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U.S. MNT Earns 1-1 Draw against Honduras in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Florida (Oct. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA  played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium. 

Altidore’s tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday. 

USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando remains unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. He had two saves on the night. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore’s third goal of the year and 24th of his career. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL)

HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez), 86th minute: Izaguirre whipped in a left-footed free kick from the right side, easily eluding the USA’s two-man wall and finding Figueroa in the middle of the box. The Honduras captain fought off Jermaine Jones and redirected with the header past Nick Rimando to earn the equalizer. USA 1, HON 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Luis Garrido, 21st minute: Alejandro Bedoya had a dangerous run down the left side to get behind Honduras’ defense. That created some space to cross into the box, and Garrido came sliding in to intercept a ball that was destined for USA captain Clint Dempsey for a high-percentage scoring chance at close range. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 45th+1 minute: Amid all of Honduras’ first-half set pieces, Honduras’ most threatening chance came in the run of play at the end of the first 45 minutes. Wilmer Crisanto had a perfect left-footed touch, crossing toward the top of the box to try and connect with Alberth Elis. Rimando alertly left his line for the interception and maintain the one-goal lead heading into halftime. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 50th minute: Making his first appearance at center back, Jones was tested by Honduras’ speed on several occasions. He recovered well against Oscar Garcia, who appeared to have a couple of steps on Jones down the left side. Jones lunged in to break up the attack and instead allow Honduras to take its eighth corner kick of the match. 

HON – Wilmer Crisanto and Victor Bernardez, 74th minute: Though the USA offense did not create many scoring chances in the second half, Mix Diskerud looked the most dangerous with an individual effort starting above the box. Diskerud saw a bit of an opening to dribble head-on, but Honduras’ Crisanto and Bernardez did just enough to disrupt Diskerud and the USA. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 78th minute: Though sitting on a yellow card, Jones confidently made a sliding tackle against the speedy Romell Quioto, disrupting Honduras’ attack in a similar fashion as Garcia’s run earlier in the half. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 90th+1 minute: The USA had a difficult time clearing the ball out of the box following a Honduras corner kick, and Honduras’ Juan Rodriguez kept things active in his team’s final third. Rodriguez fired a left-footed shot that went through the U.S. defense and Rimando stayed low for the clutch save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • With goal No. 24, Jozy Altidore ties for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches.
  • Michael Bradley’s assist on Altidore’s goal was the 12th of his career. Bradley moves into sole possession of 10th all-time, passing John Harkes and Alexi Lalas who had 11 assists during their careers.
  • Bradley earned his 91st cap moving past Harkes for 18th place on the USA’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey moved into a tie for seventh place on the U.S. MNT all-time list with his 110th cap, sharing that spot with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri. Dempsey is two appearances behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 caps from 1994-2006). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: TBD
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT moves to 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras.
  • The USA is 17-16-10 all-time in games played in Florida. Tuesday’s match was the team’s first in Palm Beach County.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in goal, making his fourth appearance and third start of the year. It was his first start since the USA’s 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona.
  • In front of Rimando was a defensive line that included Timmy Chandler at right back, Greg Garza at left back and the center back duo of Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler. Jones featured at center back for the first time with the National Team, but he served there previously for club sides Schalke in Germany and Besiktas in Turkey.
  • In the midfield, Mix Diskerud played the holding role, Graham Zusi was on the right, Alejandro Bedoya on the left and Michael Bradley up top in a diamond 4-4-2 formation.
  • Team captain Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • In the 63rd minute, Klinsmann utilized his first three subs. Tim Ream replaced Besler in defense. Bobby Wood earned his third cap as he entered for Dempsey. DeAndre Yedlin returned to the midfield for a second straight game, replacing Zusi.
  • Midfielder Alfredo Morales entered the game in the 75th minute for Bradley.
  • In the 78th minute, Joe Corona earned his 14th cap, replacing Bedoya.
  • Forward Miguel Ibarra, who plays professionally for the NASL’s Minnesota United, made his U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 90th minute.
  • The USA is now 9-5-4 with Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband.
  • The USA is now 33-13-11 all-time under Klinsmann. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET    
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          0          1
HON                            0          1          1         

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez)      86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          0          1
HON                            0          1          1           

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Emilio Izaguirre)   86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann 

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford 

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89 

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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Tiffeny Milbrett: "In My Heart and in My Blood"

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, an eight-year-old Tiffeny Milbrett sat in front of the family TV and marveled at the amazing athletes – track and field stars and volleyball greats – who competed in the Summer Olympic Games.

In fact, she was so mesmerized by those Olympian feats that Milbrett not only fantasized about performing at the highest level possible, she made it a goal to compete at what she called “the pinnacle" of sports. "Oh gosh, that's where I wanted to be, in that competition," she told ussoccer.com on the verge of being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. "I wanted to be an Olympian."

And it was after watching the local Portland Timbers of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) that Milbrett fell in love with the game of soccer. “I just feel fortunate I was able to play soccer at the upper echelon for so many years,” she added, looking back on a legendary career with the U.S. Women’s National Team. “It was really, really my goal, in my heart and in my blood.”

Among the Greats
She accomplished that and then some, becoming one of the greatest international soccer players of her own, or any other, generation. Milbrett became the first woman to score a goal in two Olympic gold medal matches and was a member of the legendary U.S. team that hoisted the 1999 Women's World Cup, among myriad other honors. 

99 Womens World Cup Milbrett Foudy
Tiffeny Milbrett celebrates scoring in a 7-1 win vs. Nigeria at the 1999 Women's World Cup with Julie Foudy.

For her outstanding accomplishments, Milbrett was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She will be enshrined in the new Hall, joining other U.S. soccer greats on Saturday Oct. 20 at the grand opening at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

"I just feel most humbled to be considered alongside all that talent," Milbrett said. "I think it’s just the influence of the powerful people that helped shape the sport to where it is today. Just being able to live out my dream and being a part of being excited about the sport of soccer. We're still doing that to this day. And also, just being alongside all those influential people, whether it’s the ones being inducted for what they did on the playing field or off. I'm proud to be a part of these people that helped shape and mold the direction and advancement of soccer in this country. I take that very seriously. It's pretty cool to be a part of the group of people that have helped [grow the game]. It’s a reminder of the influence that you had with the sport and to continue to help it grow."

Milbrett was destined for greatness early on. She was a three-time Oregonian 3A player of the year, graduating Hillsboro High School holding Oregon state records for goals (54) in a season and career (131). During a sterling four-year career at the University of Portland, Milbrett struck 103 goals and collected 246 points while earning All-America honors an astonishing three times.

She began to make her impact on the National Team by connecting for a team-high three goals at the 1995 Women's World Cup, in which the Americans finished third.


Milbrett celebrates scoring her 100th career WNT goal on July 11, 2005 at Merlo Field on the campus of University of Portland where she played collegiate soccer.  

Milbrett the Match-Winner
In the very first Olympic women's soccer final a year later in Athens, Ga., she brought her game to yet another level by connecting with Mia Hamm for the game-winner to lift the U.S. to a 2-1 triumph over China in the Final. "Scoring goals is fickle," she said. "It's really interesting. There's something about performing in a pinnacle competition that speaks to what I always dreamed about in these pinnacle moments. It was extremely special to be able to have that reward after all the work you've done through the years and be rewarded with that kind of joy. Quite frankly, very few things you feel in your life are like that." 

Four years later, Milbrett scored one of her most dramatic goals in the 2000 Olympics gold medal match against Norway in Sydney, Australia. Already with one goal under her belt in the match, the 5-foot 2-inch Milbrett managed to leap highest among some behemoth Norwegian defenders to head home a right-wing cross from Hamm two minutes into second-half stoppage time to knot proceedings at 2-2.

Milbrett admitted she did not remember too much of that 11th-hour scoring sequence.

"I don't even remember scoring to be honest,” she said. “I've seen it on video. It’s pretty amazing. I remember running to celebrate."

Regulation ended and stoppage time loomed. Teammate Michelle French was shaking out the Portland-born dynamo's legs. "She's just going: 'Do you know what you just did? Do you know what you just did?'" Milbrett said with a laugh. "And I'm like, 'Ok, let me just rest. I've got to get back.' I think that's what they refer to as just being in the zone. You're playing. You're focused on the task at hand." 

The U.S. lost that confrontation in extra-time. But never one to rest on her laurels, Milbrett continued at the 1999 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals, weaving through the German defense to score a memorable goal in an epic 3-2 win, in what is still considered one of the greatest women's soccer matches of all-time.

A Century of Goals
She finished her 16-year international career with 100 goals in 206 appearances, nearly a goal every other game. And when she wasn't scoring for her country, Milbrett did it for her club – the New York Power. In the Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) inaugural 2001 season, Milbrett bagged a unique trifecta of honors. She recorded the first hat-trick in league history, won the scoring title (16 goals) and scooped MVP honors.

2010 WPS champion Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett ended her club career with one final championship as part of FC Gold Pride in 2010.

Milbrett, who celebrates her 46th birthday on Oct. 23, played three seasons for the Power, collecting 31 goals in 50 matches before completing her professional career in Women's Professional Soccer with FC Gold Pride, finding the net 10 times in 40 games.

These days, Milbrett is head girls coach with the Colorado Rapids. It’s not unreasonable to think, with her attitude, pedigree and work ethic molding young players, perhaps one of those youngsters will find her way to the pinnacle of the beautiful game the same way Tiffeny Milbrett did.

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