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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

MNT Completes Gold Cup Prep With 4-0 Win Against Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (July, 3 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National team, behind a Guatemala own-goal and scores from Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski concluded its preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 win in front of a Tennessee state record crowd of 44,835 at Nissan Field in Nashville.

Dempsey has made a habit of scoring against Guatemala. His penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute was his fifth against the Central American nation. Chandler’s goal was the first of his international career with the USA and Wondolowski has now reached doubled-digit goals in his U.S. career.

The stage is now set for MNT’s run in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the team will look to defend its 2013 title. The USA starts group play on Tuesday, July 7, with a match against Honduras at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The game will be broadcast live FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal) 19th minute: Michael Bradley split two defenders with a through ball along the right side, which the speedy DeAndre Yedlin took toward the endline, where he sent in a cross. Castillo stooped to head the ball back to his ‘keeper, but put his clearance past a scrambling Paulo Motta and into the bottom right corner of the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Timmy Chandler (own goal) 58th minute: DeAndre Yedlin cut back in the wide right channel  and passed to Timmy Chandler, who was open in support. Chandler took a controlling dribble to his left and sent an absolute rocket into the lower left corner of the goal from 25 yards out. USA 2, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Clint Dempsey (Penalty Kick) 73rd minute: Michael Bradley was fouled in the box to set the USA up with its second penalty of the game. Dempsey stepped up to take it and calmly chipped it in over the diving goalkeeper. USA 3, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes) 86th minute: Gyasi Zardes fielded a Dempsey lob on the left side of the box and dribbled all the way down to the end line. As he approached the goal Motta came off his line, but Zardes tiptoed around him and tapped a right footed pass back to Wondolowski, who buried from close range. USA 4, GUA 0 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 33rd minute: Guatemala’s Carlos Mejia sent in a dangerous cross in front of goal where Jairo Arreola was finishing his run. Guzan, sensing the danger, took a quick step and slid in front, denying he opportunity.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 39th minute: Guatemala earned a free kick on the right side. A high, looping cross found Wilson Lalin on the back post. Lalin sent a header back across the mouth of the goal, but Guzan was ready, smothering the shot and falling on it safely.

USA – Brad Guzan, (save) 46th minute: Guatemala broke away at the start of the second half with an early attack. A cross in from the right side bounced around and ended up at the feet of Carlos Ruiz, who quickly ripped a left-footed shot at goal. Guzan dove and brought down the shot for the save.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT begins play in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup when it takes on Honduras on July 7 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
Broadcast information:  FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Social:  Twitter (@ussoccer@ussoccer_esp);  FacebookInstagram 

Milestone Watch:

  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is just a game away from the century cap mark. He now has 99 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is in sole possession of 16th place on the MNT all-time list.
  • Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal in his 22nd appearance with the USA.
  • Brad Guzan earned his 10th career shutout, to move into a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey scored his 41st goal, affirming his standing in the No. 2 position on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list. The goal was his fifth against Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson was 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi made his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • The United States is 14-4-6 all-time against Guatemala. The MNT is unbeaten in the last 20 games, which is the team’s longest streak against any nation and dates back to 1988. Five of the last six games have been wins for the USA.
  • The U.S. has outscored Guatemala 10-0 in its last two matches.
  • The MNT is unbeaten against Guatemala on U.S. soil, improving their record to 15-0-1
  • Chris Wondolowski also scored against Guatemala in the MNT’s last matchup with Central Americans in 2013.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date:  July 3, 2015
Competition:  International Friendly
Venue:  Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
Kickoff:  6 p.m. CT
Attendance:  44,835
Weather:  76 degrees; Cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                          1          3          4
GUA                          0          0          0

USA – Carlos Castrillo (own goal)                  19th minute
USA – Timmy Chandler (DeAndre Yedlin)      58
USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty)                     72
USA – Chris Wondolowski (Gyasi Zardes)      86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 21-Timmy Chandler, 3-Omar Gonzalez (13-Ventura Alvarado, 46), 6-John Brooks (15-Tim Ream, 61), 23-Fabian Johnson (14-Greg Garza, 46); 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 10-Mix Diskerud (7-Alfredo Morales, 61), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 19-Graham Zusi (20-Gyasi Zardes, 46); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 68)
Subs Not Used : 12-Nick Rimando, 22-William Yarbrough, 16-Brad Evans, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 9-Aron Johannsson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

GUA: 12-Paulo Motta (capt.), 2-Ruben Morales, 4-Wilson Lalin, 13-Carlos Castrillo (19-Carlos Figueroa, 74), 15-Deniss Lopez; 6-Carlos Mejia (18-Aslinn Rodas, 84), 14-Kendel Herrarte (10-Jose Contreras, 46), 17-Brandon De Leon (8-Jonathan Marquez, 69), 23-Jorge Aparicio, 7-Jairo Arreola (16-Marco Pappa, 46), 22-Minor Lopez (20-Carlos Ruiz, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Victor Ayala, 21-Ricardo Jerez; 3-Jose Pinto, 11-Gerardo Arias
Head coach: Ivan Franco Sopegno

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 9 / 13
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            35th minute
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)       48
GUA – Carlos Castrillo (caution)        71
GUA – Carlos Ruiz (caution)              71
USA – Timmy Chandler (caution)      81

Officials: 
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvador Rodriguez (MEX)
4th Official: Jorge Rojas (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Timmy Chandler

GOAL: Dempsey Chips in A Classy PK

Clint Dempsey converted from the penalty spot for a 3-0 U.S. lead.

GOAL: Timmy Chandler Puts USA Up 2-0 with A Thunderbolt

Timmy Chandler lashed in a left-footed blast from outside the area to give the USA a 2-0 lead in Nashville.

GOAL: Carlos Castrillo Heads the Ball into His Own Net

DeAndre Yedlin's quick cross found Guatemala's Carlos Castrillo, who headed into the back of the net for an own goal.

#USAvGUA XI Fast Facts

  • Tonight marks the 50th time that Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey will appear in the same match for the MNT.
  • Four of Clint Dempsey’s 40 international goals have come against Guatemala.
  • The back four of Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson marks the 12th different back four the U.S. has deployed in the team’s 13 matches since last summer’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi makes his first MNT appearance of 2015, having last played in the team’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Oct. 14, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan made his international debut against Guatemala in a 4-0 friendly win on Feb. 19, 2006.
  • Making his 99th international appearance, Michael Bradley is the only player to start all eight MNT matches in 2015.
  • 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.

MNT Ready for Final Test in Nashville Ahead of Gold Cup

The U.S. MNT touch down in Nashville for some final preparation ahead of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

What to Watch for in Tonight's MNT friendly with Guatemala

New Tune in Nashville
Friday’s friendly against Guatemala marks the fourth time the U.S. Men’s National Team will play in the “Music City”. Though the team is just 1-2-0 all-time in Nashville, the city does hold a few memorable moments for a couple of the current crop of players.

Gold Cup captain Michael Bradley actually saw his name on a game-day roster for the first time here as a guest player with the side in their send-off friendlies prior to leaving for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Bradley was an unused sub in the team’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco on May 23, 2006, before earning his first U.S. cap three days later in a 2-0 win vs. Venezuela in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s now just two away from joining the Century Club.

Of course, the biggest U.S. moment in Nashville came when then 19-year-old Jozy Altidore became the youngest player in MNT history to score a hat trick, bagging all three goals in the side’s 3-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against Trinidad & Tobago.

Beyond the individual memories, every time the U.S. MNT has come to Nashville, the support has been strong and the crowds have grown larger. That’ll be no different on Friday night as more than 37,500 tickets have already been sold, smashing Nashville’s previous best attendance record of 29,059 on March 29, 2011 against Paraguay.

Bradley/Altidore/Dempsey Together Again
Jurgen Klinsmann has made no secret of the fact that his approach to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is to win now so the team can directly qualify for a place at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. A big part of that is calling in an experienced roster that has an average of 30.5 caps, including the three most seasoned players on the roster: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey.

Friday night will likely be the first time since February’s 2-0 win against Panama that the trio will appear together on the field after injuries and the birth of Clint Dempsey’s child kept it from happening more recently. Should all three appear against Guatemala, it would mark the 50th time the trio has played together with the National Team. 

Captains…Leaders on the Gold Cup Roster
While Klinsmann has international experience in his squad heading into the Gold Cup, he’s also got leadership, with four players on the roster captaining their club teams: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC) and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Guatemala Milestones
Current U.S. number one goalkeeper Brad Guzan received the first of his 30 international caps during the team’s 4-0 rout of Guatemala in a friendly on February 19, 2006.

It’s not quite déjà vu, but Friday’s falls almost two years to the day of midfielder Alejandro Bedoya’s first U.S. MNT goal, which also came in a Gold Cup warmup against Guatemala. With the U.S. already laying a 5-0 thumping on Los Chapines, Bedoya popped up with his first strike in the 88th minute to close the scoring at 5-0. 

Bedoya joined Jeff Agoos (June 13, 1988), Brian McBride (November 3, 1996) and Frankie Hejduk (December 21, 1996) as notable U.S. players that scored their first international goal against Guatemala.

Jurgen on the Friendly
The 2013 friendly win ran the U.S. MNT’s unbeaten streak against Guatemala to 20 matches, the team’s longest-ever unbeaten run against any nation. Despite having handily defeated Guatemala last time out, Klinsmann said the Central American side will provide a tough final test for his team Friday ahead of the Gold Cup.

“It’s definitely a different Guatemala [team] than we played two years ago. Two years ago we played them in San Diego and it was 6-0 -- they basically came off vacation -- they were not qualified for the Gold Cup. This is a different Guatemala team. This is a Guatemala team that wants to do well in this Gold Cup. We expect some difficulties, a tight game and a lot of work.

We have respect for their individual qualities. All Central American teams are technically different and can put you into some problems in a split second with a set piece or a counter break. They will also have respect for us. They see what we did over the last couple of years. That’s why I said a few weeks ago, we will face teams that will play extremely defensive-minded against us. [The team] has to find ways to solve it. They have to find ways to create chances and put them in the back of the net.”

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.”

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

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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