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U.S. MNT Opens 2015 with 3-2 Road Loss against Chile

RANCAGUA, Chile (Jan. 28, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the new year with a 3-2 loss against No. 14 FIFA-ranked Chile at Estadio El Teniente. 

Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the USA, but Chile’s Mark Gonzalez countered with two of his own, including the game-winner in the 75th minute. Roberto Gutierrez scored Chile’s other goal. 

The match included the MNT debut for three players: Steve Birnbaum who started in defense, midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes.

The USA will now prepare for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network (TICKETS). 

Chile out-shot the USA 12-10 and both teams were even with five shots on goal. 

Chile had an opportunity late in the first half to find the equalizer in the opening 45 minutes, but Roberto Gutierrez was just offside when Marco Medel crossed the ball in from the left side. Gutierrez headed the ball into the net, but the chance was nullified. 

Five minutes before Chile scored its game-winning goal, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley unleashed a blistering shot from nearly 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and would have given the USA a two-goal lead at the time.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), 6th minute: Left back Besler looped his left-footed pass in between a pair of Chile defenders to Shea on the left side of the box. Shea one-timed his left-footed shot from a difficult angle past Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera and just inside the right post for the USA’s first goal of the year. Shea now has three goals in his MNT career. USA 1, CHI 0 (SEE GOAL) 

CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez), 10th minute: Chile was quick to respond, working the ball to the left side where Gonzalez had some space near the sideline for the long cross. Gutierrez snuck between USA defenders Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler and headed the ball into the right side of the frame to tie the score. USA 1, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), 31st minute: The USA attack began with DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in to Diskerud, who passed back and forth with Yedlin on the right side. Diskerud then dribbled to just outside the six-yard box and cut a pass back to the left toward Altidore. Altidore, with ample space, carved his right-footed shot inside the left post and the U.S. regained the lead. USA 2, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel), 66th minute: Medel pushed the attack down the left side with a well-timed leading ball to Gonzalez who got behind the USA defense and unleashed his high-paced shot past U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Rimando had leaned a little to his left in anticipation of the shot, but Gonzalez shot over Rimando’s right shoulder. USA 2, CHI 2 (SEE GOAL)

CHI – Mark Gonzalez, 75th minute: Chile’s attack originated with a well-struck, left-footed shot from Marco Medel from approximately 25 yards out. Nick Rimando stretched to his right for the save, but Gonzalez followed up the rebound from the left side. Gonzalez drove his left-footed attempt inside the right of the frame as Rimando could not do anything to prevent Chile’s go-ahead score. USA 2, CHI 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 37th minute: Chile had a golden opportunity after intercepting the ball from the USA’s back line. Diego Valdes dribbled uncontested inside the left side of the box, one-on-one against Rimando. Rimando ultimately came up trumps with a left-armed save as Valdes was attempting to find the far right side of the frame. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 80th minute: The USA worked the ball quickly from right to left, with Wil Trapp and Michael Bradley setting up Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski attempted to find the right side of the frame, but Herrera reacted quickly with the save to his left to maintain the Chile lead. 

CHI – Johnny Herrera, 90+2 minute: Lee Nguyen set up USA second-half sub Gyasi Zardes down the right side. Zardes tried to sneak his shot inside the near right post past Herrera, but the Chile goalkeeper had the space covered to deny the LA Galaxy product. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey played in his 111th game, moving into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list, and moving ahead of Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110). Dempsey is now one cap behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 games from 1994-2006).
  • Wednesday’s game marked Dempsey’s 100th-career start.
  • Jozy Altidore scored his 26th-career goal in his 77th cap. Altidore ranks fifth on the MNT all-time goal scoring list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT prepares for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT. (TICKETS)
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 3-5-2 all-time against Chile.
  • Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann rolled out a 3-5-2 formation against Chile. Anchored by goalkeeper Nick Rimando, the three-man defensive line included Matt Besler at left back, Steve Birnbaum’s senior team debut at right back and Jermaine Jones at center back.
  • In the midfield, Brek Shea and DeAndre Yedlin were featured on the left and right side, respectively. Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey played centrally, with Dempsey in the attacking role and serving as the team captain.
  • Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore were paired up front. The game marked Wood’s first MNT started and his sixth cap.
  • The USA opened the first half with Lee Nguyen entering for Wood. Dempsey pushed up to play alongside Altidore in the attack.
  • Wil Trapp made his senior team debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 60tht minute. Trapp was the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and a former member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • In the 68th minute, Gyasi Zardes made his MNT debut, replacing Dempsey, who passed along the captain’s armband to Jones.
  • In the second half, the USA changed its formation to a 4-4-2 with Shea on the left side, Yedlin on the right and Birnbaum and Besler in central defence.
  • Rimando previously had been unbeaten throughout his MNT tenure. Wednesday marked his first loss as he is now 10-1-2 all-time. 

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,420
Weather: 88 degrees; clear 

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 0 2
CHI                          1 2 3 

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                     6th minute
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez)    10
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)             31
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel)            66
CHI – Mark Gonzalez                                     75 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Head coach:
Jorge Sampaoli 

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 /9
Fouls: 20 / 19
Offside: 0 / 6 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)      36th minute
CHI – Jose Rojas (caution)                 43
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)           45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (caution)             50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)        52
USA – Matt Besler (caution)              71 
USA – Brek Shea (caution)                88 

Officials:
Referee: Patricio Loustau  (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly 
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Attendance: 12,420
Weather: 88 degrees; clear 

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 0 2
CHI                          1 2 3 

USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler)                     6th minute
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez)    10
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud)             31
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel)            66 
CHI – Mark Gonzalez                                     75 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Head coach: 
Jorge Sampaoli 

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 /9
Fouls: 20 / 19
Offside: 0 / 6 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Michael Bradley (caution)      36th minute
CHI – Jose Rojas (caution)                 43
USA – Bobby Wood (caution)           45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (caution)             50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)        52
USA – Matt Besler (caution)              71 
USA – Brek Shea (caution)                88 

Officials:
Referee: Patricio Loustau  (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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Cindy Parlow Cone: "Like a Kid in a Candy Store"

Cindy Parlow Cone’s path to the National Soccer Hall of Fame started with a decision she made as a 16-year-old – to leave Germantown High School in Memphis a year early and enroll at the University of North Carolina.

“The whole reason behind going to UNC early was to try to make the 1996 Olympic team,” Parlow Cone recalled on the eve of her induction as part of the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Class. “The crazy thing to me now is why I even felt like I had a chance to make that team. I had never been a part of the National Team. In retrospect, it set my life on a whole new course.”

That course included three national championships at UNC, two national collegiate Player of the Year trophies, four All-American awards, two Olympic Gold medals, one bronze, a World Cup championship, and now a spot in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which opens the doors to its newest permanent home in Frisco, Texas on the weekend of Oct. 20, 2018. “It’s really nice to be honored this far past your playing career,” she added. “Hopefully people have seen that I’ve tried to continue to have a positive impact on our game.”

Trying to Absorb the Moment
That decision to attend UNC 23 years ago began an 11-year National Team career starting with the 1996 Olympics, the first Games in history to include a Women’s Football Competition. “Just being a part of the Olympics was unbelievable,” said Parlow Cone, a rangy attacking midfielder throughout her more than decade-long career. “I was like a kid in a candy store. I took pictures of everything and just tried to absorb every moment. I didn’t know if it would be my last time.”

USA 1999 Women's World Cup champions
Parlow (far right) celebrates winning the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup with teammates Kristine Lilly (left) and Tisha Venturini.

Her role with the National Team went from a seldom-used sub in ’96 to a prominent role in 1999. She started all six games of the 1999 World Cup and scored twice en route to a historic world title for the U.S. WNT. “In ’99, I remember feeling like our sport had finally arrived,” said Parlow Cone, who later went on to coach the NWSL’s Portland Thorns, first as an assistant and then as head coach. “It was just so cool to see our sport and our team having such an impact, and it was amazing to see that impact continue after the World Cup in the growth of our sport and girls sports.”

Being elected to the Hall of Fame has given her a chance to reflect. Parlow Cone’s National Team career spanned 158 games, and her 75 goals ranks fifth all-time for the U.S. But when she thinks back, it’s not the goals or victories that stand out. “It just keeps coming back to the people,” she said. “So many people have impacted my life in so many ways. I made the [U.S. National] Team when I was 17, so in those really formative years I was surrounded by some great people and great leaders, really intelligent and strong women. It shaped who I am.”

Captain for Life
She points to two people in particular. “I always try to learn something from everyone I meet, and I truly think I learned something from every teammate I had. But if I had to point to a couple I really learned a lot from, one would definitely be Carla Overbeck. I call Carla my Captain for Life. I learned how to treat people, how important it was to get to know everyone and how to motivate them.

“She [Overbeck] went out of her way to come to my room when I was injured in my first camp. She talked to me for like 30 minutes, which had to be painful because I probably said two words the entire time. For the captain of the National Team to do that for me was amazing.”

The other is the player she roomed with on her first international trip. “For the trip to Brazil in January of ‘96, they roomed me with Mia Hamm,” she said. “I was like ‘Oh my God.’ I had her poster in my room back home. I didn’t know what to do. She would get a phone call, and I would be like ‘Should I leave, should I stay, what do I do?’ But she was super nice.”

What really stayed with Cindy is how Hamm handled the withering public attention. “Mia was in the spotlight all the time,” she explained. “Everyone wanted a picture with her, wanted her autograph, wanted to talk to her. Just watching how she handled all that was incredible. She is a quiet, reserved, private person not seeking the limelight, but she knew how important her role was for our team and our game.”

Hamm Guides the Way
“[Hamm] always talked about her team and always deflected praise back to her teammates. It was just a really impressive thing to watch,” added Parlow Cone, full of praise for an understated legend of the game. It had to be challenging and exhausting for someone as introverted as her. But seeing her navigate all that and how selfless she was at every turn will always stay with me.”

U.S. WNT coaches Cindy Parlow, Anson Dorrance
Parlow Cone at training with famed coach Anson Dorrance, who coached her at UNC and with the WNT.

Parlow Cone uses all she learned over her years as a youth soccer coach. She is a Director of Coaching for girls with the North Carolina Football Club, a 13,000-player club in the Triangle area of North Carolina, where she lives with her husband John and their son Steven, who turned a year old on Oct. 11 “The biggest adjustment in coaching was I had to set my competitiveness aside,” she says. “I had to meet players where they were and then help them get to where they want to be.”

And Cindy Parlow Cone, from her own journey from Germantown High to the National Team and now the Hall of Fame, knows how to get you where you want to be.

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Brad Guzan Will Return to Goal Against Peru

While MNT head coach Dave Sarachan wasn’t willing to tip his hand too much during the pre-match press conference on the USA’s starting lineup against Peru, he did confirm that a player with a wealth of experience will backstop the U.S. defense when he announced that Brad Guzan will start against La Blanquirroja.

The news didn’t come as much of a surprise, but was all but confirmed when Zack Steffen departed camp after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring following Thursday’s match against Colombia. 

Guzan debuted for the MNT all the way back in 2006 and did so with a bit more hair on his head. Tuesday’s match will mark his 59th appearance for the MNT and first in more than a year. The Atlanta United FC ‘keeper last stood between the sticks during the USA’s 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw at Honduras on Sept. 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula.


Brad Guzan debuted for the MNT in a 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb, 19, 2006 (ISI Photos)

While it’s been over a year since he suited up for the MNT, the veteran told ussoccer.com on Monday that nothing has changed in the way he’ll approach things.

“Just being involved with the group, I’ve always said it’s an honor and privilege to be with this team. To be able to get a game is always exciting. It should be a good night.”

Guzan joined Michael Bradley as the two long-time MNT veterans that returned to the side during this camp. At 34, he will be the oldest player to appear for a U.S. team that has emphasized its youth throughout 2018.

Even as the next generation of MNT players has gained great experience and earned some quality results this year, the return of veteran presence to the team was inevitable, with the experience and leadership they can provide serving as important attributes to a group that will soon tackle competitive matches in the Concacaf Gold Cup, Nations League and World Cup Qualifying.

At the start of camp, both players said they were looking forward to getting to know and helping guide their younger teammates. So coming up on the end of the international break, how has it looked?

“It’s been good,” Guzan said. “Obviously in terms of off the field things, they have different things going on their life than I do. It’s been interesting, and quite frankly it’s been fun to be able to talk to them, get to know them on a personal level and see how they’re doing. Ultimately when you step across the white line, in terms of training and games, it’s about trying to get results and moving this thing forward.”

Brad Guzan speaks to Fafa Picault ahead of training last week in Tampa (ISI Photos)

The next opportunity for a result comes against Peru. Guzan watched from the bench as the U.S. team rebounded to take the lead, but ultimately fell 4-2 to Colombia.

Asked what the youngsters in front of him could take from the experience, Guzan said, “every international, regardless of who you play, is going to be a challenge.”

“It’s important for us to learn from the Colombia game in the sense of making sure we’re able to dictate the game on our terms and not let the it get away from us. Come Tuesday night it’s going to be important that we’re able to get on the ball and keep the ball for stretches at a time, and not just try to hit a home run ball with the first or second pass, and the ball turns over and we’re defending again.”

“It’s going to be important that we get that right.”

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PREVIEW: MNT Closes Out 2018 Home Schedule Against Peru | Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 7:30pm ET | ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 14, 2018) – Following Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues to challenge itself against strong international opponents when it takes on 2018 FIFA World Cup participants Peru on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Coverage of the MNT’s fourth Kickoff Series match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.

Here is a preview of USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods.

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (2)1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), 22-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (8)6-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), 18-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), 21-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), 3-Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), 17-Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 5/0), 19-Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 1/0), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 55/0)

MIDFIELDERS (9)23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 20/2), 24-Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 141/17), 8-Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 4/0), 16-Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 13/4), 14-Fafa Picault (Philadelphia Union; 2/0) 15-Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), 20-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), 11-Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 6/1)

FORWARDS (3)9-Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 3/0), 13-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 4/1), 7-Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 42/13)

STORYLINES

MNT FALLS IN SPIRITED 4-2 DEFEAT TO COLOMBIA

The highlight reel got plenty of use and an MNT side growing together gained lots of experience in Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia. Following James Rodriguez’s first-half golazo, the MNT utilized opportunistic strikes from Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood to take an early second-half advantage. Led by its powerful attack, Colombia rebounded via goals from Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and a bicycle kick Miguel Angel Borja to see the match out. While disappointed with the defeat, MNT players recognized there were plenty of lessons to learn from the experience.

STEFFEN DEPARTS MNT CAMP

After playing the full 90 minutes against Peru, goalkeeper Zack Steffen experienced tightness in his right hamstring and the decision was made for him to depart camp, allowing the 23-year-old to return to Columbus Crew SC as a precaution. Steffen was not replaced on the roster, leaving the squad at 22 players going into the Peru match. Earning his sixth cap against Colombia, Steffen tied Kasey Keller (1990) and Troy Perkins (2009) for most appearances by an MNT goalkeeper during his debut year and can break the record with an appearance next month against either England or Italy.

WITH ASSIST TIM WEAH JOINS DISTINGUISHED COMPANY

Tim Weah registered his first career assist when he threaded a clever ball to Bobby Wood in the 56th minute of Tuesday’s match against Colombia. With that, Weah (18 years, 232 days) became the third youngest player to register an assist for the MNT, coming in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days). See below for the full list of MNT players that achieved the feat during their teenage years.

Player

First Assist

Opponent/Result

Age

Christian Pulisic

Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W at St. Vincent and the Grenadines

17 years, 349 days

Juan Agudelo

June 7, 2011

2-0 W vs. Canada

18 years, 197 days

Tim Weah

Oct. 11, 2018

2-4 L vs. Colombia

18 years, 232 days

Landon Donovan

Oct. 25, 2000

2-0 W vs. Mexico

18 years, 236 days

Jozy Altidore

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L at Trinidad & Tobago

18 years, 344 days

Freddy Adu

June 22, 2008

1-0 W at Barbados

19 years, 20 days

DaMarcus Beasley

Jan. 27, 2002

4-0 W vs. El Salvador

19 years, 149 days

Already with a goal to his name, it is also true that Weah is the third youngest player to register a goal and assist for the MNT, also behind Pulisic and Agudelo.

VETERANS RETURN

While the emphasis from the past year has been placed on bringing along the MNT’s next generation, the master plan has always included the return of key veteran players into the mix. As a result, the October matches presented the right time to begin the reintegration process, with MNT head coach Dave Sarachan tapping midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan to return to the squad for this month’s matches against Colombia and Peru.

“When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience,” Sarachan told ussoccer.com last week. “As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier. Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time.”

Bradley wore the captain’s armband once again and went the full 90 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Colombia, while Guzan is expected to start against Peru on Tuesday.

PERU BRINGS STRONG ROSTER FOR USA MATCH
Playing in their first World Cup since 1982, La Blanquirroja captured hearts with their enthusiastic play and incredible fan support this summer in Russia.

Manager Ricardo Gareca has largely stuck with the team he took to the World Cup, calling up 16 players from the squad for Peru’s matches against Chile and the USA this month. Along attacking midfielder Christian Cueva, the Peru roster is notable for having four players based in Major League Soccer, with forwards Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC) and Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) joining midfielders Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) and Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC) on the squad.

RESTART ROLLING

With the 2022 cycle officially underway, the process of elevating a rising crop of internationals is already in motion. Since November of last year, a total of 19 players have debuted for the senior MNT. Seventeen of them came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. ussoccer.com has profiled 11 of these hopefuls at the start of the new video series RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which chronicle the route of players on their quest to become a part of the National Team by going behind the scenes with family, youth, coaches, teammates and professional club managers from across the world. [WATCH SERIES]

USA-PERU NOTES

  • Having first met in 1989, the MNT leads the series with a 3-2-1 record.
  • In the last meeting, the USA used a brace from Jozy Altidore to earn a 2-1 comeback victory on Sept. 4, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday’s match comes 22 years to the day of Peru’s first win in the series, a 4-1 victory  on Oct. 16, 1996 in Lima.  

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • As of Oct. 16, 2018, the 22-player roster carries an average age of 24 years, 62 days, while 15 players are 23 years and under.
  • Six players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (born 1997 or later): Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah
  • Following the Colombia match, the roster averages 18.9 caps, with 16 players holding 10 or less appearances.
  • The MNT’s October camp has been highlighted by the return of long-time veterans, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
  • With his next appearance, midfielder Michael Bradley will move into sole possession of third place on the MNT’s all-time caps list. Bradley currently sits tied with Clint Dempsey (141 caps) and sits behind only Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
  • Coming on in the 75th minute of Thursday’s match against Colombia, Ben Sweat became the 16th player to earn their MNT debut this year – third most in the modern era behind 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).
  • Three more players have the chance to make their debuts on Tuesday: midfielder Jonathan Amon and defenders Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.
  • Bradley (141) and Guzan (58) lead the way in caps, followed by DeAndre Yedlin (55), Bobby Wood (42) and John Brooks (35).
  • The roster features players that ply their trade in nine different countries: USA (7), Germany (4), Belgium, Canada, England and France (2 each); Denmark, Netherlands and Wales (one each)
  • Bobby Wood’s 53rd minute strike against Colombia was his team-leading third of the year and fourth career goal against Top-20 ranked opponents.
  • Tim Weah’s assist on Wood’s goal made him the third youngest MNT player to record a goal and assist at 18 years, 232 days. He comes in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days).
  • One of 16 players to make their senior-team debuts this year, Antonee Robinson leads the MNT with two assists, providing helpers to Tim Weah (May 28 vs. Bolivia) and Tyler Adams (Sept. 11 vs. Mexico).
  • Last seen during the MNT’s 1-1 draw with France back in June, 18-year-old Josh Sargent has had a strong start to his competitive tenure at Werder Bremen, leading the club’s reserve side with six goals in 10 matches.    
  • Andrija Novakovich joins Amon in leading the MNT’s European contingent with four goals scored this season with Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Eredivisie.
  • A right back in the midst of his second MLS season, Reggie Cannon has appeared in each of FC Dallas’ 30 matches, adding a goal and three assists for the Western Conference leaders.
  • Left back Ben Sweat has been a stalwart for New York City FC in 2018, appearing in 27 of 32 matches to help the club clinch a third-consecutive postseason berth.
  • Also in his second season with Nordsjælland, 19-year-old winger Jonathan Amon has recorded four goals in eight matches across all competitions for the Danish side this campaign.
  • Four players took part in the MNT’s last meeting with Peru, a 2-1 win on Sept. 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.: John Brooks, Brad Guzan, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Ten players have been part of a final U.S. roster at a youth World Cup: Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marky Delgado Ethan Horvath, Matt Miazga, Josh Sargent, Wil Trapp, Tim Weah and DeAndre Yedlin.

PERU ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals): *Updated through 10/12/2018

GOALKEEPERS (3): Patricio Álvarez (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca; 6/0), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX; 45/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Luis Advíncula (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Alexander Callens (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz/MEX; 4/0), Nilson Loyola (Melgar; 5/0), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr/KSA; 73/3), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX; 11/0), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA; 33/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Pedro Aquino (Club León/MEX; 18/3), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal; 3/0), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar/RUS; 52/8), Edison Flores (Morelia/MEX; 35/9), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor/TUR; 35/3), Sergio Peña (C.D. Tondela/POR; 5/0), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord/NED; 35/3), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC/USA; 79/2)

FORWARDS (4): André Carillo (Al-Hilal/KSA; 52/6), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers/USA; 18/1), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 19/2), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 33/4)

PERU NOTES

  • Peru began the new World Cup cycle last month with matching 2-1 defeats to Netherlands and Germany.
  • Most recently, they used a brace from Pedro Aquino to defeat Chile 3-0 on Oct. 12 in Miami Gardens, Fla.    
  • Sixteen players on the roster were part of Peru’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
  • Forward André Carillo scored what would stand as the game-winning goal in Peru’s 2-0 defeat of Australia – their first World Cup win since 1978.
  • Peru has been managed by Ricardo Gareca since 2015. He led the country to a fourth-place finish at that year’s Copa America as well as qualification to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1982.
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