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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)

Tickets for U.S. WNT Match in Chattanooga Sold Out

CHICAGO (July 2, 2015) – Tickets for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s second post-Women’s World Cup game against Costa Rica have officially sold out.

The U.S. Women will play in front of over 20,000 fans at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2), setting a WNT attendance record in the state.

Tickets for the match sold out in one day, making it the fourth sellout in the history of the 18-year-old stadium and the fastest selling event held at the venue. The USA has played at Finley Stadium before, but not since 1997, when it defeated Sweden, 3-1, at the home of the National Premier Soccer League’s Chattanooga FC and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins football and women’s soccer teams. The game against Sweden was the first soccer game held at Finley, drawing a crowd of 13,433 fans.

Three days prior to the match in Tennessee, the WNT will play Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, on Sunday, Aug. 16 at Heinz Field (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Tickets are available and more than 23,000 have already been sold. (TICKETS)

The WNT’s match in Pittsburgh marks the team’s second visit to Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, after defeating Iceland there by a 3-0 score in 2004 following the USA’s Olympic gold medal run in Greece. The return to Pittsburgh will be a homecoming of sorts for U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg, who hails from nearby Gibsonia. The USA has played 15 times previously in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The USWNT will next contest the Final at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday, July 5, at 7 p.m. ET when it takes on reigning World Champion Japan in a rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup title match. The game will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo. Fans can also follow all the excitement on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

#USWNT Chooses Their Favorite Emojis

Everybody loves a good emoji and with the Women’s World Cup final just three days away, the globe + trophy pairing is one of our favorites. Last week, the NBA Draft got us wondering what each of the #USWNT23 players would consider their favorite small digital icon. There was lots of variation, but Justise Winslow might be on to something, “they really like the monkeys.”

Take a look at the #USWNT’s favorite way to express themselves in electronic communication.

Red Bulls, Kansas City, Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy Advance to Open Cup Quarterfinals

CHICAGO (July 1, 2015) – The second night of 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 action started with goals galore before tighter results out west provided a bit more drama.

Dom Dwyer’s four-goal outburst led Sporting Kansas City to a 6-2 rout of FC Dallas, while second-half goals on the Wasatch Front saw Real Salt Lake past the Portland Timbers. Additionally, both the New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy won regional derbies to earn their first Quarterfinal appearances since 2011.

U.S. Soccer will announce the dates and times for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday morning.

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.”

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