              USA’s FIFA ranking

16              Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign

30              Seconds needed for Clint Dempsey to score USA’s first goal against Ghana

31              Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

55              Career wins for Tim Howard, a U.S. MNT goalkeeping record

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BREAKDOWN:
The U.S. Men’s National Team is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opened Group G play with a 2-1 win against Ghana on June 16 in Natal, followed by a 2-2 draw against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus. On June 26, the U.S. plays Germany at 12 p.m. ET in Recife. For the full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit ussoccer.com.

Group Breakdown:

  • Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
  • Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
  • Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
  • Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
  • Group D: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
  • Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
  • Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
  • Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 32-11-9 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (32), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2013, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its last 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-1-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • 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, the USA’s two victories included 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 Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

IN FOCUS: GERMANY
Germany Football Association
Founded: 1900
Head Coach: Joachim Low
FIFA World Ranking: 2
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 18 (1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Best World Cup Finish: 1954, 1974, 1990 (Champions)

GERMANY ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
MIDFIELDERS: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotz (Bayern Munich), Cristoph Kramer (Borussia Moncherngladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES:

  • Germany is currently ranked No. 2 in the FIFA World Rankings. With Spain’s exit, Germany remains the highest ranked squad in the World Cup.
  • Before suffering a 4-0 loss to Germany, Portugal had gone unbeaten in eight matches dating back to Oct. 11, 2013, compiling a 6-0-2 record during that span.
  • The Germans return 11 players from the 2010 edition, 10 of whom started multiple games for the squad that placed third at the last World Cup in South Africa.
  • Phillip Lamb and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the captains of the 2010 World Cup team, along with forward Lukas Padolski and defender Per Mertesacker are making their third appearance at the World Cup finals, having been a part of the 2006 team that also finished in third place in its home country.
  • Making his fourth trip to the World Cup, 36-year-old forward Miroslav Klose scored against Ghana to tie Ronaldo’s World Cup record of 15 goals scored, having scored five in 2002, five in 2006 and four in 2010. He also passed Germany legend Gerd Muller for the most goals scored by a German in international play; he now has 69.
  • The 2014 World Cup squad is made up of players from 10 different clubs in four countries including England, Spain and Italy, with a majority playing their professional soccer in Germany. Seven current players compete for Bayern Munich, while five represent Dortmund.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:

June 22, 2014 – Arena Amazonia – Manaus, Brazil – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group G

USA                2          Jermaine Jones 64, Clint Dempsey 81
POR                2          Nani 5, Silvestre Varela 90+5

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyle Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 72), 4- Michael Bradley, 19- Graham Zusi (3-Omar Gonzalez, 90+1); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (18-Chris Wondolowski, 87)
Subs Not Used: 6-John Brooks, 10-Mix Diskerud, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Brad Davis, 16-Julian Green, 21-Timmy Chandler, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Aron Johannsson
Not Available: 17-Jozy Altidore
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

POR: 22-Beto; 2-Bruno Alves, 13-Ricardo Costa, 19-Andre Almeida (6-William Carvalho, 46), 21-Joao Pereira; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Joao Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles (18-Silvestre Varela, 69); 7-Cristiano Ronaldo (capt.), 17-Nani, 23-Heider Postiga (11-Eder, 16)
Subs not used: 1-Eduardo; 9-Hugo Almeida, 10-Vierinha, 12-Rui Patricio, 14-Luis Neto, 15-Rafa Silva, 20-Ruben Amorim
Not Available: 3-Pepe (suspended), 5-Fabio Coentrao, 9-Hugo Almeida, 12-Rui Patricio
Head Coach: Paulo Bento

On the field against Germany:
June 2, 2013 – RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C. – International Friendly

USA                4          Jozy Altidore 13, own goal (Marc-Andre ter Stegen) 16,  Clint Dempsey 60, 65
GER               3          Heiko Westermann 51, Max Kruse 78, Julian Drexler 81

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Brad Evans, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 56); 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones, 19-Graham Zusi (18-Eddie Johnson, 56), 23-Fabian Johnson (24-Brad Davis, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (25-Terrence Boyd, 81)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brad Guzan, 11-Stuart Holden, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Clarence Goodson 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GER: 22-Marc-Andre ter Stegen; 4-Benedikt Howedes, 7-Marcell Jansen (6-Dennis Aogo, 46), 17-Per Mertesacker (23-Phillip Wollsched, 46); 3-Stefan Reinartz, 8-Julian Draxler, 9-Andre Schurrle (18-Sydney Sam, 65), 10-Lukas Podolski, 15-Lars Bender (5-Heiko Westermann, 46), 16-Sven Bender (20-Max Kruse, 46); 11-Miroslav Klose (13-Nicolai Muller, 79) 
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Rene Adler, 12-Ron-Rober Zieler, 14-Aaron Hunt, 21-Roman Neustadter 
Head coach: Joachim Low

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